“We can never get yesterday back, and we can never know what tomorrow will bring. So live today like yesterday’s gone, and live like there’s no tomorrow.”—william chapman (via classybitchbutnevertrashy)
“It could be any cricket ground on the globe, but it has to be
a Pakistan versus India match to get a crowd so involved.
And if the ground happens to be Eden Garden, Kolkata, in
India, any opposing team, but especially one from Pakistan,
faces 100,000 plus eleven opponents. And if you happen to
be a young and unknown Pakistani pace bowler who has just
taken the wicket of Rahul Dravid, one of the world’s most
accomplished batsmen, you can feel 100,000 pairs of eyes
boring into you while a deafening roar pours out of 100,000
throats as their hero, Sachin Tendulkar, walks in. But if you
knock off his stumps with your very first delivery to him, your
ears meet with a deafening and almost eerie silence. I did it,
I thought, I did it, as I pressed my forehead to the ground
in gratitude.”—Shoaib Akhtar in ‘Controversially Yours’. (via severus003)
“Watching Pakistan play cricket is like watching a man who wakes up every morning and is marched to the gallows. On some days, the fear of death grips him so closely that he collapses before the noose is brought out. On other days, he lives in defiance of his impending death, relishing the freedom of being alive for a few moments.”—Ahmer Naqvi (x)
1. Do not date a boy who does not care what your favourite song is. The boy who does not care what melodies ignite your heart strings with love and wonder while staring at passing street lights on the last train home, will not care if it’s 2 a.m. and your heart is breaking.
2. Do not let anyone fold you up like last winters tattered scarf and put you away with the others in a neatly labeled box. Even when there’s thunder and the sky is crying, you are your mum’s favourite summer dress. You are to wear yourself like you believe it.
3. We are all stories. Write yours how you want. Make today’s chapter about purposely taking the wrong bus and discovering a tiny blue tea shop, or folding origami paper hearts over and over on your window sill. Just make sure it’s something you’d enjoy reading.
4. I will always try to save you.
5. Someday you will be 19 and lost and heartbroken and you will think about a place you’ve seen on TV or heard or read about in a book or seen a picture of. You will feel your heart drop into your stomach. Go there. For a day, a month, forever, but it’s important that you go.
6. The world is so beautiful. Do not let the slumped over homeless man outside the convenience store or the stories of guns and bombs on the television let you believe otherwise. We are all so lost. All of us. We all show it in different ways. I write bad poems. Others start wars. There is no inherent evil, only good people searching too hard.
7. I love everything about you.
8. Money turns people into liars and emotional ghosts. School grades are an inaccurate representation of you. Measure your life’s worth in how many times you’ve nearly lost your life to laughter, how many books you’ve closed with happy tears in your eyes, people whose lives you’ve brought joy to, marshmallows eaten, or countries visited.
9. Don’t ever let anyone tell you to stop crying. Cry if you want to. It’s okay. You’re allowed.
10. My best friend once told me that the most important decision he had ever made was to love everyone and everything. He’s the only person I’ve ever known to have a viewable aura of light around him. Don’t forget to love this world, to love people. Be light. You are already mine.
First episode of the I Am Karachi Radio Show with team members from the I Am Karachi Coordination Unit: Muhammad Abdullah, Humayun Ansari and Bilal Khan. This young and energetic team runs the campaign control room and in this show, they talked about what the I am Karachi campaign is all about, what activities are happening and what makes Karachi special for them.
Audience were engaged through social media, SMS and live calls interactions. #Iamkhi giveaways were also distributed through a contest.
The show was co-hosted by RJ Fahad Pervez and RJ Fariha Awan.
"Sensitivity is a sign of life. Better hurt than hardened. I bow to those who keep their hearts open when it is most difficult, those who refuse to keep their armor on any longer than they have to, those who recognize the courage at the heart of vulnerability. After all the malevolent warriors end each other, the open-hearted will inherit the earth."
“In the stormy days of our youth, we imagine that solitude is a sure refuge from the assaults of life, a certain balm for the wounds of battle. This is a serious mistake, and experience teaches us that, if we cannot live in peace with our fellow–men, neither romantic raptures nor aesthetic enjoyment will ever fill the abyss gaping at the bottom of our hearts.”—George Sand (via itsquoted)
Ramadan in my hometown Dubai gives the term “melting pot” a whole new meaning; a time which allows people of all faiths and nationalities to enjoy the delectable treats- sweet and savory- that melting pots and pans churn out every day. So instead of sticking to what’s traditionally served at home, go out and try something new, or make these Ramadan regulars at home.
I’ve illustrated some of the usual suspects relished at Iftar around the world:
UAE – “Lgeimat” are fluffy fritters soaked in a sticky, sweet syrup infused with saffron, cardamom, and cinnamon flavors. And I, like many Emiratis, prefer to douse them in honey.