Saturday, November 16, 2013

Oh Zeus!

When I got out of the car, the wind had become stronger. It tugged at my shawl, but I held on to it.

Now we can say winter has officially started, for the temperature has dropped.

After reading Percy Jackson books (again), I was ready to blame the Greek god Zeus, lord of the skies. We did not have to wear our uniform tomorrow, instead, we could wear color dress, and the teachers said we did not have to bring any books. It would be really fun. But the sky is now all moody and grumpy and it is making me all grumpy too. There is lightning, thunder and rain. Mom says that maybe I may not be able to go to school tomorrow.

Great. Just great. There are only a few days when we look forward on going to school and tomorrow is going to be one of those days. And then BOOM! Now we can’t.

I wonder how many classmates of mine are coming to school tomorrow.  

Have mercy on us, Zeus. 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Bahrain Diary (Part 2) - Tree of Life

A group of women wearing short dresses got out of their car. The car’s tire had sunk in the sand, and refused to move.  Some men surrounded them, giving them smiles and offering their help to the girls. Their own car had got sunk in the sand, but they hardly paid any attention to it or the “Tree of Life”, now that they had something else better to look at …… .

I gazed at the tree from a distance. This ancient tree was called the “Tree of life” as it had survived in the desert for 400 years without any known water source. When we were just about to reach, I had seen a tree next to the roadside but it was only my size and I had felt disgusted, since I thought that was the great ‘Tree of life’. But when the real tree appeared in sight, bigger than its imposter, my disgust turned into wonder and amazement.


Many people, the newborn, the middle-aged and the old, were sitting on the tree happily and trying to climb it. Some branches of the tree touched the ground while the others were high. Everyone was chattering non-stop and taking photos.

After we saw the tree, as we walked back to our car, the girls were still there, now looking a little impatient.  The men were pushing their sleeves past their elbows and were hard at work. Seeing the girl’s impatient look just made them work faster. Finally the tire was out, the girls squealed, and the men hurried off, to start working on their own car in the hot sun.




Saturday, November 2, 2013

l'OLIMPO - The Italian dinner

I picked up a slice of yummy pepperoni pizza, cheese trailing after it. It looked and smelled delicious. In less than 4 seconds my slice was gone.

Dad was looking at me, astonished. “Nobody is going to steal your slice.” I gave him a suspicious look. If Dad requested for a small bite of anything I was having, from guavas to ice creams, pretty much half of it would be gone. Go figure.

We were at l’OLIMPO, an Italian restaurant. For me, dessert is more important when we go to restaurants like these, and I would always go to dessert section first, whether we bought any or not.

For Mom, the place looked like a ‘wonderland’, for me it looked a little like ‘Steak House’, only little more stylish. I like Steak House, but now whenever I think of it I always remember the ‘great zucchini’ incident.

We had chicken Caesar salad first. Dad love salad a lot, which is why I called him a ‘herbivore’. I poked my fork and attacked the lettuce since I found it difficult to stab it. Then we had spaghetti Bolognese, Pollo Verdure and pepperoni pizza.

After we each had two slices of pizza there was still one slice left. But we did not want it, so I and Dad plucked out the pepperonis leaving only the cheese. Our waiter tried not to laugh as our last slice which looked untouched, was missing pepperonis.

Today was a great day and we enjoyed the food.