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The ‘ global face of Indian stand- up’ is com­ing to Dubai! World- renowned co­me­dian Papa CJ, who has per­formed over 2,000 shows in 20 coun­tries, will be tick­ling ribs on Satur­day, March 18, at Jumeirah’s Club Boudoir. The first Indian co­me­dian to have been in­vited to the Just for Laughs Fes­ti­val in Canada and Lon­don, he is promis­ing an un­cen­sored show that will have you rolling in the aisles. Doors open at 7pm; show starts at 8.30pm. Tick­ets are priced at Dh100. Min­i­mum age for en­try is 21 years. Seat­ing is on a first- come, first- serve ba­sis, so get there early! Call 050- 4521553 for de­tails.

If you’re a fan of all things half- hu­man, half- fish, the new Mer­maids of Ara­bia bou­tique on Kite Beach is go­ing to have you flip­ping over for joy. Of­fer­ing the chance to en­joy a fairy­tale mer­maid trans­for­ma­tion ex­pe­ri­ence, the bou­tique is here to breathe life into the deep- sea fan­tasy of ev­ery adult and child alike.

The cus­tomi­sa­tion ranges from the ‘ Mini Mer­maid Ex­pe­ri­ence’ — hair, makeup, cos­tume and shoot for Dh120 — to the ‘ To­tal Mer­maid Trans­for­ma­tion ( ev­ery­thing from dress- up to pho­to­shoot for Dh800; cos­tume is for keeps). Open through­out the week. Visit www. mer­maid­so­fara­bia. com for more info.

How do you typ­i­cally start your day? Typ­i­cally my day starts with me send­ing my hus­band to work and see­ing my two lit­tle girls off to school, af­ter which I am free to re­ply to my on­line mes­sages from buy­ers and clients while hav­ing my morn­ing tea.

De­scribe how you feel about your work in a sen­tence. My work is a pas­sion which gives mean­ing and pur­pose to my life.

What is your # 1 per­sonal prin­ci­ple/ suc­cess mantra at work? I be­lieve in hard work and pa­tience which, ac­cord­ing to me, are the two cor­ner­stones for be­ing suc­cess­ful. There are no free lunches. I need to work harder than ex­pected and be more pa­tient than needed.

In your work­day, what is the one thing you can­not do with­out? Right now my com­pany Style Meets Ele­gance is mainly an on­line c om­pany wherein I post my de­signs, and peo­ple from all over the world con­tact me for or­ders. So, my In­ter­net con­nec­tion and my gad­gets — my ipad, my iphone and my Notepad — are what I can­not do with­out!

Your favourite in­dul­gence when you need a break from work? When I am not work­ing, I like to go out with my f am­ily and friends and in­dulge in good food. Shop­ping for my­self and my girls is also some­thing I love do­ing in my free time.

What is your favourite place to go to for a busi­ness lunch or din­ner? Like I said be­fore, my work is mostly on­line so I don’t re­ally need to go out for busi­ness lunches or din­ners with clients or sup­pli­ers. But other than that, if I were catch­ing up with friends for new work ideas, we do not set­tle for one par­tic­u­lar place; I love ex­plor­ing new places ev­ery time.

What is your greatest dream, pro­fes­sion­ally? I have been work­ing on­line, and have been a part of var­i­ous ex­hi­bi­tions for quite some­time now. My greatest dream is to launch my own cloth­ing line. I want to con­trib­ute pos­i­tively to the in­dus­try I feel pas­sion­ate about and to pro­mote some­thing I re­ally be­lieve in.

Who is your big­gest role model, and why? My big­gest role model is my father be­cause of the way he has led his life by ex­am­ple, his self­less­ness and the way he in­stilled in me with good, solid val­ues. I have watched him over­come great per­sonal chal­lenges, from which I have l earnt many i mpor­tant l i fe l e s s o n s . H i s p o s i t i v i t y a n d en­cour­age­ment are forces which make me want to achieve greater heights.

What is the last thing you ( usu­ally) do be­fore you go to sleep? Night­times are usu­ally loaded with work — tak­ing or­ders or an­swer­ing queri e s a s i t ’ s t i me f or onl i ne con­ver­sa­tions with my over­seas clients who live in dif­fer­ent time zones. Af­ter com­plet­ing my todo list for the next day, I mostly in­dulge in read­ing some­thing on fash­ion to broaden my hori­zon. The very last thing I do is say my bed­time prayer. — Staff Reporter

My com­pany is Mainly an on­line one wherein i post My de­signs and peo­ple from all over the world con­tact Me

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