I hope you all missed me. I sure missed me here on these pages. The bronchitis is finally trying to say goodbye. The hoarseness of the voice and the raspy sound is still aggravating. It gets worse when I talk too much. Mother always said I talked too much and that I should shut up and stay shut up as much as possible. Such wise words such a long time ago!

My daughter in law’s mother lives in the western suburbs of Chicago. The boys absolutely love to go over and visit for a few days with her. They each have their own rooms. I came to know that she is doing up little Zain’s room in animal prints or something like that. She saw a paining I had done of a cheetah crouching in the bushes and wanted it for his room. It was too small, so I painted a larger one and will mail it to her on Monday.



In other news, I have sent the manuscript for my new book away to be published. FINALLY! I am trying to edit some punctuations and what not per their advise. They have done the assessment and have put little red marks in the various punctuation areas. some of them I think I know, like, put a comma there, or get rid of this comma etc. But then there are tiny colon marks with dash and commas up and down the colon. Does any one know what that means? I have to probably wait till Monday to call them ask them what the heck they mean.

Anyway, I am happy the book is ready to be published. I hope I will be able to sell it like it did the first one. Thank you all for all the support you have given me through thick and thin. Love you all.

“I wish I could show you when you are lonely
or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being”———Hafez.


About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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17 Responses to hello

  1. murisopsis says:

    This winter has been a bad one for flu and colds. Glad to hear that you are winning the battle against Bronchitis!!! Also great that your book is nearly at the publishers and just steps away from distribution!!

    • Zakiah says:

      Thanks Val. Yes the book is at the publishers in INDIANA… right near you, it seems. Hope it will be out within a month or so.
      Bronchitis is improving. Sayeed was over this evening, I was so excited to see him, and started talking twenty to the dozen, (me bad) and now the cough is letting me know that I shouldn’t have yacked so much.

  2. mrswrangler says:

    Congrats on the book. Hope the weather warms up and you stay healthy

  3. Wow. Sorry to hear you have been suffering with bronchitis.
    Excited to hear there’s a book far along in the works. I look forward to enjoying your book directly.

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you Carrie. Had a lonnnng talk with the marketing director of the company. Morale booster conversation. Hope the book sells well.

  4. Glad you are feeling better.
    LOVE the pic. How awesome in will go in your grandson’s room.
    Congrats on the book.

    • Zakiah says:

      Definitely feeling better than before. But it seems like I am just not able to shrug it off completely. Patience is not a virtue of mine.
      Thank you for stopping by Elizabeth. Blessings to you.

  5. So glad you are feeling better! 🙂 Bronchitis is ughy. 😦
    The cheetah is very cool and very beautiful! 🙂
    Congrats and bestest wishes on your book! 🙂
    HUGS!!! Happy New Week! 🙂

    • Zakiah says:

      YEAH girl! Bronchitis is the pits. Uglier than sin. Horrible. disgusting, and all the other insults it can take.
      Thank you for the compliments. Hope you are doing very well.
      Love and hugs.

  6. If I summarize, Zakiah, it is better for you to paint or to write a book than to speak, for your voice. Beside the speech flies away with the wind instead of the written words that remain! 🙂
    Congrats for the book
    Love ❤

    • Zakiah says:

      Dear Michel
      What a beautiful comment. Thank you. I have noticed that even now, after so many weeks, talking for several minutes at a time makes me cough. I am trying to not talk too much.

  7. I’m glad the bronchitis is starting to go away. Do you think some ginger and honey tea might work?

    Yay for your manuscript. Those odd symbols are proofreading / editing symbols. Some examples are here:


    Click to access ProofreadSymbols.pdf

  8. r_hsw says:

    i’m excited for you to learn about your upcoming second book. and glad to know you’re still painting. zain will definitely approve of your cheetah painting.

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