The Nomad Mum's Diary

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Disturbing and too personal...

This is probably the toughest post I’ve ever had to write. For the past several months I have been at a bad place, I tried not to let it show in my writings but I guess there were clues here and there. Blogit is just like any other place in this world, real or virtual, it doesn’t matter that we go about with nicknames and very vague information about who people are and what they do, we still “keep up appearances” and try to maintain a positive image in the eyes of our fellow bloggers. But this... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, January 28, 2008

An issue of Istikhara,

There is a concept that for us, Muslims, is at the core of our belief and that is: One’s good is in what God chooses. Yet there are times when you get the feeling that God is sending mixed signals or no signals at all. While many may seek answers from the traditional methods such as fortune readings via coffee cups or cards, others may choose to ask for the advice of astrologers or mediums, these methods though popular are discouraged by Islam which considers them unholy and demonstrate a lack... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Adam turns three today!

Today is Adam's birthday, and it is hard for me to grasp that it has been 3 years since that grey morning in Slough. I used to throw a big party on this occasion, this year I am not in the mood for celebration, so I'll leave you with excerpts from my journal entry on Adam's first birthday. It seems like it was ages ago. Please don't be put off by the over-sentimental and sugary prose, I was still high on the joys of motherhood! "...All of our neighbors showed up as well as my aunt, my cousins... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 24, 2008


I have not idea why I had the urge to look up this poem and translate it. I had heard the last two lines in passing a long time ago but it has come back to haunt me the past two weeks. Your comments and insights are very welcome! I’m hanging on the morning gallows and my brow, with death, is bowed Because I have not bowed it.. it is alive! Oh my brothers who are crossing the square with their heads down Descending at the evening’s end down the street of Alexander the Great Do not be ashamed..... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

A fig discovery!

Spring break is here although spring itself is nowhere to be seen, and with Adam’s kindergarten taking an extra week off, I was left with the daunting task of entertaining a three-year-old during the worst winter in memory. Plans for doing some work for my exhibition have been shelved until further notice, the priority is for keeping my boy busy. I was pondering whether to throw Adam a birthday party or not, usually we’d have a noisy affair with 40-50 guests: neighbors, friends and family. It’s... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


A couple of weeks ago, Taps wrote a beautiful piece about lot (not the airlines obviously, but one’s lot in life). She wondered whether rock bottom was the same for everybody or whether it was a personal all time low. For the past week I’ve had the feeling that rock bottom was close, very close. The most telling sign, from my perspective, was that I wasn’t having any dreams. It wasn’t the dreamless sleep that bothered me, it was the inability to daydream that drove me insane. As I struggled to... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Petra II- Essence of a city

Petra, its name means the rock, and to see its ruins or look at images of it you’d think rock is its essence, after all where else can you find temples, tombs and even an amphitheater claimed from the sandstone. You’d be forgiven to think that this is the work of a people skilled in the art of stone carving, when, in fact, it is the Nabateans mastery in taming water that is the sole reason why civilisation could find a foothold in such a barren territory. The ancient city may have enjoyed a... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008


My phone at home is not working and i'm posting this from an internet cafe. I'm in a bad mood and i'm late for my physiotherapy, God help me!!!!! I'll pop by later and post something. Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Making amends on the issue of Petra I

Hi guys. I must apologize to you for not replying to your comments, I have little time on my hands so it is either replying to comments or commenting on your posts I would love to get back to doing both but for now I have to be realistic and only bite what I can chew. But I have a situation that merits some form of an exception: I had posted two (very) brief entries on Petra and from your comments and queries it was obvious that you wanted to know more when what I had gained from my stop at... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

An unfulfilled wish- Petra in a hurry.

This is my husband and son on a camel outside the Treasury, the main building in Petra. We stopped in the ancient city of Petra on Jordan on the way back form Egypt. I can't tell you much about it nor do I have an decent photos, this is a place that needs a state-of-the-art camera to capture the rich colors and dissect the shapes hidden in the shadows. Going with a three-year-old was not a good idea either, I spent most of our two hours there steering Adam away from camel dung but he did manage... Sign in to see full entry.

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