A taste of Brisbane & the Gold Coast

Hello, Salam or in our very own Aussie dialect, G’day! Welcome back to another session of reading, where we’ll be exploring one of Australia’s most beautiful city, Brisbane!! Hop along and discover this magnificent city and also the Gold Coast …. Excuse the way I’m saying this, sometimes I feel like I’m running my own podcast show or something and I forget that I’m actually writing a blog entry. This actually rings a bell…. I should consider starting a podcast show? What do you say?

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A view of the city from the ferry

Anyways, back to topic… back in September this year, my friend Farzana and I took some time off our very busy life (sleep, eat… repeat kind of life) to go up to Queensland for some fresh air. Continue reading “A taste of Brisbane & the Gold Coast”

Cliché! But it’s okay not to be okay

Let me explain, but before I do that, HELLO!! Guess who’s back to do some more talking. First and foremost, my sincere apologies for being so inactive for all these months. Why am I apologising, geez I have no clue! Anyways, I’m glad that I’m back for good. Before I get into that big chunky thing you are about to read, I do want to thank everyone who sent through their ideas on topics they would like me to write about in the coming days, weeks, months (hopefully I won’t zone out again).

On a very irrelevant note though, I had honestly prepared blog posts for Nawroz and Eid, but somehow never ended up posting it. A lot of reasons why, I guess the biggest one would be the fact that I was very unsure. Unsure of what? I have no clue (messed up mindset back in the days). For the longest time ever, I know that I haven’t been myself for a long period of time. I’ve had times where I was going through some really tough moments. Especially in the first few months of the year. I don’t even know how to explain, it’s like that moment where you feel like everything is turning against you and you just can’t do much about it. Legit in all aspects of life. Whether that be family issues, friendship, relationship, situation-ships, studies, work or just anything in general. Continue reading “Cliché! But it’s okay not to be okay”

My lala’s Big day | Afghan style wedding

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About time we familiarise ourselves with traditional/contemporary Afghan weddings and how it’s done. Just over a month ago, on the 11th of January 2018, my lala a.k.a my brother got married to the love of his life. So cheesy, I’ll stop here! So cruise along and let’s see how Afghan weddings are done. Simple/complicated/fun, that’s something you can decide after reading this post.

Note: Before reading the post, I should mention that not all Afghan weddings are the same. Different cultural groups within Afghanistan celebrate their wedding in different styles and traditions. Also, not all wedding events are traditional to the Afghan culture, some have been adopted from other cultures across the globe. Continue reading “My lala’s Big day | Afghan style wedding”

The six blue lakes | Afghanistan’s national treasure

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View of Band-e-Amir lake from the cliff

The six blue lakes, otherwise famously known as the Bands of Amir are one of Afghanistan’s top national treasure. An hour drive towards the west side of Bamyan city, you’ll come across six deep blue lakes, nestled deep into the canyons amidst the gigantic mountains. The different blue colours of the lakes and the surrounding desert contrast spectacularly to give the the national park an incredible view. Continue reading “The six blue lakes | Afghanistan’s national treasure”

I write of my beloved country

Out there, miles away, across the border is a country

Could say it’s shaped somewhat like a guitar you see

A nation of vibrant culture, language and diversity

Beautiful and unique in its own complexity

Kandahar, a city named after Alexander the great

Home to the Pashtuns of different tribes till date Continue reading “I write of my beloved country”

A closer insight into Bamyan | A city full of history & mystery

It’s sort of bizare to visit Afghanistan and not head down to Bamyan. I mean seriously, we’re talking about Bamyan here. A city of unforgettable history and mystery of the many kingdoms that rose and fell within time.

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The three Buddha’s of Bamyan

Bamyan comes from a literal phrase meaning, ‘the place of shining light’, so you can imagine why it was named such back in the days. What is now an ancient city of Afghanistan, once used to be part of the famous Silk Road, otherwise known as the Silk Route between the east and the west. A famous trade link where goods, gossips of empires, and ideas were exchanged amongst different civilisations of the time. Continue reading “A closer insight into Bamyan | A city full of history & mystery”

Into the streets of Kabul

Finally got myself to Afghanistan after fifteen long years of eagerly waiting to go back. Funny thing is I once had this dream a few years ago where I thought I actually was in Afghanistan and yo can you imagine what I woke up to….the ceiling of my bedroom [legit had a salty mood for a few days straight, not even joking]. Nonetheless, I finally got myself there [insert some Qataghani song cause mood was high sir].

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Kabul City view from Shahrak Haji Nabi

Fifteen years have gone by and A LOT has changed in the capital city.  A once flat looking Kabul is now starting to look more like a proper city with tall buildings everywhere. The population has definitely increased rapidly, it’s quite difficult getting through the crowd whether you’re driving, walking or cycling your way around town. Many people have moved from their hometowns across the country to Kabul for a better life, work, and education. You’d expect to see a good number of students living in shared houses across the city and in Lailiya’s (university dormitories). Don’t be surprised if you see a number of universities in one road, because there’s just too many to count. From private universities to government ones, institutions and schools are to be found in every neighbourhood. Which is a GREAT thing, because education is on the RISE. Continue reading “Into the streets of Kabul”

Life in a second

Well hello there 👋 look where life has taken us! Actually thinking about it, life is pretty funny, isn’t it? One minute your world looks like it’s working, nek minute, it’s all crumbling down. Yesterday I was wondering what the heck I was doing with my life, today I feel like I’ve got my shit together, and honestly, I can’t even predict tomorrow. How will it be?

Surprise surprise!! life ALWAYS has a BIG damn question mark at the end of it, doesn’t it?  But then seriously, I know this sounds crazy, even more crazy that I’m saying or practically writing this as my first blog post. Why is life so mysterious? I don’t like surprises!! Just give me my damn life book already! Continue reading “Life in a second”