Awkward Moments Only Pakistanis Living in Malaysia Understand

1. When you realize that the word ‘susu’ means milk in Malay and urine in your own language, Urdu.
It comes as a shock when your friend says: “Let’s go and drink susu from the canteen”.


2. When Malaysians automatically assume that you are either from Karachi or Lahore. Seriously, dude, there are other cities in Pakistan.


3. The so-called ‘Pakistani biryani’ annoys you.
When instead of getting the royal dish biryani, you are served white rice with disastrous chicken sauce plopped on top.


4. When the Malaysians automatically assume that you are rich because you have at least one maid at your home in Pakistan.


5. When you are really excited about the ‘kurma’ you are about to be served at a restaurant and realize that kurma means dates.


Despite the weird assumptions and misunderstandings, you enjoy your time in the beautiful country. (And continue to miss the edibles of your home country).


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Kids Are Weird

Kids are unpredictable. My latest conversation with my 4 years old friend is as follows.

Kid: Do you know who owns the largest football in the world?

Me: No. Do you know who owns the largest football?

Kid: No!



Hmmm, what a revelation!

My Mom’s Idea of a Meme

Mushk (My sister): “Mothers blame the poor phones for everything! ‘You have a headache because you are always on the phone!'”

Me: “You have a stomach ache huh? Go and spend some more time on the phone.”

Mushk: “You have developed cancer because you are always using the freakin’ phone.”

Me: “Yeah! We should create a meme in which a natty phone looks sad because the mothers blames it for every disease on this planet.”

Mother: “You know, maybe you should create a meme where the phone says ‘the kids nowadays have become uninterested in their studies. They are always concentrating on me and not on their parents.'”

Me: “….”

My sister: “…”


Does your mom do the same thing? Do let me know in the comments. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Champions Trophy Poll-The Results are Quite Surprising!

I initiated this poll on Twitter to check who are people rooting for in the scandalous and most anticipated match between Pakistan and India. And the results were surprising!!!ย After about 11 minutes after the poll, about 20% people showed their support for…….Potato!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Vote and check out the result for yourself. #GoPotato ๐Ÿ˜€

Let the imaginary potato win! ๐Ÿ˜€

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India vs Pakistan

Indians are amazing people. Two of my best friends, Shalini and Hari, are Indians and they are helpful, decent, modest, and I love them. Despite political rivalry between Pakistan and India, I have deep respect for the citizens of both countries. However, recently, I had the most annoying conversation with a belligerent and brassy Indian that made my blood boil. He had commented a very nasty thing about Pakistanis. I was unable to find the actual tweet but please read the following conversation.

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What made me upset was not the fact that he was criticizing Pakistan. I think everyone has the right to freedom of speech. What made me upset was that he was implying that all Pakistanis are malicious. Generalizations give rise to hatred against a particular country, race, religion. And it should be avoided at any cost. Being an enthusiastic traveler, I have known people from diverse nations and I have met both ethical and unethical people. And I have long trashed the belief that the people belonging to a certain group are ALL nice or ALL bad. Being nice is not built into a person by his/her country of origin. It is built into him through his own critical thinking.

The world is already divided up. We don’t need more hatred towards anyone. Boundaries of nations are man-made creation. Being born into a certain country doesn’t make us better than the other person. Unity and humanity are what will keep the world together. I am a Pakistani and I proudly say that I love Pakistan and I love India.

Quoting Quran:

“An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action. “

And Martin Luther King:

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

-Peace out

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Free Resources & Tips for the GRE Exam

I recently took the GRE exam and am waiting anxiously for my result. Since my test scores averaged around 162 in Quantitative Section and 159 in Verbal, I am loaded with high expectations. (Please pray for me ๐Ÿ˜€ )

I have observed that students have bewildered state of mind towards the GRE and they find the exam horrifying. Well, do not stress yourself. Study with the resources that I studied from and you will receive an astounding score.

Free Resources

  1. GRE Powerprep by ETS
    You should attempt the two full-length practice papers accessible on the link principally to acclimate yourself with the user-friendly software. You will encounter the same experience at your test centre. So you will not be fumbling with the instructions on the test day.
  2. Kaplan GRE Premier 2017
    This is one of the best sources to study for the exam. Kaplan has a notoriety of making their practice tests harder than the actual GRE exam. However, I think it is good for you. Eventually, you will find the actual exam far easier. You will be provided with a guide book, 5 full-length practice papers and 10 practice papers for each section.
    When solicited to write the last word of Chapter 18, input “Response”.


  • ย For the non-native English speakers, do not take your English language skills for granted. In Pakistan, our official language is English and most students tend to treat the GRE as just another English language test. It is most certainly not!!! Practice as much as you can!
  • Generally, students find it difficult to traverse from Analytical section to the next sections as they are enervated after the two essays. Please solve the practice paper in one sitting. Do not take coffee breaks superfluously and do not practice while laying down serenely on the bed.
  • Do not wear tight full-length sleeves on the test day. You will be asked to roll them up at the security checkpoint.
  • Bring light snacks (chocolates, nuts, juice, water, chips) to eat during the break to keep yourself away from a brassy mood. You will be given a 10 minutes break after three portions of the test.
  • Make sure that you utilize the bathroom facility during the break. The air conditioners might make you feel restive during the test and although, you will be allowed to take a beak during the test, the time would continue to elapse regardless of your presence.

For more tips, check out my next article tomorrow.

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I have successfully performed my first ever operation

So I have been away from WordPress for quite some time- WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp! I had literally become a caveman! I had absolutely no idea what was going on in the world. I had all these questions. Has Donald Trump already burnt half of the United States down? Did Justin Bieber vomit on his Indian tour? Okay… I guess, I use my time to do research on pretty useless questions. And now I feel stupid. (Internal voice: Half of the people you know have commented that out loud to you).

Anyway, the reason I was away was because I was scheduled to perform a MAJOR OPERATION! (*insert dramatic sound effect*). I had no courage to go through with it and it took me days to prepare myself mentally and physically. After all, it is always difficult to operate on your loved one.

After postponing the dreadful event, I finally plucked up the courage to take the patient to the operation theater. Taking deep breaths, I sanitized my hands and handled the equipment to open the body to view the inner parts clearly. My hands shook, my mouth became dry. Any tiny wrong maneuver and my patient may lose his life.

I had to get to the heart of the patient. But I needed to clean the respiratory system first. So I took out the necessary part, cleansed it and put it back into the body. And then I extracted the heart of the patient.

Okay, yeah, you are not buying the description huh? Okay, fine. The patient was my precious laptop. I LOVE my laptop okay. No need to judge me. I cried the day it stopped working! (*Feeling stupid again*). I did quite a poor impression of a doctor. Anyway, with the help of my sister, Mushk Nizam, I performed a deep cleansing operation on my laptop, extracted the fan, cleaned it, took out the internal hard disk and reinstalled the Windows on it. And I am happy to announce that my patient (I mean, my laptop) is healthy. My Engineering degree has finally come handy.

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Converting the Most Hated Drink on the Planet to the Most Loved Ice Cream

After giving us amazing flavors, McDonald’s Malaysia has decided to make the most hated drink on the planet into the most loved ice cream. I am on cloud nine!!! Mc Donald’s Malaysia has introduced a new Japanese flavor to Malaysia!!! It’s the GREEN TEA MCFLURRY!!!


The picture of Green Tea McFlurry looks appetizing, and the Malaysian crowd is responding with much zeal and zest. The Mcflurry is being served with red beans or without for “the perfect balance of taste and texture”. Just look at the fun-filled advertisement of Green Tea McFlurry below. My mouth waters every time I watch the video. I can hardly wait to set my hands on the astounding treat!

The introduction of the new flavor has started a new battle on Twitter. vs . While some want both flavors in their grasps, most have decided to choose one of the two champions by captioning this: “Dear crush, I want a ’cause it’s sweet. . . like you.” or “Dear crush, I want a ’cause it’s sweet. . . like you.”. Catchy, eh?! And some took the opportunity to share their eternal love for the classics and/or for their crushes.

Therefore, get a passport to chill land and defeat the summer by going to the nearest McDonald’s outlet now and don’t forget to share your experience.

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Buses in Pakistan-Art on Wheels

Pakistanis are art lovers. They like expressing their views and desires through works of painting. You don’t have to walk towards the art to feast your eyes, the art will come towards you. Ladies and Gentlemen! I introduce you to the bus/truck art of Pakistani buses! Have a look at a typical bus and some of the common symbols found on the buses.


The buses are extensively utilized, as canvases, by the craftsmen to express their feelings. In some cases, they are words of wisdom and/or homage to a celebrity.

And sometimes, the bumpers are exhibited with interesting quotes or verses, which honestly, keeps us very engaged and entertained throughout the road journey. ๐Ÿ˜€ Enjoy a portion of the ridiculouslyย  cheesy and meaningless poetry (The translations have been written under the picture).

My heart is full of love for you
Heart for Sale. Price=Only One Smile
No Girlfriend, No Tension
Keep Distance-Else You will Fall in Love with Me

The beauty does not lie on the outside only. The inside walls, ceilings and the seat covers are decorated meticulously in a similar fashion.

The bus/truck art has been widely appreciated globally. A W-11 tram was run in Australia, and one of the trucks was exhibited in the London Zoo.

And a bus was run in Turkey as a symbol of Pak-Turk friendship.


The historical art is prevailing in the country for decades and is cherished by the citizens. All thanks to the hardworking artists of Pakistan.


If your passport is made and you like traveling, visit Pakistan to treat your eyes. Keep yourself tuned for the next post about “Chinchi”, another popular form of transport in Pakistan.

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Take part in the #JoinTogether Campaign

To promote “respect, safety and dignity for everyone”, United Nations’ TOGETHER campaign is welcoming ordinary refugees and migrants to share their positive stories with the world through their publication. If you are a refugee or a migrant, this is your opportunity to demonstrate the world the positive impact you have created in your host country.

The aim of the campaign is to “help to turn the tides on the negative portrayal of those groups currently prevalent in the public discourse”. You can submit your story by sending it to Let us all #JoinTogether against discrimination, prejudice, segregation and intolerance. Visit the link to get more information—->#JoinTogether Campaign of United Nations

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Happy Pakistan Day

Happy Pakistan Day everyone!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Today, Pakistan celebrates the 77th anniversary of Pakistan Resolution Day, also known as Pakistan Day or Republic Day. The Lahore Resolution was passed on 23rd March 1940 at Minar-e-Pakistan after several efforts made by the Father of the Nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. It marks the adoption of the first constitution of Pakistan. On this auspicious event, I would like to show you some of the beauty of Pakistan.

Some of the famous monuments of Pakistan.

(top left:Badshahi Mosque, top right: Mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam, bottom-left: Pakistan Monument, bottom right: Minar-e-Pakistan)

The greenery of Northern areas of Pakistan are heaven on Earth and is shown in the pictures below. (Photo credit: Zain Agha)

Wishing everyone a happy Pakistan Day, I would like to say one last thing:
May the enmity and symptoms of hatred cease between different countries. May the world unite over the similarities rather than divide over the differences. May the tolerance and acceptance increase between the nations. Pakistan Zindabad. Pakistan Paindabad.

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