1 Feb 2018

Nanni’s Hijab ~ Children’s Book Review

I started reading more Children's books. For it is a short and pleasant read. And, I'm also having happy time with the little kids who visit my home. Recently, I got a chance to read another lovely Children’s book to my young niece. And she loved this little Nanni.



Author    -  Khadijah Abdul-Haqq
Illustrator      -  Vitchapol Taerattanachai
Publishers - Djarabi Kitabs

Hijab makes our lives beautiful than anyone can imagine. I always love to see little girls wearing cute scarves on their head. At schools, children get to meet many kids from different community and culture and befriend them. Nanni’s Hijab written by Khadijah Abdul-Haqq, is a cute little story with beautiful illustrations. It enthralls the little ones while teaching them some basic manners. Illustrations are vivid and helps with the flow of narration. The book showcases the beauty of hijab while giving some idea to handle the difficult situation of our life, well and wise.

Nanni's Hijab is the story of Nanni, a little girl who loves wearing her hijab. She wears a different hijab every day. Her classmates enjoy seeing all the colors and designs of Nanni's hijabs, except Leslie. Leslie doesn't like Nanni or her hijabs. She tries to bully Nanni and humiliates her in the school yard in front of all her classmates, by snatching her hijab off her head. Nanni gets very upset with Leslie's bullying. In her heart, she wants to fight but she knows there has to be a better way. Instead of fighting, she goes home to think about the best way to handle Leslie's bullying.



Did Nanni find a way? Did Leslie learn her mistake? Read the book to know more.

The book will be available on online stores. Keep an eye out for it.

Nanni's Hijab is a short and sweet story. Perfect for kids' storytelling sessions. After all, it is about making friends.

10 Jan 2018

Little Things And More


Sometimes life gives us a pause. When the days filled with lots of events, we fail to realize until it starts to swing back again.

Well, it was when I put my life on pause, collect my thoughts, and realize that Allah has created me to be thankful for those little little things around me. Irrespective of what it offers, I decided to walk in the moment, hoping to see that life is still beautiful. Insha Allah!

First of all, we are super happy to welcome two little creatures into our family. The twins - my niece and my nephew, bringing all sorts of goodness. And these little angels took all my time and still demands for more. It’s been five months already, and life becomes even more meaningful with the babies around.


My life is consumed with all things baby. There were so many moments where I wanted to pocket it forever. Meeting the babies for the first time was magical. The first time I caressed her cheeks, and the first time when he grippingly held my finger in his tiny palm, everything felt absolutely beautiful. With twin babies around, our family is blessed with double Barakah, Alhamdulillah.

I can go on and on about the babies all my day. So stop me before I go overboard. Their little grunts, coos, squirms and stretches make me go crazy. I love the way she keeps her hands up when she naps and the curious look in his eyes when I tell him stories. And their loud cry, oh, don’t ask their mother about their 3am restlessness.

I love to bottle up their intoxicating smell. Forget their diaper changing session, their milky, medicinal, moisturized scent is so inviting that I often take a plunge on their soft neck, and they seem almost edible. While the boy is so expressive and demands a conversation, she is an attention grabbing princess and melt us with her toothless grin. I can't get enough of these two.

Every moment with them are priceless. Especially, when he listens to my stories and when he gets fussy from not getting that last burp up. And when she feels secure and dozes off when we all sit around her and talk casually. The first big stretch and her smile in the morning. Babies are overwhelming.


They are so tiny, and when I pick them to cuddle, they wriggle and curl up like a little ball of sweetness. Their soft wrinkled knees and their chicken legs kicking all the way up to their bellies. I love their feet and their poses. I couldn’t resist myself from clicking some hundreds and thousands of pictures. I don't basically strive for their perfect froggy poses or wrapped babies. Rather I prefer them as they are naturally with their lazy yawns, their sweet smile, their sleepy eyes, their wide open cries, and all the best little things they do.

In another few months, when they grow big and turn no more babies, I’d certainly long for this cuteness, cuddly and crying, fussy time back. I am trying to soak in as much of them as possible before it’s gone.


I would not mind if they pause my entire lifetime. Just that, I love them so much. Oh yes, these two tiny human beings are, Masha Allah, amazing.

Hoping to return with more stories, rat signs off with a New Year wish.

25 Aug 2017

Jasmine In The Wind ~ Book Review


Today I read another long awaited book Jasmine In The Wind by Ayesha Desai.

Jasmine In The Wind is a quick read. It is a story of a little girl from Syria.


Author - Ayesha Desai
Cover art by Jenny Reynish

This 40 page novel clearly expresses the feeling of a refugee. This young adult fiction is all about the challenges, trials, and unending optimism and strength of a young Syrian refugee. We all are aware of what is happening in Syria and Jasmine In The Wind allows us to peek in one of their lives.

The story follows a young Syrian girl, Afraa and her harrowing journey to safety and freedom. Whilst she learns to love her new home, a part of her heart will always be buried in the roots of the jasmine bush outside her parent’s room window in Syria.

‘… Nostalgia is smelling the scent of Jasmine in the florist shop, and remembering the great bush of white flowers outside her parent’s room window, that fragrance that danced in the night breeze, and carried with it the sweet possibility of hope.’

About the Author - This is Ayesha Desai’s debut novel. We get to see her love and passion for things close to her heart. Ayesha is passionate about reading and this has evolved into a love of writing. Whilst this is her first published book, she has been writing for the last 20 years, and blogging since 2013. She lives in South Africa.

Ayesha's narration is beautiful and emotional. I loved her writing style. With each words, she has painted the picture of the challenges that every Syrians face and, I was moved by the entire story.

Jasmine in the Wind is a touching tale of Afraa who was traveling out of Syria. It is all about her journey and how she deals with her situation. She was safe in another land but there was a hollow in her heart, as she misses her home. Far away from her home, being a refugee in another country, she was trying to accommodate while she still longed for the scent of her home. Also she never missed an opportunity to educate herself and to make a better tomorrow. This short novel is a nice read.

I particularly loved the poem in the end.

....Tell me whirling swirling wind
Do you carry messages across the lands?
Can you take my Salaam to Aleppo and Homs?
Can you take my prayers to Gaza?
Can you convey my solidarity to Myanmar?
Can you tell the world we care....

The story ends with hope and it is the beginning of a new life. The story and the poetry both poignant and touching.

Jasmine In The Wind is a heartwarming tale and it is sure worth the read.

Buy this book at Amazon India

17 Aug 2017

From Kodaikanal



A stock photo from my brother's Kodaikanal Trip.

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3 Aug 2017

High Five - Happy Birthday, A Rat’s Nibble!


Wow. I am still here after five years. Alive and kicking.

This year no cake, as I am on diet. 
So join me for a Tea party!

Today, my blog celebrates its 5th birthday, but I am not sure what I felt when I first realized. Was I happy? Proud? Content? Accomplished? Or do I feel as if my life has changed? Well, I have gone through so much, learned a lot and applied what I have learnt in my journey.

I have changed for good. I am not like what I was 5 years ago. Personally and Bloggingly. I have learnt a great deal. The past 5 years marks a very important phase in my life history. Good, Bad, Beautiful, Ugly, Love, Betrayal - I have seen them all. Also, I believe I handled them in a balanced way. Alhamdulillah, for what I am today!

My blogging journey was quite accidental. Okay, umm, let me call it sort of a planned accident. But that's a happy one. When I look back at my initial days, I can see how naive I had been. But all the while, I am glad that my writings have entertained you, brought some smiles, spread some cheer. I can see my blog has changed over these years. However, I don't get to stay active as much I did in my earlier days, still I am loving it the same way.

Blog is where I let go of myself, my feelings, my happiness, my sorrow, and everything else. Here is where my loneliness turned into solitude. Here is where I regained my sanity. I have many hobbies but most of them are seasonal, but I understand my blog is not. It is much more than just a hobby. In this 5 year beautiful journey, blogging has evolved with me, allowed me to stretch my wings, and even helped me to establish my identity.

When I realized that I have written over 300 posts and shared some 200 plus photos in my Instagram handle, I am surprised as well as overwhelmed. From poetry to reviews, I have touched various topics.

To celebrate my five years of blogging, here are my five favorite posts, I would want you to read. They also happened to be the first post in its category. And they are close to my heart.

My first story - A Dreamer

My first photo post - The Minaret And The Moon

My first travel experience which was my 50th post as well. My Umrah Journal - Madinah

My first published story in an online magazine - Blessing Of Joy

Reading old posts and reminiscing the moments, that made me write them, make me relax. Five years. Phew! I feel like I have achieved something.

Give me a High 5 and join my tea party! Thank you so much for coming along and supporting me in my journey.

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