STORY OF US

Friday - - Front Page - Mri­nal Shekar Deputy ed­i­tor mshekar@gulfnews.com

Fifty years ago, pho­tog­ra­pher Ramesh Shukla ar­rived in the UAE on a boat. While talk­ing to Fri­day’s fea­tures ed­i­tor Anand Raj OK (page 18), he says that all he had with him was some loose change, a small suit­case and a cam­era with some film rolls. Apart from all of that what he also came with was a heart full of hope and as­pi­ra­tion.

Fifty years on, while a lot has changed in and around the UAE, what has re­mained con­stant for all ex­pats is the fact that we all came to the UAE on the boat of hope, rest­less to be de­liv­ered to the shore of op­por­tu­ni­ties, in a hurry to achieve. From ca­reer goals to per­sonal mile­stones, we are filled with a burn­ing de­sire to re­alise it all asap.

But therein lies a hitch. Time flies. Be­fore we re­alise it, our check­list of am­bi­tions has grown ex­po­nen­tially too. And as months turn to years, we drop an­chor and be­gin to call this land of op­por­tu­ni­ties home. Whether it is the salty air from the sea, or the cup of pip­ing hot tea from the neigh­bour­hood cafe­te­ria, aro­mas turn into as­so­ci­a­tions and we be­gin to find com­fort not just in the coun­try’s sights and sounds but the strong re­la­tion­ships we painstak­ingly build. Re­la­tion­ships that sur­pass parochial at­ti­tude and are formed purely on a calm­ing sense of con­sis­tency.

Our bond with Satwa’s Ravi Restau­rant is proof that food be­comes syn­ony­mous with com­fort when it sa­ti­ates all our senses

We all come to the UAE on the boat of hope, rest­less to be de­liv­ered to the shore of op­por­tu­ni­ties, in a hurry to achieve

and at the same time leaves us hun­gry for more. As Chaudary Ab­dul Hameed, the founder and owner of this iconic restau­rant who, even af­ter tast­ing unimag­in­able suc­cess con­tin­ues to sit at the till ev­ery day putting in hon­est hard work, ex­plains (page 26), the se­cret lies in stay­ing true and de­liv­er­ing what you prom­ise.

I guess that is a life les­son all of us can take away.

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