Monday, February 28, 2011

Call for punishment and control of Piyush Chawla and other Indian Bowlers from using foul language on field

Call for punishment and control of Piyush Chawla and other Indian Bowlers from using foul language on field

The 2011 World Cup match between India and England played at Banglore was made exciting by an absolutely poor bowling performance by the Indian bowlers. Barring, Zaheer Khan’s lucky spell in the later part of the game, England won the game convincingly. Even the last partnership proved that ours is a toothless attack hitting them for sixes at will. Indian Captain Mahindra Singh Dhoni has been riding on his luck for quite some time and looks like this is the borderline match that will drift his lucky ride down to a different level.

What made me more disgusting was the onfield conduct of the Piyush Chawla after getting hit and taking the wicket of Bresnan in the penultimate over. He was using an swearing publicly at the player and using the most unwarranted language (Ba*** Ch**th) to be exhibited to millions of public especially youngsters watching the game at the stadium and live on TV worldwide. It added more insult and opportunity of public display as all the TV channels showing expert commentary showed the particular over which was one of the turning point for the match.

As an ardent cricket lover and of Indian Cricket Team, I feel extremely ashamed by his conduct and display which is devaluing our culture and hospitality. In addition, conduct of such types seen by youths may be an unwanted example to emulate.

Piyush Chawla by his conduct therefore have done an offense (No. 2.1.4) according to the ICC Code of Conduct and I humbly request ICC and BCCI to act strongly against him by imposing suitable fine and/or even banning from one match.

All Indian players, in particular bowlers should also be warned against using abusive language in Hindi or any other language when on field.

I wonder where are the Shiv Sena, Rama Sena and the women rights wing members, when players freely exhibit such unwarranted public display against of emotions about our motherhood and culture. Wake up and act against them.

Not to forget one of the recent YouTube videos of a match played (not world cup) where the stump mike picked Mahendra Singh Dhoni commenting on Sreesanth fielding at the boundary line not to watch girls and request MSD to control what is happening just under his nose being done by some of his favorites. In that way, looking at Sreesanth's aggresion and the punishment he has received were mostly biased when considering these type of abusive expressions happening on the field.

Cricket is a game involving huge money and television audience. Thus, code of conduct by players have great value.

Ramesh Menon

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Preparations underway for ‘Used Book Fair’ in Sharjah

Preparations underway for ‘Used Book Fair’ in Sharjah

By Jamil Khan January 24, 2011 Print Send to Friend

THE Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS) has finalised the preparations for the 4th Used Book Fair under the theme, “The Treasure of Knowledge.”

The book fair is aimed at promoting the value of books as well as highlighting the importance of facilitating, acquiring and developing a culture of reading and the importance of reading to the local society.

A meeting was held recently at the Supreme Family Council headquarters, which was attended by representatives of stakeholders, who discussed various aspects of the fair.

The event will be held between March 1 to 4 at the Palm Garden in Sharjah’s Khalid Lagoon.

A number of schools, universities and individuals will take part to support the SCHS.

Abdul Karim, one of the co-ordinators said that the condition for the collection of books for the fair will be wide enough to cover all aspects of literature and those who participate and offer over 20 books as donation for the fair will receive a certificate from the SCHS. The prices of books will range from Dhs5 to Dhs20.

He said that the SCHS, which is main organisor of the event, will provide facilities to those who wish to install their stall, including tents, tables, chairs and banners bearing the name of each participating organisation.

The last date for setting up a stall is Feb.28.

Mona Abdel Karim and Mohammad Fawzi have asked private schools and universities to take place in the humanitarian event, which aims at providing funds for the promote education and integration of people with disabilities.

Ahmed Shaheen Al Hosani, who is one of the co-ordinators, discussed the preparations for the book fair.

However, Fawzi presented a comprehensive definition of the fair to target both public and private schools, universities and non-profit organisations.

The officials said that SCHS wants to promote the importance of volunteerism by all members of society.

Mona Abdel Karim said that students with intellectual disabilities would be participating as volunteers.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Exploring Abu Dhabi through Clicks and Writes - 120 years of Mercedes Benz

Exploring Abu Dhabi through Clicks and Writes - 120 years of Mercedes Benz

A prototype of the first Mercedes Benz vehicle displayed at the Emirates Motor Company (Mercedes Dealers) Showroom and Service Centre at Mussaffah Abu Dhabi.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Mind Speaks - The Art of speaking and Speaking from the Heart

Mind Speaks - The Art of speaking and Speaking from the Heart

I enjoy listening to speeches especially when it is about progressive matters in life. Attending the convocation ceremony of my son at Abu Dhabi Indian School, I got to listen some excellent speakers as they shared their
knowledge, experience and vision for the outgoing students of Class XII.

As usual, one speaker was outstanding in his speech. It was none other than Padmashree Dr. B R Shetty, Chairmain of ADIS Abu Dhabi. With his inimitable wit, simple language and concentration to fit in key points in between, he captivated the students and parents with several interesting topics within a short time. I always admire his speeches as he speaks from his heart and brings out important points in simple ways through example from his own life and work.

This has attracted me and whenever I get to listen to him, I video him talking. This routine followed this time too and I captured his speech in its full.

The programme continued and during the final speech, I realized, I have photographed all the speakers except Mr. Shetty. What to do? It was at this time that the speaker, a student highlighted the importance of his school life, the role of support staff and his memories and life at school and after, which he looks forward to. It brought in all the listeners, how the children visualize the world differently from adults. Listening to the young student, Mr. Shetty, suddenly got up from the dais and went to the event coordinator and requested her to give an opportunity to speak once again for a short time before the course completion certificates are distributed to the outgoing students.

Addressing the children for the second time he said, Dear Students, wherever you go and whatever you do afterwards, you should try and capitalize the experience and advantage of their study at ADIS Abu Dhabi, which is one of the best schools in the region and their stay in Abu Dhabi, which again, one of the best planned city in the region. They should be ambassadors of both the school and the city wherever they are. He requested them to visit the city their alma mater, whenever they get an opportunity to, and come back to the school, observe the new development and progress happening and requested to them to contribute to the welfare of the generation who are in it at that time. He advised them to take it as their own personal responsibility and commitment to the school.

Instant thought, reaction and action it was, but very valuable, not only for the children but all those who were present there.

It proved to be a blessing in disguise for me as I could then capture him while speaking and it completed my entire sequence of the evening, which was a very special day for me. It was my sons last day in school.

It is very rarely these days one get to listen to such motivating speeches and speakers who, without inhibition,  takes the pain to request for an opportunity to speak again and that too from their heart to express an afterthought of importance.

Thank you Shetty Sir, you made the evening more blessed for all.

Ramesh Menon

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Exploring Abu Dhabi through Clicks and Writes - Fresh & Easy

Exploring Abu Dhabi through Clicks and Writes - A beautiful sunrise

Manzil - 6th Birthday celebrtation activities

Manzil 6th Birthday Cake

Cake cutting by children and staff

Cake cutting by children and staff

Cultural programme by children

Chuck E Cheese mingling with the children

Cake cutting by children and staff

Chuck E Cheese mingling with the children

Magician Nasser with children

Magician Nasser with children

Magician Nasser with children

Drumming by children

And we all enjoyed. It was a fun filled day. Courtesy to AMERICANA, Chuck E Cheese, Barakat Fresh & Easy, there were so many activities, refreshments that kept the whole morning lively and memorable.

Manzil Anniversary - press coverage in GULF TODAY

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Manzil celebrates it's 6th Birthday - 7th February 2011

From the birthday celebration that happened at the Manzil campus on 7th February 2011.

Manzil invites volunteers and supporters to join in. Please contact manzil on

or 065347663.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Need to inculcate reading habit in children - Community Report - GULF NEWS - Dt. 05.02.2011

Community Report - GULF NEWS - Dt. 05.02.2011 -  Need to inculcate reading habit in children

Need to inculcate reading habit in children

Youngsters from school for challenged set example as they take part in book festival to help promote reading among students.

During my childhood days in Kerala, India, we had very few options when it came to reading. The library was our main source of information.

So whatever printed material we were able to receive had great value. Often, it included old newspapers used as wrapping paper, or magazines brought by visitors.

But as the years have progressed, the new generation is now flooded with various options for information — mainly from paperless sources.

Children have become addicted to electronic games. Words have dropped from their vocabulary. For those who love to read, books are a costly expense, making it all the more difficult.

However, I found a different group of children recently. At the recently held 29th Sharjah International Book Fair, I came across a group of students from the Manzil Centre for Challenged Individuals.

They were there to enjoy the wonderful world of books. They moved from shelf to shelf, excitedly scanning through the displays.

However, they did not want to give away the momentum gained from the book fair. The Fourth Used Book Festival organised by Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services is scheduled to be held in Palm Oasis, Buheira Corniche from March 1-4. This event is meant to promote reading among students, give them an opportunity to acquire books for a small fee and enable them to raise funds for the more vulnerable in our community.

Manzil and its students are taking part in this book festival with a view to create more reading opportunities and literary awareness among children and adults alike.

It is now our turn to help them sustain their interest for reading through donating our old books.

Those who are interested in donating second-hand books that can be reused may contact the management of Manzil at without any further delay.

— The reader is a technical officer in Abu Dhabi and a volunteer at Manzil

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Short Take - GULF TODAY - Dt. 05.02.2011 - Sweet life lessons

Short Take - GULF TODAY - Dt. 05.02.2011 - Sweet life lessons

Thursday being the week-end here, normally turns out to be hectic. However, there is one task which finds time slot somehow and that is writing a few words or thoughts for Short Take.

I am sure it has become a routine come Saturday for many readers, and contributors like me too.

It has also become a routine to run through the names of regular writers and not seeing some of them for a week or two create curious thoughts about their absence. It is similar to that of going for regular walks and meeting and missing some faces occasionally.

Recently, I was thinking of this fact more seriously, why not people who get a chance to mingle well do not get along. I have a parrot at home, which has been with us for about seven years. It came to us at a small age and by now, somehow, has picked up the art of repeating whatever we prompt it to. Once we identified its interest, we encouraged it and by now, it whistles whatever way we do and calls out in the same tune.

It is an interesting and integral part of our home and specially for friends and visitors.

However, we do have a regular visitor who always ignored its effort to get his attention whenever he passed by. I was hoping one day he too became a fan and friend of our pet.

It was waiting to happen and it happened. A few days ago, he came to our house, knocked at the door and also rang the bell. We were in the balcony and did not hear him.

Our parrot, Mittu, has special ways and means to alert us and hearing the bell and not seeing us, it started to whistle in the tone which sounds like “who is it!” It is special and by the tone we know it is someone who is not in his favorite or known friend list.

Not seeing anyone answering and hearing our parrot’s meaningful sound, he changed his mind and started whistling repeatedly as if answering his question. It too repeated in its own style.

We understood by then that there’s someone at the door and came rushing to see the “I don’t care for you” guest becoming a good friend of our parrot. Inside home, we found him taking a special interest in him.

Leaving our home that day, he said, how come I ignored such a wonderful living being all this time. In a way, through his words and interactions with our pet that day, I realised we have serious misconceptions about what we see around resulting in antagonising actions towards them.

A smile, hello or any respectful gesture can do wonders. After all, we live in this world only once. Why not live harmoniously each day?

Ramesh Menon

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Manzil - celebrating 6th birthday on 7th February 2010

Manzil - celebrating 6th birthday on 7th February 2010

Manzil is a non-profit organization supported by friends like you who want to productively change the lives of individuals with special needs. The Centre seeks to apply educational, therapeutic and creative experiences to encourage and empower the physical, emotional and social development of its students. Going forward, Manzil increasingly seeks to integrate individuals with disabilities into the social, educational and vocational mainstream, and to be a role model for more broad based efforts along these lines across the UAE.

As a non-profit centre, we rely on voluntary support to help make a difference to the lives of children and young adults with special needs. It is through community service that we can provide the opportunity for every student to learn and to have the chance to give back.We have currently 40 students who are benefiting from our organisation,

We are happy to inform you that Manzil is celebrating it's 6th Birthday on the 7th February 2011.

We look forward to your support and good wishes.

Staff Coordinator
Ph.9716 5347663
Fax:9716 5347664

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