Shawarma Love

My love for chicken is well known. My love for Arabic food as well.

Both come together beautifully when I get my hands on some chicken shawarma. I love finding new places to eat as well. Searching for that perfect one. More often than not, I end up in Al Malla.

My idea of a nice evening starts with buying one chicken and one meat shawarma from Al Malla. Then I walk, deciding which one to eat first to make the whole experience perfect. It always changes. The eagerness to eat the chicken shawarma ASAP versus the desire to keep it till the end and let the taste linger for a bit. As i walk, I eat, listening to music, enjoying the view. Then, after the meal, a cold Ginger Ale or hot black tea. Perfect. Today I had the meat shawarma last. It was nice. But I think I’ll have it first next time. Or maybe two chicken shawarmas! Perfect solution! So many possibilities…

Sigh. There really is nothing like eating a perfect chicken shawarma. Again and again. 😊


I’m an Atheist. I believe in Gods.

What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.

I’m not religious. Far from it. Paradoxically, I do believe in Gods. Visible Gods. Real Gods. Gods that are not figments of imagination. Gods that are not just idols. Gods I can talk to. Gods that answer. Gods that help me in need. Gods that always have the best of intentions. Gods I can count on. Without fail. Consistently.

My Parents.

Why do I need religious scriptures, when I have their lives and experiences as my own unique Bible? Why do I need “Gods” when I have parents like mine?

To me, they are symbols of strength and perseverance. Living proof that no matter what, we can change. That we can still succeed. That good times feel good only because bad times feel bad. That we fall, only so we can learn to pick ourselves up.

Okay. Parents are not perfect. Neither will we ever be. We’re all human. That’s where perspective comes in. We need to see their success and get motivated by it. See their missteps and learn from them.

I acknowledge the fact that I’m incredibly fortunate. I am aware. I am thankful. I am forever indebted.

Happy 30th Anniversary to the strongest couple I know. Here’s to a hundred more! Love you guys more than I can express.

22nd July, 1987

22nd July, 1987

These are my personal viewpoints. Not meant to irritate or enrage. But yeah, if you don’t like them, your opinions are absolutely wrong 😋

Until I Break…

You may try and put me down,
You may win a certain round,
I’ll be here. Smiling wide.

You may crack my mask,
Trigger a tiny frown,
I’ll be here. Smiling wide.

You may shatter me to pieces,
As the light in my heart ceases,
I’ll be here. Smiling wide.

You may burn my soul,
Till I’m an empty black hole,
I’ll be here. Smiling wide.

I may be dead inside,
Yet the same outside,
Because I’ll still be here. Smiling wide.

Until I Break…


Motivational Ramblings?

I’ve learnt a lot and changed a lot. I’m totally different from who I was in 2014 or 2013. For the longest time I thought that all I needed to do was work as hard as I could and I would get appreciated for it. That career progression and success would follow automatically. Although this is partly true, today, it’s just not enough. You need to play the game. You need to play the game hard. I’ve been learning. I’ve been observing. You’ve got to do your job well, yes.

But you’ve got to show it. You’ve got to flaunt it.

You’ve got to fight for your leaves, your rights, your work-life balance. I’m not good at all this. Far from it. But I will learn. I will evolve.

Because no one in this world cares about you more than you do.

To all those who are struggling, looking for jobs, hating their jobs, hating their companies, hating their managers, let me tell you, there’s always that light at the end of the tunnel. Live the life you’ve got, and live it to the fullest. Because, like it or not, you’ve only got a single chance to do so! Difficult times come and go. Take life as an experience and move on! If you feel sad or depressed now, embrace it, because you know what? It’ll pass.

The universe is designed to patch up, to make things right.

It is all for the good. Always. No matter how you look at it, anything good that happens to you today, owes itself to absolute catastrophes in your past. Everything that went wrong will turn out to be blessings in disguise at some point. Even if it takes months, years or decades.

The worse you feel now, the better you’ll feel when it passes. And that makes it all worth it.

Keep that in mind, aim for that high, and MARCH FORWARD.