Our New Year’s res­o­lu­tion is to make even bet­ter in 2015. We love watch­ing our read­ers trans­form, but you’re right, it’s their con­fi­dence that changes the most.


San­jay Shah’s at­tempt to raise funds for autism re­search re­ally im­pressed me (‘In aid of autism’, De­cem­ber 26). In spite of a busy ca­reer and fam­ily life – in­clud­ing help­ing to care for an autis­tic son – he man­ages to find time to raise money for a worth­while cause. And by in­volv­ing celebri­ties and popular per­form­ers such as Prince and Lenny Kravitz, he is not only rais­ing money, but aware­ness as well. Hats off to him.

And thanks again Fri­day for giv­ing us another great read.

The ini­tia­tive by San­jay Shah to raise money for re­search on autism is truly in­spir­ing. Th­ese days many peo­ple with a lot of money ei­ther en­hance their al­ready lux­u­ri­ous life­style or invest for the fu­ture. But San­jay is clearly dif­fer­ent. He’s the kind of per­son so­ci­ety is more in need of.

Know­ing that th­ese stars per­formed for free makes me lis­ten to them with even more de­light. They are in­deed su­per­stars.

Read­ing The Big Story, where you re­cap­tured some of the most popular fea­tures of the year, was re­ally en­joy­able (‘Look­ing back... look­ing ahead’, De­cem­ber 26).

I am a reg­u­lar reader of Fri­day so it was a plea­sure to re­mem­ber some of th­ese fea­tures, par­tic­u­larly the ones ti­tled ‘Autism, the show’ and ‘Anil Kapoor: man in the mir­ror’. The story of the fa­ther who was rais­ing funds to save his dy­ing daugh­ter was ex­tremely mov­ing, while the one on Shubhreet – the one-legged dancer – was truly mo­ti­va­tional.

I look for­ward to sim­i­lar fea­tures in the New Year.

Last is­sue’s fea­ture on how par­ents force their kids to fin­ish their food was in­sight­ful (‘Talk your kids slim’, De­cem­ber 26). Com­ing from a de­vel­op­ing coun­try and a cul­ture where wast­ing food is con­sid­ered a crime, I re­mem­ber how my sib­lings and I used to be pun­ished if we didn’t eat ev­ery­thing on our plate. I think this up­bring­ing could be one of the rea­sons why we all have weight is­sues. After read­ing the ar­ti­cle, I’ve de­cided to al­low my chil­dren to serve them­selves and then en­cour­age them to fin­ish what they’ve taken.

Ilove the way you do fash­ion makeovers (‘New style res­o­lu­tions’, De­cem­ber 26). Read­ers stuck in a sar­to­rial rut are not only trans­formed to look stun­ning, but gain a re­mark­able new sense of self-con­fi­dence, too.

From a bright smile to bet­ter pos­ture, th­ese women almost in­stan­ta­neously be­gin to shine. I like to call this an ‘es­teem quick-fix’. COR­REC­TION: In the After Eight watch fea­ture, page 71, De­cem­ber 5, 2014, we cred­ited a Fos­sil watch from an in­cor­rect stock­ist. The cor­rect stock­ist is Paris Gallery, The Dubai Mall. We apol­o­gise for any in­con­ve­nience this er­ror caused.

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