What To Eat When You Read?

Reading and eating makes a heavenly combination. Some bookworms at foodpanda, the leading online food ordering marketplace, figured out a way to make it as little messy as possible. They listed down food items that give a reader more accessibility and less discomfort while eating. If you are an avid reader, this friendly little piece of art will save lots of food stains on your books.

Meanwhile you decide what to eat next, here are some interesting facts for your reading:

  1. Biryani: Originates from Persia and took a while before it arrived in India.
  2. Chocolates: One of the famous potato chip brands sells chips dipped in milk chocolate.
  3. Lasagna: It can be cooked in a dish washer!
  4. Penne pasta: Ridges in pasta allows it to hold more sauce.
  5. Ice-cream: People ate ice-creams to celebrate ending of World War II.
  6. Pizza: Scottish people normally deep-fry their pizzas.
  7. Cookies: Standard amount of dough for one cookie can hold 50 chocolate chips.
  8. Soup: Chinese meals always begin with soups.
  9. French Fries: There is a museum in Belgium dedicated to French fries.
  10. Burgers:  At one point in history, burgers were considered to be renamed as ‘liberty sandwiches’.
  11. Pop corns: In some parts of the world, microwaves are sold with a pop-corn control button.


Contribution by Sara Qazi

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Qissa [Dramon Ki] Kahani Ka

Originally posted on Desi Rants N Raves:

creative_writingCouple of years ago I remember watching an episode of the Nadia Khan Show where she highlighted the sorry state of the food industry. The unhygienic conditions of restaurant kitchens, unhealthy stuff added in indiscriminately, expired sauces and stale vegetables  – you name it and our public eateries – fast food joints, caterers, even five stars kitchens – were breaking every kind of industry standard that ever existed. I think it took me about at least a couple of months before I could be convinced to eat out, and fast food remains a no-no for me even today. Of all the horrific things they discussed, the two anecdotes that have stuck with me ever since  are:  a) waiters/young boys scraping off leftover meat pieces from used plates, collecting them in a bag and handing them on to kitchens where they were re-used the next day, and b) doing the same with soft drinks, i.e., collecting leftover sodas in bottles (after a…

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Na Maloom Afraad – review

Karachi's open secret - Na Maloom Afraad

This movie had been on my must watch list since I saw the trailer. What added to my desperation were the positive reviews from nearly all my friends who didn’t mind ditching me at all while going to watch it. #Sadlife. Anyway, since I didn’t want to watch it alone, I had to beg my boss to accompany me. Never have I been so enthusiastic about watching a Pakistani movie. And I was not disappointed.


The story revolves around three ‘halat key sataye hue’ individuals who just can’t find a solution to their miseries. Moon, (Mohsin Abbas Haider) hails from a meerasi family but doesn’t want to follow the legacy. He wants to go to Dubai but can’t. Reason: he has no money. Farhan (Fahad Mustafa) is an insurance agent who, like every other insurance agent, sucks at selling policies leading his boss to kick him out. Shakeel (Javed Sheikh) is Farhan’s landlord. His source of income: pickles made and sold by his wife and sister and the rent that Farhan never pays. The constant mishaps compel the three to join forces and ‘plan’ to put an end to their financial constraints in the most bizarre manner possible: storing money in a bank and wait for it to burn down on a strike.

Though the film drags at some points, it is interesting overall. The humor is pretty unconventional for a Pakistani flick. It depicts everyday situations a common man goes through in the most hilarious way possible. Sexual jokes are cracked now and then. But you will laugh out loud nonetheless.

The acting by the leading men is amazing. Mohsin Abbas Haider is refreshing addition to the industry. He acts as good as he raps. The director managed to extract the best of all actors, including those who made guest appearances. I found Urwa’s character a bit annoying, but her acting is much better. The songs are OK. Mehwish Hayat’s highly anticipated ‘item song’ Billi did not really live up to the hype but still, she put up a good performance.

Considering that most of our filmmakers are concentrating on producing movies that circle around our country’s political scenario, Na Maloom Afraad is a breath of fresh air. It is definitely not what you’d expect from Pakistani cinema at this point. While it does portray the political situation of Karachi, it concentrates on how citizens deal with the turbulent situation of the city. I’m sure every Karachiite will be able to relate to the scenarios presented. The direction is pretty good, so is the cinematography. All in all, a pretty good watch and definitely a milestone for the Pakistani cinema. Highly recommended, especially with friends.

I’ll rate it 3.5/5.