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Mahmood's Den

An Arab man's attempt at bridging the cultural gap and trying to make a difference. Failing a lot. Succeeding once in a while.

Last Build Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:28:01 +0000


Yoga. My new addiction.

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:21:41 +0000

Yoga was one of those things that I thought house-wives and mystics would while away their time in. The images I saw on the internet certainly supported this view. It’s no surprise that I veered away from Yoga. I’m a healthy and strong individual dedicated to an all-round gym experience, through this hard work, I […]

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Reel Bad Arabs. The propagation of discrimination

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 09:23:08 +0000

My son Arif’s Christmas gift to me was the book “Reel Bad Arabs, how Hollywood vilifies a people” by Jack Shaheen (it was made into a film as well – vimeo). It is a fascinating reference which took the author more than two decades to compile. In it, he reviewed over 1,000 Hollywood films which […]

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Self help. Regurgitated. 

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 07:45:59 +0000

After reading so many self help or development books, I think I’m veering toward the the idea that they’re mostly unimaginative and uncreative regurgitaions. And that I would be better served – and entertained – by reading fiction. Any you would recommend?

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The death of entrepreneurship in Bahrain

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 05:40:42 +0000

I arrived at my office this morning at my regular time to be faced with this truck parked just outside. I suspect that the truck’s destination is a recycling plant. What struck me wasn’t the industry of the workers or that paper recycling is a bona fide operation in Bahrain, what did was the picture I was […]

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Knock knock…

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 03:36:01 +0000

صادوهم مغيرين السعر😂😂😂 The ministry of commerce seems to be on a rampage closing down supermarkets which display a price and then charge another at the till. Ruyan was closed a few days ago and now Alhazeem’s follows.  Of course this doesn’t pass without Bahrainis making fun of the situation … here’s a scenario set […]

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The creep of weight gain

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:08:29 +0000

I’ve let myself go over the past couple of months and my weight has been creeping up. Well, I’ve been on holiday for a couple of weeks to Scotland and it was a bit stressful at work the last few months. Note that I’m not beating myself up for this. This is nothing to the […]

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Gratitudes and the Duraz Siege

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 07:55:56 +0000

Today, I choose to reflect on our village Duraz's siege from my own perspective. We are having to suffer long queues of cars to report to a police checkpoint - one of only two for a village and an area that hosts over 20,000 residents - to get home.

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Guerilla Gardening

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:42:14 +0000

I created this border yesterday. It features big rocks that were dug up by the sewageworks in our neighbourhood. As you can see, I repurposed them as well as the sand they dug up to create a couple of xeriscaped borders. These are positioned at the entrance (or the end) of our road and neighbourhood. […]

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Muhammad Ali. Thank you.

Sat, 04 Jun 2016 04:53:05 +0000

Who hasn’t been inspired in one way or another by Mohammed Ali? From his famous “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” to the defence of his titles as well as his human rights activities. I’m going to miss him, and though I’m not an avid boxing fan, I am so grateful to have […]

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What is depression?

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 15:51:04 +0000

Not many people understand depression, including me. I found this on TED that might contribute to a better understanding. Depression is the leading cause of disability in the world; in the United States, close to ten percent of adults struggle with the disease. But because it’s a mental illness, it can be a lot harder […]

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