August 2012: Write Here Write Now

All It Takes
‘Simple Solutions to Sensible Sleep’ is a simple and sensible piece of writing, but the practical application, when the recipient is not willing to oblige, is just plain difficult and irrational.

I’m sure, the last sentence, “Remember you are not alone!” is consolation to many a parent who is trying hard to put their little one to sleep.

Recently, I witnessed a five-year-old standing in front of her 18 month-old baby brother and singing the national anthem of a country! She should have sung it many times, as the rate of him closing his eyelids was very, very slow; millimetre by millimetre, you could say.

Finally, maybe after two or three encores, the little one was fast asleep! Whether this was simple or sensible, I don’t really know. However, all I could see was the explicit expression of love of a little girl for her baby brother. Sidney, by email.

Job versus Career
I completely agree with Suhair Al Ajjawi’s approach to being a career woman. Many women have focused so much on their feministic views that they have managed to overlook the actual purpose of it all.
The titles don’t really matter as long as you love what you’re doing. Your career doesn’t depend on your gender; it should depend on your passion towards your job. If you’re dedicated and efficient at what you do, no one is going to care if you’re a man or a woman.

I am fortunate enough to come from a family where the women have worked for most of their life and with high designations, too. It isn’t an easy path, I must agree. Nonetheless, anything is possible if you believe it is. The key, as Suhair suggested, is to do what you love. Noor, by email.

Fashion Statement
Let me begin by saying that your tips for summer dressing couldn’t have come at a better time. In the cooler months, I couldn’t wait to get out of the ‘layered’ look. So, the summer months were more than welcome in my eyes, until I’d reached a fashion rut.

Believe it or not, with a wardrobe full of new clothes, it still felt like I had run out of outfits. I hoped for winter to return sooner because, with layers, at least you had more items to mix up; or that’s what I thought until I found inspiration from your simple tricks to dressing for the season.

I’ve even come up with a twist to your tip: If it isn’t white, it better be bright. Also, it is unbelievable how accessorising gives the same dress a new touch.
Fatima, by email.

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