If you think you can, you can
Why gift Sir Richard Branson's books as new year gifts when you can
gift an autobiography by a true Sri Lankan who has been a silent
achiever right throughout?
After reading the autobiography of Dr. Uvais Ahamad, I have found not
only a perfect present for my dear ones but also derived guidance and
morale boosting for fulfilling my life's goals.
Reading the autobiography of one of the learned legends in Sri Lanka
is truly an enlightening process since it is surrounded by a true Sri
Lankan context. Most motivational books we read do not relate to our
environment but after reading 'Opportunities and Challenges', I was
amazed that such a humble and strong individual could ever manage to
have faced different and difficult obstacles to really come up in life.
Many of us are blessed with having our parents to support and nurture
us along the way but Dr. Ahamad had to work after his father had
difficulty making ends meet. Even when Dr.Ahamad started working, he
didn't get paid as an employee until the intervention of the
distinguished Sir Razik Fareed.
Even though at the height of JVP uprising when teachers stopped
working, he advised them to build a Model farm for which he also
assisted when he was the principal of the Zahira College, Gampola.
When the students came back they were exposed full-length to the
wonderful world of agriculture and won several prizes at agricultural
exhibitions. He ensured students were educated properly, were taught
manners, were involved in home science and handicrafts. This was an
astounding success for the development of the village.
Many more stories come from his international travel bag. It is
enlightening to learn how this humble individual has basically taught
the world great things about love, honesty and giving from the heart.
For someone who is a rare educationist and a renowned dignitary, he
has met various notable people, from Thailand to even the King of Tonga.
Working with the United Nations and assisting to take education and new
developments in education forward he has also worked with the UN.
Sweat and tears make Dr. Ahamad the impressive and knowledgeable man
that he is today. The Dr.Uvais Ahamad foundation helps deprived children
around the island who need to study and also helps foster more people to
help the less fortunate especially in the field of education.
All proceeds of the book will go to the foundation to help lift the
education standards of our future generations. Enlighten your life and
draw hope and courage from the inspirational life story of Dr.Uvais
Ahamad. In times of difficulty, make yourself think that you can achieve
something because you can!