Topless in Dubai !

There is a local newspaper here, called 7 Days. It is distributed free of charge. Till some time last year, we too, used to get it delivered to our home free of charge, until, I discovered the most interesting thing in that newspaper is the “letter to editor, which is used as a tool by the foreign expats to vent out against so many mundane issues .. virtually anything will do ! 

One thing I never understand is the western people who come to work in Dubai !!  While they are in which ever western country that they come from, they have already heard hoards of stories about Dubai in the positive light. They are excieted, get a job and want to stay here. Yet as soon as they land up in Dubai, they start their whinning about EVERYTHING, wanting to make Dubai, a western country.

They forget this is a muslim arab country. The law is Shariah. The culture is Arabic and the Religion is Islam.

Imagine the audacity of a tiny portion of western ladies, wanting to go topless on the beach !!! Not only for the arab world, but in my opinion, for any part of the world, I think, it is utterly ridiculous and obsence ! I would not want to visit the public beaches with my 9 and 7 year old boys knowing they will be exposed to such indecency.  Thank God, these women are far inbetween the very minority of the foreign population. 

At Mall of Emirates.

At Mall of Emirates.

This photo was taken at Mall of the Emirates where they have a dress code !! It is pasted on every entrance yet women like her challenge it !   Can someone please explain how small can this woman’s shorts really get ? 

This is one of the reasons, we have stopped going to Mercato Mall.  The crowd is a mix of older school students baring all their skin in minimalistic clothes. Behaving absolutely non-lady like. And they feel they are looked upon for such behaviour !!  Why are they inviting trouble ??  

Indecent proposal

Indecent proposal

 Whats really sad is that this girl does not have any respect for her arab friend, or else she would have worn something appropriate, looking less of a  _ _ _ _  indecent girl.

I too am a firm believer that women should be given independence and recognized for their capabilities. But I also believe that women tend to be their own worst enemy. They tend to push the limits with everything.. What are the chances of a girl wearing a typically small dress and passing a goup of boys who are going to enjoy the view and propably pass a comment or two ??  Well. thats it,  first they cause temptation and then they say, oh but I didnt mean for it to happen and he molested  me… ofcourse I am not talking about the majority of girls who have been caught up in some looney guys obsession or timely lust but I am talking about the ones, who went looking for trouble !

Here in the arab world,  rape and molestation is surely heard of but it is far and between R A R E !!  Thank God, for the harsh punishments they have for such crimes. Still these crimes do take place.

I wish people would love what they get when they come to Dubai:  freedom and security. How often do we hear of cars or homes being robbed ? VERY VERY RARE !  Infact there is “shock” if something like that happens.  Women can easily hail a cab or even commute at wee hours of the night, without ever having to fear some weirdo ! This is a safe place. You have the freedom, to wear what you want, speak as you would like, interact with a very multicultural crowd and learn so many customs of people of different regions and yet there are people who constantly whine and want to change things …. why are certain roads dug up ? why is the roads and transport authority switching the road system to placing names of the road/streets ? I mean really People whine about everything. If they dont like the city so much they should leave .. but that they wont becoz they already realize how good it feels to stay in the country where a chunk of your salary is not shared with the govt inform of taxes, this is the country of  the sun and the beautiful beaches and they enjoy modern amneties, malls, roads, freedom and security and ofcourse they also realize that they are only pushing the system to find out how much more can they try and change our good ole arab ways to the western ways of never being satisfied with anything.

While I have mentioned Western, I include australians, south africans, new zealanders etc and although geographically incorrect, even Indians !

Kate Rameez

Cheap therapy

The Cheap Therapy Soulbooster Word is FORGET.

Remember to forget.
Forget the stuff that’s weighing you down.
Forget the things that dim your natural brilliance.
Forget grudges and resentments.  Holding onto either is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.

Forget limits.  Remember possibilites.
Forget fear.  Remember faith and courage.
Forget old rules.  Remember new dreams.

Forget what anyone (including you!) has told you about your being too ugly, too pretty,  too dumb,  too smart, too fat, too skinny, too anything that slows you  down or zaps your confidence.

Forget what’s-his-name or what’s-her-name. What good is remembering them doing? So who needs ’em?!

Forget anything that’s taking away space in your brain, heart and memory from what’s important.
And the next time someone shakes their finger at you as if to say, “Didn’t I tell you that you should..?” Smile and say, “Oooooooooooooops,

 I forgot

Beautiful Quotes

I just realized that there are more quotes on my blog than photos, my own ramblings and Silly jokes all put together. So this is yet another one of those “uote blogs” that I just “had to” share with you .. here goes :

Patience…patience is a necessary ingredient of genius.  Benjamin Disraeli

Opportunity…Some go through a forest and see no firewood.  English proverb

Experience…Experience is not what happens to you;  it is what you do with what happens to you.  Aldus Huxley

Empowerment…Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.  Margaret Mead

Adaptability…Today, loving change, tumult, even chaos is a prerequisite for survival, let alone success. Thomas J. Peters

Inovation…Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.  Basho from ‘Little Zen Companion”

Renewal…Out of every crisis comes a chance to be reborn.  Nena O’Neil

Imagination…When the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.  Leonardo Da Vinci

Spirit…If wrinkles must be written upon our brow, let them not be written upon the heart; the spirit should not grow old.  James A. Garfield

Inspirational Quotes.


The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.” — Anonymous

Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction.

Don’t squat with your spurs on.

Don’t judge people by their relatives.

Behind every successful rancher is a wife who works in town.

When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

Talk slowly, think quickly.

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.

Don’t interfere with something that ain’t botherin’ you none.

Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.

It’s better to be a has-been that a never-was.

The easiest way to eat crow is while it’s still warm.  The colder it gets, the harder it is to swaller.

If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.

If it don’t seem like it’s worth the effort, it probably ain’t.

It don’t take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep.

Sometimes you get and sometimes you get got.

The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with watches you shave his face in the mirror every morning.

Never ask a barber if you need a haircut.

If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.

Don’t worry about bitin’ off more’n you can chew; your mouth is probably a whole lot bigger’n you think.

Always drink upstream from the herd.

Generally, you ain’t learnin’ nothing when your mouth’s a-jawin’.

Tellin’ a man to git lost and makin’ him do it are two entirely different propositions.

If you’re ridin’ ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it’s still there with ya.

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.

When you give a personal lesson in meanness to a critter or to a person, don’t be surprised if they learn their lesson.

When you’re throwin’ your weight around, be ready to have it thrown around by somebody else.

Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back.

Always take a good look at what you’re about to eat. It’s not so important to know what it is, but it’s sure crucial to know what it was.

The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back into your pocket.

You can’t tell how good a man or a watermelon is ’til they get thumped. (Character shows up best when tested.)

Never miss a good chance to shut up.

If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen are defrocked, shouldn’t it follow that cowboys would be deranged?

Inscription on Mr. Wayne’s headstone:
“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learnt something from yesterday.”



More wise quotes by wise men/women

Energy and persistence conquer all things. ”
~ Benjamin Franklin

“If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain. ”
~ Emily Dickinson

“Do not follow where the path may lead.  Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”
~Robert Louis Stevenson

“If you’re going through hell, keep going. ”
~ Sir Winston Churchill

“Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God. ”
~ Leo Buscaglia

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life:  It goes on. ”
~ Robert Frost

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
~ George Eliot

“The future depends on what we do in the present.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

“To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.”
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

“What we think or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence.  The only thing of consequence is what we do.”   ~ John Ruskin

Iftaar in Ramadan, opening the fast.

Last two days the humidity has gone so high ! Its unbearable to leave the comfort of the airconditioner.  And so the drill has already set in .. Packing meals, school runs, homework and yeah, getting exhausted by Iftaar. 

For my dear Non muslim friends, iftaar is the time at dusk when we open our fast. Iftah in arabic means  “to Open” All Muslims, all over the world will open their fast with a glass of water and three dates.  However what follows is different for every community.

Every year I promise myself that we wont have any deep fried snacks for iftaar and within the first two fasts, this resolution evaporates high in thin air ! Why ? Coz we Indian/Pak Muslims love to have something savory and fried for breaking our fast !!! These days its just three dishes for iftaar. Bhajias or Phulkees are fritters. Could be potato, onions, chillies, cauliflower or even eggs, rolled in a paste of chickpea paste. I have a special recipe for fruit chaat, which is a family secret, but it is the Ratatoiulle of every party ! And ofcourse some water melon is a Must. Fruits are always encouraged, they are light and nutrious, So is yoghurt or Laban.  Apart from these there, are occasional samoosas or tuna kebabs or cutlets or chick pea chaat.  Thats precisely the reason why dinner is very late, ie after Sam comes back from Taravih prayer.   However the arabs have a different tradition, they open their fast with very light snacks followed almost immediately after Magreb prayer by their meal. I have always fancied that way and we have infact tried it out several times, but somehow, my craving gets the better of me by midnight ! 

The other day, we were discussing how in some homes in Old Delhi, people still have full fledge meals for Imsak or Sehri. That is the time just before dawn, before fajr, when we start our fast after eating something light. We have been having oatmeal poridge or some cornflakes and both of us are content, however one sehri we had left over Curry, and Gawd the acidity it caused ! All said and done, Ramadan is the best time to eat healthy and stay healthy provided we dont start eating the wrong kinds of food, during the time, we can eat.   

Would you like to share how you open your fast in the different parts of the world ?

Oops ! Not my cuppa tea !

Exercise Sayings

Aerobics: a series of strenuous exercises which help convert fats, sugars, and starch into aches, pains and cramps.

Commit to be fit.

Eat right. Stay fit. Die anyway.

Fifty years ago people finished a days work and needed rest. Today they need exercise.

Grandma started walking for her health when she was 60. She’s now 97 and we don’t know where the heck she is!

I get enough exercise just pushing my luck.

I get my exercise from spectator sports!

I get plenty of exercise: jumping to conclusions, pushing my luck, and dodging deadlines!

I had to quit jogging for health reasons: my thighs were rubbing together so much my underpants caught on fire!

I have flabby thighs; but fortunately my stomach covers them.

I have to exercise early in the morning before my brain figures out what I am doing.

I might as well exercise; I’m in a bad mood anyway!

I really don’t think I need buns of steel. I’d be happy with buns of cinnamon. Ellen DeGeneres

I took up jogging to hear heavy breathing again!

If God had intended for us to touch our toes, He’d have put them on our knees.

If it wasn’t for my superior willpower, I might be exercising right now!

If it weren’t for the fact that the TV set and the refrigerator are so far apart, I wouldn’t get any exercise at all!

If you are going to try cross country skiing, start with a small country.

I’m belly building – not body building!

I’m in shape – Round is a shape, isn’t it?

I’m not into working out. My philosophy: No pain, no pain. Carol Liefer

Jog a mile – adds a minute to your life – at 85, spend an additional 5 months in a nursing home at $5,000 per month.

Jogging is good for your heart, but it makes your feet mad!

The advantage of exercising every day is that you die healthier.

The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk. Jacqueline Schiff

The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle.

Whenever, I think about exercise, I lie down ’til the thought passes.