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After reading your Making a difference feature (‘The gift of a smile’) and the big story (‘Cutting edge holidays’) in the March 7 issue, I decided to sum up my thoughts in the form of a poem. Here it is: CLEFT-LIP A child with cleft-lip, Finds it difficult to sip, Starts hiding behind the world, Since ready to mock is the world, The child avoids teasing and shame, While others like to play the game; Awkward active play-mates, Ready the teasing to taste, Ready to take away the gift of smile, Since the child is bereft of sweet smile; God-given gift is temporarily denied, As it can’t be permanently buried, The child is prepared to smile, Thanks to Operation Smile! After the surgery, mother and child smile, No more the physically challenged child, Is unable to smile, it let out a broad smile, It smiles and smiles, dear ones, Around smile; The world no more looks the same As gone away the hurting shame Let medical tourism flourish in Dubai, Until then!
GILBERT JOHN PIOUS, DUBAI
When I read the article on Joby Mathew, (‘My dwarf husband is a giant amongst men’, February 28) I was astonished. I was so interested that I then watched his videos on YouTube and was extremely impressed by his enthusiasm and positive attitude towards life.
In spite of his disability, he has managed to achieve so much and is full of happiness. Thank you Friday for publishing such an inspiring story.
DR SHAHANAZ PATEL, VIA EMAIL
We’ve been inundated with letters like yours, Shahanaz. Joby has clearly inspired our readers.
Ihave been a regular reader of your magazine for more than six years now and quite like the way it is evolving. One of the things I like best is that you are profiling a lot of Bollywood celebs. I particularly liked the fact that you featured Prachi Desai (‘I’m no goody two-shoes’, March 7), even though she is not as popular as Madhuri Dixit or Aishwarya Rai. Please continue to publish more such features on lesser-known celebrities.
There are several magazines that publish features on all the top actors and I feel they have already said all that needs to be said. We readers would like to know about the secondand third-rung actors as well and their struggles and stories.
On another note, I’d also like to see more features on business leaders.
SHYAM SHANKAR, VIA EMAIL
Glad you like our celebrity coverage, Shyam. And yes, we will be bringing you exclusive interviews with top businessmen and women too.
I t was wonderful reading editor Karen Pasquali Jones’s story on Japan (‘Memoirs of Kyoto’, February 28) as it reminded me of my trip there in December 2012.
was an engineering student at the University of Melbourne at the time. During my summer break, a friend of mine and I decided to visit Tokyo, Hakone, Nara, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka and I found Kyoto to be the most enchanting.
The ancient temples, beautiful gardens, friendly people, cute cats at Nekokaigi Cat Café in Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto all made our trip really special.
Thanks to you and the other members of Friday for doing a great job week after week. Having been born and raised in Dubai, Friday has always been a part of my weekend and I look forward to it every week.
Travel is an important part of Friday, Hari, and we like to inspire readers to explore cultural cities like Kyoto. I can’t wait to go back.
Operation Smile is giving hope to children with cleft lips and palates
Our story had readers dreaming of Kyoto