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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 18 January 2019

Sometimes it is harder to wield power than acquire it

Our readers have their say on life in Asia, Bollywood and Omar Al Bashir

Sudan President Omar Al Bashir arrives ahead of his address on the eve of the 63rd Independence Day anniversary at the Presidential Palace in Khartoum. Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah / Reuters
Sudan President Omar Al Bashir arrives ahead of his address on the eve of the 63rd Independence Day anniversary at the Presidential Palace in Khartoum. Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah / Reuters

I write in reference to your article Chaos in Khartoum as Sudanese forces break up protest against Omar Al Bashir (December 31). It can be much easier to get power than to wield it and maintain it. The weight of the throne is often far heavier than most people imagine, including those who end up sitting on it.

Name withheld by request

What lies next for the Khan trio of Bollywood?

I write in reference to your article 4 reasons 2018 was a bad year for the Khans of Bollywood (January 1). Kumar Shyam’s nice analysis of the failures of the famous Khan trio in 2018 was a good read. My observation is that stereotypical characters should be avoided at all costs in the industry. Stories with substance and morals are what we need now. Aamir Khan is following this trend with his recent films. Saif Ali Khan has also acted extremely well in some recent films, but he needs to breathe fresh life into his career.

Will the new year cause these popular Bollywood actors to change their strategies and return to their old fame? Time will tell.

K Ragavan, Bangalore

All of them are now in their late forties or early fifties and are still trying to play heroes. Meanwhile, the heroines in their films are the age of their children. It is time for these actors to start playing father or grandfather roles.

Shaheen Hamadani, Dubai

Asia is the place to be for friendly multiculturalism

I write in reference to Shelina Janmohamed’s opinion piece Muslim women in the West face a double-edged sword when it comes to belonging (December 28). I would advise Muslim women to move to the east. Asia will be the best place to live in five years time and is already really great. It is full of multicultural societies, friendly people. The western world is over-hyped.

Falah Khalid, Saudi Arabia

As a western woman living in the Middle East for 23 years, I feel the same. What is happening in the West is so very sad. Why can’t we all get just along and live peacefully together, as we do currently in the UAE?

Tanya Milbourne, Dubai

Updated: January 1, 2019 06:24 PM

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