United States Grandslam Tennis Tournament

This is the end of the tennis season,

Djokovic is unhappy for one reason.

He could not qualify to play,

Cause he didn’t take the vaccine they say.

So the government had to intervene,

What could they do but be mean.

He jeopardized his chances to win,

The fact he’s so stubborn is a sin.

It’s awesome for the young players,

Felix will take over as the leader.

It’ll be fun to see someone else,

Lifting the Trophy I happily guess! 🙂

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The plight of a five year old

I will begin with a sad story of a five year old. I had the privilege of watching a video of a five year old child. She belonged to a family who were very poor. They were unable to provide food, clothing, or even a proper house. While they struggled, they were advised by people who lived in the community, to put the child in a home where his/her food was guaranteed at least.

The mom and dad thought it was a swell idea, they agreed to send their little five year old to a home. The family was well off and promised to take care of the child, in return the child would be given simple chores.

The little girl was unwilling to go but the parents forced her, thinking the child wouldn’t be hungry. About two days passed the child was physically abused by the lady of the house. The child somehow managed to find her home. Her parents took her back to the same family. This time she was abused and wasn’t given any food, because the child broke some utensils belonging to the owner.

It was evening the girl decided to run away. She couldn’t find her way home and was lost. She was hungry, tired of walking she sat in front of a small shop. The owner tried to help, the child couldn’t remember the name of the street, village even the names of her immediate family.

After several years of going door to door in search of basic needs of life, fortunately she found a family who took her in, raised her, and got her married.

After her child was born she realized, her son needed to know where she came from and who were her parents.

Luckily she found an institution where they deal with finding lost children who are adults. This institution has a great team, they work night and day to help these unfortunate adults.

When this lost girl who is married and has a child came in contact with this institution. Her first wish was she wanted to see her mom. But when she met her sisters she could not recognize them. She was shown her childhood photographs. Those photographs convinced her they were really her sisters. She immediately asked to see her mother.

When this hapless child found out her mother had passed away. Her heartbreaking sobs wet the tears of everyone present.

I think giving a five year old child to strangers thinking they will raise this child is a mistake!

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Living In The Sufi World

It’s Sunday morning. Grand Slam Wimbledon Tennis tournament is in full swing. One may wonder the title doesn’t match what is written below.

I know it isn’t, what I’m about to write are some beautiful words I discovered in my book.

So be ready readers, soon you will find out that my mind roams around in all kinds of news and ideas.

This time I found this basic Sufi principle to live in the world and still pursue the highest mystical goals. To serve others in a real sense is to serve God, and this service is considered by many saints to be the highest form of worship. It is not enough simply to love or to know. We have to act on our love and our knowledge.

Love and Service. To be a dervish is to love and serve others. The dervishes seek to love one another. this is actually the duty of a human being.

There are two conditions required of every dervish. One is to remember who has created us and praise our creator also be thankful to Him.

The other is to serve God’s creation, starting with human beings first, and then animals and plants. God says: The best humans are those who are useful to others.

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NBA Draft, June 23rd 2022

It is not the NBA draft that caught my attention but the little boy who was introduced by the father, the little tyke was remarkable as a child. He showed, one day he’d be a Draft pick. He’s all grown up, this evening he is going to be drafted by one of the NBA teams. Isn’t it awesome?

The amusing part was when the father said out loud, ‘that’s my son.’ Mom felt her husband completely forgot her, she elbowed him and said ‘He’s our son!’

Imagine how we mothers are always left out, when our children excel in something. 🙂

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Mir Jafar, posted by Ranu

Today I will shed some light on Mir Jafar. For a very long time, when Mom was upset with us, she’d say you descendants of Mir Jafar, how can you be any better.

At that time I was seven or perhaps eight years old. It somehow did not awaken my natural curiosity. I thought probably this man was evil and lived near my grandparents home.

In other words I paid no attention. As time passed my brain started mulling inside, telling me it’s worth finding out who this character is.

First thing that aroused my attention was to open the encyclopedia. I looked up, ‘Mir Jafar.’

Lo and behold there was this character in bold English letters, Mir Muhammad Ja’far Khan( 1691- died February 5, 1765 ( Bengal India). He was the first Bengal ruler from 1757 to 1760; 1763 to 1765. Under British influence he helped to defeat the Mughal rule in India. He was an Arab by birth. He helped his brother-in-law, General Ali Vardi Khan, to seize the the government of Bengal in 1740.

His crooked ambition led him to conspire with others to depose the grandson of Ali Vardi khan, who I introduced as Mir Jafar’s brother-in-law in the previous paragraph.

In 1757 he( Mir Jafar) assured Robert Clive, British Governor of Madras, now known as Chennai, that he would enter into an alliance with the British to exclude the French from Bengal and pay 50,000 pounds to the East India Company for the European inhabitants of Calcutta (now Kolkata), he’d make the deal if the British supported his bid to be the ruler of Bengal.

He made a few other promises to convince the British, who themselves were sitting pretty on our home soil, India at that time.

I get the picture, my question is Mir Jafar was a traitor, he was an Arab by birth. We are Bengalis at least this is what we are told. We have nothing to do with Mir Jafar, so why would Mom call us Mir Jafar’s descendants?

Besides we were innocent kids trying our best in school, hoping to get a worthy enough job. Now I see what we were labeled as is untrue. Would you not agree with me? Too bad Mom passed away a long time ago, I lost my chance to tell Mom, as far as History goes, we had nothing to do with that man.

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The Purpose Of Life(from Masnavi, A Spiritual Treasury)

Posted by Ranu

God has placed a ladder before our feet: we must climb it, step by step.

You have feet :why pretend to be lame? You have hands: why conceal the fingers that grip?

If you bear God’s burden, He will raise you up.

If you accept His commands, He will shower you with His grace and bounty.

If you seek union with Him, you will become united for evermore.

It was our Creator who led us through the stages of evolution, from the animal state to the human. His purpose was to make us intelligent and aware, so that we might know Him. MASNAVI 1V: 3646- 7

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Brideshead Revisited, Author Evelyn Waugh: Book Review by ranu

This is the second novel I read by this author. The title of the first one is, ‘The Loved One,’ I only read this one because it was in our course.

The second is, ‘Brideshead Revisited, written by the same author.’ while the first one was about the dead, thankfully this one is about the living.

Charles Ryder is the narrator of this novel. He works in the British army which he dislikes.

He and his troops reach a new camp. It’s an impressive and large estate, and is called,’Brideshead Castle.’ This is an estate owned by the Flyte family. Charles Ryder is a first year student at Oxford university. He has an older cousin Jasper, who takes the role of helping Charles. It begins with what he should eat and whom he should avoid initially.

Charles meets Sebastian Flyte, the youngest son of Lord and Lady Marchmain owner of the Brideshead estate.

Sebastian is rich and handsome. He has a teddy bear named Aloysius. He loves parties and behaves like a rock star.

Charles and Sebastian become good friends. Cousin Jasper doesn’t like Sebastian, because he mixes with the wrong crowd.

Anthony a friend of Sebastian, tells Charles about Sebastian’s family. Through him he discovers that Sebastian’s parents are separated, he has an older brother the Earl of Brideshead and is known as Bridey. He has a sister Julia and sister Cordelia. Julia is pretty and does her own thing.

Cordelia is energetic, at times she is a troublemaker. Of the four children, Sebastian is the one the family is worried about due to his excessive drinking habit.

It took me about a week to read this novel. I think one can learn a lot from reading this book. I’m not sure if I like this book, but there are parts where it teaches us humans how the world has changed.

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Book Review: Jude The Obscure, by Thomas Hardy, posted and reviewed by ranu

The story is about an orphan named Jude who dreams of studying at the university in Christminster. But his poverty shatters his ambition. His aunt who raised him wanted him to be a stone mason.

The characters in this story are Jude the orphan; Arabella the wife of Jude, Sue Bridehead cousin of Jude; and Richard Phillotson the school master.

Jude worked as a stone mason, Arabella, his wife worked in a bar before she married Jude. Sue was training to become a teacher and Phillotson was a school master.

Jude was forced to marry Arabella, which spoiled his chances to study in a university.

Sue married the school master whom she did not love.

My favourite character is Jude. He tried to please everyone but was unsuccessful. He was too nice, therefore the other characters took advantage of him.

I liked the book after I finished it. In the beginning I thought parts of it was boring.

My least favourite part in the story is when Arabella’s son, killed his half siblings.

I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who likes good novels.

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Good Bye 2021, Welcome 2022!

Another year is on its way out

Did we have fun,

I can only doubt?

COVID- 19 is still around,

Will it get tired of us humans?

I only hope we can co-operate

By wearing a mask, get fully

vaccinated and take the booster shot.

If we don’t, the virus will continue

to sit tight.

Let this be our New Year’s resolution!

Happy New Year To You All.

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My Journal

Two days ago, I went to Costco with my daughter. I did not make a list. I thought I’m only thinking of buying face cream which is twenty dollars cheaper than Shoppers Drug Mart. I do not need a list.

As I walked through the aisles, I saw things I was tempted to buy. I always believed whatever you see if you want it, you should get it. So you will not regret later.

In order to save twenty dollars on a cream, I ended up spending a lot more on buying things that I wasn’t thinking about.

I came to the conclusion, going to Costco was a mistake, especially during the Christmas holidays.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all my blogger friends. Also those who read my post.

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