Naya Pakistaniii?

I took a midday nap. It’s not a usual part of my routine but I was exceptionally sleepy today so the nap was unavoidable. I’m up and dressed for dinner with friends. We are going to Burns Road for an assortment of street food. The roads look unrealistically clean today, not a single plastic bag in sight. Don’t look at me like that, I am just as shocked as you are. Cars are parked only along the footpath and the food stalls seem to be pushed back from the main roads. Doesn’t look like Burns Road does it? Could have fooled me too! I see so many trash cans around! I guess people finally started using them…And what’s with the street lights? I can read a book on the road there is so much light here. I think I just saw a mini bus stop at…OMG is that an actual Bus Stop?

Hmmm… maybe it’s the out-of-routine nap I just took, or maybe I’m in an alternate universe, but whatever I see around me right now, it’s perfect! Let’s just review the cool things we saw together:

  1. Street Lights that actually work.
  2. Clean Roads (Did I not mention that no one in the car threw trash outside their windows? I’m sorry, I may have forgotten.)
  3. Responsible food hawkers who are keeping their businesses off the main roads.
  4. Respectable people who are parking in legit spaces and following traffic rules.
  5. The mini bus driver who stopped at a bus stop to pick up passengers rather than the middle of nowhere.

That’s 5 things that made my world a much better place for one entire night. 5 things that I wish happen in my Naya Pakistan. 5 things that are in complete control of the common Pakistani man!

So who needs political protests and dharnas and Facebook statuses to bring about change? All we need to do is work on our own bad habits and start thinking about others too, and we are good to go!

Oh, and to all those people who actively put up highly opinionated statuses about the dharna being silly and a waste of time… Tell me something, what have you done for your country to bring about a positive change? Anything worth sharing? I look forward to reading about your investment in our country!

So I’m a female driver… STOP looking at me like that!!

See that girl getting into the tiny white car? Yep that one in heels. That’s me. Just like every morning, I am driving myself to work today. I’m taking my usual route; No signals, no ‘stop’ signs, no waiting anywhere. Do you notice the fancy silver car in front? See how it’s going super slow? Can you see the driver’s greasy grin in his rearview mirror? I think he’s trying to prove a point. (That he’s the king of all sleazy slimebally creepy men). I’m not honking at him, as you can see. It’s not because I’m the most patient person in the world. It’s only because I don’t want him to know he’s succeeding in annoying the hell out of me. Does he really think I’m going to give up so soon? Ha! In your dreams, loser. I’m just going to wait until the narrow road ends and the main road begins…

At last I’m free from the treachery of the silver snail, and I continue on my way. The little ‘V’ road that will take me to the bridge is where I like to go slow to avoid getting hit by speeding cars coming from the other road on the side. Uh oh… That happy looking police man wants me to stop my car. Did I do something wrong? He’s asking me to show him the car’s documents. I ask him why while reaching for the dashboard. Before I can open it he moves away from my window and tells me I can go. Huh… Why did he even stop me then? I could be wrong, but I think he’s on drugs. Oddball!

Do you hear that song? It’s my new favorite. Oh look… That truck is going slow in the fast lane. I’ll just change my lane and move to the middle lane. Woah… The truck driver suddenly grew a conscience and decided to move to the middle lane two seconds before I could. I should just stay in my lane. Did you see that crazy motorcycle? It just overtook my car from the wrong side and now it’s going zig zag right in front of my face. “honk!” What’s with the dirty look he’s giving me? I’m not the one driving in the wrong lane!? Sheesh! Finally a free road. I’m really enjoying this music… Is that a woman strolling on the main road? Really? Can she not see the pedestrian bridge overhead?

Anyway… I’m five minutes away from my office. The road’s busy now. Everyone’s in a rush. Why do people keep honking at me when there is a car in front of me? My car didn’t come with a flying gear, people!! What do you want me to do? Go through the car in front me? The road’s clearing up. I am this close to getting through to the next bridge, but Ugggggh! Why do these sneaky minibuses have to stop in the middle of the road to pick up passengers?

Do you see those men on the bike on the left? They have a grin glued to their dark, skinny faces. And not surprisingly, they’re grinning right at me. Do I look like I’m out to make new friends? STOP smiling at me baboons, you’re not making yourself look good!! Oh good, the Black Mercedes just overtook the bikes. Yayy no more grinning monkeys to avoid eye contact with. No… I didn’t think the old man driving the Mercedes would be any less of a grinning idiot than the bike boys. I wasn’t wrong. He’s smiling at me too. Disgusting!

By the time I reach work, I feel like I’ve been through a cycle in the washing machine. I am exhausted and irritated by the experience. When I was given the car keys, I felt grown up and independent. I was excited to drive myself to work and other places. I was happy to be my own boss, not having to depend on someone else to pick or drop me! I didn’t know that driving in Karachi was such a frustrating experience. No one follows the traffic rules, no one even follows the rules of civilization. Men stare at female drivers, and they deliberately make it difficult for us to drive. It’s already a crazy ride what with the dug up and broken roads, puddles on the main roads and blistering heat! Stop being so mean to us, men. We’re human too!

Big King Versus Big Mac

I happen to love good food! And I work in a place where my colleagues love good food just as much!

So how do we spend most of our lunch breaks? We eat out! It’s fattening, it’s unhealthy, and it’s the most satisfying way to spend our lunch breaks too!

Two of my colleagues and I are usually open to trying new things but we tend to shy away from fast food joints like MC Donalds and Burger King. I am not sure why we haven’t visited them before, but we decided to go against the norm and go to Burger King last Wednesday!

It was the day before 14th August and we went to Burger King in Khayaban-e-Nishat. The place was ringing with patriotic songs and there were green and white balloons all over the place. But what caught our attention were the centerpieces on each of the tables! Each table had an empty box of the Kings Collection Burgers (Big King and Chicken Big King) with a yellow crown sitting on top! The creative marketing of these new burgers was enough to push us to try these royal meals out!

You know what a Big Mac is right? So the Chicken Big King is the same thing, only much much better! It has two layers of Chicken patties between three layers of Bun. What makes the Chicken Big King so special? The special sauce that goes between the layers, the fresh buns, the tasty patty of chicken, and just the right amount of seasoning made it a winner for me! Now I normally don’t eat a Chicken Burger unless it’s from a Chicken place like KFC, but when I tried my colleague’s Chicken Big King, I knew what I’d be ordering next time!

What I ate was the Big King. This burger was in Beef and it was the real deal! I haven’t had a juicier burger in Pakistani fast food joints before and I fell in love with the burger instantly! Similar to the Chicken Big King except for the Beef patties instead of Chicken, I was quite surprised by the quality of the Burger! True to its name, the Burger was royal and I enjoyed every last bite.

I will recommend The Kings Collection to all burger lovers who want to eat a good burger during lunch breaks but can’t spare the time it takes to eat a gourmet burger! It’s the closest you will get to the real thing. And if you’re a fan of Big Mac but haven’t eaten it in a long time because of the sad quality that MC Donalds now serves, then you will definitely want to try the Chicken Big King!

Enjoy your food!




Thank You Domex!

I haven’t been to Sunday Bazaar since the beginning of Summer, but the weather seemed cooler today and the clouds were out to hide the sun for a while, so my friends and I decided to spend the day shopping!

I found some very good things at Sunday Bazaar today and even though most things seemed very expensive in the beginning, we managed to snag some excellent bargains! I spent half my day buying exciting things that I really don’t need, eating junk food, drinking sugarcane juice and lots and lots of water!! The weather was great, but walking around the bazaar, haggling with hawkers, and trying to navigate the way through tiny walkways was tough and demanded hydration!

As a result, there came a point when we were ready to go home but a little far from the car and all the liquids in our systems were trying to pressurize us into using the washroom! I knew there was a washroom in Sunday Bazaar and I also knew that I never used it to for a reason. It was always dirty, smelly and overcrowded! But not today! What I saw today (and you can see it in the featured image as well) was a pleasant surprise from a cleaning agent called ‘Domex!’

Domex had re-done the ladies’ and gents’ washrooms. The Ladies’ washroom looked clean from outside so I figured it must be clean-ish from inside too and considering it was a bladder emergency I decided to walk in and take a chance! I was actually surprised to find a clean, well-lit, well maintained washroom with four separate cubicles and a maid to keep the place constantly clean. There was a bottle of Domex in each cubicle and it certainly kept the toilets shining! The floors were tiled and not flooded with water, and seeing as how Sunday Bazaar is a sandy place, the washroom did not have traces of sandy footprints in it at all.

So ladies, if you plan to hit the bazaar next time, don’t be afraid to visit the brand new washrooms made by Domex and make your shopping experience more comfortable!