July 22, 2020

Chapter 9 Tamara’s house and the family who lived next door.

Tamara got out of the car and she recalls how hard the pavement was, hard and clean unlike the dusty streets of Karachi. She looked up at the house that stretched before her.

Number 110 Alma Road. It had white walls and a wooden front door painted black with stain glassed window at the top of the door. To the left of her as she stood facing was Number 100, Samir Uncle’s house.

Uncle Samir’s house

In front of the house stood, his whole family to welcome her, her mother and her brother. Samir Uncle’s wife, Nadia Aunty as Tamara was told to address her was a tall and very beautiful woman.

She was like most Punjabi women (as Mrs Alvi, Tamara’s mother used to say) very brash and ignorant of how women were supposed to be. Which according to Mrs Alvi was softly spoken in male company and someone who knew her place.

Beside Nadia Aunty was her son Mamoon who was 19 years old and her daughter Sabina who was Tamara’s age perhaps a few months older than her.

Tamara remembers seeing Mamoon’s grey shirt and brown courdroy trousers. His dress sense looked so dull compared to the orange coloured dress she was wearing. Tamara was impressed though with Sabina’s pink dress though. She loved the white lace on the edges. Later she found out that Nadia Aunty had not made it like her mother made her dresses, but had bought it from Mothercare.

Sabina smiled at Tamara as she got out of the car and Tamara smiled back, feeling the warmth of a friendship that was going to blossom.

Mamoon also smiled at Tamara and although he towered above her because he was tall like his mother, bowed his face towards her and touched her cheek with his finger and remarked

“Hello doll!” Tamara did not know what to say but blushed. Tamara could feel the excitement and warmth of this family who her mother had described to her at length when reading her father’s letters to her when they lived in Karachi.

Even before she met them, she felt like already knew them due to the detailed description her father gave her mother in his letters. The details included the good, the bad and the ugly. More about that later.

Mrs Alvi hugged Nadia Aunty like they were old friends. Nadia Aunty who was a few years older than Tamara’s mother took her by the hand and said she would give a tour of the house while Mr Alvi and her husband who she referred to as Khan Sahib or Mr Khan got the luggage out of the car and brought it into the house.

Seeing her mother lead Mrs Alvi inside the house, Sabina followed in her footsteps and extended her hand to Tamara

“Let me show you and your brother round the house too and you just have to see the garden” Sabina said this to Tamara in English as Sabina did not speak Urdu only Punjabi.

Tamara did not understand every word but recognised the word house and seeing her hand took it. She said to her brother “Kareem chalo mera pheechay ghum nahin hona” in Urdu meaning Kareem come keep behind me so you don’t get lost”

Kareem who had slept during most of the car journey rubbed his eyes and just responded automatically with “Gee Aapi” In Urdu Gee is the politer form of yes reserved for elders and Aapi being the term you address an older sister.

Tamara was faithful to her other two companions, her doll and her book and took them with her inside the house.

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Taniya Hussain qualified as a Social Worker in 1991 from Coventry University in England. She has been working on the front lines, consistently holding space for individuals and families for three decades especially, children and young people on the margins of society. Taniya studied Psycho-dynamic counselling from 1991 to 1993 at Goldsmiths College in London. Taniya met Sheikha Halima Krausen in 1992 and has been studying Islam with her ever since especially Mystical Islam, Tassawuf (Sufism) and walks on the Chisti path. Taniya really started using the power of Jungian Pyschology and Mystical Islam when she started her Online Coaching and Consultancy Business in 2018 and discovered she was a powerful healer. When she discovered Shadow Alchemy in 2019, she started developing this modality into Muslim Alchemy in 2020. She now brands herself as the Muslim Alchemist because she is constantly integrating her knowledge of the Quran and Bible with her vast Social Work experience and her extensive ability of applying Psycho-dynamic, therapeutic techniques to organisational settings, team dynamics and when working with individuals and groups. This has both Online and Offline. Taniya uses skillfully her understanding of the Shadow, that Jung constantly talked about and her Mystical Training plus her experience in inter-faith dialogue since 2003, to help individuals and groups become conscious of what they previously were unconscious of leading to rapid success in their Business, Health and Relationships. Taniya has a great skill in being able to see the blind spots in others and in untanging energetic knots (a term she uses for Shadow) to promote healing from mental and physical disease. She uses her vast expertise and skills to help her Online Clients to get rid of decades of anxiety causing insomnia, depression and suicidal thoughts and marital problems. Clients usually are healed in a short amount of time never needing to invest in Therapy again. She really is the Muslim Alchemist as she turns the shitty experience of clients into golden experiences where they manifest upgraded, wealth, health and relationships all at the same time. Taniya got married in 1995 and has three sons born in 1996, 2001 and 2003 and lives in Surrey, England and when she is not developing Muslim Alchemy, she loves to spend time with her family and write fiction stories, songs and poems. She speaks fluent English and Urdu and basic German and French and is learning Arabic and Hebrew.


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