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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