Posts tagged ‘cat’

June 24, 2012

Far better than you and me

by Khanum

This story is narrated to me by my respected teacher, Sir Omer.  He and I sometimes sit together when we happen to meet in Radio section of the department and share some pearls of wisdom. That day I asked him to say something that could be pleasing for the heart,  as I was so low on energy – so hopeless in this world where you please people day and night hoping Allah will like it but all goes to vain.. To all this, He narrated this instead. A story of a man  who looked after a dog and became far better than you and me.

It begins as..Once upon a time there was a man who needed help. Day and night he would seek someone , someone close to Allah Almighty who could help him out of his trouble, teach him some piety and be his mentor. One day someone guided him to a man and at last he found a person he could finally ask for some support. He went to that man with the intention of observing his manners and routine and and ask him to Pray on his behalf but what he sees, he doesn’t spend much time doing worship like many other saints. He didn’t even do anything extra ordinary act of piety all day long but more than 2 times a day he would visit a dog. A sick dog suffering from a severe disease that when u looked at it, you would tremble by the sight of his skin. It was a dog that no one would want to touch but this old pious man would visit the dog daily , feed him food and to utmost horror of the man observing him, the old man would give the dog a bath with his hands and nurse him.

Looking all of this, the observer got curious and asked the man why is it he wastes this much time on this dying sick dog and not spend that time on worship.  What kind of a pious man is he ? he wondered.He was seeking for a man who could pray on his behalf and let him have the things he wanted from Lord Almighty instead this so called pious devoted man of Allah was wasting time on befriending a dog ? it was so unlikely.

The old man understood the uneasiness prevailing in the heart of the observer. He told the man that I am also looking for my prayer to be heard like you. Like you come to me to seek support, I came across this dog and every time when I give him a bath, his itching skin gets better, the dog feels the mercy done by me and prays for me. You may not know , Stranger, that who could be your source of closeness to Allah. Just be merciful to His creation. He has many ways to test you and give you.


My family bagged all four kittens of our cat and sent them away to an unknown place while I was asleep. The cat has been crying for 2 days now. I had been avoiding meeting the gaze of my cat for the same 2 days cause I could not protect her babies… She has not been eating neither sleeping proper.  I bought my new cell today and was over joyed at it but the moment humanity inside me shrugged me stabbed me, I suddenly felt no joy on anything new around me. Who cares for the smartphone I have ? Allah cares? Will it buy me some hasanat ? Will it make my cat feel better, the animal who’s a victim at my home ? … I  feel like a  culprit..

No one at home bothered to realise this , but when today I finally had the courage to sit near her, look at her eyes, I noticed her grief. Is it funny ? I don’t see anything funny in it. Her eyes are no longer the happy healthy eyes………..  she mourns n mourns n mournsss and it haunts me!! it  haunts me….looking at her running from here and here seeking her drives me crazy , pounds my heart my head my soul my entire being. Had It been my mother at her place searching for me when I got lost as a kid, they would have understood the pain right, even you could have pictured the scene right ?

She has grown weak, thin so pale and so lonely. To all of this my family decided, she needs to be sent away where they left out her babies. Babies that are not to be found anywhere near that area. Now because my cat has gone insane with grief she has been making each room dirty. At this, they all shout and wish her to get out of  their sight their home.

Get out ? ..This is all ? First we snatch away babies now we throw her out while she’s so thin and bleeding?

When my neighbour gave sleeping pills to her to get rid of the cat , there were some humans in this world,  mostly from my family , the ones to pose humanity and protest against it. I am just  feeling numb and mad and heart broken at their lost humanity now… what happened to it.

What happened to it..?

If tomorrow they bag the cat heartlessly, the same cat they once felt happy about … then I don’t know if I’ll be able to forgive myself ever for not being the one to stop it.. and God knows, who else I won’t be forgiving at home for this.

Indeed That old man was far better .. far far better,  than you and me…

June 10, 2012

Hasta La vista , Babies. Or maybe Goodbye.

by Khanum

I don’t understand the weird rule in the animal kingdom. A rule that has been driving my cat to abandon her kittens just after hardly 2 months of their birth. Its like she’ saying to them, ‘Go now, earn on your own. I can’t take of your expenses any longer”. What the Falooda ?? Its more like a west Talk.

Yesterday, she deliberately left behind one of her kitten at our neighbour’s place and came back satisfied that she has gotten rid of one brat, 3 more to go. If it wasn’t for my cousin we wouldn’t have been able to search the kitten back . How mad my cat makes me go on this theory of her now, I simply cannot describe and today she did it again. 2 of my beloved kittens, Cutie and Shoot, are missing since morning. We have searched the whole neighbourhood for them, tried to ask the cat where the heck she left them this time, but no positive response. Its just too sad cause they are too small and not even able to catch a rat. How will they survive…dunno. Stupid animal rule, Why can’t they just live together like a joint family system ? Its not like my cat was paying any of their bills. I was rather taking care of that , YOu baboon Mano ! :@

I hope wherever they are they are safe and secure. I badly wish they could find their way back home. I miss them.. And I guess their siblings , Badmash and Mute are also missing their two lost sisters. Or maybe not, since they get to drink the bigger portion of milk now. Traitors !

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That’s Shoot on the right, with bonkers sleeping position. She always had the most idiotic gestures while sleeping.

And that’s Cutie. 😦 … Beauty among 3 three.

P.S. If I get to hear or see any comment where you have laughed or joked about their being gone. I will say very bad things to you. Mind it !!

September 23, 2011

Table for 2 . Very Traditional

by Khanum

 Today ,  the boss of the kitchen (yes my mother) decided to go on cooking- strike, evi main. ‘I have just cooked khichri and all of you better eat that’. She announced. All the non protesting members of family eventually gave in except two. It was me and my Cat.  That announcement was a death for us both. We are generally the strangest creatures at home. ‘Meat eaters’ is what my ammi jaan labels us. We eat in contrast but always together. For instance when  I eat the egg white, she eats the egg yolk. Anyway,

Back to the kitchen.

Desperate times call for desperate  errr … I mean Khanum’s measures. It was once again time to item up and step into the cutlery war zone.

I had one red capsicum, 1 green capsicum, 1 cup yogurt, 1, 1 something something , and only 4 pieces of  chicken. I could cook enough for two. For Me & my cat (my cat doesn’t eat uncooked meat neither overcooked meat, please note).

So this is what I came up with. The roti I had to ask from tandoor, ofcourse. I am after all khanum not some tandoor wali.  I cooked chicken with friend capsicum on top. I had no idea how to cook something good and something that can be blogged about  with just 4 pieces of chicken. I did alot of abra cadabra to turn the flavors wow and I’m glad it turned out ala ka scram. The only spices I used was dried coriander,  salt and red chilli powder. For lassi , a drink which the people of Turkey call as  Ayran , I used simply yogurt and water. (my Pakistani chums already know this of course).

So there it goes. Another story of my life from Pakistan. . Hope you enjoy the pictures.

P.S. Please excuse the quality of the pictures today. My professional photography camera developed some incurable error at the last minute. So I had to use another camera. Not a beauty at all.

P.S.S. Due to undesirable circumstances, my cat did not join me for the lunch. By the time I was frying the chicken, my cat was on the verge of committing suicide. So I had to give her some milk to drink and be contended with that.

P.S.S. Because I made only one glass of lassi, I shared it with others. 

August 31, 2011

EID EID EID Mubarak!

by Khanum


Eid Mubarak my Readers. I hope my Muslim siblings are having a fabulous day. I just stopped by to drop over some pictures I took earlier in the morning. Mum is as usual in the kitchen, preparing the Great Feast.  I tried my best to take few shots of the food but I was brutally kicked out – and that’s not something new. hehe

The above picture was taken earlier in the morning. I had just woken up and realized I had fallen asleep  without washing off my hand last night. Yes, you’re right. That’s khanum’s hand. I might share a tip here. If you want your Henna to last longer, rub some oil or vicks over your dried henna. It will  Shine out loud. As for my dress, I am wearing color red and white. As you know I don’t post personal pictures but I can assure you, Khanum is looking fabulous. (Such miracles do happen at times)

Let’s have a look at more snapshots. More will be uploaded soon as the day progresses. If my mother doesn’t hide my camera somewhere that is.

And A big round of applause for my successful theft mission in the kitchen. I had to take atleast one shot of something delicious.  “Kheer” or “Sawaiyan” is a sweet dish, often prepared on ‘Chand Raat’ literally translated as Moon Night, ” A night before Eid. My mother prepared it last night too and decorated it with Pistachio , almonds and Dates. The thin silver paper is absolutely must. Yum yum yummy. I will attack on it after finishing this post.

Our lazy silly Cat!

And that’s my cousin. My favorite shot of the day. She may be a devil but her smile is priceless.