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Guess how chopsticks were invented? Well historians believe that as the Chinese population grew, people had to save cooking fuel. So they chopped food into small pieced so they would cook quicker, and these bite sized little pieces didn’t need knives…enter chopsticks. Wow.

Fast forward to the Zhou Dynasty (ca. 1046-256 BCE) and large areas of forest were being cleared, so fuel, such as firewood, was in short supply.  baking and boiling would take too long, so food was cut into small pieces and quickly stir-fried. Most dishes of that era involved some type of sauce, so using one’s fingers was impractical, not to mention pretty disgusting.  Chopsticks were the perfect solution – one could grab bits of meat, vegetables and rice with a pincer-type action, and dip it daintily in the sauce.

Another excellent piece of good timing for chopsticks related to the teachings of Confucius. Confucius felt it inappropriate to have a knife on the table. When stir fry cooking require the components to be cut up before they reach the pan, then knife at table not needed

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A lion is hung with a safety pin

A doll below the teddy bear

A doggie fixed in a broken case

When the person comes out of the office,

They often stop and try to remember

What did ask him to bring

Should I buy teddy bear if it does not cost too much?

Or should I buy the toy camera?

When my son happily asks me to take

His photo; how adorable he looks!

That red doll there looks completely new

If I get it for 20 rupees only,

How happy, my daughter Misbah will be

Brother! How much is this doll?

Sir! You pass through here everyday

I don’t feel like bargaining with you,

Give me 100 rupees and take it home

My silence told him everything

Okay now give eighty, the doll is yours

How cheaper can a toy be than this?

Upholding my self-esteem I hear myself say

Fine! I’ll come tomorrow or day after

As I need to purchase many more toys

Going towards the Empress Market I think

Eighty rupees are Veggies for home

Eighty rupees is my fare to reach home

Eighty rupees are needed for the journal

My elder son has been asking for these many days

Why worry about toys? They can be bought

When I get the payment next week

I’ll purchase new toys for my children

Aren’t we old toys set on the Media’s cart?

Lions hanging tucked with safety pins

Old toys placed on the new pushcart!

Shabeer Soomro


  • If you are right handed, you will tend to chew your food on your right side.If you are left handed, you will chew your food on your left side
  • If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. For when a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off
  • Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying
  • Your tongue is germ free only if it is pink.If it is white there’s a thin film of bacteria on it
  • The Titanic was the first ship to use the ‘SOS’ signal
  • The pupil of the eye expands as much as 45 % when a person  looks at something pleasing
  • Laughing lowers levels of stress hormones and strengthens the immune system.Six year olds laugh an average of 300 times a day.Adults laugh 15 to 100 times a day
  • Bats always turn left when exiting a cave
  • The roar that we hear when place a sea-shell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear
  • Dalmatians are born without spots

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I experienced different moods of Dubai like; The sand storm,  the drizzle, the dense fog, the heat, the cleanliness, the fashion, International brands, different cultures, the movies, the cruise, the dancing fountains, the global village, the security, the excellent management, tasted the food, fruits, and veggies of different countries. I enjoyed everything to the fullest but the gift I brought from there is painful and will take time to make me forget it J I got flu and chest congestion so much so that I had to cut short my visit and came back home. Not back home but straight to the family doctor from the airport. All through the night I coughed with fever and body pain. I smile to myself when I hear my own husky sexy voice J I got so much love and care from my niece and daughter and their families. They did whatever they could to soothe my pain. I was treated like a princess or to say the queen is better because of my age I got so many precious gifts from them. To be honest it’s all part of the adventure!

 I’m honored to have met my dear sister-in-law, my nephews, and their families after 15 years. They spent thousands of dollars just to meet me. I’m humbly grateful. I learned that love is supreme and most powerful!


O’ God, I have obtained one promise from you.

And on no account will You go against it.

After all, I am a human being.

If ever I have harmed any one or have spoken ill of him,

or cursed him, or flogged him, then in compensation

for all this, give him Your blessings,

Your purity and Your nearness- amen


God extends His hand at night so that He may accept repentance

of those who indulge in wickedness during the day

God extends His hand during the day so that He may accept  repentance

of those who indulge in wickedness during the night.

This will continue till the sun rises in the west

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It was September 1965. I had cleared my 10th grade with flying colors. We lived in Peshawar then. Our house was so big that if one called from end the voice could not be heard. The house was in the middle and lawns and fields surrounding it. It was built of mud. Walls were as thick as one meter if I’m not wrong. The rooms were huge with high ceilings. The doors were as big and wide that elephant could easily pass. The ventilator in every room was so big that two men could easily sit there.

I’m not at all exaggerating. It is said that Prime Minister of India Mr. Jawaharlal Nehru also lived there before partition of India, Pakistan. My brother had bought that house. And after he sold it the Excavators found many items of ancient time. Peshawar is one of the oldest cities of the world.

My brother was in Air Force. His family was in Karachi then. I lived there with my mother.

The war was going on between born rivals, India and Pakistan. Lahore was most raided city. So a family of 11 members came to Peshawar to run away from death. They had come to stay with their relatives. That bungalow was as big as ours, just across the road. Two families lived in that house. One was Air Force officer Squadron Leader, Musa and his family and the civilian family.

One day my brother called me from Rawal Pindi as he was on war duty. He asked me to come immediately there with mother. We did the same. My brother always said that in war, dusk and dawn time and full moon night is best to raid and bombard. It was full moon that night.

The airport was not far from our house. We lived on Mall Road. India bombed the airport but missed its target so the bomb hit that house where the family had come all the way from Lahore to escape death.

All members of that house died except one mentally retarded brother of theirs. But surprisingly everything was saved like furniture and all household things. But Musa’s family survived as they ran to trenches hearing the alarming siren. Surprisingly every bit of their household broke smashed and finished, but their lives were safe. As they ran without slippers and in their sleeping dresses so the neighbors provided them with everything. But the unfortunate family couldn’t save their life from death.

One should not fear death. It is fact of life and every breathing soul has to pass away

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When we pray,

Allah hears more than we say,

answers with more than we ask,

and gives more than we imagine,

in His own time and in His own way


1. Which place is there for your name in your body?

Ans ; the EAR is the place in your body where your name is– you hear your name 🙂

2. Do you know the grave that carried a dead body where ever it went?

Ans. It was the blue whale that swallowed and carried -the Prophet Yunus (p.b.u.h) alive in its stomach–

3.Name those living creatures that were  born without any parent ?

Ans. 1.The Prophet Adam (p.b.u.h), 2.The mother Eve  (p.b.u.h) 3.The lamb brought from heavens to be sacrificed instead of the Prophet Ismail (p.b.u.h) 4. The camel that came out from a mountain to prove that Sualeh (p.b.u.h) was  The Prophet

4.Who was the first man killed on this planet earth ?

Ans. Habeel, the son of Adam (p.b.u.h)was killed by his brother Qabeel

5.Name four things that have different color and taste but basis is same

Ans. the tears are saltish, nose water is sour, the ear was is bitter and mouth water is sweet

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