Golden Fork ~ The family’s choice

When the kids were younger, we could pretty much take them anywhere, and they would be content. However, the older they are, the more they understand that “they have rights. ”   One of those rights is the right to choose which restaurant we dine at over the week ends, which generally boils down to Golden Fork ~ the far east/chinese restaurant or CHIN CHIN, the purely chinese restaurant. There’s generally a vote and naturally they all side with Golden Fork. Its a large restaurtant with a casual look and gorgeous food. Bilal and Sawaab are suckers for the regular soup ! They can actually drink two bowls each !! Eman is good at sleeping thru the meal. I enjoy my golden fried meal ( like KFC), while sam relishes his steak or Chicken tikka with Puri. This restaurant is significant in our lives becoz we have been visiting them last 14 years !!!!!!!! long before we tied the knot !!


Pre-meal ritual

Pre-meal ritual


Efficient Service with a Smile

Efficient Service with a Smile









Evading his meals

Evading his meals


Icecream Scoop

Icecream Scoop

chocolate icecream

chocolate icecream Cant have enough of it !

Journey into past ~ Dubai ~ old meets new.

Last wednesday, I got invited to join the Bastikiya Souk hosted by the Dubai Cultural Council. A souk is  Arabic for the traditional market place in Dubai.   Now this area has been restored as a heritage site and I had heard alot about this place and was very pleased to get the invitation. So we decided to check out the location  before agreeing to participate. The souk is held every Saturday between 10:00 AM and 06:00 PM.  Sam drove us there late in the afternoon after we were done with all the preparation for the following school day.

I am so glad we took this trip, I was completly amazed to see the souk. So much has changed in Dubai over the past decade, its hard to believe we are still in an arab world. When we came here 18 years back, this place was so small and simple and uncomplicated, yet it held comforts for us, and it held a promise for a good future ~ ” THAT” it did fulfill.

In the 50’s Dubai was a tiny trading port. Its geographical location and the Ruler’s vision helped it grow into a mega trading Hub. Back then, the little town had homes which were built with mixture of sand,bricks and seashells.. The lanes and bylanes between houses were very narrow and ofcourse the passages were dirt roads.  The homes were pecularly  built with a wind tower.  Being a Muslim country, women folks stayed indoors mostly, and being hot, this was a geniune ventilation system whereby cold air was trapped and kept the rooms cool even in the mightiest of the summer heat.

It was a beautiful experience.  I was completly fascinated and would definetly commend the authorities for a brilliant restoration job done. The thought of selling unique handmade articrafts in such a beautiful and traditional stage would be awesome. Here a just a few of the pics.     

Bastakiya - Dubai

Bastakiya - Dubai


Feel the old Dubai

Feel the old DubaiWindtower



Cute window over the entrance

Cute window over the entrance

large wall

large wall

Bastakiya Windtowers
stairway to the terrace

stairway to the terrace

Bastakiya Windtowers




Traditional Window

Traditional Window

The Souk

The Souk



sail in style

sail in style

Beautiful Cityscape

Beautiful Cityscape


Stark Contrast

Stark Contrast

ABC’s Of Me.


A – Available or single: nope, I have a very cute husband
B – Best friend: Samie

C – Cake or pie: I would probably say pie
D – Drink of choice: Non-Alcoholic Fruit punch
E – Essential item you use everyday: My cell phone
F – Favorite color:
G – Gummy bears or worms:
I don’t like gummy candy
H – Hometown: Dubai

I – Indulgence: So many .. fridge magnets, whicker baskets, crafty stuff, perfumes, list is endless.
J – January or February: Both are special coz it is winter.

K – Kids & names: Bilal, Sawaab, Eman.
L – Life is incomplete without? My family
M – Marriage date: July 1998

N – Number of siblings: One sister
O – Oranges or apples:
P – Phobias or fears:
Q – Fave quote:
“If Allah can get you to it, then Allah will get you thru it.”
R – Reason to smile: My husband, he makes me really happy! My kids, they are amazing!!
S – Season: I love winter – it is special.
U – Unknown fact about me: I’ve been interviewed by an international TV channel.
V- Vegetable you don’t like: Mostly all.  
W – Worst habit: 1. Being a perfectionist in how I do things. 2. Never being on time !
X – Xrays: Knee, hands, backbone, and dental.
Y – Your fave food: Changes with mood

Z – Zodiac sign: Cancer

….Now you know my ABC, next time won’t you sing with me!

They said it…. Quotes that Inspire

It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do.~John Baptiste Moliére

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.
~Johann von Goethe

 Well done is better than well said.~Benjamin Franklin

 I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; I will not refuse to do something I can do.~Helen Keller

 Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility.~Louis Armstrong

 Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.~Anthony Robbins

 Never trouble another for what you can do for yourself.~Thomas Jefferson

 There has been in recent years excessive emphasis on a citizen’s rights and inadequate stress put upon his duties and responsibilities.~Paxton Blair

 Life is a promise; fulfill it.~Mother Teresa

Monsoon Wedding at Delhi 6

Last Winter we visited India for my brother in law’s wedding. Indian Marriages are complicated. They are more complex than 40 spiders weaving their webs within a foot of a distance. There are joys, festivities, lights – plenty of lights, quarrels – plenty of quarrels, lots of color and lots of food… Now this would include almost every state of India, North – south, East or West, they may have different rituals and religions, languages and traditions, but marriages in India, dont bond two people, they bond two H U G E (in many cases )  families.

Attending this marriage from Dubai, We completly loved everybit of the wedding. We participated in every ritual and enjoyed the weather the most –icy  cold cold Delhi.   

My husband’s family reside in the older part of Delhi, the part with narrow lanes and bylanes, the part where mouth watering delicacies are available at any given time, a part where kite flying is the most common site in the skies, a part where sundays, the main street is converted into a book mela – a second hand book market – where I can easily get lost for a couple of good hours .. This is Darya Ganj .. names like Kucha Chelaan, Gali Chuia Maem, Kamra Bangash, Choodi Walan  and what not !   The sky is always viewed thru the network of a gazillion wires which is remarkable how an electrician ever finds his way around. I love Delhi in winters .. Come July,  I’m out

So anyways, here are just a few of the photos. It was a joyous trip and it shows :




  samie-and-me-in-love                                                                                                    samie-and-me-at-food  shaadibackhomeazeembhaiyyamyblog-stuffboysglassessamie-283                                                                                                   








Corporate lesson #3

When the body was first made, all the parts wanted to be Boss.

The brain said, ” I  should be Boss because I control the whole body’s responses and functions.”

The feet said,”We should be Boss as we carry the brain about and get him to where he wants to go.”

The hands said,”We should be Boss because we do all the work and earn all the money.”

And so it went on and on with the heart, the lungs, and the eyes until finally the asshole spoke up. All the parts laughed at the idea of the asshole being the Boss. So the asshole went on strike, blocked itself up and refused to work.

Within a short time the eyes became crossed, the hands clenched, the feet twitched, the heart and lungs began to panic and the brain fevered.

Eventually they all decided that the asshole should be the Boss, so the motion was passed. All the other parts did all the work while the Boss just sat and passed all the shit !!

Moral of the Story :

You dont need brains to be a Boss – Any asshole will do  !!!

Corporate lesson #2

A turkey was chatting with a bull.

” I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree,” sighed the turkey, “but I haven’t got the energy.”

” Well, why dont you nibble on some of my droppings ?” replied the bull. “They’re packed with nutrients.”

The turkey pecked at a lump of dung and found that it actually gave him enough strength to reach the first branch of the tree.

The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch.

Finally after a fortnight, there he was proudly perched at the top of the tree. Soon he was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot the turkey out of the tree.

Moral of the story :

Bullshit might get you to the top, but it won’t keep you there.   

Three Corporate Lessons

Lesson Number One :

A crow was sitting on a tree, doing nothing all day. A small rabbit saw the crow , and asked him, ” Can I also sit like you and do nothing all day long ?”

The crow answered :”Sure, why not.” So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the crow, and rested.

All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.

Moral of the story is :

 ~~ To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up  ~~ 

Figures !!! Naturally all those right up the ladder have been so absorbed in themselves and their with mounting golf course membership fees and all that extravagance and traveling,  it is no surprise that the World economy is going  gone to the dogs.

Shame … .. shame.

Lesson 2 follows  tomorrow.