Are you clutching on to the last golden hours of your honeymoon period? Have you ever wondered if you'll ever make it to your ruby anniversary without seriously maiming your spouse? Celebrating 4.5 years of married life means I’m obviously an expert at making this marriage malarkey work so here's my advice.
No, I'm not trying to fool you with the title and yes, I know it is June already but ever since I landed on this side of 30 I've been groggy and dull brained. My 'new post up every Saturday' intention has gone a bit haywire since Ramadan, exams, and Doha's heat have frazzled the… Continue reading May Gratitude: 11 days off for Eid!
May is the month of ever-growing anniversaries so I kind of don't know where to start. I'm turning 30 and writing my 100th blog post although, not gonna lie to you, some days it feels I'm 100 and writing my third post. #authorgoals
My head lops off the side of the kat, upside down, I close one eye and then the other, gaze focused on the mango tree in the distance. What is that on the branches? I entwine my fingers into the tightly strung rope at the foot of the charpai and lift myself up. Noon's piercing… Continue reading April Gratitude: The Motherland
I must be going soft in my old age because my recent journey to Azad Kashmir had me crying over the smallest things! Please be prepared for lots of sentimental ramblings over the next few weeks: I plan to take full advantage of this most welcomed end to my writer's block. A week before our… Continue reading A Little Piece of Heaven: our stay in A&JK
The one thing I am grateful for this month is something I pray was true for Muslims around the world. My gratitude post this month is accompanied with a lot of guilt for having the good fortune to live in a Muslim country that is both developed and safe for women. Not long ago, I… Continue reading Gratitude Corner: March
wintery nights no more frosty mornings no more grey days no more teeth chattering the whole journey to work, no more darkness marking both ends of the commute, no more fed up with the 6th cup of tea, no more wet socks and numb toes, no more bad hijab day every day, no more dreaded… Continue reading Gratitude Corner: Fond of February
I tried bullet journaling for about a week and realised quite quickly that I'm no longer 15 years old with all the time in the world to colour and draw and remember exactly where all the bloody different coloured pens have disappeared to! But one thing that stuck with me is the concept of keeping a… Continue reading The Gratitude Corner: January
2017 was such a surprisingly successful year of blogging that I'm not surprised 2018 didn't match up. Right from the get-go, I had zero motivation. Reviewing 2018: Stating the obvious here but I didn't write much (8 posts to be exact) and one of the main reasons behind this is I had my mind on more important… Continue reading Three Year Blogiversary!
Well, I'm just going to keep this mega short and sweet because I shy! Heehee! I am officially back and raring to go! If you have been on this blogging journey with me from the start, you will know I closed the site for a while. The intention was to just shut-down and switch… Continue reading Look who’s back!
Prompt: go to dictionary.com, the word of the day is your writing prompt. Summerize: (v) 1797 'to spend the summer'. From 1935 as 'to prepare for summer'. As the school year draws to a close, all I have been doing lately is organising and preparing for the summer, or to rephrase it according to the… Continue reading Summerize: memories and rituals
I know I am unceremoniously late but what can I say, January resolutions have never been for me. New Year eves just don't fill me with the kind of excitement that can convince me to give up my much-needed sleep. My celebratory text messages are never responsible for jamming the mobile phone network simply because they don't exist.
Read my One Year Blogiversary here. *** I was going to begin by asking whether or not anyone is still reading this blog but that'd be a redundant question seeing as many of my students are stalking following my blog. HI GUYS!!! It's my two year blogiversary! I've hit 15,884 views this year (quadrupled from… Continue reading Two Year Blogiversary
I'm back! Don't ask how long for because every time I announce my hiatus is over, it really isn't but I do have a plethora of excuses reasons for my silence on t' 'press. On Monday, we returned to Qatar after a very loooong 7 weeks in the UK. We were the last people we… Continue reading Greener Grass and Silver Linings
We went to The Mall of Qatar the other day, I spotted an artificial blossom tree which made me realise: it is officially May. I have this single, disconnected memory where I recall being very young, sitting on the floor and holding what I can only guess now must've been a deck of cards. The… Continue reading Month of Me/May
I have been slacking a little on the blogging front. It's not that I have nothing to write about, in fact, for a variety of reasons, I'm functioning at a veerrrryy slow pace. The weather is heating up. It's 35 degrees as I write this and the thought of doing anything after a long day… Continue reading Not on Strike
First off let me begin by saying a BIG THANK YOU to all you lovely readers and new subscribers. I hadn't anticipated this much traffic to my page after being featured on Discover, it is very humbling. I was nominated last week (I think? It's exam season so I have no concept of time) for this award… Continue reading Sunshine Blogger Award
It was my one year blogiversary on December 13th! Yay me! I won't repeat the clichéd 'OMG I can't believe I've blogged for a whole year,' because as you're about to find out, I didn't blog for the whole year. In the beginning... When I started blogging it was to overcome writer's block and find… Continue reading One Year Blogiversary
Thankful... For a spouse like mine. You took every Thursday off to drive me down to uni. Even when it was your only day off in the whole week and even when you weren't feeling well yourself, you would accompany me on the journey and refuse to let me drive. Your selflessness meant that… Continue reading Passing with DISTINCTION!
Sometimes it becomes so that we find ourselves swept away by the tempest of life. Burdens of responsibilities turn the days into blurs and nights into blocks of amnesia. We sense the neglect of our hearts and minds yet we can't remedy it. There is simply no time to stop. For me, the spring of… Continue reading Beacon of Hope Sister’s Retreat