Monday, September 24, 2012

Chennai or Dubai?

Well, after a year I visited the place I grew up. And now I have found a lot of things negative about it.  Of course it is a city which is more than 300 years according to Madras day celebrators.But the city I once loved has deteriorated and that too very badly in the last few years.

One extremely appalling fact about the city is there is absolutely no parking anywhere none whatsoever. And the worst part is that the police take full advantage of this situation. My father who is about 70 years old, parked his car for two minutes and that too on a side road which was not even a main road and he had to pay a 200 rupee fine. Just minutes before that he had requested the watchman of the building that we wanted to go to to allow him to park for a few minutes in a reserved parking slot. Neither did the watchman have a heart, nor did the police.

This is just one of the many woes in the city. The roads which I was once really proud of is actually full of potholes. And I couldnt see one road in the entire city which was devoid of it.

Prices of everything has gone up so much since I last visited that I have suddenly got this feeling that Dubai is cheaper and a lot more classier.  Atleast the buildings here look nice. Some of the absolutely horribly constructed buildings charge more than a crore for prospective buyers. It just doesnt make sense anymore.

And somehow people seem to have more money than the Indian expats here in Dubai. Is there something wrong? I thought that since we didnt have to pay tax here we would be better off than them. But I find myself to be more calculative and hesitant in spending money than the people actually residing there.

After about a week, I had had enough of the place and really wanted to get back here. But I am disappointed, because now I really dont know where I would go when the day comes for me to leave Dubai.  Because whatever said and done, that day is bound to come sometime in the future!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Books and being desperate in Dubai!

I have been reading a lot of books lately and have not written anything on the blog since 5 months. But the one good thing that has come out this year is that I am back into reading books. First one was Desperate in Dubai. From the title I thought it might be about desperate expats sunken with loans and all the worries that go with the expat life. But it turned about to be quite different. Although the storyline was good, I really wished it was not just a novel which was like a tribute to the best hotels in Dubai. I mean people who get to go to these expensive places are not really the type who sit and read books at home like me. And people like me , well I have never been to either Atlantis or Atmosphere to comment about its interiors and what colors would have made it better.

The other book I read was Cecelia Ahern's the Time of my life. This one was also okie-dokie. Bit too romantic and optimistic for my liking. Again a very different idea for a storyline, but unrealistic. There is a new generation of writers that are exploring different concepts these days. The only drawback being that somewhere along the book, the plot gets too romantic and unrealistic. Maybe if this could be set right, these books would be definitely worth a lot more.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

To win a lottery!

Its that time of the year again -Dubai shopping festival time. I have already filled a dozen lucky draw coupons. Till date I have not even won 5 dirhams. This year there are fully furnished apartments, big cars and a million bucks (Thats nearly 1.3 crores in Indian rupees)for the lucky folks. Honestly if I win any of these , the first thing I would do is to resign from my job.
I have my eye set on the apartment actually. I know I am not lucky enough to be a millionaire. And I probably would spend it all on a tour or a cruise mostly, so it really isnt worth it. I keep hoping and praying every time I put the ticket in the drop box. And then I would think of all nice thoughts so that my instincts tell me that I would win. But till now nothing has ever happened.

I am just so fed up of working and there doesnt seem to be any respite. I am tired, not happy with the salary( I just consider it a shade above having no salary at all). The only way out is to win the lottery. Lottery comes in many forms to many people. Some people get good jobs. Some get rich husbands or dads. And I have neither. Oh I would give anything to win a lottery now.