Perseverance _ we will make Pakistan proud!

There are a lot of problems we are facing in Pakistan. When we watch news channels, read newspaper and other international reports all we can see are terrorist attacks, corruption, ethnic and border disputes, floods, illiteracy and other disasters in the country. What is our role in improving the state Pakistan is in?

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There is always a positive aspect of a negative one. I believe better days are going to come soon. Pakistan is one of the bravest countries there is. Even after so many hardships our people bounce back and face the next day. We should be proud of that if nothing else. This unrelenting fountain of hope and fight to live for another day is the reason of our existence.

Where there is bloodshed in Lyari every day due to gang wars. Only the bravest souls venture there of their own accord. Despite that the polio workers go there to save the upcoming generation. Every merchant or businessman in Karachi opens his or her shop not knowing what fate may befall them that day. It is this resilience which stops the country’s biggest metropolis from becoming a ghost town.

Our borders along India are in a constant state of flux and danger. Many soldiers of our Pakistan army are killed every day but still they are fighting for us. From the coldest regions of Siachin to the deserts of Sindh, our army guards the borders with no regard to their life. Their contagious patriotism is the reason the Pakistani flag flutters atop our houses on every Independence Day.

The girls in KPK are fighting for their right to study as we speak. Malala yousafzai is a shining example of perseverance on this notion. Now as a Nobel Prize winner she continues her struggle for the education program. Being shot did not derail her from her objective, instead it strengthened it.

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Pakistanis always have new hope in their hearts. They never quit and dream that one day there would be a change for better in our country. We shall fight till the end to bring peace in Pakistan. For that instead of complaining about what a poor state of affairs we have been handed, we should plan on how we could remove our ethnic and cultural differences and strive for the improved tomorrow. Pakistan Zindabad.

Presented by: Ali Nawaz

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Pakistani Traditional Food

Hello everyone! Today I felt an urge to write about Pakistani food. Every country has its own taste and style of food. Pakistan has a rich culture. Our traditions and norms are very similar to India. Many of the recipes of our dishes are similar to them. Despite that the flavors and spices of a particular region add their own touch. Every province in Pakistan has its own special regional dishes.

Punjab is the hub of meaty and spicy food. Be it tandoori, gravies, desi ghee delicacies or vegetables (esp. sarsoon ka saag) the Punjabis are true to their roots. Though the new generation is into fast food and Chinese, you will always find the mutton gravies, parathas, haleem and Bar B.Q beside them in a buffet style dinner. Punjabis and especially Laborites are famous for their appetites of desi food.                                                          2014-11-13_22.35.12

Even their breakfasts are an elaborate affair. Halwa puri, Nehari, Hareesa, siri pai, Nan Chaney and pathoray are only some of the dishes they offer. On the other hand the list of sweet dishes also goes on and on. Rus malai, jalebi, kulfa falooda, kheer and firni are their summer offerings. Winter brings along different types of halwas, sweet rices and gajreela. Sweetmeats are an all year round treat.            2014-11-13_22.36.34

The food in KPK is influenced by their neighboring country Afghanistan. Their namkeen lamb, Afghani pulao, huge chappal kababs and dry fruits are legendary. The tikka they cook over open fires add smoky flavors to the ready items and this tradition may have originated from necessity when hunters found it hard to cook without proper stoves.

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Baluchistan on the other hand found ways to use the hot desert sands as desi ovens. Their widely known dishes Sajji and Dumpukht were once cooked over time in the hot sand. Though modernized in the hotel kitchens today, the true tradition continues in their far-fetched areas.

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This brings us to Sindh which also provides us with a diverse variety of foods and flavors. Believe it or not it is from where all types of biryanies originated. Sindhi biryani, meiman biryani, pulaos, tikka biryani and so on and so forth, all came from this region. Hyderabad was the centre of the most sophisticated mughlai foods. The different types of seafood like prawns, crabs, finger fish etc. are also their forte. Now a day, other regions might claim fame but hey give credit where it’s due.

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As you can see Pakistan has a vast variety of foods and cultures to offer. We only have to explore them. Now I am going off to investigate what’s cooking in my own kitchen. Happy foraging!!

Pakistan Zinadabad

Written by Ali Nawaz

Insight of mind

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Hi guys! I am Ali Nawaz. I am a twenty-one year grad student out in the cyber world to make friends. I decided to blog so that people have a better insight about me and my interests which are watching movies and reading.My real passion is movies. Mostly I like thriller, comedy, action or horror movies. After watching I like to dissect it with my friends. Movies are based or adapted from books. This gave birth to my reading interest.

In my early age I started liking animation movies like Charlotte’s Web and the Wizard of Oz. I loved to see the animations and discuss with my mother. Seeing my interest my mother used to bring movies with their counterpart books. All the Harry Potter movies also entered the scene. J.K. Rowling is an excellent writer and the movies differed from her books which was quite annoying at times for me. The books “The Lord of the Rings” and Demons by Dan Brown were different from the movies as well.

I began comparing English and Indian movies which were a copy. Though some movies have done quite well others don’t even show a slightest bit of change in the story line. The recent movie Bang Bang is a 85% copy of a Tom Cruise movie. Some pick up comic scenes or action sequences but guys don’t you see the movies doing big business are not copies but originals. Movies like Avatar, Titanic and Terminator are original. Same goes for 3 Idiots, Jodha Akbar and Don.

Added to that is the fact that parodies hold much more interest to people. Take Om Shanti Om for instance which is a parody of Karz or the Hollywood success Scary Movies which make fun of all the kill trill movies. Now that is great comic stuff.Due to my knowledge, my interest in debating developed. It helped me to build confidence and adopt many special skills. I started off by joining the debating society. Debating was becoming a passion for me day by day.

Hi guys! I am Ali Nawaz. I am a twenty-one year grad student out in the cyber world to make friends. I decided to blog so that people have a better insight about me and my interests which are watching movies and reading.My real passion is movies. Mostly I like thriller, comedy, action or horror movies. After watching I like to dissect it with my friends. Movies are based or adapted from books. This gave birth to my reading interest.

I my early age I started liking animation movies like Charlotte’s Web and the Wizard of Oz. I loved to see the animations and discuss with my mother. Seeing my interest my mother used to bring movies with their counterpart books. All the Harry Potter movies also entered the scene. J.K. Rowling is an excellent writer and the movies differed from her books which was quite annoying at times for me. The books “The Lord of the Rings” and Demons by Dan Brown were different from the movies as well.

I began comparing English and Indian movies which were a copy. Though some movies have done quite well others don’t even show a slightest bit of change in the story line. The recent movie Bang Bang is a 85% copy of a Tom Cruise movie. Some pick up comic scenes or action sequences but guys don’t you see the movies doing big business are not copies but originals. Movies like Avatar, Titanic and Terminator are original. Same goes for 3 Idiots, Jodha Akbar and Don.Added to that is the fact that parodies hold much more interest to people. Take Om Shanti Om for instance which is a parody of Karz or the Hollywood success Scary Movies which make fun of all the kill trill movies. Now that is great comic stuff.

Due to my knowledge, my interest in debating developed. It helped me to build confidence and adopt many special skills. I started off by joining the debating society. Debating was becoming a passion for me day by day.Recently I attended OXIMUN (Oxford International Model United Nation). This was my first and a remarkable experience. In this experience I explore many different people and places. Now I am planning for Harvard Model United Nation. I believe one day there would be change in our society if we raise our voice.

So here I am willing to discuss and shred movies and books with you and some of my experiences in life Boys and girls, this is Ali signing off.