Dubai.

About fifty percent of the population of Dubai would be Indians. The locals account for only about 18%.  A left wing politico from Kerala, the state from which the maximum number of Indians go to Dubai, has claimed that since the real estate boom’s collapse, over 100,000 Malayalis have returned to the state!  Remember the Malayalis?  I had posted about them!

There are other states also affected but the Indian financial sector claims that it is not directly affected though some remittances will stop. Be that as it may, one cannot but feel sad for the returnees and their families.

Not however, as sad as one feels about this local dignitary.

dubai

Mayo, after all the snow, you might like to consider buying some property in Dubai for now. Some great bargains are available and I believe that a lot of extras are thrown in free.

Songs And Rhymes From Childhood.

This is a nursery rhyme that I learnt in Montessori School and which became a favourite of our son Ranjan too. I have played a teapot in a school play as has Ranjan. Need I say more?

I am a little teapot
Short & stouts
Here´s my handle
Here´s my spout
When I get all steamed up
I just shout
Tip me over & pour me out

I am a very special pot
It is true
Here is an example of what I can do
I can turn my handle into a spout
Tip me over & pour me out

I am a little teapot
Short & stouts
Here´s my handle
Here´s my spout
When I get all steamed up
I just shout
Tip me over & pour me out

I am a very special pot
It is true
Here is an example of what I can do
I can turn my handle into a spout
Tip me over & pour me out

tea-pot

This post is the Loose Consortium Bloggers’ Friday post when Ashok, Conrad, Grannymar, Magpie11, Marianna, Maria, Gaelikaa, Helen, Judy , and I write one post each on the same topic. Please visit the other blogs too to have different views on this fascinating subject. This week, Judy will not post but the rest will. Judy’s blog is worth visiting nevertheless.

The Commonwealth.

My Blog friend Jim Belshaw at Personal Reflections has posted a detailed write up about the recently concluded CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting). I urge my readers to read his very interesting post.

After having been reading his posts for quite a while, I am convinced that Jim is an incurable Optimist and a Romantic. While I am tempted to say that I belong to that elite group, I am afraid that sometimes, only sometimes, I tend to be cynical about many things that Jim would find fascinating.

I have left the following comment on his blog. My readers from other Commonwealth countries may wish to chip in with their own, either here or at Jim’s post. The others will learn a great deal about this club and as Global citizens of this shrinking world, may want to do so too.

“As one of the 800 million Hindus and citizen of a Commonwealth country, AND and Anglophile, I think that it is a waste of taxpayers’ money to hold these junkets for mutual admiration by the CHOGMs. In the sixty years of its existence, it has not achieved one single sensible thing of common interest to the members of the ‘club’. With such amazing communication methods available to us the ‘diversity’ can be harnessed like you and I have done. I can tell you hair raising stories about what happens to Commonwealth funds used for so called development work in the less developed member countries. If I were to vote for its winding up, I would vote for a loud ‘yes’.”