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Airport friend­ships… only till the bags come ( Mar 3) was an in­ter­est­ing read. In ear­lier days, friend­ships made in trains and planes lasted long be­yond the jour­ney. I par­tic­u­larly re­mem­ber a cou­ple from Mum­bai who were my trav­el­ling com­pan­ions while I was on my way to Ja­balpur. They show­ered me with bhu­jias, nam­keens and what- have- you, and shouted me down when I or­dered lunch, forc­ing me to gorge on the parathas and achar they had bought along. To­day, the hours I spend at air­ports give me a great deal of hope. The more I talk to strangers from all over the world, the more I see the uni­ver­sal­ity of love. Though our con­ver­sa­tions are short, the con­nec­tion is real. We hu­mans are far more alike than we are dif­fer­ent. If you are feel­ing stressed about the cur­rent state of the world and our so­ci­ety, I urge you to talk to strangers. You may be sur­prised by how few words it takes to turn peo­ple into friends.

Shab­bir Sai­fud­din, Dubai

Grab your walk­ing shoes, ladies! Bur­ju­man is hold­ing a women- only walk­ing pro­gramme in part­ner­ship with Fit­ness First, that will be held ev­ery Sun­day, from March 12 to March 26, at 8.30am. The group will start their ses­sion at Fit­ness First Bur­ju­man Cen­tre, and make their way around the mall, cov­er­ing all floors. A trainer will be present to mo­ti­vate par­tic­i­pants, and the event will fin­ish with a cool down. If you’re in­ter­ested, visit Fit­ness First at Bur­ju­man Cen­tre in the mall to reg­is­ter. Only 50 par­tic­i­pants will be ac­cepted so you might want to hurry! For more de­tails, visit bur­ju­man. com.

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