Of a fairytale that I lived…

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I always had a thing for wonderland. How it should look like? how magically beautiful it has to be to leave one spell bounded? what should be there to make it worth dreaming about.

So… I landed in Kashmir. Yes! I lived 2 days of my life at a land where everything seems like straight out of a dream, like a fairy-tale. The waterfalls, mighty mountains, majestic river, and immensely loving people together they make up this wonderful place worth a visit.

The way to Kel from Muzaffarabad is quite dangerous and under developed. We reached Kel at night which saved me from watching how the coaster was on the verge of falling into the river right beneath the unsteady, narrow road at many points. Tired from the long journey, I soon felt asleep totally ignorant of what I would wake up to.

Early in the next, I removed the curtain of the room’s window and bam… I was starring at a hill covered with snow and clouds floating so low that I could touch them from my hands. The day following kept me struck with the unprecedented beauty of Kashmir.

I went on tracking the mountain right opposite to the hotel by the mid of the day. met the amazingly hospitable people of Kashmir on my way up to the mountain. It was the first time I went on tracking, and I am hoping it was not the last. Because I have developed a thing for mountains now. I have developed a thing for the feeling of accomplishment that makes one feel on the seventh sky literally once he surmounts the challenging track. I loved it!

Nights of Kashmir are beautiful and scary at the same time. As soon as the sun sets, the valley goes to sleep. Covered in utmost darkness, pin drop silence, stars literally spread over the sky and shining bright, Kashmir has a lot to offset to those who wants to take it. The only sound that could be heard of is the sound of the mighty river flowing in full swing, making a shiver in the spine.

Words cannot express and camera cannot capture the beauty of the valley. The next day we went to sharda, another small town nearby kel. Passing through the water falls, river, mountains, simple and beautiful houses and reaching to the frozen lake of sharda. By the mid night of the following night we packed our bags and returned to murree. Perhaps we left the valley only physically, a part of our heart is still there.And that’s the thing about travelling.

 

 

 

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Throwback to langkawi!

I landed on one of the famous island of Malaysia, Langkawi on the 18th of July from Karachi. It was a very brief trip of about three days only and I would like to share my experience as follows;

The moment I stepped down from the plane, the hot humid sea breezes welcomed me to their island. the hospitality of people, organized and planned construction of the island, cleanliness and good food gave me all the reasons to ignore the hot weather.

I always had this sort of dream to wander in the streets of a new city among the strangers. Somewhere, where I don’t know anyone and nobody knows me and all I do would walk, observe and walk away. I had the chance to fulfill my wish on the streets of langkawi that proved to be one of the safest place for solo women travelers.

Since, it is an island so there are lot of water sports and activities that tourists can do that too in an inexpensive way. For example, Paragliding, cable car tour, beach hopping, mangrove visit, Falcon square, Pregnant maiden island and lake, Geo Forest Park, Falcon feeding, Chenang beachetc. Langkawi bridge is a famous tourist spot out there. However, let me warn you here that the way to reach the bridge is so damn tough that it will make your every bone cringe. However, once you reach the bridge, it will all worth it. Not to mention, you will have to climb back those deadly stairs to catch the cable car. Also, don’t worry about finding these activities because you can easily find the information on net and also the hotel staff informs you about the packages. I found going with the groups more cheap as compared to going alone but then you have to be available on the given time.

Besides the beauty of island there is another reason to be happy on the island, which is duty-free chocolates! yes there is a wholesale mart in the only mall of Langkawi where you can find all sort of famous and yumlicious chocolates in very reasonable prices. So make sure to get you bags filled with the chocolates because the price totally worth it!

Apart from this, what I like the most about Malaysia was the gender inclusion. And we aren’t talking about big cities like Kaula Lampur, we are talking about a small island here. You will find women participating in every walk of life here and must-to-mention doing great also. You can find them driving Scooties like a pro, managing eateries and shops like anything, as teachers, as instructors for paragliding, you name it. This liberty is very commendable and also a lesson for other countries where women are still struggling to get themselves recognized as someone based on their skills and education. Going all the way from Karachi, which is btw the biggest and most developed city of Pakistan, where despite of legal liberty to do anything women want to do they still find themselves struggling because of societal pressures. Still brows are raised on working women, on women driving a scooty, on women wearing different clothes, and basically on women who want to do something different. I so wish to see the acceptance of  our choices on societal level maybe sometime in future!

Furthermore, I would like to mention the courteous services of Emirate with whom I flew from Karachi to Dubai and then to Kaula Lampur and followed the same on my way back.However,  I would like to point out here the difference in the services they offered from Karachi to Dubai and vis-a-vis as compared to services they offered in Dubai to kaula lampur flight. Of course the later was better. I think the emirates would like to take some note on standardization, here!

Our stay in Langkawi was in Grand continental which is a three-star hotel and is very good if you are looking for some tight-budget travelling. the location was amazing, it was in the residential area and was almost next to the mall, so you can go to the mall anytime for shopping and for having lunch in the food court out there which was very inexpensive. Also you can get the cab very easily from here because they are generally parked outside the mall. There were small clothing and souvenir shops nearby too. The staff was very accommodating and there breakfast had very options and taste.

Lastly, good news for tourist. Most of the people here know English so communication issue is off your list! Also uncheck free-wifi issues because there is free-wifi across the island. It’s not that fast but is good enough.

Now prepare your bags and get ready to cherish at the beaches of Langkawi, if you are considering islands for summers.

 

 

 

 

 

Noor (Light)

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For every mile of darkness, there is light. A light of hope, dream and prosperity.

Right when you thought this is it,

Right there you find noor

Like a gentle hand that saves you from drowning into the sea of failure

for every misery has its end

An end that is worth fighting for

that is worth persistence

that is what noor is for you!

 

 

The heart that remembers what it loves…

Here is to the unfulfilled desires

Like a baby bird who dies before it flies

Like a stone that vanishes before it creates ripples

Like a bud that perishes before it blossoms

 

Here is to the gloominess

Undying, residing forever and ever

Somewhere in the corner, deep down in the hearts

That remember what it love

 

Here is to the hearts

That remember what it love

That remember what it cannot get to

That fake to be happy when it’s not

 

Here is to those brave hearts

May you find love where there is no

May you find peace in what you do

May you move on

Find a loyal friend and lover in you!

There comes a point in your life when you realize that the only loyal friend you can ever have is YOU, and if you don’t realize this then you are living your life in a big fantasy.

You are acceptable to people as long as you are good as per their definition of goodness. No matter how close you are to your so-called loved ones, nobody will stand at your back when you are in the unacceptable pool.

Honestly, their is no selfishness or rudeness on the people side as well. This is something we also do with others. We love other as long as they love us, we like things we think are lovable and we show kindness to people as long as we think they are worthy of it. Only thing we need is realization of this phenomenon.

It is either you or God who can pat you at your back when nobody wants to stand even near to you. Therefore realization of one’s own self is of great importance. You need to embrace yourself first, with all the flaws and imperfection. You need to learn how to console your self, how to pamper your self and importantly how to take care of your own self. Nobody cares for you when they don’t need you. It is only you who need yourself constantly.

learn to find your own lap to put you head on when grieved instead of finding someone else’s shoulder.

Love for Arts!

The World of colors is beautiful. Beautiful to an extent that it will take you away from the ugly realities of this World, as long as your hands spread colors on canvas or your eyes bathe with the spectacular curves on the canvas.
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Paintings, not only a beautiful hobby, but also a creative way of expressing your thoughts with strokes. Your thoughts which are kind, creative and worth showing should be on the canvas, should be bathed with colors and imaginations.

Whenever I paint or I see a beautiful painting of someone else’s, the thought which comes into my mind is that how much of relieve does it provide you. If you are unable to find what you desire, you still can put it into your imagination and transfer it to your canvas. What a beautiful way out for our unfulfilled desires!

Reality and Media

Being constantly bombarded with countless channels, numerous talk shows,biased anchors constantly shouting ‘their’ truths, unfortunately we have centered our realities to what media’s reality is.

So for me the truth is what CNN, BBC, FOX News etc shows. However, in this scenario we failed to realizw that there is one truth which media covers through its reports and then thereimages (3) are countless realities which media won’t bring to you.

I am not against media or NEWS, but I want to say is that do not limit your World to what media’s world is. World is not as bad as media shows. It is still a peaceful place with lots of kind hearts and creative beautiful minds working irrespective of their class, social standing, religion, culture and any other label.

So go out for the truth, talk to people, explore hearts and watch for yourself what hidden truth are. As for media, I understand that there are certain limits set by cultures which they cannot cross and hence cannot bring the complete picture.But this is a duty of individual not to set stereotypes based on just what media said.