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Monday, April 30, 2012

Love, actually

Sitting with Solom and Zain on the sofa; Zain's head in Solom's lap.

Solom: MmmmUAH *kisses Zain*

Me: Zainoo loves you, Solom.

Solom: And Mama also loves Solom.

Me: Yes.

Solom: It's so beautiful.

Saturday, April 21, 2012


you're singing your 1.5 yr old to sleep and he takes his pacifier out of his mouth and starts shouting, "CHUP! CHUP! CHUP!"

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Lost in Translation

Me: Solom, I love you. Do you love Mama?

Solom: Yes.

Me: What do you love about Mama?

Solom: A tiger.

Me: Okay, let me explain. What do I love about you? I love your nose. I love your sweet personality. Now tell me, what do you love about me?

Solom: A globe.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Someone kill me now

Solom and my cousin Omar were scrolling through pictures in his iPad when they came across a horrific, distorted picture I'd taken of myself just for fun.

Omar: Suleiman, is this Mama or is this a monster?

Solom: This is MAMA. (Pointing at me) That is MONSTER.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Mother of the nation

Solom (waving a thousand Rupee note at me): Look, Mama, whose picture is this?

Me: Now, Solom, don't tear that jaani...!!

S: Is Quaid-e Azam Mama Ali Jinnah.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Dastan-e Musharraf Ali Farooqi

If you haven't seen this yet and are so inclined, check out the interview I did with Musharraf Ali Farooqi for Vol. 9 of Papercuts. He had some interesting views on Urdu and the creation of Pakistan. You also get to see his cat, Mano. After meeting a literary critic recently who said, "Everyone's in conversation with someone or the other" though, I'm seriously questioning the title of this piece! Anyway, enjoy.

A Writer's Passion: A Conversation with Musharraf Ali Farooqi