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 opening 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.

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Before the storm selfie

Now don’t be mistaken, Adelaide has some amazing fresh air, just can’t match that of Brisbane’s…. Okay I admit, Brisbane is indeed a natural beauty! 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. I consider myself quite fortunate to have had (still have) such amazing people around me who would continuously check in if I’m ok. I swear I’ve had times where I felt like quitting everything and legit running away from all the mess and sort of wanting to start a fresh life somewhere in the farms. Away from all the ongoing chaos. But thanks to the people who are always there to support me through thick & thin (So much love for you guys) I’ve managed to learn how to deal with such situations…. gradually. Well at least for now, I think I have.

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Five Minutes Later… ‘Yeh Mausam Ki Baarish’

But you know what the sad thing is, a lot of people out there, unfortunately, don’t have that kind of support some of us have. I don’t think I even need to address the percentage of people that most likely have depression or are going through a mental health issue. A high fraction of the population (especially in the Middle Eastern and Afghan communities) cannot even express themselves to others around them because of the fear that their struggle with mental health is un-welcomed and thus, unworthy of attention. This fear usually arises from underlying questions that roam around our minds non-stop, “what are they going to think of me, I’ll be judged, I’ll lose them, I’ll be ridiculed, I’ll shame those around me, etc. etc.” Not to say that I’ve had depression before, I do know that I’ve had at least if not some sort high levels of anxiety or something on those lines. I remember my friends asking me to see a specialist. I wanted to, I tried a lot to go see one. But I never went, I was scared. For the exact same reasons as everyone else was and is refraining from seeking professional help. So here I am sharing this with you all. So why now? 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. About 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 desert surrounding contrast spectacularly to give the the national park an incredible view.

In this post I’ll be giving you a first hand tour of this one amazing place, and for the sake of keeping the name short and simple, I’m just going to call the six blue lakes, ‘the blakes’. These blakes all have their own unique names, folktales, sizes, depth and temperature. Through this trip, I have learnt a heaps load about my own birth-country that I was never aware of. So hop along and let’s discover the blakes together. 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

That is beautiful and unique in its own complexity

Kandahar, a city named after Alexander the great

Home to the Pashtuns of different tribes till date

Kabul, where different ethnicities live together in unity

From the Baloch, Tajik, Hazara to Pashtun community

Herat, to the west, known for its ancient monuments

Ruins of empires, that were once the city’s occupants

Balkh, famous not only for its blue mosque, shrine of Ali

But also home to Rabia and Rumi, legends of Persian poetry

Fifteen more cities and tribes yet to discover in this nation

Damaged places and people for sure, however full of fascination

Shall peace flourish upon my country one day, I plea

But for now, I write of my beloved country

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Where I got my inspiration from | The blogs you need to follow

So where did I or do I still get my inspiration from? Well, there are tons of bloggers out there that I absolutely LOVE, from fashion, travel to all sorts of other weird amazing bloggers. But, there are two blogs in specific that I read very often and I have to admit, I just love the content and writing style of these two bloggers.

The First one is none other than the amazing Amitabh Bachchan’s Bachchan Bol. Amitabh Bachchan is an Indian film actor, he is also referred to as the ‘Shahenshah’ (King) of Bollywood, and yes one of my favourite actor from my childhood. And I guess what makes his blog uniquely different from the others is that he reflects and writes about his life happenings on a daily basis.

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Here’s an excerpt of his latest post that he wrote on Thursday the 9th of November 2017, titled as ‘Day 3516’

Time was when we exchanged written words penned in our own hands, on papers specially decorated with design and material that expressed affection and care … NOW … Its the instrument … taking, over all … The entire family shall sit together and there shall be smiles and comments and interactions galore … but no one is talking to each other … they talk to that oblong piece of technology that has become a part of what ever is needed for existence and expression … So that when the technology has nothing more to say … the silence takes over …

Continue reading “Where I got my inspiration from | The blogs you need to follow”

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

I believe I was about five years old when I left my hometown Jaghoori to go live with my uncle’s family in Kabul. Although I was very little back then, I still do have some vague memory of how Kabul used to look like back in the days.

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Kabul City view from Shahrak Haji Nabi

Fifteen years have gone by and A LOT has changed. 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 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 its working, next minute, its 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 life book already.

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Spring on its way

Well any who! btw, that’s just a slang I picked up from my little sister. ‘Any who’, I guess it’s just a  new shortcut for saying ‘ok, let’s move on to the next topic’. Back to the story, never attended Harvard, so I definitely wouldn’t understand life’s philosophy! But what I do know, is that life at the same time is extremely fascinating! Its sad that our time on this earth is so limited for us to experience, explore, and just simply admire the beauty around us. Like can we extend the human life to two-hundred years minimum please? Continue reading “Life in a second”