April 5th 2012
The Road Safety Book – Novel Type – In simple English.
I am now writing my 6th book on Road Safety Stories.
The Book Plan – To write Short Emotional Stories that have happened to people because of Road Accidents!
The book will be a novice first time type ever written in Oman as in a reading novel type format – written in the simplest of English – as it is envisaged that many of the Readers English is a second language (or third) after Arabic – and to make it easy for them to understand and comprehend – taking into account the importance of the subject to the increased number of road accidents and fatalities in Oman.
The New Book on Road Safety – Novel Type
IMAGES FOR DEMONSTRATION PURPOSES ONLY!
Writing has always been in my blood and my hobby and passion.
Road Safety Article – 1990s
I wrote this article for Times of Oman in May 1994 titled – Stray Thoughts on Oman Traffic – and reproduced by PDO Al Fahal Magazine June 11 1994 titled – Drive Safely for the Sake of Family and Loved Ones! – See appended below
A Peoples’ Stories – All True Cases.
.The story must be about road accidents and had happened in Oman mainly.
- To write about Road Traffic Accidents in a book format and using simple English language for all to understand and appreciate.
- To put catching titles per story such as :-
- Newly wedded died on road accident
- Mother is still grieving!
- Grandmother left alone in the house!
- Utility bill syndrome
- Full Family lost in the accident!
- Bad timing to travel after midnight!
- Wrong Job Relief causes agony!
- Fast trip ended shortly!
- No more singing in the rain!
- Mother – Do Not Cry For Me!
- You should have been firm with me Mum – now I am gone!
- To make it interesting and true. And things that we have seen in reality happening in front of our very eyes.
- To give accident account, possible causes and lessons learnt.
- As the writer will have the full rights to lay out the story according to the flow of information
- Ask people who have No Objections to write their own true stories with photos and blogs.
- Include photos of as many car accidents and lessons to learn! Preferably in colour format.
- We need to write this book in view of the high road fatalities and accidents – and starting with schools.
- The idea can be expanded with a picturesque book for Primary Schools (Arabic also) in the future – but it will have to be in corporation with others (Arabic not that god for writing up!)
B How The Idea Originated!
It came some time back from an Omani General Manager (and a very good personal friend!) and whose Executive Secretary and the whole family perished in a road accident two years ago!
I knew the late girl well – see sample story appended.
This idea was given to me also by a good Indian Fan of mine as something worthwhile to consider to do with my Writing Skills and Experiences and taking it up from the Five Books already published by me.
See sample story here
There are many issues to handle first – like people willing to talk first with you and their willing for their stories to be told? But with the right approach and tactics this can be approached in the right way for success.
Otherwise we will not use names but create our own names, initial, nome-de-plumes and pseudonyms
The book can take off very well. I have a strong feeling on this one!
To be published in Oman as we may ask sponsors also from others like PDO, ROP, Newspapers etc – but the lesser the better! I want to own full rights and in publishing too.
I am looking for financial support and in monetary help and in financial more sponsorship.
Also if you know of any stories as above to share with me and other Readers
Or if people willing to come forward to share their own stories – as lessons for others to learn!
Or any views or suggestions that you may possibly have.
Let us not forget life is not permanent or forever – but we will be remembered for what we have done and contributed in this world SADAKA JARIYAH
E My Column Writings
- My Two Columns in The Oman Daily Observer
- Between Us Only! – Every Sunday!
- At My Workplace! – Every Wednesday!
- Please see here at www.majidall.com
- Previous at www.betweenusonly.com and www.alsuleimany.com
- I also write a column Society Speaks! For Oman Knowledge Oasis Muscat KOM
- My Books Between Us Only! Series have hundreds of stories on accidents – starting with the first book published March 2003 – more than 8 years of the columns – and books!
- Other websites – www.majidsn.com – other issues.
- Allah Maakuum – Allah God Be With You All Amin Amen
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1 Road Safety Article – 1990s
2 Sample Story – Continued
2 Sample Story – Continued
Rest in Peace – RAW!
Peace Be Upon Her!
In Remembrance – Feeling Very Sad Today!
Wednesday February 9th 2011.
She had the most beautiful, enchanting and blossoming smile that you ever saw in such a pretty girl like RAW!
Always cheerful and helpful – people flocked in and out of her Office just to visit and talk to her! Always a kind word and gesture to everyone – if it was the last sandwich which she had to keep for herself – she would offer it to you and she would go without!
The old man went up the stairs to the offices as he was afraid of using the lift! He was a very angry man – he had received a wrong electricity bill that went to over a Thousand Omani Rials! His electricity was also disconnected! He had travelled all the way to The Head Office from the Interior – because he did not receive any cheers from the Branch.
He was shouting and addressing me – I had come in temporarily as The HR Consultant! How can my bill be so high? Last time I paid was less than OMR 20 (US Dollars 60)? I live with my wife and my two sons only in the small house!
Hearing the commotions, RAW stepped out from her Office. Abuuiiy! (Father!) Please come and sit down. She brought him water and coffee. Relaxed, the old man started crying! He was ashamed of himself – for shouting so loudly to so many others – and ‘making just a nuisance’ of himself! Do not cry Father she said to him. I will call the GM out of the meeting to see you just now!
Do not worry – she assured him – I will take care of you! And she did…. the old man got his electricity bill cancelled and the electricity returned – and a company car to take him home to his village 250 kilometers away. RAW also gave him Company Complimentary gifts – that is RAW for you – always caring and feeling for others! As a Consultant even for me – this was a great learning experience in kindness, care, feelings and in humanity – all RAW!
Wednesday February 9th 2011.
I was calling this good friend of mine a CEO of a National Company – and he gave me the ‘shock of my life’ to tell me that his Executive Secretary – and a First Class High Profile lady in my books had died as another casualty figure (statistics) just recently – after asking him how she was and having not received any emails from her for quite a while. I had covered this poor lady in My Books as one great person who had always stood by me in offering me support, kind words and in encouragement in my books.
I had never expected to cry again! For me I try best to hold back my tears very much. But failed miserably this time! I still fail whenever I remember her. This poor lady was amongst one of the ‘casualty figures and statistics’ that we read in the newspapers every day and week – without abating an eyelid – as the ‘usual stories’ we read in the newspapers. Or the usual pun – so what else is new?
I also did read this article by one Omani Columnist in the other newspaper titled Killer roundabout’ rings alarm bells in Mahdah – by Fahad Al Mukrashi. Every week we see also in the newspapers about road casualty figures in the newspapers – but as usual in the coming story we never imagine or visualize that it could be someone we know well or related to.
It seemed that an Omani family of 5 adults and 5 children had decided to get into a saloon car and drive all the way to Abu Dhabi in UAE. They decided to have lunch there and then to return on the same day. At 21:30 hrs, the father of the family perhaps overlooked the Mahdah round about and caught by surprise – he panicked and braked sharply – and the car rolled over several times. Six members of the family died immediately but the father escaped with minor injury because he was wearing a seat belt and was awake and alone behind the wheels.
This is one girl that I really liked and admired – and was always a great fan and supporter of me. She was always encouraging and supportive – of me personally – my books and my writings. The happiest time she was when I dedicated some of her comments in my books and giving her complimentary copies.
She was always sending me nice warm supportive messages – like cheering your day or to make you smile messages. These always used to cheer me a lot – especially when I was feeling down and sad. She was always beaming with smiles and kindness. Pretty smiles full of blossom and enlightenment!
Today I am crying again of the sad news and the gap in my life now. She was a great lady and I miss her terribly!
She had a great sense of humour and tease! Once I asked her if she was interested to get married or what – or why not still. With her usual sense of humour and wit she replied – They are waiting for me to get a higher salary first before they proposed to me! My salary is still small to them!
May Allah SWT Rest her angelic kind soul in eternal peace in this world and the eternal – and open the highest heavens for her – Amin.
Inshallah I will always pray for her so long as I will live – Amin.
By Majid Al Suleimany