Old records are golden

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I t’s true that vinyl records are nearly dead and any sign of its re­vival gives hap­pi­ness to us (“A vinyl re­vival in Amer­ica’s sub­urbs”, Gulf News, De­cem­ber 2). Dur­ing the early 1970s we used to use these records. I still have a record player and few vinyl records at home. We have records with the HMV mark in­scribed on them. With time, these records were re­placed with cas­settes and now with CDs and iPod. Our smart phones have now re­placed all these ex­ter­nal de­vices. But I am sure there are many who still love to hold a vinyl record and lis­ten to some sooth­ing mu­sic be­ing played out of it. From Mr Eap­pen Elias Dubai

Fan­tas­tic films

I am ex­cited to at­tend this year’s Dubai In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val (“Diff 2017: Mu­si­cal films to catch this year”, Gulf News, De­cem­ber 5). I at­tend it ev­ery year and take my friends with me. I think such fes­ti­vals are very im­por­tant be­cause they cre­ate a cul­ture of film ap­pre­ci­a­tion. The tickets for some films might be a bit ex­pen­sive but there are some films that are show­cased for free. I hope more young peo­ple go for this event. I think it is a great ini­tia­tive and event that is or­gan­ised. From Ms Leela Rai Dubai

End of an era

S hashi Kapoor was an icon, a leg­end and a phe­nom­e­nal ac­tor (“Vet­eran ac­tor Shashi Kapoor dies at 79”, Gulf News, De­cem­ber 5). He was the ro­man­tic hero of the past and de­spite not be­ing in that gen­er­a­tion, I got to watch a lot of his movies with my grand­fa­ther. It was a rit­ual of ours and we would sit at night and catch an old movie of his on the ca­ble chan­nel back home. I think there are cer­tain ac­tors that re­ally changed Indian cin­ema, and he was one of them. He also did a lot for the theatre scene in In­dia and opened a theatre in­sti­tute to groom young tal­ent. It is re­ally sad to see such leg­ends go. I wish you could rewind time and give them a few more years to make magic on the big screen. He will be ter­ri­bly missed. From Ms Alia Mathur Dubai

The wan­ing moon

T here is al­ways some­thing ex­cit­ing hap­pen­ing in the night sky (“‘Su­per Moon’ spot­ted in UAE skies”, Gulf News, De­cem­ber 4). The next spec­tac­u­lar event is the Gem­i­nids me­teor shower, which will take place on De­cem­ber 13 and 14. We shall get to wit­ness the next su­per moon on the first day of the New Year. This shall be fol­lowed by a ‘Blue Moon’ — a phe­nom­e­non in which we have two full moons in a cal­en­dar month. From Mr Amol Mane UAE

A dis­play of ig­no­rance

P eo­ple of the Hindu faith use cer­tain phrases and Chris­tian’s say ‘Amen’, when pray­ing, or for any other rea­son, just like how that lit­tle boy used the word ‘Al­lah’ in class (“US teacher calls po­lice after boy says ‘Al­lah’ in class”, Gulf News, De­cem­ber 4). The teacher has done a shame­ful thing by call­ing the po­lice. This in­ci­dent shows their sick men­tal­ity. These kinds of teach­ers should not be al­lowed to teach since they are caus­ing trou­ble for the present and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions, in­stead of mak­ing a child’s fu­ture bright. From Mr Nep W. Dubai

Think be­fore you tweet

I n his re­cent visit to the Indian cap­i­tal, New Delhi, for­mer US Pres­i­dent, Barack Obama was men­tion­ing how pop­u­lar so­cial me­dia is in help­ing to send mes­sages to peo­ple fast (“Obama says ‘think be­fore you tweet’”, Gulf News, De­cem­ber 3).

He was re­peat­edly ask­ing his suc­ces­sor, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to be care­ful. Tweets are go­ing very fast and mes­sages should not be a com­plex is­sue. Who­ever sends tweets should be care­ful be­fore send­ing them. From Mr K Ra­ga­van In­dia

Pink’s take on gen­der

I think singer Pink’s way of rais­ing her daugh­ter is praise­wor­thy (“Pink rais­ing her chil­dren gen­der neu­tral”, Gulf News, De­cem­ber 4). Of­ten, we fall prey to stereo­types. Rais­ing a child in a gen­der fluid man­ner is what we need to­day. When chil­dren are lit­tle we put too much em­pha­sis on what roles they should take on, what colours they should wear and that im­pacts how they see them­selves in the fu­ture.

If chil­dren are made to grow up the way they want without a lot of pres­sure from their par­ents, I think they will turn out just fine. I like the way the singer is set­ting an ex­am­ple for other par­ents to follow. She has al­ways been un­apolo­get­i­cally her­self, and I ap­pre­ci­ate how she is pass­ing this on to her daugh­ter. From Ms Revna Singh UAE

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