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Blog It Forward – Faisal Iqbal

Blog It Forward is an interesting series; SAP Community is getting to know each other, better, through the challenge. Since it was initiated, by Moshe Naveh, the challenge has been accepted and answered by many Consultants.

However, I never thought anyone would be interested in hearing my story, but lately, Sudip Ghosh and Ruthvik Chowdary did challenge me to tell mine. So here it is.

Once upon a time, there was a…

No, that’s not my storyline, it’s how my child likes me to start with the bedtime stories.

My story is different and maybe boring as well.

Since I’ve already narrated it at May I introduce myself? I’ll only add a little more to it here, answering the questions, I’m asked by my friends.

1) What role SAP Community play in your life? Explain it.

I find it a great place to collaborate with other SAP Consultants, and I spend a good amount of my time either reading something by others or sharing what I know or have learned. It helps me with keeping myself up-to-date with the latest information within the SAP market. I believe it can also help with finding potential opportunities and I recommended it at my latest LinkedIn post i.e. Freelancing and Freedom. It’s an additional benefit, in my opinion.

2) What is your favorite holiday destination and why?

There’s no specific place as such, but I love escapes from the city to natural life. In particular, I like raining (in Summer) and also want to see sunrise and sunset with clarity. In Jeddah, where I lived for over 6 years, I used to go to its coastal area just to see the sunset in the Red Sea.

And seeing the sunrise in barren mountains and deserts always mesmerized me, when I was in Saudi Arabia. I also loved seeing the sunrise from my apartment window, daily. Here’s a picture I took one fine morning πŸ™‚

3) What is the craziest thing you have ever done?

It’s related to my interest in seeing nature. I went to a place near Riyadh, called Edge of the World. Even though I, with other friends, made it, I felt the track was very dangerous and a little negligence could have caused much trouble. I think I don’t like to repeat such a thing again.

The above 3 questions were asked by Sudip Ghosh and I need to ask him the recipe of Ras Malai. I love it, among a few other dishes, of that origin.

The questions asked by Ruthvik Chowdary are answered below:

1) What do you do apart from SAP in your free time?

I’m a family man so I just spend my free time with kids.If they are sleeping or not around and I’m free, I read books. Not specific texts, anything that comes my way and I find the title interesting I pick it to read.

2) If not SAP Career where you would be seeing your self?

Content Development and Training Delivery. I’ve always enjoyed these two things, within my SAP Career, more than Consulting, so I think I would be a Trainer of some other thing, if not SAP πŸ™‚

3) Who inspired you to choose SAP or what made you choose SAP?

I was at Siemens for an internship where the project was about to start. Its (German) Project Manager told me the benefits of having an SAP Career. I accepted the offer to work there. It was at the end of 2001. Now when I look back I feel proud of having it as a career. I’ve explained it atΒ Fast Track Career.

Now let me challenge someone else. Initially, I thought of Isabel Sanchez but as she has already told her story, let me now challenge Abdullah Galal and Marssel Vilaça to answer the following in their BIF post:

1) How do you manage your time between the activities you do?

2) What is the best thing you like about SAP as a profession?

3) Which SAP Consultant do you follow and why?

My BIF finished here, but before publishing, I found another mention by Tammy Powlas so I’ll quickly answer her questions as well, before anyone else also tag me πŸ˜‰

  • I’m an introvert person.
  • I use Android.
  • Career is another space within the community I spend my time at.
  • I spend my free time with family πŸ™‚

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      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas

      Good job, Faisal

      So you are in Saudi Arabia...my nephew, a major in the US Army, is stationed there right now.

      Author's profile photo Faisal Iqbal
      Faisal Iqbal
      Blog Post Author

      Tammy Powlas not anymore. I was there, for over 13 years and until May this year. Now I'm living in Indonesia, I should have mentioned it πŸ™‚

      Which city he is stationed now? My last city was Riyadh, earlier I lived in Jeddah and Dammam. It was nice experience living there πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas

      Faisal - he is stationed in Jeddah...so I hope he is having a nice experience, similar to yours

      Author's profile photo Faisal Iqbal
      Faisal Iqbal
      Blog Post Author

      Tammy Powlas It's a nice place to be. Ask him about Falisteen Street, from US Consulate to its End, it's a very nice place and has plenty of good restaurants. The corniche area, from that part to the north of the city is very beautiful and is very crowded in the evenings.

      Author's profile photo Ruthvik Chowdary
      Ruthvik Chowdary

      Really Good one Faisal Iqbal Thank you for accepting the challenge, Keep continuing the cycle

      Author's profile photo Faisal Iqbal
      Faisal Iqbal
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Ruthvik Chowdary for the challenge, it was interesting to participate in. I've tagged two more people and hope to see their stories soon πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo Ruthvik Chowdary
      Ruthvik Chowdary

      Yes it's really an interesting challenge let keep the cycle going

      Author's profile photo Susan Keohan
      Susan Keohan

      Hi Faisal, and welcome to the #BlogItForward family!

      You've said that you are an introvert.Β  How did you come to this conclusion?
      I think that I'm an extrovert, but sometimes I'm just not sure.

      Would you be so kind as to go back to the original post and paste the link to this post?Β  That way, we have all the #BIF's in one place πŸ™‚

      Thanks for joining in.

      Sue

       

      Author's profile photo Faisal Iqbal
      Faisal Iqbal
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Susan Keohan,

      It's an interesting series, allowing us to learn more about each other, and beyond SAP as well πŸ™‚

      I think I'm not completely an introvert now but because I'm not an extrovert at all, I thought I belong to the first category of people. I have always loved solitude but in the last few years I have started to feel okay around people (and the credit goes to my wife who likes socializing).

      I have added the link of this post to the original post here. It's great to find other similar narratives at one place πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo Isabel Sanchez
      Isabel Sanchez

      Faisal Iqbal thank you for the mention. I will have to post again as Ruthvik Chowdary re-nominated me πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo Faisal Iqbal
      Faisal Iqbal
      Blog Post Author

      Isabel Sanchez maybe you can write part 2 of your story πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo Ruthvik Chowdary
      Ruthvik Chowdary

      well said ?

      Author's profile photo Isabel Sanchez
      Isabel Sanchez

      I will do a second and longer part.

      Author's profile photo Faisal Iqbal
      Faisal Iqbal
      Blog Post Author

      Isabel Sanchez Looking forward to episode # 2 πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo Sudip Ghosh
      Sudip Ghosh

      Great Blog Post, You know what, I am also biriyani lover earlier i used to eat biriyani thrice in a week but now i reduced it to once in a week. I also cook very good Dum Biriyani. Regarding Ras Malai definately one day i will post blog on it πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo Faisal Iqbal
      Faisal Iqbal
      Blog Post Author

      Sudip Ghosh thanks for reading the whole story, until you found the Biryani part πŸ™‚ You have got an extra skill, beyond SAP πŸ˜‰ While talking about Ras Malai and Dum Biryani, I started to feel I should have it soon, so do share the recipes.