Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Water


Artificial lake, Dubai, UAE

River Nile, Cairo, Egypt

River Nile, Cairo, Egypt

Andaman Sea, Langkawi, Thailand

Andaman Sea, Langkawi, Thailand

Pacific Ocean, Los Angeles, USA

Pacific Ocean, Los Angeles, USA


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

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.


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Neighborhood

I guess the theme is to walk around your neighborhood and take some pictures. So that’s what I did this morning. The most prominent thing in my neighborhood is the bougainvillea. Every house has it. It flowers most of the year round and requires little water. That’s why it is very popular here in the desert. It comes in beautiful vibrant colors and I think its reflection in the water looks stunning.




I live in a city (Poem)

I live in a city where

There are flowers but no butterflies

Where a mall can boast snow and ice

And rain induced falls from the skies.

I live in a city where

There are people next door I never see

Where family is far but visitors aplenty

And people in malls just let you be.

I live in a city where

Records are broken with a tip of a hat

Highest, tallest, biggest this, largest that

And wrongdoings are dealt with stat.

I live in a city where

You can live all your life and not belong

You go to a hotel, bring your maid along

And laws are equal for weak and strong.

I live in a city where

Designer shoes and bags are the norm

The humblest person can soon transform

And a little bit of rain is called a storm.

I live in a city where

I’ll move on from in a matter of time

This city will evolve to its most sublime

And someone else will write this rhyme.

*All photographs taken by by the author/poet

Daily Prompt: We Built This City

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

Staying up late

Click over to whatever website you visit most frequently to get news. Find the third headline on the page. Make sure that headline is in your post.

So going through the website of Gulf News, the third headline I came across under the tab ‘Popular in UAE’ was about the Dubai Shopping Festival which is going on these days and how the main shopping malls will stay open till 1am instead of the usual 10pm.

I have no idea what people would want to do in the mall at such an unearthly hour. Don’t they have to get up in the morning and drop their kids to school and/or go to office? This concept is completely alien to me since I go to bed early and the latest I stay out which is once in a blue moon is till 10pm. To elaborate further let me tell you what I was doing at midnight on 31st Dec 2013? I was sleeping.

Last weekend since my husband had been here the whole week and was going back the next day we decided to go out. We usually don’t do that as my son goes to sleep at 8pm even on the weekend and then we can’t leave him and go. I have a maid who can watch over him but I don’t think it’s fair to keep her up either. And I wouldn’t want my son to wake up and find me missing. He usually transfers to my bed in the middle of the night.

So as I was saying my husband and I decided to go out last weekend. It had been raining that day and living in a desert we consider it good weather when it rains. We ate our food at home to save time and thought we would just have coffee somewhere. So we went to this place which has great views and asked for coffee. Apparently that was not a standard thing to do as the waiter asked us a couple of times if we wanted food. Well grudgingly he brought us our coffee which really tasted bad. We also ordered dessert and I went for the safe bet of ‘baklawa’ while my husband ordered something which looked like an old woman’s white hair on top of ice cream. I got a chance to take some nice photos and we were back home by 10pm. Even then my husband was complaining that it was late and he had to pack for the next day.


So what in the world do people do in malls till 1am?

Daily Prompt: Ripped from the Headlines

  1. A Different Sort of Hunger Games | Do Not Get Sick in the Sink, Please
  2. Elected – excluding others? | A Teacher’s Blog
  3. This is News??? | Active Army Wife
  4. Blind Leading The Blind | The Jittery Goat
  5. Daily Prompt: Ripped from the Headlines | Basically Beyond Basic
  6. The endless quest to be cheerful… | Kate Murray
  7. Religion and spirituality: a controversial piece! | alienorajt
  8. Ripped from the Headlines | Geek Ergo Sum
  9. The Paper | My Little Avalon
  10. Golden Globes: American Hustle wins three awards | Sue’s Trifles
  11. Daily Prompt: A Quick Trip to Uganda | Under the Monkey Tree
  12. Taking a Bite Out of the Onion, And Lovin’ It! | Eyes Through The Glass – A Blog About Asperger’s
  13. DP Daily Prompt: Ripped from the headlines | Sabethville
  14. Daily Prompt: Ripped from the Headlines | Thoughts of an INFP
  15. Oh dear – it isn’t easy getting old gracefully | littlegirlstory
  16. Daily Prompt: Ripped from the Headlines | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  17. Race Hate: a crime the police will not solve | Let me tell U a story
  18. News? Not so much. | Unlocking The Inner Creative
  19. My Commitment to Public Education – Learn More
  21. his country’s shame | charlottesville winter
  22. 5 Tidbits of Wisdom for Every Teenager | THE OVERCOMING
  23. Alaska Summer Dusk | The Land Slide Photography
  25. Daily Prompt: Ripped from the Headlines | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  26. gasp | peacefulblessedstar
  27. The Daily Prompt: CURRENT EVENTS. | Joseph is on fire.
  28. Wreck of Costa Concordia | Flowers and Breezes
  29. Imaginary Dinner With Bill Murray |
  30. headlining into the past | sarahscapes