About myself

 My nsma4ame is S. Mohammad Afsar. I am a professional working in the development sector, currently with a UN organization. Dealing with people from across the world and a cross-section of society brings learning on a daily basis. Training and communication are part of my work and interest.

I come across people who are successful as well as those who have not managed to realize their full potential. 

… amidst a number of books/web-based information available on self development, this blog is a modest attempt to share my views/experiences on topics such as attitudes, self-esteem, personality development, success and communication.


32 Responses to About myself

  1. Indira Hettiarachchi says:

    Dear Afsar,

    Congratulations. Thank you for this very useful information. I look forward to reading your blog in the future.

    Best regards


  2. Archana Singh says:

    Dear Afsar,

    I thouroughly enjoyed reading your blog.

    I am a strong believer in positively thinking although I am personally “critical positive thinker” as oppossed to “blind positive thinker and admire people who are oriented towards problem solving.

    I look forward to reading more inspirational enriching thoughts.

    Warm regards,

  3. DR ANURAG VERMA says:


  4. Prof. Mohd. Aslam Ansari says:

    Thanks a lot for sharing your views via this blog.
    Having known you for more than a decade, I must say that your views, shared thru this blog, mirror your true personality, character and attitude. Being a Communication professional, such inputs are best music for my ears and eyes. This will, infact serve as guide for many to solve their personal/ personality problems and shortcoming as it carries the weight of your firsthand experience and exposure to similar situations. I’m sure it will be as dear and popular as you have been to your colleagues and friends.

    I look forward to more of such inputs in future. Keep it up.

    With warm regards

    Dr. M. A. Ansari

  5. Sunetra says:

    Dear Sir,

    This is excellant!:)

    Enjoyed reading these. thanks for sharing.

    best regards

  6. Mohd Nayyar Afaque says:

    Dear Mr S.M.Afsar

    I always read inspirational books and materials but i always feel something missing (today i realized all those word are from unknown persons and hearing the views from someone who is known to you makes the differnce).

    You can empathise and learn faster.

    It is really going to help me a lot

    • Syed Mohammad Afsar says:

      Dear Afaque, Thank you very much for your comment. I am very happy to note that you found the blog useful. warm regards Afsar .

  7. Zilvinas Juraska says:

    Have you ever thought about including a little bit more than just your articles? I mean, what you say is fundamental and all. Nevertheless imagine if you added some great photos or videos to give your posts more, “pop”! Your content is excellent but with pics and video clips, this website could certainly be one of the very best in its niche. Good blog!

  8. Newperran Cornwall says:

    Great post thanks!

  9. Indrani says:

    Dear Mr. Afsar
    I read your blog regularly and learn or rather discover so many positive things which we have always known but failed to implement. Please write something about how to be assertive without being submissive or aggressive in our day to day dealings with people whether at home or in office. I am sure you will give us some excellent ideas.
    Best regards

    • Syed Mohammad Afsar says:

      Dear Indrani, Thank you very much for your comment. I will try to respond to this. I appreciate your comments on the blog. They are always very good and insightful, adding value to the post. I am happy to note that you read my blog regularly and find it useful. warm regards Afsar

  10. DrAnuragVerma says:

    Dear Afsar Sahab,
    I really like Ms Indrani’s poser ‘Assertion without aggression’,which is a common dilemma because the reverse is the rule rather than exception ,Awaiting your thoughts eagerly.
    with regards
    dr anurag verma

    • Syed Mohammad Afsar says:

      Dear Dr. Verma, Good to hear from you. I thank Indrani for raising this issue and you for reiterating this. I will think about this issue and will try to write something. Comments of people like you and Indrani will defenitely add value to the post because if you raise an issue it does mean that it has been bothering you and you have also tried to deal with it in your own way. I look forward to a good exchange of ideas and experiences on this. warm regards Afsar

  11. Akhtar Abbas says:

    Afsar mamu adab, just missing you, I found you easily and thanks to google to do me the favor. You thoughts are very inspiring and gave me a lot to think about myself. Hope you along with mumani and rest of the family members are very fine there in Geneva.

    Everybody here in our family is fine too. Some times daddy asks about your where about.

    Khuda Hafiz

  12. Indrani says:

    Dear Mr. Afsar
    Wishing you a very happy New year 2012 and looking forward to your new posts.
    Best regards

  13. Syed Mohammad Afsar says:

    Dear Indrani,
    Thank you. I also wish you a very happy new year. Thank you for regularly reading my blog and commenting on it. I value your comments.
    warm regards

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  17. Fatima Ndiaye says:

    Dear Afsar,
    Thank you for giving us the opportunity to learn from your skills and experience.
    Very warm regards,

  18. Darla Arriaga says:

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  19. Olusina O. OLULANA says:

    Dear Afsar, what a rare privilege to have been under your sessions at the International Training Centre-ILO, Turin (November 12-23, 2012). One of the things I am taking away from you is the need to be careful to assume that we know everything! Not only that, message, as you have reminded us as Development Communicators, “gets resisted when we want to hear views which match our own thinking”! (Cognitive Dissonance). “Prof. Afsar”, yes, you are a Professor by all standards, the memories of your andragogical skills particularly in teaching the “Basic Facts on HIV and AIDS”, “Advocacy with Businesses: strengthening workplace policies and Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs)”, “Practical ways of reaching out to the informal economy in HIV programmes” amongst others, will linger on forever! I am greatly inspired by your Blog. This has given me the impetus to start mine soon as a fall-out of the opportunity of being a participant at the Course A90517 “HIV and AIDS and the World of Work: A Prevention and Social Protection Perspective”.
    Finally, from my room on the Campus, here in Torino, I have shared your Blog site with my wife and children. There is a lot to learn from it! Thank you so much!

    • Syed Mohammad Afsar says:

      Dear Olusina,
      Thank you very much for your very kind comments. It was a pleasure to have met you during the training in Turin. I am really happy to note that you found the training useful. You also made a very positive contributiion by sharing your knowledge and good practices from time to time.
      I am also happy to know that you are planning to start your blog. Please do it soon and keep writing.
      I look forward to reading your blog.
      with kind regards

  20. Abrar H Farshori says:

    Dear Mr. Afsar,
    Your article was indeed very informative and interesting, it was a pleasure to read.
    with best regards
    Abrar Farshori

  21. Indrani says:

    Dear Mr. Afsar

    Its always a pleasure to read your blog. The issues that you take up are so relevant. Its gives us so much food for thought and is a great learning process. Wishing you all the best.

    With best regards

    Indrani Gupta

  22. Syed Mohammad Afsar says:

    Dear Indrani,

    Thanks. Nice to hear from you.
    with warm regards,

  23. Indrani says:

    Dear Mr. Afsar

    You concluded your last post (Five ideas to make the best of your internship) on the note that it is also the responsibility of supervisors to ensure that internship is a good experience for interns. As a supervisor I have observed that there are different types of subordinate workers – some are over enthusiastic but commit frequent mistakes, some are slow learners and have difficulty in focussing and concentrating some have their attention diverted towards securing more lucrative jobs and are hence least interested in the present job. Getting the best performance from such diverse types of subordinates is a challenge as each has to be tackled differently. I find that besides proper training and guidance some extra attention, a little strictness and setting an example through my own hard work helps to motivate them though I refrain from comparing the attributes and performance of workers.

    I am sure you would have some valuable suggestions in this regard keeping in view your rich and varied experience in the field of manpower management and training. I hope your will share your thoughts on ”how to be an effective supervisor” in one of your future posts.

    Best regards


    • Syed Mohammad Afsar says:

      Dear Indrani,
      Thank you for your comments. You are very right in your analysis that there are different types of people, and hence no one strategy would work.
      It is always a pleasure to have your views. Let me see if I can think of a few ideas to share on this.
      Warm regards

  24. Indrani says:

    I would like to thank you for your posts of April and May which address the issues I had raised.

  25. Syed Mohammad Afsar says:

    thank you very much, Indrani, for your kind response.
    I am happy to note you found the post useful.
    with kind regards, Afsar

  26. Indrani says:

    Dear Mr. Afsar

    I take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy New Year 2017 which is just around the corner. You blog posts are very inspirational and optimistic. I get lots of new and positive ideas after reading your posts and try to implement them as far as possible in my workplace. Many a times my doubts are cleared after reading your posts. So thank you very much.

    I look forward to some great posts from you next year. I am now a Director in Cabinet Secretariat which coordinates the work of all Ministries of Government. It is a nice experience and whenever I get stuck with something difficult I refer to your blog and find the answer instantly.

    Wishing you all the best


    • Syed Mohammad Afsar says:

      Thank you very much, Indrani, I also wish you a very happy and successful 2017. May the coming year loads of contentment to you; and peace in world. I also thank you for the time you take to read my posts and very insightful comments that you make.
      with warm regards

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