Those were the days
The 90s are more of a feeling than a memory. Having grown up in the UAE and reading WKND issue dated Jan 17, brought back nostalgic memories.
It also brought to mind a small tête-à-tête I had with my children. Recently, I went to meet an aunt, who had come to the UAE to visit her children. My children noticed how she hugged me and how much we spoke during those short 30 minutes. Later, my children asked me if she was related to me. "No," I said. "We were neighbours for more than 20 years."
My children were amazed at the kind of bonhomie we shared. I tried to explain to them how different relationships were at that time. Those were the days when we had more time to spend with our neighbours though we had a six-day week at school - a time when we looked forward to finishing our homework and running out to play; a time when delicacies made at homes were shared; a time when video cassettes bought at one home were shared and watched by all neighbours; a time when Eid, Christmas and Diwali were celebrated together by families and friends; a time when neighbours were more of family than friends!"
-Anju Annie, by email
The striking journey of Ranulph Fiennes has motivated me to do so much more in life. His words (The Name is Fiennes, Ranulph Fiennes, Jan 17), radiated politeness and maturity. Though he is regarded as the world's greatest living explorer, he has displayed humility. Being a part of the young generation, I feel dejected even at small failures. A small paper cut on my finger bothers me. But Sir Fiennes has not let his handicap of losing a finger come in the way. There are important life lessons to be learnt from his adventures. A man who puts others before himself, he comes across as humble and goal-driven. He truly is a hero.
Raksha S, by email
Hugs to positivity, happiness
All articles in the Jan 17 issue were excellent. Hugs can help you grow needs special mention. Embracing someone gives them a feeling of protection and love. I took a screenshot of the article and sent it to all my friends and relatives. In this busy, modern world, hugs are important, especially to kids and the elderly.
Lisa Anoj, by email
* How the author turned hugs into something that generates happiness is amazing. I am going through the same phase with my 22-year-old son, who is studying in Pakistan. Sometimes, it is frustrating when things do not go as per plan. And it frustrates more when I am not with him and cannot guide him. Now I know I can send hugs from the UAE, and why not? The article has given me hope. Hugs to WKND.
Abdul Nasir Mughal, Abu Dhabi
Dilemma men face
The marital guessing game (Jan 17) did tickle the funny bone as it reminded me of the dilemma I face every time my wife does her eye-brows and puts forth those perennial three words 'notice something different?' But apart from the uneasiness, I look at it in a positive way. That is the love and care she expects to be reciprocated.
Yes, hugs can help you grow. The warmth emanated from each other in a hug does make the heart grow fonder. It dissipates ill feelings and spreads good vibes. And, finally, I greatly admire the grit and determination of Ranulph Fiennes (The Name is Fiennes, Ranulph Fiennes, Jan 17). His love for adventure is contagious.
Saifuddin S F Khomosi, Dubai
Deepika Padukone has proven her identity as a versatile actress (Why tinseltown needs Deepika, Jan 17). She is highly talented and has been appreciated for her remarkable roles. Recently, she appeared in Chhapaak in which she plays the role of an acid attack survivor. Sensitive and social issues depicted in movies have attracted attention. I appreciate her for doing such roles.
Krishnapriya Ayillath, by email