The past few months have seen a flurry of activity in both the political and economic sphere in Pakistan. The new government has yet to deliver its promise of a Naya Pakistan primarily because of the problems it has inherited. From the price of the dollar reaching new heights and the burden of debts refusing to cease, Pakistan is currently in deep waters in terms of economic stability.
Despite the ever-growing list of problems, there might still be hope for Pakistan to emerge as a semi-rich country like Malaysia.
Although many speculate the CPEC program would help in this process, critics disagree. The truth of the matter is that the success of a country doesn’t hinge on a single factor and definitely not on foreign reliance.
Take Malaysia for example. Mahathir Mohamad played a major part in the part in the development of his country without reliance on Chinese projects although being offered them. Instead, the government devised ways to use the resources available to them (palm oil and tin in this case) and focus on the export of them.
At the end of the day, it isn’t foreign projects that can help our country flourish economically; it is the government economic and education policies. Pakistan is a country that is blessed with resources and the only way to rise to a semi-rich status is to adequately utilize them for export and trade.
Peshawar, the city of flowers has a lot more to offer than love & hospitality. Being the historical city of Pakistan, its cultural norms are rooted in its delicious food items that are served traditionally in various top-notch restaurants. Although I did witness the changing mindsets of people who are opting a westernized food culture but still the traditional must-try foods remains unchanged.
So, planning to eat out the delicious cuisines of Peshawar? Then specialties in the town are just breath-taking!
Minced Meat Cuisine- Chapli Kebab
The traditional Chapli kebab of Peshawar is famous throughout the country. The minced meat is added with traditional spices, transformed in circular shapes & then deep fried until it gets black. It is served with yogurt and chapattis. The best place to enjoy the dish is Charsi Tikka Shop & Namak Mandi. If you are a barbecue freak, then you won’t find a better place than Namak Mandi in Peshawar. The newly constructed heritage trial in the town best pairs with its traditional dishes and thus enhancing the atmosphere with cultural flavors!
The Lamb Chops & Dum Pukht:
The people of the country are just addicted to the delicious Dum Pukht (a dish made from lamb meat and its fat). The dish takes almost 2-3 hours for preparation; there are no intense spices in the dish. The fat of the lamb is cooked on low flame until it releases the oil from it. Then the meat is added to the oil with some green chilies and potatoes. I was not a die-hard fan of the dish until I tried it and now I am happy as I also learned to cook this dish like a pro! 🙂
The Sweet Cuisine- Falooda:
For ice-cream lovers, the town offers Falooda that just gives the right pleasure to its consumers. The vanilla-almond flavored ice cream is mixed up with white spaghetti and milk, then served with chilly ice. The people enjoy its rich flavor throughout the year.
The city of Peshawar has a long-lasting history of invasions and wars from the British Empire to Mughals, but the Peshawar’s traditions remain unchanged!
High on protein and low on carbs. If you are planning to avoid carbs, then these little beauties willwbe your best friends for a really long time.
They are not only easy to make, they can be simply popped into your freezer and then microwave them for less than a minute to enjoy them later.
- Pretty much any vegetables that you have in your fridge. I had spring onions, spinach, garlic and tomatoes.
- Salami, sausagesor chicken chunks, depdepend on what is available at home. I had turkey salami.
- 4-5 eggs
- Chop all the vegetables
- Heat a frying pan and add in a table spoon of olive oil
- Add in all the vegetables and sauté for 2-3 minutes
- In a bowl, beat the eggs with salt and pepper
- In a cupcakes baking tray, put in equal amounts of vegetables
- Add small pieces of salami equally
- Pour in egg
- Put the baking tray inside a preheated oven at 180C for 15
Do let me know if you try this recipe.
Fahad Mustafa is possibly the most recognised face in Pakistan. People mostly think of him as the host of the biggest game show in Pakistan and a rising movie star but as he has stopped acting in drama serials for several years, most people have forgotten how effortlessly he has portrayed some of the most difficult roles on Television.
His acting career started a little more than 15 years ago but in a very short span of time, he got noticed by the masses because of his expressive eyes and intense acting. Soon he was working in all the high budget, big projects and was the most sought actor.
Although, Fahad Mustafa has now decided not to act in Drama serials any longer, we do have some of his finest work that we can watch over and over again. These are some of my favourite serials, in no particular order:
1. Kankar: Penned by Umera Ahmed, Fahad Mustafa effortlessly turned in to a two faced charming man. The story revolves around domestic violence and how a woman must stand against abuse in any form. A must watch.
2. Main Abdul Qadir Hoon: Fahad Mustafa was at his finest in this serial penned by Sarwat Nazeer. The story is about a young man and his journey from boyhood into someone who he was destined to be finally.
3. Lahasil: Another masterpiece by Umera Ahmed, also starring amazing performers like Nauman Ijaz and Angeline Malik is the story of regret, redemption and self discovery.
4. Maayi Ni: The amazingly beautiful and talented Samiya Mumtaz stars as Fahad Mustafa’s mother in this beautiful story that shows the beautiful relationshio between a son and his mother.
5. Mera Saayein 2: Who could have thought there is an actor who can do justice to a role that Nauman Ijaz has been associated with. But Fahad Mustafa proved everyone wrong with his power packed performance.
Which one is your favourite
Social media offers new opportunities for soaking up knowledge for students as they are now more inclined towards using the latest technologies in their daily lives. The vision of students has gone far beyond than books & assignments. Students now enjoy learning with new forms of communication. Social media, without any doubt, has become the most effective tool of interaction. The web of social media has tangled the students to an extent that it became an addiction for them. This addiction cannot be immediately stopped however can be utilized to effectively retain information.
Here are some ideas on how schools could use social media as a new form of communication:
We have witnessed the increased online presence of students on regular basis. For instance, if there exists a website or social media account of a school on the internet, it provides a great opportunity for students to share their reviews or take part in group discussions. It is the most effective way to help students keep moving in all walks of their life. Moreover, the admin of the social media accounts can easily regulate rules & regulations to keep students well-informed about current circumstances.
Hosting Online Competitions:
When it comes to online competition, a school can use social media as the most powerful tool to unlock the potential of their students. For instance, a competition held for digital content creation, photography or animated videos can offer a great chance for students to showcase their talents.
Many students hesitate to express their views about the problems they face in their schools. A social media account dedicated to uplift a student’s performance can be very beneficial in this regard. This can not only help in safeguarding the privacy of a student but also helps in regaining their lost confidence by bullying or peer pressure.
Interaction With Parents:
Gone are the days when parents canceled all their appointments to attend the parents-teachers meeting. Social media has greatly helped in sharing the feedback of a student’s performance on regular basis. Schools can use social media accounts to update parents about their child’s progress.
Leveraging social media accounts, let school’s administration to take ownership of their school stories & spread the word of their students’ success worldwide.
Reading is a hobby which allows you to cut off from the world and immerse in a new, more exciting world. If you’re reading this, then you’re probably a regular reader. People do it for enjoyment purposes or to pass their time. But do you know why reading is important? Here are the top 4 reasons why you should be reading more.
1. Reading reduces stress
This reason is no shocker to us as many of us, including myself, retreat to reading because I was some relaxation and quiet time. This is backed up by the fact that by reading a book or newspaper for just 6 minutes can lower people’s stress level by 68%. In fact, this is more effective than going for a walk, drinking tea of coffee or listening to music.
2. Reading improves language skills
A human development professor named Donald Bolger says that reading is like a snowball effect. The more you read, the more words you learn. And the more words you learn, the better you are at reading and comprehending.
3. Reading can shape a person
When you read, your mind expands and takes in different aspects of reading. While reading, you experience a spectrum of emotions, and you experience it very intensely. You learn about different personalities and how they feel throughout the book, hence you become more sensitive to other people and think twice about how your actions can affect them.
4. Reading improves focus and concentration
One of the major contributors to short attention span and poor memory is the lack of concentration and focus. If you want to improve your concentration, then you should try reading. You’d be surprised how reading just for a few minutes improves your focus throughout the day.
Schools these days expect kids to complete projects that are extremely difficult for their age. So, a lot of times, parents end.up.doing those or they hire someone to do it for them.
Last week, my 5 year old.daughter was asked to make a lantern for the Mid Autumn Moon Festival celebrations at her school. As the lanterns started coming in, I noticed the lanterns to be extremely compliand probably too difficult for my 5 year old tpanage even if I helped. Choosing any of those designs would have meant that in fact I would have to do most of the work. That was not something I was willing to do because I wanted my daughter to contribute in a meaningful way in this project.
A search on the internet led me to am extremely simple design which only required paper of different colors, glue stick and scissors. Thats it.
Steps to follow:
- Take a colored piece of paper, make some design on which woud be easy to cut.
- Once done, roll the paper into a cylinder and stick the ends with glue stick.
- Take another paper, draw parallel lines on it (I drew the lines) leaving a little space on both ends and cut along those lines (my daughter did all.te cutting). We also made holes using a punching machine. My daughter had a lot of fun doing this.
- Roll up this piece of paper on the cylinder.
- Cut and paste the handle to enable easy holding.
Actually, I was quite happy with how it turned out and it only took us around half an hour to get it done.
I think I will be making more of these lanterns with the kids, especially for Eid celebrations at home.
Do try these at home with kids and let me know what you think.