Umrah Diaries | Day 3 | Second Umrah

15th January 2020 The day began at 4:30 when we got up for tahajjud. I felt too tired and I had intentions of doing second Umrah. Shakeeb went to Haram Shareef for Fajr and I helped him get ready. Brothers are so casual and careless when getting ready. Even after all the care, he left…

Umrah Diaries | Day 6 | Third Umrah

18th January 2020 As we boarded the bus for second ziyarat, a good news awaited us. We found out that the tickets are changed and now the entire Nagpur group will fly to Mumbai, the layover will be for eight hours. It isn’t less, but compared to the 20 hours and 35 minutes in Delhi…

Umrah Diaries | January 2020

Dammit! Why am I so indecisive? I am in Mecca and have just finished my Umrah. I wanted to post every day, a little bit about how each day felt like in Mecca and especially in Haram Shareef. I had drafted the posts, with tags and categories and whatnot. Then, I realized that i don’t…

Umrah Diaries | Day 7

19th January 2020 This was our day – the young ones. Wait, I should not call myself young. Alright, the not so old ones’ day out. After yesterday’s Umrah, even though dad was on a wheelchair, he is feeling too tired. Shakeeb and I were free to do what we felt like. We did two…

Umrah Diaries | Day 1

13th January 2020  This day is as crazy as it gets. In one day, I have been in 4 different cities. Nagpur, Mumbai, Jeddah and now Mecca. Here’s a quick sneak peek into my crazy schedule.0:55 AM – Left home 1:32 AM – Arrived at Nagpur airport:  3:50 AM – Entered the airport  4:12 AM – Security check-in  4:45 AM – Walk…

Umrah Diaries | Day 16

28th January 2019 Today is the last day of my first spiritual journey and we are leaving Medina in a few minutes now. Our flight is from Jeddah Airport. When we began this journey, we stayed awake all night. Today is no different. I hope to visit this place again, and soon. Prayers and love…

Umrah Diaries | Day 15

27th January 2020 We offered Fajr at room. It was too late to go to masjid. Today, we have planned to spend some time at Al Masjid Al Nabawi. It is our last day here at Madina. We start tomorrow morning for Jeddah. After Breakfast, we took a cab to Quba. It was funny to…

Umrah Diaries | Day 14

26th January, 2020 We couldn’t go to Quba today. The day started a bit late. Shakeeb and I went shopping. It was quite tiring. Madina is very cold. I just feel like sitting in my bed wrapped in the blanket and just never step out. My infected finger is troubling me as well. The day…

Umrah Diaries | Day 13

25th January, 2020 We toured two nearby markets for a new travel bag and abayas etc. Zilch! We liked one bag but the shopkeeper was too arrogant and he started to shout at us for no reason. I walked out of the shop, vowing to not buy a bag instead. As for abaya and prayer…

Umrah Diaries | Day 11

23rd January, 2020 Sainji isn’t keeping well. We had quite a blast today. Post lunch we spent ten minutes and 220 riyals to buy 10 kilogrammes of Ajwa Khajoor. For those who want to say they got it for less, fret not. Quality matters when it comes to Ajwa and prices are always subjective. Shabana…

Umrah Diaries | Day 10

22th January 2020 Today is Ziyarat day… But I am least excited. I like all the historical places we watch but that wait is just not worth it. The more the number of people going, the more we have to wait and coordinate. And people shamelessly stop got shopping and go missing only to return…

Umrah Diaries | Day 9

21st January 2020 We arrived at 9:15 PM yesterday. We ate, prayed and slept. That’s pretty much the entire routine of every single day. Isn’t it amazing? Life’s become so easy. Being unaware about namaaz timings caused us one Jamaat in Al Masjid Al Nabawi. I got up at 5:31 AM, confident that we missed…

Umrah Diaries | Day 4

16th January 2019 Nothing doing. I am down with flu and fever and body ache. I haven’t even been Haram Shareef, not even once.  Prayers and love for all ummah. Shabana Mukhtar

Umrah Diaries | Day 2

14th January 2020 Despite my predictions, I could not sleep for more than 2 hours. Surprisingly, I was feeling fresh like I do (almost never). Fully charged and determined to make the most of the day, Shakeeb and I left for Masjid Al Haram. Today, Shakeeb and I did Tawaaf on ground floor. It is surprisingly shorter, even though the mataaf area…

Umrah Diaries | Funny Anecdotes #2

January 23, 2020 Shakeeb and I were looking for a shared cab to Masjid e Quba to offer two rakats nafl which is said to be equivalent of one maqbool Umrah. One elderly couple seemed to have forgotten their hotel name and recklessly asked every cab to drop them to their hotel. Poor couple! So,…

Umrah Diaries | Funny Anecdotes #1

24th January  2020 In Madina, most of the guests of the hotel remained seated in the lobby through the day and night as that was the only area with internet access – free WiFi. So was I, on this eventful afternoon. A woman walks to me when I was drafting Day 12 post. She handed…

Umrah Diaries | One Day To Go

12th January 2019 To say that the day was crazy will be an understatement. I reached home this morning, around 10:30 AM. This city is freezing, and the 45 minutes ride from railway station to home was a sheer torture. I slept a lot in train, almost 7 hours, which is is double then what…

Umrah Diaries | Two Days To Go

11 January 2020   Saturday is here. I sleep only on Saturday, but I was too anxious to sleep. I am packing my bags and readying to go home. No matter how many times I travel, the 16 hours train journey always scares me. Have you ever felt scared of the fellow passengers? Like if…

Umrah Diaries | Three Days to Go

10 January 2020 Last day at work. I am so excited, I cannot even stay at my desk for long, or focus on anything. The clock is ticking. At 5:25 PM, I will be out the door sprinting towards the bus. I go home every couple of months and yet, I feel the same excitement…

Umrah Diaries | Day 18 | End of Spiritual Journey

30th January 2020 I’m back to work and the spiritual journey has just ended. Even though I reached Nagpur yesterday, the change didn’t hit me until now, as I am sitting at my desk trying to recall whatever it is that I used to do. Coding is something that I have done all my life….