Check if gold is real or fake

This means that my suspicions were right (“27kg of counterfeit gold jewellery seized in Capital”, Gulf News, September 19). Whenever we go to a gold shop, we wonder if we are buying pure gold or not. I have often asked the salesperson how I would know if what is being sold to me is original gold? Gold shops usually have a black stone with which, they check the authenticity of the gold. Therefore, I always ask them to rub the gold on the stone first, to show me if it is not fake. A few stores have an electronic machine for checking the authenticity and purity of gold. Checking the authenticity of gold should be done all around the emirates.

From Ms Syeda Ahmad


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There will be differences

Men and women were created to be different (“Women and cars: Gender empowerment of a different kind”, Gulf News, September 20). They were created with different strengths and weaknesses to complement each other and not to compete with each other. Equality in some aspects is needed but can we expect to have equality in all aspects of life?

From Mr Fardeen Khan


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Good initiative

In the UAE, there are many women who drive. I think we should not limit ourselves to driving cars, but should learn the basics of maintaining it, as well.

From Ms Pia Pabustan


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Not very impressive

This is not difficult to believe (“Is this Kerala expat the king of selfies?”, Gulf News, September 19). Anybody can take a selfie every few seconds. I knew of a man who took a selfie every time he arrived at a new place, even if the background was just a plain wall! The bottomline is, this feat — if it is a feat at all — can be achieved just as easily in a short time.

From Mr Vector Fox


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Pointless fad

I don’t understand how people can take so many selfies. Not only is it such a waste of time, people are so invested in their phones that they forget their surroundings. There have been so many cases of people getting hurt while taking selfies. I find this to be a pointless fad created by the current generation. I wish people spent their time doing other things. There is a world of opportunity and things to do, but people will only see it if they manage to get off their phones.

From Ms Arya Sinha



Love and peace

It’s interesting to know that a group of eleven nuns in a Peruvian convent are touring worldwide with the band ‘Siervas’ (“Siervas can rock like nun other”, Gulf News, September 19). Songs of faith and love are always soothing to hear and I do believe music has no boundaries. I hope this group spreads the message of love and peace to the world.

From Mr Eappen Elias


Valid concern

I was a little concerned when I heard about them using fungus in water (“Video: Scientists have discovered a plastic-eating fungus in Pakistan”, Gulf News, September 16). I don’t think most people realise that clean water is going to be one of our biggest issues going forward. Most debris can be raked out, but the hormones, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, bacteria, and fungi are a lot trickier.

From Ms Jasmine Williams


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Zeal of a leader

The recent visit of Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the Indian state of Ahmedabad, along with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has laid the foundation for a bullet train from Ahmedabad to Mumbai (“Modi to dedicate Sardar Sarovar Dam to the nation on his birthday”, Gulf News, September 17). This is one of the latest dramatic developments in India. Another important development is the much talked-about Sardar Sarovar Dam project, which is expected to help farmers. With a lot of remarks and controversies from political parties, Modi has finally inaugurated this dam. In his three-year tenure, he has achieved a few things and no one can deny this. Still, the issue of unemployment has not fully been solved. With all the difficulties he has faced and the way in which he travels and delivers his speeches without preparing, one should admire the real zeal and enthusiasm this leader has for his country. I hope the coming days will be better for India.

From Mr K. Ragavan


Intervention needed

Ethnic and religious discrimination can never bring peace or freedom to Myanmar (“Myanmar ready to verify refugee status ‘at any time’: Suu Kyi”, gulf News, September 19). Decade after decade, we have seen the indiscriminate killing of the Rohingya. There will not be peace without international intervention. Now is the time for the deployment of the United Nations’ (UN) peacekeeping forces in Myanmar.

From Mr Faruk Famas


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Lost faith in message

I used to respect the United Nations, but I feel they have become ineffective, like most organisations (“The United Nations explained”, Gulf News, September 18). I rejected an internship with them because I stopped believing they were on the right side of peace. Hopefully, the delegates will truly understand the plight of others. Their lack of response regarding the refugee situation was abysmal. It’s easy to sit in a nice conference hall and say you ‘condemn’ the bad things happening in the world. Too many people are suffering. How long are they going to just keep discussing matters instead of acting on them?

From Ms Shipra Roma


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The backbone of Indian cricket

The newspaper has aptly analysed the five strengths of Indian cricket team ex-captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (“Five reasons why MSD can play until 2019 World Cup”, Gulf News, September 19). During the past seven matches, he has not only proved his critics wrong but has also completed a century of stumping wickets, created a record and has managed to notch up his 100th half-century in his second home, Chennai. Time and again, he has proven that not only is he a reliable finisher, but can also groom India’s youngsters to stitch vital partnerships with him to win matches. At Chepauk, he once again proved how cool he is in guiding Hardik Pandya, Kedar Yadav, Bhubaneshwar Kumar and Kuldeep Yadav to plot the downfall of the Australian team. There is no replacing Dhoni. He is going to be the backbone of Indian cricket till the next World Cup in 2019.

From Mr Vinay Mahadevan


Captain Cool

Former Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke cracked a joke that Dhoni could even play at the 2023 World Cup. However, if this is possible with Indian tennis player Leander Paes, who is fit and ready to capture some more Grand Slams at the age of 42, why can’t Dhoni do the same? However, unlike Paes, I think Dhoni would not like to deprive budding youngsters of their careers. Without a doubt, he can play the 2019 World Cup in England, where his experience and valuable guidance is going to be the highlight of India’s victory in the tournament. After that, he should honourably retire from the game.

From Ms Kavitha Srikanth


A heroic rise

Spanish tennis superstar Rafael Nadal acquired the number one status last month and proved, once again, that he is worthy of his top-ranked status after winning the US Open (“Busta confirms for Mubadala Tennis Championship”, Gulf News, September 19). After a couple of injuries and failing to perform, this year has proven to be a stellar year for Nadal. He reached the finals of the Australian Open, won his 10th title at the French Open and has now captured his third US Open title, adding a coveted feather to his cap. It is nice to see both Nadal and Swiss icon Roger Federer split the four Grand Slam titles with each other. By winning his 16th Grand Slam title, he has proved that hard work, diligence, drive, and dedication are the pivotal keys for success. He will certainly remain on the pedestal for many years to come.

From Ms Jayashree Kulkarni

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