Qur’an – A literary miracle

This post is part of the A to Z Challenge. My theme for the month is A to Z of words in English with an Arabic origin. Qur’an is the Holy Book for the 1.5 billion Muslims around the world. Mexico to Philippines, Sweden to Johannesburg, the language, the words, the…Continue reading Qur’an – A literary miracle

Primum mobile

This post is part of the A to Z Challenge. My theme for the month is A to Z of words in English with an Arabic origin. ….thus starts some of the difficult alphabets. Yet, I learnt a new word in doing my research for this challenge. Primum Mobile – …Continue reading Primum mobile

Orange Zest

This post is part of the A to Z Challenge. My theme for the month is A to Z of words in English with an Arabic origin. A fruit and a colour which gives a fresh and vibrant feeling. Orange ! Orange surely has come a long way !

N for Nadir

This post is part of the A to Z Challenge. My theme for the month is A to Z of words in English with an Arabic origin. Nādir (نادر – meaning “rare”, “unique”) is a common name for boys amongst Muslims. Hence, I was quite surprised when I found out…Continue reading N for Nadir

Magazines and childhood

This post is part of the A to Z Challenge. My theme for the month is A to Z of words in English with an Arabic origin. My childhood was filled with magazines like Young Times, Reader’s Digest, Children’s  Digest and comics like Tinkle and Archies and Enid Blyton books.…Continue reading Magazines and childhood

A lemon day.

This post is part of the A to Z Challenge. My theme for the month is A to Z of words in English with an Arabic origin. Who doesn’t love a chilled lemonade on a sunny afternoon? The more I research for this challenge,  the more I realize how many…Continue reading A lemon day.

Kohl-lined eyes

This post is part of the A to Z Challenge. My theme for the month is A to Z of words in English with an Arabic origin. Way before MAC and Maybelline were in trend in the West, Eastern women used to line their shapely beautiful eyes with black Kohl.…Continue reading Kohl-lined eyes

Jasmine and South Indian weddings

This post is part of the A to Z Challenge. My theme for the month is A to Z of words in English with an Arabic origin. Another post about unique aspects of wedding in my culture (Kerala, South India) is the jasmine garland and jasmine braids on hair worn…Continue reading Jasmine and South Indian weddings

I is for Imam

This post is part of the A to Z Challenge. My theme for the month is A to Z of words in English with an Arabic origin. You might have most often come across titles such as Imam and Shaykh when referring to Muslim Scholars. An Imam is a Muslim…Continue reading I is for Imam

Henna and weddings !

This post is part of the A to Z Challenge. My theme for the month is A to Z of words in English with an Arabic origin.   In Desi and Arab cultures, before the wedding, the bride’s hands and feet are often coloured and beautifully decorated with exquisite Henna…Continue reading Henna and weddings !

G is for Giraffe

This post is part of the A to Z Challenge. My theme for the month is A to Z of words in English with an Arabic origin. It looks like it’s an animal week for me. The long-necked Giraffe is always a favourite for the children while at the zoo.…Continue reading G is for Giraffe

Fox, firefox and fennec

This post is part of the A to Z Challenge. My theme for the month is A to Z of words in English with an Arabic origin. I begin this week by introducing a cute furry fox, commonly called as the fennec –  a nocturnal fox found in the deserts…Continue reading Fox, firefox and fennec

Elixir of life

This post is part of the A to Z Challenge. My theme for the month is A to Z of words in English with an Arabic origin. Paulo Coelho is one of the contemporary writers who has introduced Arabic words like Maktoob and Zahir to the mainstream English readers. Yet,…Continue reading Elixir of life