The Benefits of Staying Indoors

// June 10th, 2008 // Blog

1) I get to wake up late, and lounge around the house in my PJs.

2) I am much more comfortable with my mother tongue these days, māshā’Allāh. No way near any kind of fluency; but the odd Hindi/Gujarati word pops out of my mouth, without me realising it. I think it's because I am spending a lot more time with my parents, though we still speak to each other in English. I guess I must be subconsciously picking up the lingo whilst my folks natter away to one another.

3) I get to avoid people that make me feel crappy. Example: I was talking to someone new at a family wedding yesterday, when the young lady in question asks me if I'm married. I reply in the negative. Then she asks me how old I am. I tell her, twenty *cough* – soon to be twenty *cough*. As soon as the words fell out of my mouth, she just gave me this look. I can't explain it. It's like her face fell with shock. Geez, thanks for making me feel like I'm over the hill already, love! Remind me never to leave the house again…

Anyway, this is a random “non-post”. Go ahead and share; make me feel less dumb, please. :)

23 Responses to “The Benefits of Staying Indoors”

  1. I don’t share my age anymore. I don’t share my marital status either. I just let people guess and I brush them off.

    My technique is to tell people that Egyptian men suck and do they have anyone for me that resembles Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp.

    Thank you Aunties :)

  2. iMuslim says:

    Hmm, not asking for too much there OM!

    I am now being optimistic and reckon that her facial expression was not due to her being shocked at the fact that I am twenty *cough* and single, but rather that I am twenty *cough* full stop. I mean, I have been told that I look younger than I am, masha’Allah… And you know my whole theory: women don’t look their age until they have kids.

    Ah, sweet wishful thinking – how I love thee! ;)

  3. Tuba says:

    LOL, I love staying indoors too! Yes, people also make me feel crappy and they say I am sad because I don’t come out and I don’t even know the names of my cousins (sooooooo??), but whatever. Who cares?

  4. AnonyMouse says:


    1 and 2 both apply to me!
    ‘Cept that I’m not exactly “lounging” in my PJs; more like frantically studying in my PJs (with frequent FB and bloggy breaks :D)…
    I noticed #2 happening to me when I stayed over with my grandparents for several weekends in a row; I’ll use a lot more Gujarati words and even surprised them when I understood an entire conversation between the aunties of the family.

    I definitely agree with #3! There are times when I envy those who don’t have deadlines to meet because of their ability to go out and socialize; but then when I hear of the drama that’s been going on… I realize how blessed those piles of homework are, for keeping me away from that stuff!

    BTW, has anyone else suffered hair thinning at a young age? I’m starting to panic because whenever I shampoo my hair I have an alarming amount of hairs breaking off in my hands :S

  5. iMuslim says:

    Tuba: Hmm, perhaps it is wise to know the name of close family members! :)

    Mousey: Head hair often thins in girls during their teens… it’s to do with puberty, and those annoying androgens! My hair was about three times thicker when I was a wee lassy, compared to now. :(

  6. AnonyMouse says:

    Aaaahhhh man, that sucks! I thought you only start losing hair when you hit your mid-twenties… or have kids… not when you’re 17! :( :(

  7. iMuslim says:

    Well, I guess it depends on a number of factors… I think mine started to thin around the time I started uni (19 yrs). Btw, is your hair falling out, or breaking? Cos the former is most likely hormonal, and the latter probably related to diet… y’know, not enough of whatever is good for hair.

    I was losing a lot of hair up until recently, but now not-so-much, masha’Allah. Perhaps it was stress-related?!

  8. iMuslim says:

    Btw, in case anyone was wondering.. I am not bald! The hair does grow back, alhamdulillah. :D

  9. AnonyMouse says:

    It seems to be falling out… like, I’ll be shampooing it, and as I rinse it I’ll find loads of strands washing out w/ the water, or in my fingers.
    Bleargh! :(

  10. iMuslim says:

    Yeah, that used to happen to me – but masha’Allah, it has stopped of its own accord for some reason! :)

    If you find that your hair is reeeally thinning badly, na’authobillah, you can use this shampoo called Nizoral. It is actually an anti-dandruff shampoo (available on prescription in the UK), but it also helps to reduce thinning caused by androgenic activity. I think it somehow neutralises the action of a potent form of testosterone (DHT) at the root of the hair.

    The irony of androgen action is that is causes your head hair to fall out, but encourages other less favourable body hair to grow! Such as tash, chin, back and leg hair. Yum. :P

    Btw, what made you bring up this subject in the first place?! I just realised that I didn’t talk about it in my post!

  11. HFM18 says:

    I love lounging around my house, since Uni is over for the year I’ve become so accoustomed to late mornings and getting to know my parents a whole lot better!
    It’s awesome!

    The hair thing is soo true, my hair is a whole lot thinner than what it was from when I was around 12/13. :(
    D’you hafta go to your Doctor and ask for the shampoo or can you ask for it from the chemist?Ohhh, and does it stink?I hate it that all these herbal shampoos smell loads.My mum got this oil sent from India which is supposed to stop hair falling out but it absolutely STINKS!

  12. Men get that question a lot too, but not nearly as much as females :( It must be annoying.

    It’s unfortunate that in our culture(s), the older generation focuses more on a woman’s marital status rather than her accomplishments in school and career.

    My Urdu is horrible :( I want to speak it more!

  13. iMuslim says:

    HFM18: Nizoral doesn’t smell bad, I don’t think… it’s a medicated shampoo. Read more about it on its website.

    Broken Mystic: Maybe we should set up a language blog for all those peeps like you and I who need encouragement learning a new language? I guess we’d need one for each language though… :)

  14. Tuba says:

    LOL, me and all the girls in my class are losingour hair. We claim it is due to stress becuase of all the GCSE’s and homework they are piling on us. Like we have no lives. And no, they are not my close family members. I see them on Eid and other special occassions. And that’s about it. For which I am thankful.:)

  15. iMuslim says:

    I pray that you do well in your exams, Tuba! xxx

  16. Sumera says:

    ahh staying indoor days. Like it for a max of one week, then i go nuts!

  17. Shan says:

    Oh great, another person who is younger than me that greatly surpasses me in success, brilliance and interpersonal skills. Not that it’s a competition–but it is one when I’M LOSING.

    I admire you more now.

  18. iMuslim says:

    Umm… who are you talking to, Shan? It can’t be me, cos you’re younger than I am. :)

  19. Shan says:

    If you were joking about your age when you told the woman you were 20, then that went right over my head. I’ll be turning 22 this year.

  20. iMuslim says:

    Aaah… no dear. Twenty-*cough* is my way of hiding how many years past 20 I actually am. :)

    I am the same age as Faraz bhai (minus a few weeks!).

  21. Today an older Egyptian lady let me know that she felt like I was in school FOREVER! When I will be done already?

    I let her know that I’ve been in school for ten years and I will need another ten to complete my undergrad.

    That sure shut her up ;)

  22. Tawhid says:

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    please fwd the links.


  23. Laila says:

    Yeah I love staying indoors, I wish I could do so most of the time! It really does feel different, it’s like you’re owning a whole kingdom!

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