Daily Post: I Never….

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Tell us about something you’ve done that you would advise a friend never to do.

This is something I did I’d advise no one to do. During the days of my final year exams, I was living in the residence of the university. I had a room mate ,she was a  student of Economics. She thought my going to sleep at 10:30 PM every night was a mistake . Her advice was I should stay up longer like my other classmates. At first I paid no heed to her, when she repeatedly warned  me that my classmates would fair  better than me  in the exam.After hearing this for the umpteenth time, I decided to check it out.

The following evening I stayed up till 1:30 AM. Those three hours I stayed up to study was the worst mistake I made. Since it was past my bedtime I couldn’t sleep rest of the night. When I got up to get ready to go to the exam hall I did not feel well. I panicked what if I cannot go to the exam hall was the only thing I thought. It would mean I’ll have to repeat the year.

This was not acceptable to me. I went to the exam hall, sat on my chair and waited for the invigilator to give out the exam papers. In about five minutes I saw him giving out the question papers, I was feeling dizzy and scared. When I got my paper I read all the questions, and felt I know nothing. I picked it up and read them again. Out of ten questions I was supposed to answer six.

I felt sick and scared. I read the first question and started writing my answer, it took me longer to answer six, on  a normal day I’d complete writing my exams in an hour and a half. This did not happen, I think I took all of the time allotted to us.

I realized after I came out of the exam I must not listen to any one about my sleeping schedule. I almost thought I’d fail. Thank God I survived . Those classmates my room mate talked about did not do better than me in the exam.One failed and the other one did not get more marks than me.

I told my room mate in the end, “I will never listen to you, I will sleep at my regular time.”



DP Daily Prompts: Powerful Suggestion

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What is the one piece of advice you wish someone had given you a year(or five, or ten……)ago?

I am not very good at  taking advice from anyone, I find some are very irritating they think they know more so all I have to do is listen and obey.

If I’m told not to be too nice that right there is something, I will never listen to. My feeling is if I can make someone happy there is nothing wrong with it. I call that being bossy or know it all when  someone tells me not to be kind.  Really I have no time for it.

I don’t know what is powerful suggestion, only people who can give powerful suggestion in my mind  are my parents, since none of them are alive, there is no one else I can think of who can take their place.






365 Writing Prompt: Perspective

Write about the last disagreement you had with a friend or family member–from their perspective.

I wouldn’t call it disagreement but a friendly advice. My friend complains of her health, her blood pressure is up, she has diabetes, she has to lower her blood sugar, only possible way is to take a pill.

She lives in a big city, where she has a lot of friends, most of them are younger. They love  parties , so they have get together almost five times a week,this does not help her situation, the food is the problem and it is rich food means a lot of butter is used to cook it.They eat late which is 10 pm according to what I read and heard, the dinner should be eaten from 5 to 6 pm. By 7 pm everyone should stop eating to maintain good health.

When she is at home she is cautious about what she eats. She follows the time she should stop eating, it is when she goes to parties this is difficult to do.

She wants to be social, therefore she does not mind eating at 10 pm , I argue with her about it, she laughs and tells me she  cannot help going to these parties, the end result is she is hurting herself.

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DP Daily Prompt: Not for Thee

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What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received that you wouldn’t give to anyone else? Why don’t you think it would apply to others?

The principal of my college once told me: you know what, you always write your exams too quickly, if you learn to take your time when you write them, your results will be much better.

I knew myself I had this bad habit, once I complete my exam I hate to reread it, I also write very fast, if I’m given three hours to complete my exam, I finish it in one hour.

I do not want to pass on the advice my principal gave me to someone else, they may not appreciate it or might think I’m acting like a know-it-all.

However I think my advice would only work for those who happen to be my students.




DP Daily Prompts:Hand-Me-Downs

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Clothes and toys,recipes and jokes,advice and prejudice: we all have to handle all sorts of hand-me-downs.Tell us some of the meaningful hand-me-downs in your life.

“Hand-Me-Downs, ” I like this thoughtful and wonderful title.

I have some meaningful hand-me-downs from my Dad and Mom.

These are some I always think about and abide by: One day my Dad came back from work, for some reason he came to my room, I had my books scattered on the floor I was doing my homework, he was not happy to see me on the floor, or do my work in the dark, he turned on the light and said, “never do your work in the dark, you’ll have problem with your eyes.”

I sat up and replied, “All right, Abba.”( Abba is an Arabic word for Dad).

I resumed my work, my Dad smiled and said, “Are you doing your homework?”

I replied, “No Dad,I’m doing my friend’s homework?”

His facial expression immediately changed, he was angry, “Ranu, he said, I do not ever want to hear you’re doing your friend’s homework, my advice to you is do not let  anyone take advantage of you.”

After that incidence my Dad was never angry with me.

My Mom had plenty of advice for me, I spent most of my time with her when I wasn’t playing with my siblings.

My Mom was a very religious person she told me stories about the prophet on one of these occasions the subject changed to telling lies, she once told me, “Ranu you should never lie, God will not forgive you, the only time you’d be forgiven is when your life is in danger, another thing back-biting she said was a serious sin, you must never talk about other people, if they are mean, ignore them, she also said otherwise their sins will fall on your shoulders.”

I know these from when I was six years old. Do I remember these, I do most of the time but when people are mean I cannot help talking about them.

The above are the hand-me-downs I treasure because they were advice from my parents.

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DP Daily Prompt: Powerful Suggestion

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What’s the one piece of advice you wish someone had given you a year( or five or, ten) ago?

One,five or ten years ago I thought whatever I was doing was fine,I didn’t really think I needed advice from anyone.There are lots of people wanting to give advice,I am not sure it’s safe to take advice from anyone who comes forward. I believe in the saying: “Once burnt twice shy.”

I saw too many people with bag full of advice,none of them were genuine. I’m willing to do things my way or else I’ll always think I shouldn’t have listened to so-and- so.

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Writing Prompt: Key Takeaway 365 days May 7

Give your newer sisters and brothers -in-WordPress one piece of advice based on your experiences blogging. If you’re anew blogger, what one question you’d like to ask other bloggers?

My advice to newer bloggers is to visit all the blogs they can,read the post,leave your comment,make a mental note which ones you can learn from,do not forget the ones where the writer has a great sense of humor, that can be helpful to string along a few to your site, humor in a witty sense, then there are bloggers who have a definite gift of writing poems, uses a wide variety of subjects,note  which one is popular, have a note-book handy to jot down some of the sites where you can get good ideas.

If I was a new blogger,my question would be how long did it take you to increase traffic at your site? Are all these people your friends or are they people you never heard about,if so what kind of writing draws them to your site?


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DP Daily Prompt: Humble Pie Ranu’s post http: sabethville.wordpress.com

I regret about a lot of things. It started from a very young age. One evening my Dad saw me writing something.He asked me ,”Are you doing  your Homework,Ma? I said, “no Dad ,this is my friend’s work, she wants me to finish it for her,” he was quiet for a few seconds,then he looked at me and said, ” this will be the last time I’ll tell you , you must never let your friends take advantage of you!”

At that time I knew what he meant. I never was able to follow his advice.People still take advantage of me.

DP Daily Prompt: Pants on Fire Post by Ranu

It happened a while ago. My husband told me to call his brother’s office. He wanted to know when he was coming back to Chicago. I called his office to find out. The man at the other end said,’I don’t know,his mother died or something’. My husband was preparing meat to marinate for next day’s supper. When I hung up, he asked, ‘Did you find out’? I didn’t know how I was going to give him this news,I told him the man in the office did not know.

I called our friend in Montreal for advice,he told me to wait for his brother to get back. His brother came back,I noticed he wasn’t saying anything. I asked him when was he going to tell his brother.He was playing the waiting game.I was disgusted with him,he acted as if everything was fine.

I could not believe how calm my brother-in-law was , they went to the park which was an hour’s drive.I felt so guilty I could not go with them.Our neighbour knew about this. She felt something had to be done. She came one morning and said,’Ali I have something to tell you’,my husband was surprised,he asked what it was.Without wasting any time , she replied: ‘Your mother passed away few days ago’,this was something he did not think he would hear. Immediately my husband blamed me for not telling him.  My brother-in-law was relieved he didn’t have to give the news. It seemed I was the culprit!