Weekly Photo Challenge: Inspiration


Today I was telling my son not to eat too much chocolate pudding. “It will give you a tummy upset.” I said. To which he replied, “Why Mama? My tummy doesn’t have feelings!”

I don’t have to look too far for inspiration. Nadir is the smartest, funniest, most creative little 5 year old I know. He inspires me to be smart and creative too. After all I do have to stay one step ahead of him!


Field of Flowers Award

field-of-flowers-awardI was nominated for this beautiful award by the very talented Lita at litadoolan. A big thank you to her! She is new to WordPress but makes an impression straight away. She writes from the heart and even her comments are very thoughtfully laid out. Do check out her wonderful blog for some great reviews of art and architecture and much more!

All awards come with conditions with which to comply.


▪Thank the blogger who nominated you

▪Place the award on your blog

▪Nominate 7 other bloggers and write a little something about why you would give these bloggers

A Field Of Flowers

▪Let your nominees know that you nominated them

My nominees are all new discoveries for me. I’m sure you will enjoy these blogs as much as I have.

1. Pinstripes&Lipgloss: Taylor’s blog is upbeat and is sure to lift your spirits. She writes about her life as a college student and also about food and fashion.

2. Wanderlust: Dr AM is an aspiring young doctor and writes about her experiences and her desire to travel.

3. The Wandering Poet: Andy’s beautiful photography and wise thoughts are sure to inspire you.

4. The Writer’s Life: Karen’s short stories with vivid imagery are a joy to read. She transports you into another world with such skill, you feel the emotions of her characters and leaves you wanting more.

5. Alexandra’s blog: Alexandra’s photography is both beautiful and personal. She doesn’t care for too many words, she lets her photos do the talking.

6. peacefulblessedstar: This star has an inspirational story and a mission to spread happiness to those in rough times. She shines brightly and is a true blessing.

7. Love, Support, Educate, Advocate, Accept… Julie is an inspirational mom and a true angel. Her story is one of courage and strength and is sure to inspire you.

Congratulations to all the nominees and I hope you’ll accept this award. It is just a small thank you for being so wonderful! Keep writing and stay blessed.

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A little celebration

followsI think this calls for a little celebration. It’s been a good 2 months and 9 days. 81 posts later this is where I stand: 102 follows, 3364 views and 1002 likes.

Stats apart I’ve had great fun with my first experience in the world of blogging. Being a mother has been my greatest inspiration in writing but I’ve written about a lot of things, some very personal, thanks to the Daily Prompts and the Weekly writing challenges and photo challenges. I actually wrote my first poem as one of my posts and am now thinking of collecting some of my children’s poems into a book. That will be my next project. I had just started promoting my children’s story books when I started blogging. Now I have so many other ideas as well. I have a novel in my head and am just starting to write it down. Again the idea came to me when I was writing a story for one of the challenges.

Most of all I’ve come across some amazing people. Always ready with kind comments and encouraging remarks. I want to thank all of you for being there and making life so much better. You are an inspiration for me. A special thanks to Pat(ricia)Olga and Victoria for their very welcome feedback, Angloswiss for her inspirational writing, Angie and Connie for their inspirational photography, Sheenmeem and KraftedKhaos for motivating me to write poetry, SalamHarsha, plaridelDriesRandomly AbstractImexcitedstemgirlInigo boy and Bams for their frequent visits, iamfunny2 for his clever challenges, Ray Ferrer for being the first one to click that follow button and No Virgin Mary for being the 100th.

Here’s some traditional mithai (sweets) for all of you. Enjoy!


P.S I apologize if I forgot to mention someone!

The Beauty in this world



My most prized possession is a clay vase hand painted by my mother. She made this miniature painting of a woman with a sitar from a book of poems by Omar Khayyam. She painted it even before she got married in 1954. Being an army wife she took it with her in all her postings all over Pakistan. I am her youngest child and was born when she was 40 years old. When I got married and moved into my own home a few years later she gave it to me. Since then it has been displayed proudly in my home in Pakistan and now in Dubai.

This vase reminds me of the immense talents that my mother possessed as a young woman. Now her eyesight and age doesn’t allow her to do such fine work. She is staying with me these days and I tried to convince her to paint again. I remember her painting when I was a child but she stopped when her eyesight deteriorated. I think she also lost motivation when my father passed away.

The capabilities of us humans continue to amaze me. We can make such beautiful creations yet there are others in the world who only know how to destroy.  We all look the same yet are so different.

This vase will always remind me of my mother and the beauty in this world. For me it is priceless.

Daily Prompt: Eye of the Beholder

  1. Rural Tourism in Russia: Apples | Village & Countryside Tourism
  2. Sunlight on the other side | Village & Countryside Tourism
  3. Rural Tourism in Russia: Sunset | Village & Countryside Tourism
  4. Rainbow | Village & Countryside Tourism
  5. Even Falling Stones Flower « RPMAS
  6. How Good Music and Art Makes You Feel | The Jittery Goat
  7. Music | Cofundrum
  8. Marina Bay Sands- An epitome of elegance | Inception
  9. Daily Prompt: Eye of the Beholder | Moments Thru Lens
  10. SoundEagle in Art, Aphorism and Paramusic | SoundEagle
  11. Daily Prompt: Eye of the Beholder by michelle w. on October 5, 2013 | Indira’s Blog
  12. Music’s Mermaid | alienorajt
  13. Date with the Alpine Lakes, Kashmir, India | Life is a Vacation
  14. The Imago Dei and Swinging Birches with Mr. Frost | meanderedwanderings
  15. Beauty is everywhere | Neva Samaki
  16. Multanomah Falls | It’s a wonderful F’N life
  17. My Musical Progression | Life Confusions
  18. Eye Of The Beholder: Learning To Fly | Just Visiting This Planet
  19. S. Thomas Summers | Daily Prompt: Eye of the Beholder
  20. Waters with a Taste of Mountains. | The Life NomadikThe Life Nomadik
  21. Eye of the Beholder | Kate Murray
  22. friday morning, tagged | y
  23. banksy | yi-ching lin photography
  24. Wander.. | gypsy thoughts ..
  25. The Music Swirls | Flowers and Breezes
  26. Daily Prompt:Eye of the Beholder | Motherhood and Beyond
  27. 190. Eye of the Beholder | Barely Right of Center
  28. Daily Prompt: Eye of the beholder | Life as a country bumpkin…not a city girl

Look, I’m rhyming!

I need a daily prompt to write,

A photo challenge to click my camera,

I think I just might,

Have to do something extra.

My very own prompt

To raise the bar,

I really doubt

I have to look very far.

My life as a mother,

My son is an inspiration,

So I should look no further,

And make my own creation.

(My first attempt at writing a poem!)