It’s 2017 guys. And feminism is still a loaded word. To some it’s a way of life but to many it’s still a threat. Since we are all going to get loads of trite quotes every Women’s Day, I thought I should add my two pence.
Here’s one by Maya Angelou. A fantastic woman by all parameters.
You don’t have to change the world. You need to just do your bit. Let each star shine as bright as it can and one day we will get to that diamond-studded sky.
[For a background into the category Moms Uninhibited read here]
There are some people who make you feel like they have more hours in the day. They do more, their children are happy, they maintain the work-life balance and they take care of themselves too. No, they don’t have a magic wand, but they do seem to have a formula (we are trying to steal that here).
Selina (L) Saira (R) – the brains behind SmarTechs
One such dynamic mom-duo is Saira Baakza and Selina Hasan. Besides their roles as full time moms and tending to their homes, they have brought a revolutionary idea, STEM, to Pakistan. Read More →
Gorgeous stretch of sea, Great Ocean Road
I am a sucker for the beach. But I love mountains too. I am one of those really whimsical people who just can’t decide if they want a house by the sea or up in the mountains. And I have always wondered if there is a place on earth that has both together. That was until I visited The Great Ocean Road. People, this place is ALL THAT. It is a huge stretch of the bluest ocean with powder sand beach RIGHT NEXT THE MOUNTAINS. And not just some average mountains. These are rolling green mountains with lush valleys snuggled within. I am not joking I promise. The ocean is dotted with cliffs and creeks. And the mountains have these valleys with rolling pastures and guess what? Rainforests! Yes! And these rainforests are the real thing, with foliage so thick and the green so green your eyes hurt. And air so fresh and pure, you feel each molecule you take in is vacuuming your lungs and making you five days younger. And between this ocean and these mountains runs the Great Ocean Road. I swear I am not exaggerating. You still don’t believe me. If you did, you would leave everything you are doing at the moment and apply for your Australian visa and head to this place to see it for yourself. Please you cannot leave this planet without having seen so compelling a patch of earth. Read More →
Dessert shop display, Block Arcade Melbourne
If you are looking to lap up the real Australian culture, head to Melbourne. Initially the city took us by surprise. We had heard SO much about it and our curiosity was quite piqued. As soon as we stepped off the Airport Skybus and out the station, we gulped in the city. It didn’t quite WOW. But we had been hasty. Melbourne is like that cup of tea with the tea bag slowly infusing flavor and each sip is better than the one before. Try not to drink it all in immediately. Let the city charm you. Melbourne has sneaky ways to make you fall in love with it. It will continue to charm you till you are totally smitten.
Things to do in the city with the little folk: Read More →
Come February and the streets, shops and social media are all sprayed with red puke. Mushy declarations galore, there is no escape from this Day of Love. I feel sad about all the single ones out there cringing and feeling rueful about the ‘one that got away’. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not the Anti-Valentine brigade. In fact I’m one of the greatest opponents of the Islamabad High Court ruling against Valentine. In a country where moral policing is the order of the day, such an inane order is no surprise really. I have secretly safeguarded so many sickly red and white teddies and chocolates for my friends at school and college (handed to me for safe custody for a month or two, away from strict parents of these friends). Read More →