12 years ago “Life of Pi” a novel by Yann Martel was published, subsequently sold ten million copies world wide and won the Man-Booker prize and was recently adapted into a film by the same name, directed by Ang Lee. The movie, a visual treat, takes us through the spiritual and physically exterminating journey of a young boy called Pi, short for Piscine Molitor. Stranded on the Pacific for 227 days the young boy confronts hunger, starvation, a fierce tiger, a mighty storm and bravery to endure all. It soulfully depicts the understanding of religion and search of God, the spiritual evolvement in the face of limitations and hardships and how faith and inner strength gives the nerve to handle true grit.
The journey from Pondicherry to Canada was a struggle to stay afloat, develop skills to barely live, to brave out fierce animal attacks and fight natural calamities. A soulful depiction of human growth, which comes by living through adversity
12 years ago, an affluent street in Karachi, Zamzama witnessed the opening of a small bakery that comprised of a total of 15 workers, including the owner Mrs. Naila Naqvi. Trained from Singapore and Switzerland and having worked at Avari Hotels for almost a decade, Naila decided to open up a small joint serving delectable confections. Now the same team has grown ten fold, working in a dedicated kitchen spread on four floors and operating six retail outlets all over Karachi. Pie in the Sky is synonymous with rich fudgy brownies and bars, light multigrain bread and thickly layered mousse cakes.
With modest beginnings, this bakery has braved all the competition that has recently sprouted up on the Karachi gastronomical stage and stands steadfast in its aim to serve dessert enthusiasts without being too heavy on the pocket. Naila takes inspiration from books, magazines, travel and her mothers’ old recipes; devises, fine tunes and tweaks the recipes and finally shares with her kitchen staff to bulk produce for her outlets.
Generously Naila shared a recipe with me, which is certainly not meant for those with calorific intake limitations, however if you do decide to devour this you will face no hardship in falling in love with it. German Chocolate Cake has nothing to do with Germany, however the moist cake sponge, a rich topping of coconut married with evaporated milk does transport the consumer to lands far and beyond.
Whether it’s the spiritually high-strung bravery on the Pacific in the “Life of Pi” or an intense delish treat originally from across the Atlantic shared by “Pie in the Sky” both deserve a soulful viewing and sinful experience.