March 2nd marks the 48th death anniversary of noted Urdu poet Syed Nasir Raza Kazmi, commonly known as Nasir Kazmi. Why am I writing about Nasir Kazmi on his death anniversary this year? Because I realized this year that my journey of reading and learning Urdu poetry began with Kazmi. I remember entering the Liberty… Continue reading Remembering Nasir Kazmi…..
There is no other genre of books I crave than a buzzing young professional's story. Sophia of Silicon Valley satisfied this craving to the fullest being the powerful, roller-coaster ride of a story about a young businesswoman. Anna Yen has carefully crafted the Young family, who is an immigrant family in California, living the American… Continue reading Book Review: Sophia of Silicon Valley
Rightly promised by the blurb, it is a journey behind the scenes of treats in our grocery stores that we gobble up so easily without thinking where or how it came about there.
Why spend hundreds on tickets to watch the Hamilton musical when you can just read the first half of Brandon Sanderson’s The Well of Ascension? Partway through the book, I could almost hear Washington’s voice telling Hamilton “Winning was easy, young man. Governing’s harder.” The evil Lord Ruler has kept the bureaucratic cogs in the… Continue reading Book Review: The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, #2) by Brandon Sanderson
It was getting lonely here so, guess what? Yes, I got a dear friend to join me in sharing her passion of reading. Going by the pseudonym trajaque this new author will be sharing book reviews of what she's currently reading - and mind you, she reads a lot! What's new and amazing is that… Continue reading Welcome my fellow reader, blogger…
The age-old struggle between good and evil rarely favours the villain—except for when it does. The sun is red, ash falls from the sky, and plants, as far as people know, have always been brown. Brandon Sanderson’s The Final Empire, first of the Mistborn trilogy, centres itself in a world where one thousand years ago,… Continue reading Book Review: The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1) by Brandon Sanderson
There's no way to avoid saying this. Representation of Pakistan is minimal in books that are actually readable and not reference books. When there are stories from and about Pakistan they are limited to subjects like post-terrorism stories and portraying how difficult life is. While these stories are all genuine, there is also a need… Continue reading Book Review: Upstairs Wife by Rafia Zakaria
I've said this in a previous post that I found knitting a great self-taught hobby with tonnes of room to improve. But to be honest my last attempt at pursuing knitting with fruitful results didn't go down well. It was summer, a lot was going on and I couldn't produce final products which eventually took… Continue reading A perfect winter hobby…
Full disclosure: even though this post is on time management, it has been in my list of drafts for a long time. Nevertheless, I get to it now! If you're new (or even old) to tackling multiple competing priorities at the same time you have at some point struggled with time. Just feeling like there's… Continue reading Productivity 101: Time management
I started this post a while ago with the intention of setting a reading list target. I even started a good reads shelf 'winter-break' but as time went plans changed. I had planned to read mainly but recently picked up a big knitting project (more on that soon!) and have started catching up a lot… Continue reading Winter break reading list
This was my first time reading a Danielle Steel novel. After seeing it in bookstores, airport stores and news stands countless times, this one held my attention at Indigo Bookstore in the 2 for $15 paperback shelf. I was looking for something with strong female characters, a chic setting and yet a gripping storyline and Falling… Continue reading Book Review: Danielle Steel’s “Fall from Grace”
I recommend this book to every young woman and man, even if they are not interested in public service, as a guide on how to get things done and stick it out at the workplace.
I have a not-so-great morning routine. I wake up stumbling out of my bed and have just enough time to get dressed, grab my stuff and a quick breakfast (that will be eaten in the office). This kind of rushed morning takes a toll on small things we must do that matter. Inspiration and processOne… Continue reading Morning water therapy
Fall is in full swing. But for university students it is also a time of great struggle. The autumnal magic outside is gripping but you are stuck on your desk grappling with a paper. Starbucks is offering double rewards on PSLs but you have two midterms in a day.
I remember the old school days in Pakistan when our course book and notebook sets would include a 'diary'. It was to remember assignments, dates and deadlines. If only they came in pretty pink paisleys or funky geo prints - they didn't, thanks to school logos. So, as soon as my school didn't ask me… Continue reading Productivity 101: how I use my academic planner
I have had an on-and-off relationship with writing about my life. Be it blogging or journaling, I'd have phases of doing lots and then nothing. I had to find a purpose and its meaning in my life. Recently as I got back to blogging, I also got back to focused journaling. The past few years… Continue reading The what, why and how of journaling
Ever since I started university in North America, I wanted to work alongside studying. I had done a long internship at The Express Tribune throughout high school so I knew that was something I can manage. When I finally got to work upon moving to Vancouver, I left no position (which I qualified for) unapplied.… Continue reading 3 things I have learned from working as a student
Reading is such a major part of my life since ever. Be it leisure, school or work - words are just my thing. But it can get tough to keep up with books and it is easy to keep going through one waiting to finish it. Here's one way I plan to solve this problem… Continue reading Reading schedule: the what, why and how?
If cultural norms cost so many lives every year, what's the harm in wrecking them?
A discussion on the influence of Edward Said's Orientalism accompanied by a bibliography of his previous work on the topic and his interlocutors over the years. Jadaliyya is an independent ezine produced by the Arab Studies Institute. Jadaliyya provides a unique source of insight and critical analysis that combines local knowledge, scholarship, and advocacy with an eye… Continue reading Essential Readings: Said’s Orientalism, Its Interlocutors, and Its Influence (by Anthony Alessandrini)
South Asian fiction has been one of my favourite genres ever since I started reading. Even when I lived in Pakistan, it would be a welcome change from the dominant Western literature we would be exposed to in our schools. So reading a familiar name or street in an English-language novel would be a big… Continue reading Book Review: The familiar sorrows of Karachi in Kartography
Living in the West I have begun to resonate strongly with Fall. It was an unnamed season before but now a prominent season and mood in my life. Despite the beautiful shades of green, yellow and rust outdoors, happiness of the new academic year starting begins to fade away around October. The monotony of the… Continue reading Reboot with Fall goals
Old stone structures, French street names, and lots and lots of authentic poutine - this is what I had been primed about Montreal so far in Canada. But it was not until last month that I had the pleasure of visiting Montreal for a work trip. I had always heard about the city's French-Canadian culture… Continue reading Travelogue: quaint lanes of Old Montreal
A few months ago I decided to read more on my Kindle app, as I have been updating on this space on and off. While its been somewhat irregular lately, I did read a few great pieces in the e-book format that are worth discussing. Just a Name by Becky Monson I have a thing… Continue reading Reading Roundup: Some e-books I read this year…