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And I Am With Florence Nightingale

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24th January 2015

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A morning to remember as I made my way to the car downstairs

Thought of Nadi and her struggle to be here she and I did flare

I told her it is Saudi and she has to work on her transfer come what may

But foolishly she had plans to Riyadh  despite my please all what I had to say

The surgery thanks to God went off according to our prayers

Still stuck with her iqama transfer worries me as a mother I really do care

The cheerless people i passed through and the many worries and the strains,

And all these large, small, fancy and simple hospitals were filled with variable pains

As a rule they are always so spotless and with the shiny glamorous floors

Where the white top men women walk in and out the doors and corridors

In silent prayers now wondering what’s in store for me as i made ready my stay

My Florence nightingale looked at me i could feel see her lips move to pray

It was her dream she made it now a reality as she took courage that i could see

The true lady with the lamp, a grand noble step as she shared a smile with me

Holding my hand, assuring easier days ahead, her words and unending deeds

T’was an emotional battle with her kids, her daily chores, still she stood brave indeed

As i was wheeled out I turned to God with my granddaughter screams biggy i love you

Then i find myself awake and so many loving faces with concern sweet smiling too

Vaguely i do recollect the kisses the Zam Zam  water, the many not so strange sounds

My pretty maid Naseema kissing my hand as i gave her the strength so that she can go

My handsome grandson’s young face twisted torn, shattered tightly held my hand so

Faz worried pacing the room up and down talking to the many guest who stood by

Lifttng their spirits with prayers and constant hopes and awareness of God so high

Came many a call from Nadi,  Mari and my sis with love concern and constant payers

In another world so dazed I managed a few words of decency i was able to share

The heroic Lady With The Lamp with dignity and compassion nervously stands

A symbol of unconditional love, a light that shone to brighten my dark wonderland

Tis a noble deed with a mixture of feelings to carry out such a gallant mission

Her gentle heart n capable hands is God’s design..She is his miraculous creation!

This takes me back two decades ago when my then little Florence nightingale

Just twelve she took courage through tears and fears and her face so pale

Stupid me for The love of the garden, its green I tried my best for its beauty to maintain

Ended up hurting a nerve and a lasting back pain that I could never explain

Nad the child the adult ‘my lady with the lamp’ with her older sister many seas away

Took the role as school girl and mother to do as what the the doctor did say

Blurred is not my memory, of the days she sponged me, the walks and back to bed

With my needs and a brief lunch all done so she knows I am properly fed

Awaiting a friend to take over before she rushed to school so that she will not be late

And then she takes a holiday for the visits to the doctor’s we had to make a date

It was the same old routine medicines and ointment she so gently applies

Her prayers and support warming my heart as caringly my tears she dries

They are  days very much alive deep in my heart a memory that I often find

Beautiful stories that keep surfacing in the backyard of my aging mind  

 Grateful to God Almighty for such greatest blessing I go down on bended knees

Thankful to God for my Florence nightingales I pray to the most Merciful to increase

Their Happiness peace of mind the best of health with fragrance of abundant love

And the days be glorious and blessed with earthly paradise from heavens above

Long life and a leadership with quality and quantity as you are the guiding star

 Summer winter spring or fall wherever they may be near or the distance far

 My lady with the lamp let kindness love and support steadily increase

 strength the  smile and  faith in Almighty God must never ever cease

Always to the right path  a guidance  strong and never be led to stray

But to the path that leads you both and the kids  to the heavenly milky way…

 

 

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Trip Down Memory Lane

The good times i hold in my heart…

My Piano…

 

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My sweetest angels fr0m Manarat Al Riyadh

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Horizon International School Kindergarten Graduation 2007

 

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Slipping into yesterday’s musical hours – Shirani brahim

 

Music and instruments became part of life in my growing years and remains same to date. I hail from a family where music was their bread and grew up in an environment with music as a bond that kept the melody of unity and love very much alive. The instruments amazed me, especially the grand baby piano staring at me with their black and whites, and the sound so haunting.

There was Patricia Lye Rahim at 19 Mary’s Road, next door, who stole the hearts of the neighborhood with her performance both at home and Radio Ceylon, her signature tune being ‘Where The Boys Are’.

My dad, lover of music organized singing and dancing sessions at home, and kept us all entertained with his record player/tape recorder. On rainy days he found it easy to keep all ten of us busy indoors, a memory time can’t steal!

Reminiscing over those special moments, as a little girl, I remember my mum’s stories of me thumping my fingers on the dining table pretending to play the piano and my dad suggesting that I should take piano lessons. Mum wasted no time and arranged a teacher from the neighborhood.
Having no piano in the house I went to my neighbors for lessons and practice.  Then came a day my dad surprised me with a catalogue asking me to select a piano he would ship for me all the way from London.

During piano lessons and practices at Doctors Serasingha’s, I could not help over hear  a different kind of musical sound from the room adjoining the veranda. I stopped, listened, knocked at the door. Preman, Dr Serasingha’s son opens the door with an accordion on his shoulders. Being years older he did not close the door on me and very kindly agreed to give me accordion lessons.

Selecting a piano accordion was quite a task. I finally settled for the  ‘Hohner’  Accordion and  ‘Boyd’  piano.

It was quite a wait for the instruments to come from the UK. The accordion came first, the piano took a while. Meanwhile I was attracted to another oriental instrument, the Harmonium. Once my dad bought it I found that my older brother Firoze got hooked onto to it more than me and I moved away from it.

Music lessons began with ‘Initial’ as the first step to exams conducted by Trinity School of Music London and I passed with honors. My music teacher chose the Associated Board Royal Schools of Music, London for practical exams. These exams were held at the Masonic Hall and I did pretty well. We followed the Trinity School of music curriculum for ‘Theory’ written work. I was hopeless at this although I passed.

No amount of time can erase the memory of my dad all excited when I passed Grade 1 with distinctions. He called for a celebration with the neighborhood kids. I did not excel in the other grades but managed a Merit pass and he seemed happy.

Then came the blow a week before my Grade three exam on 30th May 1963 when my dad passed away and a new chapter began..

Music lived on as my mum a lover of music, mainly country and western, considered music as a part of education.

My dad’s brother Dhahlan Ibrahim included us in his musical programs. I gave a recital at CMS Ladies College and at St Peters Place where my 5 year old cousin Farina Ibrahim opened the program with her beautiful performance on the piano accordion. Memories, as I recall playing ‘Maidens Prayer’ in school for Boyd House for a music and drama presentation with our prefect Mumtaz Hassim, helping me with the music sheet.

Reliving the history of records in my mind as teens, a cousin of mine MHM Ghouse entered the ‘Maliban Talent Quest’ in the year 1967 and was selected for the finals. All excited, glued to the radio hoping he will be the win, sadly he came second place. Then came Rumi Bathusha,  a family friend who brought his guitar along and spent time with me on the keyboard practicing  the song ‘The Wedding’. That was when my uncle Athas Kuthdoos walks in and how we began our musical  ‘jing bang’ sessions.

Time did steal away my youth as marriage and children, my treasures became my priority. We moved overseas, glad my experiences never failed me,  they opened the doors of opportunities. I began working in a school as Preschool Music teacher and realized that music was a great asset for the teaching profession.

1985 Moving on to success ‘AlKhobar to Riyadh’, I got a job in a ‘play school’ teaching kids, training them to sing to my accompaniment and was applauded by the Director of the school.

4th February 1986 At the request of Mr Sikkander, Sri Lankan Embassy first Secretary we trained our Sri Lankan kids to begin the Independence Day program singing ‘Are you sleeping Brother John’ in all three languages to the music I provided and our toddlers did it!

1988 Time moves on but memories sweet I do cherish as Preschool Music teacher at Castle International School Colombo with Mrs Maryanne Hills as Principal.

I then began teaching music to students and sent them to the British school where they continued my work and sent the children for exams.

1995 Ten years of Silence!  Back to music in 2005. I began my own school called  Horizon International School in Riyadh KSA. Vice President  Mr Mohamed Ghaith included music to the Kindergartener’s as part of the curriculum for the welfare of their development and  included  music recitals for the KG Graduation.  Children performed and sang to my piano accompaniment, The performance was an insight to parents, the capabilities of their kids and quality of our work

Retired, I continue giving private lessons for young children and adults of all ages.

Musically yours

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September 2013 Celebrating..Bday and an Achievement!

6th September 2013

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My Precious Daughter

That September morn andYou came, after so many years

Bringing joy and taking away the many fears and tears

You brought in the sweetest fragrance of abundant love

A priceless gift straight from the heavens above

The clock ticked on and now as a lady you’re all grown.

Absorbing the games of life,  shaping a mind of your own.

God designed a life for you which will always be the very best

And you amazingly proved to a real superstar in the variable Tests

Your deep faith, determination, hard work, sees many a cheers

As greatness is thrust upon you  and in your very early years

May God Almighty shower His Blessings on  you now an always

With good health love and happiness galore with every dawning day

Happy Bday and may you be met with many pleasant surprises galore

Today and tomorrow and wherever you may go with plenty and more!

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    •  To My Marie…
      When god designed me, he had something very special for me..

So soon he made me a ‘grand’ to make my life complete.

A perfect pretty flower with the fragrance of …a bundle of love.

He blessed me with ‘YOU’ His gift from the heavens above..

Now fast you have grown and feel I relive my teenage years..

As I see the struggle for independence and the many tears and fears,

It is not an easy task to understand the countless wrongs and rights.

But I wish with just one bear hug, a kiss I can make things real bright.

Seeing you turn to God Almighty for his blessings and for HIS guide..

With tears in my eyes I cherish your faith, trust in HIM with pride

These so many years have passed by and I do clearly see

A rich reward in you for the years we shared with ups and downs

The many smiles that wipes away those bleak frowns

A lady are you, in perfection handling matters with confidence and diplomacy

Words gently flow and those tender hands create dishes so tastefully..

A flower in full bloom, a sweetness not to be wasted in polluted air.

Your rare beauty to be treasured and preserved hopefully by loving care.

May the dawn of your bday bring in the best making life worthwhile..

Long life, good health, peace of mind, happiness till the seas run dry..

Happy bday sweetheart and happier days with every sunrise..

Let there fun and laughter and many a heavenly surprise….

That Lonesome Feeling…20th July 2013

Originator of All Creations

Human Life designed By God

But Man retells the distorted version

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Its Summer girls and grand kids gone and

That empty feeling that keeps on bothering me

Its See You Again The Name Of Life’s Game

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What in the world do you do when you awake one morn,

And the silence tells you the kids and grand kids are all gone.

Dear God…was it so long ago they were just babies in my arms?

Now gripping with fear  I remain in silent prayer to protect them from harm.

Their voices, the laughter, the screams and all the many shared.

Drives me to pick the phone and tell them they are still cared?

The memories of the cupcakes, the pumpkin pie and the various pastries,

Missing them all, they were made to perfect taste, those savories.

And the laptops lying around an ache in my heart, that feeling so blue,

Rooms all empty. so deserted, and will you know what to do?…

It’s a feeling so hopeless as the hands of the clock keeps ticking by

Oh yes life has its reasons, as we take different paths and only God knows why

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The Sizzling Summer Sky

As I stepped out today I felt the sizzling summer sky burn me distressfully.

 With seat belt on I wondered how it embraces the changing scene so masterfully.

At times the hazy clouds roll across the sky and the golden sun is dimmed..

 The hot sizzling desert air blows its heat and blinds my ageing sight with a grin.

The breeze so hot, fans my face and I hide my eyes behind the shades,

With a hat to shield my head from the heat till the glow takes time to fade

The scorching sun glistens the water’s, the heat never fails to absorb it from the earth

And the fruits do ripe richly, a job it has been designed to do for Mother earth.

Sometimes mixed with dust and sandy granules they carelessly spread so widely,

Taking the variable shades of orange and a monstrous darkness so drastically.

No conditions laid, it rises with much love, the powerful glorious sun.

And humbly leaves the wide blue sea when the day is finally done.

The wondrous sun from a distance afar has its duties while floating from east to west.

A natures light faithfully constant and its steadfastness cannot be denied, it’s the best!

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My heart is filled with love for you

I wonder,  without  you what would I do

 I enjoy every moment so special  with you

 It is so precious as the days are almost few

you lift me up when I am really down

making me smile and clear away my frown

You comfort me and dry away my tears

Making me feel alive and treat me to cheers

you stand beside me I feel real strong

It sure does give me a feeling, I do belong

in your sparkling eyes I see my happiness

even though you make the kitchen a mess

This leads to cause you too much stress

disputes a many and ending in distress

we have been through a lot and despite it all

I thank God for you as you are there at my call

Patience you have endured this I must say

Helped me brave the trials that came our way

Through life’s hardship sorrow and pain

You helped me manage that emotional strain

In my heart you have a special place

as I carry with me your sweet smiling face

your voice, you r footsteps will always be

even though soon you will be far away from me

when I am in doubt you give me sound advice

you are the best thing as you are always nice

you care for all the things that I do love

you are my angel the best gift from above

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Thoughts..

thoughts and questions that runs through my mind

cant escape them and answers so hard to find

filled with frustration and confusion the years did fly

looking all around I awake to reality with a heavy sigh..

Thoughts and  questions that runs through my mind

Cant escape and most answers that’s hard to find

the variable roads I took and the many mistakes made

The ups and downs and all that came in different grades

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A friends Grand daughter passes away..

Grand daughter of Sidique Ghouse (Castle Lane)

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The Picture Book Story Of Our Family Vacation (1)

In The Name of Allah

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Summer  Ramadan August 2010

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…Lazy days of summer 2013

My Way of Life

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Sizzling and The Sandy Skies..

No conditions laid, it rises with so much of love, the powerful glorious sun

And rests its head on the pillow of sea when the day is finally done

At times the hazy clouds roll across the sky and the golden sun is dimmed.

 The hot sizzling desert air blows its heat and blinds my ageing sight with a grin

Mixed with dust and sandy granules they carelessly spread so widely

Taking the variable shades of orange and a monstrous darkness so drastically

The breeze so hot that fans my face as I hide my eyes behind the shades

With a hat to shield my head from the heat while the glow takes time to fade

The scorching sun glistens the waters, the heat never fails to absorb it from the earth

And  the fruits do ripe richly, a job it has been designed to do for Mother earth

The wondrous sun from a distance afar, does its duty while floating from east to west.

Natures light faithfully constant and its steadfastness cannot be denied, it’s the best!

THEY HAVE ROBBED MY HEART

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Manarat Teacher….Melina makes a pre-wedding cake

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Our Family Doctor and as she celebrates her bday…Memories …. The Pages Of My Mind

Our Family Doctor…
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June 8th dawns
Doctor Amal Samy (Transad Clinic)
A beautiful design by God and so blossoms the fragrance of love 
This world receives a reward, a rich blessing from the heavens above.
Looking back cant help recall, nervously standing desperately need of aid,
So young a doctor she gave her time to help us, despite her car that did await.
And then she took our hands walked with us across the decades of time.
Our days stricken with endless complains her heart remained kind.
With every sinking sun her time she did lend, though she was not on call.
Charcoal days the tears the fears that we have known she let us not fall.
Our nightmare days and anguish feelings her strength made it less weak.
The roadway she laid as her heart did speak, swept us away from being meek.
My family, my kith and kin went towards her cos of her sincere devotion.
A friend, a doctor, an earthly angel she really is in times of shattered emotions. 
Such a doctor with wondrous hands she does dim the many variable tension.
A womanly shoulders, a motherly heart, as a daughter she gives her attention.
Another year she shares with us and we wish her all the best for many more years
With glorious happiness, good health and the melody of love and lots of cheers!

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Shahul Hameed Salih ‘Sri Lankan Embassy School’ (Jeddah)

Jeddah  ‘Sri Lankan Embassy School’

growing in all glory….

Shauhul Hameed

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Top in the world to the Newspaper

25th February 2013

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At the occasion posing from left; Founder Chairman of Sri Lankan International School Shahul Hameed Salih, Senior Education  Adviser for CIE  Dr. John Guy; awardee Yasir Naleer and the Principal of the school.Majaziya Mubarak

Jeddah Lanka Tribute to all awardees of the Outstanding Cambridge Learners’ Awards by British Council

In collaboration with the center for Cambridge International Examinations (CIE); an ardent wing of the University of Cambridge, the British Council in Jeddah held its annual Outstanding Cambridge Learners’ Awards at Hotel Crown Plaza yesterday.

The Founder and Current Chairman & Adviser to the Board of Management of the Sri Lankan International School in Jeddah  Mr. Shahul Hameed Salih  whilst expressing his best warm wishes to all teenage awardees also expresses his sincere  gratitude to the graceful custodian of the two holy mosques King Abdul Aziz for granting permission for establishing schools for expatriates. ‘May the Almighty bless His Royal Majesty and the people of Saudi Arabia bountifully’, he supplicated.

The young achievers from varied schools and countries bring memorable pride and honour not only to their respective countries but also to Jeddah, says Shahul who also has served as the President for the Sri Lankan Expatriates here. I was delighted to witness the faces of the young awardees as sweet as morning dew upon a rose, gleaming with the glory of accomplishments. The thought provoking and learner motivating welcome address of the Senior Education  Adviser for CIE  Dr. John Guy; the Chief Guest was very appealing, he added.

All credits to the nobility of the profession of teaching from times immemorial, children of mother Lanka seeking education in diverse international schools in Jeddah have been credited with this award in previous years as well; Mohamed Naleer Yasir, a student from the Sri Lankan International School in Jeddah secured the highest position as a topper in the world for Mathematics in his performance at June 2012 IGCSE. A parent commented thus; ‘Alhamdulillah, this is an outcome of achievement for Shahul’s commitment to the school since inception’. ’All praise be the Lord of the Worlds, I am ever grateful to the King and the people of Saudi Arabia not only for securing an opportunity to serve the community but also for supporting to make me what I am today’, gleamed Shahul who has happily spent his youth serving in this lovely kingdom since the last 33 years!

Whilst congratulating student Yasir for this highest achievement, on behalf of the school Shahul Hameed congratulates the following Sri Lankan young achievers who have acclaimed merits to their respective schools; to Sri Lanka and Jeddah in general.

Student Nafeesah Jaleel won the High Achievement award for Environmental Management and Salma Zacky won the same for Global Perspective of Al Waha International School at the afore-stated examination. The First Place in Jeddah for the Best Across Four Cambridge International Advanced Level award was won by Manik Arachchige Suresh Nalaka Menik Arachchi of Bangladesh International School. Nalaka secured the best results at IGCSE when he was a student at Sri Lankan International School.

Walking down the memory lane in establishing this school he thanked the past members of the Board of Management, Principal, staff and all parents of the current and yester years for all the support.

This honour conferred upon indicates a promising future for the students, their commitment and hard work is well paid off by awards of this nature.

I hope this recognition of their performance will spur onto them greater achievement and laurels in the service of the global community at large. We wish them all the very best, he concluded.

 

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