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As said in my earlier posts, I have lived in U.A.E. for many years, which means I had the privilege to meet people from various different nationalities.

Once I was with my friends at the DubaiCreekPark when we came across an elderly couple from U.K. They were tourists and since it was winter at that time they were loving the weather (because the winter in U.A.E. is like the summer in U.K.).

We talked about places in U.A.E. and some known places in U.K. which me and my friends knew from the stories we read at school (At that time I hadn’t been to U.K.).

Then our conversation went to the differences in our lifestyles. They said their son and daughter in law live in a house with one son, who’s very cute. But it’s not like it is in most Asian countries where after retirement, parents stay with their kids. They said it’s very unlikely that their daughter in law would tolerate them for more than a week. And they said, most of their time is spent in travelling. Their next stop being Thailand. They complained about the teenage girls being pregnant in U.K. and overall the lifestyle of the youngsters over there. I and my friends were a little shocked as we thought that the European people preferred this way of living. They preferred to stay on their own.

Anyways, when I went to DubaiPharmacyCollege after some years. There were teachers from Pakistan, India, U.K., France etc. We were sitting in the college’s cafe and again a similar debate started. But this time the teacher from U.K. got emotional, stood up and said: ‘I bet none of you people staying away from your parents call them everyday. Well, let me tell you, I call my mom every single day’.

Plus, the Indian teacher told us about how even in our countries we see numerous cases where the people tell their parents to get out of the house. Even here in Pakistan every once in a while there’s a case being shown on telly where they show parents living in Edhi.

So, I don’t really think we should pinpoint people from specific nation and say they don’t love their parents as much!  The kids that do love their parents will show care towards them in their own way and those who don’t, won’t. (regardless of where they are from).

Najma Aijaz

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As said in my earlier posts, I have lived in U.A.E. for many years, which means I had the privilege to meet people from various different nationalities.
Once I was with my friends at the Dubai Creek Park when we came across an elderly couple from U.K. They were tourists and since it was winter at that time they were loving the weather (because the winter in U.A.E. is like the summer in U.K.). We talked about places in U.A.E. and some known places in U.K. which me and my friends knew from the stories we read at school (At that time I hadn’t been to U.K.).
Then our conversation went to the differences in our lifestyles. They said their son and daughter in law live in a house with one son, whose very cute. But it’s not like it is in most Asian countries where after retirement, parents stay with their kids. They said it’s very unlikely that their daughter in law would tolerate them for more than a week. And they said, most of their time is spent in travelling. Their next stop being Thailand. They complained about the teenage girls being pregnant in U.K. and overall the lifestyle of the youngsters over there. Me and my friends were a little shocked as we thought that the Europeon people prefered this way of living. They prefered to stay on thier own, being independent all their life.


Anyways, when I went to Dubai Pharmacy College after some years. There were teachers from Pakistan, India, U.K., France etc. We were sitting in the college’s cafe and again a similar debate started.

But this time the teacher from U.K. got emotional, stood up and said: ‘I bet none of you people staying away from your parents call them everyday. Well, let me tell you, I call my mom every single day’. Plus, the Indian teacher told us about how even in our countries we see numerous cases where the people literally tell their parents to get out of the house. Even here in Pakistan every once in a while there’s a case being shown on telly where they show parents living in Edhi (an organisation).

So, I don’t really think we should pinpoint people from specific nation and say that they don’t love their parents as much! The kids that do love their parents will show care towards them in their own way and those who don’t, won’t, no matter from where they are.

Najma Aijaz,  22/03/2012

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that it makes the world an interesting place to be, and full of interesting and different people.

I have spent my school years at Our Own English High School Fujairah, U.A.E. Since kindergarden I had classmates from various different nationalities. I had friends from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Phillipines, Sudan, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, India, China, Lebanon and of course Pakistan (my home country). There were even third generation kids. Like a girl named Sophie had her mom from U.S.A. and dad from Saudi Arabia. There was a guy in our school who’se dad was from U.K. and mom from Korea. And ofcourse many of my friends had one of their parents as Pakistan and the other as Indian/Bangladeshi.

Since I was brought up in this environment I didn’t notice the diversity much until I realised at my senior years that the environment that I have grown up in is somehow unique (than the other schools else where).

How this has made me as a person is also something special that I see in myself. I don’t judge a person by his/her nationality, language or color. I understand that there can be good or bad people in any nation or there can be good as well as bad qualities in a person.

There are some common attributes that I noticed in the students of various countries, for example:

Chinese: are truly hard working. My friend Siwen Zhu never used to sit idle. Either she used to be studying or making bracelets or even doing mathematics for fun!

Pakistanis: yearn for praise and appreciation for their work. They used to exceptionally work well when appreciated and rewarded and used to take part mainly in sports (usually no other activity)

Bangladeshis were exceptionally brilliant at mathematics. I am impressed. I mean I found in every class there used to be atleast one Bangladeshi topping the class in mathematics. I even found students who weren’t as studious or brilliant in other subjects but were toppers in mathematics.

Students from Phillipines were creative and neat. By this I mean neat and creative in every thing that they did.. from their appearance to the work that they presented in class. Many teachers used to select Filipino students to make charts for the class.

Indian students worked hard to be all-rounders. Mostly they were the ones that used to participate in extra curricular activites be it dancing, karate, singing, acting in a play, debate competitions. Most of the time it was the Indian students working hard for our school concerts and annual days. They used to be among the dancers, singers, actors, hosts.

I should also mention Sudanese students. All the sudanese students that I met were friendly and had some charm in them when they talked.. politeness, decency and friendliness was natural to them. Plus their English language skills were good.

Sri Lankan students displayed great care in avoiding conflicts and maintaining balance in everything they did. Almost all of the students that I knew wanted to be independent. And they used to work for that.

Wonder if similar attributes exist in the overall people of these nations as well?

I think they do. 🙂

Najma Aijaz, 7th March 2012

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