Omar Aziz

June 2, 2021

Refugees at home

Dear Dua and Mustaffa, I watched your story today. I learnt about your survival. I feel inspired to hear about your bravery and how you have managed to live over the last five years. I am sorry you are a refugee and how you are having to leave for another place. I wish that someday you can call a place your home. I am 33 years older th...
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April 20, 2021

Art at home, with kids...

Art: Sehar Iqbal Art: Sahir Omar, 5- relief! Art: Sajid Omar, 8 The Master himself... I'm not sure what's happening here, or whose getting into what. Great time-off exercises that have kept us going through the year.
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April 20, 2021

Siha's food | When you don't know quite what to eat...

On some of my (and our worst days) when it's been indoor fatigue/or WFH trauma or just simple laziness, some of the quick things we've been able to put together have included combinations... that turned out... quite nice in the end! I cut chunks of smoked cheeses. Threw in some grapes and apricots. And crackers. Turned out to be a nice...
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April 20, 2021

Sea food celebrations | images

I've loved lobster and prawn meals for decades now. I particularly enjoy them juicy- citrus, garlic; gravy-like - butter-garlic, that's fine. This one (above) I devoured at the Sheraton in New Delhi has been the best so far, from all my travels. But my disappointment dates back to as recently as a few weeks ago when I tried the Lobster...
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April 20, 2021

Find the apps right for you, and put 'em to use!

The new always-on display by Parsons Design New York & OnePlus is literally handy, extremely useful! Each time I unlock, it leaves a groove, and in about 24 hours I have a story about my digital day. The darker the grooves, the more time I've spent on the phone. Now it's been helpful because I understand better the type of the things I...
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April 3, 2021

My favourite sing along tracks | coke studio

Here are some coke studio tracks I enjoy singing along... keeping up... with! Dana pe Dana (17) Daanah Pah Daanah | Akhtar Chanal Zahri & Komal Rizvi | Season 4 | Coke Studio Pakistan - YouTube Shikwa & Jawab e Shikwa (17) Coke Studio Season 11| Shikwa/Jawab-e-Shikwa| Natasha Baig, Fareed Ayaz & Abu Muhammad Qawwal - YouTube Balaghal u...
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March 22, 2021

Poems of the first Buddhist Women

Translated by Charles Hallisey I think it is important not to be lost in the reasons of the three important things, or the four noble truths, or seven times of such-and-such, or nine bows. It is important to recognise that material renunciation does not mechanically, or automatically, ascertain silence of the mind. That is a different ...
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March 21, 2021

The watchful friend

My watchful friend Witnesses my decay over the years. I was a blooming palace once - My limbs would echo of beautiful voices, laughter, and commanding steps By no less than kings and their young brides. I then started witnessing deaths: One by one and until the Mahatman died. Then all fell silent. My rooms are empty of life, record kee...
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March 20, 2021

Books • forty rules of love

I was introduced to Rumi in Sydney in 2003. I picked a book from a store on George St. - and life was never the same again. A man sets his foot in the stream. That moment will never return- as the stream will never be the same, nor will the man! Rumi's works have been an inspiration to me - personally contributing to how I continue to ...
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March 20, 2021

Prawns, dazzling

At Mystic Masala, Chef Ganesh and his colleagues recommend the Maharashtrian Green Chilly Chutney, thhecha. Chef sauted some prawns in thhecha and had me squeeze lemon over it, to taste. Dazzled the senses. Real experience of some strong Maharashtra chilies, fresh prawns and a great dish served hot. We both agreed that cold prawns go a...
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