Ojhri Camp disaster (Part 1)

On April 10th, 1988 the Ojhri camp disaster took place in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. There was a blast in the ammunition depot in Rawalpindi and rockets and ammunition were expelled into the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi killing 1300 people.

At that time I was studying in Grade 7 and my elder sister was in Grade 11 (O’Levels) in the same school. My brother was doing his A’Levels in another school in the same city.

One morning in the middle of classes we heard a loud blast followed by a rumbling noise. We looked outside and we saw a big mushroom cloud of black smoke ominously filling the sky. It looked something like the mushroom cloud of a nuclear bomb. Was our country being attacked?

Now our teachers had no clue what to do in such a situation. This is also the time when nobody had mobile phones so it was not possible to contact our family. We have a lot of earthquakes in our country as the northern part falls on an earthquake belt and the normal response is to go out of the building and into an open area.

So that is what the staff decided to do with us. We made lines and class by class we were escorted out of the school building and into the open. Little did we know that it was raining missiles and the last thing to do was to be out there in the open.

As I stood outside I had the comfort of knowing that my sister was nearby. However not knowing what was happening, and indeed what was happening in the rest of the city where my parents and brother were was extremely disturbing. The incessant rumbling was not helping either. I began to cry.

My sister, who till then was quite happy that they were missing their Maths class, when she saw me crying, realized that matters were quite serious. She came over to console me. Some of the teachers had begun to recite verses from the Quran. Were we all going to die?

In the meantime my father, a retired Army Brigadier was at home when the disaster took place. He immediately decided to bring the children back from school. He doubted that the school would have taken the correct precautions in such circumstances.

As he reversed the car, he heard the sound of a missile approaching. From his years of training in the army he knew how close it was and he braced himself for the end.

(To find out what happened next, read Part 2…)

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My World

I pushed the wheelchair along as my mother sat enjoying the view of the garden. Every now and then she asked me to stop so I could take a picture of her with the flowers. The bright array of colors made a stark contrast with the dullness of the shawl she wore around her head and shoulders. Her upright stature did not betray her age and she smiled as I clicked the camera. I felt satisfied that this was a good way to spend the morning when my son was at school.

My son was not interested in seeing the garden; his interests were more in tune to the ferry trip we took last week. He sat watching the sights for an hour and that in itself was a great achievement. My camera was constantly clicking sometimes at the majestic buildings and their reflections glimmering in the water and sometimes at my son when he would turn around to smile at me. “Thank you Mama, for bringing me on the boat” he would say to me and each time my heart would melt. It really was worth the trouble bringing him without my husband being there.

My husband returned tonight just in time for dinner and after a week we ate together. He listened to me intently as I recounted the week’s happenings and my plans for the week ahead. He’s been having a tough time at work and the stress shows in the way his shoulders droop. I could tell that he was still thinking about work even when he was back home. He ate fast and with few words. His phone rang and it was from the office. He grimaced and got up to answer the phone leaving his food unfinished and me with my thoughts. “Well at least he’s back” I thought to myself, excited about the week of holidays ahead.

Weekly Writing Challenge: Collecting Detail

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Global Village

Global village or “Gobal Village” as my son calls it, is one the of largest outdoor cultural and entertainment destination in the Middle East region. It runs annually in Dubai and this year it will run for 5 months and include 37 pavilions representing 65 countries. 5 million visitors are expected for the current edition.

We visited Global Village this weekend and arrived in the evening, an hour or two before dinner. We made our first stop at the Pakistan pavilion where I bought traditional handmade leather shoes called khussa.

PicsArt_1386612117412We then visited my favorite Turkey pavilion where I bought yet another lamp.

PicsArt_1386612461206Next was the China stall where I got a good deal on a Chinese screen. With all this shopping my son was getting a bit bored so we stopped at the rides to entertain him.

PicsArt_1386613498092And this is one of the rides there that I would never ever take!

By this time both my son and my husband were feeling hungry so we went to our favorite Pakistani restaurant. While waiting for the food we enjoyed a cultural performance of Chinese acrobats. Soon our delicious dinner consisting of parathas (bread) and chicken tikka (BBQ chicken) was served with a sweet ending of Ras Malai (sweet flour balls in milk topped with nuts). My son, the picky eater that he is, was not up to tasting the Ras Malai so we had to stop for chocolate ice cream. While he happily ate his ice cream we admired the view of the traditional abras (boats) taking visitors on tours.

PicsArt_1386615957010On the way back sure enough my son fell asleep in the car clutching the toys he had bought from “Gobal Village”!

Weekly Writing Challenge: Multimedia Storytelling

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light!

The beautiful Turkish lamps at the Turkey stall in Global Village, a festival of countries held annually in Dubai.

20121223_173938Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Lights!

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Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku / Bubbles

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(Wednesday, 27th Nov)

Bubbles dancing here,

Rainbow colors in the sun,

A carefree child’s play.

Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku

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  50. The Clouds Draw Away | Blackbirds Above The Marsh
  51. Haiku of Wisdom | A String of Pearls
  52. DP Challenge: Haiku | Writing To Be Noticed
  53. Precious | tanhaiku
  54. Haiku: Weekly Writing Challenge – Long walks and dark chocolate
  55. A Haiku For You! — Clutter | Perfecting Patty
  56. haiku me – this week | bodhisattvaintraining
  57. Hurt in a Haiku | Passionate Dreaming
  58. Vagina | The Type Cast
  59. Haiku: Challenge Accepted | Rob’s Surf Report
  60. Haiku: Light into Dark | Write Through Life
  61. Hundertwasser | mamacormier
  62. Back to the basics | tjbarkerseattle
  63. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku – Day 1 » Kryson’s Kreations
  64. So It Is Winter Haiku | Kansa Muse
  65. WEEKLY WRITING CHALLENGE: HAIKU CATCHOO! #1 | Words We Women Write
  66. five haikus | A beetle with earrings
  67. DP Challenge: Haiku- Under His Moon, and a Lover’s Gown | The Write Web
  68. Haiku Monday | Momma Said There’d Be Days Like This
  69. The Type Cast
  70. Haiku #1 | N. E. White
  71. Review in haiku | The Type Cast
  72. weekly writing challenge: haiku catchoo! | Musings of a Random Mind
  73. “Ode to Kendall” | Midnight Owl
  74. Weekly Writing Challenge: A Two-Cat Haiku | SIM | ANTICS
  75. Haiku, Can You? Happy Anniversary, Too! | 365 Days of Thank You
  76. Weekly Writing Challenge: Breast Cancer Haiku | NOWHERE TO RUN
  77. Haiku: Path of the Sun | Sterling R. Roskom
  78. Winter sky | wuthering bites
  79. Letters from Japan Haībun | Friendly Fairy Tales
  80. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku | Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)
  81. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku 1 | Ruminations & Observations
  82. DP Challenge: Haiku 2-Rose | Writing To Be Noticed
  83. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku Catchoo! | 20 Lines A Day
  84. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku Catchoo! Thanksgiving Haiku Day One | IF I ONLY HAD A TIME MACHINE
  85. Snowfall’s Alchemy….(wp weekly challenge) | Daily Observations
  86. Haiku Challenge – Day 1 | The Creative Life
  87. DPchallenge: Haiku | OK, Who Ate The Daisies …
  88. Walking | Words on a Page
  89. Vacancies | Soulsez…
  90. Weekly writing challenge: Haiku | Azgsgirl’s Blog
  91. A haiku series on writing | Matthew Alan Bennett
  92. This Is for ME to Say | Designed by Three
  93. Winter’s Fury | Perceptive Pot Clueless Kettle
  94. Hakiu Monday | standinginthestorm
  95. autumn ride | sarahscapes
  96. My Sweet | A Simple Point in Time
  97. Weekly Writting Challenge: Haiku Catchoo! | theanonymousqueen
  98. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku Catchoo! | The Blogging Path
  99. 5 days of Haiku (Weekly writing challenge) | Icezine
  100. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku Catchoo | This, that and the other thing
  101. Inspirational haiku for bloggers (5 more for the weekly challenge) | Matthew Alan Bennett
  102. Weekly Writing Challenge – Haiku | twenty six
  103. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haike Catchoo! | thirtythrees
  104. bedtime rhyme | Duo Tell
  105. Haiku Series: ‘Summer in Brunswick’ | The Type Cast
  106. Trapped. | Whispered Words
  107. Weekly Writing Challenge: A Welcoming Winter Haiku | SIM | ANTICS
  108. a collection of haikus | Ramisa the Authoress
  109. Haiku: ‘Miss America’ | The Type Cast
  110. Haiku Challenge | Aphotic Atrocities Inc
  111. Haiku Challenge | Freely Adventurous
  112. Writing challenge: Haiku 1 and 2 | Szukając własnego kąta… Projekt: Dom / Mieszkanie
  113. DP Challenge: Five Haiku | Tea with a Pirate
  114. DPChallenge – Five Haiku | Tea with a Pirate
  115. Winter memories | Paint the world with words
  116. Haiku: Traditions | Rob’s Surf Report
  117. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku Catchoo! Thanksgiving Haiku Day Two | IF I ONLY HAD A TIME MACHINE
  118. 10 instructional haikus for my future offspring | The Type Cast
  119. Haiku of a gathering winter | Butterfly Mind
  120. Lashed | Words on a Page
  121. Crestfallen | timthepoet
  122. Two haiku offerings to syllable god. | dark circles, etc
  123. my fickle lover leaves each night | my year of sweat!
  124. here’s to a nation | y
  125. Beyond the Known « debispeaks
  126. Haiku 89 – Photographs (NaBloPoMo #26) | Haiku! (Gesundheit)
  127. WEEKLY WRITING CHALLENGE: HAIKU CATCHOO! #2 | Words We Women Write
  128. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku – Day 2 » Kryson’s Kreations
  129. Wide World | Winding Road
  130. Haiku – Please tell me your heart. | Reinvention of Mama
  131. Haiku-Motion | Finding Life
  132. morning fog | sarahscapes
  133. A word of thanks and a haikudos | the REmissionary
  134. Called In « Love~K
  135. Haiku – Welcome home, Mr P! | We Live In A Flat
  136. Haiku For You | Mothering Me
  137. Haiku Catchoo- Day 2 | Lead us from the Unreal to the Real
  138. Haiku Challenge 2 | Making Life an Art
  139. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku | Only the moments
  140. Haiku #2 | N. E. White
  141. WordPress Creative Writing Challenge: Haiku I | My Thoughts on Stuff
  142. My First Attempt at Becoming at Haiku Artist: A Haikartist, as they say | A Maniac’s Menagerie of Motley Thoughts
  143. Haiku # 8 | emilykarn
  144. WordPress Creative Writing Challenge: Haiku II | My Thoughts on Stuff
  145. Extra: Haiku story | Midsummer 365 Project
  146. Hakiu Tuesday | standinginthestorm
  147. Starvation | The Arkside of Thought
  148. Thanks Give In (Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku Catchoo!) « eternal Domnation
  149. Haiku-Imagination | Finding Life
  150. Sunrise and Pups | Real Life Co.
  151. Haiku Catchoo I & 2 | Not the Family Business!
  152. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku Week – Tuesday | S.Owens Writes
  153. Some Days | Andy’s Thinktank
  154. Haiku For A Friend | The Cranky Giraffe
  155. Haiku Part Two | OK, Who Ate The Daisies …
  156. Daily Post Challenge: Haikus | The Two Thousands
  157. Haiku Catchoo in BAKING | A Crazy Chef
  158. Sparrows Remember | Blackbirds Above The Marsh
  159. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku Day 2 | Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)
  160. Weekly Writing Challenge : Haiku 2 | Scattered Thoughts
  161. Faerie Migration | Blackbirds Above The Marsh
  162. Challenge Accepted! “Haiku Catchoo!” | Writing Exercises
  163. Weekly Writing Challenge: Five Days of Haiku | A Number of Things
  164. Iceland: Haiku #1 | Bad Parenting 101
  165. A sailors peril [haiku]
  166. The Five Sides of a Student | So This Is Writing?
  167. Stages of Love | loveletterstoaghost
  168. New Washer | Mike De Wolfe
  169. Martyr | Words on a Page
  170. Spiral Rose
  171. Foggy Frog and Friends Haikus | my chronic life journey
  172. Dreary Drizzle | Circespeaks
  173. Playful cold smoke [haiku]
  174. Haiku for Inspiration | The Cranky Giraffe
  175. A Haiku For You ~ Renewing Now | Perfecting Patty
  176. Sleep | A Simple Point in Time
  177. Not Much Haiku | Mary J Melange
  178. My Attempt at the Haiku | Words from the heart
  179. Snow Fall Haiku | Mike De Wolfe
  180. Photography & Poetry: Fall Leaves | Write Through Life
  181. Hakiu #1 | Lightning Bug
  182. Bags | tanhaiku
  183. Haiku Challenge – Day 2 | The Creative Life
  184. DP Challenge: Haiku 3-Sunflower | Writing To Be Noticed
  185. Carpe pomegranate | The Type Cast
  186. Slick Speed Game – Haiku Catchoo! (Round Two) | A Vital Recognition
  187. Weekly Writing Challenge: Breast Cancer Haiku 2 | NOWHERE TO RUN
  188. Weekly Photo Challenge: Haiki #2 – Long walks and dark chocolate
  189. Nutcracker Haiku « Clara’s Coffee Break
  190. Colors of Perfection…(wp weekly challenge) | Daily Observations
  191. Haiku Challenge – Day 2 | mamacormier
  192. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku Catchoo | Danny James
  193. Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadows: Is this True Love? | Confessions of a Skincare Junkie
  194. It’s A Jungle Out There | Gnome Lover
  195. haiku writing challenge: false words | Work in Progress…
  196. Word UP?! Haiku day 2 | Stories of the Resilient Optimist
  197. Words, words, words | Stories of the Resilient Optimist
  198. Haikus With My Daughter | The Human Rights Warrior
  199. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku 2 | Ruminations & Observations
  200. Some Haikus | The Blog By a Kid
  201. white virgin | Work in Progress…
  202. Haiku Wednesday | Momma Said There’d Be Days Like This
  203. Haiku Tuesday | Momma Said There’d Be Days Like This
  204. Dirt riding haiku | Azgsgirl’s Blog
  205. Weekly Writing Challenge: A Cappuccino Haiku | SIM | ANTICS
  206. Writing challenge: Haiku 3 and 4 | Szukając własnego kąta… Projekt: Dom / Mieszkanie
  207. DP Challenge Haiku #2 | Paint the world with words
  208. DP Challenge Haiku #3 | Paint the world with words
  209. Haiku: Cycles | Rob’s Surf Report
  210. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku Catchoo! Thanksgiving Haiku Day Three | IF I ONLY HAD A TIME MACHINE
  211. Fickle Conditions | Winding Road
  212. WordPress Creative Writing Challenge: Haiku III | My Thoughts on Stuff
  213. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku Catchoo Wednesday | Lucid Gypsy
  214. Haiku – Get me out of here! | We Live In A Flat
  215. MY DIY HAIKU: the dpchallenge | ME, MYSELF & DIY
  216. Haiku-Weather | Finding Life
  217. Daily Haiku on Being: Wednesday November 27, 2013 | LisaRosier.com
  218. Daily Haiku on Being: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 | LisaRosier.com
  219. Daily Haiku on Being: Monday, November 25, 2013 | LisaRosier.com
  220. Daily Haiku on Being: Sunday, November 24, 2013 | LisaRosier.com
  221. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku Catchoo! | Shawn’s Ramblings
  222. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku Catchoo! | Bastet and Sekhmet’s Library
  223. you are taking risks – | y
  224. Haiku. — It’s a Verb Now… A Thing I Do. | mommyverbs
  225. I can | my year of sweat!
  226. Haiku 90 – Caffeine (NaBloPoMo#27) | Haiku! (Gesundheit)
  227. Time | unaware but underlined
  228. Daily Haiku | Finale to an Entrance
  229. Wild Couple | The Vibrant Channeled Creator
  230. Jump Off a Rock-Land on a Wheel! | The Vibrant Channeled Creator
  231. Balancing a Giggle | The Vibrant Channeled Creator
  232. Fish’s Greeting Song | The Vibrant Channeled Creator
  233. Testosterone Walk | The Vibrant Channeled Creator
  234. Blue heron | the REmissionary
  235. Hendrix | Andy’s Thinktank
  236. Haiku # 9 | emilykarn
  237. tossing and turning | sarahscapes
  238. Governor of Light | angieinspired
  239. Haiku # 10 | emilykarn
  240. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku Catchoo! | imagination
  241. HAIKU CHALLENGE ALTERED & ACCEPTED! | Fiction O’Clock
  242. The syllable god needs more haiku. | dark circles, etc
  243. Haiku Catchoo- Day 3 | Lead us from the Unreal to the Real
  244. At Work: Positive Blood Culture « Love~K
  245. Haiku # 11 | emilykarn
  246. Everyday of my life | Blogging Vogging
  247. Haiku # 12 | emilykarn
  248. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku Week – Wednesday | S.Owens Writes
  249. To Help More… | Haiku By Ku
  250. Bacon Temptation… | Haiku By Ku
  251. Living on… | Haiku By Ku
  252. Petey’s Adventure Continues… | Haiku By Ku
  253. A Haiku For You ~ The Dream | Perfecting Patty
  254. Haiku Enlightenment | Breathing Space
  255. Haiku #3 | N. E. White
  256. 5-7-5 | My BF turned me into a lesbian…in Japan
  257. Haikus: High School Redux | Circespeaks
  258. Haiku of Recovery Thanks | Rose with Thorns
  259. Haiku Challenge #3 | Making Life an Art
  260. Ocean Love | unaware but underlined
  261. Sleep. Arise. | scottishmomus
  262. Haikus With My Daughter II | The Human Rights Warrior
  263. Haiku Catchoo Christianity | So Here’s Us…
  264. DP Challenge: Haiku|Spinning Gold, a Bug Under My Sole… | The Write Web
  265. Haiku (ish) #2 | Lightning Bug
  266. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku Catchoo! | Maggie’s Writing
  267. Frozen in Gallop | Gunmetal Geisha
  268. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku Day 3 | Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)
  269. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku Catchoo #4 | Danny James
  270. Ra and Man | The Arkside of Thought
  271. Wind. | Whispered Words
  272. Weekly Writing Challenge: Five Days of Haiku | A Number of Things
  273. Children | Words on a Page
  274. WEEKLY WRITING CHALLENGE – Fiery Love HAIKU CATCHOO! | Inside the Mind of Isadora
  275. Fire (sui) | Whispered Words
  276. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku Catchoo! | 20 Lines A Day
  277. Winter Warmth – Haiku Catchoo! (Part III) | A Vital Recognition
  278. Hakiu Wednesday | standinginthestorm
  279. The Period [haiku]
  280. Weekly Writing Challenge : Haiku 3 | Scattered Thoughts
  281. Oops, The Haiku broke my water | Passionate Dreaming
  282. Haiku Collection | A Sign Of Life
  283. We Never Had a Chance | The Day After
  284. Chronic Pain and Fatigue – Exercising | my chronic life journey
  285. Haiku, Pikachu… | Jorgeisms
  286. Fragments of Thoughts at the Station | heathervoid
  287. Haiku – Well bless you! Day 3 | Stories of the Resilient Optimist
  288. An Olive Sunset | Love in the Spaces
  289. Haiku – Be FEARLESS I say! | Reinvention of Mama
  290. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku – Day 3 » Kryson’s Kreations
  291. Haiku Challenge, Here We Come | Anglo Adventure
  292. DP Challenge: Haiku 4-Warmth | Writing To Be Noticed
  293. WEEKLY WRITING CHALLENGE: HAIKU CATCHOO! #3 | Words We Women Write
  294. Weekly Writing Challenge ~ Haiku | soletusknow
  295. | Mike De Wolfe
  296. The burden of truth | Dick-ta-tion
  297. bundle of joy | Dick-ta-tion
  298. Haiku Part Tres, Fourth, Five (& Sith for good measure) | OK, Who Ate The Daisies …

For a better life

Mary Ann was a diminutive woman with a quiet manner and a kind face. She lived in a small room cum store in the corner of the 5 bedroom villa. Her work had been detailed to her since the day she arrived from Philippines nearly 6 months ago.

Her Madam (she dared not call her by her name) gave her curt instructions. She was to clean the entire villa every day, do the laundry and ironing and look after the little boy who was not yet going to school. She smiled at the little boy with thick curly hair peering shyly from behind his mother. He smiled back and hid his face.

“This is Youssef. You are to bathe him, dress him, feed him and keep him entertained and happy. The other maid will tell you about his likes and dislikes.”

She remembered how difficult the first few weeks had been. She would cry every night when she thought of her 5 yr old son Andres who she had left in the Philippines. Would he be able to sleep without her?  She would dream that he would be calling her and when she would answer he couldn’t hear her and would keep crying for her. Her helplessness translated into her dreams.

In just a few weeks time Youssef had become very attached to Mary Ann. And vice versa. He reminded her of her son and she felt that if she loved him like her son, her son would be loved the same way.

She had left her son with her sister and come to work in the Emirates so he could have a better life. Her husband had abandoned them for another woman years ago and didn’t bother to send them any money. It was the most difficult decision she had ever made. But she was so fed up of borrowing money and always being in need that she had decided to make this sacrifice.

When she told her son of her decision he had just kept quiet. It was so strange that he hadn’t argued with her. Usually he loved to argue. Maybe he had understood. Then he looked at her with tears in his eyes and said,

“Mama are you angry with me?” Her heart ached. How could she make him understand that she was doing everything for him?

“My sweetest boy, of course not” she said her voice quivering.  “But Mama wants you to go to a good school and have nice clothes and nice food. That’s why Mama has to go.”

“Is that why Papa left too?”

She always tried to avoid talking about his Papa.

“Mama will come back soon.. I promise.”

But soon would be at least 2 years. She had already signed a 2 year contract.

Weekly Writing Challenge: Characters that Haunt You

  1. What a character! | LauGraEva
  2. Characters Haunting Middle Earth | Lead us from the Unreal to the Real
  3. Our daimon | The Seminary of Praying Mantis
  4. Vanquished | Master Of Disaster
  5. This Baby Continues To Haunt Me | Not the Family Business!
  6. “Return of the Obamacare Jedi” Insults My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  7. With Time Comes Grace | Real Life Co.
  8. Weekly Writing Challenge: Characters that Haunt You: Vetfaan. | Rolbos ©
  9. “Characters that haunt you.” | mroziuk 1
  10. the name is bond, james bond | Musings of a Random Mind
  11. Fire Woman | Perceptive Pot Clueless Kettle
  12. DP: Writing Challenge: You never know… | Mainer Chick
  13. wrappedinmystery’s Blog
  14. Ampersand | inevitably happy
  15. Characters that Haunt You | standinginthestorm
  16. Character development exercise: At the airport | Mother Bear
  17. Characters that Haunt You | Parchment Pressed
  18. She | wrappedinmystery’s Blog
  19. WEEKLY WRITING CHALLENGE: HE LEFT THIS SILVER BULLET | SERENDIPITY
  20. Templed Genie | Saying Everything
  21. Weekly Writing Challenge: Characters That Haunt You | Ashley Reavis
  22. Jesus, engler og avdød far i helfigur på soverommet? | brorsadu
  23. Profetens drapstrussel fra Gud Bestemor | brorsadu
  24. Hva står Ng for? | brorsadu
  25. Gi oss i dag vår daglige galskap | brorsadu
  26. Heartbreak Hotel | Pen and Pixels
  27. Bookworm | Bellyaching: From the belly and the heart
  28. Boughs of Holly « Clara’s Coffee Break
  29. Subway | Life is great
  30. Silent Worlds | Let me tell U a story
  31. Character of Creativity | Finale to an Entrance

A Father’s Legacy

“O dweller of the graves, peace be upon you. May Allah forgive us and you. You reached before us and we will follow behind you.”

This is what the young man prayed as he entered the graveyard. He reached the end of the rows of the graves and came to one simply marked with his father’s name and year of birth and death. He remembered that day 5 years ago as if it was yesterday.

He had finished his O’Level exams and felt a sense of relief. He had done quite well he thought. He was sure he would make his father proud. Maybe he would finally convince him to let him join the army. He never understood why being a Colonel in the Armored Corps himself, he was against his son following in his footsteps.

That afternoon instead of his father’s staff car bringing him home, an army jeep came to their house. A senior officer came to talk to his mother who soon broke down when she heard the news.

A suicide bomber on a motorcycle had collided with his father’s car killing both him and his driver on the spot.

It was then that he understood why his father hadn’t wanted him to join the army. He was trying to protect his only son.

Weekly Writing Challenge: Traces

  1. Archive of Comments | Arlen Shahverdyan. Author’s Blog
  2. WEEKLY WRITING CHALLENGE: FADING TRACES AND OLD MEMORIES | SERENDIPITY
  3. Traces | Kansa Muse
  4. Breadcrumbs | Master Of Disaster
  5. The Art of War | K beezy is viral
  6. Wet cement | Margaret Rose Stringer
  7. She was a memory | thinkerscap
  8. Traces: DP Challenge | Lead us from the Unreal to the Real
  9. Arrogance Insults My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  10. The Lavender Flowers | Stories From My Mind
  11. Trace | MindMeld
  12. Lavender and Rain | So This Is Writing?
  13. Like Flowers on a Grave | loveletterstoaghost
  14. Day Twenty-Four: Veteran At Death | Clearing My Voice
  15. it’s veterans day | Musings of a Random Mind
  16. Traces of You | UP! With Jesus
  17. Weekly Writing Challenge: Traces [Week 1] | Goss Family Blog
  18. DP Weekly Challenge/Traces: The Things He Left Behind | Between Madness & Euphoria
  19. Weekly Writing Challenge; Traces | terry1954
  20. Remembering You | Lucky Number Devin
  21. Lilac | Momma Said There’d Be Days Like This
  22. My Life in Stuffing, Words, and Paint: Searching for an Identity | The Positivity Project
  23. 12/11 Weekly Writing Challenge: Traces | Family, Photos, Food & Craft
  24. Weekly Writing Challenge: Traces | imaginations
  25. Traces of my soul | મન ની વાત
  26. Gone fishin’ | Thin spiral notebook
  27. in the middle of | y
  28. Ode To Something Great | The Dread Pirate Buttercup

Begging for hope

A middle aged man with a tired looking face and old clothes stood in the scorching sun and waited for the lights to turn red. The family in the Land Cruiser watched as he approached their car. When he came close they looked away. But the child at the back was curious.

“What does he want?” asked the little boy snuggled safely in the car seat and holding a Barney that talked when a button was pressed.

“He wants money,” replied his mother as she put down her fashionable Prada sunglasses from her head to cover her eyes and looked in the other direction at the bright shops on the side of the road.

“Can I give him my cookies?” the little boy suggested. His parents exchanged looks and didn’t say anything.

The man on the road looked at the boy in the car and thought of his own son back home. His heart ached. He wished he could send him money like he had promised, but here he was without a job and a visa and begging on the road so he would not starve. He trudged to the next car that stopped.

It was a red sports car with a young man at the wheel listening to loud music. He drummed on his steering and didn’t even notice the man on the road. His mind was too occupied with his lunch meeting at a five star hotel with the girl of his dreams. He checked himself in the mirror, adjusted his spikes, and then continued drumming.

“There’s no hope here”, thought the man on the road as he again took his position on the divider. The lights turned green and the cars sped off leaving him standing alone, the perspiration beginning to drench his faded shirt.

He had come to the country on a visit visa hoping to find work as an electrician. His family of 8 had many expectations of him and had believed that better days were coming. But his visa expired and he still hadn’t found any work. He was willing to do any kind of work but there were hundreds like him in the city and not enough jobs. He had no money left and was forced to beg. Sometimes a kind soul would hand him a few dirhams and he would eat that day. At night he slept at the bus stand.

He would stand at different places each day. He didn’t want to get noticed. He would keep walking if he saw a police car patrolling the area. He didn’t want them to stop him and ask for papers he didn’t have.

He waited for the next batch of cars to stop at the red light. A grey Mercedes slowed down and the driver of the car, an elderly Emirati recognized the man on the road from the day before. He remembered how guilty he had felt for not doing something. After all he had been blessed in every way and it was his duty to share those blessings with those less fortunate than him. He opened his window and signaled to the man on the road.

“Do you want work? Can you work as a gardener?”

The man nodded.

“Here is my address. Come tomorrow morning.”

The man on the road could hardly believe it. He had heard of the generosity of the locals. Was his luck finally changing?

Weekly Writing Challenge: Point of View

  1. Weekly Writing Challenge: the Difference Point of View Makes | Awl and Scribe
  2. Rashômon | Fish Of Gold
  3. A Matter of Perspective | Quest for Whirled Peas
  4. Breakfast | Perceptive Pot Clueless Kettle
  5. The Exit Interview | A Girl Divided
  6. The New York Cabbie | Stories From My Mind
  7. Weekly Writing Challenge: The Difference Point Of View Makes | imaginations
  8. A matter of thinking | Master Of Disaster
  9. Dear Children: The Bad Apple | Gnome Lover
  10. Weekly Writing Challenge; The Difference | terry1954
  11. Top Posts — WordPress.com
  12. smoke&mirrors
  13. Keeping it in perspective | Spinning a Yarn
  14. An open letter to the people who conserve Nature « The Vast Nothing
  15. Points of view | DCMontreal: Blowing the Whistle on Society
  16. Point of View – Crossing Over | The Library Lady and Rosie Bear
  17. Perspective. Whether you like it or not. | 6 of One…
  18. Voices by the Side of the Road……(Weekly Writing Challenge WP) | Daily Observations
  19. Voices by the Side of the Road | Daily Observations
  20. The Rape of Miss Katie Malone (# 1) | Rolbos ©
  21. Different points of view
  22. Weekly Writing Challenge: A Parallel Life | Brush Strokes And Scribbled Thoughts
  23. out of view | Work in Progress…
  24. Twelve | scribbles in the chocolate box
  25. Weekly Writing Challenge : The man, The woman, and The Neighbour | Lost in Adeline’s
  26. point of view | yi-ching lin photography
  27. heroes are made and | y
  28. Point of View: The Interview | Adventures in Neverland
  29. Weekly Writing Challenge: the Difference a Point of View Makes | Spiritual Biscuits
  30. Weekly Writing Challenge | At the corner of 14th & Oak
  31. Goodbye Earth [Plzzz don’t read – it’ll make you go mad.!@#!!] | flutteringpages
  32. If you were in my shoes | Stevie’s Words
  33. The concert | Motherhood and Beyond
  34. The Quiet Explosion | Hand of Ananke

Minorities in Pakistan

28th May 2010: In nearly simultaneous attacks against two mosques in Lahore, Pakistan of the minority Ahmadiyya Community during Friday prayers, 94 people were killed and more than 120 were injured

16th February 2013: At least 84 people were killed and 190 injured after a bomb hidden in a water tank exploded at a market on the outskirts of Quetta, Pakistan; the victims being of the predominantly Shia Hazara community

22nd September 2013: A pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up outside a 130-year-old Anglican church in Peshawar, Pakistan after Sunday Mass, killing at least 78 people in the deadliest attack on Christians.

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human rights defines Human rights as follows: “Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, language, or any other status.”

However the minorities of Pakistan are even denied the right to live.

Belonging to one of the most hated minority communities in Pakistan, the news coming out from our bleeding homeland just strengthens our decision: We are not going back.

Things are just going from bad to worse. Who can turn the flow around?

We have been living in Dubai for the last 3 years now. After my son was born, my husband made the decision of applying abroad for a job. He was offered an excellent opportunity and we wasted no time to avail it.

We live in peace and without fear. My son cycles every day to the park nearby and I don’t fear that someday he might not come back.

I worry that he doesn’t eat as much as he should, I worry that he still doesn’t know his phonics, I worry that he doesn’t hold the pen correctly when he writes, but I don’t worry for his life.

It is still true that there are people here as well who spread hatred but they are a few and do not wield the power they have back home. They will not greet us like they would greet others but it is OK. I will teach my son that where there might be some who hate him, there are far more who will love him. Love him for his actions and not worry about his faith.

May God bless every child no matter where he comes from or what his beliefs are. And may God have mercy on my homeland.

“The Human Rights Watch has accused the government of having failed to act against abuses committed by security and intelligence agencies which are letting extremist groups to attack religious minorities….Pakistan’s human rights crisis worsened markedly in 2012 with religious minorities bearing the brunt of killings and repression,” said Ali Dayan Hasan, Pakistan Director of Human Rights Watch.”

Weekly Writing Challenge: Living History

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  3. Weekly Writing Challenge Response: Living History | Random Access Theater
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  5. Weekly Writing Challenge; Living History | terry1954
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  10. I do care – Is that allowed? | quietlysimplemusings
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  12. Two Thumbs Up – New Jersey Bans Employers from Snooping Your Social Media | IF I ONLY HAD A TIME MACHINE
  13. The TESOL Generation: A Unique Part of History | Nomadic Megan
  14. Living History | Beyondthepuddle
  15. Why I Believe Columbus Day Should Be Killed | The Anonymous Muse
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  18. Putting it all together | View From Casita Colibrí
  19. How do you handle financial surplus after an extensive economic downturn? | aaroneharris
  20. Badwater, Vol State Run, run across america, run for the hoses
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  22. Writing Weekly Challenge: Living History | lifebeinggirly
  23. My story, My history | Wanny’s Blog
  24. Moving On | Obsessive Compulsive Running…….
  25. A Few Words from the Cook | The Seeker’s Dungeon
  26. Reality Behind Screens | Days Asleep, Nights Awake
  27. Weekly Writing Challenge: Living History « Whatever…
  28. 50 Shades of Chocolate love. Falling into it again. | Celia Micklefield -writer in Languedoc
  29. Fat Planet | ~ the SNARE ~
  30. December 21st 2012, The End of the World | Express&Explore
  31. A huge blow for the Bulgarian wine lover | Lords of the Drinks
  32. Weekly writing challenge: The flapping wings of the American financial butterfly | helen meikle’s scribblefest
  33. cooper | yi-ching lin photography
  34. To my way of thinking | Neva Samaki

Getting to school

“I’ll put you in jail and lock you up” announced the little boy with the Dusty backpack.

“Then who will run the nursery?” answered the Principal with a wry smile on her face.

The little boy’s embarrassed mother hovered behind him. “Oh he’s just being a policeman today..” she said weakly to the Principal.

That’s my son as he entered the nursery today. Every day getting him inside is a monumental task. Today he went of his own accord but apparently it was to make this announcement. He’s not even scared of his Principal. Everyone is scared of her, even me.

My mother has promised to give him a prize at the end of the week if he goes every day without making a fuss. She’s bought a few small windup toys to give him, a little footballer that walks, a little penguin, an airplane with a pilot in it and a crab inside a shell. But even giving him a little incentive is not working.

Yesterday it took me 20 minutes to get him inside. 10 minutes he was squatting near the car and refusing to budge and another 10 minutes outside the nursery door. Finally I had to ask the assistant to come and get him.

I talked to his teacher about it. She told me that as soon as he enters the class he forgets that he didn’t want to come. He works well the whole day and interacts with everyone. All this fuss is just for me.

It starts when he finishes his breakfast. “Ok now get ready for school”, I tell him as I pack his bag. “I don’t want to go to school. I want to play with my toys.”

He’s too big now for me to physically bundle him into the car and into the school. I have to convince him somehow. And he doesn’t tell me why he doesn’t want to go. “You’re alone at home and there are no other girls or boys to play with”, I try to tell him, but all my arguments fall on deaf ears.

My husband works in another country during the week so it’s all up to me to get him to school every day. Yesterday I was so stressed out I ended up in tears. I’ve tried everything and I don’t know what to do now.

Weekly Writing Challenge: Dialogue

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  7. Edifice of Love | A beetle with earrings
  8. Lets Talk About Warriors. | Many More Ripples
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  12. For the Children with Specs | Whispers of a Barefoot Medical Student
  13. The Reunion | Spinning a Yarn~~
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  16. A special bond | Master Of Disaster
  17. Two Old Men « On the Windowsill
  18. The last stance | MC’s Whispers
  19. Weekly Writing Challenge: Dialogue | DG
  20. Eleven Months | Fish Of Gold
  21. What | Not Enough Poetry
  22. Saturday Walk | Not Enough Poetry
  23. The Albatross… | ©ontinental boy
  24. Night Air, Warm and Smoky | Not Enough Poetry
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  28. The Lost Letter #dailypost #history #poetry #photography | Moondustwriter’s Blog
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  30. Flirtation – not everyone gets it | mostlytrueramblings
  31. Weekly Writing Challenge: Dialogue. | Nomad Scribbles
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  34. Mastering the Kama… eh, whatever | Not the fat kid in gym class anymore…
  35. Weekly Writing Challenge: Dialogue – The End Of Something Special | The Story of a Guy
  36. Name tags | Mark Evans
  37. The Pyjama Girl. | Janey Macken Street!
  38. Killing the cobbler | James Clegg
  39. Anne of Clean Tables: How a famous writer encouraged a wanna-be writer to write, right. | I am not what I am.
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  55. WP20: Body and Soul | My Amphitheater
  56. WP18: Breaking News | My Amphitheater
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  60. DPchallenge – Dramione fanfic (an original of mine) | Body, Mind, & Soul
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  87. Dialogue | Flickr Comments
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  92. Kids Say the Darndest Things, and Have Meltdowns at Parties | NobsLyfe
  93. Word Traffic Court | Alphabet Story
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  96. Infinite Infinities | Passive Good Mornings
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  107. Two Truths. And A Lie. Part I. | A Ripple In Culture
  108. Growing Up with Verbal and Physical Abuse, part 2: A True Story | The Psych Word
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  110. Lost | Harcourt 51
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