x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 January 2018

A sportsman and a gentleman

The death of the former Indian cricket great, Mansur Ali Khan, is a loss for the sport, and his country, letter writers say. Other topics today: business and style, FNC elections, the compromise of marriage and Canadian coffee.

Readers mark the passing of the India cricket captain Mansur Ali Khan, pictured with his son. Manish Swarup / AP
Readers mark the passing of the India cricket captain Mansur Ali Khan, pictured with his son. Manish Swarup / AP

The former captain of the Indian cricket team, Mansur Ali Khan, the "Nawab of Pataudi", who died on September 22, was a fine cricketer and a gentleman.

His batting as well as his life, were all marked with extraordinary grace and elegance.

There was never a breath of scandal near his game or his life.

He married one of the most beautiful actresses of the 1960s and 1970s, Sharmila Tagore, and had an exemplary marriage. His son, Saif Ali Khan, shines in the movies and matures with every role, as in Qurbaan.

The Nawab of Pataudi was a great cricketer, leader and a fine family man too.

Rajendra K Aneja, Dubai

It was painful to know that Indian former cricket captain Mansur Ali Khan had passed away.

A handsome and stylish batsman, he led the Indian cricket team for many years.

He is the youngest captain of the Indian team, although he lost one eye in a tragic accident.

His death was a great loss to the cricket world.

I pray for this departed legend.

K Ragavan, India

India's population is its team's secret

The statement by Pakistan's cricket officials that their Indian counterparts have to "understand that India cannot play against India" is yet another example of PCB failing to understand why BCCI holds the clout in international cricket (Bilateral ties and nation in waiting as India deflects, September 22).

India is a country of more than one billion people who are cricket crazy. Even if a quarter billion are interested in the game and watch any match between the country and another, this figure itself is a boon for any telecaster/broadcaster.

When Indians spread all over the globe also watch, that becomes a secondary-market communication platform.

This compels advertisers to use the game as the best medium to take home their messages. This helps BCCI.

It doesn't really matter which team India plays against.

Amit Bhattacharjie, India

Fashion is key to career progress

I love this article Career climbers know style amplifies substance (September 17). Style certainly does a lot to amplify image by creating visual effect and allowing women and men to distinguish themselves with personality.

A business-appropriate wardrobe is a key part of building personal brand both in person and online. Personal branding complements business image and wardrobe management so that entrepreneurs and professionals can stand out with distinction in a competitive global marketplace.

Gaining competitive advantage through image and personal brand management gives professionals and careerists a way to shape and influence public perceptions and impressions in a highly image conscious world.

Yasmin Anderson-Smith, US

FNC members have responsibility

All eyes will have been on the UAE as it conducted the Middle East's first elections after the Arab Spring (Observers say FNC election is big step forward, September 23).

But the question arises about the role of elected representatives in terms of legislation and development. Elected representatives must aim to raise issues that are essential for the country's future.

They will be granted the power and the duty to work towards sustainable energy, health, female empowerment, state security and providing a place for Emiratis in the private sector.

I wish them well.

Rathish Rajan, Dubai

Marriage is a two-sided coin

My attention was drawn to this article Secret to marriage is forgiving mistakes: sermon (September 23) by the headline.

I have a question about the first sentence "understanding a wife's capabilities and excusing her mistakes is the key to a successful marriage". Is it really only the wife who makes mistakes in a marriage? After 23 years of marriage, I can honestly say that in a successful marriage, both partners can make mistakes, both partners will make mistakes, and both partners forgive mistakes.

Jenny McBride, Dubai

In defence of Canadian coffee

In response to Ghassan Jamous's letter This chain is a poor substitute for Starbucks (September 22). Mr Jamous claims Tim Hortons is a poor substitute for Starbucks. I disagree with him.

Mr Jamous is biased: the decor of the cafe is quite decent. I love Canadians' fresh coffee, iced cappuccino and bagels.

Syed Hussain, Dubai