The Basic Necessities of Life!

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For Wednesday October 9th 2013

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The Basic Necessities of Life! 

The description of Necessities in the Dictionary –  Supplies, Provisions, Requirements, Food etc. The meaning of Necessities also encompasses the following:-

  • Something necessary or indispensable: food, shelter, and other necessities of life.
  • The fact of being necessary or indispensable;      indispensability: the      necessity of adequate housing.
  •  An imperative requirement or need for something: the necessity for a quick decision..
  •  The state or fact of being necessary or      inevitable: to face the      necessity of testifying in court.
  •  An unavoidable need or compulsion to do something:      not by choice but by  necessity.

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Jungle Book B

Images – Jungle Book. In the Jungle Book Cartoon Film – Mowgli The Bear sings on ‘The Bare Necessities’! 

  • Look for the bare necessities – The simple bare necessities – Forget about your worries and your strife – I mean the bare necessities – Old Mother Nature’s recipes – That brings the bare necessities of life
  • Wherever I wander, wherever I roam – I couldn’t be fonder of my big home – The bees are buzzing in the tree – To make some honey just for me – When you look under the rocks and plants – And take a glance at the fancy ants – Then maybe try a few
  • Chorus – The bare necessities of life will come to you – They’ll come to you!
  • Look for the bare necessities – The simple bare necessities – Forget about your worries and your strife – I mean the bare necessities – That’s why a bear can rest at ease –
  • With just the bare necessities of life
  • Now when you pick a pawpaw – Or a prickly pear – And you prick a raw paw – Next time beware – Don’t pick the prickly pear by the paw – When you pick a pear – Try to use the claw – But you don’t need to use the claw – When you pick a pear of the big pawpaw – Have I given you a clue ?
  • Chorus – The bare necessities of life will come to you – They’ll come to you!
  • So just try and relax, yeah cool it – Fall apart in my backyard – ‘Cause let me tell you something little britches – If you act like that bee acts, uh uh -You’re working too hard
  • And don’t spend your time looking around – For something you want that can’t be found – When you find out you can live without it – And go along not thinking about it I’ll tell you something true – The bare necessities of life will come to you!

I am not sure who said it – but it could be Pervez ex Pakistan Leader or Mahathir Mohamed – ex Malaysian Leader – who said that people are only more interested in life in The Basic Necessities of Life like Air, Food, Water, Shelter and Clothing – though some would also add Health and Love to the equation. People are lesser interested in higher buildings, bigger roads and flyovers, bigger airports and seaport – or newer industries and projects – or schemes. That is for them to live and survive the Basic Necessities of Life are more paramount and predominant!

Italian coastguards at Lampedusa

Refugees A

Refugees C

Images – Refugees off Naples


Al Jazeera Television was showing these families that had lost loved ones in the sinking boats refugees cases – and why they travelled in these perilous and dangerous trips to look for life and shelter in Europe, Australia etc. They replied they were already the ‘dead living’ in their own countries and ‘dying slowly’ due to the internal strife in their own countries with constant bombings, killings and kidnappings – drugs, alcoholism and prostitution – and with no jobs or futures even!

They simply had to make the trips in trying ‘for better life and future’ elsewhere – taking on board all their families – including children and even babies too! Despite all these tragedies – people are still trying to go overseas – and have just not given up in trying They are now IDPs – Internal Displaced People (Persons) – and seeing this film documentary – you get ‘live vivid pictures and examples’ of what are the basic necessities of life.

A group of children are seen singing in the end – that they want to go back to their abandoned homes for safety and in peace- and are not really  interested in ‘macaroni and pasta’ etc – but to be back home and free – as others too in the country. Much of the town’s almost 30,000-strong population fled. Some sought sanctuary in Benghazi in the east; others in Tripoli in the west and Sabha in the south. Most of the refugees are black skinned Libyans

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Images – The Road to Tawergha

The film has pointed and distinct homing  theme of that regime that was able to incite hatred between the Libyans peoples. With the new Libyan government so far failing to embrace the notion of national reconciliation – some Libyans are taking it upon themselves to pursue peace and forgiveness.  And demonstrated in the film of the South African example in Reconciliation – and not in Retribution!

The Road to Tawergha is about war, retribution and the difficult road to reconciliation that Libya must travel if it is to emerge from the shadows of Gaddafi’s 42-year reign. It is also about the Basic Necessities of Life – and how far people can be pushed in its pursuits!

Real revealing and an Eye Opener! Take Care!

By: Majid Al-Suleimany  

Tutu’s Children!

For Wednesday January 23rd 2013

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Tutu’s Children!

Leadership Development Programme

I was really traumatised and emotionalised to watch this programme in Al Jazeera Television – and I am really convinced that it is something that we can try in our part of the world – especially in the GCC – for our youth to make them better leaders and innovators in our society. The idea comes from the same origins and part and parcel of encouraging of SMEs!

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Bishop Desmond Tutu with Course Organisers

Tutu’s Children is a documentary in Al Jazeera Television of the living legend – South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s leadership scheme, following five accomplished young leaders as they are coached in the way of their patron to become a ‘moral task force’ for Africa – a network of 25 inspirational leaders, together mandated to tackle some of the continent’s most impenetrable problems

In the programme is set on the ideas and dreams of Desmond Tutu to lead an experiment to build a network of inspirational leaders to tackle Africa’s most stubborn problems. For this group of already impressive individuals – it is a life changing process – full of highs, lows and self-realization.

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Course Participant

For Desmond Tutu, it is another way of leaving a lasting legacy for the continent he loves – and as he bows out of public life. If this scheme is at all successful – it would ultimately bear an uplifting message for all – that the emergence of leaders need not be left to chance.

Who can one believe in to change the world for the better? From the economic turmoil in Europe – to the Arab Springs in the Arab world – to the presidential race in the USA – it seems that everywhere leadership is in crisis. No less so in Africa – where Archbishop Desmond Tutu is heading up an experiment to build a new network of inspirational leaders – who are together committed to tackling their countries’ most stubborn problems.

Tutu is a living legend for many. It is his personal wish and ambition to leave behind a more positive and enterprising destiny, legacy and future for Africa long after his death – and he wants this to be in his epitaph of what he had left behind! The Bishop has been a fierce advocate of peace and justice his whole life – unofficially leading millions without ever holding political office.

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The Class Room

With exclusive access, this series follows Tutu’s 25 person-strong class of 2012 – focusing in particular detail on the lives of five very different participants – as together they are coached to become a ‘moral task force’ for Africa.

In part two of the programme – sharing the Archbishop Tutu’s dream – the young leaders have an emotional meeting with Desmond Tutu and are warned of the pitfalls of leading in Africa.  Each of the 25 top African professionals who have arrived in Cape Town for a leadership retreat have their own idea of what the continent needs from their generation of leaders.

They have been inspired by heroic examples to serve society. But they are about to encounter heavy responsibilities and tough deep soul-searching on the road to great leadership qualities and for the future and destiny of Africa.

Tutu's Children: Behind the scenes

Bishop Tutu and Child!

You can watch both the two episodes in Al Jazeera Television. I urge those in the leadership to take some time and efforts to listen to the programmes – even if the programmes are in English! Frankly it is a good business idea for our entrepreneurs to think of opening something like Institute of Development Management – where such a programme can be run – and amalgamated with the Institute of Public Administration.

Certainly, we would and do need better competent, dynamic, pragmatic, committed and wise leaders in the society – to make our world a better place for us all! They can be leaders in all facets of life – from future Company Managers and Public Officials! Frankly I have high respects and esteem for those with Doctorates – but with sincere apologies here – some of the interfaces have been disappointing – to say the least! At least an experiment we can try to copy and emulate here!

Participants Marc van Olst – Private Investor South Africa – Zied Mhirsi – Media Entrepreneur – Tunisia – Swaady Martin Leke – CEO – Yaswara ** – Ivory Coast –  Lydie Hakizimana – Publishing Entrepreneur – Rwanda – Ndumiso Luthuli – Legal Advisor – South Africa – Amy Jadesimi – Lagos Nigeria Port Manager – Vincent Waiswa Bagiire – MP – Uganda – Mema Beye – Commercial Manager – South Africa – Julie Gichuru – East Africa – Chat Show Host – Tatenda Manjengwa – Financial Trader – South Africa – and Mark Miller – Private Banker – South Africa as some of the participants!

** Employs only female workers!

Take Care!

By Majid Al Suleimany

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Relative Poverty!

The Oman Daily Observer of Sunday January 13th 2013

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Relative Poverty!

Or Material Deprivisation!

  • The children simply cannot concentrate on their studies – because they have not eaten the whole day before!Kenyan Teacher

My heart really broke into smithereens and pieces in watching this heart rending topic in Al Jazeera Television Programme Counting The Cost showing the increasing relative poverty – or as also known as material deprivatisation – in Europe now due to the current economic woes and stagnation.

The part that really pained me was to hear this female Doctor saying that in all her life she had thought of volunteering to go outside her country to help others in other countries more in need. She had never ever imagined that one day she would be required and it was necessary to help in her own country to those less fortunate – or in other words suffering from ‘relative poverty’ or ‘material deprivisation’!

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Poverty Face 1

Despite some being worse off than others – the religion plays a role in their lives – and they group and help each other – despite all odds against them – and a shinning example and beacon to others!

What is relative poverty?

  • Relative poverty is a poverty measure based on a poor standard of living or a low income person to the rest of society.
  • It does not necessarily imply that physical human necessities of nutrition, health and shelter cannot be met.
  • Instead it suggests that the lack of access to many of the goods and services expected by the rest of the society leads to social exclusion and damaging results for the individuals and families in relative poverty.
  • Relative Poverty is when people are poor when compared to others around them – but may still have enough money to survive.
  • It is based on the cultural environment around them, not on a basic amount necessary for all humans to survive.
  • Relative poverty is also defined as the possession of less money than others in the same society, or the inability to afford the standard of living of more comfortable individuals or that is believed to be possible or appropriate. 
  • According to relative poverty, if you live in an expensive neighborhood, and you have everything you need to get by, but do not own luxurious things, you could still be said to be in poverty when compared to the people around you, even though you have everything you need.

It really hurts and pains me a lot to see such people that were once proud and able to manage their own affairs – and ways and means of life go down these ways! To the extent that some had opted out the easy way of committing suicides! I could emphatise with them – having myself gone through the motions – to result in my life turning over to become instead as a Writer, Columnist and Author instead!


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All The Faces of Poverty and Distress

In all my life dealings – I have always liked these people to be overall nice, decent and gentlemanly people – but sadly they are now being hijacked by few but fast rising extreme right wingers that blame immigrants and foreigners for their condition and state of affairs now! The ‘blame game’ is now all over the world to find scape goats in others! History is full of such incidents – all over the world!

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In that distant land – a long time ago – my late mother-in-law was frantic and erratic – because there was this incessantly unending baby cries from her house neighbours. So she could not keep to herself – and ventured to go and ask ‘what was the matter?’ She got the response that the mother of the baby was sick and had no milk in her – and the baby could eat solid food yet. In other words – whilst we had tins and tins of powdered milk that was hardly used and only in rare emergency case – the neighbour’s child was literally starving in front of our very eyes!

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No place to go to!

I have written about this in my earlier articles – when long time ago – a family member from the interior came to our house – and the children were so excited and happy for the first time to have eaten ‘fast foods’! I cried that night – and that is why I had always aimed in my life to assist and help others – as much as I possibly can as being my focus, ambition and motto in life. Thank God that those children are now in good decent jobs and positions – and they always ‘tease me’ on this when seeing me!

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If you think you need more – think of these!

I think The Religious Leaders and The Scholars are doing good jobs in lecturing, advising and counselling the youth especially – but I think they – and parents, relatives and The Society as a whole – we must do more – and we must impart life’s true bitter and painful experiences that you simply cannot win all the time – when you  want and to get more always – always a win-win thing – because there are others worse off than you – that too deserve a chance and break too – just like you!

There is a need to be grateful for what we have – and come to our senses – and see reality and truth on a level so as to make us better people – and as observing people in our faith and in beliefs – and in our history, culture, heritage, habits, customs and traditions! It is time not just to look far in advance  – and demand for more – but to see how many others are still far behind the rest of us yet!

May Allah God Always direct us in the right ways and path – Amin Amen.

Take Care!

By Majid Al Suleimany

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