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Gur Ka Sharbat

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I had been craving ‘gur ka sharbat’ the past few days.

Do you associate certain foods, certain colors, certain smells or even a certain kind of weather with a person? I associate Gur ka Sharbat with my dad. I remember my dad making a variety of iftaar beverages and the one I remember most vividly is the ‘gur ka sharbat’. 

The memories I am talking about are probably from the late 80s  to 1990, when we used to live in our village, Charsadda. Ramadan was in summers, probably same as now i.e June or July and summers are scorching in most parts of Pakistan, Charsadda being no exception.

The kids didn’t fast, of course. Only my parents did. Or maybe my older two sisters did too. I don’t remember. But I and my brother weren’t fasting yet. However, whenever my dad made the gur ka sharbat, he served us first 🙂 He used to make “Tukhm-e-Malanga” in a separate steel bowl and would serve it in our glasses accordingly. I used to take mine without it. I was never a fan of it, but now as a grownup I would like to try it once more to see if I still don’t like it.

The iftaar was served outdoors, in the courtyard. The kitchen was right next to it, where my mom used to fry pakoras and God knows what else. My dad would fill our glasses with gur sharbat, to the brim, but we waited till we heard the sound of the Adhaan, although we were not fasting. Maybe it was out of respect for ramadan and we were taught to do it that way, or maybe it was more fun that way and that’s why we waited.  

My dad passed away last year. We lost him to cancer. 

But I spotted ‘gur’ at a Pakistani grocery store the other day and haven’t been able to stop thinking about the way my dad made the gur ka sharbat!

So today, I’m going to make it for the first time, sans the Malanga seeds, since I don’t know where can I find those. 

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Gur

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Gur – melted, + Lemon Juice

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Gur Ka Sharbat – Iftar Drink

I have to wait an hour to know what it tastes like 🙂 

Daily Look – Wearing Lace to Work

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Since hubby dear was still asleep when I was leaving for work, you will have to suffice with bathroom mirror selfies for today 🙂

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Hope you like today’s look 🙂

 

 

Brazuca – Made in Pakistan

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FIFA World Cup 2014 tonight. Whether cheering for Argentine or Germany, lets hear cheers for Pakistan one more time, who supplied the official football. Here are Ten facts for you to enjoy;

1) The Brazuca is made in Pakistan by Pakistani women. Ninety percent of those working on the Brazuca were women. The CEO of Forward Sports (company that produced Brazuca for Adidas) said that women were more diligent and meticulous than their male colleagues. The cost of the ball is US $ 160/- each which is more than the monthly salary (US $ 100/-) of the women who made it.

2) The Brazuca was named via online poll in September 2012, with 77% of voters choosing ‘Brazuca’. It’s the first ball to ever be named by the public.

3) Its thermally bonded panels make it virtually waterproof. While FIFA allows for a ball to be up to 10% heaver when wet, the Brazuca increases by only 0.2%

4) The colors were “inspired by vibrant colours, passion and heritage of Brazil.” The term ‘Brazuca’ actually means ‘Brazilian’, and is used to describe the Brazilian way of life.

5) It was tested by 600 players “The Brazuca’s thorough two and a half year testing process involved more than 600 of the world’s top players … the most tested ball ever by Adidas” Competing teams practiced with it for 6 months.

6) It has a windmill design. Instead of having a smooth surface like it’s predecessor the Brazuca has an evenly broken surface with deep seams, which prevents it from swerving in the air

7) Brazuca has a twitter account.Since registering on Twitter in December 2013, the ball has amassed over 130,000 followers. It uses the hashtag ‪#‎ballin‬ with most tweets. As if that wasn’t enough, the ball was given an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican earlier this year

8) All competing teams at the 2014 World Cup received balls from FIFA over the last six months to ensure each team has enough time to train with the new ball

9) The Brazuca is 437 grams in weight and 69 centimetres in circumference

10) The Brazuca is a pride for all Pakistani women but not as beautiful as the hands that made it
Enjoy the World Cup final ans share Pakistan’s contribution to it.

Credit: Desitnation Pakistan On Facebook

Shopping on Tariq Road

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In addition to the facts that I love to shop and that I have lived in Karachi for almost 6 years now, I owned an online business, which required me to go shopping for people everyday. Karachites may find it hard to believe that in spite of the above three acknowledgements, today was the first time I went shopping on Tariq Road, which is considered to be the best shopping places in Karachi and I cannot help but agree.

There are several reasons for not being able to explore this shopping heaven earlier than just one week before moving out of the Country. Firstly, when I first moved to Karachi, I was totally dependent on the Mr. for moving about the City, which went on for a couple of years. Secondly, The Mother always discouraged shopping trips. Thirdly, I was working full time initially and then later on with two babies in 3 yrs, I rarely had any time to go shopping. Today, I went because a cousin of the Mr. had requested me to accompany her and I didn’t say no, of course.

We were supposed to leave at 11 and be there by 11:30 am but the cousin didn’t wake up till 11 and by the time she was ready to go it was past 1 in the afternoon. I was extremely annoyed, because I had to postpone on several chores and appointments of my own. But the shopping experience, rather the window-shopping experience made up for the late start.

The place is big, like really big. It’s a long road, with several sub-roads and streets comprising thousands of big and small shops, various shopping centers and malls and hoards of street vendors. The best and biggest mall on this well-known and well-loved road is perhaps Dolmen Mall, or so I have heard, because I didn’t get to visit it even today. Other than that, there’s myriad of big and small shops selling all sorts of apparel and other merchandise. The general atmosphere was the same as any bazaar in Pakistan, where you have to haggle and bargain for the best price. The Cousin did most of the shopping but I enjoyed helping her choose her outfits. We visited several stores selling kids wear and I ended up buying a pair of shorts with a cute little top for the Princess for only Rs. 200. Who can resist buying a cute girl outfit for that kind of money? It may not last long, but then Rs. 200 doesn’t last long either.

A Roadside Vendor

At yet another street, I got a couple of outfits for The Spirited for the same price too, which are not totally crap quality.

This is not to give anyone the idea that Tariq Road only has cheap stuff. You can find a lot of high quality products, only I don’t have that sort of money 8 days before our big move. We roamed around for 3 hours and sat down on the side of the road to enjoy a bun kabab and a 7-up before getting into a Rickshaw to get back home.