Once upon a time, it used to be a description many people aspired to. Once upon a place, it was a phrase that was quite straightforward. Open-minded. Here in Qatar, it takes on a whole new meaning. On last count, there were some 150 odd nationalities living here. Which means people of different faiths, tongues, … Continue reading The blind deal on open-mindedness
…that I spoke of in my last post. Every woman I knew had at least one story of sexism to recount. Many had several. Almost all of them struggled to respond appropriately, though every one wished they had a scripted response. All my white contacts thought this was a purely sexist issue. All my non-white … Continue reading 10 things I’ve realised since the ‘exchange’
Act 1. Scene 1. (Wish I had a gun to shoot.) Location: At my office desk Players: Me (Brown, female); RandomWhiteGuy (a consultant & soon to be colleague, to be referred to as RWG); Boss Boss: I have the map for **insert name of popular kids theme park in Dubai** Me: I love **insert name of popular … Continue reading All in a day’s work. Sexism, racism or what have you…
I have this tendency to view any conflict that involves more than one ethnic group as a racial problem. It's time for me to reconsider my point of view. It's not about race at all; it's about really poor parenting. Remember... When you see youngsters misbehave at malls. When they bully you off your lane … Continue reading Racism or just poor parenting?
I don't suffer from a persecution complex. Now read on... Then let's start an anti-Cigale club. My first bad experience was about 3 years ago. On a weekday night, a few of us went to the lounge at La Cigale. Appropriately dressed, except that we couldn't quite hide our nationality. As Westerners and nationals from … Continue reading Do you have a problem with La Cigale, Doha?