Meet Bilal Hassan (IG @mystapaki) from Karachi – Doctor, Traveler, Blogger, Visionary! Bilal shares WHY it’s so important for every single person – especially Pakistanis – to travel, even if you can only afford to travel within your own country. Also, how can we promote tourism within Pakistan and change outside perceptions of this great country? Tune in and let’s talk!
“I’m the great Scottish king who fought against the English tyranny!” , eloquently pronounced by the young and expressive Ammaz, as an impersonation of William Wallace. In this podcast, Habib speaks with Ammaz, who is a 23 year old living a life full of new embraces, adventure and soulful growth, and the enjoy a brilliant and witty conversation.
What is the first thing you think of when you hear the country Scotland?… hmmmm..maybe green scenery, bagpipes or Mel Gibson starrer, Braveheart. Whatever comes to your mind, this podcast will expand the horizons based on Ammaz’s living experience. Based on his experience, Scotland was highly education driven, culturally embracing and ultimately welcoming. He takes us on his journey to further his education in Scotland and pursue his degree in management. After completing his education in Scotland, Ammaz moves back to Islamabad after 4 years. During this duration one may wonder, will I blend well into my home country? How much has it changed? How will these changes affect my life? During his move, these questions were raised and answered.
As Ammaz landed 5 AM in Islamabad, the first thing he encounters is the smog in the early morning hours. Traveling from the airport to his parents home he observes the new building infrastructure for new businesses and apartments. His first impression is growth and expansion. He later describes his euphoria for Pakistani women having the ability to handle themselves and joining the work force and the notable affordability. There were a number of exciting points, which he discusses and is eagerly looking forward to. In just a few adjectives, Ammaz is happy and excited to experience this new modern culture. He is hopeful for a bright future, living in this modern mindset and looking for even more growth and even more acceptance of new ideas for all communities in Pakistan.
This podcast is both fun and informative as we travel from small town Stirling, Scotland to Islamabad, Pakistan. Ammaz shares his experiences, expectations and future goals with Habib. They share some laughs and jokes and overall guarantee a good time.
We feature 2 guests from London today – Kainaat (19, born and raised in London) and Saif (22, born in Pak, moved to London at age 14). We talk a little about life in the U.K., ups and downs of growing up in the west with a Pakistani background, religious extremism, and other tidbits.
Music: “Dance of the Zinger” by Jake Kaufman (OcRemix)
In our second Urdu-based episode, we bring 4 guests on board to discuss the Big 3 of Pakistan – Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad! Meet Noor from Karachi, Saneela from Lahore, and Shahrukh and Hina (husband and wife) from Islamabad. Tune into this meme-filled episode full of random jokes, and (maybe) learn a little from us!
Music Credit: Snack Time by The Green Orbs, Madcap Magma OcRemix by Fxsnowy and Skrypnyk
Today we have 2 guests – Maha (Canada) and Dan (U.S.) to talk to us about health and fitness issues in the Pakistani community. Perceptions of health, as well as reasons why we don’t work out enough, and why uncles and aunties just can’t manage to lose weight – it’s all discussed here! This conversation has both fun and serious elements!
Meet Sara, 24 year old Pakistani from Hong Kong. Born in HK, and travels to various countries including occasionally to Pakistan. In this half-hour chit-chat, Sara shares her perspective on living in HK, learning Cantonese/Mandarin, careers and options for women, and lots of other things!
In this episode we go deep into the massive subject that is marriage, specifically in the context of Pakistani/desi culture, and to help us answer a specific question: is there a ‘perfect age’ to get married? Why do more singles want to wait before getting married now? Is getting married early really a ‘bad thing’ or ‘wasting your 20s’? How can you deal with parents that pressure you into marriage? Come listen to our chatter around this ocean of a subject.
Today we talk to Myra (from New York) and Hassan (from Dubai). Myra, Hassan and I are going to scrape the surface on a hard-hitting topic: depression and mental illness among the Pakistani and South Asian communities. We know we will not be able to solve any problems with this episode, but hoping it can start a much-needed discussion.