About me

Garam chai ki pyalli

Garam chai ki pyalli

Hi there! I’m Saima pronounced as sai-ma. It’s a Arabic name that translates to a fasting woman – just FYI.  Welcome to my duniya, my world.

I am born and raised in Holland, but my roots are pakka Pakistani. The bulb fields, which are filled with colourful flowers. cheer me up! When you think about Holland, you probably envision windmills, wooden shoes and tulips. I live in Hoofddorp that is close by huge fields, that split up into strips, filled with bright tulips, daffodils and hyacinths in the most wonderful colours. I love living in Holland.

My father is from Karachi and my mother is from Banaras, she migrated to Karachi when she was small. I work fulltime and so does my husband, we have two children, My son is 19 years old and my daughter 17. I love to spend time with my family and adore my children. I think its important to learn our kids about our desi culture, language and manners but they also need to know how to be a professional in the west and learn the best from both cultures.

My growing interest in the Desi culture (DESI means “Someone from the Indian subcontinent”) Desi food and Bollywood has inspired me to start a blog, my first blogs are about Desi chai and about typicall desi behaviour. I will also blog about the Desi kitchen, desi weddings,desi tv and Bollywood.  Bollywood is the India’s version of California’s Hollywood, but the films are a little different from typical American films. Bollywood films are mostly romantic, action or comedy, and usually have music and dance elements in films. Bollywood films are mostly set in India, but usually are filmed in other places like Europe, or Australia for scenes. Bollywood film characters are often practicing Hindus, Sikhs, or Muslims. In order to understand a lot of Bollywood film plots, it is important to be familiar in Hindu and cultural customs, and traditions. Usually films will have scenes that feature rituals, or customs that take place on a specific holiday (like the throwing of colors on Holi, or fasting for your Husband on Karva Chauth). Marriage customs are different from the west for Hindus, and often you will see lots of wedding scenes in a Bollywood film. Usually they display dancing, the painting of henna on the bride and bridesmaid’s hands, the colorful outfits, a wedding sari, and a wedding suit with turban for men.

I like ‘likes’, I love ‘comments’ and  adore followers.  Looking forward to your next visit!




24 thoughts on “About me

  1. Beautiful visuals here, Saima. I see that we have much in common. Look forward to reading more! Thanks for the follow too.

  2. Very cool! I am very Indian. My roots are in Pakistan. My mom is from Lahore and my Dad is from Sargoda. It has been a long, long dream of mine to visit my ancestral home

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  4. Hi and thanks for stopping by my blog. I live in Australia but was born in New Zealand. My dad was first generation Kiwi but for 5 generations before that they were Indian.
    Your blog sounds colourful so I’m going to follow back! 🙂 Have a great day, hugs Paula xxx

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