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A Glimpse of Ramadan in Cairo

Hey all, I haven’t written a post in a long time now but that is because I was away visiting family in Egypt. I have now returned home and I am ready to write a few lines about a subject I promised to write about before and about two images that touched my soul during my stay in Egypt. On 6th of July, Ramadan started. Ramdan is still ongoing as I am writing this post. Ramadan is an Islamic celebration observed by Muslims all over the world; it is a month of fasting, one of the Five Pillars of Islam, based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon and...

The Rice Mother by Rani Manicka – Review

“The Rice Mother” by Rani Manicka is a Malaysian family saga depicting life in Malaysia through the eyes of 4 generations, spanning a period of 85 years. At fourteen, Lakshmi, the central character of the book, as well as the one the title refers to,leaves behind her care-free childhood spent amongst mango trees in Ceylon in order to marry a mature man in Malaysia. This naive young girl is forced to face all the harships life has in store for her from this moment onwards. Tricked into believing that her new husband is rich she soon finds herself struggling to make ends meet and support a family with a man...

GOD is ONE

Orthodox – Christians are soon celebrating Easter and only one month later Muslims are celebrating Ramadan, both two very important religious celebrations for their followers and the countries they come from, although thinking better, the 3 days of Easter are more like the end of Ramadan (Eid), same as the long fasting period preceding Easter is similar to the month of Ramandan when Muslims fast from dawn until sunset. These 2 approaching celebrations got me thinking. As you already know if you read my previous posts I am now part of an even bigger family that brings together two different religions (Orthodoxy and Islam),two different countries (Romania and Egypt), two different...

the JAPANESE LOVER by Rani Manicka – Review

A breahtaking story set in Malaysia. Parvathi, the main female character, leaves her native Ceylon for Malaysia in order to marry a rich businessman as part of an arranged marriage. But her father has cheated, providing her future husband with another woman’s photograph, so when finally face to face, Kasu Marimuthu is angry and threatens with sending her back to her family in disgrace. Slowly though, husband and wife get used to one another and the naive girl becomes a sophisticated mistress of the luxurious, misterious, mystical  and out of this world place – Adari – ‘Remember I told you that you have arrived on one of earth’s few power...

Rain

The photo above, set as my featured image, does not belong to me, nor is it taken by me. It is Barefoot in the Rain by Anne Marthe Widvey, via Flickr.  It is said that when it rains God cries for our sins and in that way He washes us, He purifies us. I have always loved rain, I have never been afraid or uncomfortable, I have never backed out of rain. I rarely used an umbrella and when I did it was only to protect something important, like a book or some words on a paper. Not myself! I do not see rain as something to protect myself or run away...

From the Corner of His Eye by Dean Koontz

!! Note: The featured image above my post is a drawing by Eduardo Soares called Books and Flowers. You can find him and his art by clicking on the following links: Eduardo Soares – Deviant Art, Eduardo Soares – Blog and Eduardo Soares – Facebook. Although I later found out that this book was published in 2000, “From the Corner of His Eye” by Dean Koontz is the last book I read in January-February. I bought it from a mall in Cairo, Egypt. It wasn’t new, most likely not even second or third hand. This book had passed through many hands and had been read by many people. It was one of the 3-4...