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Arab Management: Reality or Myth? The Arab Manager!


My New Book – Arab Management: Reality or Myth?

The Arab Manager!

Context and Perspectives! The Arabian Management Series!

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About The Book!

Why I Wrote The Book!

Book Behind Cover Writing!

  • Do not tell me you are going to write this book! I just cannot believe it!British CEO
  • I thought after your last book – and the end of your columns – you will stop writing! You have me pleasantly surprised!Senior Omani Public Official (Retired)

This is my Third Arab Management Book after Psychology of Arab Management Thinking! And A Cry For Help! And my 12th book! Three books are on Road Safety and the balance are based on my columns and writings!

All my Arab Management books have been written after a major upheaval in my life at the work front and elsewhere involving my life! I was always under the impression that my book A Cry For Help! As was going to be my last book in Arab Management with the events that followed proving my case why ‘I needed help!’ as an Arab Manager! Though trying best to keep to myself – and trying to avoid conflict and confrontations as much as I possibly could – but people would not leave me alone! They were still after me!

I then decided to accept the challenge and write this book. Like the other books – I have tried to be as factual as possible – and with my usual style of writing of speaking to you directly from my heart – and to be as sincere, genuine, frank, forthright as possible – so that this book can not only be used in Research works – but as a Guide and Beacon for the children, grandchildren, great grandchildren – and future generations by the Grace of Allah SWT God – Ameen Amen.

It is my Final Attempt to High light a ‘Quickly Deteriorating Situation’ before malaise, stalemate and decadence sets in at The Work Front and its environment! In this book nobody has been spared – and that includes even myself too!

 “We are so excited on this book – we believe this book will push you to the limelight and the high position that you deserve by your writings!” – The USA Publishers!

Arab Management Books by Majid Al Suleimany


Never Ever Give Up!

Famous Failures!

Discouraged? See This!

Famous Failures

The Beatles were told – your music is too loud! It will NEVER take off!

Never Give Up 1 Never Give Up 2 Never Give Up 3 Never Give Up 4 Never Give Up A

Images Do Not Give Up! For Demonstration Purposes Only!



It has not died .. Simply No one can kill it – except The Good Lord Only!




Take Care!

Majid Al Suleimany

Muscat – Oman – March 29th 2014.

My Columns with The Oman Daily Observer now end!

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I have now stopped writting for The Oman Daily Observer!

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent! – Eleanor Roosevelt

Dear Readers, Fans and All;

I have reached a stage now in my life that I sincerely and genuinely feel that it is no longer worthwhile for me to continue writing my columns Between Us Only! and At My Workplace! The columns have ended since November 2013.

When I have some time – now and then – I will try to add posts here.

Everything (good) has to come to an end one day!

You may watch these websites for updates –

Writings – General

Opinions –

My Books –

Old One –

Wishing you all the very best!

Take Care!

Majid Al Suleimany

Please watch this in Our Goodbye!


A Sense of Deja Vu!

A Sense of Deja Vu!

In Remembrances! Launch of Book One – 10 years ago!

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Book One – Between Us Only!

An author in search of   values and ethics  

Oman Daily Observer –   Features Editor  

September 10 2005

Coverage – Between Us   Only   by Majid Said Nasser Al Suleimany   434 pages, Price RO 7    

The book is available   at Family Bookshop Turtle Bookshops    and all   leading bookshops in Oman /  Magrudy in   UAE    

Majid al Sulaimany is a well-read, witty and prolific writer who often   makes you laugh and sit up and think on ordinary but often neglected and not   so cared matters in the society. He also writes about social evils prevalent   in the society with a funny touch and lashes it with heavy blows. This unique   style and way we rarely find in other writers. His prose is simple and clear   and elegant.

The collection of his columns published in the Observer and some unpublished   ones appear in a book form — Between Us Only.     The title itself tells the reader the topics he talks about are not so sweet   many times, and many of the articles irritate somebody or other.     Since it is ‘between us only’ and whispered in to your ears he often talks   about matters which many are scared to touch. He talks about burning homes,   divorce, pride and prejudice, human suffering, human fears, social trends and   changes and people’s idiotic concerns to keep up with the Jonesses.

 As a human resources professional, in his essays Majid gives very important   and valuable tips and notes to company executives and chiefs.     Looking at the society’s craze for materialism and vanity the writer asks:   “What happened to the sanctity of marriage as the highest institution in our   lives according to our Islamic teachings — the Sunnah and the Hadith? Our   customs, traditions and heritage?”     Divorces are happening at the drop of a hat. So he advises “we need to impart   to our younger generations the sanctity and high importance of the   institution of marriage. The importance of patience, harmony, tolerance,   trust, faith, and confidence. This is in order to save our society for future   generations.”

In another article he asks: “What is this new ugly and unpleasant developments   now in our homes? This ‘domestic violence’ thing? Do we have an excuse for   this? The satellite dishes, and the foreign films and dramas that are beamed   to our homes? Or is that the new in-thing fashion now, the provocations and   ‘do not care stuff’ — followed by lifting of hand and beating out that poor   creature that bore you babies that you call your own and have made you proud   too? Do you consider the effect on the children? Hey, what is wrong with us   nowadays?”

In an advice to chief executive officers and managers the author reminds   “what happened to all the principles of treating staff with respect, with   utmost ethics, professionalism, kindness, cordial reception and courtesy?   Whether they are Omanis or others, people need to be treated properly and   with more esteem and respect.”

As a human resources consultant, Majid is giving valuable tips to job   applicants in his article “Applying for a job”. Some very important dos and   don’ts for the aspiring job seekers. “Send your application with jus Photostat   copies of your certificates and other documents.     “When you are called for an interview do not tremble and show fear and   worries. Remain cool, collected, calm and in control. “Never ask ‘how much   you will pay me’ until an offer has actually been made. “Prepare your CV   (maximum two typed pages only) and a covering letter (one page only) with   your application.

Majid’s “Between us Only” is a sincere attempt by a simple human being who   cherishes his culture and traditions, and wanted it to be preserved for the   coming generations. It is a labour of love with keen observation of the   society in the 21st century Arab world in particular. It also carries   warnings, resentments, fears and advises for all.


Book Review 

Between Us Only! Hits bookstalls. 

The Oman Daily Observer Book Review 

By A Staff Reporter 

Majid and Book (Photo) 

MUSCATMajid Said Nasser Al Suleimany’s recently released book Between Us Only! has now been launched at bookshops in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

 In Oman, the 434-page book is available at Turtles Bookshop and Family Bookshop. Sponsored by MB Petroleum Services LLC of Mohamed Al Barwani, the book contains more than 84 articles that have appeared in the Author’s column in The Oman Daily Observer.

 Majid has a very interesting and straightforward way of putting things. For example, in one of the articles, Majid explains in a very lucid style that ‘The beauty of Oman is that the nationals do not impose their customs, habits, heritage, behavior and values on others. We make room for accommodation and acceptance, to give chances in errors of judgement and in perceptions. We are moderate and flexible. Ask an Omani a direction, if he is free, not only he will direct you to it, but even take you there!’

To elaborate further on this point, Majid shares a very interesting, short and real story about how he got a job in Abu Dhabi. The General Manager had travelled to Salalah and lost his way on the trip. He was not only shown the direction, but this was done after he was given a meal with his family by one Bedouin family! When this GM saw Majid in his Omani attire, he said – ‘No interview – just give him the job, let him start tomorrow! The panel thought he was joking but he was dead serious!

 Another interesting aspect of Majid’s writing style is that he can explain most burning complex and contemporary issues in a few sentences with unqualified clarity of thoughts.


Book Review

 The Write Stuff

 The Week – Issue 135 – October 2005.

 Our Correspondent

 The Week talks to Writer Majid Al Suleimany about his recently released book

 Between Us Only!

 Majid (Photo) Drawing on daily experiences.

 Human Resources Professional Majid Al Suleimany describes his recently released book Between Us Only!, a collection of columns he has written for The Oman Daily Observer as ‘messages to the people of Oman’. Using his personal experiences, Majid has written on a variety of issues like ‘Ignorance Is Bliss’, ‘The Tsunami Disaster’ and ‘Cynics and Sceptics’ among others.

 ‘I would like the Omani people to move ahead in the world while maintaining our traditional values. I hope to help in this process through my writing,’ Majid said. The Writer, who enjoys watching documentaries and reading about world politics, says that he writes mainly on socio-economic issues. ‘Since I am in the human resources field, I also like to provide pointers on topics on how to prepare their CV. I also write on articles in Management and Human Resources which might be of help to the Society – and working environment in particular’.

 Majid hopes more Omanis will begin writing in English. He said ‘It is very important to inculcate the reading habits in the youngsters and the children for our future. Parents and teachers have a huge role and responsibility in it. Schools should conduct essay competitions regularly so that children can improve skills in literacy, writing, reading and of expression. We need to improve fast and rapidly our generation reading habits in line with the global village and the rest of the world’ – he added.

The book is available in all bookshops in Oman and soon in UAE.


كاتب يبحث عن القيم والأخلاق

بيني وبينك فقط 

ماجد بن سعيد بن ناصر السليماني

434 صفحة ، السعر 9 ريال عماني

الكتاب متوفر بمكتب أف.دي.أس

متوفر أيضا بمكتبة العائلة وكافة المكتبات الرائدة بسلطنة عمان / والإمارات العربية المتحدة

 يتمتع الكاتب ماجد السليماني بالذكاء وغزارة الإنتاج وغالبا ما تجعلك كتاباته تضحك وتقف لتفكر في أمور مجهولة ولا يلقى لها اعتبار في المجتمع . كما أنه يكتب أيضا عن الآفات الإجتماعية السائدة في المجتمع بسخرية . إن هذه الطريقة المميزة في الكتابة نادرا ما نجدها في الكتاب الآخرين . كتاباته النثرية بسيطة وواضحة وأنيقة .

 لقد تم جمع اسهاماته المنشورة في الأوبسيرفر وتلك التي لم تنشر لتظهر في شكل الكتاب “بيني وبينك فقط ” .

 إن الاسم وحده يوحي للقارئ بأن المواضيع التي يتناولها الكاتب غير شيقة في جميع الأوقات حيث أن معظم المواضيع تؤذي شخصا ما أو آخر .

 وبما أن الكتاب “بيني وبينك فقط  ” هو همس في الأذن فإنه دائما يتحدث عن مواضيع يخاف الناس التحدث فيها . يتحدث عن الأسر المحترقة ، الطلاق ، الفخر والإعتزاز ، ومعانـاة البشر ، ومخاوف البشر ، والميول والمتغيرات الإجتماعية وحماقة البشر ,

 بما أنه متخصص في الموارد البشرية فإن الكاتب ماجد بن سليمان يمنح في مقالاته أولوية خاصة للرؤساء والتنفيذيين في الشركات .

 بالنظر إلى ولع المجتمع بالماديات وزخرف الحياة فإن الكاتب يتساءل ” ما ذا حدث لقداسة الزواج كمؤسسة ذات قيم عالية في حياتنا وفقا لتعاليمنـا الإسلامية – السنة والحديث ؟ عاداتنا وتقاليدنا وموروثاتنا ؟ .

يحدث الطلاق في لحظـات خاطفة عليه فإن الكاتب ينصح بأن يتم زرع القيم والقداسة وأهمية مؤسسة الزواج في أجيالنا الناشئة كما يتحدث أيضا عن أهمية الصبر ، والتحمل ، والتجانس ، والإخلاص والثقة .

 يتساءل الكاتب في موضع آخر (ما هذه التنمية الجديدة الرديئة في مجتمعاتنا ؟ ” وهذا العنف الأسري ” هل يوجد لنا عـذر في ذلك ؟ الأطباق الفضائية والأفلام الأجنبية والدراما التي تطل على الأسرة . أم هـذه هي الموضة الجديدة ، والغضب يليه رفع اليد وضرب هذا المخلوق الضعيف الذي أنجب الأطفال وجعلكم تشعرون أيضا بالفخر والاعتزاز ؟ هل تنظرون للآثار التي تترتب على ذلك في الأطفال ؟ انتبهوا – ماذا دهانا اليوم ؟ .


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Why I Quit Writing Now!

The Old Guards and The Mafias!

Why I Quit Writing Now!

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This Will Explain Why Stopping Writing For Now!

Explaining Why! Please Do Not Stop Writing!

This week was very hectic and traumatic with very emotional painful and exhaustive exchanges between me and an ex boss in PDO! The irony was he had never been a direct formal boss to me in any aspects – but was instrumental in causing dent to my career – whether by his own volition or by instructions from higher up!

My mistake was copying him amongst my other ‘friends’ an email protest type to one local English daily. In a response he curtly said to me – Quote –


Two things.

1. Avoid criticising others unnecessarily. 2. Avoid GLORIFYING yourself excessively.

That is the secret of success.


From the goodness of his heart – he copied this email to ALL on the list. I had addressed this direct to The Editor – and my inadvertent stupidity in including him in the copy circulation list! And giving him that opportunity any person like he was would not let go away!

Not to bore you with more sordid details, but there was a reaction from my two strongest supporters after bitter rancorous hard hitting exchanges with him. He later tacitly apologised – but asked me to take him out from my mailing list – which I was now most inclined to do anyway without any further prompt from him.

A         Response verbatim from one addressed to someone he knows well in PDO – and copied to me – Quote –

Dear Ustaadh xxx and after compliments 

In the name of Allah – With due respects Sir –  

A friend had forwarded me the not necessary response that this guy YYYYY has sent to Ami Majid. Unfortunately, people miss the very important thing that this man is highly appreciated and followed by many young Omanis as one lone voice that really cares and feels for us! 

He is one of the few that took great risks and dangers to himself even harm when even in PDO and he suffered a lot life later on because of his stand on things and everyone.

 It is very sad and tragic that you his so-called friends treat him like this and I can only assume an element of jealousy and envy – perhaps because of his popularity. You have hurt him so much and now he has decided to stop writing his websites and columns. 

Only time will tell the repercussions in the future and please accept my sincere apologies for this email. Forgive my English also Sir. 

Allah protect and preserve our country from all things bad inside and outside Ameen – Unquote!

B         Response verbatim from Number Two Responder – Quote

Dear Majid 

If you want my personal advice and sent in good faith please keep away from all these people ex PDO especially because you cannot remove the hypocrisies and double standards within them.  

It will not surprise me and from seeing some of the names that they will be communicating to each other and laughing and sneering you behind your back. This is how they are and will always be! Some of them even got later in life great personal tragedies and woes in their lives and in their families but they will never learn! 

Keep away from them and even stop writing even. This is a lost cause beyond redemption and only time will tell! So please keep away! All of them combined cannot even be 20% of what you are as Majid. 

I will always pray for you and your family Amin 


And finally to those that finally killed my columns – I said to them –

Quote –

I see that ZZZ (expatriate person) has now taken over my columns! It will not surprise me that you will be paying him even 3 or 4 times my rate – but that is how things are nowadays! So it is not surprising to me at all. Take care and all the best! – Unquote!

Now you know why I am giving writing in this website low priority from now onwards! It was good whilst it lasted – but everything 9good) has to end one day!

Wishing you all the best!

Citizen Majid bin Said bin Nasser Al Suleimany

January 31st 2014.


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Not Recognising and Valuing Our Own Writers!

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System Failure! Not Recognising and Valuing Our Own Writers!

  • Life cannot defeat a Writer who is in love with writing , for life itself is a Writer’s love until deathEdna Ferber
  •  Simply calling yourself as wise men does not make you as such. People will judge you by your character and behavior only! – Famous

It is a shame to see that this conference was not used to incorporate All The Omani Writers, Columnists and Authors.

A good Indian friend called me to what to know more (maybe he knew already?) – but I replied to him that I did not!

If these sites will not make an impact – nothing else will!

My Books Websites –

Or is it crimes because we write in English?

These things of rivalry, jealousy, envy, polarization – and not recognizing and valuing our own – need to end!

I wrote to The Oman Daily Observer – who print my columns – and whom I have given complimentary gift copies to All in The Features Columns – including the Top Guys too! NO ONE RESPONDED – as usual!

It is a shame that these kind of things are happening in our country now – after all the things we have seen live happening in others – starting with just a school graffiti!

Bloody Shame on us!

Now we hear of Angola banning Islam and breaking down of mosques!

What is next?

As an Omani – Arab blood and Muslim – I hold my head down low with shame! Real Shame!

Maybe we do not meet the mark because we write in English? Maybe!

Allah God Protect and Preserve us All – Amin

Disappointed Sad Citizen

Majid bin Said bin Nasser bin Zahor bin Salim bin Ali bin Masoud Al Sulaimany

I guess this poor man – my late father – is turning in his grave!


My Late Father – PBUH!

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Winner of The USA Gold Seal of Literary Excellence 2013 – For An Omani???

How To Order My Books Directly!

How To Order Directly!

The Books

Books Websites For Ordering All My Books

Wipe My Tears!

Being The Safe Driver!

Safe Driving

Short Takes – Two!

Short Takes 2

The Sequel – Three!

The Sequel 3

Psychology of Arab Management Thinking!

Arab Psychology

A Cry For Help! Arab Management

A   Cry For Help!

The Sequel

The Sequel

Short Takes

Between Us Only!

Behind The Wheel (same 02 but Published in India)

The Arab Management Books

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Between Us Only!

The USA Literary Excellency Award!

It is from the womb of art that criticism was born – Charles Baudelaire

Any authentic work must start an argument between the artist and his audience – Rebecca West.


The US Review of Books connects worldwide Authors and Publishers with Professional Reviewers. It is an independent free running body – and the books and Reviewers are chosen at random order.

Pleased to inform you my Readers and Fans that my Arab Psychology Book has won the prestigious  US Gold Seal of Literary Excellency Award!

My books USA Trafford Publishers had sent me this note – which is very good news on my Arab Management book – Psychology of Arab Management Thinking! – Context and Perspectives. My book had won The Gold Seal of Literary Excellency Award – and was shortlisted for the prestigious Eric Hoffer Award.

The mere fact it had reached this stage – and competed against books from well known world Authors and Writers – and some of them being great Researchers, Professors and great Literary Artists is an achievement in itself – as it was my first Arab Management book! More information at – I am pleased to share with you on our success!

MUSCAT, Oman – In his new book “Psychology of Arab Management Thinking: Arabian Management Series” (published by Trafford Publishing), author and analyst Majid Al Suleimany explores the management styles that he believes helped lead to the events of Arab Spring.

“This is a no-punch-held-back book,” Al Suleimany says. “It critically reviews and assesses with deep soul searching analysis the management styles and approaches of the Arab world, especially in Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) vis-à-vis the international companies operating in the international arena.”

USA Golden Seal

An excerpt from “Psychology of Arab Management Thinking”:

“As Arabs work is worshipped in our Religion – so what went wrong here? Especially in Management circles? Why are we behind the rest of the world, despite all our riches, potentials and resources?

This is a no punch held back, no barrels held, no stiff, no frills play – but to be as blunt, frank, open, honest and sincere as far as possible – so the book can be a learning experience and process for this generation – and future to come – especially after the recent Arab Spring uprisings!”

Al Suleimany knows his book fills a critical need. “Little is known of Arab management styles,” he says, “especially as written from the inside by an Arab himself as an experienced professional local HR and management expert, advisor and counselor.”

“Psychology of Arab Management Thinking” – By Majid Al Suleimany

The Book Review – The book was reviewed by one John E. RoperUSA – Quote

“It is only by building on existing strengths, and moving forwards on established capabilities that economic maturity can be achieved and rising living standards maintained.”

Writers approach their craft with a variety of motivations. Some search for fame, others for fortune, and still others because spinning words together is one of the few things they are really good at. Some, though, write because what they have to say is burning inside them, and the only release is to share with others what has so inflamed their emotions. Such is the case with the author, whose passion for his people and his culture has driven him to speak out against the problems within Arab management practices so that, as he says, he can one day tell his grandchildren that by writing books he did something about them.

The author approaches his topic as an insider. Having worked extensively in the global business environment and in human resources in particular, both with Arab and international leadership, he has seen firsthand the shortsightedness, prejudice, paranoia, and autocratic tendencies of many Arab managers as well as the unfortunate fact that motivation and morale are frequently higher among Arab employees when someone other than one of their own countrymen is in charge. These observations have gnawed at him, and he questions not only why the situation within the corporate world is like this but also what can be done about it.

As an Omani, the Author offers great insight into his own country’s management issues, but he is quick to point out that many of the observations he makes can be applied to businesses throughout the Arab world. While the subject matter of this book will mainly appeal to readers approaching it from an Arab perspective, students of international business can also learn a lot from the author’s research – Unquote

What The Book Had Said!

As aforementioned, the book is about Arab Management issues and aspects – with personal experiences, exposures and examples of the Author stretching over 35 years experiences in Management and Human Resources – and as a Consultant, Advisor and Expert for over the past 10 years in a number of companies.

Continued – Author’s Note – For a long time now, I have been putting off the idea of writing this book – though it had been on my mind for a long time now. The mere idea of writing this book scared me to bits and pieces – for many valid and pertinent reasons.

I hope you will enjoy the book. I have tried to be as frank, open, forthright, honest, sincere and genuine as I can – as Readers who know me can give credence and credibility to me and will vouch and authenticate my works.

I have not spared myself, so there is just for it to be honest, sincere, genuine and hard hitting – sparing no one. Just No One!

Take Care!

By Majid Al Suleimany

The ‘Sealed Fates’ in Life!

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For Sunday September 15th 2013

Between Us Only!

The ‘Sealed Fates’ in Life!

After more than 10 years from the last time I had visited – this week I had the pleasure and the privilege to visit again The Oman Daily Observer Offices and meet some of my new – and the usual old friends there! In my first visit – I was being interviewed for the start of the ‘infamous’ column titled Between Us Only!

It is a wonder and strange thing to notice that many of the people we meet nowadays seem to have so aged – and are so tired and forlorn – as if they have learnt to ‘give up and just accept their fate’ – and that there is simply nothing that they can do now to look at things anew and afresh – change their path – but to go on as before! Nothing has changed that much! Human nature and habits are just like that – and nothing has gone amiss!

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Images Workers – For Demonstration Purposes Only!

I look at the newspaper delivery boy. I ask him how many years he has been doing the same job – day in and day out – and whether he has any other plans for his remaining days on earth? He retorts – sadly and sarcastically – What else can I do but sell newspapers? He continues – Even I had to learn how to drive a motorcycle first before I could do the job! I have had my limbs broken twice by a car hitting me from behind – because the way people drive – they just cannot accept a motor cycle to occupy the ‘space of a car’ in front of them! So the many cases when he had to pull sharply right – for safety’s sake!

I had my hair cut at the saloon. Here is another profession. All he knows is to cut hair – since a young man at 16. 30 years later he is still cutting hair – but not in his country – but in a different country! Even here he has to fight to keep his job – with constant checks and inspections. Yet they still want the jobs for their own young men – but there are no takers! Though you would think that people would be happy that there is someone out there that is ‘willing and keen’ to do the job even! The same case for the sandwich (shawarma) boy! The drivers – especially the heavy duty ones! The mechanics! The Municipality cleaners! You name it!

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Images Workers – For Demonstration Purposes Only!

But it is not only the expatriates – it is the locals too! The same clerks, PROs, the secretaries, the bank staff, the drilling jobs, the stewards and stewardess, the airline crews – you name it! Not all of them can get ‘lucky breaks’ in life – like the admin clerk I know who looked that smart, intelligent and promising – and picked out to go for an academic course overseas – takes engineering – and becomes an Engineering Director! Those he had left behind have also moved forward – but the luckier ones to an officer or supervisor level at the most! Suppose the said clerk had refused to go for the course – would he have remained in the same lots – or would still fate tempt him to a faster lane – in another route? Your guess is as good as mine!

My Literature Teacher in Secondary School in Tanzania – that pretty Miss F – then and probably is still – told me – M – Life is like a drama. You are given a role in it – and all you can do is play your cast well! She had a thing for me – she liked me a lot! Years later after I had left the place – she had returned back home to Goa India! I was just wondering out loud what she would be doing back at returning home – even if married now – if not only as a Teacher?

I had a working peer sitting opposite me in the oil company then. Every pay day he would come to my office and lament – this salary is just not enough! Smart I would retort – Be thankful – there are people out there that are receiving far less in life – and some not at all. He even suggested we go into business together – but the idea of business just scared me then!

I should have stayed with my gut feelings – and had never gone into business – and ended going bust! But my friend made it – he became rich and successful! Those he left behind? Of course they moved up too – 2 or 3 job levels up! The great man has even offered jobs to the same peoples – even those who were ‘more senior to him’ at the job front!

What do you say to the ‘bus driver’ who has ended up to be a President of a country – after entering politics? Or the boat man? Or Great Late Margaret Thatcher – drawing attention to herself – ‘that she was just a shopkeeper’s daughter’!

Yet still – in one of my local flights in that distant place – I had met the ex President – no longer in high position – though there were 1 or 2 people ‘still looking after him’. Maybe I was staring at him too much – so he smiled and came over to me! Believe me – him coming to me? I think I was bumbling and getting confused – because this was the same ‘personality’ that we stood on the road sides cheering students as his motorcade went past! Now we were in the same flight – all the seats were economy class! So many cases like him – no longer in high offices of power! Simple people back again!

The other day in the Masjid (Mosque) – I went to greet this great ex high profile personality – now a simple person!. So I said to him – I guess you will not remember me? But you had given our family a good and great picnic meal one time! I tried to remind him. The good tired forlorn man looked at me with sad eyes – You remember a meal? I did greater things to others – they do not even bother to even speak to me – let alone come and greet me like you did. So I should say Thank You – Not you!

As the Brits say – that is how the cookie crumbles! Or the great words of Miss F – and there is nothing more that you can do about it! You are telling me? Remember me? I did try – but sometimes you just have to accept that ‘your fate is sealed in life’ – if even moving to writing as a substitute – can be called that too!

Take Care!

By: Majid Al-Suleimany

Date – September 13th 2013

Words – 1036

Wipe My Tears! Now Published!


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Wipe My Tears! Now Published!

Eid Mubarak! After Compliments;

Pleased to inform you that the book is now published.

More details and information here!

“We are extremely excited with this book …in which you have put all your highly emotionalized sentimentalizd articles in one book! We can only wish you all the best” – the US Publishers!

Best Regards,

Majid Al Suleimany

The Author.


Sometimes when I think how good my book can be, I can hardly breathe – Truman Capote.