I am a writer – Day 1 #my500words


Going back to my school days, I loved to write but it wasn’t to transform my thoughts into words. In fact, it was all about the daily assignments, home works, and scheduled test.

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I am a writer

What inspired me to write this specific post? It was Jeff’s email and I was completely intrigued by his amazingly well-written words.

Here I say, “I am a writer”. I am not a wannabe, I am already one such writer.

Wow. It feels so good to say with such enthusiasm.

That’s so true, I wanted to be a communicator or someone who wishes to convince others by dialogues. Then, why not a writer?

When I write, I attempt to make it as simple as I can. Obviously, I desire to be better with my writing skills but I don’t want to discontinue for this unjustified reason.

You would be astonished to know that I used to write in a sluggish slow speed. I hated that! It was so challenging to shape my thoughts into propelling words that are meaningful enough to convince the paper checker.

When I was giving the paper of online journalism at my University, I had got millions of words in my mind, but I was damn slow in writing. Somehow, I filled the paper but it was disappointing. However, I got average marks but I was never meant to get average marks.

Something in mind was driving me crazy, “Girl, you need practice, a lot!”.

Maybe I am such writer, who prefers to write a good stuff rather than filler content. That’s why I think a lot before I write or the lack or practice is the prominent reason.

But, this short blog helped me to experiment multiple writing techniques and short writing challenges. It always helped me.

I firmly believe in the idea of practicing and I must say If you are a writer or wannabe you must have to practice.

Forgot to mention, earlier days of freelancing also supported me to become a better writer. Importantly, it focuses on the powerful word ‘practice’.

These words by Jeff inspired me completely, “I used to be like that, you know, used to call myself a “wannabe” writer, because I was too scared to claim the title. I found ways to procrastinate the work I was born to do all because of fear. I sabotaged myself before I began”.

No doubt, I also faced such times when I was scared to write. I tried to overcome the fear of poor writing but with time and abundant practice I became more confident.

Final words

I am a writer! And I have to write. When and how to write is again a different discussion, but one thing I know is I have to constantly write.

I would love to hear what are your thoughts about the idea of practicing and how can I do that with an ease?

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The Old Woman in the Wood (Rewritten)


On a pretty sunset, a girl planned to travel to the nearest town with her family. The girl belonged to a poor family, dependent on little resources. Unluckily, the family got attacked by a group of robbers. The girl tried to escape and eventually, succeeded. The fortunate girl hurriedly ran toward the forest and hid behind a tall tree.

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The forest was packed with giant trees, scary enough to dodge a stranger. Different kinds of birds were humming around the trees to greet a new strange bird, who flew from the neighboring city. The dense forest scared the kind-hearted girl, but she found solace in a peaceful, quiet tree.

As the girl was resting behind the tree, a beautiful dove came and brought a golden key. The girl was stunned to look at the calm small bird who was holding a golden key in its beak. She was astonished as the bird pointed her to unlock the tree. She quickly unlocked the tree with the help of golden key and felt overjoyed as she made an instant glance at the food.

As the sky turned dark and night arrived, the bird came again. This time, it brought the girl to another adjacent tree with a bed. She exclaimed with a thanking gratitude and started living in the forest for a couple of days. Every day, the bird came and helped her in many ways to survive.

One day the dove asked the girl to do a favor, to which she agreed willingly. The bird told her that she had to go to a wooden house of an old woman in search of a plain ring. The house will have an inner room, filled with splendid rings but she had to find a plain ring. But, it advised strictly to the girl that she should not interact with the woman.

The girl with a sincere heart followed all the instructions and was hopeful to bring the ring for the dove.

She entered the wooden house and welcomed by the old woman but the girl did not respond. Despite old woman’s anger, she stepped further toward the inner room and looked for the ring. The girl got bewildered as there was no plain ring at all.

The wicked old woman put effort to carry off the bird cage overlooking the girl’s sight. The brave girl snatched the cage and ran toward the forest. She felt contented as she got the bird cage because it had a bird with a plain ring in its beak.

The girl was excited to meet the dove and hand over the plain ring. She thought to take rest against the tree and wait for the bird. As she was waiting anxiously, the tree turned into a handsome man and turned his arms around the pretty girl and kissed her.

The girl was surprised as the handsome man revealed that old woman is a witch who had turned him into a tree from the last year. But, he was lucky that he had the chance to become a bird for two hours a day. The dove who helped the girl and asked for a favor was also the same young man. He was thankful that the girl accomplished and saved him from the curse of the witch.

The other young fellows and attendants of the man also turned into humans and thanked with gratitude to the young girl.

The handsome hunk was not a common man, he was a Prince and belonged to the King’s Kingdom. The Prince and his companions headed toward the Kingdom to reunite with the family.

Everyone at the Kingdom praised the girl and acknowledged her fearlessness to trick the wicked old lady.

Finally, the Prince found the heroic girl as the Princess and they got happily married.

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I got this fiction challenge from thewritepractice.com where Jeff Elkin posted this writing practice with Grimm Fairy Tales.

Hope you all enjoyed my rewritten story =)

Happy blogging !

Mother – She deserves to be treated as queen every day


It seems one day is just enough for all the days she pampered us with love, affection, and utter responsibility. Really?

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I am not a much huge fan of celebrating days, BUT I think it keeps us remembering the moments. Still, one day is never sufficient to say ‘Thankyou Mom you are truly special’.

What comes to your mind when you say ‘Mother’?

Everything! Or, Maybe someone whom I look forward to every morning or the lady whom I can’t share the worries so that she does not trap herself with tensions or Maybe such a woman who always pray ALLAH for the safety of her children from evil eyes or a woman whose eyes filled up with tears of happiness as she sees you with love.

You might have some other sort of explanation, But I know it would be heart touching in every way. I would love to have your definition 🙂

I believe if there is any relationship that is special, inspirational and jammed with emotions it would be a ‘Motherandchild’ relationship. Motherhood is definitely not beatable in any corner of the world. Let’s make Moms more special by treating them Queens every day.

Things you can present to your mother every day;

1)A beautiful flower (You can also give rose petals in a bowl of water)
2)A kiss to her forehead
3)A tight hug of love
4)Give time or take her to a walk
5)Help her in doing house chores or cooking.
6)Buy her a gift in a week or maybe a month.
7)A goodnight wish

She doesn’t need more! A mother only desires respect, love, care and time.

Islam, the religion of peace, has always stressed significance on the mother. Not just Islam, Christianity, Hinduism and several other religions signify the importance of pious woman and mothers.

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I wish I could give advice to those who scold their mothers for awkward reasons and they even don’t regret the words. Be good to your parents and treat them with kindness.

Importantly, I want to pay tribute to all those gorgeous mothers who have around 1000000 levels of tolerance against their kids! 😉

Top notch benefits of blogging


If I imagine an online presence on the internet world without a blog, it would be a big NO NO! Whether you are an entrepreneur, a digital marketer, a social media expert or an individual you will need to have a blog to survive in the online world.

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Nowadays it is impossible to flourish a business without a persuasive blog that delivers to its readers. A high-quality content that sells and brings traffic to the site is the essential requirement for a start-up or a large company.

Generally, what are the benefits of creating a blog?

I consider blogging is the other word for ‘expressions’. Under the term blog, you are allowed to exhibit your thoughts, ideas, content, and everything that pop up in your mind without any restriction.

Employment chances are higher: Oh yes! You have a strong inspirational blog, chances are high that you’ll get a job. Employers give preference to those candidates who have a compelling online presence.

Enhances interaction: Blog is an online forum that allows you to interact with plenty of individuals around the globe. It speeds up your communication skills and an easy way to know people.

Get influence: Who doesn’t want to enjoy the power of people? Forget about the famous Celebs, be a promising blogger.

Freedom of voice: No one gets a better platform than blogging in view to share thoughts about anything. A blogger is free to write what he thinks.

Brings traffic to your website: A blog post that is written accurately according to the SEO requirements can bring an impressive amount of client to your business. More traffic, more deals.

You can be a writer: Blogging helps you to become a better writer day by day. It improves your writing skills and arouse your interest to learn more about it.

Become knowledgeable: A blogger is a person who always have a handful of information to share with the readers. It helps you to become an expert in the field of study.

Receive instant feedback: Gone are those times when business owners or individuals had to wait for the responses. Now, the time is about immediate results and instant feedback. You can be praised within no time or you can also have the poor feedback of your products. Everything is quick!

The above-discussed benefits are just a few, however if I keep on writing the amazing benefits of blogging it’s strenuous to stop typing. But, I will definitely write more!

Exuberant read: ‘The Bastard of Istanbul’


The articles from the book , as mentioned in the post, will have a longing impact on your life. Shafak is a writer, that delivers thought provoking messages in her book.

Source: Exuberant read: ‘The Bastard of Istanbul’

Exuberant read: ‘The Bastard of Istanbul’


Bold, vivacious and unexpected! 

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Elif Shafak, the Turkish famous novelist commonly known as the writer of ‘Forty Rules Of Love’ has again impressed her fans and avid readers with her bold work ‘The Bastard Of Istanbul’.

Briefly, the novel is swarming with a number of distinctive and extraordinary characters; each has a peculiar style to deliver dialogues. The story revolves around a Turkish girl named Asya Kazanchi and Armanoush, an Armenian-American girl, who visits Istanbul to unfold the issues ,happened earlier in 1915, against Armenians by the Turks.

The contrasting novel is a complex swirl that discusses the life of great-grandmother, who is still alive and fighting against Alzheimer’s disease; a grandmother who is angry and loud; her four completely different daughters and one son and her great-granddaughter.

To my interest, ‘The Bastard of Istanbul’ has aroused my interest and desire to visit Istanbul one day in my life. Elif Shafak has beautifully opened up the mesmerizing city in her book and it’s glittering tales of every day will make you fall in love with the city and the Turkish cuisines (Shafak has also revealed the recipe of famous Turkish dessert ‘ashure’ in the book).

The book also draws attention toward amazing quotes or the articles (as mentioned in the book); each article delivers a message which is motivating and inspiring for the readers.

Many of you might have read Shafak’s book and it’s unique story, but I found these articles impactful and poignant. Although, every article is striking, but I picked few notes to pertain to the individual’s life.

Article one – If you cannot find the reason to love the life you are living, do not pretend to love the life you are living.

Article two -The overwhelming majority of people never think and those who think never become the overwhelming majority, Choose your side.

Article three – If you cannot choose, then just exit; be a mushroom or a plant.

Article four – If you have no interest in their answers, then do not ask questions.

Article five – If you have no reason or ability to accomplish anything, then just practice the art of becoming.

Article six – If you have no reason or ability to practice the art of becoming, then just be.

Article seven – If you have no reason or ability to be, then just endure.

(All the above articles are taken from the book ‘The Bastard Of Istanbul’, written by Elif Shafak)

Snow and Murree


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The year 2016 is definitely the welcoming start for me as I got to capture the scenic views of mountains and hills, located in the amazing Pakistan.

The February trip to Murree is more mesmerizing than my earlier December trip in 2015 because of the snow and its glittering magic on the city.

The picture gets entirely changed when huge oak trees covered up in the snow. A day snowfall was truly fascinating to set the perfect white frame. Here are few shots,  which you might appreciate.

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Remember, add the beautiful Pakistan on your next travel tour. Don’t forget to taste the delicious cuisines 😉

 

 

A small white city in Pakistan


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Murree covered in snow

February became the blessing month for the residents and tourists of Murree. I was lucky enough to land on the green hills in the season of thundery snowfall and captured the breathtaking view of Murree Mall Road.

Keep visiting this blog, I will be posting some scenic views of Pakistan.

On the walls


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I actually don’t know the couple. Yes! I am sorry, I captured it secretly. I couldn’t let this moment escape as the wall wasn’t crowded with other people and gave success to my shot.