Never Ever Give Up!
Just do not be scared or to be frightened anymore!
Between Us Only!
The End of The Road!
You simply cannot change a person’s behaviour, traits and character – just as you cannot remove dots (spots) from a leopard – or stripes from a tiger.
Images – End of The Road!
This too comes from the theme of our then ex farm (plantation) in Mafia Island (aka Chole). Our place was famous as ‘Wayaani’ – that is the place that has been wired. You take the road from town – and there directly facing you is the farm.
Wayani Farm – Wired Fence!
There is no usable road after that but other farms! The locals – and especially the bullies – used to say to us – Leave them alone – they are children of ‘The End of the Road’! Besides, they used to fear our late grandparents and father too as ‘those Arabs with magical powers’ – so in a way it worked out well for us too for that matter!
Last week, I was in this wedding social gathering and a good old fan of mine walks up to me and asks if I could send him one of my articles he liked very much. He had saved it in his PC but it had crushed and he had lost all his documents including this one which he had not saved especially outside his PC. I asked him if he remembered the title or what was the subject about? He says to me – The one you wrote about people ‘acting but not being really sincere and genuine in reality and in intentions’! I replied to him that many of my articles carry such themes – but he could find it in my books at www.majidbooks.com – or in my previous sites before this at www.betweenusonly.com and first one at www.alsuleimany.com . Then he commented to me – I also liked your last column – That Is The Way It Is! All real and practical – he added in.
At one time, when I was working in one famous town in Oman and where they gave me real taxing hard time ‘because of jobs’ and I do not know who told them that I was a ‘softie and a helpful type of guy’ – I was leaving next day back to Muscat Head Offices when some girls came to my flat to take whatever they wanted from my things as I was not taking them to Muscat. In that morning, I had cooked a lot of eggs as planned for my dinner too – but I did not know they had arranged a surprise party for me. So these two girls asked if they could have the eggs and as usual me most welcoming.
The shock was more mine – they had never tasted such nice eggs before and what did I put in my eggs. At first I thought they were teasing and joking me – but only then later I realized they were dead serious. They said to me – you have a good cooking hand too!
Those of you who know me well will recall that I had never ever planned in my life to become a writer, columnist or author whether by design and or by intention – but ended inadvertently and by default. That takes me to another point that I want to make here once again – without sounding redundant, mundane and repetitive!
Just as I had said last two weeks back in my article – That Is The Way It Is! – it is a belated realization that sometimes in life it is better to let go and ‘walk like that dog with its tail between its legs’ because everyone is not hearing you, avoiding you and not wanting to come to near you either! That you have banged your head against brick walls and it is all swollen, bloodied and painful – and there is simply nothing you can do about it.
The Titanic hitting the Icebergs before it sank!
The 4WD stuck in the sand!
To spare you this – I will not repeat my usual Roman saying – or who is really deaf, dumb and blind in life. Because the truth is this – it is like that 4-wheel-drive vehicle stuck in the sand – and the more you try to make ‘The pull and push’ out – the more it gets stuck in! Or those younger captains on deck as they watched in horror and shock as the Titanic speeded towards the icebergs and towards its utter destruction and demise. History and books had both recorded their protestations to no avail.
Or what my late Father had said to us – Even if you have two eyes still – please close one eye if you are in a ‘group (ship) of one eyed can see only people’ before they take one out. You end the loser – not them!
Being One-Eyed – and The Blind Men with The Elephant!
Frankly and honestly too, I am a simple unassuming person and not a vain and proud conceited person that likes to boast – again and again – like ‘I told you so’!
My books, writings and articles will only be my only defence in supporting and substantiating this – and all that I have said before! Now please leave me alone – I will now go quiet and just watch what will just develop in time!
Majid Al Suleimany
Muscat – Oman.
The famous Roman saying of the times – Those that the gods want to destroy make them not see, hear or able to speak!
Or the one near home and better one too – Do not bang your head against brick walls. You only make your head swollen and bleed! More importantly there is no one so blind as with eyes but cannot see; one so deaf with ears but cannot see; one with mouth but cannot speak!
Besides you cannot change a person’s behaviour, traits and character – just as you cannot remove dots (spots) from a leopard – or stripes from a tiger.
Just as the younger captains could not stop The Titanic from hitting the icebergs and to sink!
Rest in Peace – RAW!
Peace Be Upon Her!
In Remembrance – Feeling Very Sad Today!
Wednesday February 9th 2011.
Images just for illustration.
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 Interior 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 HR Management Consultant even for me – this was a great learning experience in kindness, care, feelings and in humanity – all RAW!
Wednesday February 9th 2011.
In Remembrance – Feeling Very Sad Today!
After watching this traumatic video of The Egyptian demonstrations and the crying Wael Ghoneim – the hero of The Egyptian Uprising this day – 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 (www.majidbooks.com) 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.
Images just for illustration.
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 mea lot – especially when I was feeling down and sad. She was always beaming with welcome, smiles and kindness. Pretty smiles full of blossom and enlightenment!
She told me – Mr. M – you have not lost – you have won! Keep your head high and let no one succeed in trying to bring you down at all. You wrote 5 books and 2 in Management – none of your adversaries could write – let alone to write a book!
She said to me – Actually you did build a successful company until those your adversaries tried hard and succeeded in bringing it down – together with yourself – and it was not due to your lack of trying – but once evil willful such peoples have set their minds God Allows them to be successful – and if they only knew what is waiting for them in the grave and The Day of Reckoning!
Most important is this. They are jealous and envious of you – and wish in their very hearts to be like you – but know they can never be. On top of that everybody holds you with the greatest of like, esteem and respect – but not them. And they know it too! Keep your head high always Mr. Majid. Do not let them undermine or marginalise you – or to make you unhappy! Or feel insignificant and small!
She said to me – If you die today or anything bad untoward happened to you there will be definitely more people with you than they can ever imagine!
Today I am crying again of the sad news and the gap in my life now. I miss her terribly and I wished I had the courage and guts to tell her what I felt for her – but was afraid to do so – with the age differences and so many other things.
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 God 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