speak up against child abuseThere is a horrible ball in the pit of my stomach. It’s making me feel really pathetic. Repulsion. It’s a downright wretched vomit-y sense of being. I can’t seem to shake it off.

It has been two days since baby Zainab was kidnapped, raped, mutilated to death and then thrown in the garbage. That adorable, innocent little thing, experienced the worst thing that could have possibly happened to her and the aftermath of this tragedy has left so many of us with a deep sense of self-loathing. Tragically, she is one of many children who have undergone the same fate in this wretched land of ours. The numbers continue to rise, the perpetrators are let off scot-free and the memory fades away much like the victims. We all suffer momentarily, but that suffering is also snug in the knowledge that our own children are safe and then enables us to go on with life from one distraction to the next.  Read More →

[This is second in a series of travel posts from the Summer of 2017 (2/4)]

So you thought I was going to spare you some more travel posts huh? uhhh–NOPES

Travelling all the way to London and not venturing outside of it would have been a shame, so we took a week-long road trip to Scotland and back. This was our route: London-Bristol-Lancaster-Edinburgh-Newcastle-London. Lancaster and Newcastle were just there to break down the journey as travelling with a two year old strapped in a car seat for long distances…eeez NOT recommended.

UK map

Our Route

We rented Avis from London City airport, and well, it took three whole hours. It was an AWFUL experience; Read More →

[This is the first in a series of travel posts from the Summer of 2017 (1/4)]

 

It’s been a while folks. I’m sorry to keep you waiting. Trust me I’ve really missed the thrill of a published post. I haven’t been procrastinating, just wrapped up in loads of work. Well not work exactly, a vacation was involved. So here you will get to hear all about that. June-July: Vacation planning and vacation. July-Aug: Post vacation stress disorder, summer school, prep for school and school itself. Now Eid is over and so begins full time school for the tot. I’m busy looking for freelance work online while he’s off at school and overall life is good.vacation quote

So, yes, vacation talk. My favorite type of talk. For those of you who have gone through my previous travel posts, will be surprised at the destination this time around: London and parts of UK. Yeah it sounds like plain vanilla compared to our usually unusual previous holidays. Actually we had been planning this trip since a few years and it would keep getting delayed. We stayed with my husband’s friends, (this really amazing couple who are more family than friends), who have a charming little one year old. They opened their home and hearts to us and made each day truly memorable. And I have often thought about this and now more so after this trip: couples with kids should travel with couples with kids. The empathy and sheer understanding they have for all your toddler-related constraints is terrifically consoling. After putting the kids down each night, the four of us would sit down for endless rounds of dessert and gossip. Yeah the pounds were piling up, but so were the amazing memories.

Anything I have to say about the city would sound incredibly hackneyed because London truly IS the capital of the world. It is so vast, so cosmopolitan and so overwhelming that the less said the better. But I am itching to tell you my version of it… especially for parents of toddlers planning such a vacation. London does serve to satiate all tastes and palates. If you want those lovely narrow cobblestoned lanes Read More →

My dear husband, as we speak, has bitten off all his fingernails while watching the fated India-Pakistan final. Me? I’m being particularly blasphemous and pottering around in the kitchen making one of my favorite desserts. Sorry, I cant take the stress of the match.

This recipe is a personal take on a classic dessert, the illustrious Tiramisu. Except that its nothing like a tiramisu. Coffee, rum and lady fingers (which essentially make a tiramisu)  are not avidly consumed in our part of the world and that, to me, was an existential crisis. So, I came to my own rescue and invented this ‘desi’ version.

This concocted version will remind you of a Snickers cheesecake, and more. Its superrrr easy and quick to make. And with Eid coming up, let’s all brush up the culinary skills and lay out a spread fit for royalty (aka thyself). Read More →

There are raging debates amongst the mom-circles in Karachi about which pre-school to send their kids to, what is the right age to send them, what schooling philosophy each school adopts and so on. And as the blistering heat of summer makes its advent, the debate turns to which summer camp is best. Some first time parents find themselves lost, adrift and confused. Read More →