Fateful Friday (Short Story)

The pale thin man with glasses sat on the table near the road reading a newspaper. As I brought him his tea I glanced at the headlines “Bomb kills 40, injures 85”. “Another bomb” I thought, “Another bomb taking lives, ripping families apart.”

I must have lingered there longer than usual because the man put down the paper and looked at me. “What’s your name?” he asked. He had a kind voice.

“Sher Khan” I told him.

“Shouldn’t you be in school?”

“I study in the evening shift and work in the morning” I answered him.

“Good, study hard and do something worthwhile for your country.” I smiled weakly. That’s what my father used to tell me.

I cleaned up the empty tables and waited for more customers. After I finished my work I asked my boss for some money as I wanted to call home. My boss liked to act tough but he was actually a big man with a soft heart.

I remember when I came to him for a job he had only managed to ask one question “Where is your father?” When he had heard my answer he didn’t ask any more questions, instead he told me to come the next day sharp at 8am. I had been working with him ever since.

He gave me the money to call home but told me he was noting it down and would cut it from my pay. In the six months I had been with him he had always paid my salary in full.

I called home and my younger sister picked up the phone. Whenever I would phone she would scream in excitement “It’s Sheru Bhai, it’s Sheru Bhai” and hand the phone to my mother. My mother asked me her usual questions about whether I was eating well and looking after myself. I asked if Bano and Umer Khan were doing well in their studies. Satisfied that all was well, I hung up.

I arrived at my aunt’s house for lunch before going for my classes. She was talking to her youngest daughter and was laughing. She looked so much like my father especially when she laughed.

I remember my father laughing like that when I came first in an English speech contest in school. Some parents used to say it was favoritism because my father was the principal of the school but he knew how hard I had worked. My father used to play a game with me to improve my English. He would look up a difficult word from the dictionary and explain to me the meaning, then ask me to use it in a sentence.

“Sher Khan, have your food, what are you thinking?” My aunt’s voice shook me out of my reverie.

“It’s getting late, it’s Friday today, you have to go for prayers.” Her voice quivered as she said the last word.

I had forgotten it was Friday and this surprised me, because how could I forget the consequences a certain Friday had on my life 5 years ago?

I had fever and a bad cough and my mother had refused to send me with my father for prayers. “Please, Ammi let me go, I’m OK” I insisted. I loved going with my father everywhere especially for prayers. I would hang around with him afterwards when he talked with the others. Lately the talk had become very serious about the worsening law and order situation.

“You can wait for your father here but you can’t go” my mother had told me sternly.

I sat there and waited, but he never came back.


This story has been written for The Speakeasy #146 where the last line had to be “I sat there and waited, but he never came back.” and some reference was to be given to the video clip C is for Contrafibularity.


Lucky Number

“What’s your lucky number going to be?” asked me the girl sitting next to me at the licensing office.

“What do you mean?” I had completed my driving classes and was waiting for my turn to appear in the test.

“I mean how many attempts will it take you to pass?” she answered, “I heard of a man who passed on the 26th attempt.”

“26th??? Is that even possible?” Every time you fail you have to do more driving classes and then reappear in the test. I was sure she was making this up just to rattle me.

Fresh with this bit of information I went in to appear in the test.

The first time I made a mistake backing out the car.

The second time I made a mistake turning left.

The third time I messed up on the roundabout.

The fourth time I bungled up the U turn.

The fifth time I didn’t make any mistake and I passed. I guess my lucky number was 5.

I think it’s quite likely that someone made 26 attempts. I admire his resilience and determination but I hope I never meet him on the road. 🙂

Daily Prompt: Your Day are Numbered

  1. 26 | Momma Said There’d Be Days Like This
  2. Ah, The Lonely People | The Jittery Goat
  3. Stop that Wrecking Train | THE OVERCOMING
  4. DP Daily Prompt: Your Days are Numbered | Sabethville
  5. 26 | Life Love Lily
  6. Twenty six | Sue’s Trifles
  7. Daily Prompt: Your Days are Numbered | niennie
  8. S. Thomas Summers: Writing with some Ink and a Hammer | Rusted Steel and Jagged Fang
  9. Turning into it | Phelio a Random Post a Day
  10. 26 Things at 26 | 52 Miles per Month
  11. Giving my 26 weary bones a time-out in a New York minute « psychologistmimi
  12. Check Yourself | The Photo Faith Challenge
  13. The Things | Muhammad Saif Ali
  14. Why a Boat? | Exploratorius | Photo Hack & Curious Wanderer
  15. Daily Prompt: Your Days are Numbered | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  16. Strength in Numbers | The Zombies Ate My Brains
  17. Daily Prompt: Your Days Are Numbered | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  18. The 26th Day Of The Year | Ako Si Ehm Blog
  19. That’s All Folks | Charron’s Chatter
  20. Irony, Humility and the Workings of God | meanderedwanderings
  21. Daily Prompt: Your Days are Numbered | Basically Beyond Basic
  22. January 26: My Days are Numbered | theempathyqueen
  23. January 26: My Days as a Mom are Numbered | theempathyqueen
  24. The Numbers Game | LenzExperiments
  25. January 26, 08:26am | The Playground
  26. Too young to be a Parent- Daily Prompt | The River Mom
  27. Daily Prompt: Your Days are Numbered [Going to Work] | sixty, single and surviving
  28. 26 | lulubellaloveslife
  29. Your Days are Numbered: The sacred & unutterable name of God | Khana’s Web
  30. What I Hoped For | Flowers and Breezes
  31. What’s with Math? | THE MARRIED MAN WHO LOVES HIS X
  32. Daily Prompt: Your Days are Numbered (26) | My Outlook on the World
  33. The Mechanics of Math | Green Embers
  34. Busy at 26 | fingerprintwriting
  35. 26 | My Little Avalon
  36. The Flu Gremlins | Fictionalism

How to make a felt rose

This is something I enjoy doing in the house. Felt is a wonderful material and you can make lovely things out of it very easily. Here is one of them…

Hair clips decorated with felt flowers

Hair clips decorated with felt flowers

Draw a circle on a piece of felt using a CD

20140125_181305Draw a spiral inside the circle.

20140125_181808Cut out the circle and then cut along the spiral leaving the end open.

20140125_182121Shape the petals by cutting in a V shape at intervals all along one of the edges.

20140125_182259Start rolling the piece from the tail end

20140125_182607Secure the end at the back of the flower using a glue gun. The finished flower will look like this.

20140125_183714Glue the flower to hair clips or head bands for fabulous homemade accessories!

Daily Prompt: Teach Your (Bloggers) Well

  1. Life Is Messy | The Photo Faith Challenge
  2. Consider teacher turnover rate when choosing a school | DCMontreal: Blowing the Whistle on Society
  3. 5 Sneaky Ways to Teach Your Children Organizational Habits | Organize Professionally
  4. Eulogy Heard By Nobody | The Jittery Goat
  5. Photo tips for watery bloggers | Exploratorius | Photo Hack & Curious Wanderer
  6. DP Daily Prompt: Teach Your(Blogger) well | Sabethville
  7. Blogging for small business owners | Now Have At It!
  8. A Teacher for Life | Retrofocus
  9. What do you know? | Sue’s Trifles
  10. What a Man can be Must Be | Rose-tinted Rambles
  11. Making Chocolate Fridge Roll – Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  12. Regifting | An Advice Column
  13. Magick Within | Shrine of Hecate – Ramblings of a New Age Witch
  14. How to Change the Loo Roll | The Zombies Ate My Brains
  15. Research Leads to Believability | I Read Encyclopedias for Fun
  16. 3 Ways to Survive Bullying « Mon Cache
  17. Refinement and Thirst | A Teacher’s Blog
  18. S. Thomas Summers | A Teacher’s Unusual Duties: Up, Up, and Away
  19. Daily Prompt: Teaching « Vicariously Poetic
  20. (Daily Prompt) : Just Look and See Your Surroundings | bambangpriantono
  21. Torpe: The Unrequited Love Lover | Daily Prompt: Teach Your (Bloggers) Well | likereadingontrains
  22. my purpose | peacefulblessedstar
  23. Solving Sudoku Puzzle | all my likes
  24. Daily Prompt: teach your bloggers… | jesus was a primate
  25. Daily Prompt: Teach Your (Bloggers) Well | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  26. Daily Prompt: Teach Your Bloggers Well | Not The Sword But The Pen
  27. I couldn’t think of a thing | Hope* the happy hugger
  28. Daily prompt: How to show kindness to your fellow man | Life’s So Sweet
  29. In the Grip of Winter Exhaustion | BAReed Writing, Business Writing
  30. It’s All Greek . . . Eh, Hebrew to Me! | meanderedwanderings
  31. MOD | Charron’s Chatter
  32. Daily Prompt: How To | This Blog Needs A Title
  33. Daily Prompt: Molding Minds Every Day | Being HIS Light in a Dark World
  34. Making Easy, Organic and Effective Bug Spray For You Garden | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  35. Starry, starry night – how to find Taurus the Bull | Slow and steady
  36. A Few Tips | Flowers and Breezes
  37. My Morning Science Experiment | The Silver Leaf Journal
  38. Socratic Dialogue, How to Write/Daily Prompt | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  39. Lessons Learned | The Land Slide Photography
  40. Don’t let the darkness take over | From One Crazy Life To Another
  41. Daily Prompt: Teach Your (Bloggers) Well | The Wandering Poet
  42. Teach Your (Bloggers) Well | Willow’s Corner
  43. 10 Simple Tips On Blogging From The Heart | A Sober Head Full Of Confusion
  44. You Live, You Learn | Steve Says….
  45. Recipe w/Pics: What To Do With A Ripe Papaya | Aisha’s Oasis
  46. Teach Your (Bloggers) Well | The Nameless One

Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

Unexpected pairing. Did someone move the Pyramids of Giza into the city? Are the Pyramids surrounded by trees and street lights? No, not really, they’re still where they’re supposed to be, in the desert. I took this shot from a hotel I was staying in next to the Pyramids. I thought it was interesting because it showed the famous Pyramids in a different light 🙂


Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

  1. My.Vivid.Visions | Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition – Pleasant and Foggy
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Ese’ s Voice
  3. Friday photo challenges, WordPress and Photo Friday |
  4. Juxtaposition (Weekly Photo Challenge) | Icezine
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition (I) | Uncle Spike’s Adventures
  6. Weekly Photo Challenge – Juxtaposition | Chittle Chattle
  7. Giant’s shelf | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  8. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | JGTravels
  9. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Life of A Fallen Angel
  10. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Flickr Comments
  11. Weekly Photo Challenge – Juxtaposition | Just Snaps
  12. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtapostion | Ohm Sweet Ohm
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | This, that and the other thing
  14. Juxtaposition | Beyond the Brush
  15. St. Paul’s and The Millennium Bridge | thoughtsofrkh
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | The Eclectic Eccentric Shopaholic
  17. WPC: Juxtaposition | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  18. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Les Petits Pas de Juls
  19. The Circus Insulted My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  20. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition #iphoneography | Captured With My Phone, iPhoneography
  21. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | autopict
  22. Caged |Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Ireland, Multiple Sclerosis & Me
  23. Dal Lake on a Misty Morning, Kashmir | Life is a Vacation
  24. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition – Joy and Woe
  25. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | alienorajt
  26. Photoworld 24-1-14 | ~~~ nur ein “Klick” ~~~ ein Kompendium
  27. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition / WhoS the boss? | marthalisek
  28. weekly photo challenge: Juxtaposition | Del’s other stuff…
  29. Juxtaposition | Detours by Deepali
  30. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Tricia Booker Photography
  31. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Mara Eastern’s Personal Blog
  32. Juxtaposition | “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”
  33. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | MixerUpper.com
  34. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | The Human Rights Warrior
  35. The Windmills of Consuegra | East of Málaga
  36. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Wind Against Current
  37. Day 14: Snow Leopard, Dublin Zoo | Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Dublin + 1 picture = 365 days!
  38. Weekly Photo Challenge: Strange Bedfellows in Moyogalpa | Rewired and Retired in Nicaragua
  39. Weekly Photo Challenge – Juxtaposition | Perceptive Pot Clueless Kettle
  40. The Daily Post: Juxtaposition. | decocraftsdigicrafts
  41. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | ILEANA PARTENIE
  42. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | nancy merrill photography
  43. 152 | jotpegi.me
  44. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | imagination
  45. JUXTAPOSING ELEMENTS | bluebrightly
  46. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | A Well Seasoned Life
  47. Juxtaposition | Thin spiral notebook
  48. Juxtaposition | de Wets Wild
  49. weekly photo challenge: juxtaposition | Curls n Skirls
  50. Play for me | Kaleidoscope
  51. WPC – Juxtaposition | The numpty with a camera and a laptop
  52. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Elämän katupeili
  53. Weekly Photo Challenge:Juxt-A-what?! | LenzExperiments
  54. Weekly Photo Challenge : Juxtaposition of Old with New | Albatz Gallery & Blog
  55. weekly photo-challenge-juxtaposition | patriciaddrury
  56. Weekly Photo Challenge – Juxtaposition | Joe’s Musings
  57. Weekly Photo Challenge: Family | Ruined for Life: Phoenix Edition
  58. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | khaula mazhar
  59. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Hope* the happy hugger
  60. DON’T FENCE ME IN | Serendipity
  61. Jesus is better than a Superbowl Ring | Making Life an Art
  62. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | TRAVEL WORDS
  63. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | A Wilderness of Words
  64. Weekly Photo Challenge – Juxtaposition | Lins Doodles
  65. Steve Says….
  66. Like A Fish Out Of Water… | Steve Says….
  67. Weekly Photo Challenge: Arte Voyeur | artishorseshit
  68. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Jinan Daily Photo
  69. Weekly Photo Challenge / B4 Retouch: Juxtaposition (A (no) Camping) | What’s (in) the picture?
  70. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Here & Abroad
  71. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | mattvonp
  72. Juxtaposition | Life Of A Cosmetologist!
  73. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Irregular Ventilator
  74. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | 2812 photography
  75. Juxtaposition: A Photo Essay | Thirdeyemom
  76. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Shannon’s Creative Work
  77. EXAMPLES OF JUXTAPOSITIONS | Francine In Retirement
  78. Cool linkage at summer | Le Drake Noir
  79. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | stenoodie
  80. Juxtaposition | follow your nose
  81. WordPress weekly photo challenge: Juxtaposition | Milka Pejovic
  82. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | From My Horizon
  83. The Beach Scene | Nature on the Edge
  84. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition, Take Two | Wind Against Current
  85. A GAME « MY WALL
  86. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxaposition | Grit & Satin
  87. Juxtaposition | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  88. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | What Is It?!?
  89. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Crystal Nuding
  90. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition, Or: The Divi-divi Remnant | Polymathically
  91. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Retired2Travel
  92. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Mommy in Bonlee
  93. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Pilot Fish
  94. Weekly photo challenge: Juxtaposition | Let the great wheels spin
  95. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Musings
  96. Woodland Juxtaposed | Jaspa’s Journal
  97. Photo of the Day | Elements of Thought
  98. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition, Or: There’s A Tiger On The Wall! | Polymathically
  99. Austin Is a Town of Continual Juxtaposition | Vanishing Austin
  100. WPC – Juxtaposition | alien shores
  101. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Journeyman
  102. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition, Or: Sabertooth Skull In The City | Polymathically
  103. DP Photo Challenge – Juxtaposition | the intrinsickness
  104. The Boys | Eyes to Heart
  105. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)
  106. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | The Approximate Yogi
  107. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Creative Mind
  108. Oddly Juxtaposed | The Urge To Wander
  109. Photo-challenge-juxtaposition #photography #poetry | Moondustwriter’s Blog
  110. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Different Isn’t Wrong, It’s Just Different
  111. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Liv(e) Photography
  112. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition – Expected Bedfellows | Taking One Day At A Time
  113. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | dirtylittlerunnergirl
  114. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Photographs by James Collett
  115. Behind the Door | EclipseOfTheMoon
  116. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Occasional Stuff
  117. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition « colderweather
  118. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition – A Strange Combination | Taking One Day At A Time
  119. Juxtapositions – industry vs. nature? | NWNL Blog
  120. Jarring Juxtapositions | Love in the Spaces
  121. Juxtaposition | Papaya Pieces
  122. Weekly Photo Challenge : Juxtaposition / Color? | bambangpriantono
  123. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | At least we made it this far…
  124. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | six degrees photography
  125. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | For the Love of Living Things
  126. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | The Ambitious Drifter
  127. Lady & the Cat | Mary J Melange
  128. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Lipgloss and a Backpack
  129. Weekly Photo Challenge : Juxtaposition « Jejak-jejak yang Terserak
  130. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Cee’s Photography
  131. juxtaposition – New York City Buildings | Outreach
  132. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | @ The West Gate
  133. Weekly Photo Challenge – Juxtaposition « LargeSelf
  134. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Snapshots & Smiles
  135. Thousand Suns And The Ocean.. | A Journey Called Life …
  136. WPC: Juxtaposition | dadirridreaming
  137. Beauty and a Beastly Background | Babsje Heron
  138. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Brian Mok
  139. Juxtaposition | Drops of Ink
  140. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition « Life With Mike and Lindy
  141. weekly photo challenge: juxtaposition | Musings of a Random Mind
  142. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Foto de Moto
  143. WPC – Juxtaposition (Re-Posted) | alien shores
  144. Juxtaposition & Surprise :Weekly Photo Challenges | Canadian Travel Bugs
  145. Weekly Photo Challenge: JUXTAPOSITION | eagerexplorer
  146. Juxtaposition: Weekly Photo Challenge | Destino
  147. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Ripples of Truth
  148. Out of place | Elizabeth Krall Photos
  149. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Edge of the Forest
  150. Juxtaposition | Life on the Golden Rock
  151. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Southern Sea Muse
  152. Juxtaposition | Ellen Gregory
  153. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Memory Catcher
  154. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition (New Pine Cones) | Points of View
  155. Juxtaposition (I) | The Beauty Along the Road
  156. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Mama Cormier
  157. Weekly Photo Challenge : Juxtaposition | Memories are made of this
  158. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Travel-Stained
  159. THE SKY TAKES IT | Serendipity
  160. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Moonlight Reflections
  161. Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Juxtaposition | Something to Ponder About
  162. [WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGES] Juxtaposition. | Fathia’s little cave
  163. Juxtaposition- weekly photo challenge | pdjpix
  164. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Nola Roots, Texas Heart
  165. Juxtapostition: January 25, 2014 | Through the Eye of Bastet
  166. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | A New Day
  167. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | tagnoue
  168. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | littlegirlstory
  169. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Leona J. Atkinson-Inspirational Writer
  170. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Sin Polaris
  171. Juxtaposition of “Responses” | marsowords
  172. Juxtaposition | The Syllabub Sea
  173. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Shoot ‘N Go
  174. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Tim Wolverson – Photo Blog
  175. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Untold Contemplation
  176. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition (Rotterdam) | What’s (in) the picture?
  177. WPC: Juxtaposition | blueberriejournal
  178. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | picture-bandit
  179. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | My Sardinian Life
  180. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | Photography Journal Blog
  181. Weekly Photo Challenge-Juxtaposition | WoollyMuses
  182. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition | YSalma
  183. Weekly Photo Challenge : Juxtaposition | Scramble thoughts
  184. Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition (II) | Uncle Spike’s Adventures
  185. Weekly Photo Challenge : Juxtaposition | Retirement and beyond

Blurb for my novel

Mary Ann struggles to adjust in her new life working as a house maid far away from her own country and family. She has to contend with the callousness of her employer, the competition from the other maid, the sullen Nurul and the overtures of the handsome driver next door Rahul as she tries to focus on the reason for leaving her son – to earn enough to give him a comfortable life. The little boy Youssef who she takes care of and reminds her of her son becomes her only solace. Will she survive the two years she has signed up for?

I had this idea for a novel some time ago and had started writing but somehow I stopped. Thanks to my friend Silverleaf I have started again and aim to complete it this year.

Daily Prompt: BYOB(ookworm)

  1. Daily Prompt: BYOB(ookworm) | A Room of One’s Own
  2. Sharp Pencil | The Jittery Goat
  3. Malala’s books | Daily Prompt: BYOB(ookworm) | Ireland, Multiple Sclerosis & Me
  4. Daily Prompt « My journey to qualify for the Boston Marathon…and everything in between…
  5. Girl In The Blue Scarf | Sanjuro Tokage Experiments in Writing
  6. DP Daily Prompt: BYOB(ookworm) | Sabethville
  7. The Best Book I Never Read | AS I PLEASE
  8. The Waterman’s Bible | Exploratorius | Photo Hack & Curious Wanderer
  9. Daily Prompt: BYOB(ookworm) | The Wandering Poet
  10. BYOB(ookworm) or Drink From My Cup | Finale to an Entrance
  11. Daily Prompt: BYOB(ookworm) | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  12. Essence | My Little Avalon
  13. What are you reading? | Raspberry’s Daydreams
  14. setting | yi-ching lin photography
  15. Daily Prompt: Books | 18 million pixels
  16. Judge it by the cover! | Sue’s Trifles
  17. Daydreaming | Butterfly Mind
  18. Orion 83 – A Path to Enlightenment | L5GN
  19. Beauty of Books | Mishe en Place
  20. Musy the Sputterfly | marjanitalarosa
  21. Dance with the Rain
  22. Time Determines the Heart | The Photo Faith Challenge
  23. Daily Prompt: BYOB(ookworm) | Awl and Scribe

Be Nice

Once upon a time long ago before I was married I had gone to the market with my sister and mother for some shopping. We used to live just across the market and all we had to do was to cross the road and there we were. So one day we were on one of our frequent jaunts when I spotted a boy walking barefoot. I went up to him and told him to come with me. I took him to a shoe shop and told him to check his size. The salesman and the boy were both looking at me as if I was mad. After some insistence on my part he tried on the shoes and when he was happy with a pair I paid for them. The boy quickly ran off without saying a word. The salesman then turned to me and said

“It’s no use Miss, he’ll sell the shoes to buy food and tomorrow you’ll see him barefoot again.”

“OK Mr Wise Guy” I thought to myself and didn’t say because I was still in that Be Nice mode.

“Let’s just give him a chance. At least he won’t be barefoot for a day in this cold.”

Daily Prompt: Nice Is as Nice Does

  1. To Serve Mankind | The Jittery Goat
  2. Daily Prompt: Nice Is as Nice Does | Under the Monkey Tree
  3. The Everyday Sexism Project, Caesar and John Lennon | AS I PLEASE
  4. Nice – very nice 🙂 | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  5. Kids get to me faster than anyone | From One Crazy Life To Another
  6. Kindness | My Little Avalon
  7. DP Daily Prompt: Nice Is as Nice Does | Sabethville
  8. Host | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  9. Is it false to be nice? | Unlocking The Inner Creative
  10. The Daily Post: Nicety Nice : SiegMom
  11. Violins, cars and stereos: Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  12. 365 days of defiance
  13. Daily Prompt: Nice is as Nice Does | Thoughts of an INFP
  14. Daily prompt: Nice as nice does | The Wandering Poet
  15. Nice is as Nice Does – Daily Prompt « My journey to qualify for the Boston Marathon…and everything in between…
  16. Daily Prompt: Nice Is as Nice Does | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  17. smile | yi-ching lin photography
  18. Daily Post: Nice is as Nice Does | a Portia Adams adventure
  19. DP Challenge Nice Is as Nice Does/ Helping Hand | Living and Lovin
  20. Daily prompt: nice is as nice does | ferwam
  21. DP challenge: Kindness | Busy Mind Thinking
  22. stumbled | Musings from a practical mystic
  23. Nice Is as Nice Does | The Nameless One
  24. Another Moment of Kindness | Geek Ergo Sum
  25. Tell us about the nicest thing you’ve ever done. | LiteralGospel
  26. Daily Prompt: Being Nice | Paul Davis
  27. A Treat Dispenser… | Haiku By Ku
  28. Daily Prompt: Nice as Nice Does | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  29. Act of Kindness to change the World. | Chimerical Chicanery
  30. Body Dysmorphia | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  31. If I Had a Pass | A Good One
  32. Daily Writing Prompt | My Moment of Kindness | Sam Wight’s Blog
  33. Daily Prompt: Nice Is as Nice Does | Awl and Scribe
  34. Man’s Best Friend | L5GN

I live in a city (Poem)

I live in a city where

There are flowers but no butterflies

Where a mall can boast snow and ice

And rain induced falls from the skies.

I live in a city where

There are people next door I never see

Where family is far but visitors aplenty

And people in malls just let you be.

I live in a city where

Records are broken with a tip of a hat

Highest, tallest, biggest this, largest that

And wrongdoings are dealt with stat.

I live in a city where

You can live all your life and not belong

You go to a hotel, bring your maid along

And laws are equal for weak and strong.

I live in a city where

Designer shoes and bags are the norm

The humblest person can soon transform

And a little bit of rain is called a storm.

I live in a city where

I’ll move on from in a matter of time

This city will evolve to its most sublime

And someone else will write this rhyme.

*All photographs taken by by the author/poet

Daily Prompt: We Built This City

  1. Alien on the fence | The Bliss of Reality
  2. Dubai World Trade Center Wedding: Amal & Mahmood | Rima Hassan
  3. Street lamp hiding in the trees | The Bliss of Reality
  4. Rebuilding the City – where to start | A Teacher’s Blog
  5. [M.M.X.I.V. 68] Where Chicago and the North Shore Meet | Never A Worry
  6. The Daily Prompt & Start With We (short story) | The Jittery Goat
  7. Civilisation | ALIEN AURA’S BlOG: IT’LL BLOW YOUR MIND!
  8. Making love – the role of the sacred. Civilisation | ALIEN AURA’S BlOG: IT’LL BLOW YOUR MIND!
  9. DP Daily Prompt: We Built This City | Sabethville
  10. S. Thomas Summers: Writing with Some Ink and a Hammer | In the Shadows
  11. If I were mayor… | Sue’s Trifles
  12. Once promising, the colour has started to fade. Fast. | thoughtsofrkh
  13. Ogden Shmogden | Community | WANGSGARD
  14. San Francisco Twenty Twelve Part One | Greg Urbano
  15. My beautiful Melbourne | Purplesus’ Blog
  16. No Place I’d Rather Be | snapshotsofawanderingheart
  17. DAILY PROMPT: Getting back to nature | cockatooscreeching
  18. Train journeys | A picture is worth 1000 words
  19. Daily Prompt: We Built This City- Psychology behind embracing change | Journeyman
  20. Daily Prompt: We Built This City | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  21. civilization | yi-ching lin photography
  22. Daily Prompt: My Town | A Day In The Life
  23. most cities are | y
  24. Where I live | Kate Murray
  25. If I Was A Mayor | Flowers and Breezes
  26. Spring – A Haiku | My Little Avalon
  27. Daily Prompt: We Built This City | Basically Beyond Basic
  28. We Built This City: Civilization – Cat City | Khana’s Web
  29. What’s The Word On The Street? Betting Shops, Pawn Shops & Empty Shops… | Steve Says…
  30. Build Your City | Faith, Life and Compassion
  31. In My City… | Life Confusions
  32. Do Pgh Memes Inherently Have To Be Racist, Transphobic and Vicious?
  33. what of the stories | peacefulblessedstar
  34. Daily Prompt: We Built This City | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  35. Sitting in a P.A. Haze | Finale to an Entrance
  36. I’m a Writer, Yes I Am



Copyright – Björn Rudberg

A story I wrote for Friday Fictioneers which I think is very relevant to the topic:

Shahzad’s house was the only one left standing on the mountain after the earthquake of 2005. People would come to see it from far away villages and he became known as a holy man.

Shahzad decided to take advantage of his new reputation and began to sell a cure for pains and aches in a small bottle which he would fill with spring water. “No harm done” he would say to himself while pocketing more and more money. Many swore they had been healed by his medicine.

The next year the floods took away his house and Shahzad with it.

This story has been written for the Friday Fictioneers. For details see the link below:


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Daily Prompt: Karma Chameleon

  1. Circle of life for bison | Exploratorius
  2. Tom Attwater Is Dying. His Daughter Might Die, Too. The Letter He Left For Her Is Unforgettable. | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  3. Sight and sound of a cemetery | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  4. Karma By Another Name | The Jittery Goat
  5. Human vs. Humans | Rose-tinted Rambles
  6. Karma | Momma Said There’d Be Days Like This
  7. Daily Prompt: Karma Chameleon | Journeyman
  8. DP Daily Prompt: Karma Chameleon | Sabethville
  9. The Circle of Time – Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  10. Circle | Mara Eastern
  11. Karma | Stephanie auf Reisen
  12. Daily Prompt: Karma Chameleon | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  13. Karma for the Introvert | 61 Musings
  14. Daily Prompt: Will you become a Karma Chameleon? | seikaiha’s blah-blah-blah
  15. cyclical not seasonal | peacefulblessedstar
  16. Wow, sorry, hit my own nerve there. | thoughtsofrkh
  17. Daily Prompt: Karma Chameleon | The Wandering Poet
  18. slightly less | yi-ching lin photography
  19. there is room to do | y
  20. Who Watches The Watchmen? | The Dragon Weyr
  21. karma and unsought gifts | gaikokumaniakku
  22. Daily Post : Karma Chamleon | NRI-scopic777
  23. Wednesday Words | Tommia’s Tablet
  24. Karma… We Need to Talk | Under the Monkey Tree
  25. DP: Fluffy Karma | Scorched Ice
  26. Daily Prompt: Karma Chameleon « Mama Bear Musings
  27. In a Circle | Ana Linden
  28. Circle | Sounds of Time
  29. Karma has been “scientifically” proven! | The Joy of Health Nutrition and Beauty
  30. Daily Prompt: Karma Chameleon | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  31. DP: Circles | As I See It
  32. Daily Prompt: Karma Chameleon | Reunitems Journal
  33. Daily Prompt: Karma Chameleon | For the Archives
  34. breaking news | The Matticus Kingdom
  35. Phoneography: Capturing The Rain | Light Words
  36. Daily Post: Karma Chameleon | Destino
  37. No changes | Life is great
  39. What Comes Around Goes Around | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  40. Daily Prompt: Karma Chameleon | medicinalmeadows
  41. Karma – Lets Screw It | Views Splash!
  42. The Truth Shall Set Me Free | Buzzy Beez
  43. Thoughts From the Circus Part 3: Finish Well | The Photo Faith Challenge
  44. When Karma Meets Christ | meanderedwanderings
  45. A Life Undeserved | snapshotsofawanderingheart
  46. How To Create Good Karma For Yourself – Sort Of | The Political and Social Chaos Blog
  47. what goes around…really goes around | In The Moment
  48. Why Karma Doesn’t Matter | The Femindiary
  49. I am a mental patient. Hear me whimper?
  50. Circle | The Land Slide Photography
  51. I Won’t Get My Happiness From Someone Else’s Pain | The Uncustomary Housewife

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Found in Nature

A Bright Future

When we talk about the future we like to follow it by saying “Inshallah” meaning “God willing”.

On the 30th of July I like to think that my husband would have settled in his new job (he is on the lookout now) and we would be living together instead of the weekly commute he does now for working in another country. Hopefully we are still living in Dubai but even if it’s another country what counts is that we’re all together. That continuous stress of not knowing where we’ll be and what will happen will be off our shoulders.

If we’ve moved I would be setting up the house which I love doing. Hopefully we would have managed to bring all the nice things we collected in Dubai and we would probably need a few new things. Shopping time!

My son would have finished his second year of school and he would have started to read three letter words and write all the letters. What fun it would be for him to read simple books on his own. He already knows the sounds of the letters but hasn’t yet put them together into words.

It would be my son’s summer holidays and we would probably spend the summer at home (wherever that would be) since I would have made a trip to my homeland in April and with my husband’s new job it would be difficult to get leave so soon. I’m sure we would have plenty to do. In Dubai even though it is boiling hot and outdoor activities are out of the question, there are still so many options for entertaining the little ones. There are summer camps where they have cooking, art and craft, free play and even mini golf. If we are in another country we would spend our time exploring all the places near us as it would all be new for us.

By that time I would have received some offer on the children’s books I wrote and would be working on that. Hopefully I would be making some money too.

Yes the future is very promising for us.



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Daily Prompt: Predictions

  1. Timeline Of The Far Future | AS I PLEASE
  2. Story Throw Up | Lewis Cave
  3. On July 30th I’ll Be Drawing A Blank | The Jittery Goat
  4. DP Daily Prompt: Predictions | Sabethville
  5. perhaps one out of | y
  6. future | yi-ching lin photography
  7. Daily Prompt: Predictions | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  8. Daily Prompt: Predictions | Thoughts of an INFP
  9. Daily Prompt: Predictions | Incidents of a Dysfunctional Spraffer
  10. 254. July 30, 2014 | Barely Right of Center
  11. Fate | Active Army Wife
  12. july 30, 2014 | Life Love Lily
  13. The thing I would like to do on day 211: Thanks to Allah | Write for learning
  14. Predictions – A Daily Prompt Post | My Little Avalon
  15. Daily Prompt: Predictions | Willow Blackbird
  16. Just messing about on the river: Daily prompt | alienorajt
  17. July 30th, 2014 « My journey to qualify for the Boston Marathon…and everything in between…
  18. Daily Prompt: Predictions | A Day In The Life
  19. After 211 days… | Read Me
  20. What the Heck Could I Doing On July 30th 2014 | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  21. Der, Die, Das…Was? | Mishe en Place
  22. The Rock | L5GN
  23. Give Me A Break | Wanderlein
  24. A Bright Future | A mom’s blog
  25. Developing Prediction Senses | Ako Si Ehm Blog
  26. “Predictions” | Relax
  27. Hump Day, Metathesis, and Discipleship | meanderedwanderings
  28. Daily Prompt: Predictions | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  29. Daily Prompt: Predictions | Finding Life
  30. As I look into the Crystal Ball | Unlocking The Inner Creative
  31. Daily Prompt: Predictions | Basically Beyond Basic
  32. The business of writing | Kate Murray
  33. Daily Prompt: Through the Looking | One Starving Activist
  34. Will They Come True? | Flowers and Breezes
  35. Predictions | Geek Ergo Sum
  36. Predictions: July 30th | A Patchwork Life
  37. In the Future | One Crazy Mom
  38. Guest Blog Post by Precious and Coco (Kitty Cats): How To Be The Perfect Cat Person
  39. 211/365 | The Colours of Confetti
  40. of unwanted complications « Anawnimiss