25 Aug 2017

Jasmine In The Wind ~ Book Review

Today I read another long awaited book Jasmine In The Wind by Ayesha Desai.

Jasmine In The Wind is a quick read. It is a story of a little girl from Syria.

Author - Ayesha Desai
Cover art by Jenny Reynish

This 40 page novel clearly expresses the feeling of a refugee. This young adult fiction is all about the challenges, trials, and unending optimism and strength of a young Syrian refugee. We all are aware of what is happening in Syria and Jasmine In The Wind allows us to peek in one of their lives.

The story follows a young Syrian girl, Afraa and her harrowing journey to safety and freedom. Whilst she learns to love her new home, a part of her heart will always be buried in the roots of the jasmine bush outside her parent’s room window in Syria.

‘… Nostalgia is smelling the scent of Jasmine in the florist shop, and remembering the great bush of white flowers outside her parent’s room window, that fragrance that danced in the night breeze, and carried with it the sweet possibility of hope.’

About the Author - This is Ayesha Desai’s debut novel. We get to see her love and passion for things close to her heart. Ayesha is passionate about reading and this has evolved into a love of writing. Whilst this is her first published book, she has been writing for the last 20 years, and blogging since 2013. She lives in South Africa.

Ayesha's narration is beautiful and emotional. I loved her writing style. With each words, she has painted the picture of the challenges that every Syrians face and, I was moved by the entire story.

Jasmine in the Wind is a touching tale of Afraa who was traveling out of Syria. It is all about her journey and how she deals with her situation. She was safe in another land but there was a hollow in her heart, as she misses her home. Far away from her home, being a refugee in another country, she was trying to accommodate while she still longed for the scent of her home. Also she never missed an opportunity to educate herself and to make a better tomorrow. This short novel is a nice read.

I particularly loved the poem in the end.

....Tell me whirling swirling wind
Do you carry messages across the lands?
Can you take my Salaam to Aleppo and Homs?
Can you take my prayers to Gaza?
Can you convey my solidarity to Myanmar?
Can you tell the world we care....

The story ends with hope and it is the beginning of a new life. The story and the poetry both poignant and touching.

Jasmine In The Wind is a heartwarming tale and it is sure worth the read.

Buy this book at Amazon India

17 Aug 2017

From Kodaikanal

A stock photo from my brother's Kodaikanal Trip.

Follow me at Instagram for more beautiful scenery and my memories.

3 Aug 2017

High Five - Happy Birthday, A Rat’s Nibble!

Wow. I am still here after five years. Alive and kicking.

This year no cake, as I am on diet. 
So join me for a Tea party!

Today, my blog celebrates its 5th birthday, but I am not sure what I felt when I first realized. Was I happy? Proud? Content? Accomplished? Or do I feel as if my life has changed? Well, I have gone through so much, learned a lot and applied what I have learnt in my journey.

I have changed for good. I am not like what I was 5 years ago. Personally and Bloggingly. I have learnt a great deal. The past 5 years marks a very important phase in my life history. Good, Bad, Beautiful, Ugly, Love, Betrayal - I have seen them all. Also, I believe I handled them in a balanced way. Alhamdulillah, for what I am today!

My blogging journey was quite accidental. Okay, umm, let me call it sort of a planned accident. But that's a happy one. When I look back at my initial days, I can see how naive I had been. But all the while, I am glad that my writings have entertained you, brought some smiles, spread some cheer. I can see my blog has changed over these years. However, I don't get to stay active as much I did in my earlier days, still I am loving it the same way.

Blog is where I let go of myself, my feelings, my happiness, my sorrow, and everything else. Here is where my loneliness turned into solitude. Here is where I regained my sanity. I have many hobbies but most of them are seasonal, but I understand my blog is not. It is much more than just a hobby. In this 5 year beautiful journey, blogging has evolved with me, allowed me to stretch my wings, and even helped me to establish my identity.

When I realized that I have written over 300 posts and shared some 200 plus photos in my Instagram handle, I am surprised as well as overwhelmed. From poetry to reviews, I have touched various topics.

To celebrate my five years of blogging, here are my five favorite posts, I would want you to read. They also happened to be the first post in its category. And they are close to my heart.

My first story - A Dreamer

My first photo post - The Minaret And The Moon

My first travel experience which was my 50th post as well. My Umrah Journal - Madinah

My first published story in an online magazine - Blessing Of Joy

Reading old posts and reminiscing the moments, that made me write them, make me relax. Five years. Phew! I feel like I have achieved something.

Give me a High 5 and join my tea party! Thank you so much for coming along and supporting me in my journey.

1 Aug 2017

Hijabs From Hidden Pearls

They say, a woman in Hijab is like a pearl in the shell. Women are precious and the modesty in her elevates her respect and value.

I am a Hijabi and scarves are my best companion. I have bought scarves from many stores both online and boutiques, and Hidden Pearls is the recent one.

Hidden Pearls is an UK based online store. They sell hijabs, under scarves, hijab pins, handbags and other Islamic gift accessories. They have a wide choice of colors and materials. They ship worldwide as well, for a nominal cost.

For me, it is important to choose scarves of good quality that suits my lifestyle. And naturally, I ensure that they are beautiful and comfortable. I also prefer the fabric breathable, because of the weather I live in.

Hidden Pearls sent me a couple of hijabs. I liked the way they wrapped the hijabs and especially, a handwritten note from one of the founders, which gave a personal connection instantly.

There were two Hijabs inside. An Everyday Chiffon Hijab and A Multi Toned Hijab.

They have different types of Hijabs, from Plain, Patterned to Embellished. I particularly loved their Crinkled Hijabs and Lace Hijabs. Their Multi Tone Hijab collection have good color choices too. There are different color shades from bright to pastel, earthy and dark. If you allow me choose an Ombre scarf, I would go for light and subtle colors that are harmonious to each other.

But this Peach, Burgundy and Chocolate Ombre Hijab, I received, has stronger gradient of shading. I did not know earlier that this strong ombre effect would suit me well too. The fabric is viscose and the scarf regular size. Did I say this hijab is accentuated with small stones all over? There was a small patches of color faded on one of the corners. However, it is a minute defect and goes inside when wrapped.

The Brown Chiffon Hijab is ideal for everyday use. This is a simple and stylish Hijab which matches with most outfits. Lightweight and airy, this Chiffon Hijab is elegant and sophisticated. When wearing this Hijab, ensure you wear an under scarf. Else the hijab will not stay proper on your head. The flow of the fabric creates nice folds and drapes. We can wear it for any occasion, when rightly accessorized. The Chiffon Hijabs are available in an array of colors.

Hidden Pearls have some nice collection of hijabs and accessories. Do drop in their online store and pick your favorites.

Website - Hidden Pearls
FaceBook page - Hidden Pearls

This is a sponsored post. However, the opinions are mine.

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