A Sense of Deja Vu!
In Remembrances! Launch of Book One – 10 years ago!
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The collection of his columns published in the Observer and some unpublished ones appear in a book form — Between Us Only.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.
Between Us Only! Hits bookstalls.
The Oman Daily Observer Book Review
By A Staff Reporter
Majid and Book (Photo)
MUSCAT – Majid 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.
The Write Stuff
The Week – Issue 135 – October 2005.
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 ؟ .