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Learning to be a bit deaf…

Learning to be a bit deaf…

26 Feb, '170 Comments

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s advice for success in marriage, the Supreme Court, and everything in between is based on two wisdoms she received from her in-laws. Here she is at Stanford Rathbun Lecture 2017 delivering those wisdoms: Man do I need this advice, especially the first part. I sometimes have ugly anger management issues that flare up for […]

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Reel Bad Arabs. The propagation of discrimination

Reel Bad Arabs. The propagation of discrimination

11 Feb, '174 Comments

My son Arif’s Christmas gift to me was the book “Reel Bad Arabs, how Hollywood vilifies a people” by Jack Shaheen (it was made into a film as well – vimeo). It is a fascinating reference which took the author more than two decades to compile. In it, he reviewed over 1,000 Hollywood films which […]

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Self help. Regurgitated. 

Self help. Regurgitated. 

10 Feb, '170 Comments

After reading so many self help or development books, I think I’m veering toward the the idea that they’re mostly unimaginative and uncreative regurgitaions. And that I would be better served – and entertained – by reading fiction. Any you would recommend?

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The death of entrepreneurship in Bahrain

The death of entrepreneurship in Bahrain

9 Feb, '174 Comments

I arrived at my office this morning at my regular time to be faced with this truck parked just outside. I suspect that the truck’s destination is a recycling plant. What struck me wasn’t the industry of the workers or that paper recycling is a bona fide operation in Bahrain, what did was the picture I was […]

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Gratitudes and the Duraz Siege

Gratitudes and the Duraz Siege

27 Aug, '167 Comments

Today, I choose to reflect on our village Duraz’s siege from my own perspective. We are having to suffer long queues of cars to report to a police checkpoint – one of only two for a village and an area that hosts over 20,000 residents – to get home.

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Muhammad Ali. Thank you.

Muhammad Ali. Thank you.

4 Jun, '160 Comments

Who hasn’t been inspired in one way or another by Mohammed Ali? From his famous “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” to the defence of his titles as well as his human rights activities. I’m going to miss him, and though I’m not an avid boxing fan, I am so grateful to have […]

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Untangling from Drama

Untangling from Drama

28 May, '162 Comments

This week’s #TryThisThursday will resonate with a lot of us. This week’s assignment is to “Untangle from drama. No one can ruin your day without your permission.” Who hasn’t had to deal with drama and came out the worst for wear? Who haven’t felt their energy almost completely drained after such a situation. Who hasn’t felt […]

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#TryThisThursday

#TryThisThursday

27 May, '160 Comments

#TryThisThursday is an opportunity for people to try something different, to expand their horizons and take them out of their own boxes. It is to get people to stretch beyond their comfort zones and move away from their usual routines, and to have a bit of fun too! Every Thursday, Frances urges her Meditation classes […]

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It’s the little things..

It’s the little things..

25 May, '160 Comments

A few days ago, the Internet lit up with laughter with the Chewbaka lady. And who could resist laughing out loud with this one: seriously? This reminds me that it’s the little things in life that makes me happy. I’m grateful for those moments. But the internet also went hysterically sad too because of this one: But […]

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Life in my garden

Life in my garden

23 May, '160 Comments

I love my little pond. It’s always full of life and the sound of the water calms me. I visit as often as I can, even if I just pass by when I arrive home and have a quick look. There’s always life in my garden. Passing by yesterday at lunch, I noticed a couple […]

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