Archive for September, 2007

KhushKhabrrrriii for Coffee, Tea & Company lovers

@Coffee, Tea & Company
@Noor Jahan Road, Gulberg
@Hussain Chawk, Gulberg.
Finally, they finished their work in this century, yeah, i am talking about the Noor Jahan Road, which was under construction for the past few months and those crafty bumpy roads were a big hindrance between us and the Coffee. Have fun CTC lovers!!! :)

LMB Ramadan Diary – 17th Roza

Prayer for the Day:

For someone who does good to you: “JazaakUllahu Khairan (May Allah Reward you with good),” Ameen. (Tirmidhi)

Today’s To-do:

Complement your fast in the best way possible. The Prophet Muhammad SAWS said: “Whoever does not give up telling lies, (committing) evil deeds and speaking harshly to others, Allah is not in need of his fasting.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 8, Hadith 83)

Thought for the Day:

Worth the envy – The Prophet Muhammad SAWS said: “There are two (kinds of) people worth envying: someone whom Allah has made rich and who spends his money righteously; and someone whom Allah has given wisdom and who acts according to it and teaches others.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 9 Hadith 255)

Recipe of the Day: French-Glazed Chicken

The Clowns of Lahore’s Streets


This boy may look funny though there might be very little of happiness in his life. And he is one of the many thousands (add millions) who may never node to the Government’s claims of reduced poverty and improved economic well-being of the general public or in-short ‘Aam Awaam ki Khushaali’.

Still, he is much better off in earning an honest living than many more thousands who never care and are happy to earn a life’s fortune by emotionally black-mailing (begging) the innocent ‘bholay’ commuters on our city’s roads…

Talent@Lahore: Mohsin Hamid

Talent@Lahore is a series in which I will talk about the talent, the aptitude, and sheer brilliance of various personalities hailing from Lahore

This is the first installment of Talent@Lahore series, and we are going to talk about a 36 years old writer whose work has been translated in 20 languages, adapted for TV as well as an Italian operetta, and who has (most recently) been short listed among 5 other candidates from around the world for the prestigious Booker Prize for Fiction in 2007 – one of the most renowned literary awards in the world.

Mohsin Hamid takes over the throne of immensely rich literary heritage of Lahore, the only difference being that he writes in English not Urdu, yet remains very much in touch with all things Desi. Born in 1971, Mohsin went on to attend Princeton University and Harvard Law School, and worked as a management consultant in New York and a freelance journalist in Lahore, before moving to London. His claim to fame, however, are his two novels of international acclaim, both set in the backdrop of the city of Lahore.

Exhibition at Nando’s

Today, 29th Sep, is the last day for the luxurious embroided linen exhibition. You can still catch on the exclusive clothes displayed by Naksh tomorrow, ie, 30th Sep@ Nando’s, MM Alam Road, Gulberg. I think its a one-day event, so enjoy your Eid shopping there ;) , don’t misssssssssiT.

Perfect Strangers

@Near Firdous Market
I saw this “musst family” :) today on my way to Liberty staying at Green Belt :). The mother was sleeping and the father was playing with three kids, he overlapped them so you cannot see them in the pic :) . Maybe they are the one of thousand families who come to Lahore for a better future and earning…depicting “nagri nagri phira musafir” :) . On the left side, you can see the open kitchen too. I hope one day Lahore will have more “Musafir Khanas.”

LMB Ramadan Diary – 16th Roza

Prayer for the Day:

Today I’m going to put up a translation of a very common prayer everyone who performs namaaz knows. This is the one that is recited while rising from the ruku, i.e. “Sami’Allaahu liman hamidah” and it means, “Allah has Listened to the one who has praised Him.” Now this is what I call an affirmation.

Today’s To-do:

Reconcile old or forgotten differences. “It is not permissible for a Muslim to keep apart from his brother for more than three days. If three days pass, he should meet him and greet him, and if he replies to it, they will both have shared in the reward, while if he does not reply, he will bear his sin while the Muslim (who offered him the greeting) will have been freed from the sin of keeping apart.” (Reported by Abu Dawud.)

Thought for the Day:

The Prophet SAWS said: “Through (a person’s charitable giving), Allah takes away arrogance and vanity.”

Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 3, Number 37B

Recipe of the Day: Toasted Chicken & Cheddar Sandwich

This Ramazan, Let’s Donate More…

Everyone knows the importance of charity in a society. Everyone talks about it. Everyone donates; some a little, some much more. Everyone does what everyone can.

But are we doing enough?

Looking around while on the road, watching TV, surfing the net, reading papers, it becomes pretty clear that we are not doing enough. It’s just not enough. We all know that we have poverty in our country; extreme poverty in extreme remote areas, half of our population is still illiterate, half has less than normal access to medical facilities, many have no access to clean drinking water, many are wronged but don’t have a support system to seek / attain justice, many just don’t know what to do. We all know that. We read it in papers.

We also know that these deficiencies, the extreme inequality in society, leads to rising crimes, social tension, law & order chaos, terrorism. We all know that. We have it all in our society.

‘No Tenshion..?’

Who’s tension is it then..?

‘The Quest..’


Both the parties are in quest for their livelihood but, the farther ones seem more successful… just comparing the physical health condition.

Photo: Usman Latif

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