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The Chase

The show I eagerly wait to see from Monday till Friday is The Chase on Game Show Network. It’s a quiz show, and participants who win, earn a lot of money 💰. The show host is Brooke, who is really endearing, and all her sympathies are with the contestants appearing on the show.

A team of three contestants attempt to amass as much money as possible for a team kitty by answering quick-fire questions in a 60-second round. The Chaser’s job is to catch each contestant and make sure the players are not able to put the money into the kitty which the team must collectively play for in “The Final Chase”.

Some participants are really strange. While many of them are highly intelligent, most of them least bother themselves to have a strategy to win against Mark Labbet aka The Beast. Their intelligence fails them, because they are ill prepared to play the game.

They fail to realize that if all three participants are there against the Beast, they are more likely to win. They are three steps ahead of him in the final chase which gives them a great advantage. The Beast tries to lure each of them in the first round with more offer of money in playing nearer to him. The partners will foolishly tell each other to go for the highest offer, and then fail miserably against the Beast. It’s so irritating 😠.

They have a greater chance of winning if they are twenty steps ahead of the Beast in the final round. The participants second mistake is that they are slow in answering. They waste their valuable time. If they practice in answering quickly, they will be more steps ahead. Every time the Beast trounces his opponents, it shows how amazing, and awesome he is.


IB (grandson) had come after his usual period, a visit to his father every two weeks, coming in the evening on Friday, and going back Sunday evening. He is going lax, not saying his prayers, with no father at home to enforce rules since Son’s divorce last year. IB doesn’t gets up for his morning prayer. He says he no longer does it at home.

Son’s goes the easy way out — leave the unwelcome task of waking up IB (make him say his prayers) to mother, as left to her she will take care of it. Son himself rushes to the mosque near by.

Here is what happened the first time Grandma (that’s me) goes for the attack. She doesn’t want to be a bad guy enforcing rules, and such things. She would like to be a sweet person in the grand children’s memories (sigh), but what can she do?

I dawdle every step on the way to IB’s bed, and try to wake him. Nothing much happens. I go back to my room to complete my prayer, which I had partly done, as the white thread in the sky is slipping over the black one, and time for the Fajr (morn) prayer will soon be over. I feel guilty over my failure before God, while I say my own prayer.

The second time: Son as usual rushes out, on his way to the mosque calling, “Mama please wake IB so that he should say his Fajr prayer”.

This time Grandma has worked out a strategy. “IB please wake up”.

No movement.

I wait for a while, “Please hurry, the prayer time is getting over”.

No movement still.

Okay, I finally say, “If you’re not going to say your prayer, I’m confiscating your IPad for the whole day”.

IB gets up, goes to the washroom to wash his face, arms, and feet, in preparation for the prayer, gets back on the prayer mat, and the morn prayer is offered to the One God in whom our belief exists.



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Time Wasted Away

Daily Prompt: Tell your tried and true techniques for focusing when that deadline looms and you need to get work done. In other words, how do you avoid wasted days and wasted nights?

This is how I look, when the deadline approaches, and I have failed to do my work.

It depends on an individual, how much time, energy and efforts have been devoted to the work in hand.

If from day one, a person commits to a certain amount of time, to spend on the work to be done, the work begins. What are the requirements, the strategy, the work to be done, all this requires planning.

On the last day, a person doesn’t go to pieces with anxiety and stress, if work on the assignment was started earlier.

Even, if we are really busy, we should find time for the work to be done, little by little. Then only life becomes, manageable.

For myself, I try to keep calm outwardly, (inside I am slowly breaking into pieces) and carry on.

Time Wasted Away