“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see”.

It’s time to share some “Art” …my soul is hungry.

These are not my paintings nor photographed by me but whoever painted these would have great esthetic sense.Each painting or photo is MARVELLOUS which not only caught my eye but captured my soul too.

Art and Culture

“A unique shop in Daman e koh Islamabad”

When I visited this place (Daman e koh) in Islamabad,this shop really caught my ATTENTION 😃.

It is basically a Paan Shop,

[Paan (from Sanskrit parṇa meaning “leaf”[1]) is a preparation combining betel leaf with areca nut widely consumed throughout South AsiaSoutheast Asia and Taiwan.[2][3] It is chewedfor its stimulant and psychoactive effects.[4]After chewing it is either spat out or swallowed. Paan has many variations. Slaked lime (chunnam) paste is commonly added to bind the leaves. Some South Asian preparations include katha paste or mukhwasto freshen the breath].

But it wasn’t just a “Paan” seller shop,it was a Classic Handicrafts shop which actually mesmerized me by it’s  dramatic contrast.

Ambassadors of various countries have visited this Paan shop.In this video one can easily see photos of the Ambassadors  in this shop.

Beauty lies in the heart

A young girl

Stepped down from her bed

In the cold night bare feet

Went out from the room eagerly

Chased by her mother

Wandered in the backyard

Here and there

As if waiting for someone

Very special and rare

And then she found him

She found him who is her dear

And now he was here to allure her

And he was the “Full Moon”

Who was awaited for sure

She was dazzed..

Looking at the moon

With her large brown eyes

As if he was appeared just for her

Unaware of her mother standing behind the door

Trying to stop her tears

Wondered on the innocent gestures of her daughter

Because she knows

She knows her daughter is a “Special” kid with a beautiful soul

Poetry credit

© Hiba Syed~H&S

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Special Child

Special thanks to drsiyar.com

Re-blog from drsiyar.com


The term “Special child” is used in medical profession for those who on account of mental and physical reason are unable to be educated in routine education classes and needs extra care not needed by other kids .

There are variety of diseases that can be considered as etiology of this condition.Deafness and difficulty speaking is a huge group who are crippled by hear speech and brain problem.Surprisingly their brains are very near to normal people most often.If allowed ,to develop as such, can lead to a very incompetent individual.How ever their training in special education school lead to a life very close to normal.Parents usually take their kids to such institution to start speaking in form of vocal speech.They may disappoint and remove their kid from such school.They may even hate such school as they did not like that their kids to be labelled as crippled.

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At start of education in play group it may be difficult to diagnose such conditions for first time.Teaching with normal kids will expose theses kids to be maltreated by normal kids.Their are check up and metabolic screen programme to diagnose such kids in developed countries at time of birth.In under develop world such diagnosis is made by miss handling of these kids.Then parents take them action to a doctor.

Any child looking abnormal by gestures ,sleep, eating or sounds must be taken to children specialist/neonatologist for evaluation.It is clarified that most of those who are not speaking are deaf with brain problems of different grades .They are known as deaf and dumb.There fore in evaluation and training speech improvement should not be the good criteria.They should be judged by educational development in form of behavior, response ,self care and social development.

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Taken to special education school teacher will decide weather child is close to normal if he is communicable .He is admitted to regular daily school special classes .Such kids will show excellent results and can lead a completely independent skilled normal life.Some kids are kept on intermittent visits to educate in intermittent sessions.Routine of such institution is very strict .One has to reach at very accurate time. Such parents are suggested to reach half hour before time.After a number of sessions they can show some response.How ever one should not be discouraged with slow responses. With brain development and continuing visits they will improve despite apparently looking as non responder after some time. If parents learn how they can be taught at home regularly like normal kids ,they can show improvement ;although some time at very slow rate.Today a completely non responder will show good response after three four years because with passage of time brain development booster education without any efforts .

Basic strategy is to say any thing by parents and relatives that these kids come across.If you give them water to drink ,one must say”Drink water” while water is given.If they eat ,say “eat”.Every action is accompanied by speaking in word as practice.These sounds and alphabets are registered in brain with accompanying action

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You can show them different color charts and ask them which color it is.You can show them right and left hand use to develop both sides of brain and balance of body.You can show your lips and tongue how to pronounce words.For this hold them to make an eye contact,then show them lips and tongue use for different words.Take white boards or paper and take regular writing practice in form of circles triangles, shapes and alphabets.Writing is a form of speech that develop the brain.Apart from educational activities routine habits like eating with spoon ,going to toilet ,climbing stairs with supports, cleaning face and hands with tissue paper or personnel towel should be taught and practiced regularly.With just repetition such useful development is observed quite often as dramatic response. Their are special educational toys and flash cards for education available at specified stores.A guide can be taken from special schools.


Originally posted on “Health Talk For Seniors” by RN Health Educator

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is causing confusion worldwide and this is a hard time for older adults, especially for seniors who live alone.  Being confined to indoors can increase the feelings of isolation and loneliness both which can cause depression or anxiety.  Research conducted through the National Institute on Aging has shown that isolation and loneliness can also lower your immune system and a weak immune can make it difficult to fight off viruses increasing the risk for infectious diseases, heart disease, diabetes, depression, Alzheimer’s disease and sadly in some cases, death.   

About 25 percent of older adults in the United States live alone, according to a report by the Administration for Community Living’s Administration on Aging of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with 43 percent of people over age 60 reporting they feel quite lonely.   Many of the seniors surveyed report that they do not feel lonely or socially isolated; however, there are many others who feel the exact opposite.  As human beings we are social creatures and the absence of social contact can be quite stressful.

Before the shut-down, many of us were involved in numerous productive activities, that included traveling, daily nature walks, spending time with family and friends and now are experiencing areal traumatic change in our lifestyle, basically we’re confined in our home.  For many of us lock-down and social distancing means that we are not able to perform our daily routines, no longer have connections to the support network that we relied or do the things that gave us enjoyment.

Today we are faced with difficult times and challenges of being isolated from friends and family and must look at alternative ways of doing things to maintain a sense of normal.  As we look hopefully forward to when this will pass there are several things that we can do to adjust our activity planning so that we continue to maintain a healthy mind, body, and soul. 


Many of us walked several days each week to maintain heart health. The good news is that it is possible to modify our routine to make certain that we maintain a healthy heart and get in our daily 10,000 steps.

  1. You can walk within your community – before the sun is to high
  2. Walk around your home – there are excellent YouTube videos that allow you to walk in your home some up to 3 mile walks.  Although there are many the one that I use and really enjoy is Walk at Home by Leslie Sansone
  3. Exercise at home using interactive video games such as Wii Fit.  They can include tennis, bowling, or boxing and according to The American College of Sports Medicine, exercises done with Wii Fit increase your heart rate enough to qualify as aerobic exercise. (you will need to play for about 30 minutes five days a week).

Mind, Body & Soul. 

Yoga is a gentle form of exercise and stress management that improves flexibility, strength, balance.  With regular practice yoga increasing your body’s efficiency and total health of body, mind, and emotional wellbeing.  One Yoga practice favorite I follow on YouTube provides aFull-Body Gentle Stretch Routine for Seniors and Beginners(link below).Of course, there are many different varieties of yoga videos to choose from so find one that you really enjoy and this way you will look forward to practicing on a regular basis.

(if you’re interested copy and paste this link into your search engine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVCqkiqsz4I)


Communication is especially important and can be as simple as a phone call to a friend; however, with today’s advanced technology, even when you’re confined to the home,keeping in touch and staying connected is much easier than you can imagine, and it can be extremely exciting.   For example, Phone calls or Video chats are both awesome ways to stay connected with old friends and a great way to make some new friends.  Consider starting an online chat group for your friends and family, this can be a one-on-one conversation or a scheduled meet-up that allows you to connect and talk with more than one person at the same time.  With these chats you can have conversations with up to 150 people or Video calls that can include up to 10. Of course, you will have to do a little research but to get things started both Google and Microsoft have online chat platforms.  Group chats are much more interactive and can be lots of fun.

Now, if you are someone who prefers reading and sharing thoughts about the books you’ve read perhaps consider starting an Online Book Club, build your own community,and maintain a regular schedule with the group of new friends.  An awesome way to meet new people and exchange thoughts.

Links for detailed information and for Google assistance

  1. https://support.google.com/hangouts/answer/3111943?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en
  2. https://support.google.com/chat#topic=7649316

Link is for similar connection through Microsoft

3. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/start-a-chat-in-teams-0c71b32b-c050-4930-a887-5afbe742b3d8#:~:text=Start%20and%20name%20a%20group%20chat%20Start%20one,you%E2%80%99d%20like%20to%20add%20in%20the%20To%20field.

Quality Time Alone.

There may be many days when you would still like to be active but prefer a quiet atmosphere.  Other than cleaning or doing gardening here are a few simple ideas.  

Drawing & Painting

Activities such as drawing, coloring, or painting are perfect for quality alone time and Michaels, Hobby Lobby and even Dollar Tree have a variety of options to select from.  These activities allow you to entertain yourself while taking a break from reality. 

Start a Journal

Imagine what an interesting story you will have to share, by journaling your day you will remember what you were doing, feeling, and thinking on a particular.  

Amazon and YouTube

Reading or listening to Audio book that are available either purchased through Amazon or full free audio books, movies, and music that is available on YouTube.

I recently listened to fantastic 17 hour David Baldacci audio book titled “Absolute Power” on YouTube.  I made a date with myself and every afternoon for a hour or two, sometime three,  I would have a tall glass of water, or a bowl of fresh fruit, or freshly made lemonade and I’d sit out on my balcony with my feet up and listen to the story.  If the weather were rainy, I would sit in a comfortable a chair in front of the window. Peaceful and relaxing.

Conversations with your Healthcare Provider.

Always consult your doctor before starting any new fitness program, especially if you have a pre-existing medical condition or have not exercised in a long time

Remember to talk with your healthcare practitioner about physical activity guidelines specific to your health care needs and medical history.

Prolonged usage of digital devices, including computers, tablets, and smartphones, increases your exposure to harmful Blue Light, which can lead to eye strain, blurred vision, and/or headaches.  It is important that you reduce your expose by taking regular breaks and it is highly recommended that you discuss with your physician the use of digital protection glasses.


Loneliness during the COVID-19 outbreak has become a major concern and as more and more people are following the recommendations for social distancing and staying at home unless absolutely necessary staying connected is essentially important to all humans. When we are alone and

bored, we tend to focus on negative things in our lives.  Well now we see that there are a number of safe alternative ways of connecting with others.

How are you getting through the lock-down and isolation period? What activities are working for you? Please share your creative ideas in the comments section.


Administration for Community Living’s Administration on Aging of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2020).  https://acl.gov/MENTAL

ONational Institute on Aging (2019).  https://www.nia.nih.gov/research

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