10 Things Found In Every Sudanese Home

22 Jun

1- PifPaf (بفباف)– Usually found on top of every Sudanese fridge. Often covered in dust and surrounded by so many insect corpses you’d think the insects committed suicide.
2- 3ilbat Mackintosh (علبة ماكنتوش)– If you can see this in plain view, it probably means there is another one safely tucked away in the Sudanese mother’s closet, under her teyab, and out of reach of little Mo3taz abo asnan mosawisa.
3- A Grandmother(حبوبة)– complete with removable dentures in that glass you were just drinking water out of. Never seen away from her bed except while escorted to another bed.
4- Shayalat 5abeez (شيالة خبيز)– This shayala is typically golden with crystals, and contains assorted baked goods, mostly expired, and leftover from eid two years ago. The mother will eventually boast about making (even though she bought them from 3awadiyya sit al shay)
5- A parent that was ‘awal al duf3a’ (أول الدفعة) — self explanatory and non-negotiable.
6- A random resident cousin (ود ناس فلانة)– in town indefinitely either for eye surgery, university related issues, or looking for a job that he never applied for.
7- Ugly living room furniture with wooden handles (عفش الصالون السمح)– bought originially from S3oodiya and got shipped everywhere you ever went to.
8- Someone lying down (زول راقد)– sa7uho gabl al azan 3alikom allah
9- Metal Garden Chairs with Masanid (كراسي الجنينة)– The masanid, hidden indoors, come out, like clockwork after maghrib prayers along with seniyat al shay
10- Galam Bic (قلم بيك)– used to write a draft of this blog post


16 Responses to “10 Things Found In Every Sudanese Home”

  1. El-Gizuli June 22, 2011 at 12:24 am #

    I c, that’s a Sudanese house 🙂

  2. Sudani Mia al-Miia June 22, 2011 at 3:45 am #

    Spot on on every single on!

  3. Ambrose Chapel June 22, 2011 at 4:03 am #

    tissue boxes

  4. khalid June 22, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    those old painting of an old Papayi looking man Drinking a bear and the one with the white kid craying!

  5. Mazen Hamid June 22, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

    you forgot al makhzan ow dolab al 3idda with the 3idda that no one uses lol

  6. Di Bint Kar June 22, 2011 at 7:38 pm #

    Yaki u forgot the black and white pictures of jiddo/haboba and random great uncles one has never met, hanged randomly around the house.

    and with #9, rash alhosh 3ashan yaratib al hita.

    i miss sudan and im looking forward to going to umdurman =)

    thank you

  7. Ambrose Chapel June 22, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

    “Yaki u forgot the black and white pictures of jiddo/haboba and random great uncles one has never met, hanged randomly around the house.”

    yes, portrait photos with cool sunglasses!

  8. welcome193 June 23, 2011 at 4:59 am #

    Loved this! thanks so much for sharing – We are definitely passing this on @welcome193. (South Sudan will be the 193rd member of the United Nations.)

  9. asdfgh June 25, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

    Hilarious! I laughed out loud at every single one! Keep them coming.. I personally find these kind of posts (the ‘typical Sudanese’ ones) the funniest and most entertaining… Thank you!

  10. Dalia July 6, 2011 at 3:38 pm #

    That was classic!Bs dont forget Al Vitrina (cupboard or hutch chock full of 3idat al diyouf). Typically no one ever uses it and the 3ida comes out twice a year for nadafat al 3eed.

  11. Musi October 22, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

    Lmao! This is sooo funny! And it actually brought memories of my grand parent’s house when I was a kid. Hehehe, loved it!

  12. mahgoubhashimkarrar November 27, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

    lool, this is hilarious !

  13. toktok December 9, 2011 at 6:42 pm #

    hey u forgot to mention 7aflat al 3edda! where the 3edda stayed as mnzar and nt to be used !!

    could nt stop laughing when reading this ! ya5 BLESS YOU ya5!!

  14. Lubna March 22, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    So funny indeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed

  15. sa August 2, 2012 at 8:42 pm #

    Ha, I am in Sudan now (surprised I even had a chance to read this post, but its Ramadan and the day is loooong) and this just made my day. After reading each point in the list, I looked up and noticed that which I read has manifested before my eyes! Sudan you cant generalized it but you sure can realize it.


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