7 Times Sin Is 55: Pride

14 Sep

Naaz, she called her.

Supreme Pride.

A child born to a blind mother after much adversity.

She is Allah’s blessing, her aunts would say, one so fair and comely.

And Naazo’s mother glowed in gratitude, and went peacefully to her grave, without an inkling that the light of her life had a deep cleft lip.

11 Responses to “7 Times Sin Is 55: Pride”

  1. Aunty G September 14, 2008 at 2:50 pm #

    C’mon OJ, don’t show your slip
    The mother could’ve felt the lip
    Unless, of course, she died at the birth
    Which, of course, is no cause for mirth
    In which case, dear, i concede my blip.

  2. D September 14, 2008 at 9:59 pm #

    Aunty G’s observation is rather pertinent.

  3. Orange Jammies September 15, 2008 at 8:43 pm #

    Aunty G, D: Sigh. Let me explain. Naaz was born to Nasreen Bano after much adversity–44 hours of labor, to be precise. Given that she was premature, they took her away to the NICU, where she stayed all the while Nasreen was battling for her life. Intermittently, when she regained consciousness, Nasreen would ask for her daughter and was told how beautiful she was, but before she could find out for herself, she’d slip back into an uneasy sleep. Six days after Naaz’s arrival, Nasreen lost her battle, but went gratefully, knowing she’d left behind a perfect specimen of womanhood.

    There. Happy now?

  4. Aunty G September 15, 2008 at 10:39 pm #

    Ta. However…………

    If this story isn’t fiction
    It lacks a certain conviction
    Forty-four hours labor
    For a preemee, por favor?
    If fact, then in fact, there’s no constriction.

  5. Orange Jammies September 16, 2008 at 10:47 pm #

    Aunty G: Remember that signature on your blog? “Truth is stranger than fiction”? Apply here. This one’s as true as they come.

  6. Aunty G September 17, 2008 at 5:40 pm #

    Ach!!! Poor Naaz! But there’s hope! A cleft is fully correctible (If they need finance, let me know, shall try and do my bit).

    And just this morning, i read about the McCains adopting a Bangldeshi clefted orphan. She’s 17 now and doing fine.

  7. Orange Jammies September 18, 2008 at 4:27 pm #

    Aunty G: I wonder who does their PR. And how much they paid to have that story go around.

  8. Aunty G September 18, 2008 at 8:01 pm #

    :-OOO What’re are you saying! ‘Tisn’t true?

  9. Orange Jammies September 19, 2008 at 11:26 pm #

    Aunty G: Oh I don’t doubt that they adopted her. It’s their motive(s) I’m questioning. A nice little all-American family with their acceptance of diverse peoples. How terribly sweet. Oooh, look, is that a VOTE???

  10. Aunty G September 20, 2008 at 10:08 pm #

    And we think we Indians are bad
    It happens there too — thats sad
    The almighty vote
    Gets History wrote
    And leaves us more cynical than glad

  11. Orange Jammies September 22, 2008 at 2:13 pm #

    Aunty G: Oh please, the U.S. Presidential elections are the biggest circus ever. Nothing else even comes close.

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