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Dangerous waterslides, not as safe as you think

Sadly, this doesn’t surprise me at all because many of these water rides are an accident waiting to happen (‘11-year-old killed in British theme park fall’, Gulf News, May 11). For instance, in Florida when I was a child, my father and I went on a similar ride to this one. In the boat, you sit one after the other and I was sitting in front of my father between his knees. At the moment in the ride when we come out of the dark cave and drop down a really steep slide, I was light enough that I wasn’t going down the same direction as the boat since there were no straps. My father actually hurt his back, trying to squeeze me with his legs to stop me from falling out! These rides can be dangerous, especially for small children.

From Ms Emily Cane

UAE

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Declining rents, unlikely!

What a joke, Dubai rent is not going down and knowing that the city is further improving its infrastructure and how the Dubai Metro is being extended, property prices will surely rise and so will the rents (‘Dubai rents under pressure’, Gulf News, May 11). Most properties in Dubai are financed and the banks end up putting that cost on its customers by charging more interest and the rental index will rise automatically.

From Mr Raffi Aman Mohammad

UAE

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He made everything alright

Our association with Dr M. Viswanathan began 11 years ago (‘Popular Indian doctor in UAE dies of cancer’, Gulf News, May 8). He was the attending paediatrician in the delivery room when our eldest was born. He made the mistake of giving us his mobile number. Being a first-time mum, I made the most of calling him up to ask the silliest of questions. He always answered his phone and was the epitome of patience. Walking into his clinic one felt immediately reassured. There was something about his demeanour and smile that made everything alright. We followed him around the city from clinic to clinic. Where he went, we followed, knowing that the touch of his hands would make the children better in no time.

I am sure there are many families like us who will miss not just a great doctor, but an amazing human being.

From Ms Ambreen Khan

UAE

Revenge politics

There is an old doctrine that the dirt of politics should not be washed in the laundry of the judiciary. This is exactly what’s going on in the political scene of Pakistan. The recent cases of party funding of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the personal property of Imran Khan in Bani Gala, a residential area in Islamabad, Pakistan, are being heard at the Supreme Court. In the latest hearing, the petitioner, who is a member of the ruling party, has asked the court justice to deal with Khan in the same manner as Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif when he was probed in the Panama hearings.

Is this some childish game, where both babies are counter attacking? Can the ruling party behave in a lot more rational manner? The forum, where they are talking at is the Supreme Court, not their personal drawing rooms. Khan has openly been talking about his flat and Islamabad residence for decades now. These tactics of the ruling party are only further damaging their own credibility, if any.

As always, Khan would shine with grace and success.

From Ms Khaula Shahbaz Rao

Lahore, Pakistan

Some players overlooked

At last some commonsense has prevailed upon India’s cash rich cricket board to toe the line with the Supreme Court appointed committee to send India’s team to participate in the forthcoming Champions Trophy (‘BCCI meeting clears India for Champions Trophy’, Gulf News, May 8). Though the selectors have gone with the tried and tested players to represent the country, we feel some of the talented and consistently performing youngsters have been overlooked by the selectors. Though we agree with the selectors that M. S. Dhoni is the best wicket keeper, his form with the bat is worrisome. But while the form is temporary, class is permanent. So is the case with Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin. However, there are some players like Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan, who seem to be fortunate to be on the team.

They, as well as Rohit Sharma, are once in a blue moon performers! All the wicket keeper batsmen like Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson and even Dinesh Karthik are on a roll. We could only feel sorry for these players.

From Mr N. Mahadevan

Mylapore, India

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