Month: January 2017
Readers write to Gulf News about issues affecting them and their community
I was travelling towards Dubai from Abu Dhabi on Shaikh Zayed Road, almost near the World Trade Centre when I noticed an ambulance trying to make way through the heavy traffic. Its driver was finally able to get to the emergency lane and was trying to gain speed to reach its destination. I was alarmed to notice that two bikers, one a delivery guy and another a normal rider were trying to follow it bumper to bumper.
This is an extremely dangerous driving habit and those found using emergency lanes and following speeding ambulances should be reprimanded and heavily fined. They are not thinking of the danger when or if the ambulance driver has to suddenly apply the brakes!
Let us think about road safety at all times. It is our responsibility to remain safe.
From Mr Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi
Dt 28 January 2017
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An ever inspiring personality
I always believe that our life and day-to-day happenings are similar to a journey in a passenger train. We begin from one station with people starting with us at the same time. In between new passengers come into the train from a station on the way. Some of them remain silent without interacting with us. But some get very close to us and remain forever as a good friend, whom we think we had known for a longer time before and look forward to interact from then on.
I am talking about a little girl, who was born in Abu Dhabi on March 9, 1972 to great parents, who were actively involved in community service in the 70s and instrumental in the formation of several prestigious associations for men and women from the Indian Community.
Taking cue from the parents and with inborn talents, she grew up and blossomed, excelling in arts, sports and culture and spread her wings as she got married to a young man.
A mother of two inspiring boys, equally talented in many fields, she was an active member of her college alumni and also the India Social and Cultural Centre Women’s Wing. In addition, she actively participated in the activities of Critical-illness Care Cell known as the CCC in Abu Dhabi, counselling patients who are in their serious nature of illness at a time when they need solace and support.
She was elected winner of the prestigious “Cancer Warrior of the Year” Award given by the ISC Women’s Forum in 2014. A hard-fought cancer fighter, Jasmine Godfrey was an inspiring personality for all friends and family.
She left this world on the night of, Thursday, 26th January 2017. With deep regret I inform the demise of Jasmine this morning at her residence in Trivandrum.
She was a great human being with lot of courage and confidence and fought this battle with smile on her face all the time. Even when I met her on December 28th at Trivandrum, she was full of enthusiasm. The song posted here was recorded by Godfrey and Jasmine on the eve of her departure from Abu Dhabi, which turned out to be her final. A friend and leader to many, a great artist, with commitment and devotion, a great mother, great colleague… several roles she played at the same time with ease.
May god bless her soul to rest in peace. May her family get the courage to move on. She will always be there in our heart, as you all will be too. We are always with you.
Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi
27th January 2017
Presenting here below some of her songs.
Jasmine Godfrey, who was born in Abu Dhabi 41 years ago, remembers many “joyous” times with her family and young friends at the landmark. “We used to spend most of our time there,” she says. “Wherever you are, you come over there to meet us.”
You will find at least 20 to 25 unread messages out of which, you will get a minimum 15 pictures or video forwards! What do you do if you are travelling or if you have a huge contact base in your phone? The odd members who don’t think about the inconvenience that can be caused to the receiver when he forwards pictures and videos. It spoils the significance and benefits of using the platform.
If a person is so fond of disseminating information through WhatsApp, my suggestion is to first upload the voluminous files to either a blog or YouTube channel and then share the link. The receiver can, at his convenience, look at them and it remains there permanently for later referrals. Whereas, if you end up sending too many photos or videos, imagine the situation of someone who is traveling and has limited connectivity and storage capacity? The inconvenience caused will prompt the receiver to exit from such groups or block the sender.
For me personally, WhatsApp is an efficient communication medium, but people are not using it diligently. So much so that recently I had to prepare a warning poster and share it as my keynote on phone and social media to inform my contacts to be considerate on their WhatsApp messages. I also had to exit from four important groups due to the excessive volume of non-relevant pictures and videos being shared to members by some individual members.
From Mr Ramesh Menon
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An increase in accidents is common on foggy days (Accidents around UAE with visibility down to 10 metres, January 3). But then, I would say that more than the weather, it’s drivers’ carelessness and impatience that cause these accidents. It’s a matter of common sense that one will need to slow down and be extra careful in such weather.
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I am just an ordinary expatriate who came to the UAE with lots of hopes and dreams in 1987!. Life has evolved and revolved over the years of my stay in the UAE. I am happy to say that I lived most of my life in the UAE. The journey has not been easy for me all these years. I am worried about the number of people, close family members who have been affected by cancer. Some has already left this world and some fighting it out. I want to support all those who are affected by cancer, some way or other. Also, important is my orientation to promote talent and knowledge through my own initiative called “Talent Share” with a motto – a talent or knowledge within you is to be shared. True, what is the point of having a skill within you, if you are not willing to share it and pass it on to someone who is willing to propagate it!. It is a challenge, as many people who are talented hold on to it without passing on the skills to a second or third person. If we have to live an immortal life, we have to share our skills or talent or knowledge to those around. Remember Talent Share – with the motto “A talent or knowledge within you is to be shared”. Visit www.team1talentshare.blogspot.com and support it.
Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi
1st January 2017
A tour through the mountain areas and once upon a time perennial river links of Kerala during my holidays showed me alarming signs of a danger that is almost here. Lack of rain, and careless usage of water. The coming months are going to be tough in terms of water availability in many parts of Kerala.
Water is Precious. Use it carefully and cautiously to avoid scarcity in the coming months.
On holiday in Kerala and it was very special to meet the barber who used to cut my hair when I was a 5 year old. Time has changed. From 5 to 50, he has moved on from the one chair one mirror village barber shop to 3 chair full length mirrored air conditioned hair style centre with his son along with him. Regards to Babu.
2017 is here and I thought I post a special wish. Normally, my videos carry a title and end slides and narrations. This video is an exception to it. It is because, this video is common to all of us and not exclusive to me and my life. There is everyone of you in it.
Our life is like that of a passenger in a train journey. We get in at some point and interact with our co-passengers during our journey. Live happily and let others live happily too. Always remember to be safe, especially if you are driving and on the road. Remember #startearlydrivecarefullyreachsafely
Also remember to share your talent or knowledge. #Talentshare – a talent or knowledge within you is to be shared.
Wish you all a Happy, Prosperous, Peaceful. Healthier, Tolerant and Safe 2017.