By the roaring waves!

Miss Rizwana

I am not sure where to start from or if I should even try. Today? Maybe later? But will words even speak? I met you last about one month ago at Binaat – our school reunion. It wasn’t easy coming there this time but I am so grateful that I did. I was so late, the hall was so full, every face was a stranger…. until I spotted you at the reception. Ah, Miss rizwana. You hugged me.

It was also the same day that you told me about your beautiful future aspirations. How impressed we were, how close in that moment. I told you that you are my favorite teacher.

There has been no one like you. You were what they call teachers second mothers for. I used to come and cry in front of you for the issues that were big for the sensitive little me at that time. You were the best listener. Always there. Always kind. Always beautiful.

I saw your funeral but i didnt see your face. But i can imagine it: angelic, peaceful. Inshaa Allah you are in a better place. May Allah fill your grave with noor like you showed light to us. May Allah bless you the highest ranks of Jannah and help us all become sadqa e jaariya for you. You will forever live in the hearts of so many people that love you. Your loss is so sudden but Allah loves you so much more than all of us.

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It was a palette of SOULS!

Palette of Souls – a book published on small-scale, was a collection of enlightening stories, poetries, thoughts and articles. It was prepared and produced by us – the then Matriculate students (Tenth Graders) with us being the sub editors, layout designers and writers!

Our teacher Mrs. Tasneem Vali was in charge of the project while another teacher Mrs. Talat Jabeen was the editor. Mrs. Uzma Shahnawaz being the Graphic designer and our school as the approval head.

I was one of the six SUB-EDITORS and submitted a total of three writings: A poem and two articles. This book was a HUGE SUCCESS for the LINGOVINZA! Actually, it had been designed for the lingovinza exhibition at our school: a show where different cultures were displayed and different languages were utilised in a variety of programs. There were so many dramas, cultural setups and the most amazing part was the presence of famous writers and poets of the past who walked and chatted in their own beautiful ways! 😀

There was Charles Dickens, Shakespeare, Shah Bhitai, and so many other writers of ancient times who were impersonated by the students. They dressed in their style and talked about their works so casually that it attracted the audience way too much!

A special logo for the lingovinza was designed – which itself was written in a number of languages! The book ‘Palette of Souls’ was distributed to all of us, of course and to the many schools who visited. It was supposed to be published later at large-scale, but the idea hasn’t been accomplished yet.

All of this happened a lot of time ago, but these memories – oh, they are always so cherish-able and beautiful!

A glimpse of the book.

A glimpse of the book.

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By the roaring waves!

Tomorrow: School Reunion!

I am way excited for the school reunion tomorrow evening! It’s the one annual function that I awaited since so long! Actually, it is our Eid party as well as our Re-union from our school so that makes it twice more fun than usual reunion parties!

This is my second reunion after I left school, but last time I couldn’t manage going.. This time I am all ready already!! 🙂

Only today while I was chatting with a friend and she read me some chit-chats we used to have in our classroom during boring lectures! It was about a new Physics teacher who was starting from the baby-steps which was annoying at that time as we knew that stuff already! (But trust me- later she became one of my most favorite ones!).. So my friend had saved that piece of paper and then we had a good old-days-reminiscing time!

The nicest memories of your past are the finest collection you have got!

Memories like black and white of our lives!

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Stanley Ka Dabba

I have never written posts in any other language except English, and so today’s topic must have surprised some of my regular readers.

I just saw this Indian film “STANLEY KA DABBA”, which means “STANLEY’s TIFFIN BOX”.

It is about a boy who is pretty intelligent and talented. However, he is an orphan(which is disclosed as the end approaches) and works in his uncle’s hotel all night long. At day time, he studies in an all-boys school. Every boy in his class bring delicious lunches in their “dabbas” or “tiffin boxes” while Stanley can not afford them. It’s a sad story which made me cry a lot of times! And so did my siblings including my youngest 8-year-old bro cried!!

One horrible teacher of Stanley who forces children to share their lunch with him, once gets angry at Stan and threatens him that he won’t be allowed to come to school without his tiffin box! (I wonder if such horrible people exist.)

However, in the end, Stanley’s co-worker and best friend manages to fill his tiffin box with all the left-outs of the hotel and when Stanley shares them with his classmates and teachers, everybody gets stunned. His “Kharoos”(as he is called in the film) teacher feels pretty embarrassed at his behaviour and leaves school. And Stanley never tells anybody why he never brought lunch. No one knows the life he lives and he always pretends that he is very contented and that his mother prepares all those delicious foods for him..

PLOT AS DESCRIBED BY WIKIPEDIA:

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_Ka_Dabba)

Stanley is a fourth grader who is very popular amongst his friends. He is talented and is liked by his teachers. However, he never brings his lunch box or ‘dabba‘. ‘Khadoos’, as he is popularly called, is a Hindi teacher who does not bring his own dabba but likes to eat others’ lunch. Stanley’s friends share their lunch with him by hiding from Khadoos. Khadoos eventually finds them on the terrace and warns Stanley to bring his own lunch or stop coming to school. Stanley misses school for a few days and his absence is felt by his teachers and school mates. One fine day, Stanley brings his dabba packed with mouth-watering items for Khadoos. Khadoos realises his mistake and quits the school. Stanley’s performance in an inter-school festival is appreciated by everybody. Towards the end, the reason for Stanley’s lack of a dabba is revealed.

Anupama Chopra of NDTV said – “I recommend that you make time for the film. It has an inherent sweetness and honesty that will stay with you long after the film is over”

I think the guy Partho Gupte (as Stanley Fernandez) did a very good job, and the story holds a very good, universal moral. Should be seen by all.

Do do see this website www.stanleykadabba.com. I just did. Its FANTASTIC. You will know all about the film once you see this.

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