Tuesday, 1 May 2012


Dear Mr. Real Estate Agent,

Welcome to my humble abode.

I never want to leave it, even though inevitably, some day, I will have to.

It smells of the most peculiar fragrance, a mix of sweet spices and baked goods.

The build is solid, having withstood almost every fearful climate change/weather condition.

'Almost' because no matter what seeps through, there's always, not 'almost always,' a cozy and warm ambiance intact.

The roof is in excellent condition; I feel secure. Sometimes, it's almost like it breathes, the thumps of its heart soothing to the ear.

'Ha,' I laugh.

You blink twice with a blank stare, but if you hear the alarm beeping, no worries, it's as if the house is a horse, its wary ear always perked up, beckoning for 'peace' at once...

And peace is guaranteed to be restored.

I challenge you to try, with your  utmost experience, to put a price on this house because no real estate agent has succeeded yet.

"£260,000?" you ask.

I implore you to try again.

"£400,000?" you ask.

I'm on my knees begging you to try again.

"£1 million? 1 billion?"

I shake my head.

You wave an imaginary white flag.

How could you ever put a price on the home within my mother's arms?

Sorry Mr. Real Estate Agent, but you will find no business here, even after I have grown out of it.

P.S.  I am now in my mother's shoes and my little Amina reminds me every day how it once must have felt like to be in my mother's arms. Try hammering a 'For Sale' sign into them...I dare you.

My mum, me and my daughter, Amina Amelia Chowdhury


  1. MashaAllah. Your mum and daughter are beautiful. :)

    Aaqib / iPOET

  2. That's beautiful. I read it twice. A shiver along my arm the second time. Made me think of my mum. :)

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed reading it to the point of a 'shiver.' The first few chapters of your novel, 'A Thousand Miles for a Wish' gave me 'the shivers.'

  3. Amazing metaphor, very well said indeed. That is why Allah Almighty has given the mother so much honour and respect , in fact 3 times more than the father and paradise lies under the feet of the mother!

  4. Slaam Rumki,
    First of all Thank you for the beautiful pics. Blog was very eloquently written. Its shows how talented you are mashallah!!

    May Almighty Allah Bless you all!

  5. Very Well written!
    May almighty Allah Bless you all!!

  6. Loved your blog ! and congratulations on your daughter! she is beautiful MashaAllah
    please give my salam and love to your mum.
    Kamona Karim