Saturday, 22 August 2015

August...a month of independence celebrations


As 14th august draws near , excitement of every Pakistani increases especially the kids. Markets are inundated with national flags, green badges , hair bands, headbands, green shirts and what not. If you have a kid at home, then there is no chance that he is going to spare you without buying these items.

My daughter ( by the grace of Allah Almighty) just turned seven and the first thing she wanted to do this august was buying clothes and badges for herself; and flag and other adornments for our home.Another thing that really inspires her is watching independence parade on tv. As your kids grow up, they make you realize that you should celebrate events with fervour while spreading happiness all around. Loving your country not only makes you patriotic but it does make you a better human; you start caring about little things which infact do matter a lot. Taking pride in yourself and your country is a thing which every child should be taught.

The festivity which 14 th August brings is also one of its kind. My daughter was getting sad as the day was ending because she wanted to celebrate 14th august to the fullest. She completed her celebrations by forcing us to show her illumination in the market and then going with her grandparents for a family dinner.The illumination at the buildings is one thing that is also a feature of Independence Day. Then you find Pakistani flag on almost every home all around your neighbourhood.Then there is famous Independence Day parade on Wagah border(border between India and Pakistani) where thousands of people gather to watch highly exuberant ceremony.The highly emotionally charged ceremony is also shown live on  television .

August marks Independence Day and also opening of schools after a long summer break.That makes it even more exciting for kids as new year of school means new school supplies for kids!So far August has been a busy busy month.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Father

This is something I intended to post on Father's Day but was busy lately so saved the draft.

Where mother is a symbol of love, father is a source of inspiration and solution of all problems for kids. Especially in homes where role of a mother is determined as a housewife, a father stand as a successful person who has excelled in his career. For kids, father is a strong individual who earns for them and fights for their rights in the society.

For daughters, a father is a perfect person who makes them stand tall in the world. A father is a shade that protects you from the scorching heat of the world. A father is a person who makes sure that you get all the comfort in the world. This is all what I have seen in my father and I am sure this is all what my daughter sees in her father and my husband. Every daughter is a princess to her father and that is what makes this relation so special!

Saturday, 9 May 2015

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

Hello!
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!
                                                            Image courtesy:Disney
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.


                                                        Image courtesy: Disney
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.
                                                        Image courtesy: Disney

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.
                                                         Image courtesy: Disney

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!