Super shopper and saver
I totally agree with all seven tips mentioned in the article, as I follow these myself (“Grocery shopping for a family in UAE for less than Dh630 per month”, Gulf News, October 9). I never get my shopping from one place. For fruits and vegetables I shop from one hyper market where I get fresh food in small quantities. For long lasting items, I opt for more promotional offers on bulk purchasing and avail home delivery for bigger items as it helps us not have to carry bulky things. I keep on noting all my essential items on one page and put it on the fridge. I take it with me on a daily basis when going to the grocery store. I always carry my loyalty cards and use the coupons which we get behind the bill. I also take promotional pamphlets which they distribute in buildings. By applying all of the above, I always remain in my budget and manage to save more money. My family members appreciate me for my sensible shopping.
From Ms Niamat Karmally
No international attention?
The Sulawesi disaster has not received the humanitarian sympathy and helping hand it deserves from the international community (“10 minutes of terror: A quake, a tsunami and a missing son”, Gulf News, October 10). The tsunami, earthquake and volcano eruption, which took place must have been difficult for people living there. More than 200,000 people have been severely hit and are reeling under the havoc.
Many homes have been destroyed and it will take a long time to find the resources to build Sulawesi again. The misery of the victims in the tropical land cannot be imagined. How will the survivor families bear this loss?
This situation is similar to what happened in Kerala earlier this year. However, rescue operations were underway and a lot of help flew in from other countries.
It is strange that Sulawesi has not received the desired sympathy and help from the international community and the media. This has happened because it is not as well-known as Kerala. It is time for the United Nations to step in and help Sulawesi stand on its feet again.
From Mr Aftab Ahmad
In good books
This is in reference to the recent deal India signed with Russia (“India has signed a $5b deal to buy Russian S-400s”, Gulf News, October 6). On his recent visit, the Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, signed a deal and this shows that India and Russia have had a relationship which goes back a long time. India is liked by every nation because of its straightforward and secular nature.
From Mr K. Ragavan
Ticking time bomb
According to a recent report by the United Nations, the world is doomed. Climate change is real and if we don’t wake up, we won’t have a planet by 2040 (“Climate change cannot be ignored any more”, Gulf News, October 9). It is no secret that with globalisation, migration and population displacement, our needs have changed. The world is a competitive place and everyone is hungry for power and control. In this respect, a lot of emphasis is put on creating more infrastructures, spending lots of money on transportation and technology, building more factories and destroying the environment. Every day there are stories of how the world is doomed and how there is nothing anyone is doing about it. However, in our race to succeed we are destroying the human race. The number of natural disasters that have hit different parts of the world should be a wakeup call to everyone. We need to protect our planet before it’s too late.
By Ms Anjali Makhija
Honouring a leader
October 2 was a national holiday for India, as it marked the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation (“Dubai’s Burj Khalifa beams Gandhi’s images”, Gulf News, October 2). This year, we celebrated his 150th birth anniversary. The Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, beamed with pictures of Gandhi, highlighted by some of his famous quotes. This was a great honour for us Indians and the gesture of the UAE was appreciated. Gandhi led Indian’s non-violent independence movement. He was born in Porbandar, India. He studied law and was an advocate of peace. Gandhi said that cleanness is not just the responsibility of government, but all citizens. Mahatma Gandhi had a revolutionary vision about making India clean and better.
From Ms Amtesh Kohli
A great series
This is with reference to the recently concluded Asia Cup which took place in the UAE (“India lift Asia Cup for seventh time stopping spirited Bangladesh in Dubai”, Gulf News, September 30). What a tournament it was! There were many ups and downs during the matches. The most thrilling was the grand finale. Everybody had expected an India-Pakistan final, but Bangladesh’s entry to the finals was a surprise. What a final it was, Bangladesh gave India a run for their money and they had to really sweat it out to win the final. It was a close call. The stadium was full to its capacity and the atmosphere was thrilling.
I would like to appreciate the efforts and commitment of the authorities to make the tournament a success. Despite the weather being hot, the security personnel were doing their jobs to the best of their ability. Even after the match the authorities and the staff concerned made sure that every body left the stadium safely and without any hassles. Hats off to all the people concerned for organising and making this tournament a great success. I would also like to thank the authorities for giving us a chance to watch an international final in this part of the world.
From Mr Ajeet Kumar S Pillai
There is no surprise that the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) is likely to haul up cricketers Murli Vijay and Karun Nair, as they have no teeth to bite the real culprits, coach Ravi Shastri and captain Virat Kohli, for their foolish selection of players for the South Africa tour. I think cricketer K. L. Rahul has got the boot.
From Ms Janaki Mahadevan
Boxer Connor Mcgregor apparently insulted Khabib Nurmagomedov’s family and his religion. Mcgregor is known for his loud mouth and temper. He recently attacked a bus and almost hurt some people in the process. The crowd at the stadium was unhappy with his behaviour after he won the match.
From Mr Moe Salah
I fully support Khabib Nurmagomedovn (“Memes galore after fight breaks out at UFC bout”, Gulf News October 8). When someone calls you a ‘terrorist’, and says negative things about your father and country, then his actions are justified because he simply shut McGregor up. Good job Khabib! You have won many hearts.
From Mr Syed Farzand Ali
Promises are meant to be broken
The above statement is apt for the present Narendra Modi led government. All they have done is scam the public. Till date, we don’t know how much the demonetisation move helped India. Only the common man suffered. People suffered and businesses suffered. Additionally, the Robert Vadra case has not been resolved till date.
The so called ‘ache din’ (good days) that were promised by the government have not been fulfilled either. The prices of petrol and diesel have gone up. The recent Rafale deal also has raised many questions about the government and their intentions. There have been more lynchings in the last couple of months, all in the name of cows and irrelevant issues. Who is to blame? Only the Bharitiya Janta Party (BJP) for openly supporting and sowing hatred among citizens. The list is endless. How long will Indians be voting on the basis of communal lines?
Mr Mohsin Ahmad
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