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Ino­ticed a common thread in two ar­ti­cles in the last is­sue of Fri­day. One was the pro­file on Ab­hishek Bachchan (‘Into the spot­light’, Novem­ber 21) and the other was the in­ter­view with Fred­die Hunt (‘Hunt-ing down a legend’). The sim­i­lar­ity is that both men are try­ing to make a mark in fields where their fa­thers are con­sid­ered leg­ends.

While Ab­hishek, a strug­gling ac­tor, is the son of Amitabh Bachchan, Bol­ly­wood’s most ad­mired ac­tor; Fred­die, an up­com­ing For­mula One driver, is the son of James Hunt, one of the sport’s icons.

While read­ing their sto­ries, it was clear that apart from try­ing to es­tab­lish their own cred­i­bil­ity, the two young men have to bear the hu­mon­gous bur­den of ex­pec­ta­tion from the fans and au­di­ence as well.

I be­lieve it is un­fair to com­pare the young men with their fa­thers and we, the fans of the leg­endary men, should not write their sons off with­out giv­ing them a chance to prove them­selves.

SAN­JEEV NAVREKAR, VIA EMAIL

I agree, San­jeev; both th­ese men have grown up in their fa­thers’ shad­ows, but have now proved how tal­ented they are in their own right. Karen, ed­i­tor

When I first read the ar­ti­cle on Mani Manithan (‘Turn­ing his back on vi­o­lence’, Novem­ber 21), the man who has walked back­wards for 25 years to protest global vi­o­lence, I thought he was to­tally bonkers. But the more I thought about it, the more I re­alised how much ad­mi­ra­tion I have for him as it takes a lot of courage to stick at what we be­lieve in.

Ini­tially, Mani must have faced so much pub­lic ridicule for do­ing some­thing so ‘ridicu­lous’ but he was de­ter­mined to con­tinue. I’m im­pressed by his spirit and that he con­tin­ues to cam­paign against war in such a peace­ful and unique way.

FARIDA F, VIA EMAIL

Mani is a re­mark­able pro­tes­tor who lives by his be­liefs. If we had

The ar­ti­cle on the new ex­hi­bi­tion at Abu Dhabi’s Ma­narat Al Saadiyat, about the up­com­ing Guggen­heim mu­seum, was fas­ci­nat­ing (‘Shin­ing a light on the Guggen­heim’, Novem­ber 21).

Be­ing a lover of art, cul­ture and his­tory, I make it a point to visit the most im­por­tant mu­se­ums all over the world.

Now it’s nice to know that I don’t have to go very far to view some of the world’s mas­ter­pieces as they are com­ing here, to my doorstep. I am def­i­nitely tak­ing my fam­ily and friends to Guggen­heim.

ME­HAK ANAND, VIA EMAIL

I’m glad you en­joyed the ar­ti­cle Me­hak. Places like Guggen­heim Abu Dhabi are prov­ing that art and cul­ture are as vi­tal to a city’s growth as much as eco­nomic progress is.

…to that of Fred­die Hunt and dad James (right)

The story of Ab­hishek Bachchan and dad Amitabh is sim­i­lar, a reader points out…

Mani Manithan on his mis­sion to fight vi­o­lence

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