An apple a day…
This is with reference to the recent news that the company, Apple Inc. has becomes the world’s first trillion dollar company (“Apple hits $1 trillion stock market valuation”, Gulf News, August 4). The popular brand behind a major portion of computers and cell phones has been listed as the first $1 trillion company and this was great news. This also comes as good news for its millions of users. Quality, reputation and public response are the main instruments in the success of Apple. That is the reason apple has become a household product. The name is also catchy and attractive. The jump of 2.8 per cent in the tech company’s stock value was also impressive. I congratulate the company for this achievement.
From Mr K Ragavan
Clothes make the man
Clothes make a strong visual statement about oneself. Most of us have probably heard this saying: “Dress for the job you want”. If you dress like a ‘boss’, you are more likely to earn the respect a boss gets (“Speak your Mind: Is dressing well important?”, Gulf News, August 2). Of course, you should have the intellect, abilities and good knowledge, to get a ‘boss’ job, but at the same time what you wear also helps you get closer to your goal. Professional dressing helps boost self-esteem. It makes you feel accepted and respected. Wearing an expensive suit to work will change the way people think about you. You are most likely to get better impressions and good compliments from your colleagues and your boss. Wearing clothes inappropriate to occasions is not right either, neither is wearing the same kind of clothes all the time. It would be wise to be flexible with your choice of clothes. Trying different outfits from different brands, it shows your sense of style.
From Mr Aditya Manoj
Hand in hand
Morals and manners starts from our home (“Morals or manners first?” Gulf News, July 26). Neither come first or last. Both morals and manners have equal value, in a person’s life. If someone has good manners then he or she can expect good morals from others.
From Mr Rajbabu. T
Bullying is rampant in schools and it is also present in cyberspace (“The art of bullying: Online trolls in India abuse, threaten journalists for doing their jobs”, Gulf News, August 7). Online bullying is a disease that is plaguing every social media platform, and has become an epidemic we can no longer control. Everyone has a smartphone or a tablet and behind the comfort of a screen and a username, people say things that are mean and inappropriate. No one is safe from an online troll who lurks in the comfort of his or her home, waiting for a victim. Whether you are a common man or a celebrity, there’s no saving anyone from this epidemic. Is it an ego boost or a way to kill time? A lot of people get affected by these negative comments and it can have an effect on someone’s mental health and how they see themselves. So many young children get trolled online and end up taking their lives because of the comments people post. Like the article states, even journalists aren’t immune to such threats and bullies. Such cyber trolls need to stop. Before posting something negative on someone else’s Facebook page or Instagram story, think before you type.
From Ms Alia Mathur
A time in history
What a historical and memorable time our nation, Pakistan, is going through (“PTI parliamentarians officially name Imran Khan as next prime minister of Pakistan”, Gulf News, August 7). Living legend, Imran Khan, is not only a world-class cricketer, a passionate and successful philanthropist, and a true statesman, he is also honest, courageous and dedicated to help the people of the country. He has emerged as the winner in the Pakistan general elections this year. Khan’s 22-year political struggle and his life-time innings of successes, failures, and undoubted hard work and commitment has finally reached the moment, where Pakistanis can proudly say that we have a Prime Minister who is honest and not corrupt, who talks about the people and the issues they face, as well as someone who lives up to his words and promises. Khan’s fiery and unstoppable election campaign was just the beginning to a great five-year spell this nation is waiting for. Our faith is with Khan and his words, which match the conviction of politician Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the father of the nation. All this was evident in his victory speech, delivered after 22 hours of polling. His simple attire but confident personality showed everyone around the world his true potential. The world should be ready to witness a new Pakistan.
From Mr Khaula Shahbaz Rao
Not a mockery
A caricature is a rendered image showing the features of its subject in a simplified way (“Ask the newsroom: Picture problem”, Gulf News, August 3). Caricature of politicians are commonly used to offer impressions of the original, which is more striking than a portrait. A caricature of famous writers and politicians appearing in the newspapers are frequently published in press media all around the world. It is often said that a good caricature looks more like a person than the person himself. A lot of people think that a caricature is about picking out someone’s worst feature. That’s wrong. Caricatures are all about finding the truth. There’s nothing wrong or objectionable about using one to depict important celebrities or politicians. The news with the caricature are not meant to denigrate any leader. The Gulf News paper is committed to produce responsible journalism and doesn’t report adverse or fake news. I would like to thank Gulf News for maintaining this standard of journalism.
From Mr Naresh Kumar
Ending the human race
Last year, I was on holiday in Japan and visited Hiroshima. I saw the A-Bomb tomb, the epicentre where the bomb was dropped. The site was unimaginable. What I have read all these years and seen through television was in front of me, and my emotions made me feel numb. My guide was a native of the place and her father was also a survivor of the catastrophe. On August 6 1945, Hiroshima, Japan, was bombed, killing and injuring many people.
There is a chest nearby where the names of those dead were added, and as of now, there are almost hundreds of thousands of names. Every year, the number increases.
The entire city was wiped out. It was a horrific and shameful act undertaken by the United States, towards mankind. Seventy three years have gone by and we remember this day with sadness. The museum has a video of what happened that day along with photos of the victims, interviews with survivors and how they recall that fateful day. This should be a reminder of how much we should oppose such nuclear weapons. If the bomb of 1945 could cause so much destruction, one can imagine what today’s nuclear bombs can.
Three years back around 159 countries had assembled and signed a Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to eliminate the threat of weapons of mass destruction and it should be implemented in a phased manner. Now the need of the hour is total disarmament of all weapons. Any world war will destroy mankind and, our air, water, land and moreover this beautiful world will be wiped out. From Mr Eappen Elias
Road rage prevails
It is really shocking and painful to know about the untimely demise of a student and five others in Coimbatore, India, because of a speeding luxury vehicle, which ploughed into a crowd waiting at a bus stop. Of course, this is neither the first nor is it going to be the last case as this keeps happening in our country.
Ironically, such cases are dragged on for decades and almost 90 per cent of them are closed after that. We feel that like in the cases of rape, such hit and run cases should be settled within a short time, say, not more than a year or so. The vehicle owners should be asked to deposit a large sum of money towards the victim’s family, with the court. Until and unless the court is strict and punish the guilty without unnecessary delay, we will have to come across such tragedies often.
From Mr N. Viswanathan
Well played team India
With the typical English overcast sky, it was a real surprise to see Joe Root opting to bat first, after winning the vital toss (“Curran carries England’s hopes”, Gulf News, August 7). Of course, his decision to bat proved to be right till the break, when they had managed to make 216 runs for three wickets. But as usual, our bowlers, especially Ravichandran Ashwin, found their rhythm and managed to break the middle order of England to put our team in the driver’s seat. Ashwin played well and managed to restrict England to only 285 runs of nine wickets. But for the dropped catches, which is part and parcel of the game, our team should have been batting. Hats off to Ashwin, who managed to beat cricketer Alister Cook early. Well done to Kohli and his team. The boys in blue played well.
From Mr N. V. Krishnan
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