Posted in Unexpressed feelings

First prose.

I want to pen down my thoughts and express them via prose but I always end up making it into a poem. When I wrote a poem for the very first time, I remember my grandma saying, “in poetry, it’s the thought that matters and the way you put it. You are a poet and it’s called a poet’s liberty. Put your thoughts as they come. That’s your forte, your gift from God. Don’t live by the dogma that people will laugh and make fun of your writings. Unless you write , you won’t know your mistakes and you won’t improve.” I always remember these encouraging words of hers before writing anything.
My grandma, a beautiful lady, delicate in her looks and always with a smile on her face, was a Senior Cambridge graduate. She taught and retired as an English teacher in the same school where she had studied. There was not a single day that she missed reading the local newspapers and solving their daily crosswords​. I remember searching for words and trying to learn new words from her English dictionary which she continuously updated with new words. My grandpa used to discuss and help grandma on words while solving the crosswords.

I reminisce about days I visited her home and she cooked my favorite dishes. We both waited for the weekends to come as I used to sleep at her place. We watched​ comedy Hindi/ English movies together on television on Saturday nights and slept late.

She was of a noble birth and passed away peacefully in sleep in the most holiest place of Najaf (Iraq), without any pain or suffering last year in December after completing her pilgrimage. I was lucky to get her love for 24 years and during her last few days she and I even shared a hotel room.

My grandpa was a very handsome, fair and tall National level volley ball player. He was a government officer and was actively involved in serving our community in various capacities and was for many years the President of the Intezamia Committee of Mahdi Bagh, Nagpur. He was very fond of chocolates, sweets and fruits. I remember him making the tastiest desserts, juices and sweets that I have ever eaten. He was a  good shopper and always bought us fresh and best quality fruits. He was a complete family man. He had endless love for his children and grandchildren. We were pampered a lot by him. He was a self made man. I must say he had excellent leadership qualities.

I liked his straight forwardness in every situation and try to follow it in my life. People say I’ve got his leadership qualities and a few of my grandma’s qualities, which I’m proud of!

I called my grandfather , Dada. Dada loved traveling very much, had travelled all over India and during his last days always wished and made plans to make a road trip to Vishakhapatnam, where my aunt stays. He used to be ever ready for day outings with us in our car.

In his last days, he was confined to his bed due to severe anemia and weakness. During his illness, he had stopped eating and I remember diverting his mind with other stuff and feeding him with my own hands like a small baby. He was the pillar of strength and integrity of our family. He passed away in January 2013 and his death is an un-healing wound.

When I recollect memories of my grandparents, I regret not spending more time with them and tears roll down my eyes every time I visit their empty house, seeing their smiling faces in a photo frame and strongly wish to see their smiling faces welcoming us again. They used to stand outside when we left for our home, waved us good byes and waited for our phone call till we reached safely. I miss their presence in my life every single day.

This blog is dedicated to my grandparents. I wish they could read this before I posted it here and would give me their valuable inputs. But I’m sure they are blessing me and are proud of my effort.

My grandparents.

Mrs Zehra and Mr Asghar Sheikh Hussain, Mahdi Bagh, Nagpur.

-Afshan

19/06/2017

Posted in Nutrition Info

Eat an Apple!

Apple is the most popular and delicious fruit​ on the planet, and the joy of biting into a bright, red, juicy apple to quench your thirst, cannot be compared! It also satisfies your sweet tooth, all while boosting our health in a major way. 

Evidence suggests that a diet high in fruits and vegetables may decrease the risk of chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer, and phytochemicals.Epidemiological studies have linked the consumption of apples with reduced risk of some cancers, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and diabetes.

Apples contain a variety of phytochemicals, including quercetin, catechin, phloridzin and chlorogenic acid, all of which are
strong antioxidants. The potential health benefits of apples are numerous. 

All of us have definitely heard the famous saying ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’. This is true only when it’s eaten at a proper time and overeating is avoided.

The proper time of eating a fruit is at least two hours prior or after the meals. 

Ideally, a fruit is best utilised when eaten on an empty stomach. 

A fruit should not be eaten with beverages such as coffee, tea or milk.

Nutrition information per 100g:

Energy- 59kcals

Protein- 0.2gm

Carbohydrates- 13.4gm

Fat- 0.5gm

Potassium- 75mg

DISCLAIMERS:-

*If you have Diabetes, please consult a dietitian for further information before trying any new fruit/food. 

*This article contains general information and is for normal healthy individuals​.

*Please consult a qualified dietitian before making a change or starting a new diet program.

Posted in Poems

Step Ahead

As I turn twenty-three year old, 

Memories of past unfold, 

Some silver and abundance of gold,

Thankful I’m they helped me mold.

When I look back, everything is straight now,

But I’m sure I’d have wondered why and how!

Lessons learnt,

Fallen and burnt,

Yet many stones left unturned.

Today I’m is only coz of those tough times,

I’d have never been here but thanks to my paradigms(mom & Dad),

And thanks to all valuable family times.

For rightly it is said,


Life is like butter and bread,

Therefore apply your favorite spread,


Enjoy every bite and step ahead!


-Afshan