Sunday Poser # 51 – ‘Cuse me, could you repeat please?

Welcome to week 51 of Sunday Poser

My question this week is;

If you didn’t hear it the first time, do you ask people to repeat what they just said or make your own assumption about what they just said?

For me, this is a very common issue. Perhaps it’s my age or the over-use of artificial sweeteners, but if someone speaks very softly, or there is a lot of noise around me, I completely fail to capture what was just said. The next step depends on where I am. If I am with family, I’ll ask them to say it again. If even then I don’t get it, I just work out in my mind what they might have been saying!

With my husband I am more frank, I would ask him to speak up and be more clear. But he does the same to me too. He is five years older than me and perhaps we both are a bit hard of hearing!

When I am among strangers, I do ask them to repeat once, and if I am none the wiser, I just either ignore it or try to imagine what was said.

What about you?

How do you tackle this problem?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section or you can write your own post and link it to this one so that I may find your response.

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Sunday Poser # 50- Time charge- Yes or No?

It’s week 50 of Sunday Poser!!!!

My question this week is;

What do you feel about the bi-annual time change?

While I lived in America, the changing of time twice a year was very confusing for me. It wasn’t that I was unfamiliar with the concept, or why it was introduced but experiencing it firsthand was different.

It was disorienting to say the least. Adding an extra hour to the day or taking it away would seriously mess up the body rhythm. I also faced another problem due to the change in time. As a Muslim, I offer prayers 5 times a day, and the timings are determined by the position of the sun. So whatever the clock said, I would have to get up at the time of the prayer. And in Ramadan, we were getting up at 2:00 am to fast.

I have had conversations with many people living in America who weren’t happy with this practice.

What are your views on the time change?

Please share this in the comments section or you can write your own post and link it to this one.

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Sunday Poser # 49

Welcome to another Sunday Poser.

My question this week is;

Have you or do you want to learn a new language?

I grew up in a society where speaking at least a couple of languages is very common. Urdu, our national language and a regional language, which in my case is Punjabi. I learned English in school as it is the medium of instruction in most good schools, perhaps a legacy of British rule. In addition to this most Muslims learn to read Arabic because our holy book, Quran is in Arabic.

So I am fluent in Urdu and English, and can speak and understand Punjabi. I am not very good at reading and writing Punjabi as it is a difficult language to master. As for Arabic, I can read and write it but I cannot understand spoken Arabic. The language of Quran is old Arabic and I can understand some of it but the modern Arabic is quite different from it.

And yet I still want to learn another language; Persian. I love how musical it sounds. Maybe one day I will realize this dream of mine. Nowadays, learning a new language online is not that difficult, just time consuming.

So what about you? Have you learned a second/ third language or plan to do so?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section.

Or better still, you can write your own post and share it’s link in the comments.

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Sunday Poser # 48

Welcome to the first Sunday Poser of October.

This week my question is;

Are you excited about tomorrow or worried?

Being an incurable optimist, I am more excited about what tomorrow will bring than worried.

In the morning when I get up, I try to find something that would be existing on that day. I like to plan so that there is always something to look forward to in any coming tomorrow. This makes rising every morning interesting and joyful.

Perhaps it’s a gift of my optimist nature but it keeps me happy to look forward to every new day with excitement.

So that is my point of view. What about you?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section or you can write your own post and link it to this one so that I can find yours.

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Sunday Poser # 47

Here we are, the last Sunday of September. How quickly time is passing.

Today my question is;

Who or what is your rock in the storm?

We all face storms during our time. Some are storms in a teacup, magnified by our perceptions while others are such that shake our lives. At times like these, we need someone or something to anchor us.

My life has been such that from my very childhood, I have seen difficult times. I have been lucky to have kind and supportive people all through my life but I have learned to rely on my faith for support. To me, there is nothing stronger or more reliable than my faith. It gives me the courage to withstand the storms that brew from time to time. For all my troubles, I turn to God and ask for help and am never disappointed.

What about you?

A loved one or a life partner or perhaps parents or siblings, who is the one you turn to when you need support?

Please share your thoughts in the section. Or you can write your own post and link it with this one so that I can find it.

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Sunday Poser # 46

Welcome back to Sunday Poser # 46

My question this week is;

Do you like surprises?

Surprise birthday or anniversary party count usually as a pleasant surprise. But life can throw unpleasant surprises at us without notice as well.

While most people take pleasant surprises in their stride, unpleasant surprises really throw them off.

I have rarely been surprised with a party, but many many times with gifts that I had wanted. My elder daughter is the one who lavishes expensive presents on me. While my husband is the practical type and always asks what I want for an upcoming birthday or anniversary!

As for unpleasant surprises, I usually adjust after a while to them. I think there is a part of my brain who expects bad things to happen. It is balanced by my optimism but when bad/ unpleasant things happen, I am not very surprised. I try to find a silver lining in those dark clouds.

So this is my story!

What about you? How do you handle the good and not so good surprises?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section or you can write your own post and link it back to this post.

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What does a being prompt host entails?

I have been hosting What Do You See Prompt for almost 2 years now. In addition to it, for the last 40 odd weeks, I ask a question every Sunday, the Sunday Poser.

Since the day I started my prompt, I’ve made it my policy to visit all the posts that are written in response to that prompt.

In the beginning, I used to reblog all the responses but I found it hard to keep up with it and besides people over here weren’t happy with me flooding their readers with so many posts.

I feel that since people are writing /posting in response to my prompts, it is just common courtesy to visit these posts, provided that they have linked it back to my post. Specially if I ask a question, I like to read the replies from my readers!

Some hosts just give daily or weekly prompts but seldom visit the responses.

The purpose of this post is to ask you, if you write in response to prompts, that does it make any difference to you if the host reads and responds to you posts or not?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section.

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Sunday Poser # 45

Welcome to another Sunday Poser

This week my question is very basic;

Why do you blog?

We all have started our blogs for different reasons. Some have done to further develop their talents as writers or poets. While others have done so just to express their views and thoughts.

I started my blog exactly three years ago. It was an impulsive decision but gradually it grew into a way to express me.

I find that writing/ blogging is a way to keep my mind sharp. I need to find words to express my thoughts. I check on spellings and the proper grammatical usage of the words I am writing.

It also is a way where I say what I want to say. In a world where most people are too busy to give time to each other, this blogging community is generous and kind. They read each other’s thoughts and stories and respond with their own.

It is also my therapy. I share my thoughts and worries here and find that others have similar concerns. By spending $100 a year, I get very good supportive therapy.

Blogging also gives me a direction in life. I now have a constructive purpose for all the empty hours I had at my disposal. If any one of my posts can cheer even one of my readers, my purpose is realized.

And lastly, but certainly not the least is the encouragement and appreciation that I receive here. It makes me so happy to read the positive feedback left in comments on my posts.

These are the reasons why in blog!

What are yours?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section or write your own post and link it to this one so that I can find you.

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Sunday Poser # 44

Welcome to week 44 of Sunday Poser

I have been busy with a project in real life that may result in me relocating to another city. That’s why I haven’t been able to comment much on your posts. That brings me to my question this week;

How much time do you spend on responding to comments?

I usually read the posts of those I follow when I get to my blog in the morning. My comments are usually short but I read the whole of the post before commenting. Some bloggers leave lengthy comments and observations on the posts from other bloggers. I always admire that and wish I had so much time to do that too.

But perhaps the reason I don’t do that is that I follow a lot of blogs.

So do you leave short comments on the blogs that you visit or thoughtful, long comments?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section or you can write your own post and link it to this post.

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Sunday Poser # 43

Welcome to week 43 of Sunday Poser

Summer is almost over. Autumn is in the air and in few weeks we will feel the chill of autumn nights.

So my question this week is;

What is your favorite thing about summer?

Personally, I am not a big fan of summer weather. The reason is that in my country, it gets very hot in the months of May and June, and when monsoon starts in mid July, it gets very humid and muggy as well.

But having said that, there still stress things I like about summer;

Mangoes 🥭

I love the sweet, tangy taste of mangoes, especially in a fruit salad. By themself, they are too sweet for my palate but mixed with apples, peaches, and guavas they make the perfect fruit bowl.

Cool airy summer clothes;

Since it’s very hot here in summer, we have different wardrobes for summer and winter. Our summer clothes are lightweight cotton and stitched loosely to compensate for the hot weather.

Sitting and sleeping in an air conditioned room

Using air conditioning in summer is a must in my city. It is expensive to run air conditioners all day so we use them sparingly but at nighttime, it’s essential to have it on. The cool air makes sleeping a bliss in summers.

Longer days.

As compared to winters the days are longer and one can get a lot accomplished during summer days.

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These are my favorite things about summer. What are yours?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section.

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