The BIG 3-0 in the Big Apple!!!

So far my bday has been great, and I’m definitely milking it as my bday month! This past weekend Aditya and I went to NYC and spent a few nights exploring the city’s endless sights. We got the Millennium Hilton downtown, to get some Hilton Gold perks. We traveled by foot, Uber, lyft, and train throughout the trip. We hopped from bars, hookah lounges, Indian bars/restaurants/clubs, to speakesies. We usually try to hit up something cultured but since we just came in June and saw the Chitra Ganesh exhibit at the Rubin before boarding our anniversary cruise to Bermuda, we decided to just take it easy and be merry for the long weekend.

NYC has so much diversity in every way. Miami and NYC are my fav cities outside of Boston, but we decided on NYC this time so that we could hit up the Bhangra night at Stage48. The energy was amazing!! Another highlight was the variety of craft cocktails with Indian spices. So yummy. We went to the comedy cellar, a skyline cruise, and a cool boozy ice cream shop. Here are some pics from the weekend.

I’m looking forward to tonight and this weekend as celebrations continue!

 

Xoxo,

-S

American

Happy birthday, America! You are the land of the free, and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to have been born and raised in such a brave country. As a Pakistani-American, Punjabi-American, American, I’m always questioning what it means to be truly American, while holding on to my home-base culture and allowing myself to feel the benefits and freeness of America. It’s important to me to have a cultural blending, so I don’t entirely miss out on the culture my family came here with, but still having the choice to decide what serves me.

What does it mean to be an American? The beauty of it is that it’s totally up to you. And that power of choice and thought in itself is ultimate freedom.

#americathough #happyfourth #free #culturalblending

Beachy Breezin in the Bahamas

Hello and good evening! Spring is finally here and the sun is shining in full force. Lately I’ve been busy with work, still putting together the house slowly…very slowy…and reconnecting with my cousins on my mom’s side, which has been really fun!

Last weekend hubbz and I took a mini cruise to the Bahamas. We’ve been on the NCL Sky several times, and return due to the great value and convenience. We only have to take Fri and Mon off from work, fly out late Thur night to Miami, and board the cruise Fri morning. On this trip we chose to spend a day at Miami Beach upon disembarking at our favorite hotel there, the Confidante.

Anyways, the cruise took us to the Bahamas – Great Stirrup Cay (cruiseline’s private island) and Nassau. We’ve been to Nassau many times, but this was our first time at Cable Beach and it was a beautiful experience! We also took a glass bottom boat cruise to explore sea life in a coral reef. The cruise was beautiful as usual, just sippin on unlimited drinks on our balcony and watching the horizon.

Some pics from Miami:

Here are some pics whilst cruising:

Hubbz and I love cruising all these years for the simple enjoyment of sitting on the balcony and discussing existential ideals of our origins on this planet. It also helps that it’s a floating hotel that enables you to island hop the world! We love gazing at the stars in the sky and looking down at the whispering waves of the ocean. It’s in those moments that we truly understand the purpose of our existence.

Well that’s about it for this post, until next time.

-XoXo, S

the last one

Hello! I’m digging up some of my old work and some include whimsical spoofs, coinciding with my love for laughter and sarcasm 😂. Here’s my poem to Aditya (my husband) this past winter:

the last one

🍶🍯

i wanted to tell
u something
but couldn’t
bring myself
to tell u

i took the
last mango
yogurt
for myself

i thought about
giving it to u

🌾🍋

but I was
selfish

i kept it
for
myself.

🍂

-sophi ‘kar

The Crescent Moon with Red Stripes

For a more serious blog post and in honor of International Women’s day, it felt about right to catharsis this poem about my life as a women with multiple international cultures. It’s probably not the most popular opinion of cultures in general, but it’s my real talk session tonight. And don’t get me wrong, I love certain elements of my international cultures!

I also want to shout out to all the women who are going through a lot lately. Stay strong! ❤

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The Crescent Moon with Red Stripes

Sweet, tender memories I hold in my youth
With grandpa and grandma, mom, dad, and sis
Gatherings of togetherness and bliss
Learning our love for the red stripes
and our origins with the mysterious crescent moon
We grew to embrace this but perhaps too soon
For years of laughter and joy faded
And those sweet memories became jaded
When mom changed my world that day
Giving others new life’s way
New faces I met, new lives with new stories
New brothers and sisters for me to hold dear
Little did I know my worst tale was near

He said it was love, that it could be real
But I felt deep within that it could not be true
For our blood ran the same, it flows deep and dark
Still he persisted, forever leaving a gashing mark
That only washed away when I met my true love
Yet it will linger on as a memory to rise above

What still remains makes my stance bewildered
Why do they still reach out to him
Knowing once what had transpired and choosing to filter
It wasn’t a game or a willful ordeal
But a tear to my being, wrapped up in zeal
Perhaps days have passed and that is the reason
That I must stay quiet even though it is piercing

This tale runs the same
In different ways and different flames
You must face alone the pain
While the perpetrators still gain

*******************************************************

Oh dear blood of our own
our brothers and sisters
You bring these twisted ideals
And expect us to kneel
As if man stands above all
Yet still the scum deserve to fall
How can you turn a blind eye
To my mother so strong
How can you choose these men
Over us women done wrong

The green and white flag
Swaying with the crescent moon and star
Should stay where you left it
It’s caused enough scars
For here in this land
Us women take what’s ours
For here in this land
The wicked must cower
For here in this land
our voice is heard.

 

xoxo,

-S

Opaloha!

Oops I definitely totally forgot to be updating my blog! It’s been a busy couple of months with hubbz and I buying our first home! We’ve traveled a lot since my last blog update. Here’s a quick rundown…

In July we took a cruise on (NCL of course) from Venice, Italy and it went to Croatia, Montenegro and the Greek islands Corfu, Mykonos, and Santorini. The cruise was called the Greek Isles Cruise. We first decided to take this trip when we went to Italy in 2016 and saw cruise ships departing out of Venice and thought we would love it, especially since we could Greek island hop! We were so right and sailing away out of Venice was majestic. We were looking forward to Santorini the most of our ports, but were delighted and surprised when we docked at Montenegro. It’s a lesser known European country and its beauty was amazing!

A memorable adventure in Santorini was walking down the stairs in the blistering sun, navigating through donkey poop! Unfortunately there was an intense heat wave during our trip. I would definitely recommend avoiding July/Aug to travel to Greece due to the heat and swarms of tourists! Now this is why we cruise like spoiled Americans, we can always hop back on the ship for some unnecessarily strong American a/c. 🤣

Anyways, looking back it was a great adventure and we truly enjoyed our cruise experience and the ports. I also must mention we got an Aft facing balcony which gave us a panoramic view of each port as soon as we arrived. We literally woke up to God rays shining on a different beautiful island every morning.

As natural foodies, we enjoyed the local fare. The branzino in Greece was delish and in Venice we grabbed some more branzino along with some yummy pasta and gelato.

Here are some pics from the Greece cruise:

Before we closed on our house, we took a trip to Hawaii. We had been there for our honeymoon but only stayed on land in Oahu, Maui, and Kauai, while we cruised on NCL. This time we knew we wanted to visit Oahu and Maui again, and stay in Honolulu as well. We had such a foodie experience with fresh local catches and nonstop mai tais. We got to make a friend in Honolulu and bonded over science, culture, and travel, which was super fun! We captured gorgeous glimpses of natural beauty. We even got to wear our Nakhre queen and Wakhra Swag tees, but I didn’t get a pic of hubbz in his, *womp womp*. Here are some pics:

Hawaii has its own unique Pacific beauty with various terrains and landscapes amongst and within all the islands. Hawaii always has a special place in my heart. 💓

Well there’s my update! Lately I’ve been focused on work and furnishing the house. So exciting!

 

Until next time. 😋

 

Xoxo,

-S

 

Recipe of the Day: Spicy Potato & Haricot Vert Curry

Happy Hump Day! Although it’s a short work week, it definitely feels like it’s dragging. Ugh! I can’t wait for the weekend; hubbz and I are off to Ohio for a family wedding. I had ordered a saree online from India, pre-stitched since I really can’t put a saree on, despite several YouTube tutorials for the modern day “ABCD,” but it hasn’t arrived yet (major ugh!). This means *back up shalwar kameez to the rescue* will have to suffice. Anyways, the sun was finally out today and I decided to make a staple vegetarian dish that my mom always makes. I totally can’t remember how to say “beans” in Urdu/Hindu, so let’s call this:

Spicy Potato & Haricot Vert Curry

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 small roasting potatoes, white (or your favorite kind), peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups Haricot Vert (French green beans)
  • 1 oz ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 small tomato, chopped
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 cup water
  • salt to taste

Note: You can get the ginger-garlic paste and curry powder at your local Indian store.

Fry onion in oil until brown. Then add ginger-garlic paste, stir, and add potatoes. Add water, curry powder, and cover to boil until potatoes are done, about 10 minutes. Add chopped tomato, and tomato paste, let cook about 2 minutes. Add French green beans and salt, cover and let cook 5-7 minutes. And you’re done!

Serve with basmati rice or roti/naan.

Total cooking time: 20 minutes

Hope you enjoyed this recipe. 😀

xoxo,

-S