365 Writing Posts: Might as well jump

What’s the biggest risk you’d like to take–but haven’t been able to? What would have to happen to make you comfortable taking it?

In my mind the biggest risk I took was when I enrolled in college. It was a  risk for me, I was young I had no idea who will pay my tuition fees. My father passed away, my mother had no income. She was a housewife, my eldest  brother spent all of Dad’s money in a business he had no clue about.

Where I come from,there is no such thing as a  student loan. If I wanted to study my mother would have to pay for my books and tuition fees.It was not possible for her, the money dad left was wasted by my eldest brother.

Fortunately I had two older brothers who encouraged me to register in the local college and they agreed to take care of my educational expenses, both  were working and getting a decent salary. They also took care of the household expenses which included fees for my younger siblings.

I’m not keen on taking any other kind of risks.


365 Writing Prompts: Shape up or ship out

Write a letter to the personality trait you like least, convincing it to shape up or ship out. Be as threatening, theatrical or thoroughly charming as is necessary to get the job done.

Dear Lazy-bones,

We all have a tendency to be lazy at times, some of us realize soon enough this is a  trait which stands in the way of our success. So we shove our laziness and get down to business.

The reason I’m writing this to you is I get the feeling you are quite comfortable doing nothing to help yourself. Let me break it to you, do not expect to get help if you do not help yourself. Keep in mind this world of ours will only support people who are hardworking and are interested to do something with their life.

My advice to you is, you have wasted enough time lazing around, now it’s time for you to shape up or ship out, your needs can only be taken care of by you, if you sit in front of the TV hoping some genie will appear and produce everything you want. Let me tell you this only happens in fairy tales.You are living in a real world where if you sit around hoping for someone to take pity on you and look after you. It will never happen. Smarten up and learn to be useful in the society you live in.

This is my last letter to you. I am sick of reminding you to do something with your life. If you don’t , no one will come running to help you. Be prepared to watch everyone turn their back on you. It’s up to you to help yourself.

Your well wisher

……………………………………….. 🙂


DP Daily Prompt: An Extreme Tale

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Charles Dickens, A Tale Of Two Cities.

When was the last time that sentence accurately described your life?

We were a happy family, Mom and Dad and us the brothers and sisters. We went to the best school in the city, we lived in a twelve room house, it was rented we didn’t own it. Our kitchen was not in the main house.

We had a beautiful garden in front of our house, there were three Eucalyptus trees right in front.

Life was good we ate delicious food cooked by our mom, we played, we roamed around near our house to find out who were our neighbors.

My mom loved pets we had pigeons, roosters, hens, ducks, rabbits and two cows, the cows were there for milk.

We had nothing to complain everything was running smooth.

Then it happened what we never dreamed of, our Dad died, I was only twelve. Things went from bad to worse, mom announced we’ll have to leave our favorite city and move to her home in Bangladesh.

At my age at that time I did not understand what all this meant. Within six months our things were packed what we couldn’t take were left behind.

We took a flight from Lahore to Dhaka, then from the airport we went to  our uncle’s house and stayed there for a few days.

After a few days we went to our grandpa’s village home, our grandparents were not alive but our uncle and aunt lived in the house.

A year later we moved to a house my elder brother bought in Comilla, Bangladesh. It was a small house compared to the one we left in Rawalpindi.

We all felt the absence of our Dad, we realized there will be no one buying pastries from the vendor for us, besides in this town there were no vendors selling pastries, there were vendors who sold vegetables, meat and fish only.

I could not take admission in a school, because the medium of instruction was Bengali,  I had always studied in an English school, they had one school where the medium of instruction was English it only had  up to grade six. I was in a higher grade therefore I studied home and decided to prepare for high school exam privately.

My Dad left a fair amount of money, it was sufficient for us, my eldest brother convinced my mother to let him start a business. He had no experience, yet my mom thought he’d do well.

In one year my brother lost all the money my Dad saved for us, we were in a dire situation, fortunately two of my older brothers were working they helped us through this hardship.

My mother was heartbroken she never faced such a terrible situation in her life. She was a very pious lady which must have helped our family.

It took us a long time to change our fate, we did not give up. It taught us one thing, that  life has its ups and downs, only the braves survive,we accomplished our goals each one of us, now we look back and tell ourselves we survived because of our mother, she reminded us daily, we must be strong willed or else we won’t make it.

Here I am narrating about our pleasures,pain, struggles and how we stuck to each other till we were self-sufficient!






365 days Writing Prompt: Tagline

Often our blogs have taglines.But what if humans did, too? What would your tagline be?

Tagline is something I’ve never thought about,sure Nike, second cup, Macdonald they all have one to draw people to their business.

I never thought one day wordpress writing prompt will expect me to write,”What’s my tagline?”

I’d hem and haw and say yes come to think of it what can be my tagline, “I’d say, I am a teacher, I love my kids.”

Will it make sense, I’m told not to make it complicated, I’ve got my tagline say, “Ya’all do you like it?”