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Era of Achievements Presidential Address: TM Tanaji Omar

I still remember the look in my grandmother’s eyes. A look of satisfaction and contentment. A look that was loudly yelling “I have achieved it all”. You would think: was she rich? Did she succeed in her business? Or did she own a fancy property? I can honestly say, all that have never meant a thing to her. Her great achievement was owning the heart of those who knew her. It might not sound big to anyone, but it was the world for her. She was kind, honest and dependable beyond explanations – may her sole rest in peace! Whenever we hear people speak about the achievements of others, we automatically think of money, professional success, educational achievements, amazing properties, and the list goes on and on. All the thoughts are revolving toward the materialistic things or toward the ones that make us look better in the eyes of others (regardless of whether we truly want them or not). In other word, we start chasing the ultimate success. We do so while forgetting to live, forgetting to make a difference, forgetting those who are important, forgetting what we truly want, and most importantly forgetting who we truly are!! What a life!! All of us want to achieve, but why should we shape our achievements towards what the society wants. I am not asking you to follow your dream close mindedly, repelling against every thought and rejecting any external idea. But ‘am truly asking you to look deep inside you, find your own passion, work towards it - while accepting advices, learning from your mistakes, trying over and over again - and most importantly enjoy your achievements. Your achievements speak about you, so embrace them. My grandmother found her passion and shaped her life to achieve it ignoring the common trends. Find your own passion and achieve it.


Celebration and Challenge FEBRUARY HORIZON

TM Jeena John Editorial Message



MTM CLUB NEWS Dear Readers, Welcome to the world of inscription. It gives me immense pleasure to work constantly with my team for the release of February Issue. In fact we are thankful to the readers who thoroughly enjoyed “Horizon” and provided constructive feedback for the January issue. The month of February has many celebration and challenges on its bucket list. MTM members birthday’s, Valentine’s Day and Area Contest. Indeed, we are very lucky to see our competitive members are really shining brightly in this contest season. Every job can be stressful, every contest is challenging but life is meant to be lived with challenges and then celebrations. To give a flavor to lives, we genuinely wait for Valentine’s Day or birthdays to arrive. February is at our doorstep with lots of chocolates, cakes, roses; the list is endless. Under the observance of Area 3 Director, TM Jahangir Khan, the Area Contest was held on 17th February. It was truly mesmerizing and successful event. Congratulations to the Champions. Let’s keep our fingers crossed to see these champions continue to set foot towards the final stage of the contest season. Moreover believe “Life is just once, accept it with a smile”.

Challenge Yourself


MTM Shining in other Ares


Welcome New Members


CLUB MEETING Facebook (Meeting #2599)


Valentine’s Day (Meeting #2600)


What does love means to you ?


Role Models (Meeting #2601)


Mathematics (Meeting #2602)


ARTICLES Valentine’s Day Traditions


Dreams Shattered




TM Hannah Karanja



“Challenge Yourself” “Challenge yourself; It’s the only path which leads to growth.” – Morgan Freeman Life is full of challenges. These challenges could be in school, the office or in Toastmasters’ meetings. Some people seem to meet every challenge with a smile, while others struggle to overcome them. This year’s climate in Bahrain has been extremely cold with heavy rains causing flooding. This posed a great challenge to reach the destination and start the contest on time. But facing the challenges is not an embarrassment, rather it helps to grow skills, knowledge and even our belief that the upcoming generation fails to realize. Every contest season is a challenge for Manama Toastmasters. The Area Director, TM Jahangir Khan has showcased all his skill and talent by successfully conducting the Area Contest within the timeframe. The theme for Area 3 contest, which held on 17 th February, 2017 was " Challenge Yourself”. To reach the fruit of success, take “one step at a time”. Manama Toastmaster champions have shined at the club level. Again, it was a pleasure to watch the Champions bag more trophies in the Area Contest. Congratulations to the champions, all the participants and the support role players for showcasing a superb contest! Well done!

More is yet to come and best gets on the final stage!!!!!! TM Biljan Davceva 1st place winner - Table Topics Contest and 2nd place - Evaluation Contest TM Khalid Amin - 2nd Place - International Contest TM Tanaji Omar - 2nd place - Humorous Contest..


Life poses many challenges but always live it with a smile 6

MTM members shining in other Areas

TM Rashid Maymoon - 1ST in Humorous Contest and TM Biljana Davceva - 2nd in International Contest - AREA 39

TM Guraz Wankadia : Area75 Winner for Humorous and 1st Runner-Up in Evaluation

TM Claire Cosgrove : Area 59 Scooped trophies in Evaluation, International and Table Topics


Welcome to New Members !!! TM Cini Joseph The Horizon newsletter is a very informative social site. It is very well designed with different events, contests, blogs, award winning functions, etc. This bulletin has given an insight into the different contests, reviews and the many activities that have taken place in the past few months. I enjoyed each article written meticulously by our eminent members of the club. Manama Toastmasters is a great venue for education and for people to learn and benefit from more experienced & veteran speakers.

TM Fadia Mubarak found many advantages in Manama Toastmasters such as: the members' commitment and experience, the timing and frequency of meetings, which offers me more opportunities to participate in roles and present my speeches. I

TM Asiyah Anwar The reason I want to join Toastmasters is that I have challenged myself to pick a few things to learn this year that takes me out of my comfort zone and gives me the experience far different from anything I have done before. The reason I chose Manama Toastmasters is that I have been to a couple of Toastmasters’ clubs, but the difference I found in Manama Toastmasters is that it is highly professional.


TM Rizwan Farooq inducted on 18th February , 2017. Welcome home !!!! J J J

"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies". Mother Teresa "Through hard work, perseverance and a faith in God, you can live your dreams". Ben Carson

Colin Powell

"Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it". Bruce Lee

Remember that Age is just a number so live life with happiness, joy, craziness and embrace your childhood's treasures" .

Favorite Quotes

"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure".

Azza Abdullah Bakai


FACEBOOK Meeting #2599 Social medias such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Skype are used extensively to post pictures and it has become the fastest mode of communication. About 50% of the children under the age of 10 already are on Facebook. But do you agree that Facebook should be used by the children? “Yes / No” would be confusing answer. Because our world has reached such a busy pace of life and kids are pushed into an isolated zone . So they tend to get addicted to social media sites. But it has opened a big door for the business to meet their customers and also for all people like you and me get in touch with family and friend overseas. Statistically, 60% of the people log into their Facebook account every day. TM Avneesh Mishra has chosen this theme and energized the audience with many facts and figures. The Word of the Day was “COMMENT“ and it was used 7 times from the presidential speech till the closure of the meeting . No matter what happens around us, we tend to look at Facebook every half hour to count the likes, comment or to peep into the status.

Best Speaker : TM Usha Nenwani

Best Evaluator : TM Claire Cosgrove

Best Role Player : TM AbdulRahman

Best Role Player : TM Maisa Sheikh


VALENTINE’S DAY Meeting #2600

Meeting #2600 was definitely a historic and magical meeting. Not only for the number but for what was in the air. Yes, love was in the air. Valentine’s Day for some is a day of love and romance. For others, a day of chocolates, flowers, candies, cards and for some others, it is just another day! Whatever it may mean to each one, the MC of the Day TM Shubhashree asked the role players to share their thoughts on “What does love mean to you?”. Each role player came up with such splendid and unique answers. On the next page are the answers from the role players and the winners .

Best Speaker: TM Arfa Mudassar

As Mahatma Gandhi said “ Love is the strongest force the world possesses, and yet it is the humblest imaginable.”

Best Commentator: TM Kishan Kumar

Best Evaluator: TM Claire Cosgrove


What does love mean to you? TM Bilkais Khan (Grammarian)

Love can change a person the way a parent can change a baby - awkwardly and often with a great deal of mess.

TM Anup Sudhakaran LOVE is the reason and purpose of one's existence. (Timer) TM Asiyah Anwar (Ah Counter)

Love is a mirror of the person who shows you everything that's holding you back. Someone who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life for better.

TM Ameena Nathani (Joke Master)

Love is like the wind‌you can’t see it, but you can feel it. Love in any form is life.

TM Jeena John (TT Master)

Love starts romantically but ends up dramatically.

TM Biljana Davceva (Speaker)

Love is the force that lifts you up, motivates you and encourages you to be better and do better for you and for others.

TM Guraz Wankadia (Speaker)

A lady who has never had a drop of Tea in her life, daily making Tea for her husband EXACTLY the way he likes it, without tasting it ever.

TM Azza Bakai (Evaluator)

Love is like cheese cake. To enjoy it you need strong base in the relationship and compatible partner similar to the delicious topping.

TM Clement Vinayak (Evaluator)

Oh! What is it? I forgot.

TM Prashanth Gudibande (General Evaluator)

Love is BLISS. Without love there is no meaning for life.


Love is unconditional, meaning it is timeless, and everlasting. And the great part of unconditional love is that you can be yourself, make mistakes, and you will always be forgiven. TM Arfa Mudassar ( Speaker)

Love is having someone who cares about you. And who you care about unconditionally. You try and want to make their life better. TM Claire Cosgrove (Evaluator)


ROLE MODELS Meeting #2601 “My dad was my best friend and greatest role model. He was an amazing dad, coach, mentor, soldier, husband and friend�. Tiger Wood

When we are growing up we look up to our role models. It could be our parents, celebrities, teachers, friends or athletes. Continuing to the 2nd Phase of life after wedlock, it could be In-Laws, Wife or Husband. TM Arfa Mudassar has shown us the power of having Role Model in life and without a doubt she has shown the audience, the role model of her life. Any guesses ?? Father and Husband. Bravo!!!! Speakers and Role Players strived for that same kind of success and best roles were awarded at end of the day.


Mathematics Meeting # 2602

The Magic of Math's and equalizing the figures in cubes has heart fully attracted the audience. TM Mohammed Saleem The Mathematician Of Day (TMOD) has erased the fear of Mathematics from every brains presented in hall on 25 th February 2017. Frankly now, I feel World of Mathematics is the best and easy.


Valentine’s Day Tradition TM Arfa Mudasser

Parents often ask me how they can find time to deepen their connection with their children, given how busy they are. Because Valentine’s Day is all about love, it gives you the perfect opportunity to create more love in your family, not only between parent and child, but between siblings. Valentine’s Day is just a few days away and I always look forward to it. My husband and I had our very first date on Valentine’s Day, many moons ago when we were just in our twenties. In the years since then, we have always marked the day and taken time to make sure the other knows just how loved they are. But since having kids, our Valentine’s Days look a little different albeit in such a wonderful way. My favourite thing about Valentine’s Day now is that we spend it as a family, making sure each member (not just Mom and Dad) knows how loved they are. Our kids are only young once and we want to cherish every moment we have with them. For us, it’s ok that we don’t get a fancy night out – there will be plenty of time for that later. Truth be told, I would rather sneak a few date nights in on random (less expensive) nights throughout the year anyway. So we use Valentine’s Day as a celebration of the love we have as a family. When we started this tradition, it was more because our kids were too little and we do not want them to leave alone but it has become something we all look forward to. Every year now after dinner, we have a big pot of chocolate fondue for dessert. Starting a tradition like this with your family doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, it doesn’t even need that much planning. To inspire you to make your own memories, here are a few easy ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day as a family this year: Ø Ø Ø Ø Ø

Make dinner together as a family Make some popcorn and have a family movie night Go around the table and say one thing you love about each person-( we call it Valentine Circle) Have a special dessert after dinner Play cards or a board game (or both!)

Family where life begins and love never ends. 16


Once in deep sleep , I saw an unforgettable dream . There was a huge hall in which I am standing on big stage and receiving Convocation Certificate from the Vice Chancellor of the university. With a rough and tough voice, the Vice Chancellor welcomed the audience “Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome Mr. Prashanth Gudibande for his completion of Bachelors in Engineering with Distinction”. I looked around and was anticipating a wide round of thundering applause from the huge audience .All of a sudden there was splash of water on my face. I was drenched in cold water and soon I could see, fingers and toes are wrinkling up like raisins. Immediately father thundered in my ears with his husky voice: “Get up you lazy fellow, it is already 5.30 in the morning and still sleeping with dreaming. Don’t you have time sense? Get up and milk the buffalos, sell it to the dairy and distribute newspaper and go to college, but still in bed… get up”. My face and eyes were turning red and swollen and more over I could hear my knees knocking each other. I wanted to plead with my father to stop bursting but no…no … I didn’t have the courage I come from a family where my father was an agriculturist. Though my father was in Central Government Services and the behavior of the job is to continuously transfer the employees to different parts of the country. Finally my dad had to quit the job and settle in our native place. For further existence, agriculture was the only source of our income. I used to support my father in farming. It was really a tough job, hot sun above, physically tiring, hands getting dirty in the mud… after all the hardship working in the farm field, there is no guarantee that we would get a good yield due to failure of monsoon, water and power shortage or even if there is good yield, the market prices are low and we do not earn good profit and we would just manage our expenses. My daily routine was to milk the cows and buffalos, go to dairy and sell the milk, distribute newspaper and go to college and during holidays work in the field supporting the farming activity. We had all kind of domestic animals and it was a mini zoo at our house with Cows, Oxen, Buffalos, Mongoose and Cats. More over Mongoose was a part of our family and a cute little puppy.


During my schooling days, I dreamt to become an Engineer. I was a bright student and always achieved good score in the school. My father used to support for our education despite all the odds times more over he was always a hard worker. One evening after lunch , my father walked up to me and said “see my dear son, I can understand you desire to be an engineer and I too agree to it. But its better to get good score , it will help you in attaining government sponsored seat in the college. I am doing my best to support you and these can help me to overcome financial burden” Those were very emotional words. Everything was good till one day, in the year 1995, I was preparing for the last subject of 12th Grade. final examination . It was around 4 pm and some guest arrived at our house. My father asked me to inform mother to prepare some tea and snacks , who was busy watering the plants in the garden. I ran to inform my mother and on the way, felt something silky but hard when I kept my foot step without looking down still keep the my running speed and came back after informing. After a few minutes I realized, something was wrong and searching for our cute puppy which was only a couple of weeks old. Suddenly My friends and I saw a very disturbing thing while we were searching. Due to my ignorance while running, I had to step on the puppy’s head and it was suffering. I was shell shocked… Oh.. my god, what have I done. I was stunned and stood like a rock. I immediately came back to conscious and took the puppy in my arms and started running towards the veterinary hospital. Ran as fast I could to save the life. The vet was about to leave since it was closing time. I begged him to save the life. He obliged and gave an injection but told it is difficult and asked me to pray to God. I came back carrying the puppy in my arms carefully. The guest had left and explained my parents on what happened. My mother was in tears, my sister was in tears, my father stood silently. We were all in a state of shock. There was a complete silence. We were all near the puppy looking at it for almost 30 minutes praying. It was suffering, struggling and finally the puppy passed away in front of us. This was the saddest day in my entire life. I started crying, I cried for hours as I had killed an innocent cute puppy. I could not concentrate further on my preparation for the exam. Though I attended the exam, I failed in the last subject which impacted my studies. For few days and months, I was not a normal person. After lot of consoling by my parents and friends, I became normal, but it affected my future studies. I failed for the subject and lost one year of college , but passed in consecutive years . It was really painful that I couldn’t get a government sponsored seat in the college, as there was trend in paying out huge fees. Till today at some point of life ,My father words race to me “ my son – understand the situation, at the moment it is very difficult to arrange for such huge finance and I would advise you to go for any other degree than engineering”. I obliged my father empathizing his situation and compromised. It was dream which got shattered. But not everything was lost, I was successful in my further studies and made a life for myself where I can support my father for his difficulties and he advised me to take any profession and support him monetarily instead of struggling as a farmer.




Hi, Hannah . Tell us something about yourself? I am from Kenya and is in Bahrain for 23 years, what drew me towards TMS because want to improve public speaking skills. When I am on stage it looks like I am confident but not. I usually get very nervous, so that’s the reason I joined TMS and it’s an addition benefit to my career. Who motivated you in joining TMS ? When I was working for Gulf Air , I heard about Toastmasters , I visited too many clubs . the stopped after a brake I decided to search again . I came to Manama toastmasters and joined straight away. Many clubs I visited even though I likes all the toast master club but something was lacking , some places I felt very left out . Manama toastmasters is the only place that I felt like home and It was having larger diversity of toast masters. I honestly believe In todays market you need to interact with multicultural not one nationality and in my office I need to interact with different nationalities , so I opted for Manama toastmasters. It was lacking in me At what stage has you really started practicing in running and when have you developed the desire for being in marathon. I started very late in my 20’s , it all started from a rellay team with friends and developed an urge to be in Marathon . I should say Marathon is a real life . at times we feel like quitting , don’t want to get trained and just need to force up on your self because you have an end goal in mind. Once you finish the marathon and look back , there is too much of emotion on the enormous level of hard work put in . Same with the leadership, there are ups and downs . At times we feel like to quit the project , but can’t because there is an end game . Even though you are going by the objective , you have to push yourself on the project . Same in marathon , at times you decide to quit and go back to rest but when you push yourself and reach at the finish line , it a big reward and this is what you learn in Toastmasters is starting something and not quitting until you reach the end.


Many people start the goal but then they quit. What’s your advise for them? My advice towards them. It all up on your power to decide. From the time you start, you have to know that no matter what, I am not going to quit till I reach the end. Even in marathon, people think marathon is physical but no its mental. Because you get to a point where body cannot take it anymore but the mind should be stronger but if you win yourself with the thought that you could do it. No matter what happens , what matter goes on your head. You keep repeating to yourself “ that you will reach the goal in the end “ and that is what appeals about Toastmasters also . As you were participants for IRON MAN 2016, on that particular day how do you prepare physically and mentally As it’s mental, the minute you wake up in the morning you keep visualizing the finish line. In IRON MAN so many people got injured, cycles were punctured, fall off the bikes because of rough roads. But you are going to wake up and say no matter what, I will reach the end. Jeena, you will be surprised how strong the mind is when you just visualize. Every day I got up , I just keep visualizing the finish line and even outside, when the wind is strong I keep visualizing the finish line. So that mental preparation and that visualization make you stronger. Physical preparation is one, then good food consumption, and 2 hours of practice every morning. What’s the longest distance that you have cycled ? For cycling, in one of the practice sessions I did 110 kms. I still think of that day because I did not intend to do it. I just wanted to do 90km but after 90km, my friends encouraged me to do other 20km. So I thought, h let’s do another 20km and pushed myself more . Same thing for the leadership, you never will know until you try. I was really not mentally prepared to do 110km. The other thing, you need friends to encourage and support you. As a Toastmaster and Marathoner, what is the common powerful skill that is driving you in both these areas? It one thing for me to be focused, whether it a project , contest that you have entered, role that you have signed up for, it all requires focus skills that will carry you to the end. Now we are in 2017, you have set higher goals or taken resolutions and I, as your mentee always wish to see your succeed. Thank you, you have too much confidence in me. I am racing with the professionals. In 2017 , yes I have a goal . For the first 6 months I will take things lightly because one thing in marathon is at times you get injured , so you need to sit back and rejuvenate yourself. Same rule goes for the leadership. After 6 month I will be training for the IRON MAN 2017 and will be stronger and will come out with a bigger bang.


World around us As we enjoy the chill weather and viewing heavy rain with cup of tea , world around us is moving in different phases.

15th February, 2017 a gigantic fire engulfed the forest of Christchurch’s Port Hills (New Zealand).

World’s tallest sandcastle created in India and entered the Guinness World Records on 10th February 2017

"Start a new trend. Stop saying 'Sorry' instead say 'Thanks'. Like in place of 'Sorry I am late' say 'Thank you for waiting for me'. This will shift the way you think and of yourself and improve your relationships with others who get to receive your 'gratitude' instead of 'Negativity' "


YOGA TRAINER TM AMEENA NATHANI Step 7: Bhujangasana (Cobra pose) Slide forward and raise the chest up into the Cobra posture. You may keep your elbows bent in this pose, the shoulders away from the ears. Look up. How to deepen this yoga stretch? As you inhale, make a gentle effort to push the chest forward; as you exhale, make a gentle effort to push the navel down. Tuck the toes under. Ensure you’re stretching just as much as you can; do not force.

Step 8: Parvatasana (Mountain pose) Breathing out, lift the hips and the tail bone up, chest downwards in an ‘inverted V’ (/\) posture. How to deepen this yoga stretch? If possible, try and keep the heels on the ground and make a gentle effort to lift the tailbone up, going deeper into the stretch.

Step 9: Ashwa Sanchalanasana (Equestrian pose ) Breathing in, bring the right foot forward in between the two hands, left knee down to the floor, press the hips down and look up. How to deepen this yoga stretch? Place the right foot exactly between the two hands and the right calf perpendicular to the floor. In this position, make a gentle effort to push the hips down towards the floor, to deepen the stretch.


Step 10: Hasta Padasana (Hand to foot pose) Breathing out, bring the left foot forward. Keep the palms on the floor. You may bend the knees, if necessary. How to deepen this yoga stretch? Gently straighten the knees and if you can, try and touch your nose to the knees. Keep breathing.

Step 11: Hastauttanasana (Raised arms pose) Breathing in, roll the spine up, hands go up and bend backwards a little bit, pushing the hips slightly outward. How to deepen this yoga stretch? Ensure that your biceps are beside your ears. The idea is to stretch up more rather than stretching backwards.

Step 12: Tadasana As you exhale, first straighten the body, then bring the arms down. Relax in this position, observe the sensations in your body.



TM Claire Cosgrove


Public review of Horizon A material not only to read but also to cherish the moments shared. Great work and wonderful compilation. A real publicity tool.

Horizon is looking so elegant and wonderful to read.

TM Ahmed Rizvi

TM Ameena Nathani

It is nice, organized and gives complete picture of TM structure and individual responsibilities. Wishing you all the best.. Jinu George


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Horizon february 2017  

Manama Toastmasters Club proudly publishing the Horizon of February 2017

Horizon february 2017  

Manama Toastmasters Club proudly publishing the Horizon of February 2017