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Though it’s rude to call someone a rube, but it brought to mind my driver Waqas. He was definitely one. I had to employ a driver, when Son left for Houston in December, leaving me on my own. His new job in Massachusetts required him to reach there by January sixth. I would have coped without a driver, but driving in Peshawar was truly hazardous. Another thing was keeping the car not getting stolen by leaving it without a person to guard it.

Waqas belched when he would have his food. Although I had not signed him for giving him food except his pay. I had to give him food when it was meal times, and he was still with me. For the first few times, I ignored his ill manners. Then I had to find my courage to tell him off. It didn’t work. He told me, “I always belch”. I told him he can do it when he is alone, but certainly not in front of me. It was so crass. I had to repeat several times before he decided to heed me.

Another thing which was very off putting was the smell coming from his clothes in the small confines of my car. Oh God! What am I going to do? It was my reaction every time the smell hit me. For some time I put up with it by rolling the window a few centimeters down. Then it was enough. I knew I couldn’t last a month with the foul smell. I was across my limit of endurance. I bought a nice smelling bag of detergent, and gave it to him to have his clothes washed in it. That took care of the problem.

Next time Insha’Allah I’m coming back the minute Son has to leave.


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For no rhyme or reason M4 my eight years old grand daughter loves to make slime. She often asks for copious amount of glue when her mother goes for grocery shopping. Glue is one of the main ingredient. In the beginning her mother was surprised as to where the glue went. 

When no one is around M4 sneaks into the bathroom to get the liquid detergent for washing clothes. I’m not sure whether she adds shampoo to her basic recipe of slime. Next she goes to the kitchen, and adds some other ingredients to her mixture. All this stuff goes into a zip bag. She then puts it into a corner of the fridge so that it’s not discovered by someone.

The neighborhood girls from age six to eleven follows M4 around. One  reason is she is generous with giving away the slime to them. She has started a new trend among the girls carrying slime bags. M4 gets more innovative. She bought glitter when she went with her mother to the shops. Glitter is now another essential ingredient, and how I discovered it when I found my slime covered clothes in the bathroom. 

The glitter did serve its’ purpose. I wouldn’t have found the cause of why my clothes were stuck in some places. She had touched my clothes to remove them with her hands covered in slime. 



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