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Sunday, May 26, 2013

No clear direction to start with - Maldives 2013


Elections Commission's Political Party membership statistics update (10.03.2013) shows that the Maldivian Democratic Party - MDP (45666) and  Progressive Party of Maldives - PPM (22383) remains to be the two largest political entities in the country. 

As people Power  will be at test in the Maldives this September, political actors seem to be making hasty decisions and announcements, with the majority parties already having held their primaries, have their Presidential candidates touring the small island state. The yellow and magenta feud seems to be spreading like wildfire in the country while smaller parties coalition one another to get on to a common arena. 

Meanwhile, street violence and gang activity in the country is heading towards unimaginable dimensions.  Today street violence have exceeded beyond limitation and criminal offences are no longer classified as simple pity crimes. It has very much become a mainstream Male' culture to have cases of stabbing and gang beat-ups everyday. Statistics shows that over the first four months of the year lawsuits filled in the criminal court increased by 122% compared to the same period last year

Dr. Aishath Ali Naaz's research on "Gangs of Male'" reported that "... gangs are often propped up by actors with political and business interests who readily exploit gangs to achieve their aims. This means that participation in gangs has become an easy path for young people seeking to earn a living—in an environment where many face difficulties in finding employment". 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A thing or two about "Turquoise" the gem


Here is the thing, I seem to be "engulfed" in total "amazement" over the gem "Turquoise". So here is a bit on it :

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Turquoise is a beautiful copper-rich stone of varying shades of blue, occasionally interspersed with black lines. The color can vary from sky blue to green, but all shades seem to be popular. Since Turquoise looks good on all skin tones, it has been popular for many years in various forms (including beads, rings, bolo ties, and belt buckles).

Turquoise has a rich history. It adorned rulers of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia, China, and the Aztecs. Its most well-known historical use was to decorate King Tut's burial mask and tomb. It was first introduced to Europe through Turkey, where we believe it got the name "Turquoise," which sounds like French of "Turkey." Turkey does not produce Turquoise, it was just a trading thoroughfare. Wearers of Turquoise were thought to be protected against unnatural death. It was also thought to promote well-being and affluence.

Turquoise is very soft, so should be treated carefully. It should be wiped clean with a soft cloth to remove dirt and dust. Additionally, it should be protected from bright sunlight to prevent color fading. Turquoise is a very affordable stone, which has added to its appeal in fashion jewelry. It is mined widely in the United States, Mexico, Israel, Iran, Afghanistan and China. (Source: http://www.tqdiamonds.com)

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Astrology:
Turquoise is also one of the oldest protection stone. This stone is also known as a symbol of wealth and

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Nonsence ...

Many so seasons passed
With not many emotions to express
With not many experiences to learn
With not many expectations to await

Many so days passed
With not many happiness to rejoice
With not many actions to forget
With not many people to share

Many so hours passed
With not many memories to treasure
With not many pleasures to remember
With not many desires to dream

Many so seconds passed
With not many beats to skip
With not many tears to shed
With not many joys to fill

Many so seasons
Many so days
Many so hours
Many so seconds
Shall all but pass ….

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Haven't been blogging for months so here is something to post ...

This was  something I wrote on one of those many notepad files on my computer, sometimes when I read them for myself I feel like "boy this is so crappy" ... well either way thought maybe I ll just post it here ... 

Nonsence ... Nonsence it is indeed ...

Cheers :D


Sunday, January 13, 2013

Principles and Ground Rules for Dialogue

I was going through one of those 'unsorted stuff box' I have been having for quite sometime, found this interesting book mark that explains (as it says) "Principles and Ground Rules of Dialogue". Been trying to figure out who gave this to me, not very sure, but I guess I must have picked it up from one of those workshops or training I have attended to.

Its not much, simply put and quite helpful if you really read them down. Its worth a share:

Principles and Ground Rules for Dialogue

  • The purpose of dialogue is to understand and to learn from one another; no one can "win" a dialogue.
  • All dialogue participants speak for themselves, not as a representative of others" interest. 
  • In a dialogue, everyone is treated as an equal; status and stereotypes are left at the door.
  • Be open and listen to others, especially when you disagree. Suspend judgement.
  • Identify and test assumptions - even your own. 
  • Listen carefully and respectfully to the views of other; acknowledge you have heard the other, especially when you disagree. 
  • Look for common ground.
  • Express disagreement with ideas, not the personality or motives; disagree without being disagreeable.
  • Respect all points of view. 
Cheers :) 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Awkward Male’ – 10Rf please… actually 20Rf

So it was a random evening, neither late into the night nor that early into the evening. I found myself in one of those many pharmacies right in front of ADK Hospital on Sosun Magu. As I approached the counter, I received the typical foreign pharmacist grin, the mustache wink (you know what I mean), I am not sure whether he is Indian or Bangladeshi, I asked him for a particular tablet, and then someone tapped me on the back.

Turned around in a reflex, stood a young gentleman of average height, mid 20s wouldn’t say 30, bearded but not “Bearded” in you know what fashion. On sight one would observe two distinct features of this gentleman, 1- He seemed in a hurry as if he has to run a marathon, and 2- He was under the influence of some sort of intoxicate.

“Sir, can you please give me 10Rf? I need to get a medicine” he said in a trembling voice.

The foreign pharmacist gave me a serious look and then shook his head in a motion which I am to take as “don’t give”.

“Sir please I only need a 10Rf to get the medicine, please help” he continued.

“I have only got a 100Rf note, I don’t have a separate 10Rf” I told him.

“Why don’t you get change from the pharmacist?” he asked.

Well, frankly I didn’t know what to do. Avoiding this gentleman may be wrong in two possible ways. 1- He might be actually missing a 10Rf to buy the medicine or 2- He might be associated with some sort of gang and/or might as well have a sharp object ready to strike.

Not wanting to take any risks, I asked the pharmacist for a change of 100Rf, I got the change in one 50RF, two 20Rfs and one 10RF, I gave the gentleman the note of 10Rf, and then he says,

“Actually its 20Rf, can you please give me a 20 also?”

“This is all I have, sorry” I walked out as fast as I can.

I spent three years in India and I have met many beggars, I have actually seen the different varieties and classes of beggars India has to offer. Never did I meet someone in the state I found the gentleman in and never did I feel threatened by one.

O_o 

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Lost ...

On a cold December I met an angel, 
on a journey to the crown of palaces, 
Railroads bonded an affection, 
only to be lost for circumstance ...

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Love I thought possible, 
life I thought settled ...
Never will we loose, 
I thought commitment ...

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Sadly it was only I, 
who thought affection 


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I sleep only to run away, 
But I shall face again reality as sun warms up. 
I weep for my misfortune, 
But courage I seek from the day ahead ... 


Friday, January 27, 2012

Lost customs of Maldivians. (Part One)

Ibn Batuta 
As like in any society, people in the Maldives have their own social customs, traditions and cultures, however, in time some of these customs got lost, perhaps in the hurdle of modernity. With the tourism boost in the 70's, came the influence of the western society. Some positive and some negative. 

I would like to talk about some of the old Maldivian cultures, that we do not follow anymore, forgotten or those that we may have known very little about. Of course these are very interesting traditions our forefathers practiced. 

I ll begin with Tangier traveler and Maldivian Chief Justice Abu-Abdullah Mohammed, the famous Ibn Batuta (1304-78). He writes:

"'The inhabitants of the Maldives Islands are honest and pious people, sincere in good faith and of a strong will; they eat only what is lawful, and their prayers are granted. When one of them meets another, he says God is my lord: Muhammad is my prophet: I am a poor ignorant being."

Friday, January 13, 2012

Check out Mysha Didi on YouTube !!!


So lately I have been YouTubing, you know checking out the latest music and stuff. ( Cough ... Mostly friends; Shuhana, Fazy and Sum sends me the links, and I just play them :P ). Anyway one YouTube Channel I came across was Dhivehi's Channel. Now this channel belongs to a certain Mysah Didi, yes a Maldivian, who I must say is not only this lovely High School gal but also this gal with an amazing voice. She's got four cover songs on her channel so far with the first upload some 2 months back, by now she's got some 354 subscribers and over 150,000 + video views, not bad eh?

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Help Haish | Need Donation 4 Liver transplantation


This 2 year old boy is sufering fom Jaundice since he was born.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Keffiyeh; a symbol of Palestinian nationalism



The keffiyeh/kufiya (Arabicكوفية‎, kūfiyyah, plural كوفياتkūfiyyāt), also known as a ghutrah (غترة), ḥaṭṭah (حطّة), mashadah (مشدة) , shemagh (شماغ) or inPersian chafiye (چفیه), and Turkish puşi, is a traditional headdress typically worn by Arab and Kurdish men fashioned from a square, usually cotton, scarf. It is commonly found in arid regions to provide protection from direct sun exposure, as well to protect the mouth and eyes from blown dust and sand. Its distinctive woven check pattern may have originated in an ancient Mesopotamian representation of either fishing nets or ears of grain. 

I have always been inspired by this Arab headdress ... Its a symbol of Arabs.

The keffiyeh became a symbol of Palestinian nationalism during the Arab Revolt of the 1930s. Its prominence increased in the 1960s with the beginning of the Palestinian resistance movement and its adoption by Palestinian politician Yasser Arafat.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

All will be well ...

Everything happens for a reason
No matter the season,
Strong gale and violent thunder
Keep going do not surrender,

Sail the great rough sea
To the distance you can see,
No matter what the world may think
Don’t let your ship sink,

Choose a route to follow
Don’t wait a morrow,
A long way to go
To find new Promises, glee and more,

Let your wounds heal
Look for a better meal,
All will be well
And I tell you all will be well


[Something I just scribbled ... the things boredom makes me do ...]

Monday, September 27, 2010

Nostradamus: Armageddon - the last prophecy ...


I have been reading "Nostradamus, the complete prophecies for the future" by Mario Reading where he has given commentary on the different prophecies by Nostradamus. I have to admit the fact that these prophecies did interest me a lot. One of the most interesting prophecy is perhaps his last one "Armageddon". He writes:

QUATRAIN
10/74

Au revolu du grand nombre septiesme,
Apparoistra au tems jeux d'Hecatombe,
Non esloignè de grand d' age milliesme,
Que les entrez sortiront de leur tombe.

When the great number seven completes itself
Games will begin at the Tomb side
Not far from the turn of the Millennium
The dead will rise out of their graves

In his commentary, Mario writes:

Seven in this prophecy is related to seven being a holy number, and equates ,symbolically, with a span of length - the beginning and ending of things. Just as there are seven ages in the life of a man, and seven bodies in alchemy, and seven spirits of God, so there have been seven great eras in the life of the earth. These are now over.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

SPARTACUS: Blood and Sand ...

After being totally addicted to the TV series "24", I was among the people who actually wept when Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran concluded the 8th season ending the thrilling action series staring starring Kiefer Sutherland as federal agent Jack Bauer, presented in the semblance of real time, with each 24-episode season covering 24 hours in the life of Bauer.

However, then I came across this totally new TV series "SPARTACUS: Blood and Sand". It was very similar to the series I had previously watched, the "ROME" which was about the turbulent transition from Roman republic to autocratic empire, which changed world history through civil war and wars of conquest, from the aristocratic viewpoint of Julius Caesar, his family, his adopted successor Octavian Augustus, and their political allies and adversaries, and from the politically naive viewpoint of a few ordinary Romans, notably the soldiers Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo and their families.

However, "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" is a Starz television series that premiered on January 22, 2010. The series focuses on the historical figure of Spartacus(played by Andy Whitfield), a Thracian gladiator who from 73 to 71 BC led a major slave uprising against the Roman Republic. Executive producers Steven S. DeKnight and Robert Tapert focused on structuring the events of Spartacus' obscure early life leading to the records of history.

Already the first season of this thrilling Historical story is over with 13 episodes of breathtaking action and romance. Waiting for the primer of the next season.

Some legends are written in blood.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Vacation back home; MALDIVES

Its been real long since I had posted anything up here. So here I go.

After the APR Leaders Summit in Bangalore I came back to Mysore, to renew my residence permit in India and took a ticket to Male' via Colombo. Dad wanted me back in Male' where there was unfinished business that I had to be present.

The flight from Bangalore to Colombo was delayed for about 2 hours, then when I arrived to Colombo (where I had THE LONGEST transit stay) again the flight was delayed for like 2 hours. This was one of the disadvantages in taking a Srilankan Airlines UL flight (UL - usually late). However when I arrived in Male' International Airport I was greeted by familiar faces, Dad, Nadhutha, Samman, Shahud, Ahpi, Azan and the crowd.

I was in Male' from the 6th July to 30th July 2010, 25 days of wonderful time and fun. Naturally I was doing a lot of scouting and a lot of spending good time.

During the time in Male' I was helping the Hiriya School Scouts as they were preparing for their investiture. Also got to attend the Investiture of Majeedhiya School Scouts (1st Male' Scouts).

There were two fairs which I was able to contribute to as well. One was the Hiriya School fair where we made a web tower for the kids to climb and the other fair in Kalaafaanu School where we made a monkey bridge and made a obstacle course scout style. It was good to do a lot of pioneering, which has been some thing that I love from the beginning of my scouting. And it felt much better to have our old crowd work together, bringing a lot of memories and leaving behind yet more memories.


On the 23rd on July, which was also the Maldivian Scout membership day (the day the Scout Association of Maldives got membership form WOSM) our crowd organized a REUNION BBQ in Hulhumale'. Where all most all of us attended. Me, Shahud, Samman, Sammah, Fitte, Ahpi, Azan, Shifzan, Anna (Shahud) and Babaa all of us had a good time. Must say one of the best BBQ I have been to. IT WAS A BLAST!!!

latter on the 26th of July, I was involved in the Independence day celebrations where I was part of a group of swimmers which included my little brother Abaa, who swam from a Close Island (funadhoo) to Male' where President Mohamed Nasheed was out to greet us.

Finally after spending an AWESOME time back home I came back to Mysore again on UL from Male' - Colombo - Bangalore. UL kept its name it was usually late again ...


Sunday, June 20, 2010

Approximately 1120 unique visitors!!!


From March 30, 2010 onwards approximately 1120 unique visitors have visited my blog...
Highest number of visitors are from Maldives.

Thanks Flag Counter :D
http://s05.flagcounter.com/more/yQu

I started this blog on May 11, 2009.

Waka Waka eh eh - SHAKIRA

Shakira Waka Waka Lyrics

You’re a good soldier
Choosing your battles
Pick yourself up
And dust yourself off
Get back in the saddle

You’re on the front line
Everyone’s watching
You know it’s serious
We are getting closer
This isn’t over

The pressure is on
You feel it
But you got it all
Believe it

When you fall get up, oh oh
If you fall get up, eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
Cuz this is Africa
Tsamina mina, eh eh
Waka waka, eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
This time for Africa

Listen to your God
This is our motto
Your time to shine
Don’t wait in line
Y vamos por todo

People are raising
Their expectations
Go on and feed them
This is your moment
No hesitations

Today’s your day
I feel it
You paved the way
Beleive it

If you get down get up, oh oh
When you get down get up, eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
This time for Africa
Tsamina mina, eh eh
Waka waka, eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
Anawa a a
Tsamina mina, eh eh
Waka waka, eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
This time for Africa

(Lady Singing)

Voice: Tsamina mina, Anawa a a
Tsamina mina
Tsamina mina, Anawa a a

Tsamina mina, eh eh
Waka waka, eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
Anawa a a
Tsamina mina, eh eh
Waka waka, eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
This time for Africa

Django eh eh
Django eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
Anawa a a

Django eh eh
Django eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
Anawa a a

(2x) This time for Africa

(2x) We’re all Africa

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Friday, June 11, 2010

ARGENTINA: My team for World Cup 2010



GO Team Argentina GO!!

My Team for the World Cup 2010 is ARGENTINA !!! With Diego Armando Maradona as the Coach and with players like Lionel Messi, Milito, Teves and Rodoriguez in the team line up Argentina is indeed THE favorite to win the World Cup this year. I expect to see Argentina to play on the final match that is scheduled for 11th July 2010, and to take the World Cup trophy home!!

History with World Cup:
The Argentina team has held the record of playing in four World Cup finals. In 1930, they got the opportunity to play their first World Cup final but lost the match to Uruguay. The match statistics reveal that though the team participated in four finals matches, they only won two of
the four matches. In 1978, they played in the World Cup final for the second time, against strong rivals Netherlands. In-spite of the enthusiasm and goof on-field performance by the teams, the match finally went in favor of Argentina by 3-1. the third final match against Germany was equally excited. Both the teams played exceptionally well and the Argentinian team emerged as winners with the final score of 3-2. the same enthusiasm was by the team during their 1990 match, The Argentina team played well, however due to controversial penalty they lost the match to Germany by 1-0.


Argentina
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)La Albiceleste (White and Sky blue)
AssociationAsociación del Fútbol Argentino
(Argentine Football Association)
ConfederationCONMEBOL (South America)
Head coachDiego Maradona
CaptainJavier Mascherano
Most capsJavier Zanetti (136)
Top scorerGabriel Batistuta (56)
Home stadiumEl Monumental
FIFA codeARG
FIFA ranking7
Highest FIFA ranking1 (March 2007, October 2007 – June 2008)
Lowest FIFA ranking24 (August 1996)
Elo ranking7
Highest Elo ranking1 (most recently in July 2007, 34 times in total)
Lowest Elo ranking28 (June 1990)

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