15 December 2011

Tackling Extremism

Extremism- the holding of extreme political or religious views (Oxford dictionary)
Extremism-any ideology or political act far outside the perceived political center of a society, or otherwise claimed to violate common moral standards. (Wikipedia)

OK, Now the question is do we have extremism in Maldives. We claim we are a peaceful heaven on earth. Yet the hard to accept truth, is that we do have extremism in Maldives.

Here I'd divide the extremism on the basis of politics and religion.

Political Extremism 

We have political extremism in Maldives. There are many people, who use a blind eye, when it comes to politics. I'd refrain from naming any, yet if you look at the Parliament of this country, you'd clearly see the proves of what I said on both sides. Example, for some of the government's supporters, from the natural disasters to economic down turns, from the household problems to the violations of laws by teenagers, everything is "because of Maumoon"!!!Believe me, for some of them, if the member in the next chair farts, it Maumoon who is to be blamed. Same applies to opposition. There are several situations where very solid economic reform actions by government was opposed and called as useless, ineffective or at times dangerous. For some members, they are not even ready to call the president as president just because he is from the other party. For them in the history of the present government, nothing, and just nothing was done right!!! I call both the sides political extremists. We need to get rid of it and move on to productive and constructive levels of thinking.

The same is applied to many members of the general public. Example, there are many houses in Maldives who rejects watching MNBC because it is a government channel or VTV and DhiTV because they support opposition. Yet the truth is, if you don't like them, first be patient enough to watch and observe what they say. I surely will not bother watching any of the channels or any newspaper either.

Many government supporters thinks and fully believes that opposition should not go for any protests and they believes opposition does protest only to "stop the government" Likewise, many opposition believed government members only should run the government and they are not supposed to go for protests. What really happen here is that there is no tolerance at all!!! Political extremism is high in Maldives and we need to address it before it gets too late.


Religious extremism

We have religious extremism in Maldives. There are some religious groups in Maldives who fully believed that the people who do not follow "their way" are NON Muslims. They are not ready to accept the moderate levels of religious thinking that we have followed for several centuries. No matter how much we try to hide this, there is high level of extremist  religious thinking in Maldives. There are some who are not ready to give various vaccines to the kids because they are made by "Western Infidel". There are at least few who rejects to send their girls to the schools in the name of Islam. And there are some who are linked to the extremist groups from abroad. At least that is what I heard from government. Even now some of the "Islamic schools" operated in Maldives gives students extreme levels of thinking on some issues such as watching TV. Not to mention, there are situations where some of these schools are so capable that we feel like asking, "OMG where do you get all these funds"


The opposite is also true. There are some in Maldives who calls for freedom of religion. For me, I'd say that is another level of extremism. There are many situations where Maldivians including some government officials are accused of having too close a relationship with some groups who calls for such freedom in Maldives. At least on a blog once I came across a post calling for "gay rights" in Maldives.

Now the question is the outcome. 

Some of the extremist acts, talks, banners, facebook statuses, comments to newspapers could really be a ticking bomb waiting to go off. The news media needs to address this. The educationist needs to focus this. And the politicians including the MPs needs to take urgent and solid action before the we lose our peaceful nation to the dirty and hands of extremists.  We; the public first needs to accept that there is extremism and accept that we need to tackle it.


22 November 2011

Catchment area: Catching the Addu City

Two years back, I told you that there is a grave mistake in our education system which needs to be fixed. Now that story is gone.

A new era, a new situation and a new case is now on the table. Now the big talk is the catchment area talk.

This is a new policy implemented by the education ministry in Addu City under which, the students were entitled to enter the secondary schools of the geographical area they belong to. Under this system, Hithadhoo students will be divided between Hithadhoo School and Muhibbuddin School. In the other wards of city, the students should join the schools in that particular area. Sounds very fair. Yet problem arises when many students or more specifically their parents wants the kids to join Muhibbuddin School. So the catchment area has become a big issue. Here are some arguments on both sides.

Some arguments for Catchment area policy:

-The government of Maldives wants the education system to be in a way that from grade 1 to 10, the students should be able to study in a single school.
-Government has already established secondary schools in Addu enough that they could accommodate students under this policy.
- Given the present situation, the secondary schools in Addu can not be established if students are given option of the schools they wish to go.
-No school or no student could be given a special priority, and thus the entrance criteria to all schools should be same.

Some arguments against Catchment area policy:

- I will know where my kid should study!! Ministry simply can not decide the future of my kid!!
- New Schools are new to secondary education: my kids can not be sent there for "test driving". In other words parents do not have faith in the new policy or new secondary schools.
- Muhibbuddin has established resources. The already existing secondary schools in Addu city still lacks many resources.
- No other secondary school in Addu so far proved a success. There are many schools in Addu city where they have been teaching for secondary level, yet so far not much a success was seen.


Now the questions is, is the catchment area right or wrong? Well. excuse me. I am not the right person to say it. I was a teacher in Muhibbuddin School and also a teacher in Hithadhoo School (a newly established secondary school).  So I'd rather not enter into that argument and just present what I see here and what I wish to see.


Facts that I could see around:

-Muhibbuddin has almost 2 decades of preparing students for O Level. It sure will be an under estimate to say the newly established schools could be better or even equal to Muhibbuddin School.
-New secondary school policy under which student study from grade 1 to 10 is good and has to be established at any cost. (I am not saying at the cost of the student's future)
 -The teachers in the new secondary schools are qualified and perfect for the job just like in  Muhibbuddin School.
-If the new secondary schools are left to stand on their own, and students are given the chance to join any school, the already established secondary schools too will be abolished.
-The resources in new secondary schools are not as week as some think. There is pretty good resource for a secondary set up, though there is a lot more that could be done.

My belief.
I am not saying miracles do happen in this 21st century. Yet, I believe, we need to do what has to be done for the betterment of all the students.

The first thing we need to do is to stop the unhealthy competition in Addu schools and move on in a way that we'd compete as a city, and not as individual schools. This will  be good for both schools and students. The worse case that the secondary education in Maldives has faced is the famous Top 10. I am not saying it is bad to mark the success of the students, yet, it is leading to the sacrifice of too many. Throughout the nation, the schools are not allowing the low performing students to sit the CIE in the name of school, but rather asking them to join as private candidates, so that they get more points for "best schools award". With the introduction on technical science in schools, this has become ever easy. Don't expect even  Muhibbuddin School to be a darling when it comes to it!!!

Second thing we need to do is to implement the catchment area. Yet that is not enough. We must come up with a mechanism under which, all  the secondary schools in Addu city can learn from the lesson of Muhibbuddin over the past 2 decades. Let me tell exactly what I feel. We all are preparing the students for CIE. We all want our students to get good results. We all wish our performance to improve day by day. If then, let us break the invisible, yet strong walls between schools. We need to accept the fact of Muhibbuddin's success rather than trying to bring a school in Addu down to knees. What I really wish to see is a day when the same scheme of work is used in all secondary schools of Addu city,and at least once a month, all the subject teachers in Addu city get together and do a mass coordination for the whole month.

At last, the left outs. A lot of students are going out of our education system as failures. If you could believe me, with this present unhealthy competition in Addu city schools, the  number is going to be increasing steadily. The technical science is a good concept. Yet, no school in Addu city, is equipped with any sufficient resource to cater the low ability students. As a last thing, let me ask you. Just like you think of top ten, will you not give a thought to the kids of this city who are sacrificed in the process yet ignored by all. Will you only bother the catchment area?


18 November 2011

Home! Hassan's Sweet Home




Its the dream of everyone to live in a beautiful home with best possible furniture and utensils. Yet not everyone have it, nor could all  afford it.

Yet, that is not the end of the world! Let me share with you something that caught my eye. Its not a very new story. It has been there for a long while, yet I guess many just didn't bother to look at.



Everyday, many many people, go cross Medheaari maga from Ghaazee maga to visit the convention center and its beauty. Why dont you take a right turn this time rather than going a head.  What do you see?? Well. you'd see a hut!! A small house. Or most easily I could say a "kolhonege" by some kids.
 NO! NO! NO!. Thats a house. A real house!!!



It is Hassan Didi's house according to him.
I had a talk about the house and he was nice enough to show me the house and explain about it too.




The hut we see everyday.


He says this plot of land belongs to a brother (some relative I heard, though not an own brother). Brother lives in Male' and plans to give the plot to him. According to him, some people even tried to "take" land. He showed me the foundation that he claims they laid. "Maybe someone with a good post may ask them to do it" He was very careful with his wordings too. It maybe only 8ft to 10ft, yet its his sweet house, though he does not live in there.

Near the fence you could see the foundation.

This is not a normal house. Though built with sticks and some wood, its has a grownd floor and a first floor too.

Hassan Didi's house. Front view
Not only that. He has a garden too. I heard he is very good in gardening. There is a water apple(jamburoazu) tree that looks like planted recently. There are flowering plants as well.




Garden area. There are flowering plants too.
If there is a first floor, there shoud be a way to reach too. Yes, it is made of wood. And just like everything else in this house, Hassan Didi made it on his own.

The stairs 

Just like any house, this house has a door. And there is no lock for the door, just the traditional type of rope that could be tied was there.
The door could be tied rather than using the expensive lock!!



Some beautiful flowers adds to the beauty of this small house.


flowers right in front of the house
There is a well too. Yes, "it doesnt have to look the same as the well in your house. Not every finger is equal". He justified.
The well in of Hassan Didi's house
There is a balcony too. Some days back there were flower pots hanging from balcony. But now it is not there. With a smile Hassan Didi said. "Maybe some boys didn't like it to be there.So they must have thrown off"



Balcony

One thing I noticed was that the work done was nice. There were windows too.

Nicely done work

This is the best thing I found in the house. The banana tree, just like the house was small, with just a 2ft or more, there was a bunch of banana too. Yes, even the banana was small.

The banana tree and banana in the backward. 

I liked the way the house was kept, the idea and the way he justified what he did. I asked him.
Is this a "Juhaa mohora" so that the government can not take back the land that you got?

(Juhaa mohora- a local joke where Juha sells his house with exception of a nail in one wall inside the house which he used to hang rotten food, so as to indirectly send them off)

He was not ready confess.  :) With a smile that looks like meaningful, he said, "See how big your house is. Its because your dad was able to do that much. See how small this house is. That is because this is the level I could reach to." I was speechless. I just could not believe how he persuaded me. Curious, I asked secretly. Were you able to register the land? He finished off his conversation with a nice smile by giving me the answer. "My dear boy, the constitution does not force to have a particular standard of house. This is my house, and yes the land is registered"

 So here is Hassan Didi's house. His sweet little house. 

Hassan Didi's sweet home.



Hope you enjoyed.









12 November 2011

SAARC in Addu City- My report

Today we are happy that Addu city was able to hold the 17th SAARC summit.

Everyone is celebrating its success and what the great work we did. So I'd rater speak of what we could not do.

Seventeenth SAARC summit was held in Equatorial Convention Center.

"A wonder brought up in 6 months from a marsh land" they say. The landscaping done by MNDF and police was just marvelous. Thank you MNDF and MPS. But, we say this is a nation. A nation with law and order. As far as my knowledge, such a huge change in a big ecology in Maldives requires Environmental Impact Assessment. (the well known EIA). I saw on TV president answering the reporter regarding the issue saying that a harm will not be done knowingly for sure. Yes Sir! Your right, they will not bring a harm knowingly, yet an unknown harm too is a harm. Where was the city council? Silent? Where was the environment ministry? At Male'? I don't know. All I know is it all happened "above the law"

Inside the convention center, I was able to enter as a media person. I was informed of around 118 expected media persons, yet saw not more than 3 computers and 5-10 internet ports. Excuse me if it was more. As for the security, mobile phones were not allowed into the ECC on 10th and 11th. But while I saw a media person using the phone he was "informed" it was strictly not allowed. Good security indeed. I saw 2 others using the phone too when the heads of states were inside the "Bodu kiba". When I asked if international media was given special priority, the answer I got was wonderful. "Even they are not allowed to bring phones. But it happened"

Thew names given to various rooms of the ECC...Well its good to give a name of each atoll to a room. But then let us not forget that this is a building in Addu City and Addu too has a history. I cant understand why names of the important people from Addu were not in there. And only few people from this 30,000 population were invited, even when there were no less than a 100 chairs vacant on the opening ceremony too.
Please don't tell anyone this secret. None of the city council members were to be seen when president Nasheed declared open the Equatorial Convention Center!!! ;)

Road construction was an important task that was to be done. As a person belonging to Addu city, it bothers me least if a country leader pass the car when compared to the quality and durability of the road. It is now very clear that the road construction did not go as planned.. Yesterday SAARC Summit was concluded. Even now, surely more than 70% of the pavement is yet to be paved. I heard so many times Southern Utilities promising that "the job will be done." Well. SUL, it was not done, and is still not done!

The monument became a huge issue after a monument from Pakistan was attacked by 2 people from Addu. Now who failed here? I heard our Mayor telling that nothing that goes against the faith of people will be fixed as a monument. Well sir! Islamic minister says that monument does not fit to our values and limits of constitution. Who is confusing us? You or the minister? A dhoni was supposed to be kept as a monument in the junction of Ghaazee maga and Medhe aari maga. Hello Addu City Council...SAARC summit is over! Leaders did pass that "empty" area. Where are you?

The quality of the work, I don't think anyone has to answer. Just this incidence speaks out. I asked an engineer who was having a close eye on the projects. "Just go and see the many very different sizes of gravel they used. How the thickness of the layers differ from place to place, the surface of the road. Then anyone will know that this is just a show off" He said. and added one more from his experience. "If link road lasts for 10 years, just pray to God, this bodu magu lasts for 5"

Many blamed Hithadhoo people did not give cooperation compared to other islands. Let me be very frank on this. In other islands (ooops, sorry wards of the city) the ward leaders, the constituency councilors were the first to do the work before asking people to do it. This encouraged the people. What did we see in Hithadhoo. I'd share two experiences I had. The "city cleaning day" was celebrated. All schools, offices and public were to participate. I wanted to see what our councilors were upto. In a short while I found at least one of them on his car and the other wearing tie. Excuse me! This is democracy according to you. If then, don't expect people to to something that you are not ready to do.
Second situation was the day Hithadhoo main road and city square was cleaned. Well, I may become the bad boy for speaking this out, but when president Nasheed was out in city square with cleaning work, our respected councilors were not there. Well, some may say they were on the main road doing the work, I bet not until 9:30. :P

I think the list could go on. Now I have a simple question. City square, ECC, monuments, main roads, harbours, banquet hall were the projects of government. What did the city council that we voted do for the SAARC summit? Did you really do enough.?







03 October 2011

Define Cleaning please.

It was 10th May 2010, when I posted on this blog an article under the name, 17th SAARC Summit in Addu............... Many laughed at me, many said it was almost impossible.

Today, Addu is too busy with the works to prepare the city for the international summit.

That is not what I am interested in. I am interested in the cleaning program that we are doing in Addu city. Many people, I heard saying that the leaders will not go from their roads or areas and therefore it is not so important to clean. Well, I don't think that will be an excellent idea. This is a momment Addu could really be proud to get. The Alhuhaa Eid, Vicotry Day, Republic Day and Saarc, all will be in a matter of a 2 weeks, if things goes well. Therefore it is very obvious that we expect many guests to visit Addu city.


Let us not just put the responsibility on the government or its authorities alone. Let us all ask ourselves the simple question. What did I do to my city for the Saarc?

Let us do what we could to ensure that the visitors to Addu city, sees the city as a clean, civilized and potential society. Let us not let down out forefathers for whom we are proud.

Yet, in this process, we also needs to keep in mind the words like environment, natural beauty etc...

Wondering why I said so?


This is a beautiful area that you could see near Hithadhoo Regional Hospital. Yes, the "kimbi vau". I sure love to go in that quiet and green area that is fully covered with leaves as if a garden.

Now, we cleaned the area!! So clean that its like your sitting room.


It is by seen this that I felt, we seriously needs to define cleaning. If cleaning is all about cutting down trees and removing every single leaf that falls down, I rather will love not to clean. Today, as I went for tea to a nearby restaurant from school, I saw many trees near the beach been "cleaned". I thought it is the roots of these trees that holds the soil tight in beach. Maybe I was wrong.

Now as for the Kimbi vau, I don't think anyone will say that the hundreds of thousands of leaves spread out there like a carpet is a garbage to be removed. Yet it is removed.



And almost all the small trees there are no more there. I am not saying that the area should be left like a garbage area. Nor I am saying that cutting a tree is a crime. But we need to do it in a way that the natural beauty is not lost. Now I am afraid that, tomorrow when I go to school early morning at 6:40, all the trees in Hitadhoo school will be "cleaned"

Maybe we need to define cleaning, or we may lose our natural beauty.

12 April 2011

The Exchange Rate Story (1)

Dollar rate is changed. Maldives currency lost the value. Our economy is going to collapse. We are getting poorer. These are some of the talks that has dominated our life in the past 3 days.

All these came after the government announced a controlled floating of the Maldivian Ruffiyaa by 20% higher or lower to the pegged value of MRF12.85. In other words, the government permitted buying and selling of US Dollars between MRF10.28 to MRF 15.42 instead of the fixed rate.

Many wonder what will be the outcome. Just like everything else is Maldives, several people decided the right or wrong of the decision taken depending on the political group or party they follow or believe in. Yet, this may not be the very right decision when it comes to our own economy. So, as someone who has interest in the topic, I thought of posting an article on this very matter. However, we need to know what this is, before we try to think of the impact it could bring on us.

What is exchange rate actually?

Exchange rate is the rate at which a currency can be changed to another currency. Lets make it simple. An "Addu Bondi" is sold at MRF12. A US Dollar is sold at MRF12. Ok, now it is MRF15 or so.

What is this change?

There are two ways in which the exchange rate is made.

1) Fixed exchange rate: In this system, the central bank of the country (our MMA) will fix a particular rate and peg it with one of the hard currencies. Hard currencies are the currencies like US Dollars or UK Pound which are from industiralised and stable economies and the currencies which are often accepted in international market.

In order to maintain the fixed rate, the central bank often will control by buying up the local currency if too much Dollar is in circulation or selling off them if there is shortage of Dollars to ensure that only enough money is in circulation. However, in Maldives this was done by making it illegal to sell at any other price, which was also a pracitced system. Fixed exchange rates were believed to be more stable and said to suit well for small economies and specially for economies like Maldives where import is very high compared to the exports. However, there are arguments against this too, most important of them that it hinders free trade and self regulation of market. Also if the fixed exchange rate is maintained by law like in Maldives, there will be chance of a black market.

2) Floating exchange rate: In floating exchange rate, the rate of exchange will be decided by the forces of demand and supply. The rate of exchange will be the market price of Dollars in Maldivians currency. More like our fish market, where the fish will be expensive if the catch of the day is less and vice-versa. The shortages or surplus of foreign currency in the market will be settled by the reactions in the exchange rates. It is often said as the invisible hands, that corrects the market instability.

Floating exchange rate, which is most common and often believed to be better for the economy than a fixed exchange rate, stabilizes itself in reaction to market instability. However many criticizes this as too volatile and may cause an unstable markets for the emerging economies.

What Happened in Maldives???

If the fixed exchange rate is changed, it will be either a devaluation or revaluation of currency. Devaluation means the rate of exchange gets lower. Eg: From $1=MRF12 to $1=MRF15 will be a devaluation and opposite will be a revaluation.
IF the floating rate changes it is known as an appreciation or depreciation of currency. Eg: From $1=MRF12 to $1=MRF15 will be a depreciation and opposite will be an appreciation.

Did we see any of these in Maldives? Well, talking in simple terms, we did not see any. Yet we saw something more. Since 2004, there was a shortage of US Dollars in Maldives. This shortage became quiet large in the last 2 years or so. As a result a well established black market for Dollars started in here, though it was more or less like a "public secret". What we saw was a switch from a fixed exchange rate to a floating exchange rate. To be more specific, its a switch to a controlled or managed floating where a band range is given for floating and the exchange rate will be permitted to float in that range.
Now that the question is what will be the outcome. There will be short run and long run effects which I'd continue in my second post, God willing.


26 March 2011

A mega flight with mega idiots.


After almost one hour of delay, we were asked to board the plane. Tired after having to wait so long, I was in a hurry to go and take my seat. Everything settled after around 10 mins. All were on board and the plane was about to take off.

A big plane with almost 220 or so people will not be just a simple thing. Surely there will be different types of people whom we could come across. Let me share what I saw.

Ok, There were three guys. One of them could be in his mid 40s, and the other 2 in early 30s.
Just few seconds after they got into the plane, they found a switch. "Hey what is this, there is a person drawn." the next person replied, that it must be something to "call those people"( cabin crew). They three observed this and decided to press it. WOW, there she came and said "kon kameh thoa beynun fulhu vanee" I just checked the switch. He replied confidently. She gave a smile and went off.

It was then the captain announced that due to the traffic, we will have to wait for 5mins. These 3 were two busy pulling down the tray on the seat in front of them. I dont think they heard the captain announcement or its translation. One more press.... and there comes a guy this time. He explained nicely that they will have to wait for 5mins due to the traffic. Cool, they seemed happy.

Then they found another switch. Oh My God, this time its not like that stupid Island Aviation!!!!!!! The seat can be moved back with the switch. :) They were too happy I guess, that they didnt realise there were passengers behind them. At least the lady who was behind these 3 with a kid had to ask the guy to move the seat front. I tried not to laugh, but I'd confess it sometimes did happen.

Safety measure were displayed. And they showed the emergency oxygen mask that would come down in case of any problems with pressure. Without a hesitation one of the three commented. "So we bought the tickets cheaply and have to wear gas mask?"

Eating time. The crew were busy distributing the food (khmm it was a sandwich and a packet of Mango juice) One guy asked for 2 sandwiches, and ya, no wonder a second guy did ask too. Luckily third didn't ask. As the crews were occupied with distributing the food, one got up and started walking. 3-5 mins later, there he comes with his announcement. "I went to kitchen of this plane, and I got this glass for water from the kitchen! I even went to toilet, but the flush tank is too noisy. Ladies will be frightened if they flush the tank" He explained his findings.

To my surprise the next guy wanted the same thing, and asked a crew who was passing if he can go to kitchen to take water. Smiled. Yes sure you can go, was the reply he got. He rushed. And then he came with his chance of experience. "I too entered the toilet and the kitchen is nice." He said, and agreed to the comment of the first guy that "flush system was not good." A serious discussion started. I was listening but very careful not to let them know sometimes I am laughing at them. Three of them agreed that the making of the plane was no simple a job. The size of the plane was wonderful. "Until it started moving, I thought that long extended part was part of the airport roof. When it started moving only, I realised it was part of the wing." Truly they were amazed with the size of the plane and its features. "But that flush thing is not good." It is OK even if such a "mistake in manufacturing" is there because making this big plane is a lot of work and money. The three agreed and reached the wonderful conclusion that there was a mistake of manufacturer.

Atlast these three happened to be ahead of me as we left the plane. "You have coffee machines also?" One of the guy showed the last part of the episode. And this time the crew who was not a Maldivian replied, in simple words."Yes this coffee maker" Happily they three left the plane.

Quietly I said to myself. You 3idiots.



18 January 2011

Writer's Block


It was July 2008 that I started with this blog. Since then, I try to share what interests me, what disturbs me, or what I feel that people maybe interested to read. As days passes, as more and more articles comes and goes, there are times that I totally go blank. Times where I feel I ran out of topics to post on. At least the whole of June 2010 went without me writing a single article.

It was recently that I came to learn that this is something common. Well, a common factor known as Writer's block. According to dictionary a writer's block is "A usually temporary psychological inability to begin or continue work on a piece of writing."

So I tried to get some information regarding it and here is what I came to know.

Writer's block. Writer's block or the writer's temporary inability to continue with his/her writing is a situation very often faced by writers. A dream no writer wishes to see. Many are faced with this problem and some desperate to find a solution. Since I came to know about this, I have read several articles on different websites about writers block, though I am someone who somehow hates reading.

Some important things I learned from these readings are presented here.

1. Be who you are. Your writing what you think, what you feel and what you believe. If then, you do not have to avoid any idea thinking that others may not like it. Its your writing that you decide. If there are some who do not like to read what you wrote, there will also be many who will love to read what you wrote.

2. Just because you could not write today does not mean you can not write tomorrow. Often when we try to write an article and when we find that we just couldn't get any good idea, we get fed up. However, if we look back, we did write many articles before. So just because we could not come up with one today, it doesn't mean we cant do it anymore. So have faith and try once again always. Try, try and try, they say.

3. Make writing a habit. Not every thing that we write necessary have to be an excellent one. As simple as this. Every time you kick the ball, it does not have to score you a goal. Yet your still a player. It is a good idea to write something (though it may not make a good sense as a piece of work now) and make it a part of the daily life. Rule is simple. The guy in the bench can only watch, yet the guy playing MAY score sometime or the other.

4. Read. Oh I hate this!! Yet it seems this is an essential part. The more you read, the more you know. The more you know, the more you think. The more you think, the better ideas will follow out from what you read before. Guess I got to think of start reading. :)

5. Give time. If you feel you ran out of ideas, do not force yourself to come up with an idea on the spot. Go for a ride. Have a talk. Watch a movie. Play a game. And come back with a fresh mind. You'd find that you can think of a good idea and also in the process of doing what was just mentioned you may get an idea too. And yea, no need to try on an article after a fight with your boyfriend/girlfriend or wife/husband etc... It'd help you in nothing more than proving to yourself there is nothing in your mind.

6. Don't let the ideas go away. No matter where you are, if you get an idea, do save it. Remember that you may need an idea tomorrow. I use to write the ideas I get as drafts on my phone. Very often a good source for me to decide what to post on my blog comes while watching news or while yawning in a long meeting.

7. A particular topic is not a must. If unable to continue with a topic, leave it for the time and switched to another one, yet do not quit the first topic too, as the idea may come anytime.

8. Avoid too much of over editing. This will make you feel that all that your wrote does not make sense. Rather try showing to someone your comfortable to share with and seek an advice on where it is not going very well.

9. Ask your friends for ideas and feedback. Keep a contact with others who writes. Both will help you in avoiding to face the writers block.

10. Sometimes the article you write may not be good for you, yet an excellent one for the others. So if you have an idea and the information, do not give up a chance. From what I learned so far, some articles that I wrote and published thinking few will bother were most important for many readers and vice versa.



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