Preserving nature

Your article epitomises kaizen in me; it describes how continuous small incremental changes can yield huge results. When we change little things, it proportionally changes lives for the better — emotionally, mentally and financially.

To start our own kaizen a checklist is a simple, useful ‘quality tool’ to organise our life efficiently. My simplest way of applying quality is: think quality, do quality, act quality and behave quality — which represents a person’s total outlook. As a senior IT professional in a reputed organisation, I used to impart this little quality tip to others during every orientation and training programme. We used to provide a three-month work placement programme for students coming from various universities in the UAE. One of the most motivating rewards I received recently was a call from a UAE national student highlighting the simple checklist that helped her organise her study plan and score the highest in her exam. Quality is a way of thinking and quality is everyone’s responsibility. The kaizen way teaches us that “going slowly but surely is less intimidating than setting huge goals”.

Congratulations, Rajendran Kandy (Abu Dhabi), on your winning entry! We will be in touch with you shortly.

Learning to love

Sincere thanks to Bikram Vohra because I came to know how lucky I am that my husband has none of those negative points (Husbands and other hellions, Feb 17). Fights sometimes bring couples closer but pointing out mistakes all the time is somewhat questioning your love. Life is all about love. If you can’t forgive someone you love, then life is not really worth living. All those points were no doubt worth hating but at times, the wife must also compromise so that the husband can understand his faults and avoid fights.

Priya Patnaik, by email

Blast from the past

The article about Hampi in the latest issue virtually transported me to the actual location when I enjoyed visits to Bellary and the famous stone temple ruins of the Virupaksha Temple and the Vittal Temple Complex (The ruins are alive, Feb 17). It is important to highlight the magnificence of such places so that they can benefit from the exposure. I have lived in Al Ain for the last 20 years and enjoyed wknd. as my favourite magazine. Here’s wishing your team more success in the future!

Sukanya Kumar, Al Ain

The importance given to such natural resources by wknd. is really appreciable (The ruins are alive, Feb 17). There are many old monuments and places around the world that can be brought to life as in the case of Hampi in Karnataka and Bu Tinah, a protected marine environment in Abu Dhabi. UNESCO also sanctions various projects, such as preserving Asia’s palm-leaf manuscripts in order to obtain information on ancient sciences, arts etc. I used to witness such works being carried out by the Institute of Asian Studies, Chennai with the support of UNESCO and under the guidance of Dr John Samuel. We need to support the local and international authorities that are helping bring back our natural resources to good form.

S Thanasekar, Sharjah

History to life

Madonna’s attempt to recreate on screen the ever-inspiring love story of Edward VIII and Wallis Warfield Simpson is praiseworthy (Her royal romance, Feb 17). With her experience, symbiotic connection with Wallis and the amount of research she has already done to understand the intricacies of their relationship, we can no doubt expect something classical. Perhaps now we can learn more about the only king who gave up his throne for the woman he loved and the special magnetic power of Wallis that made Edward make such a sacrifice.

John Thomas, by email

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