It is better to die of violence, swift and decisive, than to die of a gentle neglect, slow and painful. The violent episode holds the promise of a quickened relief from the anguish of life, while being abandoned offers a view of our decaying spirit, while tortured by hope. Living with hope is a curse …
Without experiencing the joy of living, life will remain a dutiful encounter. Similarly, without experiencing the sweetness of true love, love will feel like a need to serve and to be served. It is only in connecting with an experience beyond what we imagined to be the limits of what is possible, that we begin …
Depression sets in when we look for signs of hope in those things that are important to us, but find none. It doesn’t mean that there is no hope for anything in our life. It just means that what we choose as a defining relationship or experience to reflect our significance provides us with no …
An Incomplete Love Story is a tale, seldom told, of a man struggling to find his humanness in a community where he doesn’t belong.
Zayd is a fourth-generation Muslim Indian, growing up in apartheid South Africa, who fatefully discovers why life matters.
A childhood premonition of hopelessness, a father with an unexplainable rage, and a community steeped in double-standards all make for a perfectly dysfunctional adulthood.
Despite his roots, and his struggle for an identity, Zayd navigates his way through a deeply traditional and culturally aloof community.
The prejudices borne out of the caste system, his racial profile, his social standing, and the sectarianism within his community all make inclusion seem impossible.
Yet, it’s not enough to dull his spirit.
Will the emotional isolation of his childhood set him on a collision course with destiny, or will his anomalous nature finally rid him of the inheritance of an emotionally unavailable father, so that he may find peace before it’s too late?
I am amazed at the accuracy of my handwriting analysis. Your intuitive ability makes it that much more insightful. I am impressed and certainly look forward to reading your book. (Broadcast journalist, radio and TV presenter, therapist, and trauma counsellor)
I love how you talk about things many would not do willingly and in the interim reducing the stigma somewhat. This group has become part of our lives. Keep on doing what you doing coach. (In response to a mental health online forum moderated by Zaid Ismail)
I’m not a big fan of the term self-help with it’s negative connotation of pop psychology and new age gobbledygook. Or more accurately I wasn’t until I had the good fortune of discovering Zaid Ismail and his first book, The Egosystem.
I read the Prologue and the first chapter! I am very intrigued!! I could not stop nodding my head reading it. It’s a very self-aware view of things. But I can’t stop laughing reading your book. But in a good way! “Do not confuse mindfulness with meditation or reflection. They are each unique in their …