Impress your guests this Eid with these scrumptious yet easy mini kebab rolls, achari chicken, mango sawaiyan and ginger peach drink!

For a month that was perceived to be extremely slow, Ramazan sure flew by. The one Eid I got to celebrate in the UK was surely a memorable one. Our desi crew went to the campus mosque, offered prayers, then headed back to the dorms where we all had doodh patti (milk-based tea). Later on, we all dressed up in our desi attire and went to watch Salman Khan’s Kick (not a memory I cherish). Afterwards, we headed to Akbar’s for some good old desi splendour. It’s funny and maybe it’s only me, but Eid abroad feels more like Eid. I still have not been able to pinpoint exactly how or why, but ...

Read Full Post

Raabta fails to connect with viewers with its nauseatingly bad ‘been there, done that’ story

It is extremely amusing when movies have ridiculously high levels of disconnection with the audience, especially when its title and tagline state the opposite. Raabta, the latest punar-janam (rebirth) absurdity to come out of Bollywood, is so shamelessly dedicated to its primary theme of reincarnation that it doesn’t even mind taking elements already used in a vast number of movies to fill its 150-minute long run time. It has an uncanny similarity to the absurd concoction of Befikre, Before Sunrise and Before Sunset (in reference to a fledgling romance in an exotic European locale). From the opening parts right down to the cringe-worthy climax ripped off from Titanic, and a weird combination ...

Read Full Post

The Handmaid’s Tale is a form of activism and we love it!

The Handmaid’s Tale is a harrowing TV series set in Gilead, an oppressive totalitarian society where women, referred to as ‘handmaids’,  are not allowed to vote, to hold jobs, to read, or own property.  Their role is reduced to that of a child-bearer, and any form of retaliation against the regime is punishable by death.  The storyline is an exaggerated take on patriarchal societies in the developed world; nevertheless it rings close to the truth for regimes around the world. The story highlights the way in which totalitarian states have been able to oppress minorities and reprimand dissidents of the regime. Gilead, ...

Read Full Post

‘The Ministry of Utmost Happiness’: A beautiful kind of chaos

The publication of her first novel, ‘The God of Small Things’, its subsequent Man Booker win, multi-million sales, and the international celebrity status she has since enjoyed are the only impediments in the way of the success of Arundhati Roy’s second novel, ‘The Ministry of Utmost Happiness’. It is a novel as remarkable and dazzling as her first, but it is this unwieldy comparison that dulls its colours and sours its taste. It is a book so different and so far removed from ‘The God of Small Things’ that it feels it’s written by a different writer altogether. Given the 20-year hiatus between the publication of the ...

Read Full Post

These cheesy chicken fajita stuffed buns and chicken Alfredo spaghetti rolls are the answer to your iftar prayers

As the entire Muslim community welcomes Ramazan this summer, the temperatures have risen in the kitchens. From the preparations for elaborate iftar tables to late nights in a frenzy of sehri arrangements, we all are on the lookout for new and exciting dishes to adorn our tables.  We thereby bring you two such delectable recipes that are easy to make yet irresistibly delicious. What can be more satisfying than fresh home-baked buns stuffed with a tantalising chicken fajita filling? This recipe for stuffed buns is so simple that you cannot go wrong with it. Shape them as per your liking and bake and serve with your favourite dips ...

Read Full Post

Looking for a place to binge eat this Ramazan? #ETBlogsPicks the best places for iftar and sehri in Karachi

Are Ramazan cravings getting to you? Is the heat too much to bear? Every year in Ramazan, most of us score through the numerous iftari and sehri deals, hoping that this year, we’ll find that one place that meets all our desires. The struggle is way too real, we know. But don’t worry. Craving pizza? We know just the place. Feeling like a Bruce Bogtrotter and cake moment? We know where you can indulge. This year, we’ve come up with what we think are the best places for iftari and sehri. They’ve got pizzas, they’ve got waffles, and they’ve got paneer reshmi. They ...

Read Full Post

The Mummy is nothing new or special, but it works well enough for what it is

Never has intellectual property been a more valuable asset in Hollywood than it is today. In the age of franchise blockbusters, any almost marketable property can now be rebranded for 21st century audiences with a big enough movie star and sleek looking visual effects. Over the last decade, all major studios have found their personal cash-cow which they can milk through a connected universe of characters and films. Disney has the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Warner Bros have the DC Extended Universe, while Paramount has the much reviled Transformers series. Universal Studios is the latest to join the club with The Mummy, which is set to be ...

Read Full Post

Wonder Woman is just another run-of-the-mill superhero movie with hyper-feminist overtones

Another month and yet another superhero movie hits the theaters. Okay, another superheroine movie if you are hell-bent on being such a pedant. Oh and by the way,Gal Gadot, this larger-than-life female character, is a former Israel Defense Force (IDF) officer. Why is that even relevant, you might ask? Well for starters, we as a nation have this strong aversion to all things Isareli, and secondly, one of our brotherly Muslim state Lebanon has banned the screening of Wonder Woman on accounts of Gadot serving time in the Israeli military, who lest we forget are responsible for the crime of apartheid against the Palestinian people. Okay now just to be absolutely clear, ...

Read Full Post

Date shake, hummus, bite-sized sandwiches and peri bites – what more can one want for iftar?

Once again, I’m reminiscing about UK times. Iftar was an exorbitant affair. We used to open our fasts in the campus mosque where different groups of people, usually from the local community, used to host iftars. The menu was different every day, and in addition to desi pakoras, jalebis and samosas followed by qorma, biryani or pulao, we got to experience different dishes from around the world. They ranged from Malaysian satay and lemang to Arabian Margoog and Kabsa. Rooh Afza was of course the staple drink, the undisputed favourite transcending all cultural barriers. In Pakistan, we are experiencing long ...

Read Full Post

The Forty Rules of Love taught me that we’ve been asking ourselves all the wrong questions

It is a well-known belief that God speaks to His people through the strangest of things. You could be sitting quietly, minding your own business, and out of nowhere emerges a sign that seems to be God sent. Or if you were me, you would have been walking around the airport bookshop, waiting for your delayed flight, and by sheer luck found a book peeking at you through the shelf. Generally, I don’t judge books by their covers, or their titles, but this one was different. I fell in love with Elif Shafak’s ‘The Forty Rules of Love’ the moment I saw it. This was despite ...

Read Full Post