When I was a teenager, I used to keep myself balanced by dancing. I used to dance for hours at weddings, parties, and in my room. Just like now, I used to daydream a lot, which is how it was easy for me to dance. I even used to use my reflection—I danced in front of the mirror—to see how I looked while dancing and which moves needed to be changed. I had just a little bit of real practice, which occurred when my friends and/or teachers would teach us dancing for the school events. I learned the rest of the moves by using videos. Apparently, my moves were good enough; and, I used to get lots of attention at weddings and parties due to these. Disney cartoon movie, “Ballerina” reminds me of myself; this movie teaches that real dancers just know how to dance without any supervision or real lessons.
I know a bit of Bollywood Dancing, Tap Dancing, Couple Dancing, and Indian Stick Dancing. Source: Dancing Feels Ecstatic
For me, dancing does not end in real life. I see people dancing even when I get lucid dreams. I have not danced during my lucid dreams though, which I think is because I dance in real life.
Today, I found an riveting article titled “Is Dancing Good For The Brain?“, which is written by Angela Betsaida B. Laguipo. This article shares the fact that dancing is good for your intellectual, emotional, and motor brain functions. This explains why I have always felt amazing after engaging in this particular activity.
One day, I will learn dancing in a classroom; and, I will definitely dance with my (future) husband.
Today, an Indian friend of mine gave me a really lovely Sari. It still needs to be fitted though! It has Beige and Black colors. It is a very simple Sari, which is what I adore about it. I love the colors: Beige color is neutral and relaxing and Black color is linked to strength and elegance. I am very gifted with reading colors so I loved it at first sight. This one has an embroidered blouse—Black blouse with Golden Beige embroidery—but it needs to be fitted as well; so I am wearing one of my Black tops under this Sari.
My friend taught me how to wear the Sari: how to tie it, fold it and then wrap it. I wore it once at her home. Then, I got back to my place and tried it on for a while. I even practiced walking in it for a couple of minutes. Taking a selfie was not that easy because I was unable to capture a photo of the entire Sari; so, I took one selfie while sitting. I was so happy while wearing this Sari that I started daydreaming—I am still kind of daydreaming.
I am usually a very serious person; but, there is this really funny side of my personality that shows when I am writing funny stuff like jokes or having fun with close friends. I just captured some images of my face with face decorations—I took these with Samsung Galaxy A20. Thought to share with everyone!
So what exactly grants me this type of lethal sense of humor? Well! Here is a real answer based on my personality type, ENFP—ENFPs are considered Champions of Myers-Briggs Personality Types. Inside my creative mind, I see very fine lines that separate different aspects of my personality and thoughts. Its exactly like looking at a thin line appearing or disappearing all the time! This is why it is rather easy for me to be very serious and be very funny. If you are really close to me, you will soon realize that I am not the Arzoo you see in front of others!
I can clearly see why my two ex-fiances got attracted to me. Both of them had a very strong sense of humor. My Pakistani ex-fiance used to make everyone laugh in parties or in group setting. My Belgian ex-fiance—a Dyslexic genius—used to prank only his closest friends; and, he definitely wanted to prank me after our marriage. Extremely funny and smart men! Read blog post, “What Kind of Guys I Attract?”
One of the worst pranks that I have ever thrown occurred in my best friends’ company. Once my best friends decided to prank a groom at a friend’s wedding by making him eat sweets that had vinegar added to them. I helped them change the Indian sweets that were purchased for the couple; and, I also sewed the sweets in a thread. The idea was that the groom will pick up one thread and attempt to all the sweets on that thread. We were all bridesmaids so we were able to offer this condition to the groom. This is how he ate more than one sour sweet just before his first night. KO!
My best friend once gifted me a lovely scarf. It lasted me two winters or so; and, then I lost it. I still do not remember where and how I lost it. I was commuting by bus so it is hard to remember when exactly it was not with me anymore. It was a crazy looking scarf. It had my favourite colours: maroon, red, some shade of blue, and brown.
Since I do not recall anything at all about how I lost it, I am healing this trauma by using a positive memory. Just a couple of months ago, I was in Downtown Ottawa. It was very cold and many well-dressed people were shivering. I saw a younger man who seemed frightened about the cold. I noticed him shaking a lot so I addressed him to find out if he was okay. He looked at me and blurted that he is very cold and does not know what to do. He seemed unable to keep on moving although he was standing inside a station. I immediately offered him my scarf; but, he was too shy to take it. I pressed further but he politely declined. So I pointed to a nearby bar and said that thee places are usually warm and they might have tea or coffee, which would help him get warm. He rushed towards the bar after thanking me. I prayed for his safety and ran downstairs towards the O Train.
Today, I was thinking about my scarf and trying hard not to curse when it occurred to me that maybe God took it to signal to me that He liked my previous attempt at saving a person from extreme cold. Now I can imagine what it would had felt like if he ended up taking my scarf that day. LOL! I don’t miss it now!
I am crazy about Mahjong! I have installed this game on my iPad Air; and, I play it often without music. I started playing this game when my sister told me about it. I played my first set of Mahjong games on the net. I was very much taken by it because this game required thinking, analysis, and patience. When one of my siblings gifted me an iPad Air, Mahjong was the only game I installed on it.
When I played Mahjong online, I learned all the patterns very quickly; and, thus I was able to completely clear the games frequently. When I started playing this new Mahjong, I found it tougher to win. Nevertheless, I kept experimenting with different layouts. Pretty soon, I was able to clear some games; sometimes, I had to use “Shuffle” and “Hints”; other times I could win without both of the aforementioned features; but, these victories were less frequent than the wins I had on the online version, which was an easier one to play. Here is a video where I am finishing a complex layout from my new Mahjong game—I did this one without using “Shuffle” or “Hints”. Sorry, I could only record the end part of this game because I am recording and playing at the same time. Hehehe!
Mahjong helps fight depression, improves memory and observation skills, prevents isolation, and helps people make better decisions. Here are two helpful articles on Mahjong.
My periods just ended today in the morning or was it last night! Since I am a Muslim, I have to bathe at the end of my periods and say a special prayer. Today, I am doing this on the first day of the new year, 2020. Can you believe it? I feel great about this.
Canadian youth and adults are challenged by a fast-paced system and a politically charged environment where many are aware about the need to promote awareness of relevant international and local issues. A film festival like One World Film Festival (OWFF) thus plays a pivotal role in shaping opinion by empowering citizens. People who are dwelling on Planet Earth in today’s world are pressured to absorb information fast, which is how the new generation is being shaped to work and think more quickly by retrieving data from various stimuli and resources.
One of the very first films that I watched—in grade 11, I think—to learn about issues surrounding mental and physical health was Tennessee William’s “The Glass Menagerie”. This fiction movie shares the story of Laura Wingfield, her brother Tom Wingfield, and their mother Amanda Wingfield. What struck me as stunning about this movie was the fact that Laura limped and was also mentally fragile; and, the use of a glass menagerie to symbolize Laura’s refuge in her imaginary world as well as her sensitive memory. I remember feeling very moved after watching this picture; and, I promised myself to keep learning through such expressive broadcasts. As I grew older, I became more familiar with the world around me; and, finally found a festival that helped me fulfill the promise I had made many years ago.
One World Film Festival (OWFF) is Ottawa’s longest-running documentary film festival that seeks to use media and performing arts to educate people about several global issues including women empowerment, identity, migration, indigenous rights, social justice, human rights, and environmental issues—specifically, it connects marginalized communities and Third World population with Canadians. Its a very historic event! Its interesting to see how One World Film Festival’s poster has changed over time. See Past Festivals – 1989 to 2016.
Nowadays, people have access to many learning platforms including social media, open learning services, and free libraries. So why would someone want to spend their money to watch films? My experiences with the world of movies have taught me that motion pictures teach faster because they offer multi-sensory and collective experiences where one may feel one’s emotions as well as those of the audience and movie characters; learning can be completed in an incognito and relaxed environment; and, it becomes possible to focus on multiple issues and literary techniques and not just one or two. Now imagine going to the One World Film Festival (OWFF) and being bombarded by many educational pictures!
I just made and consumed a tall glass of lassi. Several minutes after finishing this tasty treat and licking your lips, you will still feel the yogurt on your tongue. Scrumptious! And, it is super-affordable given that you make your own yogurt.
Now go and make your own lassi and then boast about it to your friends.
Roti is one of the staple foods of Pakistan and India. It is made by using water to knead dough from floor. Then, you just need to roll the dough into a desired shape—I like square and round shapes. Sometimes, people use oil to make the roti; other times, roti can be filled with yummy ingredients like potatoes, chilies, or sugar. Check the video “How to make roti in 3 minutes” to learn how to make it.
Usually, we use the plain roti for eating achaar. I can eat a large roti with lots of very salty and spicy achaar without feeling anything other than joy. Sometimes, my nose starts running due to the spices; but, I believe that’s part of the fun. I know that a lot of people especially Westerners cannot eat loads of achaar; they usually keep one pickled carrot, mango, or lemon on plate. In contrast, I can eat like 3 to 4 servings—by one serving, I mean a large spoon—in one day given I feel like it. You should try this treat too! You will notice that you will always want a little more of this, which is exactly what’s expected of you.