Fresh excitement!


There are not many things that I get highly excited about,although folks say I am easily awed by things. One such thing that has left me star struck is Iba Halalcare.

My in-laws think I am lazy. Maybe I am. I have so many things to blog about. Most of the posts flood my mind while I prepare my lunch and then just end up in the curry. I don’t know how fast the time goes by when hubby is around. And then my amazing kids fill up the remaining empty moments of my day.

In the midst of that, when our not-so-fast internet slows real bad, and I have literally nothing else to do, my post on my blog pops into my mind which I must have posted a week ago in the vastness of my mind.

So back to my point. This whole concept of fragrance was not very enticing to me until I came across this instagram profile of Iba HalalCare.

I may not be as practising in deen as I used to be but I do not waver on my principles.
And I wanted to smell nice. I don’t know,but somehow no matter how costly they might be, perfumes never really held me mid-air. So in my eternal search for nice things invented by mankind, I came across this brand. They state that their products have no alcohol or bad chemicals. They are vegan products that means no animal stuff used in it. Also no animals hurt or tested upon for their experimenting. You think it’s too good to be true? Just try them.


I ordered Iba’s kajal. It is so smooth, non-smudgy and no irritation for my sensitive eyes. It stays on for about four-five hours. And that is just fine with me.

I got tired of Pond’s pink talc powder. So I decided to order Iba’s Arabian Oudh Talc. And whoa it has got such an original thick ethnic Arabian scent to it. Me, being a huge fan of anything arabic-Arabian, loved this product like mad! It does not have a heavy feel like most talcs do. It’s scent lasts longer than any talc ever and that’s a huge Wow for me!


My skin is a little weird. I get hives on the application of any cream, soap, facial, basically anything cosmetic. Some face compacts  in between my skin. Really distressing for someone with too much exposure to sun and kitchen heat.

Hence I am looking forward to trying out products of this line/brand.
Well done Iba Halal Care! You have won me over!


Ecotrail Personal Care, a company headed by two Ahmedabad-based Jain sisters, launched in the city on Wednesday Iba Halal Care– India’s first halal cosmetics brand.

Announcing the launch of Iba Halal Care, Mauli Teli, CEO of the company, said, “We are creating an entirely new category of cosmetic products — halal cosmetic products. Halal (meaning lawful) cosmetic products are entirely hygienic, ethically manufactured products and meant for use by everyone.”

Iba Halal Cosmetics range of around 60 products includes face creams, body lotions, hair oil, shampoo, conditioners, lipsticks, kajal, soap and perfumes. “These cosmetics products are free of alcohol and are popular in countries like Saudi Arabia, Canada, the UK, Turkey, Malaysia and Indonesia. They are known as mineral makeup products in European markets,” Mauli said.

Grishma Teli, vice-president, research and development, Ecotrail, said only extracts from vegetables and fruits are used in the cosmetics products manufactured at the company’s unit in Sanand. “The source of every ingredient is researched and it is ensured that products are 100% free of non-halal ingredients such as alcohol, chemicals like sulfate, paraben and mercury and animal-derived inputs,” she said.


My hand at cooking.

My mother always told me that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Me being a typical teenager, never believed in it. But as always mamma is right!
I have finally walked my way through this huge thing called cooking. In the end, I figured out that more than the process, its the love for whom we cook that makes the best meal!!
I have learnt to enjoy cooking anything. Specially some great grand dishes. I like to try out new recipes , new cuisines.


What I have made here is Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani. As much as I have developed a great interest in eating delicious food, I also have pulled up my sleeves in making them.
This is how The biryani looks when mixed well and served.


My Best Buddy


Best friends are like diamonds. They are found very rare. They are precious and special. My best buddy is Sameen Khan. Although we live poles apart in this country we still have our friendship as strong as ever. We first met as colleagues in Saad Specialist Hospital, AlKhobar.I have had many special moments with her since then. Sameen is a true example of a perfect best friend. She is so good to confide that I can share anything with her. She is totally understanding. She is quite fashionable and has awesome sense of humour. The best thing about my friend is that she shares a lot of same interests with me. I love my love my best friend Sameen very very much!
The above sounds like a typical best friend essay. But no, every word is true in every essence. I don’t get very comfortable with everyone. But my inner circle is dearer to me than life itself. And a beautiful part of my life is Sameen. A daughter of an urdu writer and hailing from a well educated family, Sameen herself has so many beautiful qualities that are hard to find in a good friend.
We both have a passion for an adventurous and fast paced life. True there are things that are distinct to each of us, but they are as dear to us as our similarities.
The base of a solid relationship is pure selflessness. And the best formula for a well lived life is to make the most of each day by having the right people around us.
I am so grateful to God Almighty for crossing our paths and joining us together for life. My buddy deserves to have the best in this world and the hereafter.