I have begun!

‘Tomorrow I will begin’ – Ever so often, these words echo in my head as I close my eyes, ready to drift away after reflecting on my day – especially on what I did not manage to do. There are everyday important things that I do and that are crucial in running my house and caring for my family, but there are those ‘other’ things that seem a bit daunting, too time-consuming, not too important or even sometimes a bit more interesting or fun.

The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri- Book review

My Rating – 4/5 “Whenever he is discouraged, I tell him that if I can survive on three continents, then there is no obstacle he cannot conquer. While the astronauts, heroes forever, spent mere hours on the moon, I have remained in this new world for nearly thirty years. I know that my achievement is…

Spaghetti with Meatballs

It’s always hard planning weeknight dinners. I nearly always have a set menu for the weekends- Friday’s are Biryani days, Saturday mornings are pancakes & evenings are pizza & movie night, Sunday mornings are paratha anda and evenings are leftover Biryani. Simple! But come Monday and I face the inevitable question of what to cook…

Traditional Halwa Puri Brunch Party!

Aik garam chai ki piyali ho, Saath mey halwa, puri aur tarkaari ho… Wish I had a cup of tea along with halwa, puri and tarkaari – translation of my own Urdu quote above in English. 😂 Halwa Puri – the greatest of all breakfast meals in Karachi, Pakistan – is almost always reserved for…

My favorite Shampoo & Conditioner!

I have naturally curly hair. They have a mind of their own and twist into loose or tightly coiled ringlets depending on their mood. Growing up my mother always made sure my hair was in a short bob till I reached High School. She figured it was easier to manage especially with the heat in…

Toosso – Restaurant review

My husband tells me that I should invent a Chicken Tikka index as a way to gauge the best restaurant with the most delicious Chicken Tikka in the world! This suggestion is due to my love for Chicken Tikka and it being my MOST favorite food in the world! Heck, if I had nothing but…

Beat the heat with “Lassi”

Philadelphia is in the grasp of a seemingly never ending heat wave. With a high of 97F which feels like 108F 🤯, the only options are to remain indoors or lounge in the pool! As I was walking the kids back from their school, the only thing that kept me moving were these glasses of…

Ode to my Nani (1935-2018)

I have not been feeling well these last few days. My grandmother, my mother’s mother, my amazing Nani – passed away this past Sunday. Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi ra’ajion (We belong to God and to Him we shall return). Although she was old and her health was deteriorating, it still comes as a big…

Eid Sheer Khurma

“Aap sab ko meethi meethi savaiyyon wali Eid Mubarak” Translation: “Wishing you all an Eid that’s as sweet as sweet vermicelli” One of my earliest memories of Eid are of my mother writing the above greeting in Urdu on Eid cards to mail to family back in Pakistan. At that time I didn’t understand at…

Spicy Red Kidney Beans curry

It’s currently 1pm here in Horgen, Switzerland and I’m all cozy on my couch and staring out the window at the rain falling down on this beautiful place! The air is filled with a mix of delicious smells. The nostalgic smell of wet earth, the dreamy scent of wisteria and roses, & the appetizing whiff…

Beautiful Eid Cards

When our arms can’t reach people Close to our hearts, We always hug them with our prayers. -Unknown It’s almost time for Eid! It’s so strange but every year we witness how Allah helps make Ramadan so easy and wonderful when before the start of this month, we all wonder how are we going to…