This Joke is on Me

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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23 Responses to This Joke is on Me

  1. slmret says:

    What a sad surprise — but I’m glad you could have the pan repaired and continue to use it. If you amortize the cost over the time you’ve had the pan, that’s less than $10 per year — not too much to pay for a treasured pan 🙂 !

    • Zakiah says:

      It was a surprise Janet! I just burst out laughing when he gave me the bill. I was telling this to Sayeed yesterday, and he said, “yeah mom, welding stuff is a big deal, and especially putting two different types of metals together is not cheap”.
      I LOVE LOVE LOVE your calculation! $10 per year! Fantastic. Thank you. You always make me feel so good.

  2. I love this story! It needs to be in your next book. It’ll be hard to find another pan like that here. You got a lot of mileage from it and with the repairs, you’ll get many more years out of it. And you also saved it from being part of a landfill.

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you darling Matt. You won’t believe how close i was to chucking it in the trash, because M would look at it and grumble. Called me names like “hoarder, miser”, and silly words like that whenever i would hold the pan to my chest. But he was sweet, because when he heard me telling about the “Surprise cost ” to Sayeed my son, he came into my study last night, and gave me $80. Believe it of not, now THAT was a big surprise. I grabbed the money before he rescinded the act and gave him a big smile and said THANKS.
      I hope i can get some more years out of this pan.

  3. mrswrangler says:

    I am glad you pan is repaired but what an expensive cost. Hope it last twenty more years without problems.

  4. Rupali says:

    I am happy since you are happy. Money can’t buy happiness it’s the pan 😀
    Happy cooking.
    Do you mind sharing your recipe of Maahe Khaliya?

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you for asking for the recipe Rupali, I don’t mind sharing it with you. It is my mother’s recipe. It is somewhat complicated and long. Do you want me to send it to you here, or would you like me to send it to your email? If you are on face book, you can message me the address. If not, then i will give you my email address here.

  5. murisopsis says:

    A pan that faithful is worth the cost! There is no price too high. The Japanese are expert at it. They repair broken ceramic bowls with gold – and they are passed generation to generation! I think next time you visit India you will need to find another pan (just in case).

    • Zakiah says:

      See how smart you are Val? Always share something of which I have no knowledge! If I had heard about the Japanese people repairing ceramic bowls with gold, I sure have forgotten about that. How cool, no? If i do, Val, I will bring one for you.
      I agree with you, that pan was worth every penny to me.

  6. whyzat says:

    You can pass that story down, too! I can imagine your husband’s face when you told him! Oh, to have been a fly on the wall. It sounds like a good pan, though.

    • Zakiah says:

      It was funny Dian. He doesn’t cook, well, he can make a scrambled egg, and make rice in the rice cooker, and he is pretty good with the rice cooker… but to do anything else, OMG the head scratching, and the vacant and blank look on his face is enough to tell him to go sit and watch golf or tennis; I could finish that in half that time that he fussed.

  7. beowulf says:

    I can very well understand why you want the pan get fixed. I absolutely hate it when something I have used for many years breaks.

    • Zakiah says:

      THANK YOU Nick. I felt like part of my arm was broken when the second handle came out. I am glad I have a sympathetic friend, who understands my frustration and ache.

  8. Oh, I love this story! 🙂 I’m with you on this! I would’ve done the same thing!
    Just think of all the memories you and The Pan have made together! Those alone are worth spending the money to give it new life (Ha! You “saved” it! 😉 😀 ) so you can make many more meals AND many more good memories together!
    Then, yes, you can bequeath it to a family member! 🙂
    I’m weird in many ways…but one way is I attach humanness and human feelings to certain inanimate objects and feel bad when then “die”. It’s the good memories tied to them that makes me emotional. For example, when we got our car hit (rear ended) after Thanksgiving and it was considered totaled…ughs…when the insurance company sent someone to tow it away, I cried. I was thinking of all the good memories related to that car, and all the people who rode in it, etc. Silly me. :-/
    (((HUGS))) and my you and The Pan have many more wonderful moments, SweetZ! 🙂

    • Zakiah says:

      I know how you felt when the car got towed away. I tell myself that I shouldn’t leech up on material things, but dang, I miss them when they break or are lost. I am happy to tell you that i am using my pan again.

  9. I’m glad you have the pan back and could afford to get it fixed. Many continued meals will cooked in that pan. Hooray.

  10. Val says:

    Anything that lasts that long and is loved, is worth every penny (or rupee).

  11. r_hsw says:

    they no longer make quality stuff nowadays like the way they used to. and this goes to ALL kinds of product.

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