Liebster Award

A huge thanks

Kate and Anjana, thank you very much for nominating me for the Liebster Award !!

Anjana nominated me for the award way back in July. My apologies as I couldn’t get back in time. I absolutely always enjoy your blogs and writing, especially the fiction.

Kate nominated me for this award just recently. I always look forward to her posts. There is honesty and straight thinking in her writings. I love the way she helps and encourages fellow bloggers. And I give a special thanks to her for encouraging me to resume drawing/sketching after so many years.

I appreciate both of you from core of my heart. To be recognised by my fellow bloggers is quite encouraging for me.

Rules

So, on the rules now. Here are the rules you need to follow to complete the nomination for the award:

  1. You have to link back to the person that nominated you.
  2. You must answer all 11 questions given to you by the person who nominated you.
  3. After completing these questions you must nominate 11 bloggers and give them 11 questions of your choice.
  4. You must not nominate the person who nominated you.
  5. You must let your nominees know that they have been nominated and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it.

Answers to questions

Here are my answers to questions put forwarded by both Anjana and Kate:

Anjana

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1. What inspires you?

People who believe in themselves and always remain positive. Optimism and positivity is the only way forward in life. Negativity kills !

2. Your biggest dream?

To travel around the world and visit each and every place on the earth. Explore the nature and its beauty.

3. Where do you see yourself in 3 years time?

To travel around the world and visit each and every place on the earth. Explore the nature and its beauty.

4. If you were allowed to make ONE miracle happen, what would it be?

To end the fightings, battles, wars and hate in this world. Peace !!!

5. What are you most insecure about?

Well there isn’t any particular aspect of my life which I  am most insecure about but if I have to think of one that it could be being unhealthy or fat. Lol. I love food and eating but I try to stay away from unhealthy food as much as possible. I work out daily and am quite fit. Exercising daily actually keeps me relaxed.

6. What are you most secure about?

Hmm. That’s a difficult question. May be my confidence and positive attitude.

7.What is your take on ‘true love’?

It might not be smooth sailing most of the times but its the best feeling in the world.

8. If you had to give up one of these two, which one would it be? Reading OR Writing?

I won’t give up any of these two. However, as I have to choose one I might give up writing.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

9. Your favourite quote, And why is it special to you?

Here is a quote which I read somewhere many years ago. I can’t remember who quoted it but it had a big impact on outlook towards life. I guess its the best way to lead a life.

“Live like a candle which burns itself but gives light to other.’

10. Describe your perspective of life in 3 words.

Peace, Love, Positive.

11. Who is your favourite disney character? and why? 🙂

Mickey Mouse :D. Because of his energetic, lively and enjoyable personality.

 

Kate

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1.  Why me?  What do I provide that has you coming back for more?

Your straightforwardness and positivity. Your help and encouragement and engaging with fellow bloggers all the time.

2.  Why did you begin blogging?

Well I always felt like speaking my heart out on many issues. More of it is about negativity and wrong things I observe in my daily life and I want to give my perspective as to how to make it right. Lot of my posts are about political and religious intolerance that is growing in the world. Moreover my interests include history, sports, music, movies and arts and I just want to express my views on it.

3.  This Peace Movement… are you ready to make people more aware?  Peace is the ONLY answer.

I am 100% in.

4.  If I handed you $1,000,000 what would you do with it?

Buy loads and loads of books and travel around the world. 😀

5.  What is your best advice for gaining more followers?

Lol. Well I guess I myself need advice on it. I guess the best way is to follow blogs of others and engage in discussions. In this way they often follow you back. And I guess there is no harm in following large no. of bloggers. It opens wide array of opinions, perspective and knowledge for us. The Daily Prompt on The Daily Post is I guess the best forum to use for getting more followers.

6.  If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

It has to be Lahore. No second thoughts. It’s great place both historically and culturally. Lahoris are know for their hospitality and big heart. Here are famous quotes about Lahore:

لاہور لاہور  ہے !

Translation: Lahore is Lahore !!

Here is another one:

“Jinay Lahore nahi takiya O Jamia hi nahi !”

Translation: One who has not seen Lahore hasn’t born yet !

 

You can learn about the city here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lahore

You can also read a blog on Lahore written by one of my friends: http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/19110/lahore-is-the-best-city-in-pakistan/

7.  Do you wear your heart on your sleeve or are you more reserved, making others earn your trust?

Well I guess I a bit reserved. Although I have a free, frank personality but I don’t wear my heart on my sleeves.

8.  Favorite vacation spot?

I toured Sri Lanka in 2010 and absolutely loved it. I frequently go to Northern Aread of Pakistan which is actually like heaven on earth. The scenery and landscape there is breathtaking. In future I have plans to visit Europe – I absolutely want to spend my vacations there.

See some of the breathtaking and beautiful photos of northern areas of Pakistan here: https://www.facebook.com/northernareasofpakistan/photos_stream

9.  Are you a cat person or a dog person?

I guess I am a dog person.

10.  I love to write, but right now, I’m in a funk.  What would you say to get me back into writing?

I love your writing so please get back into writing. 😀

11.  Favorite color?

Black and Blue.

 

My Nominees

1. Kate Fahey – FlippyZipFlop

2. Anjana Pradeep – The Mental Picture

3. Ihtzaz Qamar – Dr_IQ

4. Liberty Justice Blog

5. The Cricket Cauldron

6. FD Sheikh – In the name of Humanity

7. Mrs. Swiss – Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss

8. TyroCharm

9. The world of Andy Lawson

10. Raja Rosela – Duniya Ku

11. A Little Fluff 

I know I can’t nominate persons who nominated me but I can’t miss them out. 😀

 

My Questions to you:

1. Why did you start this blog?

2. Who is greatest inspiration in your life?

3. What do you value most in life?

4. If you were a character from a movie, who would you be and why?

5. What is your most prized possession?

6. Why me? What do I provide that has you coming back for more?

7. What do you feel is your true identity? What do you think you’re really supposed to do in life? what is your dream/true talent?

8. Describe yourself in three words.

9. If you could stay at a certain age forever, what age would that be?

10. Tea or coffee?

11. What is your favourite way to unwind?

Reviving Bricks – A Mansion for my Hobbies

You just inherited a dilapidated, crumbling-down grand mansion in the countryside. Assuming money is no issue, what do you do with it? – Daily Prompt by The Daily Post


Wow, what an incredible stroke of fortune! I have now inherited a dilapidated, crumbling-down grand mansion in the countryside and an illimitable supply of money to renovate it. What would I like to do with it?

I have loads of varied interests and hobbies which include reading, writing and blogging, watching movies and sports, playing sports, listening music and quite recently a renewed interest in drawing and sketching. So its quite obvious what I would like to do with newly inherited mansion. I shall renovate and design it to pursue all of my hobbies. A countryside, grand mansion, tranquillity…it creates a sense of great elation deep down in me.

First of all I shall build a grand library in it. It shall be a pity that I have such a grand mansion of mine and I do not have a library in it. It is time fulfil my passion and love for reading and books. I want to learn so much and it will be perfect reservoir to quench my thirst for knowledge and learning. I particularity love reading history. Along with other genres, I shall stuff my library with all kinds of history books. While writing this post I am already imagining the magnificent sight of my library with a thousand times bigger collection of books than currently I have.

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At the same place I shall polish my writing and blogging skills. With such a treasure of knowledge surrounding me, it will be a delight to write on so many ideas and topics.

An IMAX private theatre…just imagine it. Gives me a sense of euphoria when I think about a cinema of my own in my home. I am an avid viewer of movies. First of all I shall see again all of the top 250 movies by IMDB on big IMAX screen. I shall watch movies of Al Pacino, my favourite actor, again and again. Its gradually turning into a mansion of my dreams.

Music is food for soul. It gives wings to the mind, flight to creativity and imagination, and charm to life. I shall have a music orchestra of my own. I shall built a grand concert hall and enjoy the music from top artists all around the world.

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How to renovate the basement? Best way I can imagine is to convert it into a grand indoor sports facility. An astro turf shall be installed and basement shall be converted into indoor fields for two of my favourite sports, cricket and football.

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I have always loved arts, drawing and sketching in particular. I think art is a way to feel connected to the world. It’s a language for capturing thoughts, exploring ideas and then spread those ideas. I love meeting and getting to know the artists. I love how artists have the ability to surprise, delight, and sometimes, shock. Through the eyes of an artist we can experience the world in so many different ways, and see different things. So here is the next step – to create an art/drawing studio to pursue my interests in arts. Focus on studies, professional studies in particular, resulted in many of hobbies going behind back drop. Drawing is one of it.

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Garden is a place, if maintained properly, where natural beauty can be enjoyed very well. I am lover of beauty and garden will be one place exhibit the natural beauty. So barren land outside the mansion will be converted into a magnificent garden where I shall spend my mornings and evenings in tranquillity.

facSo this is how I shall turn this dilapidated, crumbling-down grand mansion into a grand mansion of my dreams.

Set for Solstice

Today’s Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year (in the Northern Hemisphere). How are you taking advantage of the extra hours of light this time of year? Do you like it, or do you already miss earlier sunsets?Daily Prompt by The Daily Post


 

10:48 am

Feeling groggy, staring at the ceiling fan and air conditioner in my bed room… I can sense it… I can sense the bleating in their functioning. It has been one fiery summer so far. I look at the clock … its 10:50 am. FIFA World Cup fever is on and I went to bed at 4:30 am after watching Ecuador’s fine victory over Honduras.

Thirty nine degrees Celsius displays the Yahoo Weather App on my Iphone. Hmmm… well that’s a little relief when it has been averaging over forty-five degrees Celsius for past one month or so in Lahore. I pick the book, which I was reading last night, lying beside me on bed and place it on side table. The book is ‘Five People You Meet in Heaven’ by Mitch Albom. What an irony !! Reading about heaven in this hellish summer.

11:15 am

Just two minutes inside the kitchen and I am perspiring heavily… as if I just emerged out of Arabian Ocean. What to eat? I am thinking while exploring the cabin and refrigerator. Taking hot coffee or tea on such a hot day… not a good idea! Cereals with cold milk… that ll be best !!

12:30 pm

Electricity is playing hide and seek as usual. Will cursing the government be of any help? I don’t think so.

Pepper and Budge, FBI agents, drop Lester Nygaard at his home. I am watching last episode of ‘Fargo’. It’s hailing heavily. The scenes with heavy snowfall in background… making this hot day more unbearable for me.

2:30 pm

I am browsing through news websites of Dawn and The Express Tribune. I had done away watching news TV channels a long time ago. You cannot retain your sanity while watching the channels breaking all the barriers of lunacy in its rating wars.

My mother gives me a glass of chilling mango shake. Mango, the king of the fruits, the best of the summer fruits. It certainly helped in beating the heat.

3:00 pm

It’s getting cloudy outside. I open the Yahoo Weather App. Thirty three degrees Celsius is the temperature. Certainly a relief. The hourly forecast predicts rain in a couple of hours. A rushing sensation of chill flashes through the body.

‘Embrace yourselves, Weather tweets are coming’, I tweet. It will certainly be a good tagline for ‘Game of Weathers’.

5:00 pm

Blog stats are encouraging. My last blog attracted heavy traffic and good feedback from friends. It was a first attempt at memes and satire.

I look outside through window. Still no sign of rain.

7:00 pm

Should I go for jogging or not? Hmmm…  Not jogging today is not going to be a problem anyway. It has been a good week at gym so far. Body is still feeling the effects of cross-fit of yesterday.

7:15 pm

‘Set for Solstice’, it is today’s daily prompt by The Daily Post.

Hmmm… should I attempt it? What would I write? I have nothing to write about. It has been a season of scorching heat, certainly not an enjoyable affair.

7:30 pm

The sun is setting. All of a sudden,  the thunder boomed as loud as a stereo. I can sense the petrichor.

Its raining !!

I am outside. I can see the joy of people. I am loving the sight of kids playing in rain with big smiles on their faces.

8:00 pm

The temperature has dropped below thirty Degrees Celsius for the first time over past one and half month or so. The weather is pleasant and I am not missing the sun at all.

I have clicked ‘Add New Post’. I know I have something to write now.

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An Ounce of Home

You’re embarking on a yearlong round-the-world adventure, and can take only one small object with you to remind you of home. What do you bring along for the trip?Daily Prompt: An Ounce of Home (The Daily Post).


 

Finally, a life long dream is coming true. Gorgeous Brazilian Samba, Ski in Steamboat Streams, Shakespeare’s Home-town, Eiffel tower, Flamenco Show, African Safaris, The Great Wall of China, Railay Beach and Sydney Opera House – it’s going to be one great yearlong journey of adventure.

Although a fun packed journey lie ahead for a year, I am definitely going to miss the home. I would like to carry a thing which will make me feel I am always at my home. The most common thing I guess people would like to take in such a situation is a family photograph. Every one carries mobile phone now a days in which they have photographs of their loved ones and family. So what thing it’s going to be which I would like to carry…..

An old small table clock !

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I can’t even remember now how old that clock is. But I remember my childhood when we did not have mobile phones and my mother used to set alarms on this clock to wake me and my siblings in the morning. I remember my father looking at it when he wanted to know what time it is. (By the way, I am not too old. I am talking about just 10 to 15 years back 🙂 )

Times have changed. Name it and you have got all the types of modern gadgets these days but this old table clock has not lost its place in our home. My mother still use it for setting alarms and my father still look at it for time.

I am going to set my morning alarms on this clock throughout my journey. It will be the best reminder of my home !!