നവരാത്രി കാല ഓർമ്മകൾ……

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അബുദാബിയിൽ ഉള്ളപ്പോൾ വൈകുന്നേരത്തെ ഒരു പതിവാണ്, രാത്രി കുറച്ചു നേരം സൈക്കിൾ ചവിട്ടുന്നത്. നാട്ടിലെ പോലെയല്ല, നല്ല ഒരു സൈക്കിൾ ട്രാക്ക് ഇവിടെ നഗരത്തിൽ ഒരു വിധം എല്ലാ ഇടത്തും ഒരുക്കിയിട്ടുണ്ട്…. ഈ ശീലം ഉള്ളത് കൊണ്ട് ഒരു കാര്യം ഉണ്ട്. പണ്ട് പഴഞ്ചോല്ലുകളിൽ ഒന്നിൽ പറഞ്ഞത് പോലെ.. അങ്കവും കാണാം താളിയും ഓടിക്കാം…

ഒരു ദിവസ്സം മുഴുവനും ഓഫീസിൽ നടക്കുന്ന ഗുസ്തിയുടെ മാനസികാസ്വാസ്ഥ്യം മാറ്റുകയും, അതോടൊപ്പം, കയ്യിൽ എപ്പോഴും കരുതുന്ന കാമറയിലൂടെ നഗരത്തിന്റെ വിവിധ മുഖങ്ങൾ പകർത്തുകയും ചെയ്യാം.. പലപ്പോഴും പല അരുതാത്ത കാര്യങ്ങൾ ചെയ്യുന്നതു കണ്ടുപിടിക്കാൻ കൂടി ഉപകാരപ്രദമാണ് ഈ സൈക്കിൾ യാത്ര…

പല ദിവസങ്ങളിലും, ഓഫീസിലെ ഓട്ടത്തിനിടയിൽ നക്ഷത്രമെണ്ണുന്നതു പതിവായതു കൊണ്ട്, രാത്രിയാത്രകളിലും, നക്ഷത്രങ്ങളെ വിടാറില്ല… പക്ഷെ ഇന്ന് ഒരാളെയും കിട്ടിയില്ല.. പക്ഷേ, കിട്ടിയ ചന്ദ്രനെ കണ്ടപ്പോൾ ഒരു അതിയായ സന്തോഷം എന്ത് കൊണ്ടോ മനസ്സിൽ തെളിഞ്ഞു വന്നു.. കുട്ടിക്കാലത്തെ മഹാനവമി സമയവും, ഊരകത്തമ്പലത്തിലെ നിറമാലയും വിളക്കും, പിന്നെ മഹാനവമി ദിവസ്സങ്ങളിൽ അവിടത്തെ പഴക്കൊല കൊണ്ട് ഉള്ള അലങ്കാരങ്ങളും..ആ മൂന്ന് ദിവസങ്ങളിൽ ദർശനത്തിനായി പോകുന്ന ദേവി ക്ഷേത്രങ്ങളും എല്ലാം എല്ലാം മനസ്സിൽ ഓടി എത്തി…

അപ്പോൾ ഇന്നത്തെ വൈകീട്ട് സൈക്കിൾ സവാരിയിൽ അങ്കവും കണ്ടു താളിയും ഒടിച്ചു ….എന്താണല്ലേ ഞാൻ ഇങ്ങനെ സൈക്കിളിൽ നിൽക്കുന്ന ഒരു ഫോട്ടോയുമായി ഈ മഹാനവമി വാർത്ത ഇട്ടിരിക്കുന്നത് എന്നതായിരിക്കും നിങ്ങളുടെ അടുത്ത ചിന്തയും ചോദ്യവും.?

വിദ്യാരംഭം… അത് പല തരത്തിൽ ഉള്ള വിദ്യകൾക്കു, നല്ല കാര്യങ്ങൾക്കു, ശുഭകരമായ ഒരു അവസ്സരം ആണ്. ഈ വിദ്യാരംഭത്തോടനുബന്ധിച്ചു .ഞങ്ങൾ വിദ്യാർത്ഥികളിൽ റോഡ് സുരക്ഷാ അവബോധനത്തിന്റെ ഭാഗമായി അവർക്കു അറിവുകൾ പകർന്നു നൽകാനുള്ള പുസ്തങ്ങൾ തയ്യാറാക്കുന്നുണ്ട്.. അതോടൊപ്പം തന്നെ, സൈക്കിളിൽ വരുന്ന കുട്ടികളിൽ സുരക്ഷയുടെ ഭാഗമായി ഒരു ഹെൽമെറ്റ് കൂടി വയ്ക്കുന്ന കാര്യം ഒരു ശീലമാക്കാനും ഉള്ള ശ്രമത്തിലാണ്…

കുട്ടികൾക്ക് സൈക്കിൾ വാങ്ങി കൊടുക്കുമ്പോൾ, ഒരു ഹെൽമെറ്റ് കൂടി വാങ്ങിച്ചു കൊടുക്കാൻ മറക്കരുതേ… അത് വച്ച് ചവിട്ടുന്നത് അവരുടെ ഒരു ജീവിതചര്യ ആയി മാറട്ടെ… അങ്ങനെ വളരുന്ന തലമുറ തീർച്ചയായും, ഹെൽമെറ്റ് വച്ച് ബൈക്ക് ഓടിക്കുകയും, സീറ്റ് ബെൽറ്റ് ഇട്ടു കാറുകളും വലിയ വാഹനങ്ങൾ റോഡ് സുരക്ഷാ മാര്ഗങ്ങള് കൃത്യമായി പാലിച്ചു ഓടിക്കുന്നവരായി തീരും.

എപ്പോഴും ഓർമിക്കുക, നമ്മുടെ സുരക്ഷാ മാത്രമല്ല, എല്ലാവരുടെയും സുരക്ഷ പ്രാധാന്യം അർഹിക്കുന്നതാണ്. അത് കൊണ്ട് വളരെ ശ്രദ്ധയോടെ റോഡിൽ സഞ്ചരിക്കുകയോ, വാഹനം ഓടിക്കുകയോ ചെയ്യുക..

മഹാനവമി ആശംസകൾ
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World Cerebral Palsy Day – 6 October

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Today is World Cerebral Palsy Day.. Attaching a video of little Meenu, from Sharjah enjoying the Panchari Melam by Padmashree Peruvanam Kuttan Marar… His music is divine and enthralls millions.. but it becomes Extra Special when I get to see it captivates children like her.. The video was presented to me by her mother Reshmi Binu.#TalentShare takes this opportunity to wish, Meenu and millons of other special children on this day.

TALENT SHARE turns 10!

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http://talentshare.blogspot.com/ and http://team1talentshare.blogspot.com/ is an initiative I started on 6th October 2008.

What a surprise! Incidentally, it’s the 10th anniversary day of it today.

Talent Share is a creative concept with the motto “A Talent or Knowledge Within You Is To Be Shared”.  It is because I strongly believe, if you do not share your talent or knowledge, it will die with you, whereas if you pass it on, you will remain immortal.

It was created to promote non-performing talent among children, especially, those with painting, sketching, poetry writing, story writing etc. I felt that those children with musical abilities or dancing skills always stole the limelight at school and public programmes whereas those who excelled in other areas remained sidelined.

I encouraged parents to request their children to draw, write and then present to me their creative skills as jpeg files and/or record their children performing on musical instruments and send to me the clippings and then posted them on this blog giving them individual page link.

It took time to convince them, but then, it was accepted wholeheartedly and at some point of time, membership of TalentShare Facebook page went above 600 participating children.

It was an answer to those parents who found it difficult to manage time for children, taking them to dedicated training institutes or gurus for developing their skills. A group of us guided them, encouraged both the parents and children to devote a few minutes per week for developing their innate talent. The result was amazing!.

We held competitions monthly and gave prizes to all the participating kids, without selecting them as first, second, third prize winners.  Students from schools in all over UAE and even from India, Singapore, Qatar, Bahrain, and Australia participated in the activities.

As days evolved, several other options and opportunities came to children, many of them copying this concept without imbibing its actual intentions. I still continue to promote any such talent whenever I identify them, through a dedicated FB group for Talent Share.

( https://www.facebook.com/groups/Team1TalentShare/ )

At the time Talent Share celebrates its 10th anniversary, I wish to remember and thank all the children who participated in the initial days and made it a success. I also thank Ms. Seema Shetty, of NMC group, who was confident enough to support me with gifts for many monthly competitions.

I also thank Vijayettan, Godfrey Antony,  Shaji Vallikkattiri, RJ Charu of 89.7 Hum FM and many parents from Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah  for encouraging me to come out each time with new creative activities, some of them still remain unmatched. Sincere thanks to also my family for supporting all my creative pursuits.

If you identify a person who has a talent or knowledge skills that you believe should get promoted, please do not think for even a fraction of a second. Now you know where to present his skills. #TalentShare.

To know more, you may contact me on rameshmenonabudhabi@gmail.com

Once again, sincere thanks for your continued support.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

6th October 2018

Mind Speaks: Some connections happens just like that And stays forever

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I love to visit Mumbai during rainy season. It is because I love to see Mumbai when it rains. To photography it during the rain is something very special.
Normally, I stay in hotels close to the airport. Approximately 14 years during one such, I was waiting outside the hotel with my camera kit to see whether I can get a suitable taxi to go around Mumabi.
It was the days of Maruti Omni’s, and one such high roof car slowed down. I asked him, can we go around for a drive. He asked me where? I said, no such specific places, but take me wherever you feel I can click some good photos. It was around 08:00 am in the morning and we finished the day at 10:00 pm and then straight to airport to catch the flight back to Abu Dhabi.

A strong bond was made that day. Till now, whenever I am in Mumbai, I have a safe person to take me around. With more than 2 camera, and all other valuable items, I can safely travel with him, without any fear. Trust and dependability is a key factor in building relationships. Moreover, he is a safe driver too.

Over the period of years, life has evolved in several ways for him and me. We both lost a few key family members battling cancer. Whatever little help I could, I always passed on to him. In turn he has never ever asked me for a favor.

Only change that has happened in him is his car. He has Hyundai car instead of the old Maruti Omni High roog, (which I still prefer a better one than this). He got married, has children now.

If you are in Mumbai and wish to take his service, you can call him with confidence. His number is there on the photo.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi.

VOICE OF TISS – Vol-2 Dt 19 September 2018

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Presenting to you VOICE OF TISS – Vol-2 Dt 19 September 2018.


Inviting you all to listen to it in full, as it is an attempt by a group of children with special abilities.

I am extremely happy to say that, if I had offered the same opportunity to children with abilities, they would have ignored me and maybe even ridiculed me. These children are from a close-knit family named “Team India Special Smiles” under the umbrella of Indian Association Sharjah.

The children are encouraged to read out one or two headings from the newspapers and their siblings join in to complete the news with an additional two or three lines, while their parent record it. They then send the recording to me by WhatsApp and making my job simple, as simple as you can see, to listen to them, enjoy them and compile this news clippings into a one good audible audio/video format. Excuse them, or excuse all the team involved for any shortcomings.

As I believe strongly on my concept, Talent Share – A Talent or Knowledge Within You is to be Shared, they too have stepped in and proved, “Yes, We Can and Of Course, We Will”.

In case you wish to assist TISS in any way, you may contact them on teamindia1729@gmail.com.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi
@rameshmenonauh
rameshmenonabudhabi@gmail.com
19 September 2018

Team India Special Smiles

I also take this opportunity to thank Rajeev Saparya for creating the title music for Voice of TISS.
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ഇരിങ്ങാലക്കുട റെയിൽവേ സ്റ്റേഷൻ പരിസരം ഒരു വലിയ ആരോഗ്യ വിപത്തിൽ!

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Migratory birds at Irinjalakuda Railway station. It’s impossible for passengers to walk around without getting a shower of ….. from them. Parking of vehicles – out of question.

ദേശാടന പക്ഷികളുടെ സാന്നിധ്യകൂടുതൽ കാരണം ഇരിങ്ങാലക്കുട റെയിൽവേ സ്റ്റേഷനും പരിസരവും ആരോഗ്യത്തിനു ഹാനികരമായ അവസ്ഥ സൃഷ്ടിക്കുന്നു. അനേകം പക്ഷികൾ തമ്പടിച്ചിരിക്കുന്നതു സ്റ്റേഷനോട് ചേർന്ന് ഉള്ള വന്മരങ്ങളിലാണ്. അവയുടെ വിസർജ്യം വന്നു വീഴുന്നത് റെയിൽ യാത്രക്കായി വരുന്നവരുടെ വാഹനങ്ങളിലോ അവരുടെ ശരീരത്തിലോ ഒക്കെ. കൂടാതെ ഈ വിസർജ്യം അവിടെ കിടന്നു, മഴവെള്ളത്തിലൂടെ ഒലിച്ചു സമീപ പ്രദേശങ്ങളിലേക്കും എത്തി പെടുന്നു. സഹിക്കാൻ പറ്റാത്ത മണത്തോടെ യാത്രക്കാർ മൂക്ക് പൊത്തി പിടിച്ചു നിൽക്കുന്നത് സ്ഥിരം കാഴ്ച. ശ്വാസകോശ സംബന്ധമായ അസുഖമുള്ളവർ ഈയിടെയായി ഈ സ്റ്റേഷനിൽ നിന്ന് യാത്ര ഒഴിവാക്കുന്നു എന്നാണ് അറിയാൻ കഴിഞ്ഞത്.

സ്റ്റേഷൻ അധികൃതരുമായി കുറച്ചു നേരം സംസാരിച്ചതിൽ നിന്ന് മനസ്സിലാക്കിയത്, ഇതിനകം തന്നെ പല ഓട്ടോ ടാക്സി തൊഴിലാളികളും, സ്റ്റേഷൻ ജീവനക്കാർക്കും ശ്വാസകോശ രോഗങ്ങൾ വന്നു കഴിഞ്ഞു എന്നാണ്.

രാത്രിയിലെ വെളിച്ചവും, എല്ലാ സമയത്തും ഉള്ള യാത്രക്കാരുടെ സാമീപ്യവും ഈ പക്ഷികളെ ഇവിടേക്ക് ആകർഷിക്കുന്നു. ഓരോ പക്ഷിയും ദിവസ്സേന ഏകദേശം 3.5 കിലോയോളം മൽസ്യത്തെയോ മറ്റു ചെറു ജന്തുക്കളെയോ ഭക്ഷിക്കുന്നു എന്നാണു കണക്കാക്കപ്പെടുന്നത്. ഇത് വൻ രീതിയിൽ ഈ പ്രദേശത്തെ ജന്തു ജല ജീവി സന്തുലിതക്കു ദോഷം വരുത്തുന്നു എന്ന വസ്തുതയും നമ്മൾ മുന്നിൽ കാണേണ്ടതുണ്ട്.

വല്ല വിധേനയും ഇവയെ ഇവിടെ നിന്ന് തുരത്തിയില്ലെങ്കിൽ ഇനിയും നിരവധി യാത്രക്കാരും അവരുടെ വാഹനങ്ങളും സ്റ്റേഷൻ തൊഴിലാളികളും ഈ ദുരവസ്ഥ അനുഭവിക്കേണ്ടി വരും.

സമീപ പ്രദേശത്തെ എഞ്ചിനീയറിംഗ് കോളേജ് / ടെക്നിക്കൽ കോളേജ് വിദ്യാർത്ഥികൾ ഇത് ഒരു പ്രൊജക്റ്റ് ആയി എടുത്തു, റെയിൽവേ അധികൃതരുമായി ഒത്തു ചേർന്ന് ഏതെങ്കിലും തരത്തിലുള്ള ഹൈ ഫ്രീക്യുൻസി തരംഗങ്ങൾ ഉപയോഗിച്ച് ഇവയെ ഓടിക്കാൻ ഒരു ശ്രമം നടത്തിയാൽ, ആ മരങ്ങൾ മുറിക്കാതെ ഈ ആരോഗ്യ പ്രശ്നത്തിന് ഒരു പരിഹാരം ആവും.

— at Irinjalakuda railway station.

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UAE residents help with Kerala relief efforts

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Abu Dhabi: When the going gets tough, the tough get going. This was proven by a group that I am a part of called the “Our Irinjalakuda”, a Facebook group based out of Irinjalakuda in Thrissur, India.

During the recent Kerala floods, the group with around 60,000 members and about 200 active volunteers formed a team and got to work. None of them were experienced or experts in disaster management. But, they lead, took orders, guided and acted forgetting their caste, creed, political party or ideologies.

The momentum they generated to coordinate this activity triggered and transformed to the group’s first relief support operation in the Alappuzha district, which was one of the heavily affected areas.

A small team left with a pickup truck, loaded with essential food and medicine supplies, to personally distribute to and support those in need. However, they didn’t know what was in store for them over the next few days.

All the dams and rivers started overflowing and the water level started increasing. As the paddy fields got flooded, the bridges and roads started collapsing and transportation became absolutely impossible.

Temporary disaster control centres were quickly formed. Members took different lead roles and were supported by local students. The effective use of WhatsApp and Facebook came to prominence at this point when electricity was cut and there was no radio or disaster management communication systems in place.

Jithesh Ambady, one of the members of the group, created a support group on WhatsApp, which became the lifeline of supplies for not only Thrissur district, but also to all the badly affected areas in Kerala.

He told Gulf News: “My mother and sister’s family are all witnesses and victims of this natural disaster. I was able to understand from them, the critical moments of seeing death passing right in front you. If I was able to do anything about it, it was all because of the good friendships I have. With the small time frame that we had, whatever we were able to do for the needy is the result of the priceless relationships we hold.”

He efficiently utilised the public transport buses. With the support from their staff, they transported essential medicines and food supply in the initial stages and later cleaning aids.

Dr Rose Anto, another member of the group, said: “The relief efforts taught us many things, but most importantly that humans should be interdependent and must keep an eye on social causes, always. If united we are strong.”

Those who were stuck outside of the town as well many non-resident Indians sprung into action, coordinating these activities by keeping vigil at night when those on ground took an hour or two for rest and regrouping.

The youth came up with several ideas and collaborated with the government authorities in the rebuild process. Teams were formed and spread out to each village and carried out cleaning operations and relief support.

Before the government system started their action, this relief group thought well ahead and sourced items for cleaning, disinfecting and also formed small teams to support restoration of water and electricity.

The team also started to clean the affected homes and scan them thoroughly for snakes or other reptiles. They worked in coordination with Snake Wild Animal Rescue Association (Swara).

All these activities were systematically done keeping the local authorities informed and taking them along to oversee, so that there is absolutely no fund or material mismanagement.

The disaster management outlined above is just one example. There are several other groups from all parts of Kerala that deserve merit. At the end of the day, everyone was united, stood together and worked their way around during those extremely difficult days. All are heroes and they proved that working together works.

As the government works on the rebuilding process, questions are in plenty from the general public on how we can cut costs and function efficiently. The government could introduce a mandatory and major cut on the allowances for ministers and support staff and reduce their numbers.

Apart from that, there are several commissions and bodies, which are consuming enormous funds from the government. Why not dissolve them once and for all and save costs?

There are also a large number of advisors for several ministers who are pampered with huge payment and government facilities. Why not reduce them and let the government come out with an open online portal for public to provide free and professional advice?

Each government minister and all higher authorities are luxuriously pampered with at least one or two police escort cars and personnel when they move around. Why don’t we implement a permanent stop to this?

All the above questions, if answered, could lead to quicker rebuilding of our beautiful Kerala.

— The reader is an Abu Dhabi resident.

Team India Special Smiles (TISS) children create history

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A first of it’s kind whatsapp news reading initiative was launched at 1:53 am on Friday, 8th September 2018.

Team India Special Smiles (TISS) is a volunteer based non-profit organisation in INDIA for Special Needs individuals and families.

An idea that came to my mind while doing a truly divine session for the children of TISS, relayed to them and whole-heartedly accepted and implemented with true devotion and dedication. I know, and I know you all know the effort that they took to produce this first edition of this news reading program, titled “Voice of TISS” is extra special.

As part of the program plan, children who are able to read and speak are encouraged to read out the headlines from daily newspapers and their parents will record them and send to me by whatsapp. My role is to compile them and continuously encourage them with guidance at difference stages of this production.

You won’t believe on day one itself, 4 children volunteered and took the challenge. To start with 3 of them created the news on their own about their dream school, that has been approved recently. The topic was selected by these children and their parents. So, you can imagine how closely and fast they took this initiative to their heart. 4th reader talked about the Sharjah Book Fair. They even selected the theme music, and provided me the famous DD music with the first part of the news!.

The art of reading books, newspaper and reading it loud is very important. This is becoming a forgotten art among children who are abled. Here is a group who are divinely abled showing it to the world, “Yes, We Can and Of Course, We Will”.

My sincere congratulations to the children, their parents, the office bearers of TISS and Indian Association Sharjah for supporting these blessed children.

The audio and video of this news reading will be available on Sound Cloud, Youtube, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. You are welcome to encourage them with your positive comments and guidance.

Due to limited resources available with me right now, the first few editions will be done with minimum video and photos. However, as we progress, you can be assured to watch a full fledge news reading broadcast from these children. I am optimistic about it.

Looking forward,

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

8th September 2018

#TISS #TalentShare – A Talent or Knowledge Within You Is To Be Shared

Video link on Youtube: https://youtu.be/IS_41cS597E

Kindness of a different genre by ADIS students

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ADIS students at the Spirit of Giving Charity Event organised during the holy month of Ramadan

I always love to encourage children and use my blogging activity named Talent Share with the motto “A Talent or Knowledge Within You Is To Be Shared” for it. It is rare that I ignore such an opportunity when I get to know or notice.

During the final days of Ramadan a group of final grade boys from Abu Dhabi Indian School (ADIS) Muroor approached me and told me about their Principal Mr. Neeraj Bhargava’s captivating words: “An effort made for the happiness of others lifts us above ourselves.”  A simple statement, but it echoed in their mind repeatedly and lead to a brainstorming session to what became the first of its kind by the school during the holy month.

Everything fell into place quickly for the student-teacher led initiative of collecting contributions to buy a thermal flask, fruits and dates for 500 laborers residing in a camp at Mussaffah.

Approximately 5000 students from Grade 3 to 12 participated wholeheartedly in this initiative. Each one of them enacted with a strong sense of respect, value and care to share.

On the evening of 11th June, the children set off with the items in their school buses accompanied by the staff to meet just before Iftar, the unsung heroes. It was a great feeling for the students who participated in this “Spirit of Giving”, charity event organized by ADIS.

“It started off as an idea to give back something small to those who give us silently so much. A week later we were filling the stomachs and setting smiles in many people”, said Ahmed Hashim, Grade 12 and Head Boy of Abu Dhabi Indian School.

Accepting the gifts and seeing the joy which radiated from the laborers made the students realize the infinite value of those simple but by now immensely precious items of love shared.

Participating in such an event for the first time, Aditya Mani, Grade 11 said, “It was a mixed feeling. On one hand, we could experience how they lived their daily life and on the other hand we could see the joy on their eyes. At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or what you’ve accomplished. It’s all about who’s spirit you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made feel better. It’s about what you’ve given back.”

Continuing with his ever smiling expression, which was double this time he said, one of the recipient, who received our token of affection said to us “more than the food items, the gesture of giving us a flask brought memories of our families back home. We will take it back home as it will be more useful to our elderly parents”.

His classmate Umang Bhandari, Grade 11 said “We all learnt about how lucky we are. Seeing their happiness, gave us a joyous feeling that we felt couldn’t be fetched from any other materialistic actions. The happiness I saw in their eyes made me experience something inexpressible. It inspires me now to do something even better for them. After all, a human is a human who lives for other humans”.

Elachezhiyan Kavyan, Grade 8 concurred, “This was an amazing opportunity as I wanted to serve people and experienced it first time. Something new. How people live, not like us! Happy to see them. If there is any such activities in future, I will definitely participate”.

Commenting on the students initiatives, Mr. Bhargava concluded “Our school is a large mix of diverse culture in Abu Dhabi and prides itself not only on academic success, but also on creating school ethos which connects community at its heart. We actively encourage all students to get involved in charitable activities locally and internationally. Although our starting point was altruistic, we’ve found that by giving something to others we’re reaping rich rewards as a school of relevance. Specially, this is the Year of Zayed and the students touched base with his values and sure to inspire and contribute humanitarianly more next time.

Photos by Mohammed Adnan and Ahmed Razak (Grade XI).

Best wishes to the entire team and I am sure that this will be an inspiration for the student community of Abu Dhabi Indian School to continue with sustained interest and effort to serve the community around.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

@rameshmenonauh/ rameshmenonabudhabi@gmail.com

Sharjah Vantage Point 6: “Performance” opens

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Sharjah Vantage Point 6 opens.

Vantage Point Sharjah 6 (VPS6) is the sixth iteration of Sharjah Art Foundation’s annual initiative supporting the practice of photography within the GCC. Open call was extended to submit photographs from all nationalities who reside in the UAE and Other GCC Countries on the theme of “𝗣𝗘𝗥𝗙𝗢𝗥𝗠𝗔𝗡𝗖𝗘”.

The opening was attended by distinguished guests, artists, photographers and public.

Vantage Point 6: Performance is organised by Sharjah Art Foundation. President and Director of Sharjah Art Foundation Hoor Al Qasimi is a practising curator and artist, as well as Director of the Sharjah Biennial.

A large number of applicants, with a variety of professional backgrounds, skill sets and interests, responded to the call for Vantage Point Sharjah 6. The exhibition presents a wide-ranging selection of photography, which uniquely expands upon the theme and speaks to the development of a vibrant community.

It is the 2nd time my clicks are getting selected to this prestigious international exhibition organised by Sharjah Art, under the patronage of the ruling family of Sharjah.

If you are visiting Sharjah during this period, welcome to attend.

𝗘𝘅𝗵𝗶𝗯𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗗𝗮𝘁𝗲𝘀: 𝟭𝟰 𝗝𝘂𝗹—𝟴 𝗦𝗲𝗽𝘁 𝟮𝟬𝟭𝟴
𝗩𝗲𝗻𝘂𝗲:𝗚𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝟭 & 𝟮 𝗔𝗹 𝗠𝘂𝗿𝗲𝗶𝗷𝗮𝗵 𝗦𝗾𝘂𝗮𝗿𝗲 Sharjah

The photos, artists and myself:

Ramesh Menon

1967, Kerala, India
Lives and works in Abu Dhabi

Photos and narration:

An epic through the eyes
2017

Dr. Haripriya Nambudiri  (as lady character Syrandhri) 

Digital print/Dimensions 47 x 30 cm

Narrating an epic through the eyes
2017

In the photo: From left  Margi Rantakaran (on Maddalam), Kalamandalam Jishnu Ravi ( as lady character Sudeshana), Kalamandalam Dr. Haripriya Nambudiri  (as lady character Syrandhri), Kottakal Madhu (first singer at back), Kalamandalam Vishnu (second singer at back).

Digital print / Dimensions 40 x 30 cm

Ramesh Menon’s photographs depict the traditional art form Kathakali, which is always a ‘feast for the eyes’ as it enthralls audiences with music, action, emotional impact and literary finesse. These photos capture a moment in the performance of the play Keechakavadam, jointly organised by the India Social and Cultural Centre, Kerala Social Centre, Manirang and Sakthi Theatres in Abu Dhabi. Renowned artists, musicians and percussionists added their experience and skills to complete this tauryatrika [triple symphony] experience. Dr Haripriya Nambudiri, a full-time professional female artiste—a rarity in this art form—played the character of Syrandhri.

Menon tries his best to create a family of positive and quality-minded people. Bringing creativity into life and never giving up are the two wheels of his life cycle, which has been revolving and evolving a great deal and determined to continue too. He writes a blog clicksandwrites.com and takes small steps towards his objectives to encourage talent and serve the community around. He believes that all great achievements and success in life, as well as all changes for the better, have one powerful characteristic in common: The First Step. ‘Take the first step, and the journey has a way of taking care of itself.’ Menon is an active participant in various Have Your Say programmes within the UAE and elsewhere. This participation has resulted in his winning several prestigious awards over the last few years.

Menon currently works as Communications Coordinator with Total in Abu Dhabi