Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Lessons I Learned From My Favorite Books

I'm a bibliophile. I can remember buying and collecting books as a kid. I got this habit from my Mom (Amma Jaan). She would always buy me and Areeba books . We would buy snacks and drinks and eat them while reading. It went on for years.
I got away from reading when I was a senior in high school , I hardly even had time to read magazine but when high school was over , I was back to be a vivid reader.
Mainly , I am an over-night reader. If I start a book , it's way too hard to put it down. Or characters would come and haunt me to complete the book. Haye! it's better to read the book after 12 at night. So I can read right till morning. Usually , I complete a book within 5-6 hours.

I prefer to read book with a strong plot and sensible message to be conveyed. I once heard from someone that what you learn from a book would always stay in your mind. So instead of reading disturbing literature , you should read some great books that may change your life in a good way.

There are some very good books that changed my whole perspective about life. I didn't only get to read fiction but also a great message from each book.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
I have read this story in childhood , many times. But I completed the novel a while back. It was about a boy who travels to various places and learns a lot about life. This book let me explore my mind within the locations and thoughts of the boy. It was a classic , I'm telling you.

Lesson I learned : Be honest and keep a deep look round your surrounding. Good things come to those who wait , literally.

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
It is , without any doubt, the most successful book of this year. or decade. Though it went all mainstream , I still think it was well deserved. This book was a mix of emotions and struggle. It's about two teenagers who had cancer and they fell in love. But no , it's not your average YA romance book.
I also wrote What I Learned From The Fault In Our Stars.

Lesson I learned : Difficulties of life shouldn't stop you from loving what you already have. Take care of the people who care about you.  Love is a precious thing and not everyone's lucky enough to have found it.

If Tomorrow Comes by Sidney Sheldon
Sidney Sheldon is an amazing thriller writer. If Tomorrow Comes is a story of a brilliant woman who had to face criminal difficulties though she was all innocent. After that , she actually becomes a con artist. Inter-pol and detectives chased her but she tricks them all.
I was so furious what had happened to Tracy Whitney (Protagonist) at first. But how she managed it and led a whole different life afterwards.
"She was going to make them pay… Tomorrow, she thought. If tomorrow comes." I loved this line.

Lesson I learned : If you're innocent , in no way anyone can do wrong to you. If you're dedicated , you can achieve ANYTHING.

Pir-E-Kamil by Umera Ahmed
This book is from a Pakistani author , Umera Ahmed. She's a wonderful writer and her books are always so amazing. I have read almost all of her books. But this one is my most favorite.
It's a story of a guy who has an IQ of 150 but he's a spoiled person. He experiments with everything , even suicide. Yes , he wants to feel how one dies. His life changes after a girl and religion. God , I couldn't put this book down. Pir-E-Kamil was published in Urdu but has been translated in English.

Lesson I learned : If you strive hard for something with honesty , you'll get it. If only that thing is good for you.

Divergent by Veronica Roth
I read this book after the movie was released.
It's a completely different story. Reminds me of Harry Potter though. The world in Divergent is so civilized. They're separated in factions and those factions are trained within their own rules.

Lesson I learned : Instead of escaping from your weakness , try to face it. Unless it will kill you and you wouldn't be able to do anything about it.

I have a lot of other books to be shared but I could only do five at the moment. BUT.... Books can never get old , they're always a valuable friend.

What are some books that influenced you & taught a lesson?
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Saturday, 19 July 2014

The Blogmopolitan Quiz

I used to buy a lot of teen girls magazines and would cut cute models' poses and their clever quizzes when I was a tween. I had a lot of picture journals , with some witty jokes pasted on them. Nah , they weren't any cute thing. I threw most of them , oh no ALL of them. But I still love to fill magazine quizzes , they make me feel like a famous high school brat. Sigh , I know I'm not anymore. Bye bye high school.

I saw The Blogmopolitan Quiz and filled it suddenly.

// My name is Noor Unnahar , but I'm called Noor casually. Most of the people get my name wrong , it's Nuu-r On-na-haar. Not Noooooo-or Yun-na-her . You won't believe but I've been called this. Embarrassing. Do you know what's my name story?

// My favorite nickname is Noori , it was given by my family. You see , my family is so creative that my nickie was even bigger than my real name. Noor to Noori , a journey of name switching (I could make an autobiography movie with this name). The rest of the names are given way too randomly.

// Tea is my fuel . Don't give me tea for two days and I'll be a zombie , a cute one though. Aww. Pizza makes me happy , with veggie toppings and cheesy crust. Mascaras and eye liners are a make up essential of mine , way too important.

// To be honest , I have a very very blurry image of soda in my head. I'm a basic Pepsi and coke person so the fizzy or carbonated drinks I get to drink is Vitamin Water. So this soda thing is coca-colaaaaaa for me.

// I'm so very terrified of lizards. WAY TOO MUCH. I don't understand why they creep me out this much , it has got to be a mystery from my childhood where I was stranded on a dark island and there were so many lizards I fought with and....wait it never happened then why I am this much terrified of lizards? I'll spend the rest of life figuring it out.

// My Baba Jaan (dad) once said to me "If you make others feel inferior or don't respect them. It's not a good thing. One day , you'll have to face the same thing. You can't get passed from the pain you once gave to someone."
This thing got stuck in my mind. I kind of dislike people who don't respect others , who don't care about other. No matter if it's about a street beggar or an executive officer , everyone should be treated in a good way.

// Real Housewives? I only have some acquaintance with their GIFs.

// I want to go to Canada , on an urgent basis. Call the airport , let me book a seat. I want to land on Niagara falls , straight. Maybe not straight , I don't want to die in freezing water. Ops.

// #teamPAJAMAS. Good night , sleep tight , wake up bright in your pajamas. The peaceful rule
for leading a good life.

// My favorite times of the year are written all above. Ramazan , Eid , my birthday and Sundays.

// I can't wait to pack some bags and travel all around the world. I have a teeny tiny idea that I can , I can travel as much as I want to. It's just not the right time at the moment to do it. But I will , someday :)
Annnnnd , being successful is a goal to be achieved. As firm as the last goal of Germany in World Cup. Gl├╝cklich

// Every morning I wake up with a promise , "I will start working out.....tomorrow."
This tomorrow is as near as September. Or November. How about I give it a go in 2015? Although I am so optimistic about working out.

// I'm (probably) not a good care taker when it comes to kids. I can remember when I used to dislike babies , my bad. But I don't anymore , hurrah , I love little kids. Even toddlers.

// If you ask someone about me , that you really shouldn't (just kidding. Go ask) , they'll certainly say I'm what I marked up there. It feels so good to be a fun person while being a little more responsible and independent. Life isn't about considering EVERYTHING on others , but it is to lead it on your own while BEING with others. My golden rule.

// I like friends with pizzas. Or me with pizzas. Or us with pizzas. Pizza pizza pizza.

// Love , is such an important thing to me. It's not The Notebook love , it's just about caring way too honestly about the people in my life. Where we all will be by each other's side, forever ever ever.

// I'm not a party-hard-cuz-yolo person. So my weekends are peaceful , fun and relaxing. I'll go on a long drive with family or eat out.

// I look forward to rest & relax in my room. Honestly. No matter how much work or fun or anything I did , the best part of my day is to be in my bed , resting well :)

What would be your answers to The Blogmopolitan Quiz?
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Friday, 18 July 2014

Totally Favorites - this week!

It's Friday !!!!!!
To be perfectly honest , these days I've been completely unaware of week days and even time. When you have nothing to do in life (see more : studies) so things go like that. I hardly get to glance calender or clock. Just for now. Freedom.
Today, I'm linking up with #FavTotalSocial from Helene . It's about sharing your favorites. Yeah , that should be fun . I'm sharing what was my favorite in past week , yo!

Favorite Selfie :
If you know me , you must know I'm a self-claimed professional selfie taker. Aw. I wanted to submit my face for My Face For Peace yesterday , so I had to take a decent selfie. I liked their cause , it was started by an artist from Germany and he needed 10000 people to submit their faces with a peace message. With the critical condition of world peace these days , I knew I was going to do it. This is the selfie I submitted to their website.

Favorite Moment :
I had put my ring somewhere and couldn't find. I was roaming around house , asking everyone if they had seen my ring. Gosh , that ring was so dear to me. I couldn't give up. After searching everywhere , I knew I had lost it (sigh!). With a very terrifying sad face , I slammed myself on bed. My favorite ring went missing and it's a lot serious than it seems. After all this struggle , I found out I had put it on my bed. It was right with my pillow. YAY! It wasn't lost , I WAS *insert a confusing emoji here*

Favorite Song :
Don't Stop by 5 Second of Summer. 
I was craving to hear some music from this boy band but I couldn't really decide where to start. I am a basic billboard person , in general. So I asked Cheriese to suggest me a song and she suggested this one.
Oh-eem-gee! It is a perfect , teenage-ish song. I guess 5SOS are going to be my mega favorite when I turn 17.
(My 17th birthday is on 16th of August. So near.)

Favorite Social Media:
Twitter awakes my inner comedy star , I feel like 140 characters are my short script and I can laugh on my own bits. Despite , I tweet fellow bloggers , sometimes celebs and brands. This way , twitter wins the favorites race.

Favorite Quote: 
This quote is like a big pat on my back. I realized the actual meaning of this quote is "Nobody is going to help you find a good internship or job unless you move around and check out opportunities within your skills. Now when you've known it , get up and put off this invisible cloak of procrastination."

Helene in Between

What's your favorite stuff this week?
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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

10 Songs That Make Me Happy

1. Mirrors By Justin Timberlake
This song just makes me so happy. The lyrics , the music and everything. It is one of those song that makes me want to do a huge concert. Yeah! 

2. We Own The Night by Selena Gomez
This is a lovely song. My best pick for sleepovers. In my imaginations , it takes me to woods and star gazing.

3. Best Song Ever by One Direction
YO , YAY , YUHOO! It can get a bit loud but I still play it out loud while being on long drives , as it's the best song ever.

4. 22 by Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift can never go wrong with lyrics. Although I am not 22 or going to be 22 in next few years, the music is just so awesome.

5. Lucky by Britney Spears
The only song from Britney Spears that gets me happily emotional. It's mainly about a very famous but lonely actress , I still take it positively .

6. Don't Leave Home by Dido
It is an old song I picked from my baba Jaan (dad)'s music collection. He has a great taste in music and we would always listen it in our family drives.

7. Lost And Found by Katie Herzig
This song has so many positive vibes. I listened it in film Family Weekend and right after watching the movie , I went straight to look for this song.

8. Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny) by The Pussycat Dolls & A.R.Rahman
This song was for film Slumdog Millionaire and I fell in love with it. My aunt had it recorded for me in a tape cassette when it first came out. Talk about dedication , lel.

9. What The Hell by Avril Lavigne  
La-La-La! This is so funny song , it could lead up as a breakup song but it didn't. Aye Avril ! 

10. She Will Be Loved by Maroon 5
It's a little old song. Like , it was released in 2004. I didn't really like it until it appeared it in The Last Song. It reminds me of rains and thunderstorms and eventually , a rainbow (dramatic!).

So these are some songs I enjoy almost anytime except when I am deadly sad and Wrecking Ball kind of songs are on my playlist. Yeah
What are some songs that make you happy?
So Much Sunshine

Today , I am co-hosting Listed Tuesday with Erica from So Much Sunshine blog. Come , join us.
- Write a post about anything you want that includes a list of sorts
- Add the Listed Button to your post
- Come by So Much Sunshine on Tuesdays and add your link
- Read other posts, comment, and make new friends
- Shower, rinse, repeat each week.
- Follow your hosts!
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Monday, 14 July 2014

New Look & Good Life

I'm so happy to reveal the new look of Noor's Place. Monogrammed logo and some girly pastel look had been on my mind for a long time , I just couldn't make it happen. Also , my files remained in my laptop which was gone to maintenance center and came back after ages. This way , it took a whole century ( I like to brag) to have it installed on my blog.
So welcome to the very fresh and new Noor's Place. I updated About and Twin Life page as well , take a look.
Just because my blog had a re-design , my design studio had a new look as well. I do justice my web homes. Haha!

I designed a few blogs while I wasn't blogging, so this way I wasn't really unplugged from web world. Aye.
If you'd like to check them out , go to my portfolio .
In celebration of new designs , my blog ads are 50% off , use code "NEW" and get the spot of your desire.

Back to the real world.

I've been so lazy , it's Ramazan after all. I don't sleep all night , go to bed after Sehri (if you're familiar with Ramazan , Sehri is the meal eaten before dawn for starting fast ) and sleep till noon. YAY.
I have been writing and working on a journal , like I am trying to be creative and putting it on a paper. It can either be a proof or a good ole sign , I had never been a fan of writing things down. I'd schedule or plan things on my Galaxy and ta-da , the vulnerable techo generations that's so mine , does it. I am glad I somehow going to get along with paper. Smiles.

There's a song I've been singing way too much. Although I am a terrible singer , this song just can't get off my mind and I keep singing (a little slowly without being caught). Mirrors of Justin Timberlake (Kizomba Version)
I love the original track as well . But this remix version is far too awesome. Sorry Mr. Timberlake , I can't really help it :) Give it a go and listen , if you get addict then maybe we can be bestfriends , lel . But it was originally suggested by my best friend so I am giving it away for everyone else to get addict with it.

Have a great summer day , everyone.
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