Beans Salad

Daily Prompt: Tell about your favorite meal, either to eat or to prepare. Does it just taste great, or does it have other associations?
Show FOOD.


Nowadays my favorite is a salad called, “Four Beans Salad”.

Salads are easy to make and great to eat. Salads are tempting to look at and a nice way of reducing weight. The four beans salad is easy to prepare.

1/2 Cup Oil, canola or olive
1/2 Cup Vinegar
3/4 Cup Sugar
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Black Pepper

16 oz tins of 4 different beans, drained and washed with cold water, drained
3/4 Cup Celery
3/4 Cup green, and red Bell Pepper
3/4 Cup diced Cucumber
1 red Onion diced

Mix dressing. Add beans. Refrigerate. Add a hand full of Peanuts when you are going to eat.

There it is ready to eat, but if you can wait for 2-3 hours it tastes better.
Bean Salad



If you had to be trapped inside a movie for five days, which movie would you pick?

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First of all I wouldn’t like to be trapped inside a movie for one minute let alone for five days. That will be a fate worse than death itself.

Movies require time to sit and watch. I don’t think I have the stamina now to endure sitting still for an hour and a half. Unless it has a gripping story and it runs on a fast pace. I dislike movies with endless dialogues and un necessary scenes of hero and heroine’s coupling up.

Earlier I liked Indiana Jones and his escapades. Probably trapped inside in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) I may have liked.

All that running through a forest and going off to Peru to return the Crystal Skull to a Temple in the fictional city of Akator would have been fun. But I had to be very watchful in not getting annihilated in the process.

When the Skulls come to life and the Temple walls crumble, it was a scary moment. A massive flying saucer rises from the debris and a flood of water engulfs the remains of the city, I would have been scrambling for life.

I would have enjoyed the thrill of all that chasing around. Come to think I have forgotten Jackie Chan and his antics. Maybe I would like to be trapped in his movie.



After Life

Do you believe in after life or reincarnation?


I don’t believe in Reincarnation. Some people believe that they have seven or nine lives. I think it’s all poppycock and there is no truth in it.

I do believe in After Life. It’s my belief and belief of countless Muslims all over the world.

God has Himself stated that we will be resurrected from dead on Judgement Day. A call will be sounded and every human being will come alive. God has explained it that the way the dead earth comes alive with rain and turns green, people will wake up from their deep slumber in graves and will become alive.

The people will assemble before God. Whatever good they did on this earth and whatever mischief they committed everything will be laid bare before God.

The Righteous will go to Heaven and the Wrongdoers will be sent to Hell.

This is our Muslim concept. I have heard of other religions, their beliefs are more or less the same of after life.


After Life

Scrabble To Play

Daily Prompt: The Perfect Game
You are set to play poker (or Scrabble or something else …) with a group of four. Write a story set during this game. Or describe the ideal match, the players, the relationships — and hidden rivalries.


The children were getting bored, so we all sat down to play Scrabble. I hurriedly removed mats to one side of the dinning table and put the used plates, forks and knives in the sink. I opened the Scrabble board and let the children first to take out the seven tiles each.

I guess IB being the youngest and I (the oldest) were the weak players. I do have a tendency to forget words when I need them most. They disappear somewhere and I keep floundering like a swimmer in a deep ocean. Where as a swimmer would hang on for dear life I try to hang on to words to increase my score. It is a wasted effort.

The children having the English language as their first language have an edge on me. They easily beat me with their vocabulary. Playing with them IB is no help. When it’s IB’s turn I have to help him too. Tears of frustration fill his eyes easily when he sees his elder brothers scoring over him. I have to encourage him every step of the way. Since I have to think for two people I lag behind. I do get a dismal score.

For me the satisfaction lies in IB learning new words. His vocabulary increases and he keeps away from playing meaning less games on electronic devices.

Scrabble To Play

Scream And Fight

What would you do if you were in a forest and a bear showed up at your campsite?


Thank God I have never been in such a situation. I will have to visualize.

I think I will scream at the top of my voice making my ear drums rupture with the terrible sound. I will be screaming at the sight of a bear. If there is fire burning I will try to pick up a burning stick, (if my shaking limbs will allow me) and thrust it in front of me to ward off the bear if he tries to come near me.

With shouts and screams I might frighten the bear into turning tail. Hopefully someone might come to my rescue.

When I was a child I did see bears in circuses and on the road side. The road side man with a bear used to be a common sight. For few coins one could see the bear performing many tricks. Those huge bears were friendly and used to people. You could pat their backs.

That was a different era and is gone.

Scream And Fight



In Ten Years

Daily Prompt: About Page Of The Future
Write the About page for your blog in 10 yrs.


I live my life day to day. I don’t look into the future. To me it seems scary. I do hope for the best.

I can’t picture myself that far so I can’t write the About page. If I am alive by then and look back I may chide myself why didn’t I look ahead.

At the moment I can’t think to that far ahead and what I will be writing.

Wait there is a knock. My son enters, “Mama, please come down for breakfast”.

The second knock. My grandson H doesn’t come in, stands in the doorway, “Dado, come and have your breakfast.

The third knock. The younger IB enters, come nears me, pear into the iPad, “Come down,” and skips to the door.

Now my son is calling from downstairs, “Mama it’s getting cold”. I better get up.

Whatever I was thinking has disappeared into the dim recesses of my mind.

Hopefully I may improve in what I write ……….

In Ten Years

A Fun Pastime

Tell us what you’ve learned so far about daily blogging.


Daily blogging is a fun way to pass time. It makes you write every day, coaxing your grey cells out of hibernation. Imagine they will be unable to move if they are not put to work. They will gather dust and rust if you stop using them.

From 1st Nov, I am putting out two posts a day. One for my Daily Prompt and the other one for NaBloPoMo. It is a Herculean effort for me to come up with something every day.

Daily blogging takes away my loneliness. It keeps me busy and entertained too. I love to read what others have written and seeing facets of other people’s lives.

Through blogging you share so many lives, laughter and Sunshine. I get to see the whole world while sitting in one place. Distances melt away.

Blogging has enriched my life. I feel close to my virtual friends.

I keep in touch with what’s happening elsewhere.

Daily blogging has become a part of my life. I feel if I stop I will be lost without it.

Please do visit my earlier posts :

A Fun Pastime

Life of Sheen

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