Dejavu – Work Anniversary

My first post on wordpress was six years ago. The next one was when I completed another anniversary, and now it is 2019. Time flies or what. A chilling Monday morning of 23rd January 2012, I had joined this company as a senior software engineer. Today, I complete seven years and I have been a senior software specialist…

November – A month of celebration

On personal front, I have had a lot to cherish. My kid sister’s birthday on 6th My cute nephew turned a year old on 21st My not-so-cute-anymore nephew turned 7 My dad came to visit me and stayed for a month. What a terrific feeling it is to be safe and happy with parents. On…

A moment to thank you

Hello people, My followers, I thank you for your loyalty. You and your blogs inspire me to write more and write better. Non-followers, please do follow, now and be forever amazed by my rants 🙂 *** The best week of 2018 had passed. I haven’t finished off the to-do list that I had prepared for…

Book Announcement: Ctrl Z (Non Stop Ramblings #1)

Move around, make room and pay attention, please; coz I got something to say. After drowning in the sea of self-doubt I recover and bounce back with another short book. Ctrl Z – That Life Doesn’t Have (Non Stop Ramblings #1) Does the title intrigue you? Thanks 🙂 This one has been completed in record…

Happy Urdu Day

  !السلام علیکم جمعہ مبارک۔۔۔ جمعہ کا دن ہے، یعنی کہ یومِ بریانی۔ ابھی ابھی جب ہم  دسترخون پر بریانی کے مزے لوٹ رہے تھے، تو میرے بھائی نے پوچھا۔ “یومِ اردو پر کچھ لکھا نہیں؟” جی ہاں۔ مجھے اکثر چھیڑا جاتا ہے ، لیکن میں برا نہیں مانتی۔ اور یہ تو برا ماننے والی…

How far should one go to get reviews?

How do I find myself as a writer? – raw, unrefined and unpolished. How do I find myself as a marketing: bad. No, pathetic. PATHETIC. Terrible. I can go on, but you get the drift. How do I handle the review? One review (good or bad) and I run to my room, hide myself under…

NaNoWriMo 5 days streak

If you’re a fellow NaNoWriMo in Asia – India region, please look me up. I know nobody and I need a buddy. Looking forward to have fun. Shabana Mukhtar

I joined NaNoWriMo

That’s right folks. Trying hard to recover from self doubt attack and shrug off the negativity, I was on my regular intake of ‘social media scroll through’ spree when I saw NaNoWriMo. This rang a bell somewhere in my head but I couldn’t recall. After following a series of links, I joined in. In fact,…

Kids and Parents

Kids are small bundles of joy (and trouble). I am not a parent, but I have been with enough kids to know how a parent ‘may’ feel. I have been blessed… correction. My sisters have been blessed with three sons, and a son and a daughter respectively. For me, I have four beautiful (and crazy)…

Self Doubt 2.0

I had planned to write a post celebrating my journey. Today, ‘Uff Yeh Ladki’ completes six months of  its digital publish. Instead, here I am. Irony? So what brings me here with a continuation of my old post? Self doubt, of course. I know I shouldn’t; but I do obsess over the ratings and reviews….

My fashion statement

The fashion scene has changed dramatically. The e-tailer websites run one promotion or the other throughout the year. Local manufacturers produce lookalike or knock-off designer wear with cheap material and at low cost I bought a sweater top in 2014 winters. I had an awkward moment in cafeteria when I saw another woman wearing the…

I am glad that I don’t drive

Today it took me one hour and forty-five minutes to get to office, thanks to the traffic. No, I wasn’t driving. The commute still left me tired. I felt bad for the office cab’s driver. He, and his fellow drivers have a tough job. I take this moment to thank them. True, they are just…

Navratri – Festive Celebrations at Work

Ahem. Time for another peek into my life as a software professional. I am getting bolder by the day, aren’t I? (A pat on my back for being brave, ehehehe) Those in India or from India or know about India, would know that Navratri (nine nights) is being celebrated these days. Each day is assigned…

Tips to replenish your wardrobe at zero cost

I ain’t much into fashion. I wear what I’m comfortable with. I still replenish my wardrobe every six months. I don’t shop from malls anymore. I stopped about four years ago. Even branded clothes are easily affordable nowadays and people look like clones – wearing the similar outfit; sporting the similar hairstyles; showing off similar…

An offsite trip

Every year, the company I work with plans for an offsite. They choose a nice venue, mostly beaches and plan for a two-day trip, all expense paid by the company. Yes, it is one of those awesome things that my company offers. I never said it is all bad 😉 Software engineers do get a…

Should authors review other authors’ books?

I am not an author in the strict sense, as I have no paperbacks published yet. All my work is digitally published. But I am a reader. I haven’t read thousands of books, but I read. Of late, after discovering the world of Goodreads, I am reading happily because I can read and write a…

What is the worst part of your job?

I will share mine. Others can comment. On a particular day, even if I need to take off for being unwell, I can’t. Because the deadlines are so freakin’ stringent that I have to be in office, even if that means that i am sneezing and coughing into others’ space, and my nose is dripping…

Social Media Presence

I had this guy leave me a voice mail at work so I called him at home and then he e-mailed me to my Blackberry and so I texted to his cell and then he e-mailed me to my home account and the whole thing just got out of control. And I miss the days…

Turning a year older

How do I feel? Ecstatic, for a change. For past few birthdays (seven to be precise), I don’t really feel anything. Well, maybe a little bit of sadness that I have not achieved as much as I had dreamt of. This year I feel different. I have finally started writing. I have finally gathered the…

Six months into year 2018

This year has been rewarding so far. I started pursuing the life long dream of writing. I am writing a lot this year. And I am reading a lot, a lot more than I write. Well, I have been reading since I was six. And books is all I have, after I’m done with the…