Aaj Jaane Ki Zid Na Karo [Video]

My heart is in a million pieces this morning.  Breaking down over a poem I have heard so many times before. The ghazal, Aaj Jaane Ki Zid Na Karo, is something most Pakistanis have grown up hearing.  And most often, it is the version sung by the legendary Farida Khanum we are familiar with.  It’s a…

Disgraced: A Confirmation Fantasy

Photo Credit: Liz Lauren (Chicago Sun-Times) Over the past weekend, I attended a performance of Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer winning play, Disgraced, at the Goodman Theatre.  Given the acclaim and the premise of the play, I was intrigued and had been wanting to see it for quite some time. So I was thrilled when it returned…

Spring Cleaning

AND WE’RE BACK EVERYONE! We’ve decided to do our own bit of spring cleaning: a new look for our blog and some fun posts lined up! But first, don’t you want to know what we’ve been up to? I’m currently reading… Nadia: The Nightingale – so good! I’ve read way too many books based on…

Why We Still Cheer

It may seem trivial. A cricket match. Especially in light of the horrific and tragic events of the last few months. But to understand why millions of Pakistanis would still tune in to cheer on our boys in green is to understand Pakistanis themselves. We’re resilient, we’re strong, and we still believe in our future.…

This Beautiful Game

32 nations have sent their finest to Brazil for a chance to lift the cup.  And I could not be more excited. Growing up in the Middle East, football was everywhere.  Whether it be local club matches or international friendlies, I would watch it all.  Didn’t understand a thing the Arab commentators were saying, but…

I Need a Hero (Like Me)

Irene Adler, the only woman to ever outsmart Sherlock Holmes was the first fictional character to ever grab my attention.  Her daring and cunning to take on the most clever of men was inspirational, and aspirational, for a fifth grader.  Middle school introduced me to the driven, though deeply flawed, heroine Scarlett O’Hara, and the…

I’d Like to Thank…

Last night, along with 43 million other people, I watched the Oscars, an annual event for me.  I revel in the celebration of film and great performances, homages to Hollywood icons, and of course, the emotional acceptance speeches.  I’m a sucker for those even if I have no idea who the person is or what…

Chai Break

And it’s finally time for this week’s Chai Break… Nadia ventured out on Tuesday night to the East Village after much too long (hibernating in the UWS these past several months). Had dinner at a really cool spot with a true New York downtown scene: ACME at 9 Great Jones. Sometimes a change of scenery…

Chai Break

Everybody needs a nice Chai Break on Monday. Friday was the nation-wide release of the Oscar nominated Omar, the first Best Foreign Film nominee for Palestine.  (Paradise Now was a nominee from the Palestinian Territory.)  It’s been an exciting road for the filmmaker to create the first ever fully funded Palestinian film.  Also, one of the…

Chai Break

It’s time to for this week’s Chai Break! Juveria’s annual trek home has come to an end and she is not ready to leave.  What a great trip spent with wonderful family and friends.  Back to the cold… Beautiful images designers share and one word that describes their upcoming collections for New York Fashion Week Feb.…