Avid travellers have garnered years of experience in exploring the world, meeting new people and discovering foreign culture. Although travelling is often equated to a luxury activity (and perhaps it is!) and boasted about but there’s a lot more to learn from it than just posting pictures on Instagram.
Here are 5 life lessons that expert travels have to share:
#1: Planning is great but spontaneity can be better
If you’re a type A personality or just a really organized individual, you probably can’t go out without a proper plan in your head. When you travel, though, this has to be minimized. Sure, you don’t want to head out to foreign lands totally unprepared but leave some things for discovery and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
#2: Don’t believe the media; there is good and bad everywhere
We’re often led to believe that places like Iran or Pakistan are ‘dangerous’ but that’s really not how it is. You’ll always find compassionate people everywhere and your best approach should be kindness and respect as well.
#3: Respect the culture
Every community has its own set of values and traditions; when you’re travelling to a foreign land where culture is important you need to respect that. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to go all out and follow the traditions but respecting and acknowledging them is pivotal.
#4: Travelling alone isn’t lonely
People who travel alone are often questioned whether they feel lonely in their trips. Solo travel experts believe that when you’re exploring new places, you’re never really alone.
#5: Distance can speak volumes for your relations
When you’re travelling a lot, you usually don’t see your loved ones back home that often than you otherwise would. Long distance and travelling can reveal the true colors of your relationship with people and help you realize who respects your interests and is willing to stick around even beyond the miles.
The power of Google search is indispensible in this time and age but is it really safe to search for all your answers online? Not really.
Google is a gateway to breaching your privacy or even supplying the wrong information; with certain things, this web search platform may not be the best way to find your answers.
1. Don’t Google your symptoms!
Have you ever had a mild fever and cough and Google told you that you might have a nasopharyngeal cancer? Not only is Google a highly unreliable source to diagnose your clinical symptoms but it can also be a major source of stress. Instead, go to your physician the normal way!
2. Don’t give off your location
When you use Google you’re automatically giving it access to your private information including your location. This can be pretty risky and breach your privacy. The best way to deal with it is not to search for things that give a clue to where you’re living.
3. Don’t give off your true identity to Google
As with the location, you shouldn’t be giving Google too much information about your real identity. Making obvious searches that clue into your identity can be dangerous.
4. Don’t Google your insecurities
The internet is notorious in making you feel bad about yourself and asking Google questions about your insecurities will only feed into the issue at hand.
5. Don’t search for shady items
“How to make a bomb at home” might sound like a fun search to do but it’s also pretty suspicious and can land you in serious legal trouble. Steer clear from shady Google searches like these because curiosity killed the cat. Besides you really don’t need to know the recipe of a bomb!
Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Peace Prize-winner remains controversial in Pakistan’s social media. A majority of the people praise her sacrifices for girls empowerment while others blame her for destroying the country’s image to a great extent. Whatever views people hold regarding her, she remains an inspiration for many!
Malala wrote her first book in 2013 by the name “ I am Malala”. The book got intense popularity as it was the only way to get an insight into the real life of Malala. After the success of this best-selling memoir, Malala kept on writing more books and “We are Displaced” is the latest edition releasing on 8th January 2019.
Here I will share a review of Malala’s Book- My story of Standing up for girl’s rights released in October 2018.
Malala’s journey begins from her appetite of education where she even risked her life to go to school. Malala unfolds her stories of bravery and sacrifices in her initial books while this book is dedicated towards her efforts for standing with girls rights despite receiving many threats. The basic purpose of Malala’s book it to encourage girls to speak for their rights in a patriarchal society. The book is written in a simplified language that is easy-to-read for even children.
I really found it a good read for this year as the book truly identifies the core issues of a conservative society. Malala features the book by sharing her own personal stories along with highlighting the importance of speaking against violent and intolerant behaviors of a majority of the people. On the other hand, some stories that were narrated by Malala seem to be extremely fictional and self-created. It might be a tactic to grasp the Western Publication as any opinion imparted against a Pakistani society is always highlighted worldwide for destabilizing the country.
Lastly, I believe that Malala’s book holds up a mirror to the darker side of a country while neglecting many positives of the country. A patriarchal society is not just a menace of Pakistan, this mindset is found globally. Malala do motivate girls to speak up for their rights but she must also provide them with a secure platform to share their stories as many girls end up with their lives while speaking for the truth!
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