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In Pursuit of Cooking

Not the first time that I ever cooked, I was connected to it since I was born. This was the only thing I knew the best in my life, and had the confidence in it. I still remember when I first entered the kitchen to cook an omelet, I was only seven and without the help of anyone I did a pretty good job. At that time I thought that everyone knows how to cook but as I grew, I realized that there are only few people in this world who are blessed with this magnificent gift. As a child I started helping my mother in the kitchen not because I was forced too but I loved to see my mother cooking and learn from her.

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I still go back to my old times and feel the essence of my beautiful childhood spent in kitchen. The aroma and the taste I can’t come out of that age because that was the only time that made me believe that I actually have the ability to cook. Cooking is the only thing that is left out of my history; however I have my good and bad days in the kitchen. You can’t always come out from the kitchen as a winner so sometimes I come out with my sprits high and sometimes defeated. What’s the point of cooking when you follow the same recipe again and again? It’s like watching one movie endless times and then the moment comes when you’re fed up and started to hate it. Innovation is always the key to keep that spark alive in you for cooking, if you creative you can make wonderful recipes or even improve the existing ones. In future I have planned to open a restaurant that provides both fusion and comfy food, but before that I have to learn more about food and cooking and understand the deep meaning of it.

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“When words leave off music begins.”(Heinrich Heini)

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Dance just like music is a food for my soul. Whenever I feel low or depressed I tend to put up my favorite music and go crazy with it. For me dance has this weird kind of attraction in it; it’s total fun. It pulls me out of my stressful life and in imparts a sense of relaxation in me. Dance has always had a great importance in my life because all the plays or extracurricular activities that I’ve been a part of always had something to do with dance and music. Normal people dream of being the head girl and seeing that golden badge tucked on their sash, but not me as I always dreamt of being the dance rep! It’s probably because of the music-dance oriented culture of my school that inspired me to go up to the admin and suggest them to introduce the dance society at 1-A/1 and my hard work did pay off since I became the first ever dance rep of 1-A/1 (hahaha so much to be proud of :p). Well with the authority comes responsibility and I had to deal with all sorts of complaints and criticisms of Mrs. Shakil, but I boldly faced all the challenges that came my way in the face of Oliver Trancingo , Sir salman (our dance coaches), welcomes, farewells, Grammathon and numerous other events (like the khusro night and poetry night lums drama fest etc). I’ve been so passionate about choreography and dance that I performed on my own welcome (just imagine my dedication! Who on earth performs on their own welcome?! Well, I do). Before joining the council I only knew salsa but thanks to the dancing society I can very proudly say that I can do cha-cha, street dance, stomp, irish jig and Spanish dance.
Well dance is the only thing that people can be passionate about even if they’re not good at it.

THAT STAGE and THAT AUDITORIUM

THAT STAGE and THAT AUDITORIUM

Photography. Creating Magic in Simplest of Things.

Usually when a famous person is asked as to when their talent was first spotted they reminisce about their childhood and how even the first word they spelled was a clear indication of their love for their talent. In my case it was different. I was born amongst hundred ordinary children who are confused as to where their talent lies. For me it all started in A-levels when my sister who was in an Arts University begged dad to get her a professional Nikon camera. Like any younger sibling I was eager to get my hands on the new gadget in the house. I still remember the few times I had snuck the camera from my sister’s room and taken random pictures around the house only to be caught and scolded badly. But that wasn’t the end of it. I continued my quest. With a sea of random snaps came a lucky one. A snap that made it all begin. It was appreciated by my family and friends. Before I knew it I was clicking pictures of random things wherever I went. As time went by I got finer at it. Clicks weren’t random any more  As I joined the university I realized that I can take my amateur passion to new levels. Exploring the photography society lead to few competitions held in university which made me confident enough to let people see my work. Soon I registered for the first ever PhotoWalk 2011 held in Lahore. Through much motivation and praise I was now a photographer.

ImageInstagram a new application popular in Pakistan nowadays where people post  pictures they want to share. We can also follow many inspirational photographers into gaining an insight of their work. I too have recently joined instagram in a quest to further polish my amateur skills and post pictures that I want to share with the world. Through my photography I try to capture magical moments. In our busy schedule seldom do we realize the magic held in simplest of things. We are exposed to so much in this era of technology that things don’t impress us much now. To me a fallen leaf, a white flower, chirping birds, sunsets and clear blue sky all seem magical and special.

Here is some of my work. Follow me on instagram mehru91.

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Each day is a blessing; live it to the fullest.

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Mahreen Azam (11U0538) section G