January 31st, 2022 – Facetious remarks?

Some people have a strange sense of humor. They think facetious remarks are entertaining and funny. They think lightly of the problems others are facing and make them feel as if they are exaggerating their issues.

My personal tolerance for such people is quite low. Though I don’t react rudely to their remarks, I usually ignore or try to ignore them. Perhaps they cannot help themself as they lack empathy for others.

If they want to be funny, they should try harder because making light of someone’s troubles or trivializing their issues is not humorous.

Written for Linda’s JusJoJan

Today’s word;Facetious is given to us by Susan

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January 30th, 2022 – Preparation!

It’s one of the jobs of a parent to prepare the children to face the world on their own. Some are wise and are well prepared in the rites of parenthood and do this job well. While others due to a lack of forethought or awareness fail at this important job.

I became a mom at the age of 24. Not very young you can say. But unfortunately, having lost my own mother at a young age, I didn’t know much about being a mother. It was a learning on the job. I am sorry to say that I wasn’t a very well prepared parent. I made many mistakes and it is with pride that I say that all my three children are better parents than I was.

It is so easy to become a parent and it is the hardest job on the earth. They should have a teaching course for people wanting to become parents and they should be given a permit for it after completing the training.

Written for Linda’s JusJoJan

Today’s word; Prepare is given to us by Jenny

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January 29th, 2022 -Letting go

Letting go is not easy
It feels like a defeat
Or perhaps a surrender

Be it ideas or people
Releasing our grip on them
Cutting them adrift to float away
It is never an easy thing to do

Saying I am wrong
Instead of insisting “I’m always right”
Is a part of letting go
It is a ritual of cleaning the slate
And unburdening the heart of grudges and hatred

Written for Linda’s JusJoJan and SoCS

Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “let go.” Write about the first thing that comes to mind when you think “let go.” Enjoy!

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January 28th, 2022 – Abscission

When I was younger, we used to spend summers at our grandparents home. They had a large home in a small city in Punjab. What I remember most about those days was the freedom we had to play outside all afternoon. Climbing the trees, playing hide and seek and trying our hand at gardening were some of our activities.

My grandfather was a keen horticulturist. He loved planting lovely plants and roses were his special interest. He had so many verities of roses in his garden.

Another of his love was growing fruit trees. Oranges in winter and mangoes in summer from their homegrown trees were gifted to all the family. We weren’t allowed to pick the yellow juicy mangoes from the trees till the very first one fell by the process of abscission from the tree. This was a signal that now the fruit is ready to be picked and ripened in the wooden crates lined with newspapers, already readied for them.

Soon we would be enjoying those lovely mangoes. I have never tasted tastier mangoes.

Written for Linda’s JusJoJan

Today’s word; Abscission is given to us by Lakshmi

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January 27th, 2022 – Understanding each other

We need to understand others!

Understanding each other’s point of view would be so liberating. There would be no hatred of those different from us because we would be cognizant of their hows and whys!

But understanding others is hard sometimes. Sometimes we can’t even fully understand our own siblings, children or partners. Same goes for understanding our parents. I think because of this lack of total understanding, many issues arise and we also have many adventures. The mixups are confusing at the time but in retrospect, so very funny!

I remember many conversations where two people were talking at cross purposes and the resultant conversation was so hilarious. But jokes aside, do you have trouble understanding others?

I often have to ask again (and again-sometimes) and I admit that I might be getting a bit hard of hearing! As for my husband, he just simply denies that the conversation ever took place!

We do need to try harder to understand each other!

Written for Linda’s JusJoJan

Today’s word; Understanding is given to us by Kim

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January 25th, 2022- Journal

Keeping a journal/diary was something I always aspired to, but never did. It seemed a wonderful idea to record my thoughts and musings in there every day but, being a lazy person by nature, I didn’t.

I do remember once I did have a diary where I wrote some Urdu poems. I had to protect it from my brothers so that they shouldn’t read it. You know how siblings are, especially brothers when they get hold of something you don’t want them to!

And my laziness finally overcame my desire to write and I think I lost that diary some where. I have read accounts of people where they have shared their journal entries from the time they were young. What wonderful memories to share. But perhaps mine would not have been so entertaining.

Written for Linda’s JusJoJan

Today’s word; Journal is given to us by Scarlet

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January 24th, 2022 – Unbelievable

Recently I read somewhere that saying something is unbelievable donates a lack of imagination on our part!

But some things are so outrageous that we simply cannot believe that it is actually happening. Take, for instance, the erroneous belief of some people that;

a) Covid is a hoax

b) Vaccination against Covid are dangerous and can kill people

c) They don’t need to take precautions against Covid, like wearing a mask, keeping their distance, or getting vaccinated

If these were poor, uneducated people of a third-world country, like mine, this can be put down to ignorance. But poor people of my country are getting vaccinated, (mostly) wearing masks, and are following government guidelines to stay safe.

It’s the privileged people of developed countries ( some, not all) who in their arrogance and not ignorance are taking this stance. If I say that it is unbelievable that people can be so stupid to reject reality in favor of unplausible theories, I wouldn’t be off the mark!

Written for Linda’s JusJoJan

Today’s word; Unbelievable is given to us by J-Dub

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January 23rd, 2022- Surviving disappointment

“If wishes were horses, beggars would ride”


If all our desires were fulfilled
We would never appreciate
The true value of failure
If we never suffered disappointments
We would become self-satisfied buffoons
For the value of a bump in the road can only be appreciated
In hindsight
Failure or a disappointment is the best teacher
That we encounter in our journey of life

Surviving failure makes us wiser and better
Overcoming disappointments grounds us and
Readies us with realistic expectations in future!


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Written for Linda’s JusJoJan

Today’s prompt; Surviving was given to us by Wendy

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January 22nd, 2022- JusJoJan+SoCS- Icing on the cake?

I am not fond of icing on the cake! Provided the cake is tasty on its own. And if it’s not good enough to eat on its own, eating it with super sweet and calorie-rich icing is just pointless.

There are a few instances where icing is a must to enhance the flavor of something that already tastes good! For example, cream cheese icing on red velvet cake/ cupcake. Or a fruit compoté on top a cheesecake, and I wouldn’t call it icing, except in the broader sense of the meaning.

As for brownies, I don’t call a brownie with even a chocolate glaze, a brownie. A brownie is soft, fudgy, and has no icing on the top.

Written for Linda’s SoCS and JusJoJan

Your prompt for #JusJoJan and my very first birthday-Stream-of-Consciousness-Saturday is: “icing on the cake.” Write about the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the phrase “icing on the cake.” Enjoy!

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