Hijab – an exceptionally controversial topic around the world, and more often an unapologetic basis to rank a woman’s faith in our Muslim society. Wasn’t modesty more than physical appearance? When did some of us become the flag bearers of a ridiculous community which judges a woman solely on the absurd foundation of her choice of clothing?
Isn’t hijab a beautiful term associated with physical and more importantly mental modesty? We were born and raised in a society where either hijab is perceived as a security blanket against unwanted gaze or a violent tool confronting the whole concept of feminism. In reality, modesty is not forced instead adopted by many because of the genuine love for the underlying idea of hijab and the constant need of learning more about this peaceful lifestyle.
Hijab is much more than your outfits, and if you think to wear the highest form of modest clothing gives you the right to backlash another woman, unfortunately, you are on the wrong path.
In this ludicrous age of digital communication, everyone has an opinion to share and a majority of times, it manages to incline towards a cold negative stereotypical judgment. But Why? Why we humans find it remarkably challenging to structure our thoughts around positivity and appreciate rather than criticize.
Why not acknowledge a woman who embraced this elegant lifestyle by helping her understand it’s glorifying meaning and not crucify her publicly as her choice of clothing was not up to the so-called standards. Hijab is a representation of modesty in your attire, brainwork & most importantly in the manner, you recite those thoughts to others irrespective of religion.
I’m a hijabi, neither I judge women based on their clothing nor do I publicly ridiculed them for this freedom. Neither am I a brand ambassador of the religion I practice nor are you. Our religion teaches us to be humble, polite and speak a good word or remain silent.
So What can be more satisfying than finding a piece that screams your soul inside out? This gorgeous A/W shirt has ‘me’ written all over it, honestly, I couldn’t hold my excitement when I got one of a kinda plaid shirt delivered at my desk. So not only is this my ideal pattern for this season, but also the cotton flannel fabric is the perfect to snuggle up in, during a movie or date night. Rather than the more obvious red plaid shirts, I just love to twist my ensemble around the shades of navy blue & military green. I love flannel prints & embroidered fabric from Tissura.
I knew this shirt deserved a part on my blog when I turned it around. It has “University of Bloggers” printed on, I couldn’t believe my eyes or my luck. I was beyond thrilled to collaborate with Splash Fashion to showcase their new collection highlighting Bloggers and Vloggers.
I know my fellow bloggers are already going GAGA on this unique totally relatable fashion hit. Perhaps, now you know where to find it?
Never did I imagine it would take me just three days to break down a 13 year old lousy discolored image of my hometown!
I feel that when you avoid traveling to your roots for such a long time, your brain acts funny and your imagination is limited to social media rants, overly dramatized tv shows and mom’s 20-year-old version of Delhi. Insane right? I ended up with an absolute worse portrait loaded with con artists, rapists, and hardcover spoilt rebels even when true India was a foreign land to me. I won’t make any excuses for my naive thought process!
So how does it actually feel to visit your homeland after such a long period?
I felt extremely nostalgic when Delhi’s familiar smell hit me! Polluted or not, every Desi has an attachment to that one of a kind Epic scent.
Walking out of the airport I was terrified about what to expect, the non-stop pushing, maybe a theft along the lines or horrifying stares because of my Hijab? Perhaps, I focused on the totally crazy issues! Can I blame this irrationality on Bollywood movies and news channel? or maybe an overprotective mom?
Truth is, your Hijab is oblivious to others! Shockingly you will find way too many Arabs girls at random streets of Delhi (mind-blowing, right?). Looking back one of my favorite memory is stored at Delhi airport while fixing my hijab, one of the cleaners just admired the way I wore my crown, no fear, no judgment, no hate but only a sense of awe and maybe a wish to learn how to tie it up!
If you are a newbie to Delhi, get ready for some cultural shock and social backslash! Mulitple security checkups, insane traffic and wild drives giving a rat’s a** about rules (honestly, some yells and cries were involved during each drive), merchants screaming random slogans in your ears at the street markets and the ANIMALS. (Oh the randoms Dogs!)
During my journey, one thing that baffled me was the lack of smiling faces! The stressful life has made everyone so robotic and monotonous. All I am saying is a little sunshine never hurts!
Don’t get me wrong, the city was way over my expectations, of course in a good way! From the breathtaking food ( Pav bhaji, idli sambhar and aloo paratha for breakfast, are you kidding me?) to the super affordable crazy street shopping experience. From morning ‘Namaste’ greetings to the rich culture of EPICNESS in the Kingdom of Dreams, Delhi you stole my heart!
In Dubai, we spend years chasing after designer shoes, expensive restaurants, grand staycations and equate life with such materialistic luxury, when in reality, life is about walking under scorching heat at Connaught place to find Mc Donalds or bargaining at Sarojini Nagar for 50 rupees with your loved ones. It’s all about your LOVED o’N’es! <3
And, the college students with guitars singing on the street side was icing on the cake. After all, India is filled with supreme raw talent. Maybe Delhi, I judged you too quickly!
Delhi welcomes any spoilt NRI with an important lesson to be GRATEFUL for your second home. Though sometimes, the “glam” city life of Dubai is too much to absorb and the over the top expenses makes you want to pull your hair out, but with such absurdity comes the sense of safety for girls which Delhi still cant offer in my books. Honestly, midnight traveling was a big fat NO and so was me driving on those roads!
Seeing those disrupting villages and sweet little ones beg with a painful craving, shattered my heart into tiny pieces. Somehow the frightful experience helped me realize my privileges & endless opportunities. The city taught me how to stay strong and positive.
3 days of traveling doesn’t teach you enough, but it does answer an essential question ‘if you ever want to revisit’ and YES, I want to see more of my home country and learn more about it is crocked people and beautiful culture! I am attracted to this whole new idea of ‘TRAVELLING’.
So though I’ve been MIA from my blog for a while, a few fashion posts are lined up. As I always say Hijabi fashionista have their own individualistic unique style and some trends just pass around the corner, when not matched with our modest quota. And one such drift is the Crop Top mania. With Dubai being super hot, I rely mostly on cotton and high fashion fabrics from Tissura.
Introducing a perfect blend of fashion & faith, with a new clothing brand, Modest Forever. A monochrome crop top that can be styled in two very unique ways. Either pair it with palazzo pants or layer it over a dress.
P.S. A fashion photoshoot is sometimes a nightmare, with constant stares of travellers and little kids pointing & giggling at you. But you do what you gotta do.
If you are into eating clean but you love burgers, then this recommendation is especially for you.
Some time last month, we were at Dubai Festival City for the movie premiere of Valerian (btw, exceptionally amazing VFX) and took a quick detour before the movie to fill our tummy. Whether you are into gluten free eating or love organic burgers, I am sure you would know about this quirky cute little franchise from States – Bare Burger.
I’m more of a Pizza enthusiast, so this review is more from my brother’s side, who usually does not approve burgers joint so easily. His experience interning at McDonalds revealed some seriously hidden secrets of a food joint which gives him a certain edge as a food critic.
We have a soft corner for Mexican food (lol, we love anything Spicy) and decided to try El Matador Chicken Burger (guess what, they came deer & camel meat too) and Macho Fries (honestly the quantity is huge!) filled with creamy guacamole & jalapenos. My brother definitely criticized me for ordering an old school favorite – Chicken Strips but news flash, the organic buttermilk ranch & smoked sauce that came with it, were real winners.
Another burger, we were keen on is the super famous Onion ring topped Supreme – a juicy beef delight with gluten free buns. Not only was the meat, veggies & even Ketchup organic, but you might be surprised to know about an Organic Cola made with Sugar Cane (my mind was blown!)
Good morning lovelies! I’d like to start this post by giving out a big warm cozy bear Hug to every single one of you for all the love that I’m getting lately on my Instagram. I never imagined that girls would care about my opinions and the fact that we are 21k strong on Insta in just two years of knocking content, is surreal! That said, let’s get …