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For many of us who have lived in Chennai, (former) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's demise is something that has deeply affected us. Especially women residents of her State. I see that in the response of a few non-Tamil former colleagues of mine. If Hillary gave American women the hope they can aspire to be President too, Jaya had already lived that dream for many Indian women. Of all our women chief ministers across India, she has been the most gutsy, sane, intelligent and yet a tragedy queen.  While her political career saw her come up again and again like a phoenix, her vulnerability as a human is most reflected in her personal life. From having to give up studies to pursue a career in films against her will to the heroes in her screen and personal lives who failed her to the repeated challenges she faced in her political career to the willingness to be under the grip of a woman companion who now seems to have taken charge of her personal and political inheritance, we …

National day

I have one more reason to love the UAE. It is as old as me :).
From loving its national anthem Ishy Bilady (which I first heard from my children in their early days at school here - where the national anthems of India and the UAE are sung at the school Assembly) to its multi-culturalism, the stylish draping of headscarves that accentuate the beauty of Arab women to the flowery sleeveless tops they wore over long-sleeved blouses (which I am tempted to emulate), the UAE has grown in me. As I read in nostalgic reports by resident and ex-scribes, you may leave the country one day but the country will never leave you.

This year's National Day celebrations seemed more lively than last year's  - or maybe my memory is short... Anyway, we witnessed three days of massive discounts in the malls, fireworks and other events to mark the weekend at various public spots. We briefly witnessed the singing and procession at the Sharjah Maritime Museum. The colours of the flag lit up the architec…