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Child Rights Symposium

Child delegates presenting the highlights

Today, I participated in the Child Rights Symposium organized by the Children’s Ombudsperson. It is a two day event. Papers were presented today by the Attorney General’s Office, Child and Family Protection Service, the Ministry of Education, Maldives Police Service, and the Ministry of Health.

At the end of the day the child delegates at the Symposium presented the highlights of the presentations along with their concerns and recommendations. That actually was the biggest highlight of the day.

the food kiosk in front of the Symposium Venue

The Child Rights Symposium is being held at the Crossroads Maldives, Event Hall.

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Posted by on September 14, 2022 in Uncategorized


Elliptical Trainer

A welcome and now permanent visitor in the living room. A constant reminder that nothing is possible by the mere presence of a thing.

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Posted by on September 14, 2022 in Uncategorized


How do you want to be treated?

We have all being through rough patches in life. Or have we? 

It is being human to often generalize our feelings and experiences as the norm and believe that the expectations and feelings of others are also similar in fashion to our own. This is the reason why we have a virtue to treat others in the manner and fashion that we would want us to be treated. This is not true for this day and age.

We should treat others not in the way that we would want us to be treated, but in a manner and fashion that they would want to be treated. Therefore it is important for us to first take a moment to listen, to understand and to find out about the one we want to do something for.

This is perhaps what has changed. The mindset shift that is required in order to build community today.

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Posted by on September 13, 2022 in Random Thoughts, Uncategorized


Back after a long time

It has been a long time since I have blogged. Party due to most of my ranting being on Facebook and Twitter. Partly due to the break I took after struggling with my writers’ block and the anxiety thereof.

However, I feel that the feel that the experiences that I am currently going through need to be documented and kept since these are very useful learning experiences.

Look forward to being here more often and to share my experiences, thoughts and outbursts.

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Posted by on November 8, 2021 in Uncategorized


I look
Forward to
these conversations
For moments of joy

Because happiness
Is knowing, that you are
Cherished and appreciated
Not for things but who you are

It is wonderful
To be loved and cherished
And a conversation of love
Is what makes the day blossom

Broken thoughts
Broken hearts and minds
Can mend with love and care
When they are genuine and warm

Mending the Broken Heart

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Posted by on February 21, 2020 in Poems, Uncategorized


What to do on mental health day

Mental health day should be about visiting a family member, relative, friend or colleague who is going through a tough time,

to sit down with them and to give them dedicated quality time to listen and let them know you have heard, and respect their feelings without prejudice and judgement.

It should not be a day to talk to or about people with mental disability. It should be a day to listen to them. Give those suffering a safe space to walk into, where they will be welcome and heard by caregivers who know how.

And if you can’t visit, make a call and have a conversation and just listen. You can do wonders. Yes, you can.

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Posted by on October 11, 2019 in Uncategorized


Mental Health Day thoughts

The country is celebrating Mental Health Day today. Walking, talking, running, posting, boasting, and what not. The person who is suicidal is there in the crowd and watching.

Given up on life, without any hope or meaningful purpose. The only hope for them is the deafeningly loud noise telling them that you are no good, useless, worthless, and constantly reminding of their failures and the ill fate awaiting the next moment, the next day, the next week, the next year, and so on.

The challenge is to act, better than the most renowned artist, to show the rest of humanity what a happy person you are, have been and will be. That life is beautiful inside and out. Knowing well what a lie it is.

It is funny that people around are so eager to help, but they want you to expose yourself first. Then they want to play the pity card.

Life goes on – it is just another day of wearing tshirts, walking, talking, posting, boasting and what not. All that needs to be done is a drop in center and a helpline in population centers.

But they will not do it. It will not be a photo op as grand as the above. Happy Mental Health Day to all suffering.


Violent extremism in the schools of Maldives

Today I came across this amazing piece of writing, which – according to a friend, was circulating in Viber groups. The author is Mr. Ismail Shafeeu, who is said to have worked at all levels of the education sector over the past years and is currently pursuing his education further. (Kindly note below is a crude translation.)

“There are 2160 expatriate teachers who are teaching in the schools of Maldives this year – 2019. In the past years, we have had even more. Moreover, over 85% of doctors and nurses working in the Maldives are foreigners. And 90% of them are not Muslims.

The said expatriates live a peaceful life, with dignity and respect. If the schools in the country had a curriculum promoting religious extremism, would they have been able to live in peace?

As a person who have worked at all levels of the school system, I can confidently say that there is no part in the education provided in the schools that promotes hatred or violence against non-Muslims. The result is that (including myself) the most beloved of teachers of any Maldivian is either a Sri Lankan or and Indian. If schools promoted religious hatred this would not have been the case.

Therefore those who say that the schools in Maldives teach religious extremism are saying so without any basis. Such research is based on heresy, fabricated information, and lies produced by them. These will not be considered in distinguished academic discourse.

The great majority of those who have lost civility and good character are mostly those who have not completed the school system. They had not completed formal schooling up to grade 10 or 12 in a school. It is highly unlikely that a person who have completed and gone through a good education in their school days will have such extremist leniencies. This is sufficient to realize that the school curriculum in Maldives does not promote religious extremism.

Indeed. Allah has set limits in Islam to protect the fundamentals of the humanity, civilization, wealth and religious matters. Those who criticize religion do not want to be bound by those limits. It is evident from what they write. There agenda can only be achieved through the elimination of the Islamic curriculum in schools. Therefore they voice out against the basis of the curriculum which is the Quran the Ways of Prophet Muhammadh Rasool S.A.W. There can be no other reason.”

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Posted by on October 9, 2019 in Nation Building, Neevey Adu Kon Adu, Religion, Society, Uncategorized


Missed Mandhatha

The Ruby Arena, TRIVANDRUM: This afternoon I was having lunch with my father and step mother Hawatha. As we were in a conversation while waiting for the food to arrive, I was suddenly reminded of my first step mother Mandhatha.

The thought brought tears to my eyes. She was a wonderful person. She treated me like she treated any other of her children. She was always giving. She had so much to give. But. She never asked nor wanted anything from me.

The last time I saw her was when she was in hospital. Very ill. I put something under her pillow which I wanted her to have. I specifically remember that because she would not have allowed my if she knew. I came to Male’ after the visit hoping to return to see her. But she was gone before I could visit.

The most cherished of the memories I have of her is the goodies that she would send to us all the way from Addu. Sometimes she would send it through people. Sometimes she would bring it by herself.

Not only that. Whenever I would visit Addu she would make a feast “like a jinni” (in a flash). She would find the chicken and make a feast as for a prince. She would amass goodies to be taken. I would have to convince her I like to travel light, and finally negotiate to send it through someone going to Male’.

I missed her so badly, because I realized I never gave anything to the woman who gave so much to me.

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Posted by on March 20, 2016 in Uncategorized


he and she

he and she
drive fear and hatred
into you in abundance
making life unbearable

she thinks
you are not worth
nor good for anything
hatred is all she knows

he thinks
you are no use
nor good for anything
driving fear is all he knows

they define your life
your happiness and joy
they are masters of fate
who only know fear and hatred

is a child of fate
born of a purpose
designed by destiny

he and she
are the masters
of your fate and destiny
full of fear and hatred

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Posted by on March 6, 2015 in Uncategorized

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