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7 things you ought to know about Comic Con in Dubai:

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#1 Screening of movies such as Star Trek, The Matrix on the first day and Harry Potter (and the Philosopher’s Stone) on the second day ending with Thor!

#2 Exclusive stalls set up by exhibitors selling mangos, comics, gaming zone, costumes etc

#3 Some pretty exciting trailers, few of which will be premiered at Comic Con!

#4 A rock climbing challenge for the adventurous. Whoever reaches the top, wins a pair of tickets for Amazing Spiderman 3D!

#5 I wouldn’t even have to guess which anime got you started on reading japanese manga. Naruto episodes are up for a show at the MEFCC main stage!

#6 Think you’re the biggest otaku out her win Dubai? Challenge yourself with comic con’s Otaku Quiz.

#7 And finally *whispers* there’s an after-party for all comic con fans. P.S. you have to be above 21 years old.

The daunting choice for women: Family or Career?

   Women have been faced with this question time and again: profession or family. Decades ago, marriage provided a deadline to their careers. Professional life existed only for the bachelorettes, which didn’t last for long.

    Education has not only opened gates to women, but provided them with wings too. Fathers and husbands have become more broad-minded to appreciate a woman having her own life beyond the four walls of home. Although the situation has remained stagnant in many under developed nations, Dubai has witnessed a lot of female staff at office and behind counter desks.

   Coming back to the question: profession or family, women have compromised time and again for their family. What they don’t realize is the effect of their compromise on their children’s future. Although the mother can shower undivided attention and cater to every kid’s needs, what they don’t realize is the kind of future they’re unconsciously setting for their young ones.

     People have the subtle ability to observe ‘how’ someone is performing an action rather than what the action is. The ‘how’ factor is what sets each human apart. Kids observe their parents more than you know. Watching the mother disheartened and defeated by circumstances doesn’t set a good example for their future. Girls are more sensitive towards the little differences in their father and mother’s life. Observing a parent dissatisfied with their life can set a bad impression on the child. Parents are an infant’s personal heroes. They are the easiest source to learn from and seek knowledge about the most mundane activities.

     Women have often sacrificed upon their own health and maintenance to provide their kids with the best. Heard of the phrase ‘Selfishness is a virtue’? Well, it is. Only after feeding herself can a mother breast-feed and nourish her child.  Mothers are known to be closer to children than the father. However, an insecure and disappointed mom would hardly be someone to approach to when the teenager is experiencing some issues. Instead, they reach for support outside home, which may benefit or harm them. Slowly a bubble begins to form where the parent becomes unaware of the child’s life outside home. Although teenagers are stereotyped to be rebellious and uncomfortable with talking to their elders, it depends largely on the parent’s treatment towards various societal issues.

   Sacrifices made by the mother for her children can also become very overbearing and a factor of guilt for many of their decisions. This guilt might protect them from engaging in unhealthy activities, but using the parent’s suffering against the child can devastate their relationship. The mother sacrifices and expects. Nothing is given away for free. And when the grown up children cannot meet her expectations, disappointment prevails, not only for the mother, but the children as well. It can harm their self-esteem and confidence. There’s a clear difference between the performance of a child with proud parents and that of a child whose parents discourage and complain.

   A mother’s personal frustration might be held well behind her walls. However, age makes them weaker, physically, mentally and emotionally. Slowly, their subsided resentment exits those walls in small bouts. And the nearest person is often the victim of her historic pain. Anger outbursts and insults hurled at the younger family members results in an antagonizing environment at home. As such, family dinners grow to the extent of endanger and then to extinction.

   The mother may be the easiest person to blame, but the father or husband has the bigger role to play. They are responsible for forcing the woman to choose. Men easily remain active witnesses to the daily abuses. Supporting their wives and comforting them not only improves her mood, but also gives the right impression of a ‘family’ to the children.

    Adolescents prepare their idea of a realistic relationship based on the one they view daily. Some base their opinion of a partner on the kind of husband or wife their dad and mom are. Hence a healthy bond between parents is essential in building the future bonds between the children.

    Albeit the situation has improved drastically across the world, let’s not forget that this is choice is still expected in a few countries. Let’s hope you’re lucky enough to not face this question, ever. But considering you do, after years, think carefully. You’re not doing a favor for your kids. Neither are they going to benefit watching you wither away in regrets.

“I prefer giving first priority to family as a girl. For girls, I feel compromises just go on for lifetime. When it’s a matter of career, we can have a career by having a mature life and keeping our family happy. If you’re good, your family’s going to be good to you”

 Ilham Naushad, University of Vocational Education, Dubai

“Contrary to the belief that girls are ‘not good enough’ my parents are so happy to have a girl. I’m not just cut out for housework. I can do what I want when I want. If I want to do it, then I can. Depending on his (future partner) financial situation, if I want to do something for me, it is my life. He can’t rule over my life. We are two different people. What he thinks does not have to be right for me, and what I say does not have to be right for him. We’ll work out a middle path.”

 Roohi Ibrahim, Advertising graduate, MU Dubai

Game of Thrones episode 3: What is Dead may Never Die

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Game of Thrones is back with the third episode of it’s second season. I cannot help but marvel at the aptly titled ‘Clash of Kings’, the second installment in the series ‘A song of Fire and Ice’. Chaos has ensued the birth of leaders, some more fearsome than others, but proclaimed to be Kings nonetheless by their people. Episode three did not feature some characters to my dismay, Rob Stark, Daenerys Targareon, Jamie Lannister, Stannis Baratheon, the red witch etc. New characters however, were suitably introduced, but granted my ignorance to the books, only the following episodes shall reveal their significance. When I asked a fellow GOT books fan to brief me on what the series is about, he described them as the story of people’s stupidity with their meagre differences and hunger for power when something much more horrible awaits them beyond the wall. 

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What I loved about this episode is watching Tyrion Lannister back to what he knows best: manipulating people. Honestly, why didn’t they choose him to be the Hand of the King sooner? No spoilers, be assured, but the imp has a far better talent than his siblings. His way with words is what saved his life many a times in season 1, but with the second season we watch him use communication with wisdom that would best befit his role as the King’s advisor. 

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Cersei, the other Lannister, is drowning in her greed to sep the crown and protect her family. Her brief conversation with Sansar showed a glimmer of Cersei looking at herself, but that was washed away with yet another taunting remark from the Queen regent. She knows to trust none but her family and has worked her way in season 1 to keep them together, at the cost of Ed Stark. The execution that inaugurated all havoc in the realm of Fire and Ice. It saddens me to watch Sansar trapped in a castle with people who conspired to behead her own father and walk the path towards considering them family someday. I’ve heard rumors that her naivety will soon be at a loss as she adopts a rather bold role, and I cannot help but eagerly await her to take a powerful position. Perhaps her new hand-maid would be the spark. As for Arya, I’m excited to watch the young lady-lad strike in action very soon.

 

 

Peanuts: A time when love is just “meeting someone by the pencil sharpener”

I recently stumbled upon this book by Charles M Schulz, best known for creating the Peanuts comic strips that we all love. What I find most fascinating about the genius illustrator is his ability to look at the world from a child’s perspective and narrate it accordingly. 

Like this book ‘Love is walking Hand in Hand’, a collection of the most simple quotes that would describe innocent affection from a child’s view. Yet, the quotes warm our hearts and make us wish we were kids again, a time when love is just…..

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Sigh…….the good ol’ days.

The fallen fruit

Just when you thought Google was trying too hard by acquiring Youtube, it went one step further by developing an Android market. After being a blissful owner of a Samsung Galaxy S, I could not have been more proud of my device’s advantages over a blackberry (since I own both of them). However, I did have second thoughts about upgrading my old iPod Touch for the new iPhone after the iOS 5 was released with the uber-wonderful iCloud and Siri. Do I hate wires? yes, very much. Under my work-desk lie two baskets filled with the non-distinct black ones and the white wires undeniably part of my Apple family. 

Apple’s new iCloud sync was literally the reason for me to research comparisons between the new iPhone and a Samsung product and the new Sony phone. And while all my offline research pointed towards buying a new iPhone, I could not help but wonder why weren’t Apple’s competitors acting against this new development already!

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Lo and behold, Google Play, they say be careful what you wish for! An app store completely dedicated to consumers owning an Android device, Google has taken a step further from being a user-driven search engine to a multimedia platform (with Youtube) and is now stealthily conquering the mobile-continent. A friend who recently grew very fond of Instagram, was seriously considering buying an Apple product…….that is until Instagram became available on Android devices. Nice move there Google. 

But the best part? Integrating a network of apps between Google and its android devices, has now enabled wireless syncing between any devices attached to a common user. Do I hear similarities between iCloud and this new innovation? With Google play, I can sync all my music, movies, books, download apps, sync photos and all documents wirelessly without spending another AED 2000 for an iPhone! The wizard of tech geeks has indeed struck third base. And with the unfortunate demise of Apple’s genius CEO, I can only wonder what future lies with his fallen fruit. 

Blackberry Trade-up!

Blackberry owners, if you have an old model that you’d like to exchange for the latest Bold 9900 or Curve 9380, guess what? RIM is offering a trade-up for your old-yet-usable models for a new blackberry device. You also have the option for returning your old mobile for a decent refund by the official manufacturers. 

Click here for more information.

P.S. Offer limited to certain countries 😦