Hey there,

My name is Insha Bukhari and I’m the bantering writer/photographer/champion cook behind Hunger & Haw Hai. Have a mosey around and you’ll find easy, modern takes on some of my favorite classics from around the world, plus plenty of social commentary and satire about life in my lovely city of Lahore because, why not?

The truth is, being an adult is hard, you guys, and most of the time I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing. So, I cook to calm the nerves, I talk to soothe the soul, and in a complex life, I find comfort in simple food. 

Since I started writing here back in 2012, Hunger & Haw Hai has grown to become one of Pakistan’s favorite food blogs, which, when I’m not running after the kids, makes me feel like kind of a boss. 

I’m crazy about cats, traveling, extreme organization, and hunky bartenders who call me Love. Also, I truly believe that the foundation of a happy marriage is built on separate bathrooms. And even though I’ll never say no to fancy-pants meal, if I could, I’d eat Chipotle for breakfast, lunch, and dinner everyday, for the rest of my life.

Finally, I don’t have any professional training. Or a Nigella-style library of cookbooks. Or a sleek Italian kitchen…yet. But I do love food, so trust my taste-buds and welcome to Hunger & Haw Hai!

Dedicated to my kids,for alarming me out of being a sloth.

Hunger & Haw Hai would not be possible without the limitless bullsh*t tolerance of my husband and my mother. 



  1. Absolutely loving the mad narratives in your posts. And you write like you talk - completely free. So refreshing!

    I'm in the process of getting another friend to hooked on to the posts - starting with 'The Story of the Missing Diamond'! :D

    keep scribbling!

  2. Yay! I'm thrilled that I have readers all the way in Dusseldorf :) Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more kahaniyan!

    For all things art, check out Saira's crazy cool blog The s.a. Project at http://thesaproject.wordpress.com/

  3. loved your rant about Baraamda.....sitting here in Dusseldorf, it just made my day a bit less German!

    1. Sarwat, wow, let me first thank you for reading Hunger & Haw Hai all the way in Dusseldorf! Very exciting! To be honest, I hate bashing anyone's business, but Baraamda just really rubbed me the wrong way. Either way,I'm thrilled that you enjoyed it and that it gave your day a desi touch. Take care and let me know if you have any requests xx

    2. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.