Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 20 August 2019

There is more to Indian films than Bollywood blockbusters

Our readers have their say about Bollywood, plastic use, gaming addiction, and the Dubai bus crash victims

Independant movies are gaining traction in Bollywood. AFP
Independant movies are gaining traction in Bollywood. AFP

I write to you in reference to Vishwas Kulkarni’s article Indie in India: How the landscape of Bollywood is shifting away from the blockbuster (June 8).

This piece underlines just how much the Bollywood film industry has changed, shifting from traditional blockbusters to a bold new type of cinema with a plethora of creative talent.

I have always been an admirer of Bollywood films and have watched all the big blockbusters for more than three-and-a-half decades.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru

We all have a responsibility in cutting back on plastic use

I write to you in reference to Patrick Ryan’s article Tide is turning in battle against single-use plastic in the UAE (June 8).

As a regular plogger in Dubai, I can tell you that 95 per cent of the rubbish I pick up is plastic.

Not enough is being done to encourage consumers to decrease their use of plastic or to persuade companies to use alternative materials.

I would love to see a national policy banning plastic use in the country.

We collectively need to rethink the way we live but if we keep giving individuals the choice to pollute, then they will do so when it is more convenient or cheaper.

Szilvia Olah, Dubai

This is a welcome initiative but I think we could also benefit from raising awareness about plastic bag use in supermarkets. Employers should provide proper training to supermarket staff so that they ask if the customer wants a bag, instead of giving them out automatically.

Personally, I keep a reusable tote bag on hand to reduce my use of unrecyclable plastic.

Darren Banner, Abu Dhabi

Gaming addiction: does it qualify as a mental disorder?

The creators of online games foster addiction by awarding points and prizes when the player has not been successful after many attempts to keep them locked into the game.

Some people have a tendency for addiction and such strategies will keep them glued to their screens for hours on end.

If this problem is met with poor parenting, then I think the risk for addiction will be high.

However, I do not think that gaming addiction is to be viewed as a mental disorder I believe it is a bad habit that is encouraged by game developers, society and peer pressure.

Name withheld by request

Thoughts and prayers to the families of bus crash victims

I write to you in reference to Ramola Talwar Badam’s news item Dubai bus crash: survivors tell of traumatic accident that left 17 dead (June 8).

May God have mercy on the victims. May their souls rest in peace. I send my condolences to their families.

Eze John Bosco, Nigeria

Updated: June 9, 2019 06:50 PM

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