For The Love Of Chai (Tea)

chaaye khana.jpgA good restaurant is one that transports you from the humdrum of everyday life into another world – a temporary cocoon of comfort. Chaaye Khana is such a place. Recently, I got an opportunity to go there at Lucky One Mall in Karachi. I was flabbergasted to see the ambience. Usually when you hear the name of the café, you expect it be a dhaba style, and therefore same was my thought.

Chaaye Khana literally means Tea House. There are several branches of the café in Islamabad, Multan and Karachi. When I entered the premises, I was taken aback with the gorgeous space filled with soaring ceiling, dim lights, bookshelves and artistic paintings on walls. Best place for the writers where you can sit and do creative writing. Also, you can play chess over there. Read a book if you like or just spend quality time with friends.

It’s a café which specialises in brunch, tea and desserts. Breakfast is served all day with variety of options like waffles, pancakes, eggs in many styles and aloo paratha, as well as brownies, cupcakes and lava cake. I ordered croissant with egg and cheese and special tea and it was very fresh and scrumptious.

If you are ardent tea lover, this place is for you. There is a range of regular and exotic tea varieties including herbal, oolong, Kenyan estate tea, white tea, Russian caravan, spicy chai, open sesame and many others. Personally, I find the presentation of tea very unique and interesting.

Staff was amicable and great service. For good food and ambience, I will rate this place 4 out of 5.

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Marriage of Convenience

In the month of October (2010), a strange event took place which attracted the media. It became the topic of discussion for different talk shows and many were either in favor of this or showed their disagreement.

It was really a ‘marriage of convenience’ and this phrase really set well when in the mid of October a rare wedding was held.

A father in Multan sought a relative reconciliation with a unique union of three people: one young man and his two wives. The father of the groom persuaded with pride as his son went on to marry two of his cousins in the space of couple of days. The first wedding took place in full media glare and the scene was again re-shot with a minor change in detail, that being the addition of a fresh bride to replace the other bride. The father of the groom has a widowed sister and widowed sister-in-law and they both had daughters. They both were according to the Pakistani parlance ‘marriageable’ age. The boy’s father didn’t want to hurt his sister as well as his sister-in-law and therefore he came up with the idea of obliging both. After wedding the groom asked for the sponsored honeymoon from the government.

I do not understand what in the world, we live in. I mean marriage is not just to oblige anyone it is a way of connecting two individuals with the consent of Almighty Allah but we have taken this in lighter mode. It is considered to be a blissful moment in one’s life but double marriage and that also to favor someone turns a cheerful mode into a compromising mode. It is all because of less understanding of religion and trying to mould the religion according to our own convenience.