Here are this week’s questions:
1• As a kid, did you have roller skates, a go-kart or a push bike?
I and my younger brother shared a two-wheeler bike. Both of us learned to ride it without training wheels, with skinned knees and hands. I fell in love with biking and would ride one whenever I found a reliable one.
2• Also, did you belong to a gang or just hang out with your friends?
No gangs in the early years. I was an only sister with three brothers. So I would give myself my own company. Friends were only available in school and we didn’t have a neighborhood where there were lots of kids.
When I was in med school, we did have a gang of girls, always giggling and enjoying life. That friendship has lasted till now. Even now we laugh a lot when we get together or talk on the phone.
3• What is the best present, birthday or otherwise, you can remember as a child?
I think the best present that I remember from my childhood was a doll that my father brought back from America when he had gone to Harvard for a master’s degree in public administration. I kept that doll for a long time.
4• If a friend stayed over, did you have a midnight feast or did you go to bed and sleep ?
We never had friends staying over at night. In fact visiting each other’s houses was an infrequent occurrence for us.
Recently ( about 12 years ago) I went to Karachi to visit my friends ( from med school) and we did stay up most of the night recalling our past adventures and laughing at them. It was a memorable visit.
What gives your day a kick start?
I usually get up excited to start my day. Before the recent surgeries, I would allow myself a cup of real coffee but now my tolerance has gone down for caffeine so I make myself a weak cup of tea!
Thanks Di for hosting SYW