Discrimination is dreadful
When I arrived in Dubai two years ago, I was surprised and delighted at the tolerance shown by the Emiratis towards Western drinking habits ("'No entry' rule angers Emiratis", Gulf News, May 18).

I have been dismayed at the discrimination shown toward the same people by not allowing them to enter some establishments.

This behaviour begins to separate the expatriates from the Emiratis, making them both feel insecure about each other.

Places of relaxation are good opportunities to meet and talk with each other and get to know our hosts. I will avoid establishments that show this kind of discrimination.
From Mr Allen Frick

It is unacceptable
It is unacceptable that an Emirati is facing discrimination on his own soil. Stringent action should be taken against such discriminating establishments.

In my opinion, the Emiratis have all the right to visit any place they wish, if the establishment is in their country.
From Mr K. Abdul Kader

Felt embarrassing
I am a UAE national who went to a restaurant with a guest, who was staying at the hotel. To my surprise and embarrassment I was denied access to restaurant because of my dress.

After a big fuss from my side and the interference of the restaurant manager, they agreed to give me a table in the corner so that nobody could see me.

Our dress is becoming a shame in our own country. I left the restaurant for another one.
From A Reader
Full name withheld by request

The perpetrators
Recent illegal and fake killing staged in India landed another blow on the bureaucracy ("Illegal killing come back to haunt security forces", Gulf News, May 17).

Now it is the high-ranking officials in police and military who are relentlessly killing the poor to satisfy their needs.

People have lost faith in the police as they added to their misery along with bandits and terrorists.

When the protectors became perpetrators where do the people go?
From Mr Shafeeque Babu K.

Use it differently
I am perplexed by the routine use of the word "bachelor", as referring to a section of the population which seems to include a fair number of married men ("Bachelors unhappy with segregated housing plans", Gulf News, May 14).

If a reference were needed, then perhaps the addition of inverted commas would help remind readers that "bachelors" are not necessarily bachelors in the dictionary sense.
From Mr Manfred Malzahn
Al Ain

Good coaches
Tom Moody's remarks are a covert attempt to blow his own trumpet and self-promotion ("Foreign coaches best bet", Gulf News, May 17).

Kapil Dev and Imran Khan led their respective teams to win the World Cup without a foreign coach.

The Indian sub-continent has many cricketing greats whose credentials cannot be rivalled by any of the foreign coaches.

Unfortunately, some of the people of the subcontinent still feel that to be ruled by foreign hands is still the best bet.
From Mr Subhasis Mukherjee
Gulf News Reader's club member

The legacy
I was glad to read the news report, "Magician passes on legacy to daughter", (Gulf News, May 18).

I am happy and grateful to Mr P.C. Sorcar Jr for trusting in his daughter to be the next to shoulder the responsibility of the magical tradition of the Sorcar dynasty, which is an unconventional achievement in Indian society.
Ms Sucharitra Jena
Al Ain

Also important
It is appalling to see that Afghan girls still face trouble in getting education ("Afghan villagers stand guard", Weekend Review, May 18).

The fall of the Taliban era hasn't given any respite to the female gender, segregating them as untouchables. When will they realise that generations progress only through education?
From Mr Jugul Siraj K.

It might end
The idea of ghosts in trees is all mere myth ("Leaving the Ghaf Alone", Gulf News, May 19). Parents implant this fear into the minds of their children at a tender age and it becomes a permanent fear when they grow up.

The advancements in science and technology may reduce superstitions like these.
From Mr S.H. Kabeer

Another burden
Brigadier Mohammad Saif Al Zafein is right ("Road toll system 'will clog traffic'", Gulf News, May 17). Road tolls will cause more congestion rather than than smoothen traffic.

If at all a road toll is to be implemented, then it should be after the Metro starts and more buses ply the roads.

As of now, cars are the only mode of transport and a necessity for those staying outside the city. For them, the road toll will be another burden.
From Mr Alfred J. Rebello

Saving them
We need to adopt eco-friendly steps in day-to-day life ("From corpses to compost in Sweden", Gulf News, May 17).

This new invention really is a step forward to clean the environment. It is not the question of it being sacrilegious, but saving the next generation. The body would perish anyway.

After solemnisation, let it perish in a way that would be harmless to earth, and its flora and fauna.
From Mr Adin Karapoil

Royal injustice
Call me crazy, but why is the UK's Prince Harry in the military ("Army mulls Prince Harry's role", Gulf News, May 18)? So that he can walk around with camouflage on his face and pretend to play soldier?

This makes the whole "royalty" thing in the military look a little silly. I would not like to be one of the UK families that have lost a loved one in combat.

I feel that they are the ones hurt by this injustice.
From Mr Brad Surner

Poor organisation
The Warid Cricket Series between Sri Lanka and Pakistan had glaring organisational hiccups.

Most notably, lack of security, no control over seating and respect for the prices people pay for them, especially the ridiculously expensive food.

Organisers should wake up and have the basic issues solved if they are to attract cricket fans.
From Mr Hareen Stembo