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I don’t usually go for the subscription boxes, but temptation won the battle last month & I subscribed for this Hogwarts Houses themed candles (July theme) subscription box by @theflameaffair
I opted for the Jumbo Box priced 1999/- PKR with 200 delivery charges & I got:
🔹️Four candles weighing 4 oz each, representing the Hogwarts houses.
- Gryffindor(red) - Cocoa butter, coconut & peach
-Slytherin(green) - Lavender & eucalyptus
-Ravenclaw(blue) - Jasmine & sandalwood
-Hufflepuff(yellow) - Rose & orange
🔹️An epic “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good” tote bag by L.E.T.T.E.R.S (facebook page)
A customized diary by @edukaan.buzz quoting my favorite saying by Albus Dumbledore, “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light”
🔹️A lovely handmade HP themed bookmark by @thoughtsyturvy
🔹️A beautifully customized Deathly Hallows badge from @badgeify
🔹️The most awaited customized Hogwarts admission letter
🔹️One HP book of my choice. I asked for HP & the cursed child as I already have the other books & needed this only to comprehend the negative hype it got
🔹3 apple-flavored Bubble Gums & 2 blueberry flavored Zombie chews
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My thoughts:
🔹Absolutely in love with the tote bag, the deathly hallows badge, the letter & the bookmark
🔹️For people like me who collect diaries, this diary is nice. The paper quality is satisfactory & the cover is good
🔹The book is not original, but I knew that already so no issues. It is a neat copy nonetheless
🔹The eatables looked adorable, but since I don’t eat chewing gum at all, so I will give them to someone else
🔹Lastly, the candles; the moment I opened them, the scents were quite overpowering & strong that I was a little disappointed. However, there are things that have the ability to grow on you
It happened with these scented candles. I got used to them in 2 days. The tins are in perfect shape
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Suggestions:
The candles should be labeled with the scents.
If the scents are light & subtle, then it would be amazing.
One of the candles melted a bit & ruined half the label, which is sad.
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Overall, it was a good experience. Thank you @theflameaffair for this lovely box
Feedback Post I don’t usually go for the subscription boxes, but temptation won the battle last month & I subscribed for this Hogwarts Houses themed candles (July theme) subscription box by @theflameaffair I opted for the Jumbo Box priced 1999/- PKR with 200 delivery charges & I got: 🔹️Four candles weighing 4 oz each, representing the Hogwarts houses. - Gryffindor(red) - Cocoa butter, coconut & peach -Slytherin(green) - Lavender & eucalyptus -Ravenclaw(blue) - Jasmine & sandalwood -Hufflepuff(yellow) - Rose & orange 🔹️An epic “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good” tote bag by L.E.T.T.E.R.S (facebook page) A customized diary by @edukaan.buzz quoting my favorite saying by Albus Dumbledore, “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light” 🔹️A lovely handmade HP themed bookmark by @thoughtsyturvy 🔹️A beautifully customized Deathly Hallows badge from @badgeify 🔹️The most awaited customized Hogwarts admission letter 🔹️One HP book of my choice. I asked for HP & the cursed child as I already have the other books & needed this only to comprehend the negative hype it got 🔹3 apple-flavored Bubble Gums & 2 blueberry flavored Zombie chews . My thoughts: 🔹Absolutely in love with the tote bag, the deathly hallows badge, the letter & the bookmark 🔹️For people like me who collect diaries, this diary is nice. The paper quality is satisfactory & the cover is good 🔹The book is not original, but I knew that already so no issues. It is a neat copy nonetheless 🔹The eatables looked adorable, but since I don’t eat chewing gum at all, so I will give them to someone else 🔹Lastly, the candles; the moment I opened them, the scents were quite overpowering & strong that I was a little disappointed. However, there are things that have the ability to grow on you It happened with these scented candles. I got used to them in 2 days. The tins are in perfect shape . Suggestions: The candles should be labeled with the scents. If the scents are light & subtle, then it would be amazing. One of the candles melted a bit & ruined half the label, which is sad. . Overall, it was a good experience. Thank you @theflameaffair for this lovely box
Book Review: #gadariya is really close to my heart. It was my initial introduction to the work of #ashfaqahmed & no matter how many times I read it, it always leaves me in despair. This along with #aikmuhabbatsauafsaaney are two books that I can pick any time for a taste of tragedy & life.
It is a collection of short stories with endings totally different from what we usually read in fiction. There are no or very few happy endings, but life doesn’t always give people a satisfying ending. Does it?
It depicts whatever happens around us, to the people we see every day & to all of us at some point in our lives. Tragedies happen & life goes on. Everything will be fine in life & then, BOOM, it will hit you right in the nerves.
This book takes the reader on the journey of Dao Jee, who was a shepherd in his childhood but got lucky in getting on the path of learning & wisdom. A generous person who will go to any lengths to teach a boy (the protagonist) so that he can clear his matriculation exams. It is a story with loads of emotions, revelations from the past & how life takes a 360-degree turn.
The loss of Gul-tar’riyaa (a puppy) to the heartbreak a person suffers in reality, the things one promises to achieve so that he can marry the love of his life & become financially acceptable while life plays its cards brutally, a person who just couldn’t comprehend what he truly wants when its comes to love/ relationships & is always misunderstood by others; this books covers the ordinary stories in a unique way.
Toshey Billey will leave you a little haunted at how a disturbed soul can still linger on in the world to tell the tale.
Safdar Theila was both devastating & realistic at how some students gang-up in schools & colleges that even teachers are slightly afraid of them but one can never know that they can be the kindest when the time comes or when it is about their loyalty to their friends.
Ujley Phool refers to the impact of war on the lives of those left behind, Barkha is a simple story of the one-sided infatuation of teenage years & Aloevera is about unexpected connections one ends up building with the most unusual people.
Rating 9/10
#BetterReadsChallenge 184/365
Book Review: #gadariya is really close to my heart. It was my initial introduction to the work of #ashfaqahmed & no matter how many times I read it, it always leaves me in despair. This along with #aikmuhabbatsauafsaaney are two books that I can pick any time for a taste of tragedy & life. It is a collection of short stories with endings totally different from what we usually read in fiction. There are no or very few happy endings, but life doesn’t always give people a satisfying ending. Does it? It depicts whatever happens around us, to the people we see every day & to all of us at some point in our lives. Tragedies happen & life goes on. Everything will be fine in life & then, BOOM, it will hit you right in the nerves. This book takes the reader on the journey of Dao Jee, who was a shepherd in his childhood but got lucky in getting on the path of learning & wisdom. A generous person who will go to any lengths to teach a boy (the protagonist) so that he can clear his matriculation exams. It is a story with loads of emotions, revelations from the past & how life takes a 360-degree turn. The loss of Gul-tar’riyaa (a puppy) to the heartbreak a person suffers in reality, the things one promises to achieve so that he can marry the love of his life & become financially acceptable while life plays its cards brutally, a person who just couldn’t comprehend what he truly wants when its comes to love/ relationships & is always misunderstood by others; this books covers the ordinary stories in a unique way. Toshey Billey will leave you a little haunted at how a disturbed soul can still linger on in the world to tell the tale. Safdar Theila was both devastating & realistic at how some students gang-up in schools & colleges that even teachers are slightly afraid of them but one can never know that they can be the kindest when the time comes or when it is about their loyalty to their friends. Ujley Phool refers to the impact of war on the lives of those left behind, Barkha is a simple story of the one-sided infatuation of teenage years & Aloevera is about unexpected connections one ends up building with the most unusual people. Rating 9/10 #BetterReadsChallenge 184/365
Book Review: I wanted to read more books by #ceceliaahern ever since I read her #whererainbowsend / #loverosie but couldn’t pick any book by her till now.
#roar was sitting on my shelf since January, started reading it in June & dragged it for the whole month.
“I am woman, hear me roar, in numbers too big to ignore.”
This has to be the most bizarre, unique & totally original collection of short stories I have read in a while. Most of them were fascinating & relatable but a few of them were truly weird. I have mixed thoughts about this one, however, I appreciate the concept behind them.
These are 30 stories about 30 women, who are not named in most of the stories as that woman could be anyone; you, me, our friend, next door neighbor, anybody from our relatives or someone belonging to any part of the world. The problems are similar, the behavior of these women & their reaction to the circumstances almost identical for everyone.
It is the perfect embodiment of the instances when fantasy merges with reality. The metaphors we use so casually actually happen in life. A couple of stories cover the dystopian theme as well.
In these stories, the elements of confusion, indecision, bravery, sexualization, gender differences, stress, guilt, understanding, kindness, compassion, impact of social media, owning your mistakes, standing up to one’s rights, being powerful, responsible & strong, following your dreams, self-care & everything that occurs in the lives of women.
In these tales, the woman disappears, grow wings, unravels, smiles, is swallowed up by the floor, fed by the duck, forgets her name, is kept on the shelf, eat photographs, sow the seeds of doubt and see the fruits of her harvest, loses her common sense, picks cherries, thinks that the grass is greener on the other side, jumps on the bandwagon, wears her heart on her sleeve, has a ticking clock, is pigeonholed & some other things happen too, quite literally but every story has a lesson of empowerment. She always learns something in the end.
The stories are heartwarming, somewhat unreal, encouraging, hilarious & good for light reading.
It is for all those women who ROAR!
Rating 8/10
#BetterReadsChallenge 181/365
Book Review: I wanted to read more books by #ceceliaahern ever since I read her #whererainbowsend / #loverosie but couldn’t pick any book by her till now. #roar was sitting on my shelf since January, started reading it in June & dragged it for the whole month. “I am woman, hear me roar, in numbers too big to ignore.” This has to be the most bizarre, unique & totally original collection of short stories I have read in a while. Most of them were fascinating & relatable but a few of them were truly weird. I have mixed thoughts about this one, however, I appreciate the concept behind them. These are 30 stories about 30 women, who are not named in most of the stories as that woman could be anyone; you, me, our friend, next door neighbor, anybody from our relatives or someone belonging to any part of the world. The problems are similar, the behavior of these women & their reaction to the circumstances almost identical for everyone. It is the perfect embodiment of the instances when fantasy merges with reality. The metaphors we use so casually actually happen in life. A couple of stories cover the dystopian theme as well. In these stories, the elements of confusion, indecision, bravery, sexualization, gender differences, stress, guilt, understanding, kindness, compassion, impact of social media, owning your mistakes, standing up to one’s rights, being powerful, responsible & strong, following your dreams, self-care & everything that occurs in the lives of women. In these tales, the woman disappears, grow wings, unravels, smiles, is swallowed up by the floor, fed by the duck, forgets her name, is kept on the shelf, eat photographs, sow the seeds of doubt and see the fruits of her harvest, loses her common sense, picks cherries, thinks that the grass is greener on the other side, jumps on the bandwagon, wears her heart on her sleeve, has a ticking clock, is pigeonholed & some other things happen too, quite literally but every story has a lesson of empowerment. She always learns something in the end. The stories are heartwarming, somewhat unreal, encouraging, hilarious & good for light reading. It is for all those women who ROAR! Rating 8/10 #BetterReadsChallenge 181/365
Book Review: First things first; I am in love with the gorgeous cover of #iftheycomeforus by #fatimahasghar
It is her debut poetry collection & she is the creator of the Emmy-nominated web series called ‘Brown Girls’ & I am tempted to watch it now.
Secondly, this book is powerful, intense, unique & definitely worth-reading. I loved it the moment I read the first poem about the APS Peshawar incident as it was so raw, emotional & heartbreaking.
“In my dreams, the children are still alive in school. In my dreams they still play.”
It deals with partition, Kashmir conflict & war in a new light. It is bound to shatter your soul. How partition still haunts the dreams & lives of those who lived through it, is incredibly bone-chilling.
“He runs towards
& away while the field
__ while the ghost trains
deliver bones, burnt
while I bury the stories
of my dead at the tree’s base
to dig up when winter ends.”
The personal & intimate experiences of a girl who was affected by the partition one way or another, the displacement from her beautiful homeland & adjustment in a foreign land, the loss of her parents & growing up as a woman of color in the world where white supremacy is a rage will strike all the right chords of your heart.
The expression is bold but strong as she explores her identity as a Muslim, a woman & an orphan. It caters to her exploration of her sexual identity & the struggles encountered as a brown girl.
The constant mention of things from home like mehndi, food, sweets, language & festivities, of the land closer to the heart but far away in reality, of a lost home, changed now but still present in the memories; makes it a melancholic & sentimental read.
It reminiscences on history & traditions of an Asian household, conflicting cultures, the insensitivity of the world towards the third world countries & immigrants (esp. Muslims), the border restrictions, prejudice & hatred along with other complexities of life.
It talks about love, loss, despair, death & acceptance.
Highly recommended to all.
Lastly, this is my 200th post & it really feels like an achievement. Thank you to everyone who became a part of this journey.
Rating 9/10
#BetterReadsChallenge 179/365
Book Review: First things first; I am in love with the gorgeous cover of #iftheycomeforus by #fatimahasghar It is her debut poetry collection & she is the creator of the Emmy-nominated web series called ‘Brown Girls’ & I am tempted to watch it now. Secondly, this book is powerful, intense, unique & definitely worth-reading. I loved it the moment I read the first poem about the APS Peshawar incident as it was so raw, emotional & heartbreaking. “In my dreams, the children are still alive in school. In my dreams they still play.” It deals with partition, Kashmir conflict & war in a new light. It is bound to shatter your soul. How partition still haunts the dreams & lives of those who lived through it, is incredibly bone-chilling. “He runs towards & away while the field __ while the ghost trains deliver bones, burnt while I bury the stories of my dead at the tree’s base to dig up when winter ends.” The personal & intimate experiences of a girl who was affected by the partition one way or another, the displacement from her beautiful homeland & adjustment in a foreign land, the loss of her parents & growing up as a woman of color in the world where white supremacy is a rage will strike all the right chords of your heart. The expression is bold but strong as she explores her identity as a Muslim, a woman & an orphan. It caters to her exploration of her sexual identity & the struggles encountered as a brown girl. The constant mention of things from home like mehndi, food, sweets, language & festivities, of the land closer to the heart but far away in reality, of a lost home, changed now but still present in the memories; makes it a melancholic & sentimental read. It reminiscences on history & traditions of an Asian household, conflicting cultures, the insensitivity of the world towards the third world countries & immigrants (esp. Muslims), the border restrictions, prejudice & hatred along with other complexities of life. It talks about love, loss, despair, death & acceptance. Highly recommended to all. Lastly, this is my 200th post & it really feels like an achievement. Thank you to everyone who became a part of this journey. Rating 9/10 #BetterReadsChallenge 179/365
Book Review: Since I loved #thehateugive as it was so essential for everyone to read it once, especially in the time we are living in, so I naturally wanted to read #onthecomeup
The 2nd book by #angiethomas is just as important as her first. It is good if not great as compared to #thug & throws light on numerous issues faced by black people & teenagers.
It explains the negative influence of constant prejudice, hatred & judgmental behavior of people. However, it is about following your passion & sticking to your dreams, no matter what happens.
The protagonist Brianna Jackson or Bri is 16 & have always dreamt about becoming a famous rapper, a G.O.A.T. She is well-known in the community due to her father who was killed brutally.
Now, Bri is your normal emotional teenager who swears a lot, make bad decisions, does what she wants, causes trouble for herself, is sometimes way too rude to the people who care, but she also faces extreme prejudice on a daily basis by her schoolfellows, teachers & the guards which make her attitude comprehensible.
All her actions are considered problematic even if she has done nothing. It really shows how white people make an issue of everything done by the people of color.
“Let be real: We're black kids from one of the worst neighborhoods in the city. All it takes is one of us messing up & suddenly all of us messed up.”
It is her story of showing up in rap battles, getting caught in the trap of making money by doing whatever it takes, trying to make a name for herself, to do something as dire poverty threatens their home after Jay (mother) loses her job & Trey (brother) is working super hard in his job despite his dislike for it.
It makes you feel privileged to have all the blessings in your life. People have to go through so much to make both ends meet.
It is about her friendship with Malik & Sonny (the reader gets to know about their lives as well) & the significance of having a supportive family.
Her relationship with her Aunt Pooh, a garden disciple (GD), is heartwarming & she will do anything to protect her niece but has various issues in her own life.
It is surely an eye-opening read (a little annoying at times though).
Rating 9/10
Book Review: Since I loved #thehateugive as it was so essential for everyone to read it once, especially in the time we are living in, so I naturally wanted to read #onthecomeup The 2nd book by #angiethomas is just as important as her first. It is good if not great as compared to #thug & throws light on numerous issues faced by black people & teenagers. It explains the negative influence of constant prejudice, hatred & judgmental behavior of people. However, it is about following your passion & sticking to your dreams, no matter what happens. The protagonist Brianna Jackson or Bri is 16 & have always dreamt about becoming a famous rapper, a G.O.A.T. She is well-known in the community due to her father who was killed brutally. Now, Bri is your normal emotional teenager who swears a lot, make bad decisions, does what she wants, causes trouble for herself, is sometimes way too rude to the people who care, but she also faces extreme prejudice on a daily basis by her schoolfellows, teachers & the guards which make her attitude comprehensible. All her actions are considered problematic even if she has done nothing. It really shows how white people make an issue of everything done by the people of color. “Let be real: We're black kids from one of the worst neighborhoods in the city. All it takes is one of us messing up & suddenly all of us messed up.” It is her story of showing up in rap battles, getting caught in the trap of making money by doing whatever it takes, trying to make a name for herself, to do something as dire poverty threatens their home after Jay (mother) loses her job & Trey (brother) is working super hard in his job despite his dislike for it. It makes you feel privileged to have all the blessings in your life. People have to go through so much to make both ends meet. It is about her friendship with Malik & Sonny (the reader gets to know about their lives as well) & the significance of having a supportive family. Her relationship with her Aunt Pooh, a garden disciple (GD), is heartwarming & she will do anything to protect her niece but has various issues in her own life. It is surely an eye-opening read (a little annoying at times though). Rating 9/10
Book Review: I wanted to read #quratulainhaider from quite some time & her famous #aagkadarya has been on my shelf from past 1 year. Thank you so much @parh_likh for giving an opportunity to me for starting this journey. I believe, short stories/ (افسانے) are the best way to understand legendary authors like her.
#qandeelecheen is a collection of her afsaaney compiled by #jameelakhtar & I really appreciate the effort he put in to assemble all of them according to their first known publication date in various newspapers & magazines.
The first 90 pages include the preface written by the author herself where one gets to see glimpses of her life, the various phases apparent in her writings & the whole story behind this book by Jameel Akhtar. It has 21 short stories starting from her first ever story written at the age of 17.
اور وقت ہے کہ گزرتا جا رہا ہے۔
These stories reflect her personal journey from being a girl belonging to an elite class (often labelled as a bourgeois writer) to someone who witnessed the horrors of war/ partition & was deeply affected by them, faced the struggles of being an immigrant & the controversies due to Aag ka Darya (one of the reasons behind her return to India).
اکثر خالی گھروں میں جب تین چار آدمی الگ الگ چپ چاپ بیٹھے ہوں تو کیسی پراسرار خاموشی چھا جاتی ہے۔
She wrote what she saw in her surroundings, most of these stories are quite complicated & it takes time to adjust to her writing style.
The stories usually depict the circumstances faced by ordinary people no matter what their class is. It caters to their emotions, attachments, issues, along with the growth & ways of seeing the world. More or less, each story has a heartbreaking/ tragic element, a certain longing, melancholy & emptiness in the lives of the protagonists.
آنکھوں والوں کی سیاست میں اندھوں کی کوئی جگہ ہے؟
There are no happy endings but a realistic approach to life. As the years go by, maturity & depth is strengthened in her stories. They grow on you. The ones involving the social dilemmas literally made me cry.
The aftermath of war & partition is evident. The stories vividly reflect the unease, sadness, internal conflicts & sensitive nature of the author.
Rating 8.5/10
Book Review: I wanted to read #quratulainhaider from quite some time & her famous #aagkadarya has been on my shelf from past 1 year. Thank you so much @parh_likh for giving an opportunity to me for starting this journey. I believe, short stories/ (افسانے) are the best way to understand legendary authors like her. #qandeelecheen is a collection of her afsaaney compiled by #jameelakhtar & I really appreciate the effort he put in to assemble all of them according to their first known publication date in various newspapers & magazines. The first 90 pages include the preface written by the author herself where one gets to see glimpses of her life, the various phases apparent in her writings & the whole story behind this book by Jameel Akhtar. It has 21 short stories starting from her first ever story written at the age of 17. اور وقت ہے کہ گزرتا جا رہا ہے۔ These stories reflect her personal journey from being a girl belonging to an elite class (often labelled as a bourgeois writer) to someone who witnessed the horrors of war/ partition & was deeply affected by them, faced the struggles of being an immigrant & the controversies due to Aag ka Darya (one of the reasons behind her return to India). اکثر خالی گھروں میں جب تین چار آدمی الگ الگ چپ چاپ بیٹھے ہوں تو کیسی پراسرار خاموشی چھا جاتی ہے۔ She wrote what she saw in her surroundings, most of these stories are quite complicated & it takes time to adjust to her writing style. The stories usually depict the circumstances faced by ordinary people no matter what their class is. It caters to their emotions, attachments, issues, along with the growth & ways of seeing the world. More or less, each story has a heartbreaking/ tragic element, a certain longing, melancholy & emptiness in the lives of the protagonists. آنکھوں والوں کی سیاست میں اندھوں کی کوئی جگہ ہے؟ There are no happy endings but a realistic approach to life. As the years go by, maturity & depth is strengthened in her stories. They grow on you. The ones involving the social dilemmas literally made me cry. The aftermath of war & partition is evident. The stories vividly reflect the unease, sadness, internal conflicts & sensitive nature of the author. Rating 8.5/10

Nayyab Sarwar (nayyab.writes)Visit Nayyab's Instagram Feed

• LAHORE WHEN IT RAINS •
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The monsoon splits Lahore at its seams, forcing all the grandeur out if its system and replacing it with reflection. You can see the city ease back into its original aesthetic; shalwars hitched up to the knees, rubber chappals sloshing their way through puddles of sewage water and the people of the city being cleansed of all the pretentiousness that they’ve piled onto their backs. .
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This is Lahore, all its art still preserved in its cemented bones and the blood of its people. We group together now, battling the monsoon, gathering on higher ground to grab piping hot jalebis and samosas to take home or to the office where we know tea has been seeped in a silver pot on a corrugated stove. There’s no such thing as an ordinary monsoon in Lahore, there’s only a tub of ice with chaunsa mangoes settled at the bottom waiting to be ripped from the flesh. There are ceramic teapots sitting in lounges waiting to be drunk from, carrying generations from house to house and there are Lahoris - relieved from the aridity of June. We stay thirsty all year round, the back of our throats grinding like sandpaper when we push our tongues against them. .
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.We allow ourselves to get drenched only in the monsoon. You can see us now, extending our arms to the heavens and letting the rain sit on our bare skin. We don’t mind the water, we don’t mind it at all. .
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📸 @bilalbutt717 .
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#pakistanibloggers #lahore #lahorites #lahorelahorehai #dawn_dot_com #dawnnews @dawn.today @dawn_dot_com @dawn_images #pakistanireadersinitiative #writinglife #writingcommunity #pakistan #monsoonseason #monsoon #rain
• LAHORE WHEN IT RAINS • . . The monsoon splits Lahore at its seams, forcing all the grandeur out if its system and replacing it with reflection. You can see the city ease back into its original aesthetic; shalwars hitched up to the knees, rubber chappals sloshing their way through puddles of sewage water and the people of the city being cleansed of all the pretentiousness that they’ve piled onto their backs. . . . This is Lahore, all its art still preserved in its cemented bones and the blood of its people. We group together now, battling the monsoon, gathering on higher ground to grab piping hot jalebis and samosas to take home or to the office where we know tea has been seeped in a silver pot on a corrugated stove. There’s no such thing as an ordinary monsoon in Lahore, there’s only a tub of ice with chaunsa mangoes settled at the bottom waiting to be ripped from the flesh. There are ceramic teapots sitting in lounges waiting to be drunk from, carrying generations from house to house and there are Lahoris - relieved from the aridity of June. We stay thirsty all year round, the back of our throats grinding like sandpaper when we push our tongues against them. . . .We allow ourselves to get drenched only in the monsoon. You can see us now, extending our arms to the heavens and letting the rain sit on our bare skin. We don’t mind the water, we don’t mind it at all. . . . . 📸 @bilalbutt717 . . #pakistanibloggers #lahore #lahorites #lahorelahorehai #dawn_dot_com #dawnnews @dawn.today @dawn_dot_com @dawn_images #pakistanireadersinitiative #writinglife #writingcommunity #pakistan #monsoonseason #monsoon #rain

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“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements⁣ precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.”⁣
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Two magicians, Hector Bowen and a man named Alexander, are sworn rivals. To find out who is stronger they enter into a binding agreement to test two of their students against each other.⁣
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On this occasion, Hector Bowen chooses his six-year-old⁣ daughter Celia, and meanwhile, Alexander chooses a young orphan boy Marco. Celia has a natural gift that must be honed, while Marco has a glimmer of magic, and needs to be taught almost everything.⁣
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The backdrop is the circus itself – Le Cirque Reves: the circus of dreams – The circus is so wondrously described that it ends up⁣ becoming a character in its own right. Erin Morgenstern has a beautifully descriptive writing style that takes you to a whole other place. I love how she describes the beautiful imagery of the circus; it was definitely my favourite aspect of the novel.⁣
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It is written in a way that slowly builds up; the author⁣ tells the story using several different POVs, which enriches our perspective on everything. She also moves through time, choosing to tell the story in the past, the present, and the future. The execution was flawless and the complex structure added to the mystique and charisma of the circus.⁣
And believe me, by the end of it you’ll be hoping for a movie, and a real Night Circus you can attend.⁣
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While I feel the ending was emotionally satisfying but not intellectually, I am still glad that I read it nevertheless. If you are a fan of lush prose and don't need climax as in traditional fiction and fantasy, then you will adore The Night Circus.
“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements⁣ precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.”⁣ ⁣ Two magicians, Hector Bowen and a man named Alexander, are sworn rivals. To find out who is stronger they enter into a binding agreement to test two of their students against each other.⁣ ⁣ On this occasion, Hector Bowen chooses his six-year-old⁣ daughter Celia, and meanwhile, Alexander chooses a young orphan boy Marco. Celia has a natural gift that must be honed, while Marco has a glimmer of magic, and needs to be taught almost everything.⁣ ⁣ The backdrop is the circus itself – Le Cirque Reves: the circus of dreams – The circus is so wondrously described that it ends up⁣ becoming a character in its own right. Erin Morgenstern has a beautifully descriptive writing style that takes you to a whole other place. I love how she describes the beautiful imagery of the circus; it was definitely my favourite aspect of the novel.⁣ ⁣ It is written in a way that slowly builds up; the author⁣ tells the story using several different POVs, which enriches our perspective on everything. She also moves through time, choosing to tell the story in the past, the present, and the future. The execution was flawless and the complex structure added to the mystique and charisma of the circus.⁣ And believe me, by the end of it you’ll be hoping for a movie, and a real Night Circus you can attend.⁣ ⁣ While I feel the ending was emotionally satisfying but not intellectually, I am still glad that I read it nevertheless. If you are a fan of lush prose and don't need climax as in traditional fiction and fantasy, then you will adore The Night Circus.
This classic by Ernest Hemingway is a story of an old man who is a seasoned fisherman. He had gone 84 days without catching any fish and have been considered extremely unlucky. ⁣⁣
On the 85th day of his unlucky stretch, the old man sails out into the sea in hope of catching a fish and changing his luck and what happened next, makes me pity and respect the old man. I won’t get into the details as it will give away the plot for the ones yet to read this.⁣⁣
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I was fascinated with the way this story was written - it was mostly a narrative with very little dialogue. Very few writers could not have pulled this off, but Hemingway did beautifully and I also really enjoyed the vivid descriptions and scenery in the book.⁣⁣🌊
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“Fish,” he said, “I love you and respect you very much. But I will kill you dead before this day ends.”⁣⁣
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This classic by Ernest Hemingway is a story of an old man who is a seasoned fisherman. He had gone 84 days without catching any fish and have been considered extremely unlucky. ⁣⁣ On the 85th day of his unlucky stretch, the old man sails out into the sea in hope of catching a fish and changing his luck and what happened next, makes me pity and respect the old man. I won’t get into the details as it will give away the plot for the ones yet to read this.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I was fascinated with the way this story was written - it was mostly a narrative with very little dialogue. Very few writers could not have pulled this off, but Hemingway did beautifully and I also really enjoyed the vivid descriptions and scenery in the book.⁣⁣🌊 ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ “Fish,” he said, “I love you and respect you very much. But I will kill you dead before this day ends.”⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ "You did not kill the fish only to keep alive and to sell for food, he thought. You killed him for pride and because you are a fisherman. You loved him when he was alive and you loved him after. If you love him, it is not a sin to kill him. Or is it more?"⁣⁣🐋 ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ It’s hardly 100 pages novella, but what is presented in it is so great and have a lot of philosophical values contained. And the bitter-sweet end left me with a lump in my throat. ⁣⁣ So if you have a couple of hours in hand to kill, do pick this book.⁣⏳ ⁣ ⁣ QOTD❓Have you read any short story by Ernest Hemingway?📜
The book starts out through the eyes of Zayneb, she is a firecracker. Who experiences Islamophobia from her teacher, but then is punished when she exposes it. And her parents have suggested she spend the suspension period with her aunt in Doha, Qatar. She also experiences it on plane and when trying to swim in a pool. This fuels her anger more!⁣🤬
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The book starts out through the eyes of Zayneb, she is a firecracker. Who experiences Islamophobia from her teacher, but then is punished when she exposes it. And her parents have suggested she spend the suspension period with her aunt in Doha, Qatar. She also experiences it on plane and when trying to swim in a pool. This fuels her anger more!⁣🤬 ⁣ "I didn't have to open my mouth or do anything for people to judge me. I just had to be born into a Muslim family and grow up to want to become a visible member of my community by wrapping a cloth on my head. ⁣ I just had to be me."⁣🧕🏻 ⁣ Coincidentally, Adam is also heading to Doha to spend spring break with his family. Just as Zayneb is wild, Adam is calm. They have a small meeting on the plane from England to Qatar and then fate brings them together once again.⁣🙋🏻‍♀️🙋‍♂️ ⁣ The book is told through alternative POVs of Zayneb and Adam, both of them writing in “Marvels and Oddities” journals of their own. The whole book is about these two very different characters searching for the marvels and oddities, the positive and negative in life.⁣➕➖ Really enjoyed their individual journeys about fighting for what you believe in and especially how their romance came together as well. The side characters were amazing too and the glimpses of Doha with Islamic culture helps the readers to connect with the characters more. And And it has the cutest epilogue.⁣💕 This was an exceptional read that not only has a beautiful love story, but it also tackles some important issues. Make sure to add this to your TBR.⁣📚 ⁣ ⁉️QOTD?: What are some good books you've read that have tackled Islamaphobia?⁣ ⁣