My son after me . . . .

The past couple of weeks have been full of doctors appointments and follow ups. I have been suffering from various small issues and so has hubby. Alot has been on my mind. I suppose children sense it easily when parents are stressed, upset or simply worried.

My youngest son, 9 years old Eman, has an amazing sense of humor and whats even more remarkable is his timing. He has confidence, he is methodical and he is witty. What a combination of extraordinary traits. Truly quite unlike how I was when I was as old as he is today !  If/when my folks were ill when I was young, I would really panic and hold onto my grandma for support and assurance.  These boys are really far more confident than me when I was old as them 🙂

Today when I was bringing back Eman from his after school activities, there was a silence for sometime from the back seat (quite unlike him) . Then he asked what really had me all mushy inside.

“Mama, what will happen to me, if you pass away ?”

A question every mother dreads yet answers always in the positive with alot of assurance lest her prized possession worries himself.  The question came out of a bolt and in the few seconds that I registered it and formed an appropriate answer in my mind, with “almost tears” building up in my eyes  .. .. ..

He continued to ask with serious concern in his voice, ” I mean, who’s going to teach me how to get a credit card or how to get a drivers licence.?????

It took me a few seconds more to zap back those tears and realize, he had ofcourse pulled off a loaded one on me !!! Kids, I tell you. What worries these little chaps have at age 9 !!!

When he was 7 years old, he has hurt his knee pretty bad, in a soccer game. While the nurse tended to him, without shedding a tear, he asked his class teacher a question, she related to me the following afternoon.  He asked her quite seriously, “Does that mean, its the end of my soccer career ?? Give me the truth Miss ”

We really had a laugh that day thinking of how my 7 year old worries about his soccer career !

Then on another occasion he was asked to sing a couple of songs for a bunch of relatives whom we were visiting in India, whom we knew rather briefly, just to break ice with them we encouraged him to sing a couple of english songs.  Ofcourse, he loves an audience and after his performance, he got a loud applause. He bowed down several times, and blew kisses at everybody saying “Thank you .. thank you … you are too kind … I love this audience. He must have been 7 then. His comments amazed them more than his songs did.

Such is my little son. A witty charmer. So I think, he’s going to do pretty well with me and even after me ! Inshallah.

Eid in Dubai 2011

Like I said in my previous post, Ramadhan this year was exceptionally blissful. And equally blissful was Ramadhan Eid. This year, for the first time, I accompanied Sam and the boys to the morning Eid Prayers. The ambience and atmosphere of the masjid, the khutbah (sermon), ladies and girls with henna on their hands doning gorgeous colorful outfits and men in their fashionable Kurtas ! Everything was so delightful. After prayers ~meeting and greeting all our brothers and sisters in deen, we had to hurry to get some chopped almonds which sam had forgotten to get along with the chopped pistachios, the previous night.

We have a tradition in my moms household which I have carried forward in my own home, is to make Sheer Khorma (A sweet milk drink loaded with dryfruits) and sevian (a sweet vermicilli dish)  Traditionally both these dishes are prepared only for Eid, in our household. Generally it would be ready before sam got home from the morning prayers but since one essential item was missing, we went shopping for it on Eid morning !!!!  Now where in a muslim country, are you going to have a store open on Eid morning, which is a national holiday ??????? Well what do you know !!! In Dubai, ofcourse, since we have gotten so commercial about EVERYTHING.  So we did find it eventually at Union Cooperative Market in Al wasl road although Choithrams had opened, but they were out of stock on the said item.

After getting back home, I had a very looooooong date with my kitchen. 4 Hours later ~ I was ready with my buffet of more than half a dozen dishes !! Yippe … open the gates for the guests 🙂 

Here are a couple of pictures :-

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Drooling ????  70 Chicken sandwiches and it was over before half the guests had arrived !!

Ofcourse the entire day was spent entertaining and with family, friends and relatives. But then all festivities are always about sharing with family, isnt it ?

Please do leave a comment to tell me how you spend your Eid and what are the special dishes you cook.

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Till we meet again.

Allah Hafiz

Naush

 

 

Ramadhan in Dubai.

Hello everyone ! I hope all of you are having a wonderful year so far ! I know, I have been neglecting this blog a wee bit becoz there have been so many events and things that have been keeping me tied up.

Reasons for delay in updating this blog :-

  • July – Visit to Turkey
  • August – Ramadhan
  • Sept – Visit to Khasab
  • Sept – Schools reopen 😦
  • October – Too many party favor and baby shower orders !!!

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We travelled to Turkey this July. I will be posting several pictures in my next post. To say that its a beautiful place is an understatement. But I’ll keep the details about that for the next post.

We returned to Dubai early August and Ramadhan, the holy month for muslims when they fast from Dawn to Dusk, had already begun. This year’s Ramadhan has probably been the best so far. why ? All the boys fasted with all 5 prayers  …. and Taraveeh  ….. that too ….. 20 rakahs  …… and they also went for Qayam !!!! How awesome is that !!!! Needless to say, I am so so proud of them. Bilal is 12, Sawaab 10 and Eman 9. They were so true to their fast, refraining from music, playstation and even tried to guard their tongue.  Mashallah.

Here is just one of their pics :

Ramadhan in the Gulf is really special. Empty streets at Maghrib, short working hours for all, a lively atmospher in the evening and everyone (muslims and nonmuslims both) refrain from eating in public areas during the day time.  Probably one of the only things that I did not really like about Istanbul.

I’d like to share with you’ll one of our Iftaars ( meals to open the fast taken at dusk) ~ Although every year, we decide that we’re going to stick to fruits followed by a proper meal, invariably we land up having fritters and chaat ! Thats a weird connection between Indian/Pakistanis and Phulkas (fritters) for Iftaar !!! Here is one of the Iftaars :-

What your seeing here are onion fritters, potato fritters, chicken fritters, chilly fritters,  Chana masala (chickpeas masala) and dahi bhallas ( fritters in yoghurt)  Ofcourse we break the fast with a glass of water and some dates, followed by a few of the above items, finish our Maghreb prayers and relax a bit. Again by 9:00 we’re already off for Isha and Taraveeh prayers.  Mostly Sam would have a little something to eat after returning from Taraveeh and then rise again for Fajr.

Ramadhan this year has been especially blessed. I pray Allah swt accepts our duas and fasts and forgives us for all the small and big sins we commit. Ameen.  I hope so much to carry on all the rituals we did this year into next year too. Inshallah.

Thank you for visiting me today.  I hope you visit again.

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Naush