Saturday, August 13, 2011

Happy Birthday Pakistan

Today, is my country's, my homeland's, my Pakistan's Birthday. The journey that started from 14th August, 1947, today completes 64 years. 
And so today I will list down few of the many thing I love about Pakistan. These will not be statistics, you can easily google for them. These are the simple facts that I love about this country and I will like to share them here.

I could list down a thousand things wrong with this country, but then again, I, being me, could list down a million things wrong with just about anything I encounter. That is how I am, that is exactly how each of us is; because, finding faults is so much easier.

But if you just think about it, listing down all the good things about Pakistan is just as easy. :)
So here I go:

1) The Purpose, The Religion: Islam was the purpose behind the struggle for this country. Our ancestors realized that Muslims needed a free country to practice their religion. This is exactly why the religion of this country is Islam. It is difficult for me to imagine living at a place where I can be ridiculed for the principles I follow, or judged because of the religion I follow.

2) The Name: Pakistan. Meaning "the land of pure". Such a beautiful name for an equally beautiful place. I love hearing the name. I love saying it. And I proudly say "I am Pakistani". :D

3) The Flag: Combination of green and white with moon and star. Sabz hilaali parcham. The shade of green that I love more than other shades of the same color. White, the color I love the most. 
The flag depicting that this country is for both the majority, i.e. the Muslims, and the minority, the non-Muslims.

4) The History: We have a glorious past. With a founder like Quaid-e-Azam, nothing short than courageous, daring and intelligent should be expected from us. Our history is replete with examples where Pakistanis shed blood for their country without so much as blinking.

5) The People: Us Pakistanis. We are a friendly lot. We know we can rely on each other. Each of us is ready to help out others. This quality may sometimes be misjudged as interference, but in reality it is far from it. The fact of the matter is that we are driven with the passion to lend a helping hand to all who may need it. One may go to any Pakistani and get the services psychiatrists  offer free of charge. :D We are passionate about our country and more about our religion.

Although, you will find a lot of people talking negatively about Pakistan, but most of them will not allow a single word meant as an insult to Pakistan.

We may not seem very enthusiastic about our Pakistan, but we proudly adorn our houses and cars with our flags, and our chests with badges (of flag).

6) The National Anthem: Oh I just love it. Too good. Our national anthem together with our flag stirs a deep passion. 
I have only once been to The Wagah Border in Lahore. And there I saw evidence of what our flag and the National Anthem playing in the background can do to us passionate lot. People forgetting where they are started shouting "Pakistan Zindabad", it seemed like we all were having the time of our lives, and we really were. Even today, when my sister and I plan to visit Lahore again, we always say "We'll go to the border again, it was so nice being there na" :) :)

7) The National Songs: Although I am mostly into foreign music, and listen to national songs only during August. But only in this month even, I manage to fall in love with the songs over and over again, every year.

To list down a few of my favorites:

Yeh watan tumhara hai by Mehdi Hassan
Khayal Rakhna by Aalamgir
Dil dil Pakistan by Vital Signs (My eldest niece happens to love this song immensely and made me sing it loudly with her, four to five times, in  a single sitting, last year and this one. Let's see if we continue the tradition the next year.)

8) The cuisine: I love food! I just do. That may not be something I should be proud of, but for some weird reason I am and I'll say it again, I love food!

And it's Pakistani cuisine that I love the most. For others it may be too spicy or too oily, but for me it's love at first bite! 
Biryani.. Yum!
Haleem.. Yum Yum!
Nihari, Behari Kaba, Tikka, mmmmmm!
Daal Chawal..

Ohh my mouth's watering so I'll just add more more thing..

I simply love the food thailas we have here. On every other street you'll find a bun-kabab wala or a chaat wala, or pakoras etc.

Of these I love the bun-kabab and gola gandas the most.

:D :D

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Trend Square... they set the 'trend

With all our busy schedules, with all the hussle bussle in life, with the demand to get hands on necessities easily and quickly, with the ready-made clothes and frozen foods; in this era, we so boastfully call the electronic age; we’ve all but forgotten the pure pleasure of something hand made. Something that is exclusively designed and delicately shaped by hands. Something that can’t simply be called ravishing, even alluring doesn’t do justice. And if you stop and look around, you’ll notice that only a few fit the criteria. Only a countable few. And one of these places is Trend Square.

A home-based, online business; Trend Square or (as they proudly call themselves) TS, exhibit a wide-variety of hand made jewelries, beautifully designed; show pieces, uniquely architected; greeting cards, made-with-love; brooches, admirably styled; scarf pins, angelically conceptualized and the list goes on.

TS, sprouted in November 2010, yet in this impossibly short span of time, they have served an assortment of content and highly pleased customers. A business which was started with only a few hand-made jewelries has now added a bulk of interesting products to their briefcase. They have skillfully casted the magic spell of hand made products and have enticed their customers with their boundless creativity and inventive artistry. Their tag-line ‘we set the trend’; has in reality proved to be their claim to fame.

Their ingenuity is evident enough with the array of products they extend; nevertheless each product’s unique name accentuates their out-of-the box thinking. Not only the names are music to the ear, with titles like Fruity Spoon, Flowery Ladder, a tempting House, fruity key chains, but they also show case the extent of innovation they offer to the mass.

Though they have proven themselves to be the rein forcers of all-things-handmade, yet they have not fallen prey to conservative ideas and have employed technology to the best for reaching the general public. By showcasing their products on a blog and my-offstreet online shop, they have shown yet another aspect of technology’s best uses. They publicize their products online and so have successfully acquired customers form all over Pakitan and live by a strong intention and determination to capture international clients as well.

Easy order and delivery procedure:
1)    Select products and email to Trend Square.
2)    Bill and payment details will be emailed to you.
3)    After payment; items are delivered by a trustworthy delivery service on your doorstep by the promised date.

Delicious Portfolio:

Hand made jewelry:
From necklace to bangles, from earrings to bracelets a wide variety of hand made jewelries is offered by TS. It seems that flowers is their slogan as most of the jewelries present different arrangements of flowers, designed consuming Italian dough. Add to it the various colored beads and viola! You’ll see a uniquely endearing piece of adornment.

Key chains and show pieces:
What better way to embellish your drawing room than with “Flowery Tissue box” or an exquisite house ornamented with (yet again) flowers?
TS goes a little beyond the traditional concept of drawing room d├ęcor by offering wooden spoons with an array of vegetables and fruits to provide a seasonal garnish to your kitchen. To add more flavor, select from a bunch of fridge magnets and show to your friends that you care and decorate every corner of your house, rather than concentrating on just one part of your home sweet home.
Add a final touch by opting for a hand made key chain with your name, car, purse, flag (what not) and as is obvious, with flowers, vegetables and fruits.

Greeting Cards:
A new addition to their portfolio, TS greeting cards became an instant hit. With the facility to get cards designed on order, you can ask for customized cards along with the ones for traditional occasions. Moreover, you have a choice to get words written on the cards as well. The paper-quilled cards offered by TS is a luxury you won’t find anywhere else in Karachi.

So let’s give a chance to our very own talent, put their skills to test and let’s buy ourselves exceptional jewelries for the upcoming occasions.

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