The beautiful flame

I love to stare at this beautiful flame.
Bright in its light and warm in its heart.
It could light a room that’s pitch dark.
I can’t take my eyes off this beautiful flame.
The flame that keeps me alive.
It makes life bright.
As the flame dances around
I smile oddly as it dances with spread out wings.

I don’t know how
I don’t know why
but I feel the brightness fading
and its beauty evaporating.

I know one day this strong wax candle
will melt down to the last drop.
It will burn my hand but yet I choose to hold it.
Because holding this beautiful flame is worth the pain.

I don’t know how
I don’t know why
but I’m trying my best keep the flame alive
by covering it with my hand.

I see the flame fight
I see it struggle.
I know it’s strong and kind.
But then again one night I know it’s going to die.
I hope that night comes late and slow.
Because today and tonight I want it to shine as brightly as it could.


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8 types of friends you will have.

I got this email from my friend stating the type of friends one would have. I personally have at least one that fits in to each of these types. Thought I might share this.

1. A Loyal Best Friend
This is the kind of friend who lets you be a hot mess and knows all of your deepest and darkest secrets, but still loves you all the same.

2. A Fearless Adventurer.
We all need an adventurous friend who will pull us out of our shells and introduce us to new ideas, cultures, philosophies, and activities.

3. A Brutally Honest Confidant.
Friends are supposed to be honest with each other. If you find someone who is brutally honest with you (in a constructive way), then hold on to this person! People like that are hard to come by these days.

4. A Wise Mentor.
We all need a friend who inspires us to be better people without making us feel inadequate. Plus, being around such a person will challenge us to better ourselves every day.

5. A Friend From a Different Culture.
If everyone had a friend from a different culture, the world would be a much better place. Being in a cross-cultural friendship allows you to explore customs, values, and traditions outside of your own culture.

6. A Polar Opposite.
Instead of constantly surrounding yourself with like-minded people, try to break out of your comfort zone and befriend people who hold opposing views. They will help open your eyes to different world views and you’ll learn to accept people who don’t see the world exactly the way you see it.

7. A Friendly Neighbor.
These days, a lot of people don’t know their own neighbors. It’s a shame, because some neighbors can be the nicest and most helpful people ever.

8. A Work Pal.
Your work pal doesn’t have to be your best friend outside of work. They just need to be someone you click with on some level, and if you two hit it off exceptionally well, you can always start hanging out with them outside of the office.

Yes, I am a Naruto Fan

Feed your mind with creativity

I used to read short stories and novels almost every day. Sometimes I even go 8 hours reading continuously. Then as years went by the amount of work in life piled up and the time I spent reading books decreased. As social media took the lives of teenagers and adults alike, reading books become more of an afterthought when, only a few years ago it was more of a habit that made us entangled in a world of our own. To be honest I really miss the days when I used to stay up late not by watching movies or socializing on social media networks but reading novels that swept my feet and took me on a journey of its own.

In the recent times as I try to make creative decisions my mind tends to be lazy, unoriginal, boring and dull. When I used to do a lot of reading  these issues were never a problem for me. Sad to say I feel that today, the active mind of mine that used to ask questions and share a lot of ideas has worn out. I feel that it is the lack of feeding my mind with creativity and imagination. I guess you realized the worth of having something,  is only when you really need that something but it you don’t have it. It’s time for me to start reading more. I really miss reading and I regret to have stopped reading as much as I used to.

Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.'

“Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.”

My need for creative thinking and speaking out brainstorming ideas has forced me to make time for reading. The famous saying, “Reading maketh a full man” over flows with great meaning which I have now come to realize its meaning through my own experience.

“If you care for your mind, if you nurture it and if you cultivate it just like a fertile, rich garden, it will blossom far beyond your expectations. But if you let the weeds take root, lasting peace of mind and deep inner harmony will always elude you.” from the book, THE MONK WHO SOLD HIS FERRARI.

what happened to your burning desire?

What’s a burning desire? It is the motivation that makes you work, suffer, dance, cry, shout, stand up for what you want and believe that you can achieve your dreams. It’s when someone engages in an activity so much that it becomes what always thinks about,talks about and dreams about. There’s quotation of Martin Luther, “If you have not discovered anything to die for then you are not fit enough to live.” This world needs more people with burning desires. People whose lives would be judged by their actions. Surprisingly, whether you knew it or not, from very young days of your childhood you had experienced these burning desires. When we kids, we wanted to be superheroes, pilots, engineers, poets, writers, princesses, policemen, painters, we wanted to change the world, stand up and be counted, to get attention, climb trees, cross the road, buy candy and eat a lot of ice creams. You know that if children would not get what they want such as the chocolates, ice creams. They would cry! but why ?  because they would do anything to get what they want. I’m not saying to give the children what they want because as we all know that would make them stubborn. Unless if they deserve it of course! What I’m really pointing out is the fact that we ‘had’ those burning desires & asking you where did they go?

All you need is a burning desire.

Let me tell you where I think they got lost and remember things lost can be found. As we grew up, life taught us many things. Bad people got into our lives, disappointments, we got hurt, we fell down, we lost and then we followed the trend that goes by the principle, “we should not think too big, reach too high or love too much.” Some would call it life lessons because of that they stop chasing what they want. But I would take it as an opportunity to prove them wrong and make it a reason to fight for you want. You are meant to shine. You have a purpose, you just need to find it again. Like I said before, things lost can be found. Believe me once you find it, it will become the core of your existence. Thus, you will create your destiny. It get you up at the crack of dawn with fire in belly! Fire burning so bright, a burning desire you can call it.  A desire that will consume you! A desire that you will work hard for! A desire so beautiful and so meaningful. You will change the world and I firmly believe in that! You may want to help the people around. Help your colleagues reach their potential. Help the community. Bring innovative thinking in to the environment around you. All you need is get inside your mind and heart and find that beautiful, meaningful, lost burning desire!

I read about a man who is a lawyer, a leadership expert, motivational speaker, author, social worker. He wants people around the world to reach their potential. That is the whole population. He works day in and day out to try to make this a reality. Extremely crazy? Yes, but an extreme burning desire ? Definitely!

Is he special than you are? No,he just found his cause, his burning desire!

I am me

This is me.
This is how I’ll be.
I lay on my bed and sip my tea.
Thinking about life, freedom and my liberty.
Surrounding me the words of freedom as far as my eyes can see.
In the newspapers, radio and T.V
Everyone is in a rush and has the urge for emotion.
So wide, so diverse, so unpredictable to explain even for Tennessee.
This is me.
This is how I’ll be.
I may eat like a monkey.
I may act like a donkey.
I may think like a turkey.
and yes, seems like a comedy.
But this is me.
This is how I’ll be
So, don’t judge me.
Cause your validation is not important to me.
Same goes to you lady.
I don’t care about the colour of your saree
or design of your goatee.
Or where you were born as a baby.
Let’s put our differences and other things that I didn’t mention because I’m too lazy.
By doing so, lets live in harmony.
you need to be you.
I need to be me.
This is what we all must be.
or else we may lose our individuality. 

© Nazmi Mahamood, All rights reserved.


Book Review: “Things not seen” by Andrew Clements

It’s been a long time since I ever read any fictional book. I’m glad that I came across the book “Things not seen.” I borrowed the book from the ‘American Center Library’. Reading the first few pages it seemed boring. I don’t know why that sense if mind came into me. I guess maybe that’s because of my lack of reading regularly. So, I don’t think its the fault of the book but myself. I got sick for a few days. When I was couldn’t do any thing but lay on my bed. But it was too good of a day to not do anything. So, I started reading this book at about 8 o’clock. I kept on reading and reading and reading. Every time a page I turned, my interest for the book increased. By the time I got to the 5th chapter I was totally hooked up in the story. I read and read; by the time I finished the book it was past 1 in the morning. In other words I was reading for more than 5 hours continuously. I don’t usually spend this much time on a book but that just shows how interesting the book is.

The story of a young boy who becomes invisible. He lives in an invisible life it was a bit hard but not as hard is he expected because he came to realized that even when he was not invisible he actually an invisible boy to society. No one cares on what happens to random people. Today, its worse. You don’t care for people who we know. That is just people are winded up. This book really points it out and shows how one boy relates it out that many of us today are experiencing. We need resist this type of nature of judging people by looks, gender and other things people insult each other with. We should develop a sense of rich sense of ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE. Let me start by giving my appreciation to Andrew Clements for writing such a magnificent book. A situation that relates all humans in the modern world because of that I say that it is a successful piece of literature.

Dare to be yourself!

Did you know? If you had 300 billion brothers and sisters. You would still not be exactly the same as them. Neither, would they be exactly same as each other. Every human is born unique to this would. God is the main and only contributor to insert that individuality into that person. It’s sad to see that in today’s society respect towards individuality has ceased to exist.  Today I mainly see people who just wants to fit in to society rather than stand out. Wheres individuality gone and how were imitators born ? 

Be yourself

A quote that I came across while reading a book. “Imitating is suicide” It just doesn’t mean that you literally  kill yourself but rather you kill you own individual personality. Be a lion not a buffalo. Yes, it’s funny but it has meaning. A lion wakes up everyday knowing that he must run faster than his prey or else he will starve. He hunts alone. He has his own way of life. Buffalo! He disappears to his heard. Do I need to explain more ? 

What are you waiting for ? Bring out the great person within you! Remember this along the way, the greatest thinkers are the people who dare to be themself.  There’s no other better feeling in the world than being yourself.

Sri Lanka through the eyes of a local teenager

Most of you would be asking where is  Sri Lanka? Well, let me first give you a brief description about a beautiful land that missed many the eyes of the world’s population.

Sri Lanka, also known as Ceylon in the yesteryear. Sri Lanka is situated in the Indian Ocean. Just south of India. A small note, we are not INDIANS we are simply Sri Lankans! We are famous for Cricket and the civil war that we faced for 3 decades until 2009 when the terrorist group LTTE was  destroyed and Sri Lanka was turned back into a peaceful society seeking for reconciliation. Sri Lanka has been developing rapidly to cover up the loss of development of 30 years. Still the scars of the war shall remain. The people of the south, west, east and north are joining their hands to work for their motherland’s development.

Although Sri Lanka is a small country of 65,610 kmits culture is very versatile. Culture varies from one area to another. Which is one of the main factors that attract tourists from different parts of the country.

Now back to the topic…….

Colombo is the largest city in Sri Lanka. It is the commercial capital in Sri Lanka. If you visit Colombo suddenly you are no longer in a Developing third world country. The shops, the streets, the people, their attitude it’s just very western. Sometimes it saddens me that the Sri Lankan-ness is loosing itself in the vastly developing area of Colombo. About the people, high heels, flashy clothing trying to look posh. Trying impress people. Hair styles that doesn’t even match them. Even made up voices.  Details seem familiar? Yes, an ordinary western society.
Now, you head to another part of Sri Lanka. You will see everything is quite different to what other places are compared to what Colombo is. You might even wonder if you are in the same country. Head south to Galle. You see people wearing sarongs. (the old traditional ones.) Baggy blouses and long skirts. The way they speak their accents are totally different. The shops and streets are not big and professional like the ones back in Colombo but they do have what you want for cheap prices. Over there you don’t see people trying to impress each other because they simply don’t care about what you are wearing or where you got it from.

That’s just Sri Lanka. Just a simple distance of a few kilometers transforms everything. You can spot these transformations so easily as you can find your School Head master heading your way from a mile away. Although how far you choose to look, how close you choose to experience the local culture you will never find out why Sri Lanka is a place where,  if you were born you would definitely be proud about and frustrated the same time. Why? Well, thats something no ones ever found about it. Maybe, it’s just because of that we are so multi-cultured and exotic as a country. That there could various answers to it.

You are destined for greatness!

Are you destined for something great? My view is that everyone is destined for greatness. People just don’t believe in themselves. I have seen and met people who are so awesome that one day they would become great personalities. Sometimes I even question them do you think that you will become who you want to become? Some say, Yes, I will with the brightest smile on their face full of determination that they would come through with their life dream. Some say, I don’t know but if I did it would be great but this world has its things maybe I won’t but hey I won’t give up. Some say, I’m not sure I might not make it. These answers depend on how confident they are, how determined they are and how optimistic they are.

The people I met had different goals like, to be the richest man in the world, to be a Psychologist , to be the CEO of Apple or start his own company and beat Apple , to own of group International Hotels, to be the editor of the Reader’s Digest or start his own International Magazine…. the list goes so on. Do you think these people are those who have already left school, college and universities. Well, I got news for you  they are just teenagers of ages 16 or 17. They are my friends who I school together at Zahira College, Colombo. These are not the small stupid goals that we make. These are serious life goals that would one day define the very existence of our life. You see, you really don’t need an age to start dreaming but starting early and mapping our goals early is what I believe is the key to success in life. Even the most timid mind can have widest imagination of things he wants to do and contribute to the amazing thing called life. All they need is some encouragement or even a good friend would do. I’m very glad that I joined Zahira College. I’m glad for list of people in my life who I call my friends and to be honest 90% of my friends are my school friends. We  have helped each other find our own destiny and to create a path worth living.   

I too have my own dream. I believe that I would definitely achieve my goal. I might have make sacrifices but untimely sacrifices and unwanted sacrifices is all I pray that don’t cross my way. You too, should think big. Think out of box. Be original. I wish you all the best with your goals. You and I are just ordinary people in this ordinary world striving to be someone extra ordinary.

A blessing in disguise or….?

Today I got my monthly exams starting. Three subjects, English, Business Studies & Accounts and History. So , as I woke up this morning and getting my self ready for school I suddenly felt my stomach my gurgling and rumbling. It was a another bad stomach. I don’t know if I am to take this as a good thing or bad thing because I get to stay home and not go to school to face any exam that day! 😀
You could call it a blessing in disguise (students point of view :p ) because I really was not ready for the exam!

Like wise I was staying at home I was thinking of people like us living in different parts of the world. Do they have these kinds blessings? Well, I don’t believe they just the same story as mine but still do they?
As every one of us know there are people dying and suffering out there. Struggling to find a sip of water to drink some food to ease their hunger. I could admit these people know much about stomach aches. Sometimes I think I’m guilty of enjoying that I had a stomach ache so that I could stay at home without facing my exams.

Read an article today, “Hunger and malnutrition are in fact the number one risk to the health worldwide — greater than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.” Ouch….!

25,000 people die every day because of starvation? These people are humans just like us, living with a family; father, mother, brother, sister except that they are starving and on the verge of death. We are lucky that we are not one of them. Well, everyone knows the fact that people suffer from hunger, diseases and other things but are we sensible enough to understand the pain and suffering the people undergo? Every time I hear or see some one suffering I try to imagine what if the kids begging for food in the streets is me ? What would be going through my mind ? Only then I could really feel the pain of it. Most of friends say they feel comfortable talking to me about their problems. It must this reason that you imagine yourself that you are that unfortunate person who is suffering. You know, they don’t really have to suffer. After all these years of developments and other crap all the countries have been doing.  It’s high time to focus on finding a solution to these problems or the least we can do is be part of the solution. There are more than a million organizations around the world that helps to feed them but for one minute we must stop and ask ourselves a very simple thing;  what is role we can play in it? It is our collective responsibility to help them in whatever way we can and not waste  food on our side of the world.Has anyone asked the question why is Africa the most affected continent? ( I’m just going to Google it and find out!) Africa is the most affected continent from hunger in the whole world and one thing we must always remember when we attempt to waste ‘Children in Africa starve while you just waste’