Archive for December, 2013

December 29, 2013

Imma Photo Mazdoor! Let’s shoot!

by Khanum

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Sunday Morning, 22nd of December came with a refreshing promise for me. A Promise for Adventure.

I, along with a bunch of photographers and a great friend, (Gulabo) embarked on a cold journey towards Rana Resort. Approximately 76km away from Lahore, This beautiful place has 200 acres of thick bamboo jungle. Lush green beauty everywhere! And what I loved about this place the most was the silence and calm. Minus the bizarre people there and you have a perfect peaceful spot for walk and photography! Every color I noticed somehow seemed either green or brown to me. It felt like a combination of cold meeting warmth.

Speaking of warmth,  Let me mention, to get ourselves charged up for fatigue and hard work ahead, We made a quick stop  at some dhabba first for tea. (Uh- It turned out to be very meethi.)  And then Half way there,I realized I should have listened to my mum and wore high-neck underneath my sweater. It was damn cold.

Anyhow, after that we stopped at Head Baloki. Did snap snap and then Upon reaching the Resort after like 10 minutes or something, I for one became very displeased with the high pitched bizarre songs being played in the park or garden. Whatever it was. But as we moved further and towards the bamboo jungle, the sounds of civilization began to fade away somewhere in the background. Before us, was a calm beautiful jungle, waiting–and  inviting!

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Kudos to Photo Mazdoor! It’s time that it finally got mentioned by me.

The Photowalk was organized by Photo Mazdoor in collaboration with Nikon! From transport expenses to refreshment and lunch, everything was included in registration fee Rs 1050 only. Isn’t it great? It’s my 2nd photowalk with Photo Mazdoor. The first being to Qila Rohtas! What an amazing and unforgettable day that was. Khanum almost fainted.

Yup, she did. No joke.

But thanks to the medical arrangements done by Photo Mazdoor, A doctor was among us on the bus at that time. She gave me on the spot treatment and I survived. Later on another brave photographer dropped almost dead in the bus on the way back from Qila Rohtas in Summers. But Again , thanks to the doctor with us, He was given drip and treatment immediately. The rest is history. All the photographers, work like soldiers on the field. They tirelessly shoot at any spot given and voila! The following photographs would be witness to it– how much hard work the photo mazdoors put in for the sake of photography. I hope you enjoy my few humble shots presented on this blog out of the many that I captured. As for the camera: I was fortunate enough to use a Nikon D7100 that I borrowed on the spot from the Organizer. The editing is done on Lightroom 5.2. An excellent software I must say. Its my first time using it and am already in love with this one. The photography presented is original work of Pervisha Khan.  but I am humbly requesting to people who love to steal from my blog that please! Have haya this time and do not steal it. Thank you.

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I don’t know what is it about the above picture. The colors or the way it holds stagnant pond! silence and calm. I love it. I simply love it. That’s why you can say am an abnormal photographer.

Moving on, to the lunch we had. Delicious chicken prepared by the organizer themselves. NO JOKE!

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And Now, some shots from the wild life inside the Resort.

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And this is so far the last one am going to share. More may follow.

You must have noticed Almost every shot is taken vertically. Well, thats a kind of my thing. I somehow find things more pretty in vertical shots. Or perhaps its a bug in my head for vertical composing.

Anyhow, I hope you visit Photo Mazdoor and if you’re a photographer based in Lahore ,do subscribe to them. And since we are on the topic of photography, Check out Meem Noon Fotos page on Facebook as well. Its stunning work. Especially this picture I recently admired alot.

Coming Up next !

Today I attended a wedding at Church. My friend’s wedding. It was beautiful as I tweeted earlier that no matter where a marriage takes place, or who gets married, A Muslim or a Christian: A wedding is a Wedding. Quite a touching affair.

Too excited to relax first and have tea, I have already posted some glimpses of the ceremony at my facebook but unfortunately due to my busy schedule ahead and hectic day fatigue, I won’t be editing and posting the ceremony pictures for now. But in next post, in shaa Allah.

Walaikum salam! & Toodles!

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December 27, 2013

How to have Bulk Reliable Traffic for Your Blog

by Khanum

I am impressed by my own blog. In fact, I am confused. And that is why instead of posting account of my latest adventure lived on Sunday, I am typing this first. Huge Traffic Chunk! Where the hell do I get it from? How!  And When did I get this famous is still a mystery for me or perhaps not. My tons of good posts and 2 years of great blogging is what this is about.

Running a blog and gaining traffic is very hard but two different things. I started blogging for blogging sake only not for audience. But then eventually, as I started writing more and actually did blog good stuff, I gained audience. I have over 300 followers today. There are bloggers with more than 1000 followers on the block I know, 300 is just a small number compared to that but getting this far alone is a pleasure in itself. Alhamdulillah.

What made me bring this up?

My  live Traffic Feed.

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I have been recently helping another blog to gain traffic. Life Above Zero. The blog is colorful, dynamic and actually shares good original content but This has been hard, despite of social networking help, this really is hard and am sure many bloggers agree with me on this. A new blog needs posts to attract visitors. No daily posts means no content to show off , no traffic and absolutely zero activity on blog. And even if you do posting daily on a new blog, the number of huge visitors is still a dream. But not for Khanumsays. This blog of mine has been attracting alot of new visitors and I don’t always have to worry about posting daily. In fact I can go on without posting for a month and still my blog would be receiving a handsome amount of daily visitors. Even if they don’t comment, they do click this blog’surl and that’s all I need. The sources of traffic for a well executed and well established blog can be plenty. But you need patience and hardwork in the beginning of few months for blogging.

So my advice is simple.

1– Start a blog with a noble intention. Don’t worry about the traffic. You would get it eventually. Just Enjoy it and post content which is true to your heart.

2– Tag your posts well.

3– Do try to write posts based on current scenario and happenings. Contemporary affairs and events help you gain audience.

4– Be versatile on your blog.  Don’t make it boring for yourself most importantly. I remember How I used to blog even the tiny little things on blog when I was a newbie here. I did it because it made me happy. I try to take advantage of every  happening in my life and blog it the way others can relate to it.

5. Don’t obsess over it. A blog is alive by your will not because of the will of others. Write for yourself. And you will see how people come to join you.

6– Lastly, do try to interact with bloggers. Passing a comment here and there is crucial in the beginning of your career at blogging. Later on, It becomes more about staying in touch with people who are more close to you rather than who are your major audience. I don’t get time to interact with bloggers and visit their blog much now , but I still get visitors over here. However, it doesn’t mean maintaining contact with others is not needed now. Its just not about need anymore. Its about visiting them when you wish.  I enjoy reading Nadia Masood’s blog. There is Eva as well. Nalaik Panda’s blog is an old time favorite.There used to be two more bloggers but they don’t blog anymore, Mahlaqa and Devil.

7– The secret to gain reliable traffic for your blog on daily basis is to put hardwork in your blog during its infant months. By hardwork I dont mean posts on your blog day and night. It simply implies that you give your attention, your time and your heart to your blog honestly. That’s the slow dedicated work required.

If you do honest dedicated work today, you can enjoy the fruits of that tomorrow. Like I am doing.

December 17, 2013

Delicious Chicken Irani Boti at Bundu Khan & My Pakistani Sentiments.

by Khanum

Yesterday was girls day out.

My mother determined to take me out of my square room decided to lure me into fried finger fish trap. Because she was bored. And sick of cooking.

And trust me, its not really that easy to make me get out of my blanket and wash face with real water like water when its freezing cold in December. Not even shopping for new sneakers could shake me, but fish did. Somehow I got dressed. My sadness of nothing began to fade away.

In fact first I tried to make excuses to escape from this like look! omg! How foggy it is out there. But Mom is a mom for a reason you know. I wore blue she wore green and voila! After praying zuhr, I was on my way to eat fried fish from Bundu Khan. Mom had to make a stop at hyperstar to buy some bakery. It has got awesome bakery. Thats the only thing I like about that place. Other than that I hate the fact that hyperstar wouldn’t even let you drink anything inside the building. Even if you’re dying.

Anywho, I bought some of  my bakery stuff too. And the types of bread I got deserves a post on its on. I wanted to get baking utensils too but my budget was off already. So, happy and contended, I happily hopped my way to Bundu Khan because  I was simply in love with their fried fish until I met with a new cuisine.

Chicken Irani Boti (Grilled)

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Behold! The best chicken boti I have ever tasted (if my faulty memory serves me right). I swear I loved it! This is the dish which I have been introduced to by an Iranian I interviewd during my thesis days. He told me how Pakistan food is so spicy and how very nice and less spicy their food is. I got hold of their chicken tikka recipe and voila! I cooked it in summers but didn’t block it.

When I ordered fish finger, I had to order something more and new for my mother. She’s a high blood pressure patient and eating fish simply means high BP. So after thinking much, I narrowed down to Irani grilled chicken boti. I knew it would be something similar to the dish I had prepared at home but boy! Served with Naan this was even more delicious.

Before it got served, I forbade mom to taste any dish before I have photographed it to my heart’s content for blog. But the moment it got on table I forgot my own words and attacked the food. I was hungry. 😦

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Sunny sides of the dish:

It was juicy, soft and served hot. Very delicious indeed. 5/5.

Not so sunny sides of the dish: 

1- Quite Expensive. It was for Rs 800 and something. I could throw a chicken party at home with that much green paper. 2/5

2-  Freaking small portions. The moment I ordered it, I got worried about the amount of pieces they would serve. You want good amount of food in front of you when you’re hungry and also when you have paid alot to get it. Total 12 pieces didn’t please me at all. That too small ones.  3/5

And I have noticed it almost everywhere in Lahore now, that serving less in plate and charging more money for it has become like a fashion. What has gone wrong with Lahoris? We are not in France where serving less is about class and money! We are Pakistanis. We are hospitable people.We like to eat and we want to eat 24/7.  It’s better we stopped coping other race on table etiquette.

Anyway, There’s always a first time for everything…coming towards Friend Finger Fish.

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I love this dish. Its the best thing I like to eat when I’m having severe flu. But this time I was terribly disappointed by Bundu Khan.

Last time in March and then before that time even, Whenever I used to eat friend finger fish at Bundu Khan, it used to be served with sandwiches. As far as I remember. But okay, maybe I am mistaking it. However, Could I mistake the quality of crisp ? This time it was served rather soggy. Soft is good but only from the inside. If the crisp that is supposed to be on the outer layer is not there, I’m sorry! It’s not served fresh and right  from the fryer. It was nor served very hot as it used to be. Really disappointed and am sure going to try out this fish somewhere else now. No more Bundu Khan for me.

Sunny sides: Out of order.

Not so sunny sides: I paid Rs 720 for something I anticipated a lot but didn’t quite enjoy it.

Final Remarks. Naan is Rs. 40. I like to enjoy I like to spend on food and fun but I also know the value of money. Especially when I’m unemployed. The reason I concluded, that why we Pakistanis spend money on expensive restaurants is because there are no good recreational activities or alternatives for enjoyment available to us. I wish Lahore had open air cafes. And some places where I can take my mother and let her enjoy quality food with quality environment around without me worrying over ridiculous bills.

After all, You can be a millionaire, but that doesn’t mean being conscious of your spending is haram on you and spending carelessly is wajib.

No more dinning out for me for atleast 3 months! -__-

December 14, 2013

” You need to stay positive, Sir. Don’t freak out! “, Said Oxytocin

by Khanum

New Revelation in stress science. That Oxytocin!

The cuddling hormone released when you hug someone – often known as love hormone, the agent in sexual reproduction is actually not just a emo hormone, its practically your savior from stress. It’s also deals with stress.

Here’s how.

I just came across a very interesting thing this morning. A research in science which points out how the phrase “stress is bad for you” is actually the cause of many deaths and not the fact that you’re a stress patient. Confused? Lemme simplify it for you.

In very plain language it just means that stressing about “stress” is the main problem for your health. Otherwise, having a stress disorder and being positive about it instead of freaking out is what keeps you normal. And not just THAT – but also, dealing with it the positive way , meaning: Believing that stress is literally good for you, actually makes stress good for your health. It won’t harm you if you become friends with it and let it flow in your system. That sounds risky, han? But that’s the truth.

It becomes helpful when you embrace your stress and in return it makes you social. At least it demand of you to become social as a natural defence mechanism against bad health but if you don’t answer to its call by not reaching out to people and go for human bonding. That’s where and how you’re letting your stress kill you. You gotta love it well.

Long scientific story short. Oxytocin is actually not just a cute hormone but a stress hormone which is released when you are under stress as a (Body’s Natural Defense Mechanism) It begins to flow in you and makes you yearn for affection and help.Yeah. That explains why we badly want somebody around or near us to listen to our anxieties and worries when we are stressed. Letting it all out eventually cures us of bad mental health. Next time when it happens, know that its oxytocin telling you to reach out and talk to people when under stress.

Now that you know , stress can be handled as a positive force for your body, you’ll find this hormone helping you tremendously when you help it by doing exactly what its wants you to do. This was just one part I learned. What’s even more cool about this is the part where I translated this research into what Islam teaches us to do about stress. It gives us Exactly the same practical strategy to deal with it.

Oxytocin/Patience: A Mediator of Anti Stress!

And endure patiently, your patience is not but from Allah. (16:127)

So wait with patience for the Decision of your Lord, and be not like the Companion of the Fish – when he cried out (to Us) while he was in deep sorrow. (68:48)

Oh you who believe! Seek help with patient perseverance and prayer, for God is with those who patiently persevere.  2: 153

And my favourite ayah of all. “And be patient. Surely, Allah is with those who are patient.”  (8:46)  وَاصْبِرُوا ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ مَعَ الصَّابِرِينَ

Patience (sabr) is often a word misunderstood as an act which is weakening and those of who are weak. In short, if you’re are scared of something and can’t deal with it, you just say I’m trying to do sabr. I’m trying to be patient.

Is that true? Is that what patience really is? oh yeah?

Well guess what! Here’s the new cool definition for Patience: “It’s the cool act on the block that keeps you positive and head strong!”

 So when wiki says “Patience is the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.” I say is, you’re totally underestimating this word. When in reality, This word is the synonym for positivity.

Patience is that strong positive attribute and force you can develop inside you that practically makes you 1000 times stronger in front of your anxieties, worries and every type of enemy in this dunya. And that’s EXACTLY why Allah advises us to observe patience when hit by calamity or stress because yeah! He already knows how tremendously powerful you can become when you take the positive approach towards every stressful circumstances.

In a typical stress response,your heart rate goes up, and your blood vessels constrict. And this is the reason why chronic stress is sometimes associated with cardiovascular diseases. Its not really healthy to be in this condition all the time. But in the study, when participants viewed their stress response as helpful, meaning the sweating the anxiety and the increased heart rate, when they viewed all of this as a positive response by believing the faster breathing is actually good. It means its getting more oxygen to your brain– believing all this– their blood vessels stayed relaxed. Amazing! Isn’t it?

Their heart was still pounding but now the cardiovascular profile is much healthier.

 Take a look at the normal and abnormal blood flow below. Once your artery is narrowed and blocked by plaque, you’re at a risk of heart attack. Your heart valves shouldn’t be blocked.

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And this is how your heart actually suffers when you’re under stress meaning Impatient. See the constricted blood vessels. But if you stay calm, patient and take things positive way, your blood vessels go relaxed. Even though they are still under stress but it’s not affecting them in a bad way. They are being strong. (I did some editing on this picture to explain it better)

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 That’s what new stress science has revealed that how you think about stress matters. It can literally make you experience a great biological change. A positive one born out of a negative state.

So next time when you’re faced with stress about anything, be positive. Be patient. Stress wants you to be patient and positive. Don’t shrug this act of “patience”  off thinking it’s the lame thing or the weak. Be cool. Also Be understanding towards oxytocin. Because Oxytocin helps you reach out for sunshine, for support, for things and activities that are positive and not rot alone in room. It paves way for Patience, and confirms how patience is a Practical Strategy to handle stress. Subhan Allah. Allah knew it all along that is why so much emphasize on patience in Quran.

Anas ibn Malik reported: I heard the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, say, “Allah said: If I afflict my servant in his two dear eyes and he remains patient, then he will be compensated with Paradise.” Sahih Bukhari 5329

I think I better consider becoming a Islamic Psychologist.

December 7, 2013

Ways to Stay Proactive for Single Muslimahs

by Khanum

“Our Lord, perfect for us our light and forgive us. Indeed, You are over all things competent.” [Qur’an: Chapter 66, Verse 8]

We all wish to marry and settle down with a comforting partner in our lives. Especially women. They begin to hope and dream of a husband usually during their teens. The budding desire to have half our deen completed as soon as possible is quite strong in women. Women want to have a spouse who practically makes her life incredible with each passing moon, and kids who make her home a heaven. Truly, which woman wouldn’t want a picture perfect family in her life?

Every female wants this dream. And with this desire, comes a pressure for many Muslim females i.e., getting married at a youthful age. That’s right. While men do not deal with this pressure, many women do. The younger, the better.

On the other hand this tradition often leads towards too many low self-esteem points for single sisters out there who haven’t found their other half yet and feel like they are either forever alone or forever destined to be single.

Soon, they begin to develop serious depression as they watch their friends and even younger peers get married. Many are even left feeling like their youth is wasted if they are not married while they are young.

This article is penned down as a gift and advice from one single sister for her other single sisters out there who are feeling down and need help to see the light of iman. I hope that you can gain wisdom from this and beat the obstacles to being productive, as Islam inspires us to do.

Identify the Negative Thoughts That’s Bringing You Down

The first and most foremost step is to realise the basic things that disturb you regarding your single marital status. Then using Hikmah, overcome that notion with a highly productive and halal thing in life to turn your sad days into blissful ones.

I have listed below major thoughts that come to mind and lure us towards negativity. Hunt them down, sisters – with antidotes! – before they hunt you down.

  1. What good I am if am not married in youthful age?
  2. Oh! What would become of me if I cross 25! I’ll get even older.
  3. How will I enjoy my life if I am not married soon?
  4. Oh no! What would my relatives say! She finished her studies but she’s still not married?!
  5. Why has Allah (glorified and exalted be He) put me through this?
  6. I have to hunt a husband soon or I’ll be too old to get married one day.
  7. Am I not pretty?
  8. I am a failure…
  9. Maybe I should give up the hijab!

And so on…

If none of these thoughts have ever crossed your mind, Masha Allah and Subhan Allah, congratulations on your firm belief in Allah (glorified and exalted be He) and His works.

But if any of these thoughts has crossed your mind, be alert sister! You are suffering from a state which paralyses your soul and halts productivity in beautiful Muslimahs – Muslimahs who probably can make a good difference in this world or someone’s life. Remember, shaytan’s greatest enemy is the soul that is most pleasing and dutiful to Allah (glorified and exalted be He), so he tries to dishearten you and spoil your life.

This is where you need to be wise and patient. For Allah (glorified and exalted be He) orders in Qur’an, “Say: “Nothing will happen to us except what Allah has decreed for us; He is our Protector”. And upon Allah let the believers rely.” [Qur’an Chapter 9: Verse 51].

6 Antidotes to Negative Thoughts & Sadness

  1. DEDICATE YOUR YOUTH TO ALLAH (GLORIFIED AND EXALTED BE HE) IF A HUSBAND HASN’T COME YET.

    The reasons for not being able to get married yet can vary, but just because marriage hasn’t come to you yet, it does not mean that your youth – or your whole life – is wasted, sister. If you regret losing time in waiting for a spouse, then turn the tables by dedicating your youthful single days to Allah’s cause and obedience.

    This way you won’t feel sad nor regret losing beautiful days. In fact, if Allah (glorified and exalted be He) is with you every day, what have you lost? After all, among the seven who would be provided shade under His shade on the day is the youth who grew up worshipping Allah (glorified and exalted be He). [Al-Bukhari & Muslim]

  2. START A NOBLE PROJECT

    You’re only young once. Would you really let it slip away while you mourn over being single, or would you rather do something productive for the sake of Allah (glorified and exalted be He)? Once again, turn the tables over and start an amazing project. Let this project be one that is beneficial for both your present time in the dunya and the akhirah.

    Maybe you could start on a noble project that you can pass on to your children and further generations as legacy. One idea is to produce a copy of handwritten Qur’an using beautiful calligraphy. I’m sure you can think of many more ideas!

  3. DON’T PAY HEED TO WHAT OTHERS SAY. ALLAH (GLORIFIED AND EXALTED BE HE) IS YOUR PROTECTOR AND CARETAKER.

    I know that family pressures tend to bubble up and make your life unhappy. In the words of someone I interviewed for this article, “It’s not easy with these destructive relatives; but I focus on what I have, not on what I do not have, and definitely not on others’ opinions about me. But you know how it is – their words do get to you in a painful way and you can’t help not getting affected by it. So allow yourself to be upset but pick yourself up and simply move on. That’s how I do it.”

    Remember that pain is just a state of mind. You can think your way out of everything, even pain. Try not to involve yourself in arguments, avoid the company of negative people, be wise and exit an uncomfortable situation politely. And if you feel burdened, pray, “Our Lord! Lay not upon us such a burden as You did lay upon those before us.” [Qur’an: Chapter 2, Verse 286]

  4. KNOW YOU’RE SPECIAL AND WERE BORN WITH AN AIM IN THIS WORLD.

    We are special, sisters! The special creation of Allah (glorified and exalted be He) with an aim in this world. There’s nothing wrong with your face or mind or hijab or your nose to be honest. Our life, though filled with not-so-pleasant moments sometimes, is a gift from Allah (glorified and exalted be He). We’ll always be tested. There will be tears but there will also be laughter and love. You have the right to live your life however you want it to. Marriage isn’t something you can force. Trust in Allah’s plan for you and be strong.

  5. TAKE THE EDUCATION ROUTE.

    Take advantage of the time and freedom you have and invest in education. It could be a language course or a degree. Don’t miss out on the time. Make Hazrat Aisha (may Allāh be pleased with her) your role model and pursue education with noble passion and zeal. She is considered one of the great female scholars in Islam. This is your opportunity to educate yourself in the best manner for the sake of becoming a good educated mother and a wife in the future, In sha Allah.

  6. KNOW THAT THERE HAS TO BE A REASON WHY ALLAH (GLORIFIED AND EXALTED BE HE) HAS CHOSEN THIS FOR YOU.

    To believe in Allah (glorified and exalted be He) requires total faith in His Actions and what he wills for you. Try to sit alone for a few minutes and talk to your soul. Then reason with your heart and inform your nafs that there is a reason why Allah (glorified and exalted be He) has chosen this situation for you.

    Maybe He desires that you fulfill a very important task in life for His sake, so He decrees that you stay single till you have achieved that aim? Or maybe He wants to reward you with something great and this ordeal is a test for you. So make istighfar as much as you can, and make dua to your Lord to grant you victory and peace and fill your heart with serenity and love. Then make lots of dua for your future spouse’s khair.

    And always say, “O My Lord, Whenever you wish for me to be married, let it be for good and happiness”.

Some Final Words of Comfort

If you wish to recite dua from Qur’an, take refuge in this verse: “And those who say,”Our Lord, grant us from among our wives and offspring comfort to our eyes and make us an example for the righteous.”” [Qur’an: Chapter 25, Verse 74]

If you fill your heart with love for Allah (glorified and exalted be He) and His Rasool (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him), I can guarantee that all these hurdles and troubling thoughts concerning marriage will perish and you will see yourself as a productive Muslimah who is making a difference in the world of Allah (glorified and exalted be He).

May Allah (glorified and exalted be He) be your Light, my Light, our Light. Ameen.

Written for Productive Muslim !

December 6, 2013

The Freak Inside

by Khanum

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The thought of finding human blood spattered on the book gave me chills. May be I was exaggerating. It couldn’t be—

But I was also sure about one thing; I hadn’t put the smell out of my mind. The smell that always seemed saltiest and flat to me. For It was all that I had smelled for an entire week—everyday—every night—on every part of my body. How could I have forgotten it then?  — Anomalous 

We all have creative freak inside us. Writer in many cases. He keeps on talking and talking inside your head and I guess that’s why they say, Or maybe I’m saying it that Every man is an author. Whether you publish it inside your head or go world wide with  your words, its in you. Having a twitter account just proves it.

I kinda had a very crazy freak inside me too and it still lives on  but in a different way. I was once obsessed with becoming a novelist. I have several unfinished and half finished manuscripts buried in my old laptop. God! I was crazy at making up stories. Writing in Urdu was fun too. But I wrote more in English. And guess what! I suddenly remembered tonight that I had once put a chapter of my story on net on a very forgotten website. Its name was Anomalous. I didnt even bother with it later on. It was about 7-8 years ago I guess. God!  So many years have passed  since my stories.  Anyway I decided to share it here today. You are allowed to laugh or like it but for me, anything   I wrote is never worthless. Its what made me who I am today. A cool blogger and a decent writer. Though I gave up writing fiction long ago but I enjoyed that freak inside me. Have you got any freak inside too?

Click here to read the rest of the story.

December 3, 2013

Life Above zero !

by Khanum

I want to eat chubby babies!

And fried fish.

And now You are shocked to read my opening words.

No?  Okay. Never mind. At least you’re bit curious what’s this post about so keep reading.

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Yesterday , I got published by big Productive Muslim. It was a good news after a good wait. But what humbled me more and made me write this post is the overwhelming response of the readers. Shared above is the screenshot of my blogstats. WordPress counted the increasing number of my visitors, a sudden spike in stats right after the article got publsihed! and even though am not Zen Habits, No big blog on the bloc but hey! Khanum is not some tandoor wali. This blog means alot to me so by just reading  “Your blog stats are BLOOMING”  khanum also bloomed!

Such sweet and nice notifications by wordpress are very rare. At least for me. Its 2nd time I got to know my blog is blooming though, don’t remember what was the reason last time it happened. I wonder when the day would come or if it would ever come when wordpress finally says “YOU’RE FRESHLY PRESSED Pagli! Take this freshly pressed badge and do hip hip hurray!”

Anyway , What I do remember is, the response was almost the same when I got published at Productive Muslim for the first time ever, alot of people left their nice comments on my blog here after reading it, but woaw! It just got better this with huge traffic. A BIG thanks to Productive Muslim and all those readers out there who read me and most importantly care enough to leave a comment. It means alot. I’m constantly receiving hits on my site , comments on here from those who loved the piece , some subscribed to the blog while 1 or 2 I guess even followed me on twitter. I saw the facebook page, wow, so many people considered it worth sharing which means the more people read it, they are reminded of Allah and I get to earn sawab. I just wanted to say I am humbled. I do not deserve this much attention but yet I get it  so Alhamdulillah , it makes me really feel blessed.  May Allah love you all and bless so much.

Now! Towards the second part of the post >>>>>

Let me introduce to you a new blogger on the block! Behold the beautiful screenshot.

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The owner of the blog is a friend.

PLUS I contributed my behad keemti pakoray there in a post which I wonder why I didnt blog here too. And furthermore, on the blogger’s request, I designed its header but its still in the processing phase. Check it out and let me know what you think about it. Should I keep it minimal and simple or add some colors or more black designing in it at the borders? I would really appreciate it if you guys go to LIFE ABOVE ZERO and check it out!

🙂 thanks once again. I shall now reply to my readers’ comments and hope to see them back on this bloc again. Even if you all dont visit regularly, just Remember me in duas. That’s all that matters in the end.

May Allah always be your Light, my Light, Our Light! Ameen. 🙂