Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

The playground near my house is next to the lake and is a beautiful and safe place for the children to play. In the first shot you can see it (the tent on the left) with respect to the surroundings, the second shot shows a child at play and the third shot is of a pair of shoes abandoned while the child is busy in the playground.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

  1. Weekly Photo Challenge: Three -Mount Fuji | Journeyman
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Flickr Comments
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Basically Beyond Basic
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes- Niagara Falls | Journeyman
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Stephen Chapman
  6. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | This, that and the other thing
  7. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes (I) | Uncle Spike’s Adventures
  8. My.Vivid.Visions | Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes – Peafowl
  9. Weekly Photo Challenge : Threes | Retirement and beyond
  10. Weekly Photo Challenge – Threes | Chittle Chattle
  11. Uncomfortable Seating Insults My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  12. Prego vs Oreo | eat less sugar you’re sweet enough
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: Three | nancy merrill photography
  14. African Paper Beads | Thirdeyemom
  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | roastbeefandrakija
  16. Three would have been a crowd… | de Wets Wild
  17. Weekly Photo Challenge – Threes | Just Snaps
  18. Threes- Weekly Photo Challenge | The Rider
  19. Tail of Three Geese | Cee’s Photography
  20. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | castelsarrasin
  21. Threes | Different Isn’t Wrong, It’s Just Different
  22. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Pa-BLAM!
  23. Weekly Photo Challenge: Three / Drei Pagoden | bambooblog hamburg
  24. WPC: Three Faces of Estella | Lost in Translation
  25. Agitated Depression | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  26. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | 3 Petals | puncta lucis
  27. WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Milka Pejovic
  28. Weekly Photo Challenge: THREES | Duniya Ku
  29. Weekly Photo Challenge : Threes | snippets and words
  30. sparkle plunge | sarahscapes
  31. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | The Eclectic Eccentric Shopaholic
  32. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | stenoodie
  33. weekly photo challenge: threes | Curls n Skirls
  34. Weekly Photo Challenge – Threes | buntscheck
  35. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Jejak BOcahiLANG
  36. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Hibiscus Triad | puncta lucis
  37. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | It’s a wonderful F’N life
  38. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | ILEANA PARTENIE
  39. WPC: Threes | Nature on the Edge
  40. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | The Ambitious Drifter
  41. Friday Floral – Threes | Different Isn’t Wrong, It’s Just Different
  42. Weekly Photo Challenge: Four Three-Picture Stories from Ometepe | Rewired and Retired in Nicaragua
  43. Garden Pleasures | Empire of Lights
  44. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Hamburg und Mee(h)r
  45. Weekly Photo Challenge: Three-Picture Story | A Day In The Life
  46. Never to see her pawprint again… | Crap I Blog About
  47. Weekly Photo Challenge – Threes | Joe’s Musings
  48. The Daily Post: Three, two one gulls at play | decocraftsdigicrafts
  49. Weekly Photo Challenge – Threes – Daisy chain |
  50. Weekly Photo Challenge: Three Photos, Two Very Different Restaurants | Albatz Gallery & Blog
  51. Weekly Photo Challenge – Threes | The Urge To Wander
  52. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes #shotwithmyphone | Captured With My Phone, iPhoneography
  53. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | belgradestreets
  54. Three’s: Something creative. Weekly Photo Challenge | Destino
  55. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | The World Is a Book…
  56. weekly photo challenge: threes | Del’s other stuff…
  57. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thirteen Vultures | Under the Monkey Tree
  58. Water Or Wine? Hmmm, Wine Please… | Steve Says…
  59. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Creative Mind
  60. Weekly Photo Challenge – Threes | Lins Doodles
  61. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Lucid Gypsy
  62. Weekly Photo Challenge: All We Are Is Dust In The Wind… | Tales from the Motherland
  63. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Creative Mind
  64. Weekly Photo Challenge: Three | mommyneurotic
  65. Weekly Photo Challenge: Three | Photographs by James Collett
  66. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Khana’s Web
  67. Weekly Photo Challenge – Threes | imexcited
  68. Weekly Photo Challenge – Threes (+1) Reeling it In | I see beauty all around by rob paine
  69. Camera Shy Squirrel in Boulder, Colorado | I see beauty all around by rob paine
  70. Three Venice Carnival pictures | An Enchanted Eye
  71. The Sun May Set, But It Always Rises Again! | The Bottom of a Bottle
  72. Three-Picture Story | Rebecca Barray – Writer/Photographer
  73. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes – A Fluffy Story | marthalisek
  74. WPC: Bath Time | Musings of a Soul Eclectic
  75. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | mattvonp
  76. Weekly Photo Challenge : Threes | The Word Trance
  77. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | colder weather
  78. Weekly Photo Challenge : Threes The Great Geysir & Strokkur | Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)
  79. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Shy Cat Enters! | Light Words
  80. :: WP Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Belo Horizonte daily photo
  81. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | At least we made it this far…
  82. Weekly Photo Challenge: Three (Planting Seeds) | Mommy in Bonlee
  83. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | What Is It?!?
  84. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | the thirdeyeworld
  85. Weekly photo challenge: Threes | Life of A Fallen Angel
  86. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | The other pictures.
  87. Weekly photo challenge: threes Bloomingdale Amsterdam the Netherlands | parislux
  88. Weekly Photo Challenge: Three (drawings) | My Father’s Garden
  89. Weekly Photo Challenge: Three Picture Story | blogagaini
  90. beef wellington | yi-ching lin photography
  91. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | hellisjones
  92. WP Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes – A Post about a Post
  93. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | imagination
  94. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Wind Against Current
  95. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | six degrees photography
  96. Walking on ice: a story in three pictures | Butterfly Mind
  97. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Power Of Threes | Mirth and Motivation
  98. Weekly Photo Challenge: Three | Northwest Frame of Mind
  99. Three things.. | A Journey Called Life …
  100. Weekly Photo Challenge – Threes | Still Times – Our China and Life Adventures
  101. Three shots and one story | A Journey Called Life …
  102. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes – 3 shots of one Walkway | littlegirlstory
  103. This means YOU! | Making Life an Art
  104. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Geophilia Photography
  105. Threes – WPhotoC | Ouch!! My back hurts!!
  106. Weekly photo challenge: Threes | thoughts and entanglements
  107. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Les Petits Pas de Juls
  108. Passing a bridge… | Foto Challenge
  109. Eastern Sky Lit By the Sunset (3 Photos) | On the Streets of San Francisco
  110. Weekly Photo Challenge: A Story in Threes | 2812 photography
  111. Three Hawks (without photos of hawks – oops) | follow your nose
  112. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Arl’s World
  113. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Good Intentions, Bad Follow-Through
  114. Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Triples | DCTdesigns Creative Canvas
  115. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Snap and Chomp
  116. Knock before entering | Beyond the Brush
  117. Three by Three | Elizabeth Krall Photos
  118. Weekly Photo Challenge – Threes « LargeSelf
  119. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | colder weather
  120. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Outreach
  121. A Story of Strings | 365 Days of Thank You
  122. Weekly Photo Challenge: A Story in Three | AngelineM’s Blog
  123. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Brian Mok
  124. WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | In Love With Words!
  125. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | WorldwideFriendSoulmate
  126. Reminiscing Victoria | Know-All’s Box
  127. Threes // Scripps Pier {Photo Challenge} | Clicky Chick Creates
  128. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Snapshots & Smiles
  129. weekly photo challenge: threes | wise monkeys abroad
  130. A Summer Afternoon at Hopewell Furnace: A Story in Three Pictures | Whimsey Pie
  131. weekly-photo-challenge-threes #photography #haiku | Moondustwriter’s Blog
  132. Daily Photo Challenge: Threes | Just Visiting This Planet
  133. WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Three | picturingpositive
  134. Let Sleeping Cats Sleep (Part 3) | Mary J Melange
  135. Hiking at Petrified Forest National Monument: A Story in Three Pictures | Wandrin’ Round
  136. Weekly Photo Challenge: THREES | eagerexplorer
  137. Going Beyond Either/Or (Threes) | Thinking Through My Lens
  138. bridge of light and shadow | memoirs of an unremarkable man
  139. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Edge of the Forest
  140. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | The Panama Adventure
  141. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Living in the Moment
  142. Story telling with three photos: Weekly photo Challenge | scrapydo
  143. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Lillie-Put
  144. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | techMinimalist
  145. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | The Write Might
  146. Weekly PhotoChallenge – Threes | Through the Eye of Bastet
  147. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Indira’s Blog
  148. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes – The Party Crasher « Out and About With Mike and Lindy
  150. Weekly Photo Challenge: THREES | The Adventures of Iñigo Boy
  151. WPC: Three picture story |
  152. Donna’s reaction to the Nose command | We Live In A Flat
  153. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | DukkSheit Happens……….
  154. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Nola Roots, Texas Heart
  155. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Untold Contemplation
  156. Night Falls | Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Focal Breeze
  157. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Leona J. Atkinson-Inspirational Writer
  158. Weekly Photo Challenge – Threes | PhotoBeast
  160. weekly photo challenge: threes | Musings of a Random Mind
  161. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | All Eyes On These
  162. Beach Huts, Brighton & Hove | thoughtsofrkh
  163. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | YSalma
  164. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | tagnoue
  165. Weekly Photo Challenge – Threes | Escape from Chaos
  166. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | From My Horizon
  167. Weekly Photo Challenge: Three image story (Gouda City Hall) | What’s (in) the picture?
  168. Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes | Something to Ponder About

Fashion wins the race

I’m tired of catching up with fashion. It always seems to be one step ahead of me.

I remember a time when the shirt or kameez as we call it was very short and the trouser or shalwar was very baggy. Then over the years the kameez became so long it was brushing the ankles and the shalwar was replaced by tights. After that I moved to Dubai and lost track. Someone told me that the shirts are short again but I really don’t care. I’ll wear what I have and I am not making any trips to the tailor.

In Pakistan the ladies go to a tailor to have their clothes custom stitched. This is not just for the party clothes but the ordinary every day wear ones as well. This is the biggest hassle of all because tailors can literally bring you to tears.

A typical conversation between a woman who is visiting her tailor for the third time in 3 days. Every time he makes an excuse about not having done the work on time. Finally on the third attempt the clothes are ready.

“Are my clothes ready?”

“Yes Baji (a term used to show respect to a woman). Here they are.” The tailors hands the woman a big package.

“What have you done with this one? I asked for long sleeves, why are they so short?”

“Baji the cloth was less, that’s why. Don’t worry they will look nice.”

“And this one is ruined; you’ve made the shalwar out of the cloth of the kameez!!!”

“Really Baji, I didn’t notice, but it looks nice, no?”

“Just give me the bill”. The woman is totally fed up by now. The tailor hands over a piece of paper grinning like a Cheshire cat.

“What? Have you increased the rate?”

“Baji we have so many power outages. We have to keep a generator. What can we do?”

The woman hands over the money and leaves. The next day she’s back because most of the clothes don’t fit her correctly. She will probably have to make a few more trips before she’s satisfied.

Who can blame me for not wanting to go to tailors?

Images credit: Google.com

Daily Prompt: New Sensation

  1. Shine like a Star | Rima Hassan
  2. Daily Prompt: New Sensation-you shouldn’t give an iPad to your child | Journeyman
  3. The Little Ike and The Daily Prompt | The Jittery Goat
  4. Cheerful | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  5. Pure randomness | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  6. New Sensation | Knowledge Addiction
  7. From bell bottoms to DMs! Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  8. 24/7 Grunge | Under the Monkey Tree
  9. Come on gay gene, do what you’re meant to be good at?! | thoughtsofrkh
  10. Do NOT! Back Car Off Cement | Exploratorius
  11. To make me taller… | Hope* the happy hugger
  12. New sensation | Sue’s Trifles
  13. Daily Prompt: New Sensation | The Wandering Poet
  14. DP Daily Prompt: New Sensation | Sabethville
  15. Daily Prompt: New Sensation | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  16. Daily Prompt: New Senation | snippets and words
  17. i’m fingering my | y
  18. A Hot New Super Model! | Haiku By Ku
  19. Daily Prompt: New Sensation « Mama Bear Musings
  20. I’m Just a T-shirt and Jeans Type of Guy – Musings | wangsgard.com
  21. Daily Prompt: New Sensation | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  23. Daily Prompt: Fads & Fashionistas-NOT | A Day In The Life
  24. FAD | Among the Whispers
  25. Middle School Day Trend | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  26. Clothes: The Necessary Evil | Living Dead Girl
  27. Daily Prompt: New Sensation | Little Fish Teaches and Reflects
  28. Don’t Call it a Comeback: Daily Post | Destino
  29. Fashion Statements | Flowers and Breezes
  30. Back to Class | Finale to an Entrance
  31. An Upward Trend | snapshotsofawanderingheart
  32. Fashion? Bah humbug. | Emotional Fitness
  33. But I Make Those Sweat Pants Look Good! | Bright Tuesday
  34. The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me is You | Views Splash!
  35. Trend Setter Extravanganza | Beez Giftz
  36. Sensation | La Gatita Oscura
  37. Best Dress EVER /Daily Prompt | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  38. Daily Prompt: New Sensation | Passionate Ambika
  39. Daily Prompt: New Sensation | Focal Breeze
  40. The blue dress | Life is great
  41. Fashion for the Unfashionista | The Valerie Nightshade Trilogy
  42. I’m A Mocker | The Eclectic Poet
  43. I’m Certainly No Fashionista | Cats, Coffee, And Life At Random
  44. Stirrup Pants. That’s Right. I Wore Them. | The Playground
  45. Daily Prompt: New Sensation | Mrs Holpepper: Bookworm
  46. Clothes Horse | The Zombies Ate My Brains
  47. Daily Prompt: New Sensation | Wendy Karasin – Musings of a Boomer
  48. A new pink sensation for this New York power girl « psychologistmimi
  49. Sensation | The Nameless One
  50. Fashion icon | Mrs Holpepper: Bookworm
  51. FAD | Stuff and Nonsense
  52. Fashion and fads | Kate Murray
  53. A Photo A Week Challenge: From Color to B&W | LenzExperiments
  54. Fashion Days of Yore… | Maria For Real
  55. It Used To Be Called a “Hat” | djgarcia94
  56. Daily Prompt – New Sensation – I was once a Brosette |
  57. The Members Only Got Lost in the London Fog. Everyone Else Knew Their Way Around | My Author-itis
  59. Adventures (in Fashion) | Scraps of Paper
  60. Depressionista Fashion?
  61. Life Love Lily
  62. New Sensation – 80′s Fashion | Essence of Del
  63. Daily Prompt: New Sensation | Occasional Stuff
  64. It’s a fad, but do you like it anyway? | Photography Journal Blog
  65. {Not Such A} New Sensation… | Babbleogue
  66. Daily Prompt- New Sensation (or olde) | mountainmae
  67. New sensations | A picture is worth 1000 words
  68. When it Comes to Clothing, My Size is Comfortable | meanderedwanderings
  69. The hijab – My choice | The Word Trance
  70. One Crazy Mom » Looks I’m Crazy For
  71. Daily Prompt: New Sensation – Fad « LIVING WITH MY ANCESTORS
  72. Baby Tees and Overalls, Fall 1993 | Kosher Adobo
  73. Better think twice about lighting up…at least in Singapore | Mishe en Place
  74. A FUN FAD! | Words ‘n Pics…
  75. The Camino Plan | Footloose, Fancy-Free…Fashionable?
  76. Fad | The Land Slide Photography
  77. Daily Prompt: New Sensation | The Bohemian Rock Star’s “Untitled Project”
  78. DAILY PROMPT: NEW SENSATION – FAD | Francine In Retirement
  79. Respond: Daily Prompt: New Sensation | Etienette
  80. New Sensation – Ramblings from the Swamp
  81. Daily Prompt: Fad | That Montreal Girl
  82. Daily Prompt: FAD, you’re going to need a bigger door | Born on a Wednesday
  83. Uniquely Uniform | The Silver Leaf Journal
  84. Daily prompt: How young is too young to take the road less travelled? | helen meikle’s scribblefest
  85. Daily Prompt: New Sensation | Writing Canvas
  86. Daily Prompt: Fad/Mix Up | @ The West Gate
  87. Daily Prompt: New Sensation. Members Only | Schizo Incognito
  88. Daily Prompt: New Sensation | Yowza, Here We Go!
  89. If Those Jeans Could Only Talk | WaterSalt Sky
  90. Daily Prompt: New Sensation | Basically Beyond Basic
  91. Daily Prompt: New Sensation | Nola Roots, Texas Heart
  92. Daily Prompt: One For One With My… | Morrighan’s Muse
  93. Willow’s Corner
  94. Comfort is always in style | Willow’s Corner
  95. In My Youth | Leonas Lines–Poetry Plus
  96. Hair of the Heathens – The Jhopdi Cut | Thorough and Unkempt

Friday Fictioneers: Saved by the Bell

david-stewartAmna had always been a formidable young woman, never afraid to speak her mind and tell people off. Her husband was an agreeable fellow who soon learnt that it was much better to remain on her right side.

Amna was on a strict diet to lose the weight she had gained after their first child. One day as she stood surveying herself in the mirror, she asked her husband “Do I look thinner?”

Her husband was just contemplating how to answer when his phone rang. He thanked the heavens, motioned to his wife and left the room, hoping that the conversation would be forgotten when he returned.

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


Cricket matches and roosters

Back in my homeland we have a small house in a locality where the houses are falling over each other. The houses are so close together that we can hear loud arguments or children crying in the house next door. Standing on the terrace we can look into all the surrounding houses. Any information that you do not manage to obtain in this way about your neighbors can be gotten by the cleaning ladies who frequent all the houses of the neighborhood.

Our next door neighbors have a lot of people living in the house with children of all sizes. We know this because every time a child is born they distribute mithai (traditional sweets) in the neighborhood.

One of the children is called Abdullah (we hear his mother calling him) and he is too naughty to go to school. They have tried putting him in school but after a few days the school sends him back. So Abdullah spends his time on the street waiting for the other children to return from school. Once the other children are back, it’s time for the cricket matches to start. Since the houses do not have backyards the matches are played on the street. The batsman hits the ball and it lands neatly on our terrace. Now the children are very considerate and do not bother to ring the bell and ask for the ball. The little monkeys simply go into their own house, climb the wall over onto our terrace and retrieve the ball. Another consequence of the cricket matches is that almost every week our gate lights are broken and have to be changed.

On top of all the children, the neighbors also kept a chicken and a rooster in their house. The rooster liked to climb into our house and peck on our plants. Fortunately one of the local cats solved this problem and the rooster is no more.

20140218_180320When we moved to Dubai we came into a locality with 3 to 5 bedroom villas with 2 car porches, a maid’s room and a big backyard. I wanted to make friends with the neighbors so I sent them some chocolates with my husband’s visiting card hoping that they would come over to say thank you. That never happened. I continued to make efforts but to no avail. Finally I gave up. Years later I have realized that only people of same nationalities socialize here. It’s really a shame.

And thinking about it, I kind of miss the cricket matches back home.

Daily Prompt: West End Girls

  1. Well Said & Done! | Rima Hassan
  2. Recycle | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  3. An ad campaign 🙂 | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  4. Bogota Dame | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  5. Daily Prompt: West End Girls-Why people get rich | Journeyman
  6. Society | Mara Eastern
  7. Big City Girl | Rose-tinted Rambles
  8. Begrenztes Denken auf dem Spielplatz | Zeitarbeiterin
  9. Roger, The Bush Pilot And The Daily Prompt | The Jittery Goat
  10. DP Daily Prompt: West End Girls | Sabethville
  11. Living In Ogden – It’s All About Community
  12. a stunning society… | ensuing light…
  13. The rainbows in my eyes divide us | 365 days of defiance
  14. society | yi-ching lin photography
  15. of good hosts | Anawnimiss
  16. Daily Prompt: West End Girls | The Wandering Poet
  17. Home Is Where Your Rump Rests | The Dragon Weyr
  18. Saudi Arabia Was Beautiful But I’m Happy It’s Not My Home, Anymore | Kosher Adobo
  19. Daily Prompt: West End Girls « Mama Bear Musings
  20. S. Thomas Summers: Writing with Some Ink and a Hammer | The High Society of Cows and Foxes
  21. Home (Daily Prompt) | Writing and Works
  22. Daily Prompt: Our House | One Starving Activist
  23. We Are All Immigrants | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  24. Classes In Society | My Little Avalon
  25. Anywhere is a Place for Prayer | THE MARRIED MAN WHO LOVES HIS X
  26. Prompt’d To Post: West End Girls (Fairfield County, Connecticut) « The October Weekend
  27. Culture shock | A picture is worth 1000 words
  28. The beauty in hindsight | Unlocking The Inner Creative
  29. Love Don’t live THERE Anymore | peacefulblessedstar
  30. MANY CULTURES ONE COMMUNITY | Francine In Retirement
  31. The “Hood” back in the day… | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  32. West End Girls: Daily Post | Destino
  33. My home’s patio | Life is great
  34. A real hodge podge … | 365 And Counting
  35. Society | Among the Whispers
  36. Memories | Views Splash!
  37. Neighbors | Flowers and Breezes
  38. Daily Prompt: West End Girls | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  39. Society? Who Needs It. | 61 Musings
  40. Daily Prompt: Children’s Society | medicinalmeadows
  41. My Abrupt Descent Into the Cesspit of Humanity | Thinking Diagonally
  42. One drop in a limitless ocean | sayanything
  43. Daily Prompt: West End Girls | Basically Beyond Basic

Weekly Writing Challenge: The Sound of Silence

Saira had twin boys. Well they were not exactly twins but there were just 11months between them and for all practicalities they were like twins. As you can imagine, her house was always filled with excited voices, magnified screams, simultaneous laughter and heartbreaking crying.

One day as Saira went about her household chores leaving the two boys playing in the lounge she heard something unusual.


On further investigation she discovered them in the bathroom with her younger son standing in a bucket of water with his clothes on and her older son pouring water on his head with a mug. Apparently they felt the heat of the summer and decided to have a bath with the younger one going first.

P1010214For a mother, silence sets off alarm bells. If there is silence and my 4 year old is not asleep then he is definitely up to no good. And if when I approach him he tells me that he is not doing anything I can be sure that he has already done it.

My son is extremely talkative and he is talking non-stop until he falls asleep. Literally. He talks while watching TV since there are a lot of questions to be asked, he talks while he’s having a bath and of course his stories are endless while he’s playing.

When I was pregnant with him he heard a lot of silence. I used to go to work where I would sit alone in my own office, come home and read a bit, not watch any TV and fall asleep. My husband was working in another city so there was nobody to talk to either. After all that silence, I think my son is making up for it.

But now I am so used to the house echoing my son’s personality, that when he is not around the silence can be deafening.

Chitter chatter, chatter chatter

Through the whole day,

It’s really so much better,

To hear my son play.

Tick tock, tick tock,

Go the clocks in my home

No sounds of sweet talk

When my son’s out to roam.

Weekly Writing Challenge: The Sound of Silence

  1. The Sound of Silence | Through the Peacock’s Eyes
  2. Listen to the silence | Master Of Disaster
  3. Weekly Writing Challenge: The Sound of Silence | JGTravels
  4. Eight Things I Wish I Knew Before I Taught at a Boarding School | Kosher Adobo
  5. The Sounds of Silence* | Icescreammama
  6. underwood | yi-ching lin photography
  7. Weekly Writing Challenge: The Sound of Silence | Under the Monkey Tree
  8. Moments | anonim0us
  9. Moments | anonim0us
  10. Silent Agony | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  11. Silent crimes | Speaking Voiceless
  12. The Sound of Silence is a beautiful thing | Amanda Montomery
  13. Hug Her Back | Fish Of Gold
  14. Media Blackouts Insult My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  15. As Loud as Silence | Chimerical Chicanery
  16. Unspeakable | Musings of a Soul Eclectic
  17. Aborted Words | The Backwords
  18. Weekly Writing Challenge: The Sound of Silence | carojesu
  19. yesterday’s snow lets | y
  20. A SILENT SONG | Diary of a mind
  21. A Common Baby Myth: Babies Should Sleep in Silence.. Ssshhh! | Peek-a-boo: Baby and You!
  22. Silence « mediumblackdog
  23. Never Give Up, Never Give In: My Epiphany! | Hope and Faith
  24. Brady’s Silence (explicit) | Stories From My Mind
  25. Coyote Hill | The Seminary of Praying Mantis
  26. A Silence Louder Than Words | snapshotsofawanderingheart
  27. Weekly Writing Challenge: The Sound of Silence | Tales from the Motherland
  28. When The Silence Almost Deafens You | Unload and Unwind
  29. Classy Broad
  30. The Day I Found My Voice | A Path of Living Stones
  31. When you said “Nobody loves you” | So Not Simple
  32. Finding what you didn’t know you were looking for… | Crap I Blog About
  33. WWC: The Sound of Silence | Learning the Anishinaabe Way
  34. Who Said So? | Buzzy Beez
  35. Silence challenge | knovak616
  36. The Silence Welcomes Me | StormieSteele
  37. Weekly Writing Challenge: Have you seen me? | Life of A Fallen Angel
  38. Silence | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  39. The Things We Don’t Say | A Sign Of Life
  40. Breaking The Sound Of Silence | At least we made it this far…
  41. In the silence of a word | MC’s Whispers
  42. From Silence Came Wisdom | Lifeinpawprints’s Weblog
  43. Blog challenge – The sound of silence « Defy The Narrative
  44. Could the end of ‘that time of the month’ be related to that time of the year? | Minnesota Transplant
  45. Weekly Writing Challenge: The Sound of Silence | Echoes of My Past
  46. Good Grief | Wittyburg.com
  47. silence and snow | from dreams to plans
  48. Weekly Writing Challenge: Sounds of Silence | Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)
  49. Jumpers for goalposts… | Dreaminspice
  50. Weekly Writing Challenge: The Sound of Silence | Pop-Culture-Referenced
  51. The Silent Sisters | 22 going on 33
  52. Weekly Writing Challenge: The Sound of Silence | Bringing Out the God-Colors in the World
  53. Suicide no. 27: Vow of Silence | derekalanwilkinson
  54. Silent White | Mary J Melange
  55. Weekly Writing Challenge: The Sound of Silence | Your Original LUPUSDIVA….
  56. Weekly Writing Challenge: The Sound of Silence | No Apologies
  57. Cable Cut-off | The Zombies Ate My Brains
  58. Silence so Loud | My Weigh To Lose
  59. Silencing the Critics’ Chorus | V Learns Something New
  60. Silence of the Blog « ph.d. in creative writing
  61. Life: The Search For Someone Who Understands You | Paint Before Death
  62. Silence | Dandilyonz-4-U
  63. Remaining Silent | Bits of Life
  64. Inexhaustible Treasure | Love in the Spaces
  66. A moment in Paris | The Bohemian Rock Star’s “Untitled Project”

Only With You

PicsArt_1389468293033Out of the ten years I’ve been married I’ve spent 3 ½ years with my husband commuting on weekends from another city or as in now from another country for work. We decided to have this situation because we didn’t want to sacrifice our lifestyle nor the opportunity that presented itself in my husband’s career.

However there comes a time when enough is enough. I no longer want to be on my own. I need my husband’s company and my son needs his father.

I have given my husband an ultimatum that his next posting which is due soon should be in a reasonable place where we can all live together.

During the week after my son goes to sleep at 8 o’clock I have nobody to talk to and it can get quite lonely. Then I have to handle everything on my own during the week. It’s not difficult physically but it is tough emotionally.

My son has got used to not having his dad around most of the time which is not a good thing. Sometimes it is so tough to deal with him on my own because if he’s not listening to me, his dad is not there either to take the matter in his hands. Most of the time because mothers show so much affection for their child that they are taken for granted and it is the father who does the disciplining. In my case I have to attempt to do both which often doesn’t work. And then of course he’s missing out on the father-son bonding.

I am happy to report that my husband has accepted my ultimatum and is working hard to rectify the situation. Let’s hope we are one normal family soon.

Daily Prompt: With or Without You

  1. Daily Prompt: With or Without You-Solving Conflict | Journeyman
  2. Daily Prompt: Complex « Vicariously Poetic
  3. Daily Prompt: With or Without You | Under the Monkey Tree
  4. Feuding Neighbors Create “Sno-Man’s” Land | DCMontreal: Blowing the Whistle on Society
  5. A Very Big Mistake | Knowledge Addiction
  6. Daily Prompt: With or Without You | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  7. Brandon’s Mentor And The Daily Prmpt | The Jittery Goat
  8. When People Have More Faith in You than Yourself | Rima Hassan
  9. Drawing a line in the sand: Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  10. Streetlight | 365 days of defiance
  11. Daily Prompt: Till Death do us Part? | Anniemation Floe
  12. A Game of Picnic | My Play Nook
  13. Stop Telling Lies Or Else! – Writing | wangsgard.com
  14. Torture of Four Years | Daily Prompt: With or Without You | likereadingontrains
  15. Daily Prompt: With or Without You | Sabethville
  16. Get It In Gear | The Shotgun Girls
  17. Where are your gods now (a tale) | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  18. On the hook | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  19. Putting it All on the Line Prayers and Promises
  20. 268. Ultimatum | Barely Right of Center
  21. A Day Different | Random Blotches
  22. The 19th of June 1982 – Hometown, Pennsylvania | Forgotten Correspondance
  23. Daily Prompt: With or Without You | theshamelesswanderer
  24. Daily Prompt : With or Without You | Valley Girl Gone Country
  25. Life Is Complex | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  26. Me or him- it’s your choice | Animal Love
  27. Me or him- it’s your choice | A picture is worth 1000 words
  28. DP: Us or Them | Scorched Ice
  29. A picture is worth 1000 words
  31. simple (senryu in three parts) | peacefulblessedstar
  32. Job or It’s The End Of You and Me! | Views Splash!
  33. Ultimatums and Death | the TEMENOS JOURNAL
  34. Ultimatums and Triple Dog Dares! | meanderedwanderings
  35. Too late | Life is great
  36. Daily Prompt: With or Without You | Nola Roots, Texas Heart
  37. Daily Prompt: With or Without You « Mama Bear Musings
  38. The Forever Choice | snapshotsofawanderingheart
  39. i would repeat you | y
  40. My Brother, the Incorrigible Drunk | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  41. In Line Of Fire | Flowers and Breezes
  42. Daily Prompt: With or Without You | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  43. Fighting Ultimatums | Ana Linden
  44. No More Contacts Please ! | My Life and My Career
  45. Nicki Minaj and A Free Fall. | meg lago


Ras al-Khaimah, UAE

I would like to know that when I’m gone I would have left behind a legacy of goodwill and kindness in the form of my son. I hope he is God fearing and knows the value of the blessings he receives. And that he is willing to give to others from his time and money. He respects human life and dignity and in fact all life on earth. I hope he has the strength to stand up for what is right.

I like to think that by raising my son I would have left a lasting effect on this world because when he grows up he will connect with many other people and affect their lives also. When he raises his own children he will follow the principles of what is right and wrong that he learnt himself and in addition what he learnt from his own experience.

This process is ongoing. I don’t have to wait for the end of my life to start. In fact I believe that I have no control over how long my life will be. It may even end the next moment. So I am prepared that at any given time if my life is ended, my legacy will continue.

*Photo by Zainab

Daily Prompt: Don’t You forget about me

  1. Embrace the Suck | Exploratorius
  2. The family that sneezes together, stays together! | alienorajt
  3. Daily Prompt: Legacy « Vicariously Poetic
  4. Legacy | My Little Avalon
  5. Albert In Charge And The Daily Prompt | The Jittery Goat
  6. Mantra of Life | Rima Hassan
  7. I Will Not Die ! | Knowledge Addiction
  8. Just a memory | We Live In A Flat
  9. When People Have More Faith in You than Yourself | Rima Hassan
  10. No thanks, I don’t much fancy contemplating snuffing it. Ask me Tuesday, maybe? | thoughtsofrkh
  11. Daily Prompt: Don’t You Forget About Me | A Day In The Life
  12. Daily Prompt: Don’t You Forget About Me | بيسان
  13. ‘Forget About Me’ | jigokucho
  14. Darling loved ones…Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  15. Daily Promt: Don’t you forget about me-Wisdom | Journeyman
  16. Legacy Shmegacy | mostlytrueramblings
  17. DP Daily Prompt: Don’t You Forget About Me | Sabethville
  18. Daily Prompt: Don’t You Forget About Me | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  19. So much yet so little | A picture is worth 1000 words
  20. Death Among Friends – Musings | wangsgard.com
  21. Condemned | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  22. Soundtrack Series – 001 | My Days In A Song
  23. I’m Not Evil | Views Splash!
  24. S. Thomas Summers: Writing with Some Ink and a Hammer | Legacy
  25. A way to Life.. | WanderLust
  26. Daily Prompt: Don’t You Forget About Me #photography #legacy | ThisCornerOfTheWoods
  27. My Legacy | Read Me
  28. A Eulogy | snapshotsofawanderingheart
  29. Leaving A Legacy | Pinstripes&Lipgloss
  30. Love for a time with no end… | Hope* the happy hugger
  31. A Limping Legacy | Finale to an Entrance
  32. Twenty-seven year bore | shame
  33. Daily Prompt: Don’t You Forget About Me | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  34. My Legacy | Flowers and Breezes
  35. Live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds… | An Upturned Soul
  36. Daily Prompt: Don’t You Forget About Me « Mama Bear Musings
  37. A Pup’s Legacy… | Haiku By Ku
  38. A Part of Something Bigger | My Author-itis

Photo of the Week

A strange sight: Sea gulls on land after a rain shower.

We’ve been having some odd weather here in Dubai. The first time since I’ve been here (nearly 4 years), I witnessed a storm with thunder and lightning. Usually we just have some light rain and that also rarely. And then after the rain the appearance of a number of seagulls was even more strange.


Jobs & Benefits

Before I had my son I was working in Project Management in a Telecom company and looking after the sales reporting for a region. I was based in Pakistan and my boss was located in France. I used to connect with my boss and the other project managers of the region via conference calls. I was doing really well and getting huge bonuses and increments. I also would often fly to Egypt for meetings with all expenses covered by the company and any training I needed would be done in France.

I was a real hot shot.

And then along comes little Mr. Nadir and all my priorities changed. My company wrote a work from home policy (since they didn’t have one at the time) to facilitate my staying with them. I tried a month of it but I couldn’t concentrate on my work. How can you if your son is crying for you. I decided that if I couldn’t do well at my job there was no point in doing it at all. For me the motivation in doing something is if I can do it to the best of my ability. Financially we could do with my husband’s salary.

I quit my job.

I quickly came to the conclusion that raising a child was more difficult than any job I had done. There were no fixed timings, no coffee breaks, no sick leave and no salary benefits. And more than the work itself it is the consequences of what you do that are so daunting. The way you raise a child will largely affect the type of person he/she grows up to be. He/she will affect so many other people in his/her life and so on and so forth. The work you do in an office seems so trivial in comparison.

Now it’s been 4 years since I quit and I don’t miss my job as such but I do miss earning my own money. If I was to have an ideal job it would be one which just required me to work half day (in the morning) when my son would be at school. Obviously I would never have that seniority again as when I left but I wouldn’t mind any kind of work as long as I was there to pick up my son from school and for the rest of the day.

After all getting a hug from him and hearing his stories is more gratifying than any amount of money.

Daily Prompt: Money for Nothing

  1. Too Much ____________! | The Photo Faith Challenge
  2. Daily Prompt: Work « Vicariously Poetic
  3. Questions from a three legged alien | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  4. Ballerina | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  5. Pride Stinks | The Jittery Goat
  6. Daily Prompt – Money for Nothing | Views Splash!
  7. My Job Makes Me Feel Sexier Each Day | My Life and My Career
  8. Daily Prompt: Money for Nothing -Stock Trader | Journeyman
  9. Writing in PostMortem | 365 days of defiance
  10. Chasing The Dream Job: A Haiku; Saturday, February 15, 2014 | LisaRosier.com
  11. Daily Prompt: Money or Nothing | Thoughts of an INFP
  12. Daily Prompt: Work, an artist’s rendition | VNA Images
  13. My DrEaM jOb…. | ensuing light…
  14. Daily Prompt: Money for Nothing « Mama Bear Musings
  15. Montreal Mystery Mansion: Redpath Family Home to be Demolished | DCMontreal: Blowing the Whistle on Society
  16. Daily Prompt: Money for Nothing | Awl and Scribe
  17. Living, Learning, Earning and Leaving | The White Coat Chronicles
  18. My Dream of a Perfect Day… | Midwestern Plants
  19. Passion Brings You Money ! | Knowledge Addiction
  20. Lawyer Up « Mon Cache
  21. My Goal For My Future « One Crazy Mom
  22. One Crazy Mom
  23. My Dream Job « One Crazy Mom
  24. Daily Prompt: Money for Nothing | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  25. DP Daily Prompt: | Sabethville
  26. a medium maybe? | peacefulblessedstar
  27. Forging friendships and learning: help me pitch? | callieweylin
  28. A Soaring Heart | snapshotsofawanderingheart
  29. Daily Prompt: Work | That Montreal Girl
  30. 265. The Perfect Job | Barely Right of Center
  31. That’s My Life | Flowers and Breezes
  32. Artsy Fartsy | Maria For Real
  33. If I were a Carpenter and You were a Lady? | meanderedwanderings
  34. Dreamy job! Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  35. Daily Prompt: Money for Nothing | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  36. Working Fur Free… | Haiku By Ku
  37. Whats more lovely than being a part of kindergarten? | harinivasudev
  38. Rabbiting on: Marzipan Three | alienorajt
  39. I May Not Have a Piece of Paper, But I’m Fluent in Proficiency | A Sober Head Full Of Confusion
  40. American Dream | Finale to an Entrance
  41. Ideas4Humanity.com(tm)
  42. Dreams Do Change | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  43. Dream Job | My Play Nook
  44. Daily Prompt: Money for Nothing | Not The Sword But The Pen
  45. Daily Prompt: Money for Nothing | The Poet Stefan
  46. General Hospital Explores How Someone Learns Homophobia
  47. Dreaming About My Dream Job – Musings | wangsgard.com
  48. Daily Prompt: Money for Nothing – Inspiring the World or Sinful Pleasure Seeker | Just Be V
  49. Daily Prompt : Dream Job | Processing the life
  50. No money | Life is great
  51. Life of a zookeeper in an imagined zoo | A picture is worth 1000 words
  52. Beowulf/Daily Prompt | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  53. IS THIS WORK! | Francine In Retirement
  54. Word Doctor | thejimmieG
  55. DP: Work | As I See It
  56. Daily prompt: Money for nothing | laura-in-china
  57. Daily Prompt, 15 February 2014: Money for Nothing | The San Francisco Scene–Seen!
  58. Rite of labour | shame
  59. Isn’t It Obvious? | Under the Monkey Tree
  60. Зимен пейзаж от майстора на ремонтите на битова техника по домовете в София | lxpress2
  61. Why I Think the Atlantic is Right: Where is the Love? In the Philippines. | Kosher Adobo
  62. DP: The Mirror of Erised | Scorched Ice
  63. Compagnon de Voyage….(wp daily prompt) | Daily Observations
  64. Time Lord Required: Apply Within (It’s Bigger) | Steve Says….
  65. Why haven’t I pursued my dream job? | Life Sans God
  66. Money for Nothing | Life on the Golden Rock
  67. Dreams Do Come True | Visions Of a Vikzen
  68. Money for Nothing | I’m a runner and so can you
  69. Daily Prompt: Being Paid for Nothing! | All Things Cute and Beautiful
  70. Daily Prompt – Money for Nothing? | Lifeinpawprints’s Weblog
  72. Day 46. . . Ultimate Job | Dear Blog ’14
  73. Job = Work… Even in Your Dreams | My Author-itis
  74. Daily Prompt: Money for Nothing | Believe | sky blue with daisies
  75. Monk for the Revolution | Coyota Fiera
  76. Day 46: Dream A Little Dream | The Sacred Architecture of Here and Now
  77. Daily Prompt Feb 2014 | The Life of A Working Mum
  78. Why I teach | Muddy River Muse
  79. Daily Prompt: Money for Nothing | Basically Beyond Basic
  80. Money For Fun and Creativeness | Read Me
  81. Haiku: Righteous Work | Dhikrcave
  82. The Pioneering Mathematician | [In]motivation
  83. Give me the ski slopes any day | 2 times pink
  84. What Am I Supposed To Do With My Life? | lynnesartandsoul
  85. Daily Prompt: Work, What have I been doing today? | Daily Prompt & Blogging Progress
  86. In response to the Daily Prompt: “Money for Nothing” | simply vettie
  87. Daily prompt: It’s raining on Pollyanna Rock | helen meikle’s scribblefest
  88. Daily Prompt: Money for Nothing | Occasional Stuff
  89. Chesapeake Waterman’s Shanty | Exploratorius
  90. Work: Whatever You Do… | The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel
  91. Seven boredom-busting ideas for kids in Sydney | discovering anywhere
  92. Life Of A Cosmetologist!
  93. If I had my druthers | Willow’s Corner
  94. Big Bucks of Babysitting | 365 Days of Thank You
  95. A Day I Dream Of Living | Call Me Incorrigible
  96. The Ultimate | Help Along the Path
  97. Money for Nothing – Ramblings from the Swamp
  98. Work: Daily Post | Destino
  99. what i do for love | In The Moment