What activity, task, or game most brings out your competitive streak?
As far as I know, I was never competitive. I have seen my siblings and my classmates, how competitive they were. This changed their personality completely, they were not friendly, they were totally consumed by competition, even to such lengths, like their classmates were their enemy. I felt it was a bit much.
I was interested to do well in school, I didn’t care what my rank in class was. The extra pressure of rank had changed some of my siblings, they stayed away from classmates who were equally good.
I remember, there was a girl in my class, her aim was to secure the highest marks in every subject, this made her a very hateful person, no one liked her, all she talked about was how much better she was than the other students.
So competition was never my aim in life.
About two months ago my daughter and I thought of adopting a kitten. We got in touch with a breeder of kittens, she had informed us her kittens were ready to be adopted. We were excited,my daughter went to the house of the breeder and picked one she liked, it was a Sunday when our new kitten arrived, it was tiny and scared it hid under the covers was afraid to eat or use the litter, we were concerned there were very few things we could do to make the little kitten comfortable. I thought maybe we should get his brother from the breeder.
My daughter went right away to get one of his brothers. The change I saw in the kitten was remarkable, it was happier and was not afraid anymore. The brother however was a bit scared,it was another challenge we had to overcome but having his brother with us made things easier.
We named them Gabriel and Raphael, Gabriel has a mind of his own, he doesn’t let us touch him when he is not in a mood , but Raphael is very affectionate and friendly with anyone who visits us. We like him to be friendly but are a bit concerned if he is too friendly.
They are four months old and developing their own personality, which is nice to watch. The past week was too warm for the felines, they meowed a lot to tell us they were not comfortable we did our part we turned on the fans and opened the windows.
Today it is a cooler day, the kittens are delighted, they are sleeping.
Since there is no daily prompt for today I used the day to write about our gorgeous kittens!
You have the power to enact a single law. What would it be?
If I had the power, I’d make sure no one in the land is hungry. We all need food for sustenance,without it we are weak, we think of unimaginable things of how to get food to satisfy our hunger, there have been stories of people eating human flesh to survive.
Hunger makes people steal,kill, it changes one’s personality, this is one thing that should be taken care of before we think of anything else.
Write about your first name: Are you named after someone or something? Are there any stories or associations attached to it? If you had the choice, would you rename yourself?
My first name is CHAMAN, I am not named after someone but am named after something, the thing is a Garden.I presume my father was delighted to have a second daughter after double the number of sons, he I think consulted his dear friend, who was an artist and loved reading about names,my father went to him at the most opportune time, he was reading about names for girls and how they affect their personality.
“Eureka I have found a name for your daughter, he said, name her Chaman, it sounds beautiful and it means a garden, how can you go wrong with this name.”
My father rushed home, told my mother he’s found the best name, “it is Chaman, don’t you hear the rhythm of this name, it’s settled we’ll name her Chaman?” Then this excitement brought on other stories of the name, Urdu poets have written volumes of poetry centred around this exquisite name.
Chaman grew up to be a very inquisitive little girl, you could not tell her anything without answering her ‘Why’ questions that followed, her eldest brother tried to stop her by saying, “You know curiosity killed a cat, ‘how’ was her query. Elder brother gave up and felt with time this habit will no longer persist.
I love my name I’ll never think of changing it even if I had a choice. Would you change yours if there were so many magical stories attached to it?