Ten months before I upped and moved to Qatar, I lost my first child in a miscarriage. After 4 years and 500 failed attempts at writing this without sounding cliché or cringe, here I am on my 31st birthday, ready to embrace the cringe. This has been a long time coming. * We're living through… Continue reading To all the children I hold close to my heart…
As a teen, many a summer holidays were spent staying awake till 1am engrossed in a book. Occasionally I'd venture downstairs for buttered toast and a cup of hot chocolate, or milk and cookies. My mum would nag me to leave the house, sit in the garden, go to the local shop - anything. 'Just… Continue reading Reading update: April 2020
I must say I'm not loving how all my recent blogs scream CORONAVIRUS (do you say it in Cardi B's voice, too?) but it has unintentionally turned into a 'series' so I'll stick with it. Get your coffee and get comfy because this post is a long one.I didn't experience the full psychological impact of… Continue reading CORONAVIRUS: How am I coping? Here’s a personal update.
It's Easter hols which means a break from school. By that, I mean a break from online teaching as well as the school building itself (unlike other institutions, my colleagues and I have been working on-site.) Normally, at this point of the academic year, I'm soooooo ready to see the backs of my students as… Continue reading CORONAVIRUS: an educator’s concerns
“My immune system is so rubbish, I bet I’ll be the first person to contract Corona. I bet ya I’ll be the reason our school closes.” Well. It’s all fun and games and ha ha ha until you suddenly feel feverish and your boss sends you home early, and on the way home you almost… Continue reading CORONAVIRUS: an update from this side of the world
It's 2020, it's the first week back at school and I've had an epiphany. Turns out there really is something more difficult than maintaining new year resolutions, and that something is coercing a class of 14-year-olds to prepare and rehearse an assembly about (you guessed it) NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS! Yay. Being the down-to-earth teacher I… Continue reading New Year Resolution Schmezolution
13th December marked this blog's 4th birthday (woop woop!), so in keeping with the tradition of writing a blogiversary post below is my verrryyyy overdue review of the past year. Like everyone's New Year resolutions which are made and then instantly forgotten/broken, I made a few promises in the last blogiversary post, one being that… Continue reading Four Year Blogiversary
Hi, it's me. Zoya. Who we kiddin' you already know me! I'm your most beloved muse as of late. And by 'of late' I mean since Emran Hashmi starred in Jannat - the first one - back in 2008.
So this happened earlier this week. I was nominated for the Liebster Award by fellow Kashmiri Salman Wani. First off, thank you for the nomination and the questions you sent me to answer in acceptance of the award. I'll begin by answering Salman's 11 questions which, I have to admit, are waaaaay too philosophical for me… Continue reading Liebster Award Nomination!
Phase 1 After wishing away the whole year, summer is finally here and I'm feeling like I could probably continue working for another half term. Unlike the UK, Qatari schools usually break up in June and resume mid-August and we get some extra time off when the two Eids fall during term time. Anyhoo, I've… Continue reading The 7 phases of *this* teacher’s summer vacay
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
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 off… 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 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, still very much alive
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
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