Saturday, 9 May 2015

Happy Mother's Day!.... Love, Sacrifice and Technology

Today is Mother's Day : the much awaited day for mothers and also for kids. For mothers, obviously because if their kids utter one word of thank you , it elates the moms as mothers are devoid of selfishness and materialism ; they only know how to love their kids and I know this because my mother has been such a lady. From waking up in the wee hours of the morning to taking care of all of us ; she has been always there for all of us. No matter how circumstances were and are, she always supports us and not to say, gives the best piece of advice whenever you need to know one. I remember once I was in deep pain and only holding the hand of my mom lessened my pain: such is the connection between a mother and a child. My mother is one person in the world who won't judge us for our gifts; whether you gift her a small thing , she would cherish it as a token of our love.I love you mom!

Since I am also a mother of a little girl, I also received gifts and cards from her. She enthusiastically went with her aunt to the market to buy me some gifts. I do feel I am really lucky to have a doting mother as well as adorable and loving daughter in my life. My daughter makes sure to make me feel happy everyday. When I am angry at her, she quietly goes to the kitchen and picks up a tray and then bring a glass of water for me; all my anger vanishes at such cute acts.This Mother's Day, along with the gifts, she has made cute cards with heart melting words! I know she is the best daughter better than I was as I was not an expressive child . But the thing I don't know is that whether I am and would be as great mother my mom is  because matching the sacrifice level of mothers changes with every generation.

Sacrifice is a must for motherhood; infact it is a symbol of motherhood. I have seen my mom sacrificing her professional career for us . We, the present day moms, belong to such an era where technology has overpowered everything. We have our smartphones for browsing, whats app and facebook; we have put our kids in a perplex situation by getting too involved in technology. My daughter one day said to me , " Please mom, put your phone away" . It was indeed a reality check for me. Little kids get annoyed as what they want is a firsthand attention from their moms!. I really try to give her time but I know I won't be best as your grandmother as she is the best ever mom!Love you mom always:)

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Cinderella... Review ... Part 2

Now coming to the main film, Cinderella; for kids it's absolutely charming. As an adult, I didn't find that amazing;may be it was because we knew the end. But one thing was certain;we were there at the cinema for our six year old as we hardly take her to cinema with us and it was probably her third visit to cinema and she enjoyed the most!
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Cinderella according to a six year old:
I asked my daughter after the movie that which part you loved the most : her answer was Cinderella as Frozen Fever was too short. According to her , the story was good because it was different as  they showed her parents but the best part was only before her parents died. Of course for small kids, digesting the concept of death and that too of one's parents is very difficult.
Moreover, she told me that the fairy godmother was not that pretty! That was also shocking for me but from a six year old, you can expect anything as children at this age are innocent and pretty clear about their thoughts .I guess it was because the fairy god mother before her transformation was shown as an old lady in rags and that image is of course unacceptable to kids mainly because they want the sparkling fairy god mother to be gorgeous while doing Abra ca Dabra. She said that fairy godmother in the story book was more beautiful.
One thing my daughter absolutely loved about the movie was its song i.e Lavender's blue , dilly dilly.
I also loved listening to the melodious song.

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My thoughts:
I enjoyed the movie but not as much as I had thought I would. Cinderella's connection with her parents was a beautiful aspect of the movie. Her mother's advice, her  father's love and her strong
bonding with both of them is impeccably captured.
One thing which I must say is that costumes in the movie are ravishing. Cinderella's looks resplendent in her bewitching blue ball gown. The costumes of the step mother and step sisters are equally dazzling.Step mother looks elegant yet cruel and that is due to the brilliant acting of Cate Blanchett. I really loved her acting and so did my six year old.

Though my husband accompanied us to the movie but he was indifferent as Cinderella is all about girls but thankfully, he chose to come with us and watch the entire movie with us instead of going for Furious 6.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Review: Cinderella and Frozen Fever... Part one

Last week we went to watch Cinderella and it was on mere insistance of my daughter according to whom all her friends had watched Cinderella and Frozen fever except her.So my daughter all set on her recliner to watch the movie kept on asking me when will the movie start as we went 10 minutes before the movie time.
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Finally the movie started with the birthday celebrations of Anna. Frozen's Fever's main topic is Anna's Birthday and Disney has utilised the idea perfectly as  all kids are crazy about birthdays.Then the new dresses of Elsa and Anna are sure to make your little girls demand those dresses as my daughter has already made her request to buy her the new Elsa dress. Since the time Frozen was released, almost every little girl wanted Elsa's dress and accessories for her birthday.Frozen's cakes also became very popular.This of course would be another bonus for Disney as little girls would be buying more of Anna and Elsa's new dresses plus dolls with new dresses.
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The animation no doubt is beautiful!The snowballs that were formed after every sneeze of Elsa looked so cute. The song,"Making today a perfect today" is also sweet to listen. In short, it is short in length, probably not as long as kids wanted but it's enough for the film makers to draw profits as many girls only went to watch Cinderella due to Frozen Fever.Albeit Cinderella has it's own charm but for little girls aged 3-10, everything has to have a "Frozen"aspect in it. Although I felt while watching  it that what was the use of making such a short film but for little girls, even a shorter version is more than welcome.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Do the buildings, age and area of institutions matter?

I never seriously pondered on this question unless I did my graduation and applied for post graduation program. I applied in almost 4 universities for MBA and also for Masters in English Literature as I had English Literature as one of the majors during my graduation. By the grace of Allah Almighty, I got admission in all 4 universities i.e Bahria university Islamabad,  Nust Rawalpindi, Punjab University Lahore and Government College University Lahore.

My parents and I sat together to discuss the best option and then after much pondering, I decided it had to be Government College University Lahore.Candidly, on my part, the main reason was its beautiful large campus , its reputation and lush green grounds. You really feel like you are in a university when you step inside its gate. Moreover, it has such a rich history.GCU was built in 1864 and it has produced some of the prominent names of our country like the great Allama Iqbal and nobel prize winner Dr Abdul Salam.

GCU tower and its building mesmerised me and I realized that I have to study there no matter what. The grandeur and the rich culture of the university infatuated me. Such is the impact of old and beautiful institutions that it is difficult for any modern new institution to surpass them.

Now when I had to select a suitable school for my six year old daughter ( having completed her preschool) , I knew I had to select a reliable well established school with a big building because kids apart from academics need playgrounds and swimming pools for excursion. I do believe that big schools give students a psychological edge too as they learn to thrive in greater competition as big schools usually have a large number of students plus large faculty in addition to a variety of extra curricular activities.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Everything becomes frozen!

For my six year old daughter, every toy and stationary item seems to have a frozen edition and it is evident  when you look at her room. From her erasers to her lunch box  and from her hair accessories to her party dresses, everything is under the influence of Frozen's Elsa and Anna.So much so that even her floor mat has Anna and Elsa on it.

Even the board games and puzzles should also have a frozen edition and I guess, this is story of every other home having a 3-10 year old daughter who is mesmerised by the Frozen characters.Even the walls and cupboards of my daughter's room are adorned with Frozen's stickers. Such is the impact of this movie that kids want everything of theirs to have some correlation with the movie. Recently we went to watch the movie ,"Cinderella" only because it had a small portion known as "Frozen Fever"!.

Now the next item on my daughter's wish list is a Frozen school bag and I have promised her that for new school year . That's why I have started looking for a good quality Frozen school bag from now onwards as my six year old wants a good quality spacious Frozen school bag!

Monday, 30 March 2015

In love with the cultural side of Lahore

This weekend, we went to dinner at Andaaz restaurant situated in old Lahore near Badshahi Mosque. (which is seventh largest mosque of the world).This is the second time we went there and we enjoyed as much as the first time we went there. The food is super delicious plus the view of the majestic Badshahi mosque is breathtaking.

What makes the whole place unique is its cultural touch. Lahore fort(also known as Shahi qila) which is also a famous historical place of Lahore is also located in the same area. Then there is the food street inundated with restaurants known for delectable traditional food.

Moreover, you get handicrafts here at relatively cheap prices.

Plus the music of flute played there adds to the flavour of food served.This whole area is a major tourist attraction of Lahore.

In an era, where Lahore is known for its beautiful roads and for its shopping centers, the old Lahore urges you to admire the cultural beauty of the city. The Badshahi mosque(built by sixth Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in 1671), Lahore fort , GPO (built in 1887 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee)plus the beautiful Government College( which is also my college) adds beauty to the whole area. And if you on your way cross the canal which is beautifully decorated during spring, it is surely going to complete your trip.It is not only an entertainment trip for you and your kids but an educational trip too.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Success and Failure!

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World Cup fever came and is gone in just two games!We, Pakistanis, follow one sport keenly and that is cricket . No other game is as popular as cricket in our subcontinent region. World Cup 2015 glued everybody to their television screens here but the hope and the passion is all gone in the opening two games.

The first match against India even attracted the children. My six year old was as enthusiastic as any grown up to wake up at 7 am on Sunday to watch the match. But everyone's hopes were dashed to ground. But then it's just a game and failures teach you something that success can't . Infact failures pave the way towards your success but you have to stay steady in achieving your goal.

I always tell my daughter that sometimes rewards don't matter but effort matters. You always have to keep working hard to achieve your goal. I remember when I was in seventh grade and I was not selected in a debate competition that I so much wanted to participate in. I knew I had worked hard but I was not selected. I took it as a challenge and went straight to a teacher who was selected singers who could sing patriotic songs in the break. I got selected and went to the same debate competition ; obviously not for a debate but for a song. But the point is I thought of going to the contest and made it happen.Sometimes you do have to alter the path to achieve the same goal.

When you look at life, life is so full of stories that you only need to ponder on in order to make your children learn from your experience. So Happy thinking!:)