Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Photo Speaks - Ramadan at Mushrif Mall

Ramadan decorations at Mushrif Mall Abu Dhabi

Happy to note : 750 likes for this clicks on Instagram

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Take a break - Short Take - Gulf Today - Dt 27th June 2015

Take a break

Life moves at a crazy pace. At times I feel the 5W’s of journalism is immaterial in our day-to-day life. Who we are, What we do, When do we have time for ourselves, Where are we moving to, Why life is like this these days?

No one has time for the other. The stories we were taught about birds and tiny creatures storing their bits and pieces of grains for survival during the monsoon season, when it is normally tough to get supplies, were simple management techniques driven hard into our mind to preserve for a tougher time.

Do we have such an ideology to teach for the young generation these days? I don’t think so. Everything is impulsive and instantaneous. You buy the latest phone and within a few months change it with a new model. Same with cars.

I think there is a need to slow down, relax and enjoy the precious moments with peace and harmony.

Ramesh Menon
To read it in original, please visit Gulf Today online 


Thursday, June 25, 2015

ISC Abu Dhabi all set for 2nd Holy Quran Recitation Open Competition.

The 2nd Holy Quran Recitation Open Competition

The 2nd Holy Quran Recitation Open Competition

In Commemoration of the Death Anniversary of Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Father of the Nation, India Social & Cultural Centre is proud to organize the prestigious 2nd Holy Quran Recitation Open Competition in association with General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments commencing from 24th June till 6th July, 2015.

The event owing to its importance is expected to draw a large audience from Arab / Asian communities.

The Patron of the Organizing Committee is Capt. Mohammed Yousef Al Khouri and the event is benevolently supported by UAE Business Community .

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Suhail Bin Obaid Al Maktoum, Ruling family member from Dubai will inaugurate the event on 24th June, 2015 at 10:45pm. Also will attend Dr. Yusuffali M.A. Managing Director, Emke Lulu Group & Chairman, Board of Governors of ISC and Mr. Adeeb Ahamed CEO, Lulu International Exchange and Patron Governor of ISC.

Prayer facilities are arranged at ISC. There will be bus pick up and drop off from, Indian Islamic Centre and General Post office (MadinatZayed).

We request your active participation and support in this event to make it a grand success.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Lower the height of signboards - Letters to the editor - The National Dt 22 June 2015

Lower the height of signboards

The new Onwani system will make it easier for people to access every location in Abu Dhabi. What we have to do now is get used to this change.

However, I would like to point out that the signboards with the building numbers and QR codes have been placed too high. This makes it difficult for short people or those of average height to access them to scan the QR codes.

Lowering the height of these boards will enable everyone to make use of the QR facility.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

To read it in original, please visit The National online

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Spiritual discipline - Gulf Today - Short Take Dt 20th June 2015

Spiritual discipline

The Holy Month of Ramadan is here again. The religious aura it brings along is beyond explanation. Everyone tends to fall in to a spiritual routine and discipline automatically. It also adds up to an ambitious effort each day to remain focused and composed. Angry words and actions will become a history. Efforts to meet colleagues, friends or family each evening to break the fast become automatically a team-building effort towards positiveness in life.

Ramesh Menon
To read it in original, please visit Gulf Today online

Friday, June 19, 2015

When it rains in Mumbai

When it rains in Mumabi, it rains cats and dogs. However, the mumbaikars take it with a rainy spirit, the more it rains, the more they seem to enjoy. Here are some of my Mumbai rain clicks. Enjoy it. Your comments are highly appreciated. You may like it, you may share it with your friends.
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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Do's and Don'ts of Ramdan

A very interesting video. Thanks to MyDubaiMyCity.com for this FB page update.

#Ramadan is set to start in 2 days. Here's a reminder about the Do's and Don't during the Holy Month in the UAE!
Posted by MyDubaiMyCity.com on Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Ramadan Kareem

The holy month of Ramadan begins on  Thursday, 18th June 2015. Wish you all a bless month of Ramadan.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Use registered taxis for safety and comfort

Use registered taxis for safety and comfort

Abu Dhabi Airport arrival is changing day by day. In the earlier days when passengers arrive, they are welcomed by two types of people. One, their or friends or family and second the illegal taxi operators hanging around. As the authorities renovated and made things beautiful at the arrival section, they also came out with a dedicated section for Taxis. No more stopping and following by unauthorized taxi operators, whose vehicle condition or status are unknown. Travel safe. Enjoy your stay in Abu Dhabi. Thanks to Abu Dhabi Airport authorities for this welcome change.

Fruitful thoughts - Gulf Today - Short Take Dt 13 June 2015

Fruitful thoughts

To be in the presence of some people is a blessing as they come out with precious thoughts and words that remain everlasting and highly motivating. The other day, I got a repeat chance to be with one such person, Sultan Al Hajji.

After an official function, I was lucky to get a drive back home with him. Several topics came up and at some point of time our talks focused on gardening.

It reminded me of my childhood when we used to plant seeds of coconut, jackfruit and saplings of precious trees like teak or sandalwood in our farms.

There were no campaigns those days to promote environment. Our ancestors were visionaries and they knew the importance of plants and trees and made it a point that children have to play a big role in preserving the wealth of nature.

The acts done those days with a bit of curiosity and compulsion were forgotten over a period of time. We used to even name those trees we planted with our own pet names or names of heroes.

Our talks became emotional and he agreed with me and showed his little garden where the plants are young and growing. People like him who value nature’s wealth for the next generation are rare.

It is holiday time once again and we need to utilise time with children and instil in their minds the importance of preserving nature.

Ramesh Menon
To read it in original, please visit Gulf Today online

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Road Safety and Self Discipline

Road Safety and Discipline

This evening, I was casually looking through the windows down to the busy street of Abu Dhabi. Down to my building was a busy junction and vehicles passed to all side without any interruption.

After watching a few minutes, I noticed one thing. Each time the signal turns red, the drivers tend to maintain a safe distance from the pedestrian crossings!. I thought it was a one-off instance. My curiosity lead me to observe the flow of traffic for some more time. Each time the signal turned red, I found the vehicles maintaining a safe distance for pedestrians!

Isn’t nice to see this and term it as a success of the sustained effort of Abu Dhabi Police authorities to maintain a safe road! Sincere appreciation and wish if the same attitude was maintained by all on highways too!

Each day, when we read the newspaper, there are reports of accidents due to speeding. A minute of careless attitude to safety of self and others on the road resulting in dangerous situation which may be fatal or lifelong.

How we can make things better was the thought that crossed my mind. More efforts required to make self discipline on the road a mandatory priority at all times.

Remember, “Safety First” and think “Safety for Me, Safety for You, Safety for All” when you are driving.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Open Call for Submissions: Vantage Point Sharjah 3 Exhibition

Open Call for Submissions: Vantage Point Sharjah 3 Exhibition

Sharjah Art Foundation welcomes submissions from individuals of all nationalities residing in the UAE for the third edition of photographic exhibition entitled Vantage Point Sharjah 3. This exhibition will feature photographs centred on the theme of still life photography.

Scheduled for 1 August to 5 September 2015, Vantage Point Sharjah 3 will take place in building GH at SAF Art Spaces in Al Mureijah. The deadline for application is June 30, 2015 at 11:00 pm, and the exhibited photographs will be selected from applications to the Open Call. Photographs should be submitted with the application form, along with a short story or a description of the photo and the location where the photograph was taken. Applicants will be invited to attend the exhibition's Opening Reception scheduled for 1 August.

If you would like to be considered as a candidate for the Open Call, please complete and submit the attached application form via email to photo@sharjahart.org, along with no more than 6 high resolution images with the caption of each photograph. Or submit by mail/hand directly to SAF office in Sharjah at the address below:

Sharjah Art Foundation, c/o Sharjah Art Museum, Arts Area, PO Box 19989, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates T: +971 6 5444113 F: +971 6 5447797

It is a great privilege to invite photography enthusiasts from the UAE to click photos in the UAE and submitting them for selection to this prestigious exhibition.

I was a participating artist in the 1st edition of it in 2013.

Best wishes in advance.