Gucci and Jimmy Choo


The first thing to trouble me was my requirement for medicines in my daily life. I am a sick man, a hidden one, I have not come out ot the closet with my sickness. I am asthmatic, I have high blood pressure and have numerous other old man’s niggling ailments which I cure with a plethora of allopathic, homeopathic and ayurvedic panaceas. I also use a nebulizer now and it has become necessary since the maids have unfortunately passed on the desperate colds and flus they had. It is mortally dangerous for me these colds and I have decided to take flu shots (which I denounced earlier) in future to fight these invaders of the nasal and bronchial passages.

I am a bit afraid of taking these medicines to Dubai. I might be arrested for smuggling drugs. I meet my doctors again and get the necessary prescriptions and then go on a medicine buying spree. You will be glad to know that the baggage allowed on airlines to Dubai is 30Kg checked in  and 7 Kg cabin baggage. So half of my big suitcase is full of medicines and the heavy nebulizer.

To cut a long story short, we arrive at the amazing Dubai airport and no one gives a damn for what I am carrying. This truly is a free country only if you obey all the laws. Women from various countries are roaming around in skimpy dresses while arab women cluster in their black flowing garbs(but in Jimmy Choo shoes and Gucci bags) watching this mela of life passing before their eyes.IMG_8751IMG_8753IMG_8754

Dubai, Here I Come!

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A month in Dubai at the invitation of my daughter who has taken an extra roomed apartment to accommodate visitors from India. A week from now we (my wife is invited too) we will be in what looks like the Los Angeles of the Middle East from photos sent by my youngest daughter Liaga. My main worry right now is the medical paraphernalia I will have to take along as a senior citizen. There is my nebulizer and then my blood pressure measuring electronic meter. Perhaps a kilo of medicines will accompany me with proper prescriptions and bills from the pharmacy. Should I take my old fashioned camera? Should I get a wheel fixed on my suitcase or carry on using it as I have with only three wheels as one was broken off by an airline baggage handler. How many shirts should I carry? How many inhalers should I carry?

I have learned from the net that the Sheikh is a world figure who loves horse racing and is a regular visitor and contender at Royal Ascot. People say Dubai is in a downwards tailspin because of the drop in oil prices and demand and the self sufficiency of the US. I am waiting for my eyes to be opened in a positive way.