Happy Birthday My Dear Best Friend

mYou felt very hurt when I told you that our friendship won’t last, that we will forget each other after college. Well, here I am two years after leaving college, calling you my best friend and wishing you happy birthday. This is me remembering you. Due to the distances between us I was not able to give you any gift, so this is my gift for you…

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This post is dedicated to my best friend, Yumna. She is one of the best things that happened to me. She is one of those people, whom I admire and take inspiration from.

I met Yumna when I took admission in college. I remember how different we were initially from each other. She was a geek and had the highest marks in matric in our class. I was good at studies, but I was not a geek. I mean I had 82% marks in matric, and she had  90% marks. She was very intelligent.

When we had our first papers, Yumna, Nida, and I got the first three positions. That was when we started talking to each other. That was the time from where our beautiful friendship began. In the final exams of 11th and 12th grade we were the top three position holders.

With the help of God, she taught me many things. She made me into a geek like her. She made me realize how much hard work I needed to do. I remember how we all had fun. We used to study in our free periods :-D. But that was far more fun than you can imagine. We all wanted to take medical as our career (we all didn’t achieve that goal though).

I was usually the second position holder, and she was usually the third position holder. But she never envied me. She never hated me. She never got angry with me. She used to be happy for me and always cheered me on.

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We prepared for our practical exam on mobile phone, literally!!!!

I remember the worried look on her face when I entered ,while crying, into the examination hall for biology’s paper. I remember how she left her seat, came to me and tried to sooth me.

One thing I love about our friendship was that I could discuss the whole paper with Yumna after it was over. Others used to be very unhappy and angry about discussing the paper. But she used to be eager to do that.

Above all, she was a very good person. She was honest, loyal, and intelligent. She was far more a good friend to me than I was to her. She was the person who understood me. She was the one who used to listen to all my stupid talks. I used to tease her that she was a leo. That she had long hands that were designed to slap hard :-D.

But Yumna. I really love you. And I really miss you. I won’t forget you ever. And if you are reading this (I’ll make that happen for sure :-D), know that you are a source of admiration for me. I will always love you. May that long and beautiful smile always stay on your face! May you be successful in your life and chemical career! With all the best wishes. Happy Birthday Yumna.

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Do You Remember Your Chemistry Teacher Telling You This…….

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I don’t know where it came from, but I found myself thinking about it. One of my chemistry teachers told us that. Always add acid to water, never add water to acid. Do you remember this warning?

Doraemon Catches Your Eye No Matter How Old You Are


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It was just yesterday when my sister, my mother, my grandmother, and I were watching Doraemon (see people of all age groups were doing that). Nobita does many things that we used to do as kids. It gets really annoying though when nobita says, “Doraemon!!!” or cries :-D. Well, I like the way doraemon teaches lessons to nobita through the use of gadgets. doraemon

Have you ever been caught (like me) watching Doraemon or any other silly cartoons like that???

I Have 94% Extrovert Personality

Odd title. Right?? I wanted to write about my extrovert personality from a long time, but I wasn’t sure if I am an extrovert or not. Well, not until I took this personality quiz. This test’s results showed that I am 94% extrovert.

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Why I was confused about being an extrovert?? Well, you know some people say that horoscopes do not make up your personality, your personality is the result of the way and circumstances that you are brought up in. Parenting shapes personalities. Now, my mother is pisces and I am a Libra. I know right??? How  can a libra be an introvert. Libra people are definitely extroverts. But being the daughter of a pisces mother, my personality is that of a libra as well as pisces.

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I am shy like my mother. I don’t laugh, I smile. I love books. I love to carefully plan everything. I am day by day realizing that I am a perfectionist, just like my mother. Although I tell my mother that I like realistic endings, but deep in my heart I know that I always like happy endings.

Just like an introvert, sometimes I want to be left alone for sometime. I often refuse to get out of the house. I even refuse to talk on the telephone. I am afraid that if I fail to recognize that voice on the phone, I’ll make a fool out of myself.

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Whenever I like something, I have to share my excitement with everyone. I even express my stress to everyone. This relaxes me. In the case of introverts, I have noticed that they accumulate stress. This can destroy them. Let it out!!!

Like a libra, I was overconfident when I was a child. Now, I am not even confident. But I am trying my best to gain confidence.

Like an extrovert, I love making new friends. I have a large number of friends and I love them all. I can easily start a conversation.

Like an extrovert, I love getting my voice heard. I want to have my own identity. I do not highly enjoy being the centre of attention, but I do like being recognized. I love to participate in every discussion. Unlike my mother I love participating in class discussions.

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One of my greatest problems is that my face shows my emotions like an open book. Everyone can see what I am feeling. I can not conceal my feelings. Many a times when I am angry or sad or bored, my family members tell me “Just look at your face!!”  One time when I discussed this problem with my aunt, she told me that this is good, because this means that you are still honest, that you are not insincere. Well introversion is not being insincere. So this is a topic for another day.

intro_extroverted_person-01So, are you an extrovert, or an introvert?? Or are you still figuring it out like me?

True Confidence Takes Much More Confidence

I have always regarded physical confidence as true confidence.  A person who express his or her ideas without fear, speaks freely in front of a large audience (without shaking hands and shaking voice), and communicates to others easily, was an ideal example of confidence for me. What other definition of confidence is there, right??? Well, let’s see what else in there that defines confidence.

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I didn’t knew that a shy person can be confident too. Well, I didn’t till someone told me that. It happened like this.

I was sitting outside my department with my friends. While we were talking, I took out my lunch box from my bag. My lunch typically consists of an omelette sandwich (I think that day I had this lunch). I took out the sandwich and began eating it. My friend, I saw, was observing me keenly. Her face was showing that she was amazed by something. She asked me that how do I do that. I was quite surprised by her  question. Then she told me that I am so confident. She told me how she had trouble eating from a lunch box in front other people, how she feels so shy among other. I replied that she was one of the most confident friends I know. Then I realized that I am confident in my  own way. 

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I may be very shy and afraid (I have overcome my fear to great extent), but I have confidence in my judgement. Actually I am quite indecisive,so lets make this as I am confident in my judgement of right and wrong. I have the confidence to say “Sorry, I do not know the answer.” I have the confidence to accept in front of others that I love to eat rice with my hands. That I feel that I have eaten nothing if I have eaten rice with spoon. I am confident in being me. In doing the right and accepting when I am wrong. I am confident in being myself. I may not be completely physically confident, but I  am self confident.

SL 2This brings us to another problem. What is the link between confidence and bravery?

Less well thought answer is that whoever is confident is brave.

More well thought answer is that a confident person may or may not be brave.

What??? How can a confident person not be brave??

Well, I can give you an example. A girl I know which I can call as the most confident girl was giving a presentation in the class. The topic was not of her field of study, but she delivered a fantastic presentation. I was highly impressed. She also asked questions from us. I would have given her 10/10 marks. Well, when the presentation ended,one of my class fellows wanted to ask a question from her. What she did??? She held out a finger to my friend, silencing her from asking any question, and said, “Don’t do this with me.”

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What do you think about think? At that moment all the impact of her presentation fell off and I thought that she is not brave, just confident. You will also meet many people that are confident, yet they lie. And as per my mother’s saying, people who lie are not brave enough to tell truth.

So, here’s the recipe of true confidence.

Physical confidence + Self confidence =  True confidence

So what I want to say is that true confidence encompasses physical confidence, self confidence, bravery, and so many other things. So, if you have one of these ingredients, strive to obtain the others too. Only when you’ll have all these ingredients you will be confident. Really and truly confident.

Awww, Do you love them too?

I am very delighted to be able to share the things I love the most with you. I hope that you would love them too!

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1. Lonely benches

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I don’t really know why I love them, but I love them so much.

2. Sun rays chanting out of the clouds

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3. Autumn leaves+ sunset

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4. Gardens with wooden benches and bridges

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5. Brothers holding hands (sense of protection)

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6. Trees

I love both trees without leaves and trees with leaves. I also love looking at their barks at times.

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This is my unfinished sketch of a tree in my university..
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7. Fresh and green grass

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8. Water droplets on car windows after it rains…..

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9. Moon on a night full of stars

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10. Libraries filled with books….

I also love book shops and gift shops. In a nutshell, I love books.

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So, do you love any of these things??? If you do do tell me.

“Which One Do You Feel Comfortable to Communicate With, Speaking Or Writing?”

This question was originally asked by my English teacher during one of our classes.  At first, I got confused because I wasn’t asked ever before to choose between speaking and writing, but then I made my choice and replied, “Writing, of course.”


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Well, I can say that she was quite surprised when many of us answered that they feel comfortable with writing. She, herself, as I could see by the look on her face, prefered speaking over writing.

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She told us that speaking is easier and better because of many reasons. I am listing only a few of them.

  1. Speaking requires gestures only and you don’t have to waste a lot of words to explain you emotions.
  2. You can shape your words by adjusting them to the mood of your listeners. You can even change your way of speaking to be more convincing. You can defend yourself, whenever required.
  3. No Punctuation is required.
  4. You can communicate in two way manner. You can observe the response of the audience to what you are communicating.
  5. Speech has its own grammar. So, you can be easy at grammar usage. For example, you don’t have to use complete sentences at times.

I said that I feel comfortable with writing. Maybe it’s because I love writing. I am very shy in formal settings, while I am very confident in informal ones. So in formal setting I can communicate better in writing. I mean I love to express myself through colorful adjectives. I also feel that through writing I can communicate my ideas more effectively, and more confidently.

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The best thing about writing is that you don’t have to see the faces of your listeners. You can communicate without caring for the response you’ll get. Writing makes you more brave. I love that writing has a structure and organization. You may not think before speaking, but you think before writing, so there are fewer mistakes. 

It’s also easy to settle disputes and say you’re sorry through writing. You can say sorry to a friend who doesn’t even agrees to talk to you in school by texting her a long and elaborate apology with a lot of plzzzzzz….. Trust me, I have done this before and it is effective. 

Writing provides evidence. You can keep copies and do not have to worry about getting trouble for something that you didn’t do or say.

But,I do love speaking too. I love speaking in informal setting, such as in friends, class fellows and family. I love making new friends and I usually don’t have any trouble doing that. I am also trying to love speaking in formal settings. To express my ideas more confidently and fully.

Although I am a very talkative person, I feel uncomfortable with speaking in formal settings, such as in front of guests, in presentations, etc.

So, till the time that I become confident, I definitely love writing. Although I am good in public speaking, I would like to get better at it.

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Take this poll or comment to tell me about your choice.

“Get up, couch potato.”

Have you heard this before?? Well, I have been called a couch potato until I got 11 (approximately). I had this habit of lying on the couch after school and watching T.V, while craving salt (will discuss later on). I guess we all, or the Libras :-D, become couch potatoes at some point of our life. I won’t ask you to agree on this one :-p

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Now let’s look at the dictionary meaning of a couch potato.

A person who takes little or no exercise and watches a lot of television.

Fits the situation, doesn’t it? I have observed that couch potatoes eat chips, drink soft drinks, soda, etc. while they watch T.V. Now, here is where my situation had been different from others. I did not use to crave food and sodas, I use to eat salt while watching T.V.  Yes, Salt!!! Odd habit, right?? Well, I later on started eating ice cube too. I would first add the ice cube in my mouth and then eat salt over it. Umm Yummy!!

Well, eating salt has been a very re-known habit of mine. Still, when the salt get’s missing, my father looks at me and says,“Where’s the salt? You must know”:-D. Well, to be honest eating salt can never and is never a healthy activity. 

Even when I was visiting Khewra mines (salt mines) with my family. I was told, “Hey, look there is salt everywhere. What are you waiting for?” I felt so ashamed.

At that time, I wasn’t fat at all. So, being a couch potato didn’t result in any weight gain at that time. Maybe because I used to go out and play with my friends too.

Well, here are a few tips for couch potatoes.

  1. Keep the remote away and get up to change the channels.
  2. Walk up and down the stairs, or around the room, during commercials
  3. Get an equipment, so that you can exercise while you watch T.V
  4. Stand up and iron your clothes while you watch T.V.

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Take this simple poll, to tell me whether you have been called a couch potato or not,