Book Review

Just a fortnight ago, I had placed an order for the book called ‘Tales from the Treasure Chest’ authored by Ayesha Marfani. I had promised her this review and so here it is ๐Ÿ™‚
The book contains three stories that are remarkable in the lessons that they convey. I found the language to be slightly advanced for Lil Man (7 years) and Wise Man (6 years). So, I am hoping they will find the book lucid enough to read once they turn around 11 or 12 years old, in sha Allah. Meanwhile, I will preserve this treasure for them (pun intended โ˜บ)

Having read the stories myself, it dawned on me that we could easily impart valuable lessons to kids by equipping them with these kind of stories. The first story is about two sisters who are unhappy with their blessings. One wants to be cleverer and the other desires to look more beautiful because her sister is. The tale continues to relate how both of them realise that it is only through contentment that they can achieve what they wish to and how being ungrateful can make them miserable.

The second tale is of an amusing story-telling session between some elders and kids where the children realise how tough it is to be a parent and why they do what they do. Vice-versa the parents also understand the minds of kids and how it is not easy to be small. I liked the concept and think it is a good way to empathise with the roles of both parents and children.

The third narrative talks about a boy who is adventurous and is thought to be a good-for-nothing fellow. But he moves on to become a successful businessman. Only to realise that money cannot buy us everything and the most important of all things is to first become a good human being.

The book is all of 48 pages and cost me โ‚น765 /- since it was imported from UK, I’m guessing. My favourite among the three fables is the first one about the twin sisters. I have yet to find out which ones my boys will grow fond of in sha Allah.

I like that Ayesha Marfani stresses upon God-consciousness in her stories. The morals are deeply meaningful and relevant to the problems that kids face in this consumerist age. The examples make you sit back and evaluate life goals and what kind of humans are we striving to become.

The illustrations are sort of hazy. It’s good that they kept away from exhibiting mouth and eyes, following the Islamic rulings. Albeit, the images could have been made a bit more discernible.

I wish good luck and success to Ayesha Marfani. It’s always a pleasure to see women following their passion and doing great at it ๐Ÿ˜Š

(The stories are dotted with verses like these)

Do let me know when anyone of you purchases this book. I am also planning to leave a comment on Amazon as a brief review, in sha Allah.

Au revoir โš˜


Hijab by Tuba Naaz

Before I delay writing this review even further, I have decided to get this done today. There’s an avalanche of mail awaiting to unwrap and review and I’d start thinking less of myself if I postpone any further now ๐Ÿ™ˆ

It is often a pleasure to review abayas, scarves and hijabs now that I have grown highly fond of them over the years. It was generous of Hijab by Tuba Naaz to send me a stunning abaya from their exquisite collection.

Their mail arrived quite swiftly and the packaging was impressive. The luxurious lace-work, the sheer softness of the material and the basic color tones of the maroon and black abaya had me besotted.

The abaya opens in the front with a long row of tic buttons under a thick border of maroon that laces the anterior of the cover-up.

The chunky borders of intricate maroon crochet on both the sleeves gives the abaya a ritzy look. The sleeves are large and bell-styled.

The fabrics used for the abaya and hijab are a combination of polyster and soft georgette.

What I found striking was that this abaya makes for both a party-wear and for casual outings.

If I was asked to change anything about the beautiful abaya, I’d mention the black scarf for hijab. I wish it was done in a shaded maroon-black hue or bordered with a simple piping or a patch-work at just one end of the scarf.

Hijab by Tuba Naaz also provides customization of hijabs and abayas to suit your requirements in terms of sizes and designs. They have recently launched a splendid new line of modest-wear collection, so do take a peek into their instagram page.

Signing off on a note of wisdom: Always hand-wash your scarves and abayas using a mild shampoo. That way your hijabs and jilbabs will never lose their sheen and will stand to be more durable โ˜บ

Au revoir โš˜

Redeeming My Pizzazz

I have been on a blogging hiatus after Ramadan concluded. To be honest, I’ve been craving to write but my listlessness has gotten better of me. I was going through my earlier write-ups and it struck me how much I enjoyed blogging, writing content and articles for the e-mag. The lazy stupor seemed to have hit me hard. For reasons I can’t fathom, I have been feeling unproductive. Which has led me to shun eating healthy, write less and be tardy overall, even though I have tried so much to wave it off. I guess you just have to let phases like these pass and get over the cloudiness that mars your good thoughts and efficiency.

My sister is on a visit to India. It’s pathetic how less we get to see each other since she has gone to U.A.E. I plan to ask her to co-ordinate her office leaves around my visits to Mumbai to our parents. At least this way we can be with each other for longer times during her stays to India. 

This time she came for just a few hours to my place for lunch yesterday and rushed back to Mumbai to spend time with mum. She and bro-in-law have come to India to attend a wedding in their family. It was so thoughtful of them to bring goodies for kids, hubster and me.

Some luxury shower gel, warm oil, body mist, those adorable mugs, a small diary with pen, some innerwear (not in the pic) and colorful measurement cups for baking.

Chocolate-covered dates with almonds for hubster.

 A haul of chocolate for kids (half of this has been gobbled up already๐Ÿ˜’)

Along with some stationary to keep them busy for a few days.

I have been hunting for my mojo back and though I still feel befuddled, I am going to let the pending works, product reviews and article writing jolt me back into doing my best, in sha Allah.

Do you have days such as these that make you want to give up doing stuff that you love? How do you cope with them?

I’m excited about a guest post that I’ve been offered to write. It’s for one of my favourite bloggers. Alhamdulilah for opportunities like these โ˜บ

Leaving now just to see you very soon, in sha Allah.

Au revoir ๐Ÿ’Ÿ

Blogger turned E-authorย 

Pure serendipity led me towards affiliating with Allarsh, a women’s e-mag. I couldn’t share a better rapport with it’s founder. A sweet and brilliant mum of a baby daughter, we clicked instantly and she graciously welcomed me into the fraternity of her e-mag authors.

For the write-up, I have brainstormed to find ideas that would benefit mums to keep their kids entertained indoors since the weather is drenching outside now. It led me to write on a gleeful game – Treasure Hunting. Hoping that it helps the readers enjoy the present weather with their kids even staying indoors โ˜บ

Tap here to float towards my write-up. Remember, your feedback is precious to me ๐Ÿ’–

Fancy Shopping at an Online Hijab Boutique?

I have not always been a hijabi. To cover my head was an option kept open to me by my parents. They never forced me and when I grew into my teens, I willingly chose to cover my hair with headscarves whenever I went out. This was moreso because my best friend was a hijabi and we had an Islamic environment in schools in U.A.E. How fondly I remember those days!

Later, when I came to Pune to recieve graduation, the environment here did little to remind me of covering my head and I dismissed wearing hijab. For me, it was just what Muslimahs had to do and I didn’t feel I was ‘there’ yet. The beautiful and important concept of donning hijab was lost on me.

It was immediately after our wedding that hubster expressed he’d like to see me wear burkha. And though, I wasn’t too keen, comfortable or prepared to cover up with a complete black garment, I agreed to adapt to it. (The things you do in the just-married phase! *eye roll*)

To put it all briefly though, today I can speak of myself as a hijab-lover. (I’m reserving a detailed post on my hijab story for later, in sha Allah). I see hijab in a positive light. Most importantly, I love the peace that comes with knowing that I am obeying Allah and living the way that is loved by Him. When you go against Allah’s commandment, you go against nature or innate disposition towards virtue and that unease penetrates every part of your life.

I am moving towards reviewing now. I just felt it important to write a small background on my journey with wearing hijabs and covering up.

Hubster relented and clicked a few snaps for me to post with this write-up. He finds it funny when I pose for a click. I agree with him, I am not a good poser ๐Ÿ™ˆ. However, I’m hoping this video gives a clear image of the modish abaya that I received from My Batua

When I was sent an abaya by the online store My Batua, I was pleased because:

๐Ÿ”ผThis is the first time I’d wear a non-black abaya.

๐Ÿ”ผI love the color blocks of monochrome in the abaya. It lends it a mimimalist and stylish look.

๐Ÿ”ผThe fabric is soft and falls well on the body.

๐Ÿ”ผ The neckline is round and the front opens easily with tick buttons sewn.

๐Ÿ”ผ The sleeves are bell-shaped. I love that in an abaya. Gives it a kimono kind of look.

๐Ÿ”ผ There are pockets on both sides. (Important storage place for a mum when outdoors!)

๐Ÿ”ผ The delivery of the abaya was quick.

๐Ÿ”ผ The size fit well according to the measurements I had provided.

I was displeased with:

๐Ÿ”ผ The fabric of the hijab. I found it too thick for head covering. Within a few minutes I started feeling stuffy. I guess I’m going to pair the abaya with another lighter hijab whenever I decide to wear it.

Nevertheless, I surfed through their website and found that you can be spoilt for choices! They offer jilbabs, burqinis, cardigans, salwar suits and hijab accessories for women’s wear and also have a grand collection for men’s wear.

My Batua is a must check out online store for all your modest wear necessities.