Sharing my world- 5/16/22

Melanie, our gracious host of SYW, has posed these interesting questions today;

Love this new badge Melanie!

The image today is courtesy of the fantastic
Sadje with subtle changes by MBC!


Do you become discouraged by the annual “Blogging Ennui” phenomenon that comes around every year? (it’s early this year IMO) (blogging ennui means (to me) a distinct slow down in writing and participation, which lasts an indefinite period of time).

Not really! In fact, it gives me a breathing space. I agree that the usual number of posts has fallen down and many bloggers are missing in action. But I guess they have their reasons. One thing that I suspect is that not all posts are showing from all the bloggers in my reader. Maybe another WP glitch?

If you were in a room filled with you and your doppelganger (someone who looks exactly like you do. Supposedly everyone has at least one out there in the world) and 2 billion dollars, what would you do? What do you think your doppelganger would do?

A very interesting question. I’d split the money with my doppelgänger and leave as soon as possible. The doppelgänger may look like me but how can I trust her? She may want all the money for herself.

A building is burning. You have time to either save a child trapped inside or a valuable painting which you would then sell, using the money to save 20 children from starvation. What would you do and why?

Of course, I’ll save the child. Saving a child from certain death is more important than a painting, no matter how valuable it may be. As for saving 20 kids from starvation, we don’t need to sell paintings for that. It takes very little to feed a child; an open heart and a generous mind can do that without going to those limits.

What’s your opinion of yams or sweet potatoes?

I love them. Not the way people eat them in the west but the way we eat them here. After roasting them in coals with skin on, it is peeled, and cubed. It’s them drenched in chat masala and lemon juice. Yummy!


Please feel free to share an image of something that makes you smile!

Full moon on 5/15/22
My phone decided to change the full moon into something dramatic!

Thanks Melanie for once again posing very interesting questions.



Sharing my world- 5/9/22

Melanie, our gracious host has posed the following questions this week in SYW


What two totally normal things become really weird if you do them back to back?

I really am struggling to find an example here except what Melanie suggested herself, eating a big meal and going for a weigh-in at a dietitian’s clinic. Or perhaps brushing your teeth after dinner and then eating a piece of dark chocolate!

What is something that you just recently realized that you are embarrassed by, that you didn’t realize embarrassed you?

I used to be embarrassed by the faux pas I committed frequently but now I just laugh them off. Quite the reverse of this question asked.

If Australia (including New Zealand and Tasmania – which I KNOW are different countries); the UK, Ireland, Germany, the USA, and Brazil or Italy were represented by one food, which would it be for each?

I’d say Pizza for Italy, a hamburger for USA, fish and chips for UK! For the rest I have no idea.

What might happen if Goldilocks and the Three Bears were set in modern times?

Goldilocks would be strictly prohibited from wandering the forest on her own but if she did, she’d have her cell phone and GPS to guide her. The bears would in any case be afraid of humans and wouldn’t approach her at all.

Where was the most most embarrassing or inappropriate place you’ve passed audible gas?

Do you think I’d tell!


If you celebrate it, how was your Mother’s Day?  What did you do?   If you don’t (because you’re a single guy or it’s not in your culture) please share something fun you did recently.

On Mother’s Day, we were traveling so we have plans to celebrate it later in the week or the next weekend. Last week was Eid and the whole week was off from school and work. We had a very pleasant time with family and friends. Even managed to see a couple of movies; Dr. Strange and Sonic the hedgehog!

A view of the mall on the Chand raat ( eve before Eid)

Thank you Melanie, for these very interesting questions.



Earth Month Share

Melanie is our gracious host for SYW

Credit for partial image goes to Katy ( . It was added to and gently ‘tweaked’ by me.

Welcome to Share Your World – The Earth Month Edition! 


In your opinion, how are we affecting our planet?

Our biggest crime is polluting our environment. Air, water, oceans, and soil, all are bearing the brunt of human ‘civilization’.

What solutions would you offer to stem the multiple problems we face vis a vis the destruction of our planet home?

I think the best, most doable solution is to switch to renewable sources of energy, like solar energy and wind energy. This will take fossil fuels out of the equation and save our environment. Another most vital step should be to ban the use of plastic packaging.

Do you think it’s already too late and we could just do exactly as we’re doing now and things would turn out the very same?

It’s not too late to do something even now. Any doubts people have should be removed by observing the beneficial effects of the lockdowns in 2020. There was less pollution because people weren’t burning fossil fuels.

Do you participate in things like “Arbor Day” (a U.S. Holiday dedicated to planting new trees) or Earth Day or Earth Month?

We don’t have these days here but we do have plantation movement in monsoon season. Lately one billion new trees were planted all over the country. Government provides pieces of land for tree plantation.

Is any of it important in the ‘Big Picture’?

Of course, any step in the right direction, however small will have a positive impact in the bigger picture.


What can you personally do to participate in the “Clean Earth” movement?

Don’t use plastic bags, don’t use plastic bottles, use solar energy, use less fuel, walk to your destination if it’s nearby, plant more trees, conserve water and be a caring tenant of this place we call home.

Thank you Melanie for these questions and for making us think about our environment.



Sharing my world- 4/18/22


In your opinion, what do you buy way more of than most people?


Skin care products? Clothes? I do buy many things that I shouldn’t! But perhaps the most things that I buy are edibles, specially when I go shopping when I’m hungry.

Which workers have the worst jobs?

Anyone who hates their job would have the worst job. They could be earning millions but if the hate going to work everyday, they shouldn’t be doing what they do.

Opinion. John Cage is a composer who composed a piece named 4’33” for any instrument. The performance are instructed not to play their instrument for four minutes and thirty-three seconds. Is this music or is this art? A combination of the two? Neither, it’s stupid. Your opinion?

Perhaps it’s art! Perhaps he wanted to teach the appreciation of silence? I don’t have any opinion on this because;

I never went and paid to listen to a live orchestra

I don’t understand the nuances of subtle art.

How good are you at drawing?

I recently drew a picture from a picture and it was liked by more than 100 people. It gives me the confidence to say, “ not bad”

GRATITUDE SECTION (as always optional)

Feel free to share one amazing thing you’ve experienced (any time frame).

Waking up every day and being able to enjoy this feeling is to me an ongoing miracle. We have no guarantee that we will live another day or another moment, so every new day is a gift to be enjoyed.

Enjoy life as it comes

Written in response to SYW, hosted by Melanie



Sharing my world- Guest hosting

This week instead of Melanie, Share Your World is being hosted by Tena Carr, of Jottings and writings


Do You Prefer Salty Foods or Sweet Foods?

It totally depends on my mood. When I’m hungry I like salty food, not a snack but a proper meal. But most days after dinner I crave something sweet. Even a piece of chocolate would satisfy my cravings.

Would you rather be in a place where it is excessively hot or excessively cold?

I would prefer a moderate climate, but if very hot or very cold are the only choices, I’d prefer cold as we already live in a country where the summers are very hot and almost 9 months long.

Favorite Mode of long distance travel (Bus, Plane, Train, Automobile, or other).

Definitely a plane. I get fed up sitting in one place for a long time and I can walk around in a plane. And a plane gets to the destination faster.

What was your favorite holiday growing up? (You can also use american holidays or appropriate holidays from your country)

I like Eid-ul-Fitr which comes after the month of Ramadan. After fasting for one month, the idea of eating whenever you can is very attractive. Plus we also receive and give gifts so it’s a bit like Christmas.


Gratitude Section

What gave you the most gratification this week?

I’ve shared in a previous post that it was the birthday of my granddaughter last Saturday. We all traveled to Lahore and had a wonderful time. My grandson also turned 3 on Sunday but we couldn’t attend his birthday as we had to be back in Islamabad. But it was a joyful weekend.

Thanks Tena for hosting this week.



First share of April

Melanie, our gracious host of SYW, has asked us these questions this week;


Are you more productive at night or in the morning? Do you think it’s possible to change and get used to another schedule?

I’m a morning person. I like getting up early and tackling my to-do list. Sleeping in last makes me feel like I’m chasing my tail the whole day. I only relax when I’ve done all my chores, read all the pending blogs, and written my posts for the day.

I guess I can change my routine if HAVE to but I’m sure I won’t be happy doing it in the reverse.

What’s the biggest vehicle you’ve driven? If you don’t drive, what’s the biggest vehicle you’ve ridden in?

I’m not a keen driver and prefer to be driven. So the biggest can I’ve driven would be my husband’s new Altis (Corrolla). The biggest vehicle I was driven in would be the luxury coach traveling between Islamabad and Lahore. I loved traveling by bus but Covid put a stop to it. In fact, the pandemic has adversely affected the service.

What songs would be played on a loop in hell? (Suspend disbelief for this one, it’s cool not to believe in Hell, but let’s use our imaginations to answer. Of course one can always skip the questions they find odd too. And yes, I took into account that individual tastes will influence individual choices.)

Any song played constantly on the loop will drive the already damned souls mad, and up the wall! Will there be walls in hell?

(Deep and chewy philosophical question): What does it mean to be a person? What constitutes “personhood?” (there may be some diverse opinions, but we’re all mature adults in here, so be respectful of others please).

Any and every human is a person. A person who possesses a good heart is good, while a bad person is devoid of good feelings towards their fellow humans.


How were your spirits (mood) over the past week?

The past week was the last one before Ramadan. It was hectic because I wanted to be well prepared for this holy month. With month-long fasting, I like to have my home in order, sheets changed, and all stuff spick and span. So it was a “ get everything done” week. But I’m glad I’ve done it and now I can relax, concentrate on reading Quran daily, and be peaceful, and try to catch up with my sleep.

Some pics from a place we visited
Tiny pansies!

Thank you Melanie for these lovely questions.



Last sharing of my world for March 22

Our wonderful host of SYW, Melanie has asked us these questions;


What fictional family would you like to be part of? (think TV shows, cartoon or books or some fictional family that you admire)

When I was around 10, I started reading Enid Blyton’s Famous Five. They were kids around my age with ( I think) 2 sets of siblings and a girl. I was so fascinated with these stories, the adventures they were always having, and the frequency with which they had meals! I wanted to be a part of their gang.

Which band or artist would you like to play at your funeral or memorial service? (the artist can have passed on too)

Haha, this is a funny question for me because as a Muslim, the occasion of death is a solemn one. The image of artists playing music is so hilarious to imagine. In my culture, people recite Holy Quran and pray for the departed soul when they get together at a funeral.

Preference. Popcorn, M&Ms or other. Choose something you love snacking on.

It should be some healthy snack but since I’m not so sensible, I’d much on popcorn, trail mix and roasted chickpeas.

If you could be any supernatural (fantasy) character, what would you be? (Think Elves, fairies, dragons or whatever)

What about a good witch?

Granting wishes to people who are nice and want to do good things! That seems to be a good choice.


Please share the best advice you’ve ever gotten which you feel ought to be shared with everyone.

I think I’ve shared this before too, but no harm in repeating myself;

“Always be yourself, never try to pretend to be someone you aren’t. This is integral honesty and it is easier to be who you really are because one doesn’t needs to pretend”

I was given this advice by my late father.

Flowers in my front yard.

Sharing my world- March 21,2022

Melanie, our wonderful host has posed these questions for us this week in SYW


What very common thing have you never done? (this one probably is a recycle, but I don’t think it’s terribly recent?)

There are many things that I don’t do now, but may have tried at least once. Like riding a motorbike, which I crashed into a wall and didn’t try again. I don’t ride in a chair lift after I had a tough time get off from one. I also don’t eat any red meat, though I’m sure I’ve tasted it when I was very young and rejected the flavor.

Are we morally obligated to be charitable, if we have the means to?

In my opinion, we are. It’s also part of my faith to give charity or to help others whenever we can. Giving to others gives us a feeling of peace and contentment. If the wealth is not shared in a society, anarchy can result.

What is the most amazing fact you know?

Hmmm….. that eating a diet based on just fat and little protein we can lose lots of weight and fat from our body. It’s crazy, right!

What’s your favorite sandwich and why?

A grilled cheese sandwich with some tart jam in the center. Strawberry or tomato jam. It’s really yummy. Paula once shared her perfect recipe for a grilled cheese sandwich and it turned out amazing. She used tomato slices in the center with cheese.

GRATITUDE SECTION(As always optional)   🌼🌻🌷🌹💐🌺🌼💮🌻

Please feel free to share something you find inspires you.

I am inspired by people going out of their way to help others. Stories of courage also inspire me. And specially when young people do something good collectively, it gladden my heart.

Full moon a couple of nights ago.

Thanks Melanie for asking us these brilliant questions.



Sense of humor???

This week Melanie, our gracious host of Share Your World had asked these questions;


How do you tell if someone has a sense of humor?

If anyone is capable of laughing at themselves, I think they have a sense of humor. Laughing at others is easy, anyone can do it but laughing at oneself needs a person to be endowed with a sense of humor. It also means that they don’t take themself and life too seriously.

What sort of music do you prefer?

All sort of music! Old, new, classic, pop, hip hop, Urdu, English, Punjabi. But it has to be something that appeals to me, either the lyrics or the composition!

Thoughts on gravy or ‘sauce”? Yea or nay?

In eastern /Asian cooking most of dishes have gravy in them. Chicken curry or chicken qorma are prime examples. So I grew up on gravy and hence I don’t mind it. Besides, how will I eat the roti if there is no gravy!

Would you enjoy a hot air balloon ride?

I have never wanted to go up in a balloon but who knows, I may love it.

GRATITUDE SECTION (As always, optional)

What do you think is widely taken for granted?

People take food and shelter for granted. But we never know what fate is in store for us. We need to be grateful for what we have and be more empathetic towards those who don’t have enough to eat or a roof over their heads.

Moon in daylight

Many thanks to Melanie for always finding interesting questions for us to answer every week.



Sharing my views about history and seasons

Melanie, our gracious host of SYW has these questions for us this week;


What’s The Strangest Thing In Your Refrigerator?

I have a six month old bottle of extra hot chili sauce/ dip in my fridge. It’s too hot for my taste but I cannot bring myself to throw it away, thinking that one day I might use it.

Would You Rather Hear The Music Of Johann Sebastian Bach Played By A Barbershop Quartet, Or A Heavy Metal Band?

I frankly have no idea of what either one would sound like. So no opinion here.

If You Could Erase One Event From History, Which One Would You Erase?

It’s very dangerous to try to mess with history. One can argue that we could do away with the wars, epidemics, famines, floods, or any other event causing great destruction in human history but it’s never the answer. So instead of erasing history, if we learned from it we may fare better.

If Your Food Is Bad At A Restaurant, Do You Say Something?

If the food is too bad, or the service is terrible or it’s too late, I do complain. The point is not to get anyone into trouble but to let the manager know that they need to improve their standard of service.

GRATITUDE SECTION (as always, optional):

On one side of the earth we’re facing upcoming Spring, and on the other Autumn. What positive or uplifting thought do these changes bring to you?

I always feel more jubilant when the seasons change. Like everything is new and vibrant. So it doesn’t matter if spring is coming or autumn, summer or winter! Just the idea of change makes me feel alive.

Clouds looking amazing while obscuring the sun.