Sunday, 30 August 2015

Break The Sterotypes

Last week, I attended an event of Parhlo. They are a new, viral content website that has been very popular in youngsters. I call it Pakistani buzzfeed. The topic of the evening was breaking stereotypes and empowering the youth. Huzzah! Too-my-type.
The trouble with society is that they don't want to pace forward, oftenly. While the elders of society keep the old traditions, the youngsters with warm blood and bright ideas try to move at a fast pace. It ends up as a conflict between two generations. I must say elders are right, they do have experience. They just shouldn't keep denying what youth has to offer in terms of modernism. If traditions would merge into modern ideas, a new contemporary society would be born. 

We all got to discuss a number of issues that the youth have to face in Pakistani society. These issues varied from education to general public problems. I realized the main problem out of all: the fear of speaking up.
We often don't say many things because 1) no one would trust us. 2) It's a taboo. But if it's bothering you, then it should be told. It should be solved. I consider it very simple, but it's not really simple for everyone. Though it should be. The burden of unspoken words is way too hard to bear. While all of us work to make society a better place with our actions, I hope it helps everyone to get rid of their fears, especially the one they can solve themselves.

 Anyways, it's a long debate. I can speak on and on. But the primary purpose of this post is to show off some cool photos I took. The event took place in Regent Plaza, Karachi. I had lots of fun photographing the sophisticated spots around.


 The scrumptious brunch and a fun goodie bag that included a t-hirt that says "Fasla rakhein warna beizzati ho jaye gi" (pure Pakistani insult)

So I wanted to reach out and ask all of you, what's the biggest stereotype you want to fix in your own society? Since I have readers from different countries, so it would be helpful to know how it all works in other parts of the world.


PS: It's not the sponsored content. I loved the event so I am posting about it.

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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

What's In My Bag?

My bag is something that I can never leave while going outside. It feels weird being outside without carrying all essentials, like a book. I would rather read a book than staring outside for hours. Hashtag traveler. Today I am sharing a typical, or not so typical, "what's in my bag?!?!" post.


I don't carry a lot of stuff. My college bag contains all the crap I wouldn't put in my fancy handbags. They get so full and look excessively stuffed that isn't visually appearing. Ew. So I keep minimum yet necessary things. 

My bag is from 10 Dollars Mall*. It's a discounted store that offers everything under $10. From clothing to accessories and everything. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? This bag was like $9.99. I couldn't wait to have my hands on it ever since I first saw it. It's a black leather bag with rose gold buckles. It's pretty huge to fit all my essentials without being a bulge. So I can say it was a great deal.

I opened my bag to check what I had put in it. The following items showed up:

1. Sunglasses // I bought these rad shades a while ago but hardly put them on until now. I am a sunglasses hoarder so it was a very general situation when I forgot I had these, too. They're my currently-on-the-go glasses so they're found in my bag. I love them, for their pop art design.

2. Keys // I would be pretty lost without my keys. This set has keys of almost everything. I mean, quite everything.

3. Cologne // A body mist or cologne is a must for me. I got this one from a local superstore. It has a sweet and berry-like smell.

4. Notebook // I like to keep a notebook with me and pretend to have a very sophisticated and punctual lifestyle. Which isn't exactly the case, to be honest. But this small notebook helps me note down little details in a hurry.

5. Wallet // This wallet was a present from Lahore. I had my girly pink wallet filled with so many photos of my family, but I swapped that with this one. It's a fairly large wallet, can carry notes and cards but no photos, sadly.

6. Wide Teeth Comb // You never know when a bad hair day starts. My bad hair days come so frequently that I would be devastated if I ever leave home without a comb (2x bag essential).

7. Lotion // I keep this small Aromatherapy lotion with me because i) It's compact and easy to carry, ii) It's not too greasy which is a nice quality. I got it from Aromatherapy's bath and body set from Pearl Continental hotel.

8. A Book // Carrying a book along is very helpful especially when you have a long journey ahead. I had been traveling a lot, from Karachi to Thatta back and forth, so this book was an amusing read. It's An Abundance of Katherines from John Green. It's an average YA novel, involving a lot of Math too (that I hardly understood, though). I'll review it soon.

So this is all I had in my bag right now. The only thing that isn't in the photos while being the most important part of bag essentials is my iPod and ear pods since I was taking photos with it and ear pods blasted music in my ears as I did it.

What are some of your bag essentials?

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Sunday, 23 August 2015

Beauty In The Wilds

Nature photography has always been my favorite theme, to contemplate different angels and present them in a way that all photographs look more subtle. I have been trying to add more minimalism into my photos. No matter if it’s a shot of my everyday tea cup, lush green scenery or even a selfie, it could always get better with a hint of minimalism. I decided to try some nature shots with the minimalistic angels and they turned out so well. I love to turn traditional methods into contemporary techniques. You know, where nature meets the modern photo ideas, this is what I tried doing over the past week.
Since I was having a resting week at my grands, away from college and city, the whole place offered a whole serene feeling for me to soak up. The first thing I spotted when I set out in the late afternoon, to explore the countryside, was this pile of chopped woods. There was a lot more on the way.
This red-colored stone looked so pretty. They were scattered around and I could see a million of them. 
It was so windy and cloudy and everything ending with a y. Almost. I was expecting rain, but it only drizzled. It didn't really matter since we don't even get to witness drizzle in Karachi on a regular basis so it seemed like a blessing, a small one, but still a blessing. And I'd like to behave like one grateful human being.
I cherish my city life, with all skyscrapers and loudly horns honking vehicles, but the serenity found outside the cities is very relaxing and I find it too necessary to explore, to lighten up my head after every once in a while. I am probably not alone in this. 

What is your favorite kind of photography?

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Thursday, 20 August 2015

The Ecstatic 18

I turned 18! 
16 August, I really adore my birthday. Except for my geek love with even numbers (how 2^4 is 16, making it my favorite mathematics combo), it's special because birthdays are supposed to be special. This year, it was quite different. I waited to turn 18 all my life, especially at all those moments where I had to stop for a certain activity as it was for "the grown-ups", those dangerous rides I would dream of riding and a bunch of other things that don't seem to matter, any more. But as it came near,
I was afraid.

18 doesn't only mean growing up to the age where you get to ride your favorite roller coaster in an amusement park, but it's a synonym for responsibilities, expectations and rawness of reality. You wouldn't be considered a kid who can keep repeating mistakes or breaking rules. Just like everything has a price, so does the freedom. And it's a lot more than we could ever anticipate.
The price is to be yourself. Solely.

I might have been a little unprepared but realizing how life catches all of us, off the guard, it didn’t seem hard anymore. Looking back, I can clearly see how things dramatically changed over past eighteen years. My transformations, friendships, completions of plans and failures. Everything left a mark, forever, in the small span of time, for me to learn from them all over again. To be honest, I think I have more power of decision-making, a deeper sense of responsibility and vision of doing the right thing than I used to. Of course, it didn’t happen overnight, or before the eve of my birthday. It happened gradually. The eighteenth is just like a first step into a wide staircase of  the real world, where I actually get to use all these tactics.
I consider it’s the time to actually start investing time and energy into the foreseeable future which is getting near (i.e. university, professional life).

Keeping the realistic stuff aside, I think it’s really fun to be 18. The lovely wishes and presents I got from family and friends were so heartwarming. I have an adventure planned ahead and everything else is going well. Dear life, I see what you did there.

So wish me luck as I go ahead, with a lot of plans in my notebook and dreams sparking in my head, stepping up the game of creativity and my small biz ventures. I hope all the good things await!!!!


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Saturday, 15 August 2015

Inspiration Wall

My inspiration wall has finally been finished. It was my first ever real-life Pinterest project that actually ended up looking fabulous. Inspiration walls are basically your visual motivators. I needed one, desperately. With a hint of ink, brush lettering, photos and Gossip Girl, my little creative corner was done.
From left row:
  1. Work Hard Poster
  2. My nicknames. All the ones I like, embarrassing ones are not included *coughs*
  3. Beloved, Inspired & Determind quote
  4. Life Mantra (What would Blair Waldorf do?)
  5. A Blair Waldorf quote ("I'm not a stop along the way. I am the destination.")
  6. Sunset photo I took a while ago
  7.  Poem "You"
  8. Quote in Chuck Bass style ("I'm Noor Unnahar. Your argument is invalid.")
  9. Hope, Dream & Wanderlust quote
  10. A photo from my book club meeting
I designed these prints and got them printed. The rest was too simple; stick them on the wall with tap or adhesive solution. I preffered using tape, it doesn't destroy the wall even when it gets off.
Each print has a story of its own. Work hard has always been my favorite thing to say. You can either work on something or you cannot, there's no in between. There are very few things you can't do, everything is possible in some certain ways. 
I love Gossip Girl. I couldn't help but include them in my long list of inspirations. 
I didn't want to include photos but these two photos have a deeper meaning. Sunsets remind me of falling and rising equation & hope. Bookclub is my biggest motivation to keep reading and maintaing my books.


What are some things that motivate you, infinitely? 

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Best of last link up - Farman shared this stunning sky shot, with mystical hues!









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