A Letter To Myself: For All The Times I’ve Made You Feel “Not Enough”

Hello heart, It’s been a while since we last spoke, and during all of this time, I’ve noticed how hard you’ve been trying to keep it together. It’s not easy, growing up and letting yourself be seen as you are. It’s not easy to put yourself out in the world and take care of your dreams. But you do it. You do it every single day. You do it beautifully. And amidst all of the chaos you handle with all your might, I have observed the way I speak to you. Most of my talks are about you not doing…Continue Reading

You Are The Creator Of Your Life, It’s Time To Own Up.

Intuitionnounthe ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning.a thing that one knows or considers likely from instinctive feeling rather than conscious reasoning. The point of social conditioning is to take us away from what we call our “inner voice”. The voice that begets zero reason. The voice that does away with the need to question, prod and doubt every single thing that is not dripping in logic. We’ve been taught to look down upon the language of feelings even when our very body is fine tuned to our emotions. Through the years, we’ve adopted the art…Continue Reading

Being Strong Is To Know When It’s Time To Be Weak

There is heaviness in the center of my being. I feel a thousand years old. The tears won’t come to relieve this load. They stand dry within the corners of my eyes. I am tired. I am so, so tired. There remains nothing in me to say. My lips are sealed. I am absolutely still. I am absolutely silent. Is it okay to not know what’s happening within me? Is it okay if I don’t have the answer? Because this time, I don’t. I don’t want the fancy words. Or the ones that make everything feel better. I don’t want…Continue Reading

What Is Meant For Me, Will Stay

“What’s for me will always be for me. That’s why I relax. I don’t need to compete or seek validation. What’s for me is Always for me.” There is no rush. There is no hurry. All is happening in divine order and all is beautiful. Funny how everything comes back to this: surrender. Isn’t it glorious, this simple act of not holding onto control? And yet, I am so used to the struggling. I am so used to the fighting. The minute I am asked to drop my sword and rest, I question it. How come I never question the…Continue Reading

15 Songs From Coke Studio Pakistan That Are Beyond Beautiful

“Words make you think. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought.” – E.Y. Harburg Isn’t this true with everyone out there? Since a very long time, we’ve been obsessing over the magical melodies of Pakistani songs. Little did we know that the songs from Coke Studio are a notch above than the rest of them. It was about a year ago that I discovered this platform through a friend who was a big follower of this show, and I cannot thank him enough for that. With various themes such as pop, classical and qawwali,…Continue Reading

A Love Letter To Myself: It’s Okay To Slow Down

Dearest heart, I have been running, rushing, panting, worrying—all because the world demands it. But there you are, knocking, whispering: incessant in your calling. For you know, without your hand in mine, I wouldn’t feel like myself at all. And so you wait on the borders of the mind, inviting me to take the slow ride. I have missed your pace. Even when I am with you, it feels like we’re parting away too fast, too soon. Our time together never feels nearly enough. And as for the world, it does not like to wait. It wants to keep chasing…Continue Reading

Why It’s Okay To Not Be Okay All The Time

Words can do just as much. They can’t take your heart out from your rib cage and soothe the pain. And that’s all we want. To be okay. To feel okay. To feel fine. But how about those days when you just don’t feel it? You wake up feeling like there is lead in the center of your chest and your breathing could somehow turn raspy if you but utter a word. Or those days when you cannot seem to see the end of this. Of this really uneasy place you’ve been put into. This space that doesn’t get any…Continue Reading

15 Things You’ll Totally Get If You’re Someone Who Loves The Sea

I love the ocean. Or for that matter any water body. But the sea in particular is one of my favourites. I don’t know the exact time or year that I discovered this bit about me, but as a child, my father would take me to the beach every weekend. Then, back in 2012, I went for my first Goa trip and the sea called and tugged at my heart. There was no looking back. I could stand for hours on end and just watch the sky change color. I could immerse my toes into the water and experience a…Continue Reading

The Harry Potter Series Wouldn’t Exist If J.K.Rowling Had Given Up After Failing

“So why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant the stripping away of the inessential.” If someone told you that there wouldn’t have been any Harry Potter in this world because its author was rejected more than once for her work, what would you say? How would you feel if Joanne Kathleen Rowling had given up on her dream and her masterpiece, just because a few odd folks thought that her story didn’t deserve to spread? Failure has been a bit more generous in Rowling’s case. But she’s met it head on each time. And…Continue Reading

Let Us Know Each Other Slowly, Rather Than Rush Our Love

We met. And it felt like a memory plucked from time and space. A new beginning? Possibly. Or may be just another a chapter in our co-written novel from long ago. While our brains struggled to comprehend the connection, our hearts smiled. Words failed, and we struggled to place this feeling somewhere in the territory of our understanding. But as feelings go, they like to escape knowing. And so it stayed. This vibe, this pull, this definite calm in you and in me. Let us know each other slowly. Let us unfurl, step by step on the way. The world…Continue Reading