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5 Things to Repeat to Yourself in 2022

The pandemic has given us plenty of time for self audit and reflection. I have realised that there are some things that I need to keep telling myself : I do enough. I don’t need to be more productive. If I do more than usual I deserve a treat. My needs, desires, likes and dislikes are important. I need to stop putting everyone else before … Continue reading 5 Things to Repeat to Yourself in 2022

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5 Things You Don’t Want To See In 2022

“Dreams are nothing more than wishes And a wish is just a dream you wish to come true. ” These lyrics are from my favourite movie, You’ve Got Mail. Today I ask you to name 5 things that you wish would disappear from the world in 2022. Here’s my list : COVID-19 Pollution Energy crisis Racism Toxic people, or at least, their toxicity. How about … Continue reading 5 Things You Don’t Want To See In 2022

5 Sunday Breakfasts

What is better than staying in bed on Sunday morning? A fancy breakfast of course. While many of us are in a rush on weekday morning s, Sunday is when there is time and inclination for a long leisurely breakfasts or brunches What are your favourites? Here are 5 of mine: Halwa puri Sausages and baked beans Cinnamon rolls and Danish pastries Fancy omelettes Scrambled … Continue reading 5 Sunday Breakfasts

5 Things Tuesday — Favourite Upbeat Songs

There are some songs with beats so catchy and upbeat that you can count on them to banish the blues , defy the doldrums : generally put you in a good mood. I can count many such and have laid out just 5 here : Uptown girl by Billy Joel Walk like an Egyptian by Bangles Girls just wanna have fun by Cyndi Lauper Here … Continue reading 5 Things Tuesday — Favourite Upbeat Songs

5 Things Tuesday – Beating the Pandemic Blues

Last Tuesday we did a post on your five most common emotions during the pandemic. Going through all your responses, the balance was predominantly negative – sadness, anger, frustration, loneliness and many similar ones. Yet we have come through the last 14 to 18 months somehow. This week I ask you to list the ways you kept those pandemic blues at bay. Here is my … Continue reading 5 Things Tuesday – Beating the Pandemic Blues

5 Things Tuesday: Favourite Rainy Day Activities

It has been pouring cats and dogs in Lahore last week. We are experiencing late monsoon rains. They usually occur in July and August. Torrential rain means we don’t go out unless absolutely necessary, since there is a lot of water on the roads. This week I thought it would be fun to list my favourite rainy day activities. 5 Favourite Rainy Day Activities Frying … Continue reading 5 Things Tuesday: Favourite Rainy Day Activities

5 Things Tuesday — 5 Ways You Enjoy Apples

There are so many ways to enjoy apples. I remember an unusual one from my childhood. This was curry made with mutton and cooking apples. It was a salty and spicy dish with pieces of mutton and tender slices of apple in a thick gravy. You ate it with chapatti for lunch or dinner. It is so long ago that I had it that I … Continue reading 5 Things Tuesday — 5 Ways You Enjoy Apples

5 Things Tuesday — 5 Life lessons you have learned during the lockdown.

5 Life lessons I have learned during the lockdown : Life would be impossible without the internet. I guess the web has been a lifeline during the pandemic. Having a tidy living space is really important. Sometimes it is good to just sit and do nothing. Re-visiting old favourites is fun. Re-reading books you have enjoyed before or watching favourite movies was a good pastime … Continue reading 5 Things Tuesday — 5 Life lessons you have learned during the lockdown.

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5 Things Tuesday — 5 Favourite Feelings

For 5Things, I try to keep the mood fairly light. This time let’s try something a little serious. Let’s list our favourite feelings/emotions. Here are my 5: Hope This keeps you going you going even in the face of disappointment and failure. Excitement This allows you to stay young at heart as you grow older. Anticipation Looking forward to something like a holiday or event … Continue reading 5 Things Tuesday — 5 Favourite Feelings