My Heart My Fellow Traveler

It has been so that life is a travel series, many times I found myself unsettling and settling again. Whether I was ever prepared for this or not, whether I was ever asked or given a choice in this matter; it is not relevant. Hence I once told my mother that since it has always been so and will probably be this way then we should consider this our fate. That suddenly one day, on some whim we will simply pull out our roots and move to new place and be expected to or will automatically re-root. But try as I might I forget that every time one pulls up ones roots a part of them remains in the soil.
If I count the places where parts of my soul remain, even I do not remember fully. A spring breeze, the whiff of night blooming jasmine, an azure blue sky, the shape of a certain building and sometimes even a grain of sand suddenly brings back a strong lucid memory pregnant with nostalgia and brimming with a connection yet unsevered. Arabian nights, Gothic towers, grand green hills, flat dusty plains, desert evenings, lakeshore walks, seaside barbecues; how much of it can I forget and how much of it will I carry inside me forever. Sometimes it overwhelms me and at others it soothes me, if I can carry a whole mountain range in my heart along with the Caspian sea, a crusaders castle, the Bosphorus bridge, the citadel of Allepo and the entire city of Karachi then surely I can make room for a little more.
‘We are leaving the life we know’, my husband found this silly,’ there are entire lives we don’t know about, doesn’t make them unlivable?’ I agree but the more times you put in your roots, the longer you allow them to grow, the harder it is to un-root, move away while the broken and buried limbs lay severed, in utmost pain. Slowly they fossilize and like a missing arm or leg one does learn to live without them. Then one day you remember having that very limb and the fossils awaken for a while, feel stifled and then readjust and fall into slumber. So for now I know that a clean cut is the best but it will take time for the cut to scar over and the skin to re-grow and the memories to fade.

My heart, my fellow traveler
It has been decreed once again
That you and I go into exile,
call out in streets
Roam from dwelling to dwelling
In the hope to find some clue
Leading us to a harbinger
Asking complete strangers
The way to our own home
In this land of strangers
For us to live from day to night
Trying to be understood
To this person then that
What that I should complain to you
The night of separation is best not talked about
It would have been of some comfort
Had the days been numbered
It would have been a comfort to die
Were we allowed to die only once
My heart, my fellow traveler
It has been decreed once again
Faiz Ahmed Faiz (Feebly translated by yours truly)

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Mental Disorder Explained: Anxiety and Panic attacks

Picture this: you’re suddenly faced with a stressful situation; you feel your heart race uncontrollably, breathing is hard and you have an intense feeling of anxiety and discomfort. If this is you, you could be a victim of a panic attack.
Panic attacks and anxiety go hand in hand. They’re not normal reactions to stress and need professional intervention.

Most people, especially in our society, brush these attacks under the carpet and call it just a ‘phase’. Some might even advise you to get a hold of yourself and act sanely.

What people don’t understand is that panic attacks and anxiety are very much real. These mental conditions are triggered by stress, tension and fear. The levels of specific neurotransmitters in the brain fluctuate resulting in a state of panic, fear and anxiety.

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The solution? Therapy. Consulting with a trained professional is the first step to ‘getting hold’ of yourself and your condition. You doctor may prescribe you medicines if needed or ask you to engage in certain relaxation exercises and psychological therapy.

There is no shame in recognizing and acknowledging that you’re a patient of these conditions. Break the stigma and get treated for your panic attacks and anxiety today.

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Top Spring/summer Street Styles

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak” Rachel Zoe

With the dawn of spring equinox, everybody is looking for some fresher looks to bloom like flowers but what makes them redefined is only with their confident looks.

Here I am going to share some top new street styles for this season that will transform your looks with trendy punch of vibrant colors:

  1.  Palazzo Pants:

Want to look trendy with comfort? Then, palazzo pants are your rescue!

Palazzo pants come in various forms such as straight cuts flared & layered styles & even culottes. So, you have a vast variety to choose from. The legging styles are becoming stale now & you will find palazzo pants everywhere whether it’s on streets or fashion weeks.

Here are some ideas to make a perfect combination with palazzo pants:

  • A straight cut palazzo pant mostly goes with short T-shirts & often with long shirts.
  • The palazzo trousers best suits with formal shirts, Georgette or silhouettes tops & even satin or chiffon shirts.
  • For palazzo formals, it’s important to keep the colors soft & lighter.

Palazzo’s gives a perfect flowy look that is ideal for figure-conscious people.

  1.  Pinstripe Shirts:

Pinstripe shirts are evergreen, so the time is perfect to introduce it in your street styles. Pinstripe shirts are not only associated with authority but most people opt it for giving a chic look. Pinstripe looks fabulous with bright color tones but if preferred in pale hues such a Pale Dogwood (a delicate tone of pink) is ideal for sophisticated & elegant look.

 

  1. Mix & Match Trend:

Majority of the designers are now following mix & match trend. Styles from all decades come forth in courageous combinations to create something new, a fascinating alliance of style and colors. New meets old trend is next to be followed. Mix & Match are designed specifically for free spirits. So, take out your old stock, follow the color palette with a combination of bejeweled accessories & look trendy.

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Mixing prints isn’t an easy task, one wrong move can destroy your looks to a great extent but once you mastered the skill, you can be the boss!

 

So, forget all the worries of your life & boost your personality with these simpler looks!

 

What Women Want

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Yes that is the name of the popular Hollywood romantic comedy starring Mel Gibson, but it is also the eternal question that men, women, society as a whole needs an answer to. Each individual has a different answer (if they have one at all), as Gibson finds out by the end of the movie, there is no one thing that women want but most of all they want love and respect. Not to be treated as objects or rungs on the ladder to success. Although women are the focus of the movie it is true for everyone, even plants and animals.
Respect is a very simple yet very large word, it stands for a basic human right, it encompasses dignity and attitude and it simply means giving each living thing its due. It’s as basic as the right to live. An animal in the wild respects this balance in the world, examples of this can be found in the fact that wild animals rarely kill for fun or sport, only when the need for survival kicks in. When you respect life itself then you respect the fact that everyone has a place in this world, is connected to the world around them, and that the very niche they occupy is important and affects everyone and everything around them. If taught to respect we understand the true equality of mankind.
When we do not teach our children basic respect we are depriving them of following a law of nature, we are bringing up the creepy boys who prey on vulnerable women but feel their ‘honour’ is in line if their mothers/daughters/sisters/wives are being preyed upon. We are bringing up girls who think they can only climb the ladder of success if they use other people to stand up upon; we are bringing up individuals who do not spare a thought for those who are working for them, for animals and nature who are at their mercy.
It is true that most of us are taught to respect men only, especially those who have some power over us and then men also get the larger portion of respect when it comes to women’s rights as individuals. So let’s promise on this women’s day to respect one another, to respect humanity, to respect dignity, to respect nature, to respect life and most of all to respect those who give so much and demand so little. Let’s learn and then teach the next generation to respect women and respect life.

Super Smart Eye Shadow Hacks

“Do your eye shadow first, then your foundation. That way, you can clean up any mess without starting all over again” By Zooey Deschanel

Creating a marvelous eye look is not just the job of a professional makeup artist; you too can become perfect in this art by following our simple eyeshadow hacks.

Eyeshadow- As a Liner

Some people don’t even know that eyeshadow is the best substitute for a liner. It gives a perfect aesthetic appeal if applied with a damp liner brush.  This eyeshadow hack will work wonders specifically in a moist environment as all the powdered shades aren’t manufactured to withstand even with a single drop of water.  Moreover, a damp liner brush will also aid in giving a sharper blend like a liner.

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As a Highlighter:

Highlighters have become the most vital part of a makeup; it not only gives a glowing shiny & refined look but also helps to emphasize your facial structures like your cheekbones or even your jawline. Highlighters & eyeshadows come in exactly the same formulas. So, you can use eye shadows instead if you really don’t want to spend extra money on buying a separate highlighter.

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For this, you need to be very careful while picking up a color that is two shades lighter than your skin tone. Simply apply it to the higher parts of your face like cheekbones or bridge of your nose & blend away any extra lines.

Impacts of Darker & lighter Eyeshadows:

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Some people are always mistaken while applying darker eyeshades on the inner side of eyelids & the lighter ones at the outside corner of an eye. This is absolutely against the rule. First, start with applying a lighter shade all over the lid & then apply a darker shadow at the outside corner of your eye. Blend it with an eyeliner for giving a perfect look. If your eyes are small, always prefer applying darker shades. It will enhance the overall look of your face.

At the end of the day, experimenting with eyeshadow and different application methods is a fun and relatively artistic way to play with your eyes!

PRO TIP:

Before using eye shadows, it’s recommended to use a primer for better finish. We recommend the NYX Professional Makeup Eyeshadow base for that purpose which is easily available on Amazon:

Recommended Eye Shadow Palette

A very pretty eyeshadow palatte to help you get on with all the above tips and hacks is NYX Professional Makeup Dream Catcher Palette, also available on Amazon

 

A Glimpse of Turkey-Part 2

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After waiting (agonizingly, mind you), our transport FINALLY arrived. After loading the luggage and settling in the window seat (It’s essential I always get the window seat), the ratty old car sprang into action and immediately started buzzing by other cars with a speed I did not imagine it could go with. Fearing for my family and my life, I wondered if the “vehicle” would just collapse. Maybe the window seat wasn’t such a good idea after all. It finally stopped at our hotel and I never got out of a vehicle faster. Thanking the Lord, I took in the sight that lay before my eyes.

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The first thing that caught my attention was the street that stretched before me, going on and on. One whole side of the street was laden with fruit stalls. And what a sight it was. Fruits of all kinds graced the stalls and their color was nothing short of vibrant. Imagine one whole side of the street covered with green, red, yellow, orange, maroon and brown, vibrant at the start and fading away as the street stretched on.

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The other side of the street didn’t disappoint either. It was just as beautiful but in a totally different way. Now, it might be my hunger speaking, but it was honestly beautiful! Maybe it was the way that the restaurants that lined the whole street weren’t your average restaurants. They were small and quaint, with seating done outside on the street, with very adorable wooden benches and table, and equally beautiful umbrellas casting a much needed cool shade over the seating area. A chalkboard was placed right next to the entrance, displaying today’s special. The whole look was completed with the waist-high wooden fence with vines enfolding it like garden snakes, wrapping the whole restaurant in a giant hug.

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The aromas of different Turkish delicacies went through my nose and straight to my heart, and I just knew at that moment that I would fall in love with Turkish food and fall in love I did. Our stomach took control after that making the whole checking in the hotel and freshening up process ten times faster. With a giddy smile on our faces, we made our way to one of the restaurants on the street and sat down going through the menu, excited to finally experience authentic Turkish food.

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Top 5 Super fruits for Hair Growth

Are you tired of using all those expensive hair products to get a longer mane but still not getting positive results?

I believe that the secret to hair growth lies in a balanced diet & fruits are always a good source of all necessary vitamins needed for a rapid hair growth.

Here I am going to share top 5 super fruits that are scientifically proven to not only enhance your hair growth but also strengthen your hairs in remarkable ways.

Strawberries- Promotes Hair Strength

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You might be seeing strawberries all around this season but did you consume it enough for getting incredible hair growth?

If no, so just grab them today because strawberries are a great source of silica that aids in stimulation of hair growth. It also contains Vitamin B & C that are directly linked to hair strengthening.

Avocado- Perfect for opening pores

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Avocados take the second position as super fruit for hair growth. It contains the highest amount of Vitamin B, C & E that ensures sufficient blood circulation to your scalp hence opening up you blocked pores for a sudden hair growth. Some dermatologists also consider is a great choice for hair conditioner.

Grapes- Detoxifies your body

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Grapes are scientifically proven to prevent hair fall by providing essential hair care vitamins & antioxidants. It contains higher water content that helps in detoxification of your body. It effectively cleans out all the impurities in your blood that promotes rapid hair growth.

Apple- A natural hair growth booster

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Apple contains soluble fiber & antioxidants that has a magical effect on your hairs. Its skin contains an extra amount of biotin that aids in hair growth naturally. It also boosts your energy levels & lowers cholesterol to promote a healthier growth of your body.

Orange- For incredible hair shine

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Heard about consuming Vitamin C for shiny hairs? Oranges are the best option for you in this regard.  They are in fact a powerhouse for vitamin C & beta-carotene that surely boosts your hair growth to a great extent. Magnesium & flavonoids present in oranges is a natural ingredient for transforming your hairs with just little efforts.

WARNING: TOO MUCH FRUIT CAUSES- HEALTH! 🙂