During our first year at MCON all the teachers and students used to say that first year is the toughest one, and that things would get easier for every year.
Well, soon finishing my secon year I can only come with the conclusion that it DOESN'T. You just get used to it all...

Fatimas födelsedag

The muslims celebrate Fatimas birthday today. She was the only daughter to the Profeten Muhammed, born 1443 years ago and the day is celebrated as a "womens day"!
I found out about the information while I was checking out some Swedish news. And I found that the day was celebrated in my city back home, Malmö. Muslim women celebrated by giving white roses and cake to people that walked by on the market area. A lot of people were gathered, and the women told that this was a way of showing that muslim women are more than how media is picturing them to be from time to time.
Fatima is said to be one of the most important women in Islam and described to have been a strong woman fighting for everything that was right despite the low value of muslim women.
The women at the market was happy to be getting the opportunity to show that it's not the case any more, despite todays prejudices about how muslim women ought to be and how they are still being treated in society.  
This is how we integrate, people! Open up the market for everyone in society creating an opportunity for people to get to know each other. 
Generally, people don't walk up to a stranger and ask why hen is different compared to the rest of the social group. No, we despise it and pass by. Being affraid of anything that is unknown, obscured to us. 
Instead we have to be seduced, tantalized, leaded on in order to give people a chance to make the unknown known.
And hey, see what might happen if we would apply this into other areas... It might leed to a more humble and peaceful world!
A small step for a man, but a giant leap for mankind!
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Birthday celebration!

It was my friend Avinash birthday yesterday, and his first time beeing away from friends and family during his B-day. And everyone knows the little bit of sadness that might be pressent when traditions has to be broken. So, on his wishes and our pleasure, we celebrated his day according to the Indian traditions regarding birthday celebrations! 
A lot of things are being brought out in a opposite matter in India compared to Sweden. Still don't understand the rational behind the celebration of birthdays... But then  again, why does everything need to have an explanation?;) 
According to my classmates from Kerala they start at midnight by putting color on the birthday-friend, as they were celebrating Holi, and then they have Cake, if there is any cake left over since there's this tradition that your friend has to feed you with the cake. And most of the time you end up getting half of the cake in your face;) That is kind of sweet though!
And yesterday I came to know about another tradition where your friends should kick you or give you a punch in the back for "luck" or something which could turn out to a bit of a fight. So yesterday my friend was complaining about some backache after his friends had been hitting him the day before.. Omg...
Another tradition when it comes to birthdays is that the Birthday kid is the one that should give something to his/her friends, compare to the opposite back home. I mean, I don't say no for a free dinner but, something felt a little wrong when I didn't have to pay the bill...
Most of the time, my classmates often offer some kind of treat when their birthday is coming up. And if they don't, there wil be number of people screaming "where's our treat yaar?!"
We ended up having a very nice evening, despite some mobile disturbances... (Goosh, mobiles should be forbidden when you go for dinner with friends...;), but I hope you had a nice birthday Avinash!!