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As Long As The Lemon Trees Grow
As long as the Lemon trees grow is a powerful book to inform people about the events happening in Syria. It is a story about love for one’s country. The story revolves around a young girl “Salama” who was studying to be a pharmacist before the revolution took place. But now, she is volunteering as a doctor in the nearby and the only hospital in Homs. She has no one in her family left except for her sister-in-law Layla, and Khwaf who happens to be the imagination of her creation. She is engulfed with fear daily, imagining the worst-case scenario thanks to Khwaf. Her father and brother Hamza were taken away by the government for participating in the revolution. Being taken by the government meant only two things: either they were tortured every day until the day they died, or they had already been killed. The family wished for the latter. Before being taken away by the government, Hamza made Salama promise to keep their mom, herself, and Layla, his wife safe. She lost her mother during one of the bombings which turned their home into rubble. And now she is desperate to find a way out of her beloved country before her best friend and sister-in-law, Layla, gives birth. Salama learns about Am helping Syrians who want to leave the Revolutionary War. Her sister-in-law Layla talks to Salama about leaving behind Syria. Salama hesitates because she is only one of two doctors Homs has. She is torn between loyalty to her country and her will to survive. However, the bombing near her house scares her for the safety of Layla and her unborn child. She wants to find a way to get out of Syria before Layla gives birth. She is reminded of the promise she made to her brother on the day he was taken away. She meets Am to talk about leaving Syria. He asks for a ridiculous amount of money for two people. Salama is angry at Am for using people's sufferings to make money but she must contend with him as it was the only way she and Layla might finally breathe free. The guy comes rushing to the hospital with her daughter who has been one of the victims of the recent bombing. As her desperation to save Layla grows, then and there Khwaf tells her to use this situation to her advantage. She sets a deal with Am that she will treat his daughter if he decides to lower the boat price for her. He couldn’t believe what she had proposed and looked at her with disbelief. Salama then reminds him that he is doing the same thing or even worse as he is using people’s desperation to be alive to make money by charging immoderate amounts of money to get them out of the country. He agrees but continues to remind her how evil of a person she is for using such a situation to her advantage. Through the events, she ends up meeting Kenan whom she was supposed to meet for marriage before the revolution began. She is drawn by the familiarity of Kenan, but she can't remember where she had seen him before or if he was another one of her imaginations. Khwaf makes her doubt her every decision, every choice, and everything she doesn’t want to worry about. She worries about Kenan and his two little siblings and the trauma they hold because of the revolutions. Kenan's little brother had stopped talking since the day their parents were killed during one of the bombings. She learns about Kenan’s love for Studio Ghibli movies and his wish to become an animator in the future. He makes her happy, and seeing him she starts imagining what would have happened had they met in a different circumstance where she would be able to tell him about all the plants and their medicinal values and talk about her hectic days at the hospital. She starts building this beautiful world with him in her imagination. Later she finds out he was supposed to be at her house to meet her. His mom had met Salama during her brother’s Walima and liked her for her son Kenan. Their mom had set up a meeting arrangement where Kenan and Salama could meet each other. She had seen Kenan’s picture and had liked it. Layla had even made fun of her and she remembers being all shy while looking at Kenan's picture. But before they could ever meet the revolution started, they were torn apart from their families not knowing whether they were dead or alive. Kenan was shooting the revolution videos and uploading them on YouTube. Salama fears for his safety because supporting the revolution in any way meant going against the government and the only outcome for that was torture or death. Khwaf tries to plant the seed of doubt in Salama’s heart against Kenan. But since they were around the same age and going through similar trauma, she decided to trust him. Later Kenan tells her that they were supposed to meet and supposedly could have been married.
Vocal store gave me a heart attack
First of all, Congratulations to the Vocal family for Introducing the Vocal store. It is a huge accomplishment and shows how far Vocal has come. I have been here to witness Vocal grow from having a few articles published in days to publish tons and tons of articles in a couple of hours. After reading the article by Justin about the new vocal store, I was excited to look at the new merch launched by Vocal. I was so excited that I straight up read the title and went to immediately check out the store. What caught my eye was the price tag on the exclusive T-shirt on the website. The “Top Story Exclusive Tee” is priced at $1,000,000. You read that right, a whole damn freaking million dollars !!! HOLY MOLY!!!
Journey of a Little Girl
I look at the mountains standing tall behind me for the last time. Somehow, they look different today. They look pretty with the sunlight falling upon their icy cold peaks. But they also look sad. They look betrayed. I would know that feeling anywhere, after everything the feeling of betrayal is fresh in my memories and is running down my cheeks in the form of tears. I wonder if this is how those mountains felt when I said “I wish I could see the seas, the vast blue deep oceans”. I clutch the homemade yak cheese packet in my hand. I had refused to keep it in the luggage. The lady hands me a new pair of mittens. I remember she gave me a new pair of mittens when she first came to our village. I was excited back then but not now. All kinds of emotions are swirling inside my head.
It was my 24th birthday, and I was excited to see what my parents had in store. Last year, they bought me a pair of gold earrings, which was very generous of them, but I told them that I didn't want them to spend so much money on me. I had explained that I was capable of making my own money and that they should enjoy their lives instead of worrying about me all the time.
10 Facts about Nepal
Nepal is a mountainous country located in South Asia. It is a small landlocked country between two giant countries: India and China. The Country is rich in natural resources and culture. I have compiled a list of interesting facts about Nepal, some of which are well known and others are downright bizarre!
AI helped me write a poem
If you aren’t aware, Snapchat recently introduced My AI. My AI is a chatbot currently available to Snapchatters. According to snapchat “In a chat conversation, My AI can answer a burning trivia question, offer advice on the perfect gift for your BFF’s birthday, help plan a hiking trip for a long weekend, or suggest what to make for dinner.” I also wanted to join the trend of using AI to get help with something. So, I asked my Snapchat AI to help me write a poem. He asked me bunch of questions such as what is the poem about, what kind of mood I was trying to convey in the poem, and If I had lines or ideas already in my mind. I gave him the idea I had in my mind and he suggested and helped me brainstorm some follow up lines. After writing the whole poem, I realized I wasn’t satisfied enough with wording. So I asked him to suggest me better words and this is the final poem we wrote.