Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Ammaarah and I have a game we play. She pretends to be a guest and I have her over and offer her food, and a choice of games to play. This is all done over the phone. So she goes, "Ting-tong!" and I say, "Cone hey?" (I like spelling it that way) and so it continues. Yesterday, I was in a hurry and Ammaarah began ting-tonging. Soon the guest had to leave, so she said, "Khudahafiz, fee amanillah, pappuuz", so I said goodbye to her too but then she started the conversation all over again, so I had to entertain her again. The next time she said "Khudahafiz, fee amanillah, pappuuz", I thought she was hanging up, so I hung up, even though a tiny voice in my head told me she was just being the guest.

Today while I was talking to Mummy, she kept begging for the phone. So Mummy handed her the phone, we were talking about this and that, and all of a sudden, Ammaarah said in an anguished tone, "Peemmi, kal jab main khudahafiz boli thi na...main woh seriously nai boli thi, main khelri thi. Lekin aap phone rakh diye..." and I felt so bad. I apologized to her then but I still feel terrible. 

And of course, I find it quite amusing and amazing that she said "seriously". :D

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


1. The birthday has come and gone. Shota cake cut at 12 in the night, dinner at Rainforest the next day. Had the Rainforest chicken steak -- yumm-mee. The "surprise" (as Ammaarah likes to call presents) is the hardcover of River of Smoke. Something that I've been waiting to get my hands on and the hardcover, it's so pretty! It's been ages since I've seen such soothing typesetting! However, the book shall remain in its wrapping paper until the end of Ramadhan when I shall haul it to Hyderabad.

2. We made 'kachchi aqni ki biryani' yesterday. I thought it was lacking in tezness but M loved it. You should really try out her method of smoking the chicken -- yumm-mee. (with due apologies to those who're reading this post while fasting!)

3. I believe that is all that has happened of note since the 1st. The couzins and I are busy with Ramadhan when we're not busy with the usual stuff.

4. Oh wait, Google bought Motorola Mobility?! Still trying to wrap my head around that.

Okay bye.

Monday, August 1, 2011


Ramadan starts tomorrow inshaallah but i'm completing my pending fasts today.

I have so much to do but it's not enough to distract me from thinking about food.

How do people who're afflicted with droughts and famines manage? They don't even have the certainty of knowing there is a meal to be had in the evening...


Done with Arabic 101!

I spent so much time preparing for this exam and the question paper turned out to be a shocker!

Here's the question:

Compose a story consisting of 15 sentences that meets the following requirements.
(1) The story must contain at least 5 verb sentences
(2) The story must contain at least 3 follower constructions
(3) The story must contain at least 3 association constructions
(3) The story must contain at least 3 j-constructions
(4) The story must contain at least one dual noun
(5) The story must contain at least 3 pronouns (either attached or separate)
Perform a formal sentence breakdown (i.e., word-level analysis, construction-level analysis, and sentence-level analysis) of each sentence.

So I thought and I thunk and I finally came up with this story. There were many constraints: my Arabic vocabulary, time (complicated sentences implies a complicated sentence breakdown) and my half-asleep brain. So, yes, by Arabic standards, I might as well be 5 years old!

Ali is the merchant's son
-- عَلِيٌّ وَلَدُ الْتّاجِرِ
He is small and generous
-- هُوَ صَغِيرٌ و كَريمٌ
Ali went to the school in the car
-- ذَهَبَ عَلِيٌ المَدْرَسَةَ في الْسَّيّارَةِ
He played with his two companions
-- لَعِبَ بِالْصّاحِبَاهُ
They (dual) are Khalid and Waleed
-- هُما خالِدٌ و وَليدٌ
Then they went to Ali's house
-- ثُمَّ ذَهَبُوا بَيْتَ عَلِيٍّ
Ali's house is big and beautiful
-- بَيْتُ عَلِيٍّ كَبيرٌ و جَميلٌ
A man entered the house in the night
-- دَخَلَ رَجُلٌ الْبَيْتَ في الْلَيْلِ
He spilt the milk and made a noise
-- سَفَكَ الْحَليبَ و جَعَلَ صَوْتً
S9 & S10
Ali's father entered the room
--  دَخَلَ أبُو عَلِيٍّ الْغُرْفَةَ
He hit the man
-- ضَرَبَ الْرَّجُلَ
Khalid and Waleed and Ali helped him
-- نَصَرَهُ خالِدٌ و وَليدٌ و عَلِيٌّ
Ali's father thanked them
-- شَكَرَهُمْ أبو علِيٍّ
The boys became happy
-- فَرِحَ الْاولادٌ

Now to pray that I've made only a few errors... insha'allah!