STORY OF US
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.