The Truth About…. Culture


Culture is a wonderful thing, it gives you a chance to be different and unique. It has given us the gift of music, food and language but not all is sunshine and rainbows as they say. Being a British Asian, I have had the experience, like many others, of growing up with two different versions of culture,British and South Asian. Britain is known for its multiculturalism and there are people from all different nationalities living in the UK today. As people came, leaving behind their homeland they brought with them their culture.

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My Top 5 HUM TV Shows

The evolution of Pakistani cinema as been that of remarkable substance. It has grown over the years to become one of the most viewed cinema on TV. The creativity and talent displayed by their screen writers, its no wonder that their popularity has increased through the last few years. The key factor which drew me into Pakistani drama was that they progress with speed and tackle very political subjects. Pakistan is also know for is quality in music which  demonstrated with the amazing title songs of each of the serials below as well as the world famous Coke Studios. Below I have compiled my top 5 TV shows and reasons for them. Spoiler alerts will be posted.

5. Mere Meherban


Mere Meherban released in 2014. The award winning dram is centred around a family environment drama focusing on 2 brothers Nassir and Basser. Nassir is well off  and the Bassir is a barely making ends meet. The serial focuses on the relationship between the two brothers and their families. Nassirs daughters and wife are portrayed as the high nose society girls looking down on their lower status family treating them like the help. All gets complicated when Nassirs only son has his eyes set on Haya, the daughter of his Thaya. The story then goes to evolve around the trials and tribulations faced by both families. The serial focuses on the importance of family and not taking people for granted because in your difficult time its your own who come to your aid.

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She walks down the street from
head to toe she is covered.
Lower your gaze sister
keep your body undiscovered.

They say ‘The Parda’ is a veil
to protect the beauty of the face
Don’t attract too much attention sister
don’t attract a moth to the flame.

But why is her modesty judged
by how much she veils herself.
Instead of focusing on her values,
her morals and the people that she helps.

Let’s redefine modesty to dress
in what we feel comfortable in.
As what may be modest to you and me
for someone else it may be a sin

The Truth About…. Lebanon


The Masjid al Amin Mosque in downtown Beirut 

When I started telling people I was going to visit Lebanon I got one of 2 reactions. The first being the typical response of ‘Where is that?’, the second response was the  one you always get when you tell someone you’re travelling to the Middle East. The over cautious ‘Why are you going there?’, ‘Is it safe?’ and ‘What if you get caught up in a terrorist attack?’.

The Middle East has drawn my interest over the last few years. I have become accustomed to the language and culture, something so similar yet very different to my own. My expectations of Lebanon were somewhat hazy, having been to Palestine the year before I had some inclination of what to expect from a Middle Eastern country but I wasn’t entirely sure what this may entail. I envisaged Lebanon to be a sort of revolutionary capital within the Middle East, a home to a variety of Arabic residents full of creativity and ambition. I imagined Beirut to be a thriving capital full of intellects and nightlife. That is exactly what I found, to an extent.

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The Philosophy of Rumi


‘Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.’ – Rumi

Jalal Ad-Din Muhammad Rumi was a 13th century persian theologian, poet, mystic, scholar and philosopher. One of the most read poets he was born in 1207 in what is now Afghanistan, but his family traveled and settled to live in Konya, Turkey to escape the mongol invasion and destruction. Rumi is one of the most spiritual masters and poetical genius’s known to man and was the founder of the mawlawi sufi order, a leading mystical brotherhood of Islam.

In his late thirties Rumi met a wandering holy man by the name of Shamz Tabriz, in Rumi’s own words, after meeting Shams he was transformed from a bookish, sober scholar to an impassioned seeker of the truth and love. They spent around 2 years together where they would lock themselves away and create music and poetry and discuss ideas of love and philosophy. Their strong spiritual bond was too much for some people to handle and Shamz was brutally murdered. The death of Shamz sent Rumi into a spiraling cast of depression.Having seen the Divine in Shams, almost Godly, Rumi was saddened  with grief out of that pain out poured nearly 70,000 verses of poetry.

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The Truth About…. Life


It has been quite some time since I’ve posted on here but I’ve been busy, busy with this thing called life. Life is what happens when you’re trying to fit in all the things you planned on doing when you should have been revising for your last exam. When I graduated at 21, a bright eyed deer in headlights bursting with excitement and jitters of uncertainty about what life has to offer me, I had no care in the world. I had no idea what I wanted to do and no desire to try and even pursue a career or any other kind of wise or important life decision. Instead I packed my bags, blissfully and unaware flew of too Italy for the summer. I spent a good 5 months living on the Italian lakes, where my only qualm was what to do in the Italian sunshine with my new best friends I had only know a few weeks. Whilst my real life friends celebrated end of their academic life by walking up to the majestic red brick great hall at Leeds University to collect a small piece of paper which enclosed all our hard work, those late nights in the library where we was convinced we wouldn’t make it. We made it. They wore their draping gowns and collected their prestige degrees before swapping that elegant gown for a suit and tie to beginning of a corporate life. I was happy, I was doing what I wanted, I felt rebellious and free. Not restricted by gowns or paper, not suffocated by a suit or tie. I felt at home.

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The Truth About…. Palestine

11950231_10153681471140712_1920079744853083889_oI’ve always been that sort of person who was never fully satisfied with giving to charity and then sitting back with a sense of accomplishment. I feel this never helps people, mostly because I never know what’s happening with that money, whether it’s being used to feed those in need or swallowed into the tornado of corruption in the developing countries political pockets.

Palestine has been the one of the most campaigned about causes, people of all religions and races fighting for the independence and freedom of the once individually governed  country. It now befallen into remote and restricted  areas within the so-called Israel, separated by walls and ridiculous laws and extreme racial segregation. Me being the curious mind I am, against the intentions of my mother, decided to embark on a trip to experience the realities of Palestine, occupation at first hand. Continue reading “The Truth About…. Palestine”