5 things that I learned from my recent trip to Pakistan

With a super messy house around , I’m sitting with my 3rd mug of chaye here- Nayel and Haya playing and I thought of sharing 5 things that I learned from my recent trip to Pakistan:

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1. Travel. Don’t be scared of going around. Don’t wait for tomorrow or when your kids will grow up. Or when you will have a lot of savings. Plan for now and do it. You never know what tomorrow brings for you and parentings just keeps getting harder. Today is the right time.

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2. Start with your own country- you will be shocked how beautiful your own hometown is. Start small. We always save to travel big. Start from your local place. Visit local cafes. Explore culture and take it simple. Great stories and hidden in simple things.

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3. Take out a moment to speak to local people. On my visit to Northern Pakistan- I happened to visit a school- I was shocked how everyone spoke in English – how grateful , welcoming and hospitable they were.

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4. Enjoy local small road side cafes and their food. Invest time to search for their own fruits and vegetables- and try those! You will be amazed on the flavour and sometimes won’t even know they exist!

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5. If possible- stay longer. Plan less places and explore more. Stay there. Look at their daily lives. Walk around the beautiful streets and visit local museums. Pray in small mosques and buy roadside souvenirs instead of going into fancy malls.

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My trip exploring my own country has awaken a travel lust in me. Living in Dubai- I haven’t ever been to the local places and cultural sites. And that’s where I will start now. Alhamdullilah for the changing weather- I cannot wait to be a tourist in my own city- Dubai!

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If you know of cultural places in Dubai- please write them below.

Can you relate to any of the 5 above? What do you enjoy the most in a foreign county?

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8 Types Of Desi Mango Eaters

With the mango season on full boom, I thought of writing this blog for every single mango fan!

Read and place yourself in the category ! Also tag your friends and family

1. The clean slate:

These people make sure not even a single atom of mango pulp is left. Pora safaya. They respect mangoes and know how important it is to eat every single bit in there. Many a times they are found with chilkay in the mouth with the sadness of mango kahtam hogye. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner- anytime a mango meal is sufficient.

2. The Wasters in BhukaPana:

These people are always looking for the next slice. They waste and disrespect mangoe pieces. Motay motay chunks kha lete hain and baki chor ker dosra ka haq marne wali bat😂– please guys, pora khatam kia krein. Allah bhe zaya krne se naraz hotay hain.

3. The ghutli lover:

In logon ki zindagi ka ik he maqsad hota hai– to get that Aam ki ghutli. Whenever mangoes are served at family gatherings, they eye on the ghutli and can do anything to get their hands on it. Many a times they openly and loudly declare- ”Ghutli meri hai! ”. Be-ware of them and give them what they want- even hours later also – they will be seen sucking on the khali ghutli. Suck it- lick it- repeat!

4. Mango cup maker:

These poeple enjoy cutting the mango from the centre and making cups out of it- and then scooping peacefully with a spoon. Mostly these kind are ocd walay– who want safaye around – hence they eat with nazakat and tameez. On the other hand, kids also enjoy this version of mango. If your haven’t ever tried- are you even a Pakistani?

5. The Mango-ologist:

These people are the real mango lovers. They can identify door se he what variety of mangoes they’re eating. Family members trust them and often ask for their insights before buying. I mean seriously – hats off! It’s an art- they cannot eat a mango without detailing the full bio data of mango generation. Kaise kr lete ho yar- mujhe to sirf aam khane ka shoq hai- Pakistani Aam ho bus 😬

6. Mango here -Mango there- Mango everywhere:

These people eat mangoes with all the zeal and zest. From hands to clothes to mouth, everything shows how dedicated they are in their mango eating mission. These people are afraid of eating mangoes in public- they just can’t. These people are a perfect example of kaise bhe dhag- surf excel/ ariel /bonus / tide./ gaye soap- sab hai!

7. Desi cooler walay mango eaters:

These people do not believe in the magic of modern refrigerators- so they get a big balti, fill it with ice and water and place their mangoes straight from the paiti in them. Then gather around and eat from there- and later wash hands in the same thanda pani 😍😍😍hayeee(reminds me of my bachapan k din!)

8. Mangoes- NO NO!

Okay – these people also exist- I know it’s shocking but yes- non- mango lovers. They prefer watermelon and bananas over mangones- There’s nothing much to be said about them- instead being super sad on their choice- kya miss kr rhe ho yarrrrrr!! Jahan bhe milein yeh- thori batein suna dia kroo 😛

Which category are you in? Did I miss a kind? Please let me know in comments! Do share 🙂 – virtual mango k paiti inam mai meri tirf se 😎😛

P.S This blog is not intended to hurt anyone’s feeling- purely for fun ❤️

Happy Mango season! Dil mango mango krlo!♥️