Parents urged not to drive with children on their laps – My Letters – Gulf News Dt 31.01.2012
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13: infants were hurt in road accidents in 2011
20: infants were injured the previous year
This is a common scenario. I get to see and keep a controlled silence, because, I wonder, what they think about their own safety, their child’s safety, others who are in the car, and on the road at the same time with them. I really do not know. Women are not exemption. Last week, while driving on Shaikh Zayed Road, I watched with awe a woman, with a fully tinted four wheel drive speeding with her child on her lap (between the door and the seat) and even more, talking on the phone. God, save us, and reach us back home safe, that is the only prayer, I have, when I drive each time from Abu Dhabi to Dubai and back.
I had a good friend, who was not responding to my calls for a long time. Earlier, we used to talk daily on all matters. I was able to reach him finally and he talked to me for a few minutes.
He said everything was OK with him, but the tone and reply did not sound so. I wish him well.
Another friend of mine was also missing from regular contacts. I was worried about him, and last week I met him at a function.
He hugged me and apologised for not keeping in touch. I asked him where he was all this time. He replied, “I am a free man now.”
I got more anxious and asked him what happened!
He continued, “I have closed all my credit cards. They were killing me day and night. Somehow, I sold off whatever I could and closed them. Now, I have peace of mind.”
I could feel it from the expression on his face.
Yes, he’s one who could come out of the clutches of plastic money that has destroyed several lives.
I wish others too manage to follow in his footsteps.
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A safety culture is critical – Gulf News Community Report – Dt 24.01.2012
A safety culture is critical
— The reader is a technical officer, based in Abu Dhabi
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Children shouldn’t use passers by for target practice – My Letters – The National Dt. 15.01.2012
Broken Link – Short Take – Gulf Today Dt. 14.01.2012
I have been a regular contributor to this column, but I was forced to take a short break from Short Take due to unavoidable circumstances.
What made me look at the stark realities of communication channels is a vacuum created in my life due to the death of a close relative. I am sure, several of you have experienced it. When someone departs from this world without any warning, a link is broken.
There are several things that we closely communicate with that person, which the moment after, we find no one to refer to. It is a difficult situation indeed and, of course, it will change over a period of time, but with the changes associated and with missing personal touches of that special someone in your life.
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