Weekly Photo Challenge: Letters

My son was being naughty while playing with his box of sand and construction toys so we told him we would put away his box if he continued. He quietly got a marker and wrote his name down on the box as if to tell us “It’s MY box!” Even though the ‘N’ was upside down this is the first time I saw him write down his name. He also with one stroke of a pen (marker) was able to tell us who’s really the boss around our house!20140104_101719_1
Weekly Photo Challenge: Letters

Dare to Imagine


“I’m not Nadir!” said the distraught little boy, “I’m Jack the Cheetah!”

“Alright, whatever, just finish your food, we’re leaving now.”

As Jack stuffed his mouth with the last bit of chicken  and got up to leave, he passed his hand on his back and smiled. His tail had grown longer.

The photo is of my son Nadir, Jack on the other hand refused to be photographed.

Weekly Writing Challenge: Fifty

  1. I Had A Date | Musings | The Wangsgard
  2. 50 Word Challnege: Dreaming of Ice Cream | Kosher Adobo
  3. Changed her tune | Plan-It Janet
  4. Weekly Writing Challenge: Fifty | The WordPress C(h)ronicle
  5. This week’s journey: First two days in 50 words | Procurrent
  6. Playing By the Rules Insults My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  7. Steam for Breakfast | mfourlbyhfourepoetry
  8. Weekly Writing Challenge: Fifty | Loin de zanzibar
  9. Fifty | April B
  10. Weekly Writing Challenge: Fifty | In my world
  11. Maybe in June | Artfully Aspiring
  12. Missed Connections | Fish Of Gold
  13. A 50 Words Story: Reaching The Dream | Navigate
  14. Mice | Kate Murray
  15. DPchallenge – Fifty (March 22) | Spiritual Biscuits
  16. Fifty | Mindful Digressions
  17. alternative | A beetle with earrings
  18. Weekly Writing Challenge – 50 | jwdwrites
  19. In Spring, She Had Proof! | a contract
  20. Heart | Schneider’s Lines
  21. Dreams Come True
  22. turn the page | eastelmhurst.a.go.go
  23. Weekly Writing Challenge: Fifty: Jubilee | Angela McCauley
  24. Weekly Writing Challenge: Fifty | Lost in Oz- Dorothy Kent
  25. Fifty…Just Fifty Words… | Blundering through life…
  26. The Time Machine | Eclecticfemale’s Blog
  27. Into the endless blue skies above… | thoughtsofrkh
  28. Weekly Writing Challenge: Fifty | imagination
  29. Fiona the Fairy | Kelly’s Wandering Mind
  30. Cosmic Orange Balls | Sangatak
  31. Five Dishes, No Soul | Vanessa Elliott
  32. My First Fifty | Love.Books.Coffee.
  33. Judgment Day | until the inkwell dries
  34. Weekly Writing Challenge: Fifty (Neutral Milk Hotel Edition) – Compass & Quill
  35. Stories from aside
  36. First Fifty | thinkerscap
  37. There’s a DJ in my Joints | Triumphant Wings
  38. My standard apology….in 50 words, no more, no less. | Getting DCK for Dummies
  39. Fifty | Not famous for anything
  40. The Sanctum | The Arctic Tern


Weekly Writing Challenge: Threes

I’ll be using the three photos I posted for the Weekly Photo Challenge to write a post about the playground depicted in these photos.

My son goes every day in the afternoon to play in the neighborhood playground. Today when he was playing there and trying to build a volcano out of the sand, there were two girls there who were trying to break it. Now my little one has a short fuse and he started getting angry at them. Along comes the grandmother of the two girls to stop him and she also came under fire. The grandmother immediately turned to my son’s nanny who was with him and started admonishing his parents i.e. us for not teaching their son any manners.

Now I am not trying to defend him or say that he did the right thing but when other parents start being judgmental it really gets to me. The little boy did a wrong thing but does it mean that his parents are not teaching him anything and are completely useless? How can anyone make such sweeping statements when they have never even met the people they are commenting on?

What about us as adults? We make mistakes all the time. Should our ancestors take the blame for each and every mistake that we make?

I have punished my son for being rude to the lady and told him that he cannot go to the park for two days, but it really made me feel sad that people have to jump to conclusions straight away. I try my best to educate my son about what is right and wrong and I realize that he will make mistakes sometimes but that doesn’t make us bad parents. People forget when they themselves were parents and their children did something wrong.

On a brighter note my son’s teacher told me that he stood up in front of the class and told them a story and that he was very coherent and confident. I asked him about it and he told me that it was Jack and the Beanstalk which is his favorite story these days. Well at least I must be doing something right as a parent.

Weekly Writing Challenge: Threes

  1. Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned, 03.03.14 | Markie’s Daily Blog
  2. The More | field of thorns
  3. Dreams Insult My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  4. Pillow talk | Never Stationary
  5. stone | FamousFeline
  6. Smile | The Seeker’s Dungeon
  7. Threes: Haikus from Pictures! | Blue Loft
  8. Winter Storm Titan Haikus | Fish Of Gold
  9. A Tribute to my Mum – the Unbeatable Woman | Dreams Will Catch You
  10. Confession About My Boy Band Obsession | Embracing the Journey
  11. Weekly Writing Challenge: Threes – Tori Sinks with the Sun | Just Be V
  12. Gone with the Waves | Artfully Aspiring
  13. It’s In The Lost & Found | Lead us from the Unreal to the Real
  14. Spring’s here! | Scent of Rina
  15. Haiku X 3 | Musings of a Soul Eclectic
  16. Do You Have Silver Ties? | Home’s Cool!
  17. Friends far away | Nagoonberry
  18. House in three photos! | Scrapydodog
  19. Weekly Writing Challenge: Threes – Long walks and dark chocolate
  20. The Road Maps of Life | Lifestyle | WANGSGARD
  21. If anybody asks, you didn’t see me. | Trucker Turning Write
  22. Coach Athlete | The Wind Beneath Their Arms
  23. Weekly Writing Challenge: Threes~~Sheila’s Poem |
  24. Blue Boredom Tape Men: Battle of the Pepsi graveyard | The Bohemian Rock Star’s “Untitled Project”
  25. Natasha’s Challenge | Mary J Melange
  26. abandoned, broken, and dreaming | memoirs of an unremarkable man
  27. The Simple Pleasures | Outmanned
  28. Iditarod Trail Invitational | pencil me in
  29. Innermission | The Shady Tree
  30. A Tale of Two Worlds | Victoria.K.Gallagher
  31. Seven Icicles, Part One | Stealing All the Sevens
  32. Inspiration of a pocket watch | live simple
  33. Lady By The Lake — 3 Images /1 Story | eyevpointofview
  34. Weekly Writing Challenge: Threes (Skulduggery) | Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)

Weekly Writing Challenge: Object

As I sit in the study next to me is my husband’s computer table with a collection of memorabilia on top. Of these my favorite is a replica of a cable car we got as a souvenir from our travels to San Francisco back in 2004.P1010784

The cable car system in San Francisco is the world’s last manually operated cable car system. We used one of its only remaining three routes, the one to Fisherman’s Wharf. The cable cars are mainly used by tourists now. The cable cars are pulled by a cable running below the street and are operated by something that looks like a clutch. At the end of each line there’s a manual turntable to rotate the car.San Franscisco - Cable Car Turn II (2004.05.21)

What if our life was run like that never straying from the pair of rails provided? We would reach our destination in the shortest time possible. Instead we keep running off in other directions. Some find their way back and others are lost forever.

The turntable represents the end of one journey and passing of knowledge and wisdom to the next traveler who travels much of the same journey but towards a different goal. The rotation at the turntable may be smooth but requires a lot of effort, like our endeavors to teach our children all the necessary knowledge to embark on their journey of life.

Along our journey, as on the cable car, we meet many people, some we embrace and they become an important part of our lives, others we may not care much for. But each person we meet defines us and shapes our character and personality. We may not know it but we carry a part of them with us for all of our lives.

May each of our lives be run with direction and purpose and may our transitions be smooth.

Weekly Writing Challenge: Object

  1. I don’t have a caffeine problem, and neither do you | Never Stationary
  2. Weekly Writing Challenge: Object | JGTravels
  3. The Do Over Train | melissuhhsmiles
  4. Join me for a writing challenge at The Daily Post | Butterfly Mind
  5. Doormats Insult My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  6. Weekly Writing Challenge: Object | A mom’s blog
  7. Injecting object | Ireland, Multiple Sclerosis & Me
  8. The Coat of Many Pockets | Musings of a Soul Eclectic
  9. Approaching your 30′s with a big question mark? | Sober Rants
  10. Apology Issue #1 | Doe Words
  11. #DPChallenge; The Music | thepanicpersona
  12. Weekly Writing Challenge: The Object | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  13. Weekly Writing Challenge: Object – Andrea | sailingthroughthefog
  14. An afternoon (inspired by a true story) | The Bohemian Rock Star’s “Untitled Project”
  15. Him | Emily Schleiger
  16. DP Challenge: Object. My camera. | cockatooscreeching
  17. The Can of Sardines | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  18. The Red Pen | Sleep Less, Write More
  19. Sparkle | Master Of Disaster
  20. whodunit mystery solved | Musings of a Random Mind
  21. WWC: Object | Simple Heart Girl
  22. Egg UKO | flour mill reflections
  23. A Little Purple Ring | theauthorwhoknows
  24. Weekly Writing Challenge: Object | imagination
  25. Talent Show | The Library Lady and Rosie Bear
  26. Weekly Writing Challenge: Object: My Grandma’s Hanky | Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)
  27. Daily Prompt: Writing Challenge | The Road Less Travelled By
  28. Comforting pain | fifty5words
  29. WWC: Fenghuang | Kingdom of Sharks
  30. you are a box of | y
  31. Weekly Writing Challenge: Pope plates | Life of A Fallen Angel
  32. Weekly Writing Challenge: The Object Of Desire… | Mirth and Motivation
  33. Dirty Dishes | Etienette
  34. Alcove | My name is Ellie and this is who I am.
  35. The Short Ones Object (v.) | Mary J Melange
  36. Roadside Assistance (Fiction) | Toss the Typewriter
  37. Product Testing | The Zombies Ate My Brains
  38. The Coin | Mileventwelve
  39. Weekly Writing Challenge: Object | Sarah Alison
  40. Growing up in a Rickshaw | The Lesser Canine
  41. Scaring Myself Out Of—and Back Into—Writing | Imperfect Happiness
  42. Pieces of Us | loveletterstoaghost
  43. Volcanics « mediumblackdog
  44. until the stars stop | y
  45. A Rockstar To Get Me Through The Day | Lifestyle | WANGSGARD.COM
  46. I miss my microwave | Crap I Blog About
  47. DPchallenge: Object | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  48. Mr Seah (dotcom!) | Rainbows (a short story)
  50. HOT POTATO | Fit 4 Life, LLC
  51. The Evil Calculator | Alexia Jones
  52. My Daughter’s Balloon | Sentiments of a Working Mom
  53. The blue bicycle | the REmissionary
  54. Subjectification | Blue Loft
  55. The Wooden Walking Stick: Dangers of Getting Comfortable with Comfort | Thorough and Unkempt
  56. Alarm | Stealing All the Sevens
  57. I Dreamed About Avril Lavigne | THE BLACK SPAGHETTI CHRONICLES
  58. Tigger: an object – Weekly Writing Challenge | alienorajt
  59. Weekly Writing Challenge: Object – Seat: 49B | SA:ME (사메)
  60. The Lurker’s List | The Bum’s Newspaper – A Day in the Life of a Bum
  61. The Blog Farm | Weekly Writing Challenge: The Object Of Desire…
  62. This Room | My Newingness

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”

Journey of love

fort-point-archesShe was walking through the arches and in front of her was only darkness. She kept on walking even though she didn’t want to face the unknown. Not on her own at least.

Sarah woke up with a start. Why did she keep having this dream? She was drenched in sweat and her heart was racing. She looked over at her husband. Faisal was fast asleep, snoring lightly. He was not a bad looking man and he especially looked attractive when he smiled. She wished he would smile more often. Sarah lay down again to try to get some more sleep.

The next morning, Faisal got ready for office but instead of going there he stopped at the park around 15 minutes from his house. The park was more or less empty except for a few people on the jogging track. He sat down on a bench and waited. It was not long before he spotted Maria walking towards him. She wore a simple pink shirt with jeans and she looked as beautiful as ever.

Maria sat down next to Faisal without saying a word. After a moment’s silence she said,

“I only agreed to see you because I must tell you something. You’re married now and I’m not the sort of woman who will try to steal another’s happiness. We were not meant to be together otherwise it would have worked out. I want you to forget me and be happy with your wife”.

“But I don’t love her…”

“You will learn to love her as soon as you forget me. Please don’t try to contact me. I need to move on as well.”

“How can I possibly forget you?”

“You have to try. I have to go now. Goodbye.” Maria got up and walked off without looking back.


When Faisal came home, Sarah had cooked dinner for him and was waiting for him.

“How was work?”

“Fine. I’m tired, I’m going to rest” he said without looking at the food lying on the table.

Sarah couldn’t understand why her husband acted so distant. Of course their wedding had been arranged but aren’t couples supposed to make an effort to know each other after they got married? No matter, she thought to herself, I’ll keep trying till I win him over.

A week later Faisal returned from work with a terrible headache and a bad throat. Over the next few days the fever kept him weak and on bed.

Sarah handed him a cup of herbal tea and asked him to sip it while it was hot. Faisal looked at his wife and for the first time noticed how beautiful her eyes were.

“I’ll prepare the water for inhalations. It will soothe your throat” she said to him.

After a few days when Faisal was feeling better he told his wife, “You haven’t been out at all these last few days, I’ll take you somewhere for dinner tonight.”

Over dinner they laughed and joked for the first time they had been together. Faisal noticed that his wife was very witty with a good sense of humor. And when she laughed you felt like laughing with her. Faisal noted in his mind that he should book tickets to Thailand soon. After all they had not even been on their honeymoon.


Sarah was dreaming of the passageway with the arches again. She stood there facing the darkness. But suddenly she felt someone reaching out to her hand. She turned around and it was Faisal smiling at her. Yes, he did look handsome when he smiled. She walked ahead towards the unknown, but this time Sarah was not alone.

Weekly Writing Challenge: 1000 words

  1. 7 things about dealing with death | Never Stationary
  2. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words | The Iridescent Bubble
  3. Weekly Writing Challenge – 1000 words – Lady Towards….. |
  4. Emptiness. | dream07young’s blog
  5. That Evening (Emptiness) | The Girl Who Speaks (To Herself)
  6. Traditional Meditation Techniques Insult My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  7. Dancing with Fireflies
  8. A Day At The Lake | Fish Of Gold
  9. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words– SOLITARY TRAVELER | soumyav
  10. Contemplation | Wendy Karasin – Musings of a Boomer
  11. 1,000 Empty Words | Lead us from the Unreal to the Real
  12. Contemplation – Seeing the Big Picture | Deliberating Dave
  13. CREATIVITY: a DPchallenge entry | SustainableMamma
  14. Weekly Writing Challenge: Just Keep Swimming | Life of A Fallen Angel
  15. Stuck | The Library Lady and Rosie Bear
  16. 1000 Words/Weekly Writing Challenge | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  17. Peace | Abstractions of Life
  18. The crush | Master Of Disaster
  19. What’s in the darkness?? | Who Ate My Breadcrumbs?
  20. Or something | Started in Svolvaer: stories
  21. Love, Breath, Red Wine, Skin on Skin. | wordsandotherthings
  22. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words | imagination
  23. A writing challenge | EnjoyLife
  24. Crossroads | “Crone-ing”
  25. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words | khozo89
  26. Contemplation | SoulQuest
  27. The End Of The Tunnel | Where is my mind?
  28. DP Challenge: Carlos Santos Cardona | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  29. 1000 Words | Pritha’s pomes
  30. A thousand words describing my time spent locked in a bathroom. | meg lago
  31. Just Float | U Be Cute – Follow the child inside of you…
  32. Weekly Writing Challenge | The Joy of Health Nutrition and Beauty
  33. Relaxation | Just Kassy
  34. Creativity:: Scary but Rewardin | Kat
  35. Contemplado La Vida | Perceptive Pot Clueless Kettle
  36. Being an Introvert that is Never Alone | Moments for the journey
  37. A bit about Bobby | tracycanhazblog
  38. Make your own story. ||challenge | Olá, viesi!
  39. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words– Contemplation | Purpose
  40. Weekly Writing Challenge: Emptiness |
  41. 1000 Words/Weekly Challenge | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  42. Empty Handed : Weekly Writing Challenge: Feb 3. 2014 | forgottenmeadows
  43. 1,000 Words | Para crear un bosque
  44. Breathtaking | Paper Plane Pilots
  45. WRAPPED IN PAPER | Serendipity
  46. Of Memories and Photographs | The Savorist
  47. Save the Reef Contemplation and Challenge | everytimedayforever
  48. Just Write That He Loved Her | The Seeker’s Dungeon
  49. His Colors Were Real | Growing Pages
  50. Journey of love | A mom’s blog
  51. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words | life n me!
  52. Relaxation | anonymouslyconsidered
  53. More than meets the eye | Jordan Allison
  54. Recursive Universe | Sunday Epidemic
  55. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words: Emptiness ~ SHE ~ | heysugarsugar
  56. Emptiness | Finale to an Entrance
  57. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1000 words | Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)
  58. 1000 Words: Relaxation. | Babbleogue
  59. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words | The Wandering Poet
  60. Four Things I Learned From My Dog « Transforming Mommy
  61. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1000 Words | History of a Woman
  62. Yesterday | the intrinsickness
  63. Weekly Writing Challenge: 1,000 Words | Of Glass & Paper
  64. no one has yet | y
  65. Swimming, Crawling, Walking, Talking | An Upturned Soul
  66. Emptiness | Creating a New Life
  67. Weekly Writing Challenge: My Boy | AdsInfluence

Weekly Writing Challenge: Perspectives

Expanding on a story I wrote for Friday Fictioneers and showing the different perspectives…

Adnan’s mother put the kettle on for tea and looked out of the window. Adnan was sitting in the garden with his new fiancé Meena and talking and laughing. Her son looked happy but she couldn’t come to terms with the sudden surprise he had pulled on her. They had just known each other a few weeks and he had proposed to this mystery girl who had come from nowhere. On top of that he had given her his grandmother’s ring. Of course it was his to give but at least he could have consulted his mother.

Adnan had found the love of his life. Meena was the sweetest, prettiest, most caring girl in the world. He loved the way she hung on every word of his and laughed at his jokes. He hoped he would get that job he had interviewed for so that they could set the date of the wedding soon. He was sure Meena would make a wonderful mother. Adnan turned around. His mother was calling him inside. He knew his mother must have been a bit surprised by the news but he also knew she would love Meena. Who wouldn’t?

Meena was tired. All this laughing and pretending sapped her energy. Adnan was good looking but a bit childish and boring. And that mother of his was watching her the whole time. What did she think, she would make off with her china? She had better be careful of this woman. When Adnan was driving her home Meena let her mind wander. She remembered the day she was supposed to be getting engaged to Raheel and he never showed up. She sat there dressed up as a bride but he didn’t even call. That day she promised herself she would never let anyone break her heart again. She looked at the ring on her hand. She had got what she wanted. It was time to move on.

Weekly Writing Challenge: Leave Your Shoes At The Door

  1. Inside the head of a sporadic three year old | From One Crazy Life To Another
  2. Fifteen Year Old Me Is Disgusted | The Cheese Whines
  3. Weekly Writing Challenge: Leave your shoes at the door! | khaula mazhar
  4. The Curse of Personal Knowledge | Emotional Fitness
  5. Elvis Insults My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  6. Weekly Challenge: A Mile in your Fur | Confessions of a Nerdy Girl
  7. Weekly writing challenge – leave your shoes at the door | Susi Matters
  8. Let’s Do Something Amazing! | rarasaur
  9. DP weekly challenge – shoes – A morning in the life of sonny Jim. |
  10. That’s not me | Mort La Datorie
  11. In the mind of a dolphin kidnapper | In my world
  12. The Color Purple, Maybe/DPChallenge | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  13. Other point of views – For the Dailypost | readsomethingdifferent
  14. My Parents’ Divorce: Weekly Word Challenge | Between Madness & Euphoria
  15. When is ‘now’ over so ‘later’ can start? | New tricks for old dogs
  16. Bête Noire | Paper Plane Pilots
  17. Appreciating my Parents after Rearing my own Children, DPchallenge | Angela McCauley
  18. Not All Shoes Fit The Same | The Chatter Blog
  19. in the middle of the night | The Matticus Kingdom
  20. The language barrier | Never Stationary
  21. Perhaps today will snow « Dancing with Fireflies
  22. A Day In The Life | Perceptive Pot Clueless Kettle
  23. Switching It Up: DP Weekly Challenge | The Tawny’s Blog
  24. Weekly Writing Challenge: Leave Your Shoes At The Door | imagination
  25. Weekly Writing Challenge: Leave Your Shoes at the Door | Picayune Pieces
  26. Can you Imagine Being Gay? | Abstractions of Life
  27. Platonic Shift | Brain Droppings
  28. Leave Your Shoes At The Door: Memory Clinic | At least we made it this far…
  29. Introverts, Elephants | thanks for letting me autograph your cat
  30. Front Door Shoes | Wendy Karasin – Musings of a Boomer
  31. From Lima Beans To Turtles | Fish Of Gold
  32. Birthdays | This thing called, “Life.”
  33. Mommy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! | Love.Books.Coffee.
  34. Sitting In a Pew | The Photo Faith Challenge
  35. A life not planned… | From diapers and tutus to meetings and boardrooms
  36. I Married a Handsome Fool (wife’s perspective from husband’s view) | Movie Hugs Will Kill You
  37. I lost my virginity in ugly underwear. | bethanyah
  38. A Speech Evaluation as Experienced from the Other Side of My Desk | Ginger’s Grocery
  39. “Lets Walk Without Our Shoes Down Childhood Memory Lane” | Just A Recovery Author Learning To Be A Better Writer
  40. Glimpses Into a Younger Me | missmoodygirl
  41. Can’t you see Things From my Point of View? | Humans Are Weird

Weekly Writing Challenge: Lunch Posts

My son is a picky eater and when he started nursery I opted for the school lunch box in the hope that he would improve his eating habits. It was tough in the beginning and he would often come home without eating, but now since last term he eats whatever is on the menu. Still I can’t help being anxious at lunchtime….

It’s lunchtime and I’m wondering if

You’ve had your chicken and veggies too,

It’s good that you have company there

I’m alone here, can’t help missing you.

There’s still an hour till you come home,

With all the excitement of the day,

You’ve forgotten each morning when

“I don’t want to go to school” you say.


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  7. Knowledge Insults My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
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  10. Weekly Writing Challenge: Lunch Posts | The Solidarity Ramblings Of A Wisdom Seeker
  11. Lunch: Fantasy Vs. Reality | Write Through Life
  12. Lunch Day One/Weekly Writing Challenge | standinginthestorm
  13. Blue Monday | Stories from aside
  14. Today I’ll defer to the dog | Life is Unfolding
  15. Lunch, Day 1: Too Quiet « there’s this book i’m reading.
  16. Lunch Break, Day 1: The Distant Banana | Stealing All the Sevens
  17. DPchallenge: Lunch break…or not | Mindful Digressions
  18. Weekly Writing Challenge: Lunch Post | lifethoughtenergy
  19. Daily Post Challenge: Lunch Posts | Flooding August
  20. Lunchtime | Living and Lovin
  21. lunch, anyone? | the REmissionary
  22. Free Time? | The Backwords
  23. Break Time Blogging | Lyme. Autism. Alzheimer. Oh my!
  24. Lunch Post #1: Purple Scholars | Rescued Insanity
  25. An Innocent Affair | living my life
  26. Weekly Writing Challenge: Lunch Posts – Monday | Musings
  27. Lunch at the Ranch | Running Brook Reflections
  28. Google + | Happy Sushi Belly
  29. Lunch Post | Heart Soul and Mind
  30. Lunch Time. | Babbleogue
  31. Lunch on Martin Luther King Day – Evelyne Holingue
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  33. Daily Prompt: The Luckiest People | A Room of One’s Own
  34. Weekly Writing Challenge: Lunch | Picayune Pieces
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Weekly Writing Challenge: Three Ways to go Gonzo

I was on a work related trip and staying in a hotel in Giza, Egypt. I had some free time in the evenings and thought I could do with some sightseeing. I went to the reception desk to find out what they had to offer. One of the staff told me about the packages they had and I thanked him and was leaving when he came up behind me.

“Excuse me miss!”  I noticed he was wearing the traditional clothing including a Fez cap. He was a small man with a pleasant face. He looked even smaller in his long robe.

“I can take you up to see the Pyramids at no cost.” “What is this about?” I thought to myself.

“At no cost? How is that?”

“I’m studying to be a tour guide and I have a car” he said giving me a Cheshire cat grin.

It took me a few seconds to absorb this bit of information.

“Does the front desk know you offer tours on the side?”

He took off his cap and scratched his head. Was that supposed to be charming?

“No, no I was just giving you a good offer no need to tell anyone else…”

“You know you could get fired for this?”

“No, no I was just saying I thought you might need some company…”

“What?” So he thinks he’s good company. “I asked for a tour, not an escort.. My husband will be joining me in a few days.” I lied. I could feel myself getting red in the face.

“Ok sorry, sorry” he said and almost ran back to the desk holding his cap.

Now the question was whether I should report him or just let it go. What I had said was true, he could get fired. Maybe I was just overreacting, I’m sure many people would have taken up his offer, otherwise why would he have offered in the first place.

Oh well I’ll just have to pay to see the Pyramids. Serves me right.

I didn’t take up his offer nor did I report him. Got to see the pyramids but got ripped off. I know, serves me right.



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  14. Warrington, Casey
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Ojhri Camp disaster (Part 2)

Ojhri Camp disaster (Part 1)

My sister and I are standing outside the school building and like the rest of the school don’t know what’s happening. We don’t know if the rest of our family is safe. Meanwhile my father is just leaving to get us from school when he hears a missile approaching. From his years of training in the army he knows it is very close and he braces for the end.

Read on to know what happened next…

The missile penetrated the road and did not explode. Tar from the road flew up onto the car and the terrace of our home. My mother was watching from inside. She had been through two wars while my father was in active service and she was not new to dangerous situations.

My father arrived at our school. Thankfully no missiles had made their way to our proximity. We picked up my brother as well and made our way back home. When we reached home my father told us about his near escape. Later we made more trips to school to drop any stranded children to their homes.

Children from other schools had not been so lucky. They too had been told to stand outside and some had been killed by stray missiles. Others left unattended had been kidnapped and were never seen again.

In Rawalpindi the streets were littered with bodies. The explosions continued the whole day. It was some while later we understood what had happened.

The Ojhri Camp was used as an ammunition depot to supply arms to Afghan Mujahideen fighting against Soviet forces in Afghanistan. There were reports that an American defense audit team was about to undertake a visit to Pakistan for auditing of the stocks of the weapons provided to Pakistan Army and allegedly the camp was blown up deliberately to cover up the fact that some Stinger missiles had been sold off to other countries.

Some reports said the Ojhri Camp had about 30,000 rockets, millions of rounds of ammunition, vast number of mines, anti- aircraft Stinger missiles, anti-tank missiles, multiple-barrel rocket launchers and mortars worth $100 million in store at the time of blasts that destroyed all records and most of the weapons thus making it impossible for anyone to check the stocks.

The cause of the tragedy to this day remains undisclosed.

Weekly Writing Challenge: Cliffhanger!

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