Apparently all I needed to get out of my mood was some girlie time. Last night I got to do a sleepover at lovely D’s place and felt much better after some heart to heart discussions on life, religion, clothes and careers. Also got a head massage and watched a romantic comedy (The Sweetest Thing) and some episodes of How I Met Your Mother. Needless to say I came back feeling energized today.

That said, the spiritual quest continues and I came across a very popular blog that only I was probably unaware of before: Achelois: Raw and Uncut. Her older blog where she does not write anymore is mainly on Islam and women, and even though I am not always sure what she is arguing for or whose side she is on, I have been avidly reading it. Like I said, I don’t understand her views enough to know whether I relate to them or not but I have enjoyed reading a very tolerant Muslim’s posts. I like her fascination with other religions and her completely non-conformist way of being a Muslim. Her attitude is very different from what I did when I felt frustrated with Islamic ideas and the role they wanted me to play. It seems that she delved deeper into texts and history whereas I just avoided it. It doesn’t help that I don’t believe in one single logical truth that explains Islamic laws and history as logic is used by many religions to justify worldviews. Coming from both Sunni and Shite sects, I have seen both sides give their irrefutable proofs.

I guess I just decided that I’ll find my own way that didn’t have to be sanctioned by a scholar of the 18th century. After all, if I am going to answer to God for what I made of my life, how can I tell Him that I lived it half-heartedly because I thought that was what He wanted, and at the same time wondered how He could want that? What if He asks me why I followed what I felt was not right even if it was in His name?

For more coherent thoughts and a beautiful post, read Achelois’ ‘The Shepherd and the Soldier‘.

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Blog Review No 2

This time I shall start with more classic blogs. The Artsaypunk is a guy who I used to read way back in 2005. He’s Canadian and used to live in Pakistan then; and my were his posts hilarious. The truth is that although I like to type ‘lol’, I dont usually laugh out loud when reading. But this guy had me laughing out loud in the office which was pretty embarassing. Although he doesn’t blog too frequently anymore, I recommend going around there to check out his old stuff. I used to love his writings on Karachi, so much so, that I got all nostalgic and went to Pakistan to work for awhile.

Another one from those times is iamwatercolor who writes amazing poetry; and it all looks so effortless and easy. I also recommend reading her old stuff because she doesn’t seem to be writing there anymore.

Having got hooked on to Xeb‘s blog, I am linking it for providing fun and frequent insight into her life. Very very relatable and well-written, she totally entertains and charms.

For those non-Pakistani readers interested in Pakistani politics (and yes I know you are), nothing can beat Fiverupees. Three guys in three different countries giving you an earful of their well-articulated opinions. The discussions that happen in the comments section are even better than the posts sometimes so head over there now and get informed. Along the same lines, I am going to recommend Cyril Almeida, a Dawn (Pakistani newspaper) editorial writer and op-ed columnist who is very well informed and  also provides good insight into issues.

Now for those readers who are interested in Middle Eastern politics and especially Lebanese politics, head over to Deen Sharp‘s blog. From the days when we went to university together and barely discussed politics, Deen has continued to be a well-travelled and well-read guy. Good to read your stuff  in the blogging world dude. Head over there if you would like to read about another part of the world from someone who lives there but can present it to you in a familiar way.

That’s it for round 2 folks. Enjoy.

My favourite posts of all time

This post has been a long time in the making because I had been thinking of adding the blogs that I read on the blogroll below and also reviewing them at the same time. So I will start at the beginning with the very first blog I started reading. Which also naturally leads me to one of the best posts of all time.

I started reading Jammie’s Jar in 2005. She is an incredible writer (content as well as style wise), who really inspired me through her life and writings and whose blog has been a companion in my life since. Dungeons and dragons is one of her most awesome posts dating from back then. I guess it struck a chord then and it has just stayed with me.

Now for the next topic, babies are boring, right? I would agree generally and claim that there are some exceptions here and there. Which is why it is so surprising that I got hooked on Jammie’s baby blog so fast. And then some more. I suggest reading a few baby blogs here and there because if you are planning on having kids someday, it’s good to know how these different moms feel. It certainly gave me a sneak preview of all the stuff I had no idea about and I am grateful for that. I think the decision to have a baby will be a much more informed one now rather than something that just happens to me. The other incredible role model mommy is the Mad Momma. Totally mad and totally amazing in her own right because no one compares to her. She writes about a variety of issues and just to give you a taste, I am linking to another most fabulous post of all time: Jasmine at Midnight. It is such a good read, I’m not even going to describe it.

Next come all those whom I discovered through Jammie, including Khizzy and Post2am. There is definitely something very special about Khizzy and her blog which is probably why I hear it is so famous. Even though our lives are pretty different and I can’t always relate to her, it is wonderful to hear about pretty much everything she does and cheer her along the way. I am also just going to link to  an all-time favourite post by Post2am called Keys to happiness. Struck a chord with me and she tells it like it is and so well.

I’m not done but this is all I’m going to write for now. Yes this is only blogs’ review part 1, and who knows what else I may feel like reviewing when I’m in the mood.