If you haven’t already heard, Cake the movie has already sent ripples in the Pakistani cinema as well as the society with its strong female lead characters and lack of boy-meet- girl theme (wait, what?) – a theme more indispensable to movies these days that oxygen is to man.
Cake is a breath of fresh air for its realness as it zooms into a household being run primarily by Zareen (played by Aamina Sheikh), who looks after her ailing yet light-hearted parents (played by Mohammed Ahmed as the father and Beo Rana Zafar as the mother) while her siblings Zara (played by Sanam Saeed) and Zain (played by Faris Khalid) pursue their lives abroad.
Cake’s nucleus family of five and also the focus of the story line is a heart-warming and way too real mix of personalities from the flamboyant mother to the emotionally guarded Zareen who is way too weighed down by responsibilities to take things lightly.
A medical emergency brings not only the family together (with Zara and Zain coming home after being MIA for quite some time), but also Romeo, the son of the household's longtime Christian support staff who rose up in the world, played by Adnan Malik. What ensues is a saga of chaos, clash and love, as the different characters – all strong personalities in their own right – struggle to converge on the same wavelength and secrets that were carefully buried start rearing their head again.
Will these secrets tear this family apart? Will love be enough? Without running it for people who still haven’t watched this masterpiece we list down 5 reasons why the movie is a must-watch and gets our thumbs up!
- The film finally brings an ‘outlandish’ concept to the fore. The idea that women’s lives are so much more than looking for love, dreaming about love, crying for love, googling for love.
- The shots and visuals are as crisp and real as the script. The realism of the entire movie manages to bring down the curtain reel life and real life.
- Power-packed performances by our best Amina Sheikh and Sanam Saeed who, in their profound heart to heart sessions, give voice to the struggles all women face when it comes to personal growth and insecurities which has nothing to with a crush, love interest, rishta or marriage in general.
- The film is a profound study of the complexity of human emotions and just how hard every individual tries to strike a balance be it a man or a woman.
Money Matters – Saving Tips for Over-spenders
Do you zero out your accounts each month and go broke until the next paycheck comes in? Do you feel guilty about all those impulse purchases you could’ve done without? Sounds like you’re a chronic over-spender (like me).
While it may not be easy to spot your own overspending habits, the good news is, it’s never too late to curb your overspending. Here are 4 tips on how I started saving up.
Save up and then spend
Living from paycheck to paycheck can be tough especially when you’ve chipped away at your savings already. If you’ve got two bank accounts, the best way to make sure you don’t spend too much on unnecessary stuff is to transfer half your salary to another account and forget about it. Once you get this 50%-rule right, it’s a smooth road ahead.
Pack up some lunch for work
You never realize how much you spend on food till you start packing lunch from home. This gets not only your healthy eating habit on track but also helps save some extra cash every week. You can always treat yourself to a delicious meal on Fridays (TGIF!).
No expensive hangouts
Hanging out with friends doesn’t have to burn a hole in your pocket. As much as we all love meet-ups at swanky coffee places, it’s best to limit those high budget plans to once a month. Alternatively, you can always meet your friends for some ‘Karak chai’ at a dhaaba near you.
Maintain a spreadsheet
If you have diversified streams of income, putting down all your expenses and income in a spreadsheet is the best way to keep a tab on how much you’re spending vs. how much you’ve saved.
Got more saving tips to share? Share with us in the comments below.
Safest places for solo female travelers
If you’re a girl-on-the-go whose heels get itchy every 3 – 6 months for some globe-trotting, you’d know just how difficult it is to plan a trip. Weather, cost, visa, and convenience are some of the things every traveler has to consider in detail before planning a trip. However, one factor that bothers most female travelers is the safety of traveling alone and what places are ‘female-friendly’.
We’ve listed down 5 travel destinations that are safest for girls traveling alone along with a whole lot of fun.
Iceland ranked #1 on the Global Peace Index, a report released by the Institute for Economics and Peace gauging the peacefulness of regions and countries around the world; obviously, it had to be number one on our list too. If you’re a nature’s child, this place has several selfie-perfect attractions such as the Blue Lagoon and Northern Lights.
Also touted as the hub of fashion, food, and glamour, Italy has slowly but surely become the glamour capital of Europe. Walking on the cobbled streets of Italy lauded with culture and heritage gives a sense of empowerment and enlightenment at the same time. Florence, mainly known for its architecture, is an ideal safe place for a solo traveler who also is an undercover history, architecture and culture lover.
If you’re a clean freak with a hint of OCD, Singapore will be your playland minus the mess, obviously. With futuristic buildings, clean, and safe environment, this South East Asian beauty is the perfect place for the girl who looks for art in architecture, loves shopping and never says no to delectable cuisines.
Tim Hortons, Maple syrup, and snowstorms, there are so many reasons Canada pops up on our newsfeed but not many people know that it’s also the safest place for solo female travelers. Experience Europe for less and head to Montreal. With its scenic riverfront Old Port, history museums, an array of restaurants offering scrumptious cuisines, and old cobblestone streets leading to 17th-century buildings, Montreal gives you the European experience on a budget.
Auckland, New Zealand
Also known as the Land of the Kiwis, New Zealand is one of the most visited places by solo travelers. It is extremely safe, has breathtaking views, and so many outdoor activities to keep your itchy toes satisfied.
Which travel destination is on your list?