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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.

HARI, DUBAI

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

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