On Receiving The Blog-aholic Award!

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To begin with thanking my lovely sisters of   THE HUMAN LENS and SCOTTISH MUSLIMAH who have nominated me for this award. 

What’s the Blog-aholic award about? “It is an award for bloggers addicted to blogging with creative, ingenious and inspiring posts. They mesmerize their followers with their posts, keep them captivated and riveted to their blog. The Blog-aholic Award is also for bloggers who share and inspire others” – creator The Recipe Hunter (Cook and Enjoy).

My Best Post:

I don’t know if it was the best one or but it’s my most viewed post ,  The Idea of Simple Marriage  , I wholeheartedly believe in the idea that best weddings are the ones which are done in the most simple way.

3 Facts About Me:

  • I am a foodie and love to cook .
  • I believe in spirituality .
  • I love visiting new cities.

So my nominees are:

  1. Ameena K
  2. Farheen Siddiqui 
  3. Scottish Muslimah
  4. Between Sisters, SVP!
  5. ontheland
  6. Tam
  7. Accidentally inked
  8. mintyfreshie
  9. sapna ahirwar 
  10. desertchameleonblog

Dear nominees, you may wish to acknowledge/accept at your goodwill 😉  

Rules:

  1. Put the above award logo/image on your blog.
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog (it can be to the post in which they nominated you or any other post or you can even link to their “About” page.)
  4. Mention the creator: (The Recipe Hunter (Cook and Enjoy)) of this award and please provide a link or pingback as I (Esmé of The Recipe Hunter (Cook and Enjoy) would love to meet you!
  5. Write a post to show your award.
  6. Share a link to your best post(s).
  7. Share 3 interesting and different facts about yourself.
  8. Nominate 5-10 fellow bloggers, or more if you wish.
  9. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created

101 Simple Things that makes you happy Challenge

Recently I have been nominated by Stephanie  from ScaleSimple, for this challenge. I loved her list of 101 simple things that make you happy. While I started to write my list, I felt a bit childish ( after a long time :D)  and it seemed some overhead of work but once you are done , you will be surprised by the amount of things you should be grateful for in life than you actually are . It took me few days to complete this list  but I did it finally.

Happiness 101 Simple Things Challenge rules…

  • Write 101 Simple things that make you happy

  • Tag 5 bloggers who you would like to invite to take part in this challenge

  • Mention my blog in your post!

    so here is my list !

  1. Happiness is completing  your first fast in Ramadan.
  2. Happiness is breaking fast with loved ones.
  3. Happiness is cooking with  husband.
  4. Happiness is shopping with friends.
  5. Happiness is meeting an old pal.
  6. Happiness is travelling to a new place.
  7. Happiness is striking off the name of a Destination covered from your travel list.
  8. Happiness is sharing my food.
  9. Happiness is going home on Eid.
  10. Happiness is seeing kids of family.
  11. Happiness is buying a new book.
  12. Happiness  is eating my favorite dish cooked by  mother.
  13. Happiness is going back to places and eating at my favorite restaurants
  14. Happiness is getting things right in first attempt.
  15. Happiness is going to all girls meet out.
  16. Happiness is getting  a surprise birthday gift from  a friend living faraway.
  17. Happiness is  when  mother in law says she is missing me.
  18. Happiness is cooking for friends.
  19. Happiness is surprising  hubby with his favorite dish.
  20. Happiness is in smelling aroma of Biryani.
  21. Happiness is finding my favorite color in flowers while walking .
  22. Happiness is when someone smiles at me .
  23. Happiness is talking all night with  cousins.
  24. Happiness is making hot chocolate on cold winter night .
  25. Happiness is booking my next trip.
  26. Happiness is finding  way  back when I am lost in my explorations.
  27.  Happiness is being on sea side.
  28. Happiness is  changing interiors of  home.
  29. Happiness is buying a new teapot.
  30. Happiness is matching my kitchen accessories.
  31. Happiness is collecting different types of teas.
  32. Happiness is publishing a new post on my blog.
  33. Happiness is finding new friends on wordpress.
  34. Happiness is watching Tom and Jerry.
  35. Happiness is reading Charles Dickens.
  36. Happiness is being at Granier and 365 (Spanish Cafe chain)
  37. Happiness is eating Dosa  in Belgium ( South Indian Food)
  38. Happiness is buying  a new scarf for my Hijab Collection.
  39. Happiness is wearing a gharara ( Traditional Dress)
  40. Happiness is buying yet another nude shade of lipstick .
  41. Happiness  is leaving from work early on fridays 🙂 .
  42. Happiness is workout at gym.
  43. Happiness  is going for long walk .
  44. Happiness is greenery around.
  45. Happiness is waking up late on weekends.
  46. Happiness is being pampered when you are sick .
  47. Happiness is  remembering my brother’s childhood adventures.
  48. Happiness is visiting my grandparents.
  49. Happiness is eating my homemade jam.
  50. Happiness is going for a  picnic.
  51. Happiness is watching a football match together with husband.
  52. Happiness is watching old movies.
  53. Happiness is looking at childhood pictures.
  54. Happiness is  watching  goal scored  from your favorite football team.
  55. Happiness is skyping with your best friend.
  56. Happiness is discovering a shortcut to home .
  57. Happiness is call from father.
  58. Happiness is doing crazy things with my brother (example discussing the growth of his newly born fish.)
  59. Happiness is baking a cake !
  60. Happiness is reading Rumi’s Mathnavi.
  61. Happiness is seeing your family after long time.
  62. Happiness is your cousin’s wedding.
  63. Happiness is solving a puzzle.
  64. Happiness is seeing your wedding ring everyday and remembering the day.
  65. Happiness is learning to sew .
  66. Happiness is scribbling into my diary.
  67. Happiness is painting.
  68. Happiness is taking pictures.
  69. Happiness is a cup of coffee.
  70. Happiness is growing  your plants.
  71. Happiness is daydreaming.
  72. Happiness is spring.
  73. Happiness is watching your favorite comedy show.
  74. Happiness is sharing a joke on whatsapp.
  75. Happiness is cooking for iftar(traditional cooking for ramadan).
  76. Happiness is cheesecake.
  77. Happiness is looking at your organised cupboard! (though it remains only for a day :D)
  78. Happiness is another pair of footwear.
  79. Happiness is smell of your favorite perfume.
  80. Happiness is a bug fixed ( when I code 😀 )
  81. Happiness is a long chat with a  friend living far away.
  82. Happiness is news of newborn of your friends.
  83. Happiness is checking  pictures of your cousin’s wedding when you can’t go and rest all are sending pictures and doing live commentary.
  84. Happiness is when your cousins tells you they are missing you at a get together event.
  85. Happiness is catching your husband doing something silly.
  86. Happiness is when you realize you have finally got rid of an old bad habit.
  87. Happiness is when you have lose some weight accidently.
  88. Happiness is getting a book as gift.
  89. Happiness is Sales Shopping.
  90. Happiness is complaining to your husband that you have nothing to wear ! 😉
  91. Happiness is donuts.
  92. Happiness is  learning something new.
  93. Happiness is visiting your motherland.
  94. Happiness is being in your home town.
  95. Happiness  is going to your parent’s home.
  96. Happiness is being in your old room at your parent’s home.
  97. Happiness is seeing your old toys.
  98. Happiness is sleeping with mommy.
  99. Happiness is buying a new pen ( if you love to write before typing took over)
  100. Happiness is feeling of being loved .
  101. Happiness is a thank you note !

Feel free to participate in this challenge , I am keeping my nominations open to all who would like to do this ! 🙂

 

#GirlLove Tag

Hello Everyone, I am back with this #Girllove Tag Post  and I have been tagged by two lovely girls Hiba (In The Bliss Of Broken Dreamsand moonymadness07 (PSYCHEDELIC MELISMAS) .

Thank you so much my dear girls for nominating me for this cause and liking my blog. This post has led to think about inspiring women in my life and also the ones I discovered on wordpress, Something I didn’t do for long . Excusez moi for the long post but I think they all deserve atleast few lines from me, Although I can write a post about each of them 😉 Let’s keep this idea for some other time .

so What is this #GirlLove Tag:

It is in response to Lilly Singh’s video on youtube ,you can watch it at end of this post . The money collected by her will go to Malala fund where they will use it for Syrian Girl’s Education so each view matters.The video is about promoting  Girls love and combatting jealousy among women.The amount of energy women spent in putting other women down can be used to  lift each other up. I recommend you to watch it ,it is a great video.

Here’s what you do for the #GirlLove:

  1. Tell your followers who inspires you, a famous woman who may be dealing with negativity on a daily basis. 
  2. Tell your followers who inspires you in real life, a woman you always interact with.
  3. Tag five women bloggers who you love. Compliment them and tell them why you love them, and comment under their latest post with the link to your #GirlLove post!

If you get tagged, do the post on your own blog. If you want to do it anyway, do it anyway! Add the tag ‘Girl Love’ to your post, so we can see them all! Let’s start 2016 with LOVE for each other!

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So here I go with my inputs for this challenge:

  1. for point 1 , to name one famous woman who may be dealing with negativity on daily basis, I thought about for almost 15 minutes but nobody actually came to my mind apart from few who are now dead. I am not into watching much TV and  neither am I a die hard fan of some celebrity so please consider my apologies 🙂  , I do like to read from history and books,  So based on what I read so far I am inspired by Khadija R.A wife of prophet Mohammed P.B.U.H . She was a strong woman, who ran her business , took care of household of her husband and raised the children of prophet . She also donated her wealth for the needy. She was the first person who believed in the prophet and stood by him in all difficult times.  Other women from history I admire are Rabia Basri , Mother Teresa , Helen Keller , Indira Gandhi , Rani Laxmi Bai , Kiran Bedi .
  2. Now point 2 is getting me emotional, There is just not one woman who inspires me  but I am lucky to be around many strong woman in my life. I owe to my mother for what I am today, She had put the idea of being  independent in my head while I was a child , She always says  “A strong woman is one who is independant, who can take her own decisions .”   Another influential woman in my life is my aunt Nadira My father’s sister , She is a loving teacher , a doting mother , a caring aunt for all the nieces and  nephews she has. She loves people unconditionally and doing things for them makes her happy.

My best friend Sonali , who has become a sister over all these years and sometimes acts like my mother too, She is a homemaker , a loving mum ,a dear wife and an irreplaceable daughter. A strong headed woman who knows what is need of hour and switches her function instantly, having her around keeps me charged with strength. My friend Shivika, who is a rare combination of such emotional and mental strength that has left me  with love and admiration for her. We only need few cups of coffee together to recharge us back for our daily struggles.

My friend Marina who I met not long ago but the bonding was an instant one, She is a young , strong , independent and inspiring woman who wants to change the world with  idea of sustainable living and yet she is so soft in her heart. Her warm smile made  way in my heart instantly. My cousin Shazli , who vowed to stick by me in my thick and thin days during our childhood and she still means it. We had our  fun and adventure sprees during summer holidays and  we were a perfect crime partner for each other . Her beauty is remarkable which  hardly goes unnoticed but her glowing heart  is even more beautiful  and is seen by only few and I am one such lucky person to know her inside out. She is criminal lawyer by profession and currently a new mum to her second child.

3. There are so many of you whom I love following and reading your blogs even to choose a few  would be difficult, I still have to make my choice and my favorite and inspiring women bloggers are :

Hiba (In The BlissOfBrokenDreams)  writes lovely poetry , She is sensitive  and a loving person which you can sense reading her poetry and interacting with her.She always appreciates the work of others and motivates people.

 moonymadness07 (PSYCHEDELIC MELISMAS)  writes her mind and heart. She is one such authentic blogger I love following . She loves being who she is and I love her for being true and real.

Ameena k.g (Randoms by a Random) writes beautiful poetry. She can easily express into words even very difficult emotions. I admire her for raising awareness for Mental Illness on her blog. Please keep doing it girl.

Janice (Ontheland) writes poetry , I love her Haiku . She also shares beautiful quotes on her blog but what interests me most is She  raises awareness about protecting our environment and earth . Her posts are full of informative content about nature. She also shares message of harmony and world peace.

Papatia (Between Sisters, SVP!)  is published author. She has written many novels and also write article for Haiti Magazine.She has recently launched her new book ‘ The Ductrinors’ which I am also reading currently and is great so far. She is an inspiration for young muslim female writers .

accidentallyinked is a poet at heart. She is keen observer and it is beautifully reflected in all her poems. She uses poetry to inspire people that directly creates an impact .She loves photography too so I am  waiting for her picture posts 😉 

revels1 is another blogger whose posts are so authentic and touching . I can relate well to her posts and she is the one whom I started following since my early days on wordpress. She writes about divinity, Islamic issues and anything on her mind .

farheen siddiqui is a charmer. She will charm you with her romantic poetry , She writes in urdu with English Translit, and for me her poems are no less than Bollywood songs. A sensitive , soft hearted person but a determined one as I know her through her posts and interaction on wordpress,  You do inspire me Farheen 🙂

Premio Dardos Award

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Finally I decided to pull my nominations and share with you all,It’s been long time  that they are pending even the people who nominated me would have forgotten about it ! 😛

Thank you accidentallyinked ,Loubnanya

I hope to do my other nominations soon too 😉 !

I have summed up the questions from every one here :

  1. Where are you from?   India
  2. What do you love most about your culture? Food of course 😀
  3. What is it like to be a muslim in your country?  India is democratic and secular country so even being a minority we have enough freedom to follow our religion peacefully.Currently I am staying in Belgium and I feel no issues in observing my religion  or wearing Hijab , Alhamdolillah.
  4. How many languages do you speak? Two,English and Hindi .Learning French and Arabic
  5. If there was a colour that you could omit from your life.What colour would it be and why? none, I love colors .
  6. How does this AWARD thing start? No idea but whoever did it was a smart guy,my thanks to him/her, it is a great way to acknowledge other’s work and know them.
  7. Reason for writing this blog? I wanted to share my experiences about  Hijab,help others who want to wear it and share my reflections on the inner journey I have taken after wearing Hijab and taking off the materialistic hijab I used to wear on my mind and heart.

 RULES:
* Mention the person who tagged you
* Answer the questions
* Please tag up to ten other bloggers at the end

 My nominations below, I am not nominating who nominated me but I know you deserve it again 😀

noorainsobiya

tamtam012013

Star of Persia

sulphurman

Aaliyah Zahra

Fatmawaty

The Meek Chic

Hijabi-Online

throughtheglitterglass

 My questions 

  1. Reason for writing this blog?
  2. Your favorite Food ?
  3. Early Riser or Late night worker?
  4. Tea or coffee addict?
  5. Your 3 Favorite books ?

One Lovely Blog Award

Thank You   from LUMOS & LEMONS and  Star of Persia for choosing me for this award, it really feels great to be appreciated and special for all these nominations I am getting ,It is not even a month that I started my blog. Your support on my blog and reading my posts, is encouraging enough to keep me going! Thank you once again!

7 facts about Myself :

  1. I have studied Engineering in IT and a Masters in International Business, Being an Engineer has helped me to earn my bread and butter and live respectably in society, though there is always uprising heaviness in my heart that has wandered me to try new things, like the Masters in Spain,and now this blogging stuff! ,so far have enjoyed doing it all.
  2. I come from middle class household from a small town in India and I take pride in being a small town girl , as a matter of fact, most of India live in small towns and villages , there is still such a big urban divide between people from metros and rest of the country.
  3. I am a rebel by nature, something which doesn’t confirm to my heart  ,it is hard for me to accept or do! I do not live by norms of society,not anymore I would say,  but by norms of my Allah and His prophet .
  4. I love to cook food and travel to places, so in future if you see some posts about some  new recipe I tried or pictures of some new places I explored, don’t be surprised.
  5. I love cartoons, animated movies , Minions are my favorite these days.
  6. I love to shop,be it anything, clothes,food,home decor etc etc , I still don’t know how  I can  manage to get a list of things that I need very week apart from grocery and house utilities?? I always need to buy something !!
  7. I used to write poems as a child to express myself, When I grew up I realized how funny they were on scales of poetry,one could hardly call it a poem!so I stopped after that self realization ! 😛

so these were 7 facts about me, hope you have enjoyed it!! ( pardon me if not, I am boring most of the times, I know ,lol )

my lovelies : accidentallyinked , thelittleblogofstuff.wordpress.com,  farheen siddiqui( khamosh dhadkanen ) , revels1, FatmawatyLoubnanya

So, rules:

  • Thank the nominator and link them.
  • List the rules and display the award.
  • Add 7 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 7 other bloggers and let them know via a comment.

The Liebster Award!!

Thank you girls for nominating me for this award! 🙂 Nihaad (thelittleblogofstuff.wordpress.com) and revel1(identity17), It was a pleasant surprise to get nomination from both of you!!

I have recently started  to write, not even a month  old on wordpress 🙂 , It was basically to express myself and to raise awareness for Hijab , and some social issues , your support have really motivated me to be active on my blog and I am happy to find you all on this blogging world.

I  have combined the questions from both , so kept the answers short to save your time!!

What’s the craziest thing that’s happened to you?

My brother , I love him a lot

What do you do when you get angry?

Normally when I have sensation that I am getting angry I r ead Lahaul and try to calm down, otherwise I realize it after I have bursted like a balloon already 😀

Are you a stay at home person or would you rather be out and exploring?

Out and exploring

If you could do the one thing that could potentially change the world, what would it be?

Ban politicians ,we need more humanitarian leaders than political ones

Who’s your favourite famous person? Dead and alive

with out any doubt  Prophet Mohamed P.B.U.H and as a living  person I personally like Mufti Menk , He is really inspiring !

Would you rather sweet or savoury?

Savoury ( love spices )

What’s the one quality you like and dislike?

Helping others and I dislike people who are suffering from superiority complex.

What is one thing you’d like to be better at?

Public speaking

Do you prefer sleeping in or waking up early?

Waking up early

Where are you from?

India

Do you like animals?

Yes , especially the babies of animals.

Now, set from Nihaad

1. What is your least favourite food?
Least favorite : fish with bones

P.S : It is my favorite ( Butter chicken and Biryani)
2.How did you come up with your blog name?
I am a day dreamer; it perfectly describes me and luckily i managed to get a wordpress name as well related to it.
3. What is your pet-peeve?
When people just ping you to  ask only personal questions!
4. If, you were to be given a ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would like to see whole world :P; I think all of us, On my list currently is Turkey,Morroco,Tunisia ,
5. What is your favourite topic of conversation?
I love talking about food!!!
6. Which actor/actress would you most likely run away with?
– nobody 😀
7. Which TV series/ book sequel do you most enjoy?
Recently I was watching a lot of Pakistani Dramas :D, written by Umera Ahmed

 8. same as above set
9. What do you do to unwind?
Relax with my husband, or read…
10. Do you prefer Apple or Android?
Android!
11. Do you like sneakers or formal shoes?
depends, for work I prefer formal, otherwise I love sneakers!

You, can choose any 11 questions from above ,

My nominations below , I am sure many of you have been already nominated and answered it already! you don’t have to re do it,  I also loved the blogs of Nihaad and revel1, but doesn’t make sense to nominate them else we would just end up in forever loop 😛

sorayashenemckenzie ,

Imran Ali

Fatmawaty

Iliyas Burnett

dbushra

scatteredtulips

peaceloveanunity

accidentallyinked

Aaliyah Zahra

The Journey Breathes

The Rules!
– Insert the liebster award logo in your post
– Thank and link those who nominated you
– (After reading the official rules) You also have to reveal 11 interesting facts about yourself! lol
– Answer the questions designated by the blogger who nominated you
– Nominate up to 11 other new bloggers with less than 100 followers
– Ask 11 questions of your own to your nominees that they have to answer
– Notify your nominees about The Liebster Award
– Include instructions of the process in your post