Have you ever tossed a coin or two into a fountain and made a wish? Did it come true?
The opportunity of tossing coins into a fountain failed to present itself in my case. But I had the privilege of visiting a place in Chittagong ,Bangladesh with my mother.
This was a shrine of a famous saint. There was a garden of trees with dead branches but were decked with amazing crimson red threads. I was told thousands of people visit here, they are given crimson pieces of thread to tie around one of the branches and make a wish.
Next step was to go back and untie the thread if their wish is fulfilled. I asked my mom, ‘how will I identify the thread I tied?”
“You don’t have to”she said, “you untie any thread.”
This was the time when I had just written my high school exam and was afraid of failing. My mom handed me a piece of thread and asked me to make a wish.Of course I made a wish to pass my exam.
Yes you are right I made a wish to pass my exam and luckily I was successful.. Whether I went back to untie one thread I cannot recall!
Automation has made it possible to produce so many objects—from bread to shoes—without the intervention of hands(assuming that pressing a button doesn’t count). What things do you still prefer in their traditional, handmade version?
Automation has its place in our lives, we are living in an age when time is of utmost importance, some of us leave one job to go to another, if that’s the case who has time to cook . This is when ready made food comes in handy. Assembly line products are welcome most of the time.
Having said that, I do like to cook food from scratch when time permits, no matter how easy it is to buy a TV dinner that we can stick in the microwave oven and within minutes we get a hot meal.
There is a certain charm of cooking food by hand,for starters it won’t smell the same or will have the same flavor.After a while one gets tired of ready made food. I know I will. When I cook I have the privilege of making it spicy or use less spices according to how I feel that particular day.
While automation gives us freedom to do other things that require our immediate attention, when we cook food ourselves we make sure it is something tasty and not harmful for our well-being.
While I understand that my past was not so bad, I still think of the time we left Montreal for two years which turned out to be forever.I shouldn’t have encouraged my husband to leave the place. We thought we’d be back but circumstances were not favorable.what do I think when I look back, that probably it was not wise for us to move out.
I’d like to erase that decision because if I were still in Montreal, I’d be in constant contact with friends I met. Now I talk to them on the phone once or twice a month.
I wouldn’t have trouble visiting places like we do now. We are on an island and the weather is a deterrent. Everything is expensive. The winters are long and harsh.Summer is short,we do not have the privilege of planting vegetables we like. These are some of the disadvantages.
We cannot have everything we’d like, I know that.
Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal (1877-1938), a notable Muslim philosopher, poet and scholar from India (then British India) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
My online journey began in November 2011. I did not start blogging then,I registered for a course to study about the great poet and Philospher, Sir Allama Mohammad Iqbal. This course is offered by Iqbal Academy.The course facilitator is ,Khurram Ali Shafique. Because I showed a lot of interest about the great poet and Philosopher,I was asked if I was interested to register for the course offered by the academy. I was thrilled and immediately indicated I would be glad to study about Iqbal.Mr Shafique registered me at once, thus began my online journey. A few months later,Robert a course participant started a blog, I read it and wanted to know from Mr. Shafique,if I could start one of my own. He encouraged me and thought it would be a good idea.
I was not familiar how to get started.My daughter,Selina is a computer programmer. She did some research and found WordPress to be the best of the ones she read about. I did not know much about blogging,I roamed around and read the posts of different bloggers.The ones I picked were the ones written by other participants who were registered for the same course.Every now and then I would yell out,’Selina , can you help me?’
I must say I am somewhat comfortable writing the posts. I am grateful to Mr. Shafique, despite his busy schedule, he takes time to read my blogs and leaves a comment. Mr. Akhtar Wasim Dar is another person who has from time to time given me advice about my posts and is always very generous when he writes his comments. He gave me the idea of translating, Rabindranath Tagore’s poems. He takes his time, reads them and leaves amazing comments. Robert is another course participant who helps me immensely. He never fails to read all my posts and types his wonderful comments. I could not just name one person,all these wonderful people are behind my blogging. I am glad I got this opportunity to do something I dearly love. I get the privilege of reading some very amazing posts.