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Life is not easy for most of us. People face different challenges, personal and professional tensions. However, some are fortunate. They enjoy privileges that they don’t deserve.
Opportunities for excelling in one’s field are rare. They have to be grabbed with both hands and mind with a “Thank you” note to God almighty.
But, some take it all lightly. For mundane reasons, they resist changes in life and situations happening around them. What one has to remember is there is no assurance that you will be in the position that you are now the next moment.
The only thing one can control is conduct, dedication and self-discipline. Do not add anything more to existing disharmony. Always try to understand from the other side of the fence.
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Short Take – Gulf Today dated 07 October 2017
|Music, the sea and tradition meet at the Destination Village|
Aside from the ongoing activities and entertainment, village-goers will be able to buy refreshments from 12 cafes and restaurants spread throughout the venue including themed stalls serving shawarmas, Arabic sweets, European, Asian and Mexican cuisine. A special ‘show kitchen’ is at the heart of the ‘Galley’ area and features live cooking demonstrations from professional Spanish, French, South African, Swedish and Emirati chefs.
TCA Abu Dhabi, which is behind the emirate’s VOR campaign is using the event to highlight Abu Dhabi’s swelling sailing and watersport credentials.
“We have it all,” said Al Dhaheri. “Fabulous active marinas, superb winter weather, first-class watersports suppliers, clean seas and generally ambient prevailing winds.
“At this particular event the outdoor life will be in prime focus with over 150 hours of watersport and beach sport events involving upwards of 1,500 people from UAE schools, rugby and soccer clubs, sailing, paddling and fitness clubs. If you live here, there’s no reason to stay indoors at this time of year – and if you live elsewhere and want to escape grey skies – this is the place to be.”
|New look arrival lounge Bangalore Airport|
Sound of Post – Remembering the olden days, when we used to wait for the odd letters to arrive by post, the sound at the postal desk back home, where the van deliver a bag full of letters and the postal clerk sort it and stamp each one of it with a heavy thud at his ink filled desk, as we children wait for the news to collect it before the postman delivers it home by walk. The stock of envelopes and stamps – a few still remain, even though now, I never use. The stamps, the letters, the postal mail – the feeling of reading a hand written letter, wonder the new generation ever experienced it !
Mall shoppers left unprotected under the sun
Busy bus stop at Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi lacks bus shelter By Ramesh Menon, Gulf News Reader Published: June 29, 2012
Shoppers leaving Marina Mall are often left waiting for the bus under the sun because no bus shelter is available at the popular bus stop.
Abu Dhabi’s public buses connect the Marina Mall shopping complex to various points in the city. The service and the buses are very useful for shoppers at the mall.
However, the bus stop in front of the mall doesn’t have a shelter for the passengers. The shades and benches provided are far away from the bus stop. Another issue is that the chain dividers for the taxi parking area act as a hindrance to passengers who have to rush between the taxis and the dividers when the bus arrives.
I urge the mall and other relevant authorities to kindly consider installing temporary sun shades for shoppers who use the bus during this summer period.
The reader is based in Abu Dhabi.
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Family of five survive on leftovers from weddings
- By Rayeesa Absal, Staff Reporter
- Published: 00:00 April 25, 2012
In a place where food wastage is come across too often, the Indian family of five is determined to fight against the odds to survive, they said, but they don’t deny having had second thoughts. The father, Mohammad (full name withheld to protect privacy), confesses that the thought of suicide has crossed his mind several times.
Crying inconsolably, covering his face tightly with his hands, he said that his little one, who is always clinging on to him, is probably the reason he hasn’t gone that far.
“My three daughters, aged nine, seven and two push me to keep trying my best to survive,” he said.
Whenever kind-hearted neighbours, some of whom are working at the wedding hall itself, inform them about a wedding taking place, the entire family waits until about 11pm or midnight — when the celebrations usually come to an end — and then go to the hall to collect leftover food, with the permission of the workers.
“Mostly it is camel meat and rice and other food items we get. We freeze the food in plastic bags, write the date on the bags and ration it out over the week, until there is another wedding,” said Mohammad, 41, who hails from Kerala in India.
“It felt a better option than letting the kids starve,” his wife, added.
Speaking to Gulf News at their home in Al Ain, the family said that they have been struggling financially for some time now. Mohammad has been in the UAE for 16 years, doing interior decoration jobs in households while his family used to live in India.
Like many expatriate workers he missed his family, but could not afford to bring them here. Then some tormenting family issues back home, forced his wife to attempt suicide as she slashed her wrist. Fortunately, she did not succeed, but Mohammad knew he had to bring his family to stay with him to avoid such situations from recurring, he said.
But problems for him began when he decided to be part of a plan of his ‘trusted friend’ to set up a small business. The so-called friend took off with the money, leaving Mohammad indebted to the loan shark. He ended up in prison but his Emirati sponsor managed to get him out of jail after reaching a compromise with the loan shark.
“Now I pay him [the loan shark] Dh1,000 every month out of the Dh1,300 I earn monthly from my sponsor. The remaining is hardly enough to pay even the school fees, let alone grocery,” he said.
Their house, an almost dilapidated extension of a villa, belonging to their house owner, reflects their plight. The only room of the house has a bed with no mattress on one side, a broken air conditioner and a wardrobe with no doors. Torn uniforms and schools bags are tucked away under the bed.
“It is hardest for the children,” Mohammad’s wife said. “Their friends make fun of them at school, about the shabby clothes their father wears. They feel very ashamed.”
A worker from a nearby home, provides them with goat milk and eggs occasionally, she said.
Sigh of relief
The family can now heave a sigh of relief as a charity organisation, Valley of Love (VOL), has taken up their case. The volunteers are helping us sort out our issue — one at a time. They spoke to the school, who then donated [a] few uniforms. We are hopeful of things taking a turn for the better,” Mohammad said.
VOL volunteer Joseph Bobby said that the plight of the family is probably the worst one he has seen in years of working as a volunteer. “There is no use of sympathising after a person commits suicide, rather the community should help when there is still time.” The recent spate of suicides are what prompted VOL to focus on such cases, he said. Most would have given up long before, but they are brave enough to fight it out, added Bobby