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Short Take: Sleep deprived
July 04, 2015
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Sleep deprived

A few weeks back I had gone to a mall in Dubai for casual window- shopping. I stopped by a coffee shop to get some rest and shot of coffee.

While I sat and sipped my yummy drink, I saw a father and son both fast asleep in their respective chairs. The father was dozing off, occasionally moving to change his neck position, while the son in his stroller had his head tilted to the right.

The reason they got my attention was that they were able to take a nap in the midst of the hustle bustle at the mall.

His wife bought him a cup of coffee and a cheese croissant and tried to wake him up, but he only woke up after he had got his share of nap time.

It got me thinking, that we are all in fact in many ways sleep deprived, some are seen with heavy bags under their eyes or yawn throughout the day. Even though most of us try to get a good seven or eight hours of sleep a night, it is truly not enough.

So, then what is the solution? Well, one of the best according to me is trial and error. Everyone’s body clock is different, so we need to find our own balance of sleep. It might take a few days or months to figure it out, but it is worth it, after all we do not want to look or be sleep deprived.
Vismay Anand

Funny excuse

Last month, there was a cricket match about to take place between India and Pakistan. A colleague, who always tries to post 100 per cent attendance, saw this as a good opportunity to manage a day’s leave.

But the boss had mentioned about some important assignment on that day. So, he guessed that if he asked for leave, it won’t be sanctioned.

He decided to bunk on that day without informing anyone beforehand and thought that he would make up some excuse later.

After the day off, when he returned to office, another colleague asked him, “Why did you not come yesterday? Anyway, boss was looking for you. Please go and meet him.”

He got a bit scared and went slowly towards the boss’ room. He knocked on the door and a soft, clear reply came, “Come in.”

He entered quietly. The boss asked, “So, what’s up? Why did you remain absent yesterday when I specifically called it an important day?”

My colleague replied, “Sir, it was raining.”
Boss: “Raining? So what! You could have come with an umbrella?”
“My umbrella was broken.”
“Broken? So do you have only one umbrella?”
“Yes sir.”
“You could have repaired it?”

“Sir, I already told you, it was raining. So how could I go out and get it repaired when I don’t have another good umbrella?”

Our boss, who has a good sense of humour, burst into laughter and appreciated my colleague’s wit.
Zakir Jawed

Bane of attachment

My husband and I go to the beach sometimes and people have come to recognise us just as we have begun to recognise others.

One walker we have come to “know” is a man with a dog. Most evenings, we could see the man walking tall, with a smart and quick stride while his pet, a short-legged terrier true to its nature of being small, wiry and sprightly, would trot around his legs.

Whenever this pair came for their walk, everyone would pause for a while to watch them. For, the dog was not put on a leash but was let independent, as independent as the master. Yet it was not hard to notice that there was an understanding between the two.

The animal was obviously well trained because it would never go beyond a few paces away from its master. The man had about him an air of confidence that his dog would never go wayward.

Then suddenly, the pair became conspicuous by their absence. Life went on in the beach, evening after evening, with people probably wondering what happened to them but no one really talking about it.

And just as suddenly, man and dog came back on to the scene a few weeks later. But this time, there was no air of confidence, no sprightly scampering. Because the dog was now bonded to a leash.

I guess this is what bondages do to everyone. The more the attachment, the less lively our life becomes.
Vidya Shankar

Being human

“Mom? Mom? Are you even listening?”

I often find myself yelling at Wifi-laden walls of indifference in daily ordeals of communication.

After years of toil, we evolved as a race from the age of technology into an age of communication: we used our human resources in such incredible synergy that we have watches that can talk, cars that can talk, phones that can talk, and computers that can talk... All this culminates in a superior quality of life and a spectacular... irony?

Humans have constructed technology that makes communication seamless and their own lifestyles... anti-social? How counterintuitive a phenomenon that what one pursued tirelessly eludes as soon as it is conquered! Little did we know when we joined the Facebook bandwagon that it would overtake the experiences between actual human faces.

Take a quick glean down any vantage point: anywhere on a street or in a mall, the universality of our deafness and uncommunicativeness is uncanny – all obsolete systems of human beings hanging heavily from the shoulders over lit screens, hunched in a silent deafness.

We have all become uncommunicative; even when hear, we do not listen. Even when we listen, and one who listens at all is a rare occurrence by himself, we do not recognise the gleaming of an eye, the way the body gestures with the rhythm of word or anything more complex or nuanced than an emoticon, no, we are not only deaf but also blind because of a communication overload, a cultural desensitisation to the significance of words and connections.

Let not let the marvel of the Internet take away from the marvel of simplicity, of laughter and of humanity. Take a daily hiatus from being social online to being human in your essence.
Pragya Chawla

I love the rain

“The best thing one can do when it is raining is to let it rain.” It was such a pleasant quote made by famous English author Henry Wadsworth Longfellow that it starts ringing in my ears as soon as I see dark clouds hovering in the sky.

I also love rains and I believe that most of the people in the world love it. I wish it would rain much in the UAE too, just like in India. In India, when it rains, it rains for hours. And I am very happy that this monsoon, I am in India.

Among all other seasons, I feel that rain is the most welcomed. As it comes after summer, it brings relief to many people across the country. Everyone is filled with joy. Even the old and the youth become cheerful. I often stand in the balcony to feel the great blessing bestowed upon us.

I like to bathe in the cool shower that brings delight in the hearts of people across India. I love to support the tiny drops of rain on my hand. I enjoy making paper boats and sailing them in the turbulent ocean. But those unfaithful waves just turn them over and devour them inside their huge bodies.

The best thing is to see those poor farmers who thank God for the gift He had given them and step out of their houses to see their farms full of dancing crops. It seems as if the crops are also welcoming the rain. Monsoon for agriculture is the same as food for human beings. It is so much effective that the Indian agriculture is said to be “Gamble of Monsoons.”

Sometimes when the rains don’t fall and the farmers are desperate, I feel pity on them. I wish I could command the rain so that whenever anyone was in real need of it, I could provide them. But nature is not in the hands of us, humans. We can only pray to God for it. Even then I wish I could do something about it.
Saamia Mujeeb
(Student, Indian High School, Dubai)

Point to ponder

It was a foggy morning and I looked through the windows outside. The busy road and the vehicles were not clearly visible as it used be on any normal day.

Suddenly my eyes caught up with a flip calendar with a quote on it. The words on that day’s page read “Never do anything which you do not wish to do during the last hour of your life.”

I kept on looking at it for a long time. The foggy weather condition and the traffic situation were no more in my focus and thoughts.

My memories went back to a few years to a hospital room near the ICU. It was raining and I was consoling a loving family member who was, unknown to all of us at that time, in the last week of her life. Listening to my encouraging words, she was showing a brave face, but she knew at that condition a turnaround was the last possible thing.

That part of the thought ended then and there and it revolved to the present. Can we really make an effort to have the real essence of that sentence possible in our day-to-day life? I started thinking deep into it. How can we bring in a change that can make our last action everlasting?

Not an easy task. After all, no one wants to die fast. So, is that an excuse to do something unwanted to be given another chance to correct it?
Ramesh Menon

Bargain and gain!

A holiday back home always involves some fun and confusion, especially when it comes to shopping.

“Are you from the Gulf? You keep asking discount on every single item?” at times the shopkeeper jokes.

The concept of “discount” sales and “offers” are common in the Gulf countries, but not so back home.

We visited a textile shop recently. My wife kept checking the price tag and asked for the discount on each item. I was very nervous and expected a reply from the sales woman, as she was not moving to offer a big “wow” to the discount request.

Nevertheless, I was confident that she could survive easily. I realised that the salesmen and women in the shop were not well trained. Whilst I was watching the movement of the sales team and my wife, I realised there was no such “discount” on offer in that shop.

To my surprise, an old man sitting at the cash counter for billing was looking at me over his specs and offered a “discount” on the total purchase. It was my wife who really gained in the discount game and was talking about her discount mantra until we reached home. I realised the hymn of bargain and gain!
Ramachandran Nair

Amazing Aamir

I am not very regular when it comes to watching motives, but the other day when my friend called me to watch Bollywood hero Aamir Khan’s PK, I readily agreed. Though I had watched the movie already, I went again because of Aamir Khan’s marvellous acting skills and the film’s powerful social message. Movies not only make one happy but also help pass time fruitfully if there is a good message and engaging entertainment. I remembered that so many of my friends in the UAE when I worked there were diehard Aamir Khan fans.
K. Ragavan

Happily married

A wife asks, “How do men define marriage”? Husband replies, “A very expensive way to get your laundry done free.” I think most men have this notion. Marriage is often described as a journey that two people embark on together. During early marriage life seems to be like a fairytale. It’s been two months that I got married and I feel like a proud wife of a wonderful husband, and also that I got great in-laws.

Before marriage you are like a free bird, no responsibility and no worries, but after marriage it is not the same. I don’t regret that I got married so early but the daily routine gets changed completely.

Most of the married women must be facing this I’m sure, like before marriage we used to scrub our skin and now we scrub utensils, before we would eat whatever we felt like but now we have to think what others like to eat, before it was like a perfect figure and used to dress up smart but now it’s like bulging tummy and messed dress-up.

So there are a lot of adjustments one has to make after marriage but then I feel it is also a part of life as it will not be the same every time. All you need is a great partner who can understand you more than anyone else.

Marriage does not guarantee that you will be together forever. It takes love, respect, trust, understanding, friendship and faith in your relationship to make it last forever. I would say my life really began when I married my husband.
Shruthi Unnithan

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