Melody of the Week

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I decided to started this section because:

  • I always listen to music whenever I read or write, some people think it diverts concentration, but I think it soothes the soul and puts you in a place the article you are reading or writing wants to.
  • Music is food for the soul, I think everyone should enjoy music and I want to share what I hear and like so that other people can listen to it too and enjoy it as much as I did.
  • I want to appreciate the people who have helped me grow as a person and writer on my fairly new blogging journey, honored to have known all of you.

P.S. if you look at my blog’s header you might see the shape of a guitar.

Galloway Forest Park, Scotland


Ar Éirinn Ní Neosfainn Cé hí

This is a rendition of “Ar Éirinn Ní Neosfainn Cé hí” sung by Maria Mccool.  I was introduced to this an year ago and fell in love. I always loved bagpipes, Gaelic music and folk. This is a beautiful masterpiece.

The video belongs to Maria Mccool, uploaded by her, I will just share the link. Do listen to this, this will bring you near to heaven, or really down to earth. Not bad for a song right?

Whenever I hear this, I always feel lost, lost in the Irish or Scottish countryside. I believe that music is just as natural as the cold crisp air, the smell of lavender or wet soil. You will agree that when you hear this, it will always alert the part of you that loves nature and all its beauty. A very special mention to Katherine, a dear friend and a great blogger.

She is a genius blogger and a beautiful soul, her posts are unique, fun to read and honestly brilliant.

Check out her amazing blog by clicking the link below:

The english translation for this song is here:

Liebster Award I


Q & A

     Q.What do you think happens after death?

  • Our Souls go to a special place created by God and they rest there until the day of Judgement.

     Q.What’s your favorite sport?

  • Football (Soccer), I always feel relaxed and forget all my worries watching or playing Football.

     Q.What would you say to your 18 year old self?

  • Forget what society will think, don’t worry about the future, or money, just do what you are passionate about. If you choose what you’re passionate about you may earn a little less but will live happy and proud, but if you choose whats financially safe, you may be rich but you’ll never be truly happy.

     Q.Are you an insomniac? If yes, what keeps you up at night?

  • Yes, thinking about the past sometimes, regrets over bad decisions, especially the one about choosing the wrong career. Worries about the future, about life or usually the feeling that I am wasting my life and could be much much more than I am right now. Sometimes even when I can’t keep my eyes open, I stay up all night afraid of the new day thinking that I wasted all the previous ones.

     Q.Do you think introverts are better thinkers than extroverts?

  • No, they just spend more energy on logical thinking rather than emotional thinking compared to extroverts, plus I believe extroverts are as good thinkers as introverts if not better in the regard that they understand other people better and in several cases make emotional conclusions rather than logical ones and sometimes that helps.

    Q.How would you prioritize the following (beginning from the thing that tops the          list to the one that comes last) : Money – Family – Love – Career – Friends.

  • Family – Love – Friends – Career – Money

    Q.Narrate any incident that you’ll never forget?

  • Since there are several sad and happy ones, I’ll narrate a happy one. In Fall 2014 I had applied to a few Universities in the US, it was March 2015 now and I had not heard from any of the universities till yet. Then on one one fateful day, 28 March 2015, my birthday I woke up and the first thing I did was check my phone, there on the top of my phone screen was an email notification from Furman University. Goosebumps on my arm, I read “Dear Osama, Congratulations for being Accepted….” this was the only line that mattered, I ran to my parents room, gave them the news, they were ecstatic as I was, it was a mixture of congratulations with Happy Birthday, this was the best birthday present ever. That was one of the days, I had no worry, regret and not a drop of sadness, I was happy, just pure happy.

     Q.What’s your unpopular opinion?

  • One opinion I have that I feel would be unpopular among most people since most people act the opposite way, is that you should no have no public pride about your religion, nationality, wealth or social status compared to others. Yes, being happy or feeling lucky to be born in a certain social set is fine, but being proud that you are better than others just because you were born in a rich or religious family or just because you have a certain nationality you are better than the people of other countries is just your ego and radical thought speaking, believing that just because you just belong to a certain group makes you a better individual. No it doesn’t, your individual actions despite what group you belong to should make you good or bad.

    Q.What’s your MBTI personality type? 

  • ENFP (The Campaigner), a psychology professor gave this test to my dad (this is when this test wasn’t free and wasn’t on the Internet), it was like magic for me then, so accurate, I just wish I had taken career advice seriously from it too.

    Q.Define adolescence in one word based on your experience?

  • The day I found out that my sister would be getting married soon, I realized that we weren’t kids anymore, life’s responsibilities and expectations were just at the doorstep.


  1. What is your dream in life?
  2. If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
  3. What is your favorite travel destination and why?
  4. If it were possible, which era in history would you like to experience and why? 
  5. Would you prefer dying as someone who is famous and admired or someone who is unknown but loved?
  6. What belief, philosophy, phenomenon, tradition fascinates you the most?
  7. Which fantasy/science fiction world would you like to be a part of?
  8. When or how do you think does a person achieve maturity? 
  9. Which person inspires you the most?
  10. Mention one social norm that you think shouldn’t exist.

My Nominees for Leibster Award :

  1. Kate Frantz
  2. Rameen
  3. Jaya Singh
  4. The Fella Twins
  5. Sindhuja Manohar
  6. Esoterica
  7. The Sparkling Words
  8. Samantha Rose
  9. Fariha
  10. SheBeShe

I would firstly like to apologize to Nameera, who so generously nominated me for this award two months ago. I was delayed in thanking her and posting this due to University Course Work and a long episode of depression. Nevertheless, I feel truly honored and humbled to have been nominated, this nomination is much more than I deserve as a blogger.

The Questions were very interesting and I tried to answer them to the best of my understanding.

Thank you so much for this wonderful nomination Nameera

She is an insightful and very talented poet and writer, do check out her amazing blog for beautiful and soul stirring poetry.


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  • Nominate 10 bloggers and share your post with them so they see it.


Verse of the Week


“I sit beside the fire and think
Of all that I have seen
Of meadow flowers and butterflies
In summers that have been

Of yellow leaves and gossamer
In autumns that there were
With morning mist and silver sun
And wind upon my hair

I sit beside the fire and think
Of how the world will be
When winter comes without a spring
That I shall ever see

For still there are so many things
That I have never seen
In every wood in every spring
There is a different green

I sit beside the fire and think
Of people long ago
And people that will see a world
That I shall never know

But all the while I sit and think
Of times there were before
I listen for returning feet
And voices at the door”
― J.R.R. Tolkien

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Verse of the Week – Cassandra Clare


“Whatever you are physically…male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy–all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. All those other things, they are the glass that contains the lamp, but you are the light inside.” ― Cassandra ClareClockwork Angel

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Melody of the Week – Yadegare Doost

I decided to started this section because:

  • I always listen to music whenever I read or write, some people think it diverts concentration, but I think it soothes the soul and puts you in a place the article you are reading or writing wants to.
  • Music is food for the soul, I think everyone should enjoy music and I want to share what I hear and like so that other people can listen to it too and enjoy it as much as I did.
  • I want to appreciate the people who have helped me grow as a person and writer on my fairly new blogging journey, honored to have known all of you.

P.S. if you look at my blog’s header you might see the shape of a guitar.


Rumi’s Yadegare Doost by Shahrem Nazeri

This is Rumi’s poem named “Yadegare Doost” (Persian, it means either ‘To rememer a friend’ or ‘In remembrance of a friend’) sung by Shahrem Nazeri, this is in Persian and sung in their dialect. I don’t know it’s translation and couldn’t find one. I am currently trying to translate this into English with my father’s aid, who knows persian very well, the only constraint is we don’t get much free time together. If any native Persian or anyone does know its translation do share, I will be very grateful. This is very beautiful and unique even for a fan of Oriental, Arabic and Persian music and literature, give it a hear, you will love it.


Whenever I hear this, I always feel like sitting in the window of an old Spanish or Arabic tavern, with the morning sky, the sunrise over the minarets and domes of the mosques dominating the skyline and an old man singing this loud and playing the instruments right down the street.

A special mention to Rameen, a dear friend and great blogger, check out her awesome blog by clicking the link below.

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The Beauty of Dreams


The Sunrise of My Dreams

“Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.” ― Oscar Wilde

Most people think of dreamers as individuals who spend the better part of their days building castles in the sky, instead of being productive. Throughout history, dreamers have been branded as procrastinators and as being careless, irresponsible, crazy freaks and man-children who need to grow up.

Society’s major problem is that people are too quick to judge others. We don’t judge others by putting ourselves in other’s shoes, we judge them from our own perspective, which is fundamentally wrong. For example, how can you understand the pain of losing a child, friend or someone close to you if you have never lost someone? You can’t, and neither can you judge someone’s actions or decisions unless you have experienced their life, have had an identical state of mind and have faced every incident with the same physical and mental state, suffice to say no one can accurately judge another.

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.” ― John Lennon

I believe only a dreamer can truly understand another dreamer, I also believe that everyone is a dreamer in his/her own way. Some dream of wealth, luxury, expensive clothes, cars and apartments. Some dream of lilies, lakes, blossom trees or a small cottage on a hill and some dream of love, family, pets and friends. All have their own dreams for happiness, the concept of happiness is one for all, the difference is how everyone pictures it.

Do you ever dream and feel happy when looking at an orange sunset? listening to birds chirping at dawn? hearing the raindrops fall on the leaves or waves crashing on the beach? the smell of wet soil or freshly cut grass? or when you finish a book? achieve a milestone? win a competition? hear someone laughing at your joke or hear the cheer and applause of a whole audience for you? if you do, never tell yourself that you aren’t a dreamer, never tell yourself that you never dreamed for happiness.

The Sunset of My Dreams

It is never wrong to dream, the people who never dream, never learn to value moments which actually make them happy. What is the use of all that achievement, success, applause and appreciation if you never lay down, close your eyes and think about how beautiful it all felt. Hasn’t there been a moment or time in your life when you are smiling at everyone and everyone for no apparent reason and everything feels beautiful, feels blissful? To be in a chase is not always healthy, you should once in a while lay down and dream about whatever you like, without attaching the worries of reality to it. Not all dreams come true, not all of them become reality, but what matters most is “to dream a Dream” because only in dreams can you be truly happy, dreams give you what reality will never; the ability to fly, soar, create all your wildest imaginations and the feeling of being alive, the feeling of being human.

“Show me the heart unfettered by foolish dreams and I’ll show you a happy man.”

“But only in their dreams can men be truly free. ‘Twas always thus, and always thus will be.” – Dead Poets Society


The Glory of Civilization

The Pinnacle of Roman Civilization

When Historians talk about the Glory of Ancient Civilizations such as Rome, Persia, Mesopotamia, Japan etc. they vividly romanticize about the breath taking marvel of human creation, the sophistication and genius of the architecture, the grandeur of the structures as colossal as life and impenetrable strongholds. The efforts of man to exhibit his power in all its lavishness and glory.

Most of Ancient Rome, Persia, Mesopotamia and others are now in ruins, the colossal monuments turned to dust, their glory eroded to obscurity and civilization returned to wilderness. History and Historians only describe what was apparent and they describe the futile efforts of man to reach immortality. The Pharaohs built Pyramids to leave their legacy, the same Pharaoh whose corpse is now as fragile as a clay pot, moments away from hitting the surface. The masses of the Great Roman Legions buried in the ground, the gardens, the baths, the royalty of the palaces all lost to history.

So has the glory of these civilizations really faded? No, history from an analytical perspective tells us that glory is not found in the faces of walls or domes, it is not found in the massiveness of armies, neither in the towers of Gold nor in any element of a grand appearance. The wealth of a nation is not its gold, silver or gems. The wealth of a nation is its wisdom, knowledge, honor, duty, sincerity, honesty and in the belief that one’s identity is only as good as his values.

Mesopotamia In All Its Glory

The Arabs rose from a nomadic way of life, having no grand monuments, large armies or luxury and lavishness, to conquering the greatest of empires. The glory of the Arabs was spread from Spain to the borders of China, At the pinnacle of Arab Civilization during Hazrat Umar bin Khattab’s Caliphate, there was not even a single underprivileged individual in the whole of Arabia. The reason was that their “Group Feeling”  was resourceful enough to understand that their honor and glory were only as good as their values and empathy. If everyone was sincere to his humanity and conscience, their nation would always be glorious. The Arabia of Today had all the oil, wealth, luxury and monuments that could display the glory of their civilization but half of Arabia is in turmoil and ruin now. The fall came because they forgot what glory was? and they forgot the fact that Civilization is built up on empathy and values.

The Glorious Ancient City of Hangzhou

Ibn Khaldun – The Father of Sociology writes in his book The Muqaddimah that without ‘Group Feeling’  every nation is bound to fall sooner or later.  Group Feeling is a very broad idea, enough to fill volumes, but what I understand by Group Feeling and its notion is that the grand and colossal may appear to be principal, but it is the timid and tiny that truly matter. In the conscience of every citizen, on the crossroads of what to do in the face of wrong, in the wisdom and belief that no good or bad is insignificant, is every nation made.

It is the small decisions in life that shape us and society, and determine a nation’s future. There is as much glory in little as in great, the insignificant decisions of even the most inconsiderate people are what move mountains. A wave starts with a ripple, extraordinary comes from ordinary and a tree begins with a seed.