Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Amazing Daughters

isn't it so?

" so your daughters have kids ?"people often asked.

" yeah Mashallah the older one has 3 sons", I replied.

" Mashallah that is so good May Allah give a long life to her sons", a typical response I get very often.

" And my younger daughter has four daughters", I added.

the excitement always faded.

" Chalo Allah naseeb achey karey", was the response which always irritated me.

My name is Naseem. I am the CEO of a small firm and I am also a mother of two beautiful and smart daughters who are happily married to two amazing gentlemen.

Both of them are mothers who are busy raising their children, taking care of the house and their families and also juggling careers. My older daughter is a dentist and the younger one an investment banker.
I thank God everyday for health and happiness and for my beautiful family which I consider perfect.

Maybe some people think it is not "so perfect".......

I wonder why people around us feel that my younger daughter who is a mother of four daughters is the biggest "BECHAARI " in the world.

I accept every couple wants to have both sons and daughters.
But they can't choose for themselves , Can they?

Daughters are a blessing from God, they are tiny angels on earth. A daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart. They are always there for their parents and maybe sometimes more than sons.

Wonder why people of the world are so skeptical towards daughters ?

Monday, July 27, 2015

Why not in Michigan ?

Pakistani film Bin Roye has so far received an overwhelming response from viewers across the globe and has presented impressive figures at the box office. Running all over the world even in remote places like New Zealand and Fiji island and Singapore this week, the film is holding its cinemas in the UK (No 12 at the box office), US (No 32 at the box office).
Other countries besides England and America where it is in theatres are UAE, South Africa, France, Denmark, Oman, Bahrain, and Qatar.
Bin Roye had two premiers in USA in New York and Dallas. It's showing in many cities in North America.
Just wonder why it is not showing in Michigan ?
Michigan has a large Paki community who are big time Paki drama viewers and would love to support their film industry.
Any promoter listening ???

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Are we "Bahadur" or " Bewakoof"?


"Bajrangi Bhaijaan" is the much awaited Salman Khan film released on Eid Day. It is packed with colorful songs, the plot is quite ordinary this  film, for a change, has a very deep message, which melts your heart.

That message is of "love of humanity"!
It's an emotionally-packed drama which preaches brotherhood.

Bajrangi Bhaijaan is the story of extra ordinary friendship of Pavan Kumar Chaturvedi aka Bajrangi Bhaijaan, a Hindu  sincere devotee of Lord Hanuman and a mute 6 year old Pakistani girl, Shahida, who he calls Munni, who happens to be a Muslim.

It is not the first time that a film about the friendship or love of a Indian and a Pakistani has been made but what makes this film stand apart is the deep integrated message that the people of both the countries are simple, loving and helpful.......they are just human beings living on either side of the border.

Both Indians and Pakistanis believe in God, one calls Him Allah and the other calls Him Krishna. They make friends, take care of their children and try to help those around them ........and yes they also take a game of cricket too seriously.

It is ironic that an Indian Muslim has produced and acted in this film which preaches "peace". The film is released on a Muslim holiday across the globe and is watched by thousands of Indians and Pakistanis together in theaters all over the world.

When Bajrangi is questioned in the film  "tum bahadur ho ya bewakoof?" He has no answer. Maybe it's true for all of us Indians and Pakistanis we don't know if we are "Bahadur"( courageous) or "Bewakoof"( stupid). Maybe we are very courageous, we face hardships every day ........yet we are also fooled by our politicians.

Perhaps we are more "Bewakoof" than "Bhadur".......

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Scrumptious Samosa

Samosas the very popular South Asian triangular stuffed patties is one of the most popular snacks across the globe. It is prepared at homes and across restaurants and " mithai shops" in South Asia. The Savory Samosa have now travelled all over the world from the street caf├ęs in Paris to train station pastry shops in London and are also served as appetizers at strolling dinner parties in North America.
As a matter of fact samosas did not originate in Asia it did in the Middle East and Western China and travelers brought it to South Asia during the reign of Mughals.
Amir Khusro a scholar and the royal poet of the Delhi Sultanate, wrote in around 1300 that the princes and nobles enjoyed the "samosa prepared from meat, ghee and onions" during that time.
Ibn Battuta, the 14th-century traveler and explorer, describes a meal at the court of Muhammad bin Tughluq, where the samushak or sambusak, a small pie stuffed with minced meat, almonds, pistachio, walnuts and spices, was served.
The Ain-i-Akbari, a 16th-century Mughal document, mentions the recipe for samosa.
Samosa dough making and folding them in a perfect triangle is an art in India and Pakistan. In Bangladesh they are sold in very small bite sizes.
Street corners and sweet shops sell samosas and namak paras all year round.
It is believed that it's triangular shape was given to it by the Egyptians so they could dip it in their "qehwa" and eat.
On a personal note my son love samosas especially the big flaky ones, he used to call them " those triangular cookies" when he was a baby but still enjoys eating them.One of our family"s favorite restaurants in Michigan serve sweet samosas filled with strawberries with a tinge of chocolate syrup and fresh cream.