Daily Prompt: Foreign

In response to prompt : Foreign

I like this, it’s funny.


Daily Prompt : Talisman

In response to prompt : Talisman

My Talisman

When I passed my twelfth grade I wanted to  study in a girls college to complete my undergraduate degree.

My older siblings decided Dhaka city is the best place, and Holy Cross College was the best educational instituition.

I went to Dhaka and enrolled in the above college. The college was fine and so were the students. I only had one problem it was traveling on the train at 3:30 am. It was one mountain I was afraid to climb.

I told my mother of the fear I had, i.e  going alone in the wee hours of the morning, from Comilla to Dhaka.

Mom told me to recite a verse, she said, ‘it’s  very powerful, if you  recite it while on the train and in Dhaka city, God Willing you’ll be all right.’

This I treated as my Talisman. I felt safe.

The following is the  translation of the Arabic verse:


There is no god but He,

Living and Everlasting.

Neither slumber overtakes Him nor sleep,

To Him belongs what is in the heavens and what is on earth.

Who shall intercede with  Him except by His leave?

He knows their present affairs and their past.

And they do not grasp of His knowledge except what He wills.

His throne encompasses the heavens and the earth;

Preserving them is no burden to Him,

He is the exalted, the Majestic.

Allah, the Most High,  speaks the truth.

Translation by  : Tarif Khalidi



song, posted and translated by ranu

When time stands still,

My mind refuses to

pay attention to a friend’s call,

I lean on my head

On the window grill,

My thoughts keep

reminding me,

No one talks like my Dad.

He’d say Come,

Come little girl,

Come and sing with me,


Come and learn,

New tunes.

When nothing satisfies you,

Sit and play the tune

On the piano,

Come little girl

Come little girl come.

When my eyes get tired

And my coffee is cold,

I throw away all

the poetry books,

And I  wish I can

Hear my Dad calling ,

Come little girl come,

Come my dear,

Come with me right now,

Let’s get out of this city,

And make a fuss like

You did when you were

A child, you dragged me

away from my work.

Come little girl come,


When I went to  the shop

To buy new beautiful clothes,

I looked at the mirror

and imagined

Dad calling,

come  my darling.

Come my dear let me

see you before anyone else,

I want to see how you fashioned

your hair, what you used

for your eyes,

Every one gets older,

I wonder how many,

Can hear the sweet voice,

like my Dad saying

Come little girl come.

Hold my hand tight,

So I can bring you back

your lost childhood,

Come my dear little girl


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Daily Prompt : Insist

In response to prompt : Insist

Sheila insisted  on wearing a cap in the classroom,

Her classmates teased her until  she left the room.

She went to the principal to assert her claim,

Why are her classmates making her ashamed?

She did nothing wrong but decided to wear her cap,

Why should they bother her and say all that crap!

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Daily Prompt : Enrollment

In response to one word prompt : Enrollment


When I started teaching in an elementary school in Gander, Newfoundland, the enrollment was about 900 students in total from kindergarten to grade six.

The following year  the number of kids in school dropped to 850. The administration was nervous over the decline in enrollment. 

The board superintendent of the school decided to hire less teachers and increased the number of kids in a classroom from 25 to 30.

This increased pressure on the homeroom teachers, because not all the kids such as  in grade four,  were of the same calibre, there were some who could handle the course of studies, then there were others whose reading level was two grades lower.

This caused  inconvenience for the teachers. To solve the problem, the supervisors instructed the school principal to divide the children into levels A B C .

This grouping helped the teachers but created some controversy among the parents of kids!

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