Barakat Juice Outlet in Abu Dhabi


Fresh & Easy Barakat Juice Outlet in Abu Dhabi

I was delighted when I visited the Barakat juice outlet in the Cooperative Society Mina Mall in Abu Dhabi. The natural juices are simply amazing especially the “Chia Juice.

It is also stocked with a choice of ready-prepared ingredients for cooking up fresh and delicious meals.

You will love the fresh juices and the sandwhiches which are reasonably priced

A four-day workweek? -Brilliant post!


As anthropologist David Graeber has recently contended, many of us work jobs that, at least partially, seem pointless. Indeed, economists have long been aware of the redundant hours contained in many working days, with employees effectively under-utilized in their workplaces, yet unable to leave due to the persistent issue of “presenteeism”—where workers are valued by managers for hours logged in the office rather than productivity.

Rather than work longer hours for little productive benefit, we could embrace a shorter working week and help save our planet and our own well-being.

To fight climate change, institute a four-day workweek

Child Safety


Purchasing a child safety seat is a fundamental decision as the regular seat in the car is simply too large for the small passengers. You can drive as careful as you want, accidents can happen easily.

Also without your fault. Low speeds are enough and your child, which might not be properly secured in a child seat will be thrown against the vehicle’s interior.

Every Volkswagen model comes with the ISOFIX system as standard, the base of the child seat for our youngest passengers can be securely fastened to the vehicle body. Volkswagen Genuine Accessories help you to arrange the safety of your child much better and offers a range of child safety seat.…/car…/child-safety.html

Post and photo courtesy Volkswagen

Abu Dhabi Toastmasters Meeting 553 dated 4 October, 2016


The highest level of performance is seen in individuals who are passionate, committed and enthusiastic.

I was privileged yesterday to watch a sterling Project 10 performance by TM Elma titled “Successful Failures” I was even further privileged to evaluate this brilliant project. Both the speaker and the evaluator won awards for their individual performances.

Evaluating a Project 10 speech (10.5 minutes) in 3.5 minutes is never easy particularly when the speech had the following outstanding features:

-Great emotional appeal
-Elegant delivery style
-Superb body language
-Confident and emphatic
-Brilliant scripting

The message of extracting the positive of every failure by changing the mental attitude uplifted the audience and gave me a new lease of motivation when I was reminded again that Colonel Sanders (Kentucky Fried Chicken fame) recipe was rejected 1009 times before it became the famous “Finger lickin’ good” slogan in the 20th century which is still used today.

I concluded my evaluation with these words “Move on from greatness to excellence”

TM Elma Rodriques. Your performance was WoW!

Script Writing


I am delighted to have successfully completed the certificate course in script writing (Films and Television) held in the month of March 2013 at WRIC, Mumbai University, Kalina Campus, Santacruz (East)- Mumbai.

The course was conducted by Bapu Sarvogod – Founder Director of Senseindia Foundation – A media research and education forum. He was ably assisted by Associate Lecturer Mrs. Sarita Sarvogod.

The training imparted by Bapu Sarvogod was excellent in this two day workshop. We had around 21 enthusiastic participants who actively participated and am sure we all got some valuable insights in Film and Television script writing and concept development.

I would highly recommend that aspiring Film and Television script and screenplay writers do this course for developing their skills and careers. For more information please visit



We all make assumptions.. They’re usually wrong and they too often get us into trouble.

Years ago, a young American at a banquet found himself seated next to the eminent Wellington Koo, a Chinese diplomat. Completely at a loss as to what to say to someone from such a different culture, this young man ventured, “Likee soupee?”

Mr. Koo smiled and nodded. Later when called upon to speak, Wellington Koo delivered an eloquent talk in exquisite English, sat down while the applause was still resounding, turned to the young man and smiled, “Likee speechee?

His assumption about Mr. Koo was simply not true. Which is not unlike a husband who assumes he knows his wife’s opinion on a matter, only to find out she thinks differently. Or a wife who assumes that her husband’s silence means he is angry or disinterested, only to learn that he is worried about something else. Or an employee who assumes he knows that his boss is upset with him because she didn’t praise his performance on a project, when she was merely preoccupied with another matter.

You’ve heard it said, “Never assume anything; it makes an ASS out of U and ME.” But I especially like the advice of Eniong Hilario: “Things are better said than assumed.”

Extract from a post by Steve Goodier
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Abu Dhabi Toastmasters Meeting 552 20 September 2016

dsc04903“Peace occurs between heterogeneous social groups and is characterized by a lack of conflict and freedom from fear of violence. Commonly understood as the absence of hostility, peace often involves compromise, and therefore is initiated with thoughtful listening and communication to enhance and create mutual understanding.”

Toastmaster of the Evening DTM Sujatha Parthasarathy role-play began by the above Wikipedia definition of peace and all through her role play, the theme of the meeting “Peace” was brilliantly essayed through symbols of peace with simple explanations of the importance of a peaceful coexistence in our world that is unfortunately at times so chaotic, and strife ridden. A dedicated toastmaster DTM Sujatha wore a stunning beautiful white dress to effectively symbolize the theme of the meeting while showing glimpses of her immense communication and leadership talents along with her gifted voice that mesmerizes her audience in any role play during a Toastmaster meeting.

The role plays that stood out were the Project speeches particularly the ones by TM Tabassum, TM Nidhi and TM Jayakrishnan, the superb clinical evaluations by TM Abraham, TM Loyola Pinto, TM Sanjay Vissa and the maiden “Thought for the Evening” by TM Elma together with the classic award winning table topic attempt by guest Yogesh.

There was fun, there was learning and above all such an enjoyable meeting that our champion table topic speaker TM Abraham Thomas rightly stated that he is at peace when attending an Abu Dhabi Toastmaster meeting. Indeed! Peace can never be perceived in any one finite form as it can be interpreted in infinite ways while experiencing joy and happiness in the day to day moments of life.