Khilji in a bad light
Bollywood filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali has proved to be a real turncoat (“Shahid Kapoor on Swara Bhaskar’s ‘Padmaavat’ letter”, Gulf News, January 31). I went to see the movie with heightened expectations for his controversial historical extravaganza Padmaavat but came out cheated. As always I expected Bhansali to be fair to his characters. I agree with your writer Bobby Naqvi about the debauched portrayal of Alauddin Khilji but nevertheless, I admire a section of the Indian Muslim society and historians, for their patience in not protesting against the film, unlike the fringe group, Karni Sena. They have caused some long-drawn havoc in India, right from the production to the release of the film.
From Ms Nigar N.
We have the power
Well, at last this is going to happen (“Dubai announces launch of Dh2.5b waste-to-energy plant”, Gulf News, January 30). Dubai made an announcement yesterday that the Dubai Municipality have signed a contract with a group of highly reputable contractors to build a power plant, fuelled by domestic waste. I have continued to promote such projects based on their success in many different parts of the world. I am delighted to see that some of our future power will come from the carefully controlled incineration process.
From Mr Andrew Wilkins
A rally of a match
When the second women’s semi-finals of the Australian Open stared between Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber, it looked like a one-sided match in favour of the world number one, Halep (“Tough tests for Halep and Kerber”, Gulf News, January 24). But what a strong comeback by Kerber in the second set. With a number of twists and turns, she managed to win the second set and fight for a place in the finals. The final set too had its ups and downs. The match swung from Halep to Kerber and back to Halep. Finally Halep managed to win the set 9-7 to play the final match on Saturday. This match at Rod Laver arena was more than a finals and the crowd got their money’s worth.
From Ms Kavitha Srikanth
Hype about Skype
Skype is one method of communication that is been used in many countries around the world (“No Skype? Pay Dh50 monthly for video calls”, Gulf News, January 9). The feature is used not just for personal conversations, but for business purposes as well. The feature is freely used in many countries (both advanced and developing). It is disappointing to note that Skype has been banned in this part of the world. I request the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), to revisit this ban and make the communication tool available to the public.
From Mr Sunil Gopalakrishnan
Justice is blind
The blind Indian cricket team won the world cup in a match held at the Sharjah cricket stadium (“Indian consulate lay the red carpet for blind cricket team”, Gulf News, January 23). Congratulations to team India for being the champions of the Blind Cricket World Cup. It is a great achievement and we are all proud of them for bringing glory to the nation. It is our duty and moral responsibility to know what they get in return. The fact that the players were getting just a few hundred rupees as prizes is shameful. These boys deserved to be rewarded and awarded reasonably and handsomely if not on a par with Indian Captain Virat Kohli and his team. Why is there such discrimination? It was ridiculous to see the rewards they got for being world champions! These talented, determined and inspirational people are true heroes and are an example of all the youth of the country, but the entire globe. I urge my friends to show their support so that this request does not fall onto deaf ears of the concerned authorities.
From Mr Subas P
Dreams of success
Congratulations to the England cricket team for winning their third consecutive match against Australia in Sydney, to pocket the one day series convincingly. After failing to defend a score of 300 plus runs in the first two matches, the Australian captain thought he could chase to stay in the series. But this England team, which is considered the best for the present, had different ideas. Hats off to England batsman Jos Butler and bowler Chris Woakes, who destroyed the world class Australian bowlers. As averred by Smith, it was the last five overs, especially the final two, which proved to be the difference between. We are confident that Eoin Morgan and his team would be now be eyeing more success.
From Ms Janaki Mahadevan
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