The Inspiring Pakistan Through Brandon Stanton’s Camera Eye


Human Of New York visit to Pakistan

Human Of New York visit to Pakistan

The popular name of Brandon Stanton has attractively earned huge respect from Pakistan and their loving people. While People of Pakistan are still warming Brandon with marvelous comments for capturing unique stories of Pakistanis on Humans Of New York (HONY) Facebook page, Just like others I have also seen few disturbing, quite rude comments about my country.

But I prefer to ignore such discomforting reactions as there were impressive and huge warming sweet comments on the page, in favor of Pakistan, which wonderfully maintained the highlights of the trip to Pakistan.

Striving efforts of Brandon to perceive the reality of Pakistan through his camera eye is incredible. His trip to Hunza Valley is too influential. How ?

If you are familiar with HONY, you must know this is a photography blog which is well updated by perfect camera shots of people, belonging to different countries with motivational stories. Hunza Valley of Pakistan is one of my favorite destination(prior to my desiring world tour). The pleasing sight of valleys, eye-catchy meadows and mountains is enough to refresh you for a long time. Brandon clicked multiple shots through his camera lens that bring fascinating stories of simple-living people. You will definitely plan a trip to Pakistan, after seeing those awesome images.

Responsible brother with his cute sister - Happiness

Responsible brother with his cute sister – Happiness

A fine trip will also let you amazed by beauty among people of Pakistan and it’s land. The warm nature of residents to greet with every fellow being or a foreigner is bellyful and bounteous to overlook the negative image, portrayed by several anti-Pakistan groups. I hope, many of my followers would agree!

Though Pakistan and it’s people are greatly thankful to Brandon Stanton for driving many people attention toward Pakistan awesome stories and obviously, the heavenly views. To get in your knowledge, Humans Of Pakistan Facebook page also bring encouraging stories to viewers from all over Pakistan.

Fashion Of Lawn In Pakistan, Lets Go Shopping!


Women in Pakistan are having the interesting season of time, because it is about LAWN. As the hint of summer season arrives in the region, the investment in the sector of clothing reaches high.

LAWN is a soft fabric made especially for women of every age and class. The lawn fever is an attraction to all the girls and women living in Pakistan or outside of it. There are more than 150 brands of lawn introduced in Pakistan and it is still flourishing on the demands of the buyers. The lawn craze is creating hype among buyers and every woman gets so excited to buy the new prints as it launches in the market. The designer lawn comes up with beautiful designs that one cannot resist to drop 3 local lawn suits to go for that one designer wear. No doubt the impressive designs are so catchy to a woman eye.

As Karachi hardly enjoy winters, so lawn fabric is enjoyable throughout the whole year. The price range depends upon the quality you go for. The big giant, lawn, is taking over other fabrics and maintains a class in the market. Not only in Pakistan, but lawn is in greater demand outside the Pakistan. The designer brands are opening their outlets in other countries to expand the business.

The greater the brand is, the higher the price will be.

Women go especially for lawn shopping and the husbands or fathers keep worrying about paying the bills. LOL ! I also went for some summer clothes with my sisters and we bought around twelve suits. It was just our first market round, we need to go more. I am loving all the prints, designing, the color contrast and the fabric.

From Deepak Parwani to Nadia Hussain, every designer jumps into the production of lawn as the business expands quickly and increases in demands if the designs are outstanding. Lawn comes in simple prints, embroidered collection, semi-stitched collection and formal prêt collection.
Another business which is expanding rapidly is replica. It somehow affects the original lawns to a bit but a customer gets exactly the same design in cheaper rates. Replicas are in favor of customers but those who prefer wearing the original material of high quality never run for copy fabrics and buy original.

To me Lawn is an easy to carry fabric with delicate quality and impressive attractive designs. The extravagant collection that comes in trendy lawn is too gorgeous and stunning.
HAPPY LAWN SHOPPING!

Take out the mask and live a happier life!


Are you really happy or you pretending to be happy?

When anyone asks you, do you feel excellent about your life? Most of the time the question remain unanswered and we move on. Although living a happier life is not that complicated, in fact it is a simple and easy attempt toward positivity.

Can’t we start living a happier life with some easy-to-do steps?

1) SMILE
yes; a smiling face is a happier face. When you smile, your soul shines and it naturally bring glow to your face. Smile helps you overcome the feeling of stress and discomfort. For example, when you see a smiling child or a person who wear smile, you overcome stress and give smile in return. Here, you feel the moment of joy. Just give it a try and you will experience the positivity in air, leads to happiness.
2) BE BEAUTIFUL
Becoming beautiful is the expression to be real YOU and to look graceful. A gorgeous body needs a shinning soul to make it a perfect blend of beautifulness. Here, another question click my mind and it says, “What makes our soul to be more beautiful?” It is the thoughts we carry in our minds and we need to harness those thoughts. Make your soul be pure, real and positive.
Looking elegant is your personal right and you should never allow this right to be challenged. Carry things that look amazing on your body, take an effective skin care and stay healthy.

3) LOVE YOURSELF
we see people around us who always show discouragement to themselves. They lose hopes easily; they get affected at once, they take everything for granted and STOP moving forward. I believe loving yourself is an inner confidence which urges you to improve, look better and aim high. Be your favorite. Make efforts to love the goodness of your personality. Have a belief in your personality that I can and I will.
Happiness is a choice, not a result. Nothing can make you happy until you choose to be happy”-Ralph Martson.

Image is taken from google images.

Image is taken from google images.

4) WEAR DIFFERENT COLORS
Everyone has own choice of wearing dress and the color that suits. Wearing few colors repeatedly make you a static person so wear some brightening shades like yellow, orange etc. White is a must-have in a wardrobe. Save money and change your wardrobe after few months, seeing your budget and pocket.

5) HAVE A CONVERSATION
At times, we feel displeasure in our surroundings and we need a break. Yes, you are on point. Pick up your phone and make a call to your friend. Mostly they are friends who listen and comfort you, depending on the bonding you share with the other person. The conversation can distract you from daily routines and you start talking about other stuff at least for few minutes. If you are a girl or women, it never sticks to minutes; it would be definitely a call of more than an hour. Other than calling, start texting or messaging but take yourself out from facebook and twitter.

6) TIME TO EXERCISE
A body needs movement to get fit and active. Staying in motion and doing an activity like dance or indoor games is an exciting way keep your body in shape and motivate to exercise daily. Do not adopt any exercise as a must-to-do-job but enjoy the activity for 15 minutes daily and let your body enjoy dancing.
When a physical activity has fun aspects you’re more likely to make it a habit because it doesn’t feel exercise”, says Ottawa exercise specialist Jennifer Greger.

Image is taken from google images

Image is taken from google images

7) MAKE OTHERS HAPPY
We can’t feel the real happiness unless we spread the moments of joy and delight. It’s all about being kind, being helpful and being entertaining towards others. For example speak gentle words with old couple, pass a smile to a stranger, ask about your neighbor health, listen stories of other lives, play with a child, say a word of gratitude, motivate someone, hug you mom, proudly introduce your father to your friends, etc. There are many little things around us, that can bring a positive gesture and YOU be the reason of enchantment for others.

8) WEEKEND IS FOR OUTING
After working for 6 days a week, all of us need some quality time for our family and friends. Here it is, the happy weekend. Decide the places to visit and enjoy. For shopping freaks, time to go out! Watch a movie with your favorites. Give your choice a thought and entertain yourself.

9) ENJOY THE MOMENTS AND LAUGH
Enjoying moments is to create a comfortable environment where you crack funny stories, show art of giggling, sing a song with your own created lyrics, celebrate a win over your joke and live in the instant time of entertainment. This time is inestimable, it never comes back.

If we wear a mask of happiness, it is injustice to your inner soul. Live a simple but happier life.

Childhood Memories – April’s Fool Day


Taking YOU to my childhood, the time when children are energized, capable and loaded with creativity.
On the same day, 1st of April, I accompanied with my sister and friends, wandered in our neighbors and paste the poster, shown in the picture below.
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Yes, we were hilarious kids! The time was fun. What we do was we waited for April fool day, make weird plans, spot the targeted family and decide the timings. On the day, we gathered in groups with our childish yet idiotic ideas that were overflowed in our little minds. We did not care about the hot sun that tanned our skin; we were highly focused on the execution of our plan. Our house was in a compressed narrow street which had all houses nearby with no distance between them. In the mid-afternoon, my friend took two posters with words “Sorry! For this April Fool, We are your nearest neighbors” written with a red marker and two empty boxes filled with garbage but wrapped in a cute gift paper. We kept the box on the front door and attached the poster with the box, rang bell and ran as fast as we could. We hide in our houses and secretly watched the scene behind the doors to see who opened the neighbor’s door and how he/she reacted. Then we celebrated a loud screaming noise of laughter in my house. AHH the time was ludicrous and it is inestimable. That time has no comparison.

Remember the good fun days which you enjoyed with your beloved one’s more often as time never come back but we can cherish the sweet, fantastic memories anytime.

And now, I don’t celebrate April’s Fool Day at all.

Cricket While Travelling


The clock already timed 9:00 a.m and I had missed half of the batting by Pakistan. Like all other Pakistanis, I just took a cup of tea with half of my mind sleeping but eyes widely opened, quickly switched on television screen and sat on sofa comfortably to enjoy Pak vs SA ICC cricket World Cup 2015. In the meanwhile, my dad came to me and asked to pack bags we are leaving for Hyderabad today. My expressions were surprising and I replied with a low tone, Today? What I heard in return was, we will be leaving Karachi in an hour.

Constantly trying fm radio to be fixed out but it distorted badly then my sister, my cousin and I put earphones on and maintain our focus on fm 103 which was doing live commentary about match as it was the only medium which was our exclusive need. We were on national highway moving toward Hyderabad. The weather was little cloudy with splashes of cold wind hitting our faces through car window. The scenery was immensely beautiful.

The cricket match started becoming too interesting, so as our moods. The wickets lined up to fall against Pakistani bowling and we were cheering louder and louder as the wicket goes down. In between, we lost radio signals several times but I was receiving sms, watsapp updates and excitement survived. We stopped for tea at Ali Baba restaurant, which is beside CNG station. Ear phones still on, louder shout and distracting radio signals, cricket was going outstanding and Pakistan won against South Africa.

As I looked out of the window, we were entering Hyderabad city and the weather was bit warm there. I mean it was hot, summers are almost here. Our hungry stomachs were craving for food and we rested at KFC. I tasted Rice and Spice while others took burgers. As we came out of KFC, I noticed a Chai wala(tea maker) was making tea and a group of young boys were gathered around him. And AB De Villiers of South Africa was the point of discussion among them as he stayed long on pitch at Eden Park, Auckland in the match against Pakistan and it was again about cricket. OH yes, South African players are being famous in the streets of Hyderabad too.

All About My Mother


When we caught ourselves in any challenging situation, we turn to ALMIGHTY for forgiveness, help and mercy. After that, the helpless face like mine sits nearly to my mother, look in to her eyes and starts seeking for some advice or even a talk to make myself feel better.

I call my mother as “Ammi” and i feel this word is empowered with love, emotions and unsaid feelings. Yes I am kind of person who shares stories of her friends with mother, she listens with interest and always feels concerned. There is no one like a mother.
She understands when my voice is low, when i am in no mood to work and when i am happy at things. She is a magician to me. In the same manner, when she shows a fake smile on her super shining face, my eyes catch her pained expressions that she gives while cooking, talking, relaxing and I ask her about the pain she is going through. Most of the time, my mother misses my grand mother. No doubt, my grand mother was such a loving and simple woman to be missed at every moment of life.

Sometimes, in the mid of nights and between my sleep, I wish to have a box or something that keep moments of happiness of my family for lifetime.

Recently, when we attended my cousins mehndi(henna) ceremony, all the boys performed dance on music and room was bursting with loud screams, laughs and giggles. I have captured my mother super shining smile on energetic dance performance. And it was out-of-this-world moment to me, when she smiles. Truly saying, guys hit the floor that night and danced stupidly.

Telling some awe-inspiring qualities of Ammi Jaan, She never complains of anything to my father, brother and even to my sisters and I. She does not get much influenced by the desirous attractions of this happening world. She wishes to visit again and again to Makkah and Medinah where she finds her soul complete. She loves feeding to poor women and children, she quits her day sleep to give food to needy who knocks our gate and she loves spending time and listening to them. She does not express her feelings in front of anyone but when we are together talking to only her and about her, Ammi feels high on the sky. My mother is an insipiration to me and my sisters.

Yes, she is a worrisome mom who gets worried at every single nook of the day. Her care and love is too precious to be compared with anything on this world. Her genuine smile is enough for a long tiring day to pass. Her long prayers(Namaz) are so heart touching that one cannot move forward without saying Ameen. She is an inspiration for me and mt sisters.

I love my ammi from the core of my heart and she loves us all with her super shining heart. Her kisses on my cheeks make my skin glowing and soul brightening. Yes, I love her that much. I hope one day, I will make her proud of me.

Never let it go, the cherished moments with your parents and siblings. There is nothing like them in this entire world. Everything will leave you but not them.

While she is watching her favorite t.v serial, I just go and surprise her with her favorite fruit salad 🙂

Words Of Appreciation


Have you ever think about words of appreciation ?
I always feel so overwhelmed by the special words, yes i name them “magical words” as they do magic. It actually lifts up the conversation and expands our talking behaviors with each other. Every word that helps in encouraging the efforts are always special and they blow their magic to the other person. Here i write some of them and just imagine how it brings a confident smile on your face when someone says it to you on your performance or attitude.

Well done you did it.
Keep doing.
You are awesome.
I admire your skills.
Looking forward to your performances.

These magical words does not only lift your mood but gives enough courage to step up in the struggling and challenging life. Saying a word does not make much difference to one’s attitude, in fact it brightens up one’s soul with gratitude.

Keep motivating others with these magical words, it does magic to one’s life !
Appreciate others to get appreciated.

Happy Conversations


I always think how different any conversation would be ?
Every talk got to have some reasoning like to inform and get informed, to order and to be ordered, to listen and to be listened, to teach and to be taught. Reasons are too many. I always try to make conversations with random people to perceive their thoughts, attitudes, perspectives and nature of living. It makes me happy from inside. It will make you happy too.

Let me tell you how can you make an interesting and happy conversation. First of all, you don’t need to have any particular typical topic to get started. One should have it in mind that YOU WANT TO HAVE A HAPPY CONVERSATION and that’s it ! when we talk about happy conversation, it explains you will talk in interest of other person, you will make him/her comfortable with you. An important factor in any communication is mutual understanding and this should never ever be ignored. Be simple, Be honest, do not be personal, maintain respect, wear a smile on your face and enjoy the conversation. Do remember the words in capital letters.
At times, moments of laughter and giggling starts unconditionally and boosts up a conversation. These talks are ever cheerful, joyous and pleasant. Do not miss a chance to have a happy conversation. It brights your day, enlightens your soul and make you feel better then ever. Small conversations are way affecting and inspiring. If you have someone you are not in touch, make a call and do a conversation that makes you happy and your friend the happiest. Trust me, you will feel awesome.

Happiness is having a happy conversation.

Is a tree important in your life ?


Have you ever thought about it ?

We all probably answer in NO because it is not being any important source to our daily lives.
The answer to this question is simply given by a little poor girl, who resides in a rural area. The girl named, bakhtawar met me on my visit to a village, with my family.

Poor girl was having lunch and I was sitting next to her. We were sitting outside a hut in a summery day.  As load shedding is now a daily part of Pakistanis, the electricity went off for two hours and I started talking to her about intensity of heat in these summers. The sun was so hot and sun rays was hitting earth directly. On asking about electricity and how do they sleep, in the absence of light?
Bakhtawar replied with a soft smile that we sleep so well in nights and there is no disturbance at all. I was little surprised but glad to hear from her as she felt little shy in front of me. Well, she further told me that there is a neam tree in her house which has scattered leaves, thick stem and it is huge in size. The neem tree is like air-condition to them. It gives breezy wind throughout the night and save them from hot weather in daylight.  All of the family members and even children of the neighbors sleep in the shadow of the tree. Little girl further said that neem tree is so much beneficial for them in every weather and tree is the best part of their home and we all just love it.

Her love for neem tree was so pure. By looking at her, I felt so much satisfaction and expressions of joy on her face. Then, I understand that how trees can also be so useful in fulfilling someone’s needs and of course, trees are important and are needed to be valued.

Let’s come to the beauty and uses of evergreen neem tree.

Neem tree is a symbol of health.

Neem tree is mostly famous in India but is also found in Pakistan and other places. There are countless benefits of using neem in our lives for multiple reasons. Many other names are also given to neem as “Divine tree”. It has great significance in providing beauty treatments and yes, it must be a favorite for women all over.

Hence, life is not about artificial luxuries, it is all about adaption of beautiful nature and simplicity in our lives.

From bed of yellow flowers


As I looked from the window of my car, the sight fascinated me. I have never seen such an attraction to my eyes. The big yellow flowers painted a beautiful scenery that i have never seen before in my life. Yes I am talking about sunflowers, that are grow for beauty and known for beauty.
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As i entered in the field of sunflowers, i was amazed to see those tall and bright colored flowers, which are big in size and are heavy in weight. Sunflowers have big, daisy like flower faces of bright yellow petals and brown centers that ripen into heavy heads filled with seeds. These flowers are to provide seeds that are used in cooking oil, feeding birds, healthy foods and many more. The special features of sunflowers is that it attracts birds and butterflies. I also some bees and birds in the field. The yellow bed of sunflowers gave a mesmerizing sight and i loved being there.
All the sunflowers were looking towards the sun as it is the basic need of flowers. That scene was so appealing. I was in the fields for two hours and i wanted to be there till evening to capture the scene at sunset.

Have look at the beauty of this nature. Thankful for a blessing.

sunflowers from the field

sunflowers from the field