Second week into Ramadan and we have already witnessed a sudden splurge of rain, and an all-too-expected 'upsurge' of commodity prices. Relax and keep a cool head and bask in the sobriety of the days regardless of 'all hell breaking loose' around you. Every year Star Lifestyle brings in a weekly planner, this year being no different. These are just pointers that you might miss in the hustle and bustle of our daily routine of Ramadan. This is our attempt to guide you through a smooth month that lies in front of us.
Harmonising with your inner self is a step towards achieving peace with your surroundings. Make an effort to figure out what triggers the peace within you and hold it locked no longer within a chamber, but unleash it so that it can diffuse through your veins.
Bizarre love triangle- Frente
A cover…but a good one nevertheless! It is possibly one of the rare instances when the 'revamped' version surpasses the original. Check out the video as well; its utter simplicity coupled with the haunting lyrics makes it one of the best 'shoe-string budget' music videos ever.
Snacks in a snap
Spanish sweet onion dip
Ingredients: 1 cup mayonnaise; 2 cups shredded Swiss cheese; ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese; 2 cups thinly sliced Spanish sweet onion; hot sauce; salt to taste. Method: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Stir the mayonnaise, Swiss cheese, Parmesan cheese, Spanish onion, and hot sauce together in a casserole dish. Bake in the preheated oven until the edges are golden brown, 30 to 35 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.
Brainstorming time for sending Eid Greetings has arrived if you want them sent before Eid. Try to collect the mailing address of your friends and family and take that extra effort to post them. Mail has an aura of its own, not to mention the personal touch.
Yardsale- a flash game
Spruce up your dream home and see it featured as a magazine cover story. The plot: As Sunnyville`s newest resident, the town is counting on you to beat your snooty neighbour Atia in the Superstar Homes Magazine Contest. Hit the local yard sales and search for hidden swag in Sunnyville`s most eccentric homes.
The night following Thursday has spiritual special significance in Islam. After your Witr prayers take a nap and wake up at around 2 or 3 am. Perform ablution and pray the Tahajjud prayers in the serenity of the dead end of the night, preferably reading long chapters from the Holy Quran. This will surely soothe your soul.
Orhan Pamuk's Nobel lecture
'My Father's Suitcase' was originally given in Turkish. In the lecture he viewed the relations between Eastern and Western Civilizations in an allegorical upper text, which covers his relationship with his father.
Snacks in a snap
Ingredients: 2 corn tortillas; 1 tbsp salsa; 2 tbsp shredded low-fat Cheddar cheese; ½ cup beaten egg. Method: Top tortillas with salsa and cheese. Heat in the microwave until the cheese is melted, for about 30 seconds. Meanwhile coat a small non-stick skillet with cooking spray. Heat over medium heat; add egg and cook, stirring, until the eggs are cooked through, about 90 seconds. Divide the scrambled egg between the tacos.
Take yourself out to one of the many places serving special iftar this Friday. Come on pat yourself on the back and splurge on the array of delicacies available around the city. You know you deserve it, two weeks into the month!
…is the latest book from Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri. After Interpreter of Maladies, this is her second collection of short stories. Unaccustomed Earth is a reflection of life with two separate cultures, and how people cope with one and the other.
Go for a haircut. Procrastinate and you end up going to the salon on the very last day, amidst all the chaos and crowd, and end up looking like a 'featherless chicken' on Eid. Let your hair grow a little after you get a cut to make it look natural.
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Snacks in a snap
Ingredients: 1 sleeve party breads; 1-2 chopped pre-packaged beef bits; 8 oz cream cheese (softened); 1 packet Good Seasons Italian dressing mix; chopped raw broccoli; shredded carrots. Method: Soften cream cheese in microwave just until spreadable. Mix ½ the Italian seasoning packet and beef bits into cream cheese. Chop broccoli into tiny pieces. Shred carrots with grater. Spread cream cheese mixture onto breads and sprinkle with raw veggies and serve.
Hope you already have the Eid shopping itinerary ready. Take a good glance at it and plan your shopping well in advance. Rather than leaving everything for a single day; do little bits every week so that you can get through the whole affair in due time, regardless of the problems posed by the mad rush.
'About his person'- Simon Amitage
The poem talks about things that a man has 'about his person'- belongings that he is carrying with him. Through his belongings- five pounds fifty in change, a diary with pages ripped out, an unwritten postcard and such, we get a glimpse of his character; his desolation and how even though a person might not be in the best of circumstances…he still has hope.
Snacks in a snap
Ingredients: 1 ring smoked sausage (cut up); 1 green pepper (chopped); 1 onion diced; 1 cup diced celery; 2 cups uncooked minute rice, white or brown; 1 large can tomatoes with juice; garlic to taste; garlic powder; 1 or 2 cloves (fresh); salt to taste; a little hot salsa for seasoning (if desired).
Method: Start rice - cook according to package directions while sautéing meat and veggies. Separately, spray a large skillet with Pam spray. Over medium heat, sauté sausage with onions, peppers and celery until starting to brown. Add tomatoes, garlic and salt if desired. Stir in rice as soon as it is done and simmer a minute.
Buy some flowers from the girl at the traffic stoplight. And give them to your wife. Abstinence should not be a hindrance to love!
Confessions of a shopaholic
The perfect family movie for Ramadan! “All she ever wanted was a little credit...” Don't we all?!
“A good deed a day, keeps bad luck at bay”
Bake a batch of scrumptious brownies and hand them out as a treat to a bunch of less fortunate kids playing on the street. Watch their chocolate-smeared smiles light up your heart.
Rummage through your closet and gather all your unnecessary clothing to distribute among some of the homeless people you come across on the streets.
Buy some inexpensive umbrellas and hand them out to the diligent traffic policemen who sweat it out on the roads everyday, come rain or shine.
Get together with some like-minded souls to practice Dawah by spreading the word of Islam to as many people as possible.
Visit your nearest slum area and put in some solid effort trying to understand their daily hardships by talking to them. This will help you appreciate your good fortunes and the kindness Allah has shown towards you.
The next time you get up on a rickshaw at midday, do buy the rickshaw puller some nutritious thirst-quencher.
Spend time reconnecting with relatives you've lost touch with. Ramadan is the perfect time to rejuvenate kinship ties.
By Wasia Mehnaz