Monthly Archives: November, 2016

TV Review: Planet Earth II: “Deserts”

Moving on from the great-but-forgettable ‘Jungles’, this latest entry in the series opens with a magnificent sandstorm reminiscent of the terrifying but awe-inspiring ones shown in Attenborough’s ‘Africa’ series. It was always going to be a great episode since there’s so much to do with deserts, from showcasing the beauty of the scenery to the surprisingly richness of the wildlife. OK, so maybe ‘richness’ is pushing it a bit, but the little life that can survive in a desert is going to be something worth seeing, for one reason or another. And ‘Deserts’ is definitely worth seeing.

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Quote of the Week #24

“The best of you are those who are best to their women.”

– The Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم

TV Review: Planet Earth II: “Jungles”

Planet Earth returns for another hour of beautiful images in ultra HD, this time focusing on glimpses in the world’s jungles.

Though I’m not taking anything away from the brilliance of the series nor the sufficiency of the episode, “Jungles” does feel a step down from the previous two episodes, if only for the reason that they were so brilliant. Aside from one or two scenes, this episode doesn’t show much that Attenborough hasn’t already given us in other documentaries.

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Quote of the Week #23

“A kind word is a form of charity.”

– The Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم

Movie Review: Jawani Phir Nahi

Title: Jawani Phir Nahi

Year: 2015

Runtime: 2h 36m

Genre: Adventure, Musical, Comedy

Cast: Hamza Abbasi, Humayun Saeed, Vasay Chaudhry

Director: Nadeem Beyg

A single divorce lawyer takes his three married friends on a vacation to escape their wives.

A Surprisingly Funny Comedy with a Heart

I’ve started to watch a lot of Pakistani movies and TV shows because I’m trying to learn the Urdu language. I’ve got a basic grasp of it but when I say basic I mean everyone-laughing-at-you-when-you-open-your-mouth kinda basic. So what better way to strengthen my level of Urdu than to combine it with one of my favourite pass-times? Movies.

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TV Review: Planet Earth II: “Mountains”

Planet Earth II’s second episode rises as high as any of the mountains showcased in it. It’s difficult not to get repetitive when describing the episode and the series as a whole. How many times can you punch in adjectives like mesmerising, majestic, stunning, gorgeous and spellbinding before you say “Just watch the damned thing!”?

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Quote of the Week #22

“Do not waste water even if you were at a running stream.”

– The Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم

TV Review: Planet Earth II: “Islands”

If you’re unfortunate enough to come across a review of mine for a nature documentary, I have to apologise for using the word ‘thing’ a lot, which is something I do. I love animals, and I love nature documentaries. But I’m terrible with the names of specific animals and locations. So I end up saying things like ‘that thing that chased that thing in that place over there’.

I’ve yet to complete Planet Earth. I’ve seen bits and pieces here and there, and a few whole episodes, but haven’t sat down to watch the series in its entirety. Still, I was thrilled to hear the series would return on Sunday 06/11/16.

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Quote of the Day #21

“If you put your whole trust in Allah, as you ought, He most certainly will satisfy your needs, as He satisfies those of the birds. They come out hungry in the morning, but return full to their nests”

– The Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم

Quote of the Day #20

“Whoever Allah wants good for him, He puts them to the test. He puts them through difficulties; like a diamond or gold that has to be burnt after which anything bad from it is removed so that what you have is the pure diamond or the pure gold…”

– The Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم