Learning self-sufficiency.

For the first time, Aisha ate her lunch all by herself. Until today, it was Mom or Dad feeding her. But today, with her cousin Z, she declared she too will take lunch herself. So I put some rice and her favorite yogurt curry, which she finished all by herself.
My little girl is growing 'big', masha Allah!

One of the reasons I don't allow her eating alone is the mess she makes out of it. But today she made it almost clean and complete. May be it is all my mistake of not giving her the opportunity to prove she can do it herself. Our kids grow up before we know it.
It has been months since I started teaching Aisha how to ride a tri-cycle, but she never listens to me. Last week, she managed to do it all by herself. I don't know how she suddenly started riding it. Kids are always full of surprises. 


Back to Dubai

Again back to heat. Time for morning rushes, boring days and indoor games. Well, I think Aisha is good at adopting to  her situations. When in India, she never asks for anything that is in Dubai, including her Dad, and now once in Dubai she never asked me to take her to her grandpa (my worst fears). Alhamdulillah for this sweet little girl.
We returned to Dubai on 19th, flying with Emirates. Aisha spent half of the journey browsing the TV, and the rest half she slept. I ordered her meal, but she did not eat it. Thank God, this time her usual ear problem did not effect her. She woke up from her sleep when we reached the luggage counter, and was happy to see her dad once again.



This was Aisha’s first monsoon. Aisha always left India during the peak summer, and in Dubai it will be the start of another summer. We left Dubai, to India, after the autumn, before the rains in Dubai. So, it is for the first time Aisha enjoying rain, rain and more rain. Well, who doesn't love the rains?



We went for a small trekking last week. The place was my maternal Grandpa’s, but now it belongs to my Grandma, my mom and her siblings, inherited by them after his death. My Grandpa was a great man, who walked ahead of time. He was an orphan and so it was with his hard work that he made all the wealth (land, as in olden days) that he owned. Even though he went to school only up to the second or third grade, he read a lot. He educated my mother and her sisters (educating girls was forbidden among Muslims during that period). One of the several reasons for my present day situation is my Grandpa. May Allah, the Almighty, forgive him his mistakes and gift him with Jannah. Ameen.

Coming back to trekking story, no one lives at the place now. The place is filled with undergrowth and fallen leaves. Aisha found it a bit difficult to walk, as she has got no experience in walking through rocky and thorny places, where we have to make new paths. But I think she enjoyed the place. It was a trip to the heart of wild nature.
The home my Grandpa built.
Now decayed and crumbled, housing squirrels and crows, this was the place where my Mom was born, and we were born. The remaining part is the kitchen of the house. This place is an important part of my childhood.  There was a time when this home was filled with so many people - my grandparents, mom, uncles, aunties, nieces, nephews and a lot of servants. The day started even before the sun rose, for there were cows, buffaloes, hens, chicks, rabbits and dogs to tend to - besides humans. Servants went to the paddy fields and orchards, Grandpa went to his small tea shop and Grandma had to manage her sons, daughters, daughter-in-laws, grandchildren, servants and the pets. That was a time of glory. Sometimes I wonder, will Aisha ever understand a life like this? Even I have started to feel it like another world. With all the academic knowledge I have obtained, I still believe my second grade drop out Grandma had more managerial skills than myself - and yes, more knowledge too.
Well, I explained to Aisha this is were we lived when we were kids and she had a thousand questions. Were is the a/c, fridge, TV, laptop, oven etc here, didn't you have a bathroom with showers and taps, were did you bath etc etc. I tried to explain some, saying we didn't had these gadgets in the olden days. Actually we did not need any of these items. The air was always cool. We plucked the fresh fruits and veggies from the plants and so we never needed refrigerators. No one had time for TVs and laptops. When there were acres of land to explore, who would want to be a couch potato? For bathing, we went to a pool near by and she was fascinated at the idea of bathing in a pool everyday. Modern life has got its disadvantages too.
Time for a break.
We left the place early, as it started getting dark even before the sun descended. Hungry and tired after the jaunting, the kids were happy to get some food and go to bed.


Down the river

There is a new bridge under construction near our home. One day we decided to go near it. It was around 1 km walk down the river. The monsoons are yet to arrive, and so the river was dry except for a stream of water flowing along the side. It was a rejuvenating evening walk enjoying the breeze and setting sun.