365 Writing Prompts:Moment of clarity

Tell us about a time you’ve been trying to solve a knotty problem, a life problem, a big problem— and you had a moment of clarity when the solution appeared to you, as though you were struck by lightning.

One year I went to Toronto to see my cousin, one of my college friend found out I was in Toronto,she came to visit me in my cousin’s apartment. We had a nice visit it was fun talking about our college days.

Next day she called me and said she’d be coming to take me to her house, she lived in the suburbs.

Marcia wanted me to see her house, it was a two storied house, I noticed she was describing her house as if I was a buyer. I looked around the thought of buying her house did not strike me. I quietly listened to her and when it was time to leave I thanked Marcia and her husband for being so nice.

Next day Marcia called me again to visit her, I excused myself because I was leaving the next day.

I called her from my home, her husband answered the phone and told me his wife was too sick to answer the phone, I didn’t think anything and felt she is sick, maybe she’ll call me back when she’s better. When Marcia failed to call me and also did not send me a Christmas card,I thought about her house, how eager she was to show me her backyard, the bedrooms in the house, she also told me how good the neighbors were. Something clicked in my brain,maybe her intention was to sell the house to me, because I stayed quiet she suspected I won’t  buy her house.

It became clear Marcia’s eagerness to have me in her house was to somehow impress me to buy her house, when it didn’t happen, it was no longer useful to maintain her friendship with me!

https://sabethville.wordpress.com/2014/12/26/365-writing-pr…ent-of-clarity/

 

 

365 Writing Prompts: I was here

You are the first astronaut to arrive on a new uncharted planet.Write the note that  you leave to those who come after you.

 

Dear fellow astronauts,

Since I’ve landed here before any of you, I’d like to give some advice about this planet. The land here is mostly barren, very little plants grow here, I managed to find some inhabitants, who have found a way to grow produce which is healthy and delicious. I’ve told them to watch out for you and give as much help as is necessary, they are extremely friendly and hospitable, you will have a great time on this planet.

I think it is a good idea to carry some seeds of vegetables you like and try to sow the seeds , it’s an experiment which will help the future astronauts who are interested to visit this place.

I wish you well here.

My best wishes and good luck to all of you.

Ranu

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DP Daily Prompts: Mystery Box

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You wake up one morning to find a beautifully wrapped package next to your bed. Attached to it is a note : “Open me, if you dare.”

What’s inside the mystery box? Do you open it?

The warm bright sun attracted the attention of our two felines, Gabriel and Raphael, they were meowing so loud to sit on the window sill I had to get up to open the blinds, when I opened my eyes I saw something shiny and colorful right beside my bed. This thing was beautifully wrapped, I thought this person is an experienced wrapper, then I saw something, a note there is a note I exclaimed, I took the note and started reading it, strange what’s this, I told myself, “open, if you dare.”

I could not understand why anyone would leave a gift for me and dare me to open it. It was not making much sense. I am a curious person, I made up my mind to open it, surely there is nothing wrong opening a gift is there, at this point I was curious and afraid as well.

I picked up this mysterious gift and with hands shaking started to open it, I had to forget about fear, no one wants to hurt me I kept telling myself.

I opened the lid of the box, I found a dried rose on top, it was laid on a shiny green piece of  paper, is this all I said I was disappointed, but I could see something else under, I carefully picked up the paper with the rose and put it aside.

There I found a red folded paper, I opened it, it’s a pack of dried  catnip leaves and a  recipe too.

I began reading the recipe: Catnip is most often drunk as a tea to calm an upset stomach or help with sleep.

1. place 1–2 teaspoons of dried catnip into a cup and add hot( not boiling) water.

2. Let it sit for 10 minutes.

3.Flavor with honey or lemon(optional).

Catnip can also be used as an aromatic herb in cooking and salads.

I sat on my bed and wondered who gave me this gift, it’s useful I thought and put away my mystery gift. I waited for my daughter to come home to show her my strange but useful gift.

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Tagore song:Tumi khushi thako posted and translated by Ranu

Watch me and be happy

When I sing and wander around in your

courtyard, I feel your touch in my

musical voice

the joy  and the rhythm

spreads in  the whole world

my mind hears

the humming sound.

I like your darkness and your light

My smile wanders around

and carries your laughter with it!

https://sabethville.wordpress.com/2014/12/25/tagore-songtum…slated-by-ranu

 

 

 

 

 

DP Daily Prompts: My Hero

Who’s your Hero? Tell us a story about why that person plays such an important role in your life.

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After my father passed away, my mother took care of us, she cooked for us, she kept our house in order. She looked after our needs and made sure we had everything, i.e, clothes,books,  and a safe environment.

My Dad left sufficient funds in my mother’s name. My mother used some of the money to buy  a house in Comilla, it’s a small town in Bangladesh, we grew up there.

My mom was a very religious lady, she told me stories of the Prophet, and taught all of us that we must never tell a lie. A lie is never forgiven by God unless our life is in danger.

She reminded us that if we  do not like someone we  must never talk behind his/her back.

She was a very kind lady, the beggars who came to our house called her Ma, my mother fed them when they asked for food.

One evening someone came to our house and said, “Ma please give me some food.”

My mom immediately sent the food for this person, she was curious she knew no one comes this late in the evening and asks for food, out of curiosity she opened the door to see who it was, she was surprised to see the rickshaw driver eating, when she asked him why he begged for food at that hour, he said he finished his job , he was hungry, he knew if he came to our house my mom will give him something to eat.

My mom had a very important role in our lives, she was always there when we needed her. She filled the role of a Mom and a Dad.

https://sabethville.wordpress.com/2014/12/24/dp-daily-prompts-my-hero

 

365 Writing Prompts: The best day ever

You get to enjoy the best day ever–describe in detail what that means to you, where are you?What will you do? What’s the weather like? What will you eat? Who will you see?

To me the best day is when there is peace all over the world, there is no crime, the citizens of the world would live in peace and harmony, there is no sadness, no one goes hungry, kids can enjoy themselves without fear of pedophiles or kidnappers, it would be an ideal world for me.

A bright sunny day with no clouds in the sky would be my preference for the weather.I’d then love to sing the song”Oh give me a home where the buffalo roam where the deer and the antelope play.”

The song below tells it all:

https://sabethville.wordpress.com/2014/12/24/365-writing-pr…-best-day-ever/

DP Daily Prompts: Secret Santa

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You get to choose one gift— no price restrictions– for any person you want. The Caveat?You have to give it anonymously.What gift would you give, and to whom?

I’ve bought gifts for my friends already, there is no one left on my list.

The fact that I can choose a gift without price restriction is tempting indeed even though it is make-believe.

When I read the prompt I immediately thought of a little boy or girl who may not get a gift on this  day.

The first person on my list is a sweet little five year old girl, she’ll be the recipient of  the anonymous gift I’ve chosen.

It is a walking and talking doll. The doll would talk to the little girl and I’d love to watch her laughing and talking back.

https://sabethville.wordpress.com/2014/12/23/dp-daily-prompts-secret-santa/

 

365 Writing Prompts: The guilt that haunts me

Share a time when you were overcome with guilt.What were the circumstances? How did you overcome your guilt?

When I was studying in the university, my local guardian was my parent’s very good friend we all called him uncle, he was a very nice caring person.I was very homesick in the hostel, my uncle was aware of it. Every Friday he’d come to pick me up from the residence  to spend the week-end with his family and then dropped me off on Monday.

After I completed my studies I got a job and continued to visit him. One week-end for some reason I did not go to his house, I called him and told him I’d go to his place next week-end, he said he missed me, he had bought all kinds of food that I liked, I told him I’d see him the following week-end.

Next morning I got the newspaper it was weird I felt I must check the obituary list, first thing I read was my uncle’s name, he had died in the evening. I went to his house,his daughter-in-law and the Grand kids were there. I felt very sad, I spoke to him in the afternoon, he died the same evening.

I felt guilty for a while but was able to overcome it with the help of my friends.

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DP Daily Prompts: To Be Resolved

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We’re entering the final days of 2014–how did you do on your New Year’s resolutions these past 11.75 months? I s there any leftover item to be carried over to 2015?

The words final days sounds so dreadful and permanent. I cannot recall making any resolutions particularly on New Year’s day 2014.

What I’ve done so far is I resolved to take care of certain things on a daily basis, some I do, others I just ignore, I tell myself I am not in a mood or there is something else more important than the one I am thinking about.

One thing I never leave by the wayside is writing my prompts, something about them makes me do it, I wish I knew what it is that drives me to write these prompts. It is not that I have a queue waiting out to read  my blog, there is only one, God bless him he clicks the like button and writes his comment with so much gusto that I feel I can never disappoint him.

Coming back to leftovers, they are a way of my life, I am so thankful to whoever invented the refrigerator, I get to put away the unconsumed food in that wonderful appliance.

I do have a lot of leftover items to be carried over to 2015, it is my basement. I have to set things in order. There are so many things in there I sometimes wonder, why did I put them in the basement, I could throw them out, but I don’t know about others there is always that pack rat mentality, which stops me from discarding anything. I now am facing the problem of an overstuffed basement with things I may never use.

Image from wikipedia, A Pack rat

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Yes my New Year’s resolution in the coming year 2015 is to clean my basement, I cannot make any other resolution, this alone may take me a good part of 2015!

https://sabethville.wordpress.com/2014/12/22/dp-daily-promp…to-be-resolved/

365 Writing Prompts: Interplanet Janet

You get to design your own planet: tell us all about your planet– the weather,the seasons,the inhabitants. Go.

My planet will be a place where poverty is non-existent. Families will have homes according to their needs, a small family of four members will have a home for four people, i.e, three bedrooms , a moderate size kitchen, two full bathrooms, one for the parents and one for the kids, there will be a powder room with a sink and a toilet for guests.

The kitchen will be equipped with all the necessary appliances, such as a stove, refrigerator, toaster oven  microwave oven and a dishwasher. There will be a double sink in the kitchen, one part for washing and the other for drying. we don’t need a dishwasher every day, a few dishes used can be hand washed and put away.

Larger families will have larger homes.

The citizens will be free to practice their religion without any interference. Education will be free, the farmers will produce and consume their food and sell them in the market, they will own their land, there will be no landlords.

There will be entertainment centers and centers for physical exercise,to make sure everyone is happy and healthy.

There will be public transportation for all to use, the citizens will be encouraged to use private cars only when it is absolutely necessary to prevent pollution.

There will be government subsidized health clinics for all the people on my planet.

The climate  will be temperate,not too hot nor too cold. There will be two seasons, winter and summer. In the winter the citizens will need a light coat or a slightly warmer sweater or cardigan. The summer will be tolerable,not too hot.

The inhabitants will be encouraged to get education according to their potential, there will be regular tests conducted by educators who will decide what kind of education a certain individual needs in order to be useful for he/ she to be a productive citizen.

Armies will not be required to defend the planet, the citizens will be trustworthy and will  stay away from any kind of quarrel on a small or large scale.

There will be one meeting a month to find out if there is anyone unhappy about anything, if necessary help will be given to them instantly.

I hope all the people on my planet will always be healthy and happy and will help each other.

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