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2011: Year In Review ‘I Fight On’

For the last few days, I have been drafting 2011 Year in Review post in my head.  It’s the first time I’m writing such a post, since my blog is less than 7 months old.  If I am to really explain year 2011 it will indeed be a very long post – but I’m going to attempt to explain it, in as little information as possible and how I feel about it.

All praise is to the lord above us, who, has blessed me with the biggest and most valuable gift one could ever imagine, I made a wish late 2010 and early 2011 that the Lord above granted true for me, and for this I am for ever indebted to the Lord above.

2011 compared to my previous years, has probably been the best year for me, as each year brings its blessings.  I can only pray and hope for more blessings going into the next.

Yes, at times, there have been downs, disappointments, periods when I wanted to be left alone, where I cried and looked to the heavens above for help, guidance and reassurance.

And Yes, there have been ups, delight, periods when I enjoyed the blessings bestowed upon me, when I laughed, smiled and looked to the heavens above to say ‘Thank You’, for guidance and reassurance.

Going through ups and downs in a period of 12 months (or longer) is part of human nature.  We, hope to do our best, be the best we can, help ourselves to help others, and to remember the bad moments in the hope to reflect, learn and become better individuals.

The world in 2011 has changed dramatically, it’s our responsibility to remember what we have, and appreciate everything we have in our lives.  If we count the blessings we have in our lives the moment we wake up till the moment we go back to sleep, we would no doubt lose count.

We seen mother nature show us her force in many parts of the world, earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes and so on.  We seen human beings at the lowest, when we fought each other for our own desires, greed, and for ill intentions.  2011 was no exception, and we witnessed enough losses that we never seen before.  We as humans, need to reflect on our purpose, reflect on our actions – not towards the end of the year but throughout the year – in the hope that we can lead better lives and live in harmony with each other and with our surroundings.

I’d like to share the following quote from one of my favourite personalities that once ever walked on this earth Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi:

God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches by means of opposites, so that you will have two wings to fly, not one.

That said, I pray for everyone that we embrace 2012 as a year of success, good will and positive energy.  Where we put aside our differences and work together for a better and brighter future.  Yes, we do have many obstacles ahead of us, Yes we need more courage to deal with these obstacles, Yes we may experience ups and downs – but remember the quote above so we may indeed have two wings to fly, not one.

Good Bye 2011 and Welcome 2012


Smoking Ban Poll Results

Smoking ban Poll Results : by The British Asian Blog

I asked my readers a question “Should smoking in cars be banned?” in a post exactly 3 weeks ago, with a follow up post few days later.

As part of the discussion, I created a poll – enabling people to have their say with measurable results.  Admittedly, the discussion was interesting.  It encouraged a discussion and at times it became a light debate, and all comments made were valid and interesting.

The question I asked in the Poll was:  Smoking ban – how far should it go?

37% of people said ‘Smoking in cars should NOT be banned’

32% of people said ‘Smoking should be banned altogether’

16% of people said ‘Smoking should not be banned anywhere’

11% of people said ‘Smoking in cars should be banned’

5% of people said ‘Smoking ban in public places is far enough’

So we have it, majority of people don’t believe smoking in cars should banned.  One result which really surprised me was that 32% of people simply wanted smoking to be banned altogether.  In my opinion the results of this Poll leaves the debate wide open.

Although, the results largely showed that people simply didn’t think smoking ban should be extended to cover cars – I am left assured that people simply do not approve of smoking altogether – That a total ban is also an option.  I know this will never happen, or at least not in the near future but I have to admit I am surprised by this result.

Thank you all, for participating in my discussion and Poll.  I would like to read your views based on the poll results.

Have the Poll results echoed your views on this matter and would you agree with the majority of people that either: Smoking should not be banned in cars or smoking should be banned altogether?

Smoking in Cars – Poll results thus far

Recently, I wrote a blog post titled ‘Should smoking in cars be banned?‘.  I also added a Poll to this blog post – which I think was a good move to understand how people thought and felt around this topic.

It’s been three days since the post was published, and I wanted to take this opportunity to share the results for this Poll thus far with you.  I don’t have any immediate plans to close the Poll from people wanting to vote and when I do decide to close the Poll I will once again publish the results.

The results thus far:

50% of people voted for ‘Smoking should be banned altogether’

16% of people voted for ‘Smoking in cars should be banned’

16% of people voted for ‘Smoking ban in public places is far enough’

0% voted for ‘Smoking in cars should NOT be banned’.

As I mentioned earlier, the Poll has only been running for three days, but a sizeable amount of people have voted for which I am proud of, and I intend to keep this Poll running for a little longer.

Poll ratings can change any time but so far the Poll suggests clearly that smoking is a big issue and majority of people want smoking to be banned altogether.  Again I am not suggesting smoking should be banned but from the Poll you can see the majority of people wanting a more wider ban.

A serious question must be asked at this point, which is if other intoxications just as harmful but have caused less deaths (per year) are banned in this country (the UK) then why hasn’t cigarettes been banned?

Should smoking in cars be banned? I say YES

Should smoking in cars be banned? by The British Asian Blog

I’d like to share with you my opinion on whether or not smoking in cars should be banned.

On my daily commute back from work, I happen to bump into a friend who I hadn’t seen for months.  During our conversation on the train to our destination we quickly came onto the topic of smoking in vehicles.  This friend of mine is a GP and a well respected one too.

Disclaimer:  Before I continue on this topic note that I do not smoke, never have done and never will. Same goes for alcohol and other intoxications other than prescribed medicine.  So anything I say here is simply my opinion and my view(s) on this matter.

Earlier we both were aware of the fact that smoking in vehicles was highlighted in the media – where medical and healthcare professionals called for smoking to be banned in cars.  So we had a quick discussion and since my friend is a GP who takes such matters very seriously – we both acknowledged the fact that smoking in cars should be totally outlawed and banned – much the same way as smoking was banned in public places.

We disagreed however on how this ban should come into force.  His opinion on this matter was on the basis of how the government had already done most of the work by providing solid evidence that smoking is bad for your health and as well as highlighting the risks involved to the smoker including evidence that smoking is more dangerous to people and environments around them.  He further explained that since smoking was banned in public places the mindset of smokers had already been moulded thus imposing a straight overnight ban (so to speak) on smoking in vehicles while travelling would not be too much of an issue for all concerned, other than short term anger and frustration by smokers.

My opinion on this matter differed greatly, as I am a firm believer in understanding both sides of the story.  Let’s not ignore the fact that sales of cigarettes are a boost to the UK economy and provide a sizeable income – hence why the government needed to be cautions on how they tackle this issue.  In my opinion this issue needs to be tackled over a reasonable time frame allowing segments of this law to be introduced in parts and expanding over a period of few years.  This has two main benefits: 1 – introducing laws in piecemeal has less of an impact on the people affected then to hit them hard in one go, 2 – it will allow for segments of the law to be put through a trail period where the results can be monitored, leading to a solid foundation or backbone in justifying an outright band eventually to be placed.

Admittedly there are other benefits of implementing a law in segments, the details of which I won’t bore you with.  However, I see this as a change in habit(s) than a attack on smokers.

On the flip side, it is believed that people have the option to either travel with or avoid travelling with a smoker – which is a valid point too, but similar arguments were given when a ban on smoking in public places was coming into force and now years later it has been widely accepted.

I’d be interested to know what your opinion on this matter is, please share your views with me and everyone else.  I’d also like you to participate in the poll below:

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