Monday, December 16, 2013

IKEA Breakfast

There was deep rumbling from somewhere. Unfortunately that was not thunder, but my stomach growling.

We were on our way from the badminton class. I was getting hungrier by the minute.

I was given 2 options - Asraya Turkish restaurant or some other Arabic place. I did not have any interest in either of them but I saved when Dad pointed at DQ Grill & Chill, which we hadn’t tried till now, we could have our food from there. We loved trying out new restaurants. This place was called Dairy Queen (DQ) though I had no idea why it was called that. As long as I was concerned, it seemed to have burgers and the usual stuff and I didn’t think it to have any dairy items.

We ordered onion rings, quesadillas, 2 grilled chicken burgers, large grilled chicken salad for my Dad and 2 sandwiches. 

The place was a bit crowded, but still there was not much noise and we found a table. The onion rings were delicious and the quesadillas were to die for. Everything was yummy and the growling in my stomach stopped.

Feeling full, lazy and contented, I reluctantly got up.

Our breakfast had been from IKEA. In fact, I look forward on going to IKEA every time since the food court is just great. They have so many varieties of food. Breakfast looked all official in a tasty way with scrambled eggs, sausages, butter, bread and the usual things for an English breakfast. I announced “Dig in!”

Saturday, December 7, 2013

OK Google!

This week was very busy.

I bought 3 books from Jarir bookstore- “Diary of a Wimpy Kid- Hard Luck” by Jeff Kinney, “Dork Diaries- Tales from a Not-So-Happy heart breaker.’’ by Rachel Renee Russell, and “Gangsta Granny” by David Walliams.

We weren't actually planning to go to Jarir bookstore. We just decided to go somewhere since we were bored and we thought of it. I jumped on the books the minute I saw them and Dad regretted of even thinking of going to the bookstore. He was also surprised when I finished all 3 books in one day. Go figure.

A Nexus 5 Kit Kat is on its way from America and its destination will be the waiting hands of my father, or, more truthfully, my hands. It is a new version and not yet available in Saudi Arabia.  I said I could always help get rid of his old phone by accepting it as a hand-me-down.    

If you come to my home, don’t be surprised if you hear someone always shouting “Ok Google!” in front of the computer. This is because now there is a new feature in Google Search. You just have to say (or shout) “Ok Google” and say the name or the thing you are searching for and Google will start the search. But it gets confused, or in this case, gives up ‘cause when Mom said ‘’Dunkin Doughnuts”, Google understood it as “Oh My God!”

Parent Teacher Interaction (PTI) was held in our school today.

I spotted many of my classmates and said hello. I and Mom were able to meet only a few teachers since there was line outside almost every class. We met Sandhya Ma’am who is my class teacher and few other teachers.

There was a huge line outside the Hindi teacher’s class. It was like suddenly she had become popular and was signing autographs. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Chennai Express

“Don’t underestimate the power of a common man” was a quote said by Shah Rukh Khan at least 5 times in the movie ‘Chennai Express’, a comedy movie.

Three-fourth of the girls in my class watched that movie, and everyone liked it.
Now at school we all imitate him and say “Don’t underestimate the power of a common girl” all the time.

I really loved it too. It was really funny.  But Mom did not feel about it the same way I did, because she had seen many movies before similar to this. Also, when the fight between Tangabali and Rahul started, she had got up and walked around the house for some time since she did not like fight scenes. And I got that very gift too. So I was mostly looking down at my feet and admiring my toes during the fight. But I watched the rest of the movie with Dad and Mom.

The three of us were sitting on two comfy huge armchairs. For some time I sat next to Dad on his armchair but his tummy got in the way so I sat next to Mom in hers. Both of us fit perfectly.

Every day the prefects and teachers at school check if we are wearing proper uniforms, school shoes, if our hair is short it should be tied in a ponytail, if it is long, it should be in plaits, etc.

One day, our class teacher caught hold of a few girls whose hair was long enough to be plaited but wasn’t. She sent them outside the class and asked them to plait their hair.

So pretty soon, Chandana’s hair was being plaited by Sauda, Sauda’s was being done by Rabia at the same time, Rabia’s by Rafa, Rafa’s by Nida’s and so on. 

There were about 6 girls, and all of us inside the class were trying not to laugh.
Nida’s hair got done and she came inside the class looking grumpy. One of our friends, trying to cheer her up said “Now you look much better than before, Nida”.

“Oh, shut up” was the response.

At last, the train of girls outside came in. The girls who did not know how to plait properly had made the hair of the girls they had experimented on look like they had just got an electric shock.

(My portrait by Shreya Sharma)