October: The clothes that (may) make the wo(man)

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I was never particular about the clothes I wear from a young age. I have not changed. People around me criticize me but I turn a deaf ear. It’s after all my life I tell myself and no one has any right to find fault with what I wear.

I believe those who aren’t happy with themselves try to reprehend others who to them look content.

I guess the phrase ‘mind your business,’ was invented for them.

I had preference for the colour blue, whenever Mom asked, ‘what colour would you like I’m going shopping for your dress.’

My reply was always blue. I don’t know why my older sister would get irritated. On one occasion Mom asked the same question about the colour I prefer. Of course, ‘Blue Mom,’ was my instant reply.

It seems each time my mom or dad asked me a question, my big sister was waiting to contradict me. If I said I like the colour blue, she’d immediately say, ‘Red mom.’

No one asked her, but she’d say her two cents worth any way.

I never picked up any style for instance, if I chose a sari to wear and couldn’t find a blouse to match, I’d pick black or red. Suddenly out of the blue the dear sister’s voice sounds loud and clear, ‘the blouse and sari does not match, Ranu.’

There were comments about me I know not how to wear a sari, I should wear so it could sweep the dusty streets of the city. Well I thought I must make a big sign which says, ‘Y’all Mind Your Business.’

On this subject I’d like to use a quote by my dearest teacher Sr. Rose Bernard. She took me aside one day and said, ‘ Chaman do not feel sad if someone criticizes you, they are jealous of you.’

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The Conclusion: The Farewell

And now it is evening.

And the seeress said, “Blessed be this day and this place and your spirit has spoken.”

And he answered ,

Was it I who spoke?

Was I not also a listener?

Then he descended the steps of the temple.

And he reached his ship and stood upon the deck.

And facing the people he raised his voice and said:

People of Orphalese, the wind bids me to leave you.Brief were my days among you, and briefer still the words I have spoken.

But should my voice fade in your ears, and my love vanish in your memory, then I will come again.

And with a richer heart and lips more yielding to the spirit will I speak.

Yea, I shall return with the tide,

And though death may hide me,yet again will I seek your under standing.

And not in vain will I seek.

If aught I have said is truth, that truth shall reveal itself in a clearer voice, and in more kin to your thoughts.

And if this day is not a fulfillment of your needs and my love, then let it be a promise till another day.

Know therefore, from the greater silence I shall return. Forget not that I shall come back to you. A little while , and my longing shall gather dust and foam for another body.

A little while , a moment of rest upon the wind, and another woman shall bear me.

Farewell to you and the youth I have spent with you.

If in the twilight of memory we should meet once more, we shall speak again together and you shall sing to me a deeper song.

And if our  hands should meet in another dream we shall build another tower in the sky.

So saying he made a signal to the seamen, and straightaway they weighed anchor and cast the ship loose from its moorings,and they moved eastward.

And a cry came from the people as from a single heart, and it rose into the dusk and was carried out over the sea like a great trumpeting.

Only Almitra was silent , gazing after the ship until it had vanished into the mist.

And when all the people dispersed she still stood alone upon the sea-wall, remembering in her heart his saying:

“A little while , a moment of rest upon the wind, and another woman shall bear me.”

“From The Prophet”

Author , Kahlil Gibran

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Daily Prompt: Coming To a Bookshelf Near You

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Write a summary of the  book you’ve always wanted to write for the back cover of its dust jacket.

After failing to get selected in medical school, Nerissa turned her attention to sports. She joined the gym to be in good shape.

Her age was not suitable for tennis, she was too old. A nineteen year old in tennis is expected to win a grand slam. Nerissa was disappointed when she was told, tennis is not for her.

After trying different things she finally met someone who gave her the confidence and motivation to do something she never thought was possible.

Read about Nerissa, The Inconceivable Woman,who was determined to become famous.

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DP Daily Prompts: Moved to Tears

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Do movies, songs, or other forms of artistic expression easily make you cry?Tell us about a recent tear-jerking experience!

I watched a movie of an unfortunate woman who was kicked out of the house by her mother, she tried to end her life but was rescued by some strangers, she was taken to the home of a bachelor, she was relieved and did everything to bring his house in order by straightening out the servants, cooking cleaning.

The bachelor’s lawyer warned him by saying, she should not be trusted,and he should get rid of her. There is a song she sings which is very sad.

She leaves early morning and tries to commit suicide, but fails again and is told by a woman  she might end up in jail for her attempt to end her life, but can be saved if she listens to her.

The movie was very realistic, I could not stop crying it affected me so much!

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Flash Fiction: Wishes

Lillie McFerrin Writes

The Innocent Girl

Mariam a ten year old sat at the doorstep of her little hut, she was waiting for her parents return from work, it was getting dark, she saw no sign of her parents, fear clouded her mind, she could not understand what she should do. 

In a fit of anxiety she went next door for help, she’d never seen or known them, but hoped they’d help, she gently knocked the door, to her surprise out came a man, he was scarier than her dark surrounding, everything about him waved a flag of caution to little Mariam, she disregarded her thoughts and asked for help, the man opened the door and let her in, he promptly closed the door, grabbed some rope from the back of his house and tied her.

“You are my prisoner, you must obey me, you have to cook,clean and look after my house, if you disobey, I’ll show you how evil I am.”

Mariam cried herself to sleep, she dreamed a  very pretty woman was watching her, she trembled and tried to get up, she couldn’t her body froze, “do not be afraid said the woman, I’m here to free you, you must do as I tell you, I will grant you three wishes, choose the ones you like most: 1. I can bring back your parents, 2. I can make the man disappear, 3. I will make you rich.”

Ten year old Mariam wanted her parents back and the evil man to disappear, she didn’t have any idea how being rich could help her, she told the woman what she wanted, with a wave of her wand, the parents were back and the evil man was gone, Mariam was happy and told her parents never to leave her again!


365 days Writing Prompt: Ripped the headline

Write something that happened over the weekend as if it’s the top story on your local paper.

Students go home after school threatened.

A St. john’s school was closed after receiving a threat by a woman. The woman has a long history of breaking the law. She is a long time offender who was sentenced to a 40 month jail term in a federal prison for committing a number of offences.

Parents and guardians of students at the downtown St. John’s school were asked to pick up their children after the threat was received.

A community breakfast was underway when police advised the administration of the threat. About 240 students attend the school.

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Fatima Bhutto, from Pakistan Post By Ranu

Fatima Bhutto

Fatima Bhutto (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Surfing the internet sometimes helps to find  rare gems. I found one such personality. It’s a young woman from Pakistan. I was thrilled to hear her speak. Her name is Fatima Bhutto,  I watched it on YouTube. She happens to be Benazir Bhutto’s niece. I liked her not because of her family name. She is really a very intelligent woman. She talked about her country, so many young educated  people who can do a lot to improve the condition of her country.I was amazed to see the number of journalists present.

She can do quite well, without her famous relatives. She makes it known right away.  Is  highly educated,has a very good command of English.  Is very impressive ,I hope some day she’ll be able to help her country. She certainly has the potential to do so.