Skewered Seekh Kebab with Pudina Chutney.

Ma, baba and me, we were walking down a street where scores and scores of kebabs are sold on the streets. The nights are a bit cold due the incoming winter season. But when walking down that street you wouldn’t feel even an ounce of coldness as the tandoors are always running at the full speed and the cook and the waiter wouldn’t give you a run down of the menu plus they are continuously sweating from heat. It sometimes feels as if by magic the names of the kebabs would be known to you. Mostly the name and fame of any kebab shop spreads by mouth and people generally go to such shops with friends and as always there would be an all knowing friend who would describe and name the kebabs for you.

So, looking at those kebabs, I found that my insides were 50% empty,therefore, I asked ma and baba to buy kebabs, plus we hadn’t had any tea and snacks in the evening. There wasn’t a huge rush but the men behind the counter were so busy that, it took atleast five minutes before a person took down our order.

I was waiting outside with ma and dad came and told us that he had placed the order. Now we simply had to wait. Ten minutes had gone, yet our kebabs were nowhere to be seen. Then suddenly a waiter came out a placed three plates on the table infront of us and he said-“aapke kebabs” (meaning your kebabs). When you place your order at any street side restaurant, what happens is that you have to eat your food standing and if  flies disturb you while you are having your food then it gets very irritating. So, as soon as we started eating the kebabs with the pudina chutney provided, we found out two things. They are:-

  1. The seekh kebabs were extremely hot and the chutney was tangy.

2.There were no flies to disturb only the incessant and constant honking of cars.

The kebabs turned out to be beautiful. They were cooked to near perfection, tender to eat with the chutney serving as a tantalizingly tangy base to it.


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After having the kebabs we had a cup of masala tea each. Our evening became as serene as the walk near the Corniche, which was once very near to our house.

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Corniche-The Beautiful Seaside in Dammam (In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia).

We used to reside in the city of Dammam (KSA) and our house was very near to the Corniche.

The sea side is known as the Corniche over there.The Corniche was a beautiful place and the sea ending was decorated with beautiful white stones.In the night, a visit there would feel as beautiful and marvellous as visiting any famous place of tourism.You can see the Persian Gulf over there and the colour of the water, explains the beauty of Persia, that it once was.The water was deep dark blue at night and calm and serene. Sometimes it felt as it was a part of Hafiz’s poetry.The place was so beautiful. On the opposite side of the corniche, there used to be a bookstore named “Jarir” and ma and baba would frequently buy me books and cds from there. Those were the inexplicable and undefinable moments of our lives.Hope someday, that I, ma and baba can see the Corniche again, even may it be in our dreams.The time has long gone by, from when I had last seen it. It feels as if I have lost my long beloved friend, whom I may never get back again. Time comes and goes away but only memories remain. I was a teen then and those days were days spent in heaven in lieu of bad days for me. I still feel that those days should come back and I can relive those moments again because believe it or not, the time spent there was as beautiful as getting 100 out of 100 in mathematics exam. Sometimes God gives so much and loves so much that afterwards everything feels empty and meaningless.

I have many memories and each is as precious as a priceless gem.Maybe sometime later, I would share one of them with you all.In the meantime, adios and khuda hafiz.