Muqabil (review) Episode 21 – 22

For the past two months, Muqabil has slowed down a great deal. I feel that in one episode they show the happenings of only one day (in terms of the time span being shown) . And that might be the reason why they have so many filler scenes and so many conversations that don’t seem to be going anywhere. We all do that at home with our family members, right? But when we are watching a serial, we want each and every scene to somehow contribute to the progress of the story. Unfortunately for the past several episodes, Muqabil has been full of such futile conversations. However the good thing about Muqabil is just when I’m losing hope, it hits me with a shock, a surprise, a twist in the story which is completely unpredictable.

Since arman found the truth about his father, the story was going round in circles. Although I did understand what arman was going through, I found it a little difficult to digest many of his dialogues even with his flawless acting. I kind of knew that arman is angry with Pareesa because he thought that Pareesa has used him against his own father as revenge but it came a lot later than I expected. The conversation between arman and Pareesa should have been in the previous episode. That might have saved us from a lot of tantrums that arman has been throwing since. Anyway, better late than never. Perhaps they wanted everyone to feel and sympathise with arman. So yes, great scene where Pareesa is trying really hard to save her marriage with arman because she loves him and arman is just trying hard to get away from all of them because he considers himself the real victim here. I really liked his dialogues and the way they both delivered them (Mohsin Abbas needs to improve his urdu a bit more) and what was the best part of the episode was the last bit! Yes, arman’s mother has overheard them! And with her screaming capabilities, I’m hoping she will be able to tell the rest of the world.

I have watched na maloom afraad and I thought kubra khan and Mohsin Abbas haider were the real weak links of the movie. Fast forward a few years and they have turned into a treat to watch. They have an amazing chemistry, great on screen presence and impeccable acting skills. The way Mohsin Abbas haider looked at kubra khan in the last scene when she was leaving the room was done so well. The expression on his face was that of a man who was completely helpless: someone so deeply in love but who has no choice but to let go of his love.

So anyway, now that arman’s Mommy hopefully knows the truth, I’m expecting a power packed and happening episode next week. I hope they don’t drag it further and can finish it off in 24-25 episodes.

 

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What it’s like to be a Foodie!

Written by Fatima Fizza

Edited by Pragya Shrivastava

The importance of cooking was made clear to me in that one month which I had spent in a single room of an Army mess. I had never really considered cooking as an important act in my life. My mother cooked and when she was tired or needed help our trusted manservant of long would pitch in and his food, although not exceptionally good was passably bearable. On weekends, holidays and trips abroad we ate out, Mediterranean, seafood from around the world and pizza were the staple favorites of the family (it wasn’t easy to agree on a single restaurant since we were a large family).

Even while travelling we mostly stayed in furnished apartments to allow for the occasional ‘roti and salan’ craving to be easily fulfilled. My mother, may God keep that excellent woman in great health always made it seem so easy. Then I got married and moved in with my in-laws. My mother in law was a keen cook too and despite being a working lady her kitchen ran smoothly and staple homemade food kept my stomach satisfied.

Although there was a difference in taste and variety, my inner cook still lay sleeping and setting foot inside the kitchen was not something I did much often except for the occasional baking. Cakes and Pizza I can bake since I was in grade school and except for a few special dinners and an occasional soup I was not tempted to be in the kitchen.

Then there came that one month when I was stuck in a single room and even though the mess waiters lined up daily to receive orders for any menu on this side of the Kabul River, whatever they presented each evening tasted oddly alike and of nothing I could put my finger on. So, it was this oxygen food (tasteless and odorless) that made me start wishing for a place of my own which must include a kitchen. The moment my husband and I shifted into our first new house, I focused on setting up the kitchen first (which is one place in the house where a woman who cooks spends a good part of her life).

IMG_2369With the expert help of my mother I did go about this task and started this wonderful journey of self-discovery which is cooking. Cooking is the other side of the coin which spells Foodie!


I am the average woman, trying to run a house, bring up well behaved children and balance relationships all the while trying to make something of my life. Unlucky to have been born with absolutely no idea what I wanted to do with my life, I have been lucky to have life throw me a pretty amazing mix of everything and I have been learning on the job. I am an avid lover of nature, i love to read and write and occasionally paint. I’m blogging to share my personal experiences in case they prove to be of help to other thirty somethings and if not then be a source of amusement and humour. So do forgive me for my excesses in advance and comment to share your own take on my musings.

Muqabil (review) Episode 18 – 19

One word – wow!

The last 2 episodes of Muqabil proved that pakistani actors are immensely talented. All they need is a good script and a director who can push them in right direction and they can do wonders.

So the big secret is out as Arman knows who violated Pareesa as a child. He probably tried to commit suicide but was somehow saved and was brought into a hospital. Almost 20 minutes of the previous episode were spent on showing the reactions of all the people involved, while they were searching for Arman and i was cursing ARY for showing that Arman would be in hospital in the precap of the previous episode.

I’m glad Arman didn’t suffer from amnesia and clearly remembers the conversation he had with Pareesa in the pool. Arman had a difficult time seeing his father and his wife in the same room and rightly so. Pareesa asks everyone, including Mehmood, to leave as she wanted to stay with her husband. I loved the ‘woh Meri Zindagi hai’ dialogue btw. During the night she realised that Arman is perhaps angry with her and doesn’t want to see her in the morning and she goes back to her parents home. On the other hand Arman’s mother is sensing that it’s something to do with his mental state as his physical wounds are not so serious.

The last two episodes were full of extraordinary scenes. I really enjoyed the two conversations between Pareesa and Mehmood’s confrontation in last two episodes. Pareesa and Arman’s conversation in hospital was heart wrenching. Mohsin Abbas was phenomenal in that scene. The way his eyes overflowed with tears was a tear jerker for me as well. I also liked how Pareesa just went and hugged her father, it was really cute. But of course my favourite was the one where Mehmood tries to make dua and Arman feels disgusted of his father and throws up. Mohsin Abbas is a power house of absolute talent. This scene had such a great impact due to his impeccable acting.

Both Kubra Khan and Asif Reza Mir are doing a great job but Saba Hameed needs a mention here too. She is such an amazing actress that we take her for granted and often even forget to praise her hard work. Her dressing and make up is always on point and the way she has handled the character development in Muqabil, it needs to be applauded.

The preview of the next episode was quite intense and now i just can’t wait for next week. Here’s hoping a happy ending for both Pareesa and Arman.

Edited by Warda Moeed Siddiqui

Mini Spa Day – At Home

Please note this is NOT a paid/sponsored post.

Written by Sumayya Feroz

I’m a working woman and after long, tiring week, I like to treat myself a little with beauty treatments and so I keep trying new products. But to say the least, I like instant results using easy techniques and any product that promises that, gets my instant attention.

A few days ago I randomly bought a face mask from a home based Pakistani online page named Food For Your Face by Fire fly.  I always have pain in the ass type products from online pages but I was willing to give this one a try just for the heck of it.

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So I take 1 spoon full of that mask and mix it with chilled milk, mix it until it has a  creamy thick texture as indicated on the instructions leaflet. After applying it evenly on all over my face and neck (Beauty tip: don’t treat your neck like a garbage bin, it needs just as much attention as your face:)), I just relax and wait for it to dry. I really like the tingling effect it gives due to peppermint oil. Now once there is a thick dry layer of mask on my face, I first loosen it with my wet hands then wash it off with plain water. Later, I apply a moisturizer.

Now come to the results, my skin is so fresh and clean and all my room is scented with pepper mint aroma. Most of the time I am so busy that I don’t have time to go to salon so this is the best choice for me and for all lazy couch potatoes. After few applications I am noticing that my nose is mostly cleared up (my nose is otherwise filled with black and white heads).

So this is a Yayyyyy from me for this mask but that same product which someone love might not suit you so choose wisely and always perform a patch test.

You can buy this product from the link below.
https://www.facebook.com/FoodforyourFace/?ref=page_internal

Sumayya is a microbiologist, loves experimenting with beauty products and makes sure she looks and feels good even when she is short on time.

Muqabil (review) Episode 9 – 11

Fahad Mustafa might be a great actor and host but I have always hated the drama serials produced by him. Muqabil is surely changing that opinion of mine about him.

Pareesa is now married to arman and arman is making it clear how smitten he is by her. Pareesa being a victim of child abuse is scared of being touched and she tells arman that they can only stay in the marriage as friends and not like a normal married couple. Arman assumes that Pareesa might have been in love with someone else and that’s why she does not want to be intimate with him. On the other hand, no matter how strong Pareesa tries to pretend to be, she is extremely affected by the way she was violated as a child. Arman, being the good person he tries his best to make Pareesa comfortable with him. Mehmood over hears a conversation between the two of them and finds out the dynamics of their relationship. It makes him feel even more guilty (which of course is not enough). Arman has gained Pareesa’s trust and she realises she has found the perfect partner. She now wants to have a normal relationship with him but she is scarred emotionally. But she does ask arman to leave her and lead a normal life because he deserves better in life. I just loved arman tells her that he will not back off and will stay with her.

I’m in love with this serial. It’s actually my favourite of this season. I love how characters are being developed through out. I really like how Shehnaz has changed over time and has started feeling guilty for things going wrong in Pareesa’s life. Also the way they have shown the caring side of Pareesa is awesome. She might seem aloof and lost in her own world but she knows what is going on in every one’s life.

All the actors are doing great in their respective roles. Mohsin Abbas is a talent power house. Just love his expressions. Kubra khan can be a little monotonous at times but she has still done a better job than most actresses her age. Saba hameed and asif reza mir are natural and I often forget I’m watching a drama while watching their scenes.

I’m loving this serial. Are you watching too?

Muqabil (review) Episode 1-8

Writer : Zafar Mairaj 

Director : Ali Hassan 

Cast :

Kubra Khan, Asif Reza Mir, Mohsin Abbas, Saba Hameed 

When Muqabil started, I was about o leave for Pakistan for a month so I decided not to start watching it, although the presence of asif Reza Mir was enough to make me want to watch it. What was more enticing was the fact that asif Reza Mir is on the title card of the drama too along with Mohsin Abbas and Kubra khan. 

While in pakistan, I didn’t watch Muqabil but heard good things about it. This week I finally binge watched 8 episodes. 

And well, it was worth it. I have fallen in love with it and now I can’t wait for Wednesday as that’s when I will be able to watch it. 

Pareesa (Kubra khan) is the daughter of the very successful Shehnaz (Saba hameed). She is a loner, an introvert and doesn’t seem to be interested in anything in particular except for her plants and her servant’s 10 year old daughter. Shehnaz wants to get her married but Pareesa is not interested in any one. Shehnaz’s assistant, mehmood (asif Reza Mir) keeps suggesting that Shehnaz should now enforce her decision on Pareesa. Finally, Pareesa starts showing interest in arman (Mohsin Abbas)  who is mehmood’s only son. To everyone’s surprise, mehmood is unhappy with this development. Over the years, he has become religious and righteous but here he demands for a separate home as a gift for his son if Pareesa wants to go ahead with the wedding. Arman meets Pareesa and tells her that she must stay with him in his house and she agrees. Mehmood tries every trick in the book to stop the marriage but he fails every time. It turns out that when Pareesa was 10 years old, mehmood had raped her. Since then Pareesa has started to hate everyone around herself including her parents as they were never there for her. But she loathes mehmood the most. And marrying arman is her way of getting back at mehmood. 

So far, the story is gripping and intense . when I found out that Muqabil is about child abuse, I thought it might be like udaari, but the similarity ends there. It’s different in every aspect. 

 Each and every actor is doing justice to their roles. You expect that from actors like asif Reza Mir and Saba hameed but kubra khan and Mohsin Abbas have both pleasantly surprised me. They are both very talented actors and I’m so glad about it. 

I can’t wait for the next episode of Muqabil. What about you?