Daily Prompt : Gate

In response to daily post’s one-word prompt : Gate

The word, Gate, reminds me of an incidence, where I needed to see my uncle to sign his name and stamp his official seal on the piece of paper acknowledging, I am who the paper says I am.

I took the  stairs to reach the seventh floor, and then walked a few yards to the door of his office. Suddenly someone guarding the door stopped me,  his question,  ‘whom do you want?’

I said my uncle’s name, he handed me a piece of paper,  ‘Write your name and the purpose of your visit.’

I quickly wrote my name, and made it a point to include my last name. The guy told me to wait outside the door.

Within minutes my uncle came rushing to the door, he looked at the man minding the gate and said, “Do you know she is my niece, how dare you let her stand outside the door.”

The guy apologized and replied,   ‘but  she did not tell me you are her uncle!’

What happened to the gate man I don’t know, I did feel he’d have some explaining to do!

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Daily Prompt : Lollipop

In response to daily post’s one-word prompt: Lollipop

I very seldom tasted lollipop as a child, my Dad discouraged us, to him it had no nutritional value. I think he knew his kids like others in the neighborhood, would suck it and leave it on the grass or any kind of bench, lick it and leave it again.

He did not like seeing something sweet and sticky, left for the flies to sit on  and could visualize one of his kids go back and forth to lick some more of that disgusting candy on a small stick.

I’d say kids are different from adults, they are carefree they do things without thinking, like leaving a licked candy on a bench or floor and go back for the taste of the smeared candy with dust or whatever  without thinking . This is why I believe kids are innocent, their lives are simple, they see their surrounding as innocent.

If you tell a kid,   ‘throw away this candy, it’s not good for you.’

They’ll immediately question your judgment,  to him or her, it’s all right, we are strange adults who have no idea what we’re talking about.

But we adults try to keep our kids safe, sometimes it backfires, because they do things behind our back. This is when their innocence takes a hit.

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Daily Prompt : Disastrous

In response to one-word prompt : Disastrous

The disastrous fire in Fort McMurray, last year,

Caused a lot of damage to the families living there.

Many  lost everything they had,

Watching houses burning was sad.

Thank God, Red Cross, helped the victims last year!

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Daily Prompt : Soil, A poem posted by Ranu, written by Sir Walter Scott

In response to daily post’s prompt : Soil

This is a poem written by Sir Walter Scott:

Breathes there the man, with soul so dead,

Who never to himself hath said,

This is my own my native land!

Whose heart hath never within him burn’d,

As home his footsteps he hath turn’d,

From wondering on a foreign strand!

If such there breathe,  go, mark him well,

For him no minstrel raptures swell;

High though his titles, proud his name,

Boundless his wealth as wish can claim;

Despite those titles, power and pelf,

The wretch concentrated all in self,

Living, shall forfeit fair renown,

And, doubly dying, shall go down

To the vile dust, from whence he sprung,

Unwept, unhonour’d, and unsung.

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Daily Prompt : Edible

In response to the prompt : Edible

My unfortunate experience at a restaurant!

Yesterday I was not in a mood to cook, I had cooked   food in my fridge, but I craved to eat out. I told my daughter,  ‘let’s go out for supper.’

Selina  said, ‘okay, I’ll check restaurants online.’

There were two new ones, we opted for the one we were familiar with.

We were happy going to a known restaurant than the unknown. We arrived at the parking lot and noticed there were a  few cars. Our impression was it’s a good day, why would people go to a restaurant, perhaps they preferred a picnic outdoors.

When we entered the restaurant the manager greeted us. It surprised me,  but did not suspect anything, when he opened the menu and said, ‘ we cannot use our grill, we cannot offer grilled chicken beef or hamburgers, but you can order sandwiches or salads.’

We understood why he greeted us.

Both Selina and I ordered a steak salad and asked the hostess if there was any problem, she offered to check inside. A few minutes later, she came back and said, ‘ It’s okay to order steak salad, it won’t take long.’

We placed our order, it took more than forty-five minutes to get our salads. The plate had mostly lettuce , which didn’t look at all appetizing. There were chunks of meat,and goat cheese on the lettuce leaves.

We put up a brave face and started eating I tried to chew a piece of meat which was not so good, I was having a tough time swallowing, I managed after shoving some lettuce in my mouth, it was an ordeal. After spending a few more minutes to eat the inedible salad, we both gave up and waited till the waitress came back.

She noticed we had our plates full, she asked, ‘Do you want me to put it in a box for you?’

‘No,’  I said,  ‘bring the bill.’

She came back and said, ‘we won’t charge you for the salad, you didn’t really eat it.’

It was a nice gesture on her part. We thought the food did not look Edible!’

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Daily Prompt : Savor

In response to WordPress’s daily prompt : Savor

Chapli Kebab, a true story    🙂

While attending college in Lahore, we went on an educational trip to Peshawar, on our way we stopped at Landi kotal. I had no idea why we stopped there, we stayed on the bus.

My friend Saira pointed out a place where they were frying ground meat. She at once said,  ‘Chaman, look they are frying chapli Kebab, I think our Superintendent will order it for lunch.’

I wasn’t as enthusiastic as she was, my problem was they were cooking on the roadside, with all that dust blowing, it cannot be a healthy lunch for us. I at once exclaimed, ‘but Saira, they are frying outdoors, the place isn’t clean!’

Saira knew I had no idea how tasty these kebabs are, she laughed and replied,  ‘wait till you try it, you will never, forget how good they are.’

I was skeptical, ‘really are they as good as you say they are?’

Saira laughed,  ‘youll see.’

The kebabs were bought, and were served with naan. I reluctantly took a bite,  my idea of street food   changed after one bite. I started eating with unexplained relish. After each bite I exclaimed WOW! These are really good. I never ate anything this tasty.

It was the first time I had the opportunity to eat something which was not cooked by my Mom. This one  changed my negative thoughts  of street food.

This month of Ramadan I saw some videos of chapli kebab recipes, I watched a few and picked one to try myself, because I was fasting I could not taste it immediately, my daughter tasted it, she was stunned, Mom,  ‘these are so good!’ She said.

I am so lucky to Savor, these kebabs once again!

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Daily Prompt : Bumble

In response to the prompt : Bumble

Watch Brian stumble and bumble to the finish line,

When he got there, no one came with the great sign,

Brian felt awkward,

Asked why no one came forward,

His brother said,  “Sorry you’re the last to reach the finish line!’

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