Wordless Wednesday — 31

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Moving Back

Gulf has been my home for last 8 years.Of that 8 years i lived in UAE for 6 years.Has got so many memories here.Muscat was my first home after my marriage.After 2 months of my marriage joined hubby in muscat.Lived there for  1 1/2 years and went back to hyderabad as i was expecting my 1st child.Then hubby relocated to dubai and i we joined him here.

I remember when my sister got married my mother and her m-law helped her to start a house,they brought things she required in her kitchen,etc.But for me it was we both who went to shopping the second day i landed here.I made a list of the things i require in the kitchen (same like what mom has in her kitchen).It was totally awesome experience,till then you are dependent on your mother and suddenly you are all alone with a stranger in a new country.Hubby did tried to make me comfortable.Now i get tears to part with all those things.

This is the place where i have seen my kids growing up,my mom visiting us and m-law staying with us and this is where we both have grown from two individuals to a family of four.We learned a bit of  new language which is alien to us ie arabic,both kids sing the UAE national song.I hope they don’t forget the song.

This month end we are going back to India.Have applied for varunavi’s TC,will be getting that shortly.Actually hubby brought the tc  application last week and he is feeling bad to apply for the tc.Varunavi loves her school,friends and her teachers.But she is a smart child when we told her we are going back,she immediately said she is happy to be with her granny.I have been telling pinkuda but she is thinking we are going on a holiday,still she is not that mature enough to understand.When i start packing maybe she will realise that we won’t come back here again.

This was very hard decision to take and we took many days to come at this.This was the reason of me not blogging much and once we decided that we are moving i came out my of somber mood.Now my main aim will be to get the kids adjusted .Varunavi listens to us and she will understand but pinkuda i don’t know what i have to do.My only solace is my mom,she is always there with open arms to embrace us.She was very happy to hear that we are coming back for good.She is giving me tips and suggestions to pack.

I don’t feel like packing inspite of the cargo guy coming here after 2 days.This is my last post and will come back soon.But will be reading you all when ever i get hold of the internet.

Ships of the Desert— CAMEL

Camel is also know as ships of the desert.

Camel racing is a century old arab sport where children were used as a jockeys.The advantage of using a child over an adult is their low weight and height,which meant the camels could run faster.Many laws have been made but till 2005 children were used as jockeys.Many children suffered injuries such as broken legs and hands from falling off camels,which can run up to 30km per hour.Now instead of a child,camels in UAE are ridden by small robots which are tied into camels by hand.

Many boys were bought from their parents in Pakistan,India Sudan and Bangladesh for as low as US$3.Parents in these countries used to sell their boys to arabs not knowing that these kids are used as jockeys.These children were not fed properly because the owners don’t want them to gain weight,they were given 2 biscuits a day and some water to drink.Few kids don’t know to talk there language nor they know to which country they belong to.UAE was the first country to ban child jockeys in the year 1993.But that was highly ignored until the year 2005.Finally in the year 2005 Dubai and other emirates responded to intense international pressure cleared the camel-tracks of children, replacing them with robot jockeys.The related article is here
The kids got the freedom, will the camels get freedom??
Pic source:-www.gluckman.com
Video source:-Youtube

Cheers to Uae Govt

UAE government has made it mandatory for all residence visa holders to get a national identity card irrespective of their nationality.I got this mail from a friend of mine and i thought of sharing with you all

An Expat calling Pizza Hut in Dubai

‘Operator: Thank you for calling Pizza Hut . May I have your…

‘Customer: ‘Salam Ale koum, can I order..

‘Operator: ‘Can I have your UAE identity card number please, Sir?’

Customer: ‘ It’s eh…, hold……….on……889861356102049998-45-54610’

‘Operator: ‘OK… you’re… Mr Waleed from Syria and you’re calling from Flat #402, Al Maskaan Building, Bur Dubai. Your home number is 04-3661231, your office number is04- 8852302 your mobile number is 050-2665667. Where has the delivery to take place Sir?

‘Customer: Home! How did you get all my phone numbers?

‘Operator: We are connected to the system Sir’

Customer: ‘May I order your Seafood Pizza…’

‘Operator : ‘That’s not a good idea Sir

‘Customer: ‘How come?

‘Operator :’According to our medical records – you went for your checkup last week to Welcare Hospital & you have high blood pressure and even higher cholesterol level

‘Customer:’What?… What do you recommend then?

‘Operator :’Try our Low Fat Hokkien Mee Pizza. You’ll like it

‘Customer:’How do you know for sure?

‘Operator :’You borrowed a book entitled ‘Popular Hokkien Dishes’ from the National Library in Deira, last week Sir

‘Customer:’OK I give up… Give me three family size ones then, how much will that cost?’

‘Operator :’That should be enough for your family of 10, Sir. The total is Dirham 112.00

‘Customer: ‘Can I pay by credit card?

‘Operator :’I’m afraid you have to pay us cash, Sir. Your First Gulf credit card is over the limit and you owe Citibank Credit card another Dirham 3,720.55 since October. That’s not including the late payment charges on your housing loan to NBD, Sir,

‘Customer: ‘I guess I have to run to the neighborhood ATM and withdraw some cash before
your guy arrives

‘Operator :’You can’t Sir. Based on the records, you’ve reached your daily limit on HSBC ATM withdrawal for today

‘Customer: ‘Never mind just send the pizzas, I’ll have the cash ready.How long is it gonna take anyway?

‘Operator : ‘About 45 minutes Sir, but if you can’t wait you can always come and collect it on
your Honda Civic…

‘Customer: ‘What!

‘Operator :’According to the details in system ,your Honda Civic’s Registration ie Malkia is expiring in 23 days & your Gargash Insurance has already got expired last week….

Customer:’????

‘ Operator :’Is there anything else Sir?

‘Customer: ‘Nothing… by the way… aren’t you giving me those 3 free bottles of cola as advertised?

‘Operator : ‘We normally would Sir, but based on your records you’re also diabetic…….

‘Customer:#$$^%&$@$% ^ tm kiere…..abe yega…neye!!!!!!!………….

‘Operator :’Better watch your language Sir. Remember on 15th July 2008 on Dubai Hatta Road, when you wrongly overtook the BMW & you were convicted of using abusive language also on the policeman…?

‘ Customer (fainted)

‘Operator : hello hello, are you still there ….

Cheers