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o f your this month
hello Abu Dhabi !!
Harry Connick Jr is one of those quintessential crooners who 4 Your Say
has his own definitive style and doesn’t fit neatly into a specific
genre. I’m tempted to go not just because I love his cool jazzy 5 Shop Call
numbers, but to find out what kind of crowd mix he would draw
in the wonderful mix of nationalities we have here. 6 What’s Hot in Abu Dhabi
It is public events such as this (and think Womad here as an 8 My Abu Dhabi
example), that you see the vibrant kaleidoscope of races that
is Abu Dhabi. You get people from all walks of life, and every 10 City Bytes
corners of the globe, living and working together--and getting
the opportunity to learn about each other. I think that’s what 12 People Meter & Meet your Neighbour
makes Abu Dhabi fun like London and New York; its about
people getting out of their own cultural comfort zones to meet. 13 Making a Difference
If that isn’t cool, I don’t know what is.
14 Handy Helper
Respect and kindness,
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Hi Ed, all consumer societies. Can ‘not having a car’ be the eco-car
statement? Tricky stuff! Good luck, hope this helps.
Just a quick comment about the ‘eco vote’ (page 11 volume
7). I may be mistaken but 100% degradable bags are possibly John Fuller
worse than ‘normal’ bags because they degrade into tiny
pieces of plastic (difficult to clean up); they are not organic.
Therefore will not become a useful part of any natural cycle Dear Ed,
(while paper can decompose to become part of the ‘food’ for I picked up your April issue last night for the first time. I have
trees). It’s difficult to find real examples of ‘eco’ because it’s a comments about Abu Dhabi tempo’s On the Beaten Path.
different concept - like in medicine, prevention is a different I was having a late night bite when reading the piece, and
concept than cure. If we apply that concept, no plastic is all this talk about bad breath really put me off my meal. It’s
better than ‘100% degradable’ or even an organic bag - it’s just simply not pleasant. I applaud the fact that Abu Dhabi Tempo
way better not to make it. If the question is ‘what do we use?’ - is out there competing with other bigger publications. But
exactly! What do we use?! when I pick up something to read, I don’t want to read about
what other people hate. I don’t care. Especially if it’s half a
This could be the first step away from consumption and
towards conservation by merely challenging ourselves. page on bad breath. I wish Abu Dhabi Tempo the best.
Applying this level of thinking is the difficult challenge for Ameera
Vincci’s recently launched store in Abu Dhabi Mall is all that ladies seem
Raising the Bar
to be talking about! Offering stylish shoes, bags and accessories that
are high on the luxe and style, it seems Vincci has discovered its niche in
attempt to break the previous Guinness World Record of
accessorizing the trendy and fashion savvy female residents of our capital
298 kg for the most plastic bottles collected for recycling
city with their affordable, yet classy collection of shoes and handbags. They
in eight hours, students from the Zayed University
collected 394 kg of plastic waste.
only produce a few pieces per design so if you like something, grab it quick!
tyre Safety: Last month the Department of Traffic and
Their fabrics are durable and soft to touch, unlike some rexine nightmares
Patrols at Abu Dhabi Police, held a three-day traffic
Student Council President Mariam Omran Al Hallami we have seen in other stores lately. This only goes to show that being an
campaign to ensure motorists were using safe tyres in
said: “After the success of our attempt we are sending envied fashionista can be achieved within your financial budget sometimes.
Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. First Lieutenant Hamdan Hassan
the collected bottles for recycling and are currently You only need to choose wisely - in addition to waiting for bargain sales of
Dhaiban, of Information and Public Relations Section at
waiting for the announcement of our accomplishment course!
the department, said the campaign was aimed at raising
in breaking the previous record from the Guinness World
awareness among motorists about dangers, ensuing
Records committee” .
from using worn out and invalid tyres.
Aerospace training 20 uAe nationals: In the month
of April, Mubadala Aerospace, a business unit of the
Mubadala Development Company, has partnered with
the Institute of Applied Technology (IAT) to provide UAE
Nationals with specialist training programmes to develop
them for a career in Abu Dhabi’s growing aerospace
industry. The first batch of students have commenced
is in town
their training at the Al-Ain International Aviation
More than a hundred sq metres of Nike
– some have called it a haven for sports
“We are delighted to welcome our first group of students enthusiasts. Located in Abu Dhabi Mall,
to a career in aerospace,” said Homaid Al Shemmari, this little piece of sports heaven is the first
Executive Director of Mubadala Aerospace. “Through our Nike outlet in Abu Dhabi bringing the
partnership with IAT, we are committed to developing a total number of Nike stores in UAE to 5.
highly skilled UAE National workforce that will lead the Need new sportswear from their Air Max
growth of a world class aerospace industry here in Abu collection? Now to know where to look
Dhabi. It is one of the most exciting career opportunities for it. NikeiD is another concept by the
in the UAE and we encourage all UAE Nationals to footwear giant which has caught the fancy
consider a future in this field.” of the common outdoorsy man. You can
gram sparks curiosity in choose your signature colours, design and
breaking World records: You just can’t contain the The Young Archaeologist Pro
children as they are tau ght to use field tools. style online and in four weeks, voila! You will
energy and imagination of young minds today. In an
have your our very own customized pair of
Nikes. Uber cool!
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iHoDhabi MMA Weight Divisions
125 to 135 lbs (56.7
135 to 145 lbs (61.2
to 61.2 kg)
to 65.8 kg)
145 to 155 lbs (65.8 to 70.3 kg)
Welterweight harry Connick Jr. live in concert: 16 may, ADneC
155 to 170 lbs (70.3 to 77.1 kg) Born Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Jr., Harry is a Grammy and Emmy winning performer
accustomed to wearing many hats. An accomplished actor, singer, theatre performer,
170 to 185 lbs (77.1 to 83.9 kg)
Light Heavyweight composer, pianist and jazz musician, he can easily be mistaken for King Midas. As
185 to 205 lbs (83.9 to 93.0 kg) an artists who has earned more number-one albums than any other
Heavyweight in the history of US jazz, Harry Connick Jr. is also one of the
14 May, abu Dhabi Hall, aDnEC 205 to 265 lbs (93.0 to 120.2 kg)
top 60 best-selling male artists in the United States by the
The official ADFC weigh-in will take place at Recording Industry Association of America, with 16 million
After witnessing the action-packed UFC event, Abu
Marina Mall on May 13. Don’t miss the chance certified albums. Well, with seven top-20 U.S. albums and
Dhabi has got a taste of martial arts fights and guess
to see champion fighters like Jeff Monson, Johan ten number-one U.S. jazz albums, we reckon he should
what? We want more! Abu Dhabi Fighting Championship
Romming, Sergei Kharitonov, Przemylaw Mysiala,
is the emirate’s very first open-weight Mixed Martial Arts be! This jazz idol who has sold 25 million records
Marcos Oliveira, Neil Wein, Marcio Cruz and
Grand Prix. Think of it as a combination of lightening fast worldwide, is currently promoting his newest album
Shamil Abdurahimov up-close!
speeds and deadly moves, which will be demonstrated
“Your Songs” which is a compilation of 14 classic
by 8 renowned international super-star fighters. Clashing
in the open-weight ‘Battle of the Champions’, this popular songs. The album is a collaboration with a
televised event will decide which fighter deserves the record company producer, the multiple Grammy
One Million Dirham grand prize. The championship will award winning music executive Clive Davis. Doors
take place over three events, the first of which is on 14th
open at 6:30 pm and the concert will begin at
of this month.
8:30 pm. See you there!
ADFC will also serve as a platform for 12 local fighters to
exhibit their skills and talent and to propel them into the
international spotlight through side-fights where they
will be pitched against international fighters. This will
test their discipline, skill, agility and most importantly,
mental strength since Mixed Martial Arts is a hybrid sport
allowing the participation of all martial arts and hand- 14 May,
to-hand combat styles such as Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Karate, Abu Dhabi theatre
Boxing, Kickboxing, Wrestling, Kung fu, Take Kwon Do,
and Muay Thai. Check out some of the demo videos on
their website www.abudhabifc.com
Abu Dhabi Classics
Best of British Gala
continues to entertain
as this month will see - or
rather listen - to the music 15 May, Emirates Palace Auditorium
of Evelyn Glennie, who is the
first person in musical history to Abu Dhabi will be regaled by the music
successfully create and sustain a full- of London’s BBC Concert Orchestra in a
time career as a solo percussionist. Her traditional evening of stirring and beautiful
irrepressible, contagious energy and classics from the British Isles – including
Elgar’s famous Pomp and Circumstance
enthusiasm make her one of the most
March (“Land of Hope and Glory”) as well as
colourful and innovative musicians “Rule, Britannia!” The evening will recreate the
on the scene today. Abu Dhabi unique atmosphere of this thrilling BBC event
you will be sorry if you miss this at London’s vast Royal Albert Hall which is
event! This exciting concert is broadcast to millions of music lovers all over
guaranteed to divert, entertain the world.
and to teach us how to listen.
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MyABU DHABI “i left my heart in abu Dhab
making it was indeed a memorable one, which is why I
keep telling people that I have left my heart in Abu Dhabi
with his portrait.
t: how does it feel to be the preferred artist of many
portrait of Late Sheikh Zayed though is one piece I did fall
in love with. Normally, when I travel I carry my art materials
with me – brushes, canvas etc. They inspire me, keep me
rooted to my work, and anchor me to this world. When I
left I Abu Dhabi, I left them here so that one day I shall go
influential and elite personalities all around the world? back for them.
u: I am touched by their regard for my work and I am also
very honoured to meet people who have made their mark t: you have been involved with many humanitarian
as creating your own artwork. It is a big step to leave a in the world. To tell you the truth though, I don’t feel that causes across the globe; tell us about why these causes
secure line of work and more so because people are not they are so different than the people we meet everyday. are so close to your heart?
aware of the changes they will need to make for it to work. Each person is unique in their own way, famous or not. u: I feel that if my paintings can assist a child in relieving
Regardless, I gave it my all and even though my decision some of his pain or bring hope into someone’s life then
was very spontaneous, it paid off. t: Which was the most difficult piece for you to it is a worthy cause to support. I have been involved with
complete and why? many projects where we try to fulfill the dying wish of
t: Were your family and friends supportive of your u: My parents passed away when I was very young. Losing terminally ill patients including kids with life-threatening
choice to shift careers? them this early in life made it very emotional for me to diseases. If I can help make the transition better then
u: Yes they all were very supportive of my choice and I paint a portrait of them. why not contribute? We have worked with MSF and have
am lucky to be surrounded by such helpful people. There contributed to various causes in from Vienna to Lebanon.
is a special someone I’d like to mention here. His name is t: has someone ever asked you to re-do their portrait
Richard. Infact I even mention him on each Certificate of and make them look better? t: What is your advice to striving artists?
Authentication that is issued with my artwork because he u: This happens quite often I am afraid. For the collection, u: Do not be misled by circumstances. Be true to yourself.
has been my constant companion and friend for 10 years pieces I can chose to paint subjects as I wish. However, You will receive opposition but be guided by God’s light.
now. He, along with my brother, supports me in all that I the private orders are another story. I have to function as Do not give in to temptation and frustration. There is
do. a make-up artist and cosmetic surgeon for some pieces. immense pleasure in art. Also, before this interview ends,
t: tell us a little about your trip to Abu Dhabi and the They are commissioned so I must paint them as people I would like to thank Salwa Zeidan for providing me the
artwork you were commissioned to produce. how do wish. For instance, recently I had to paint a plump lady and opportunity to experience Abu Dhabi and connect with its
Abu Dhabi has been home to numerous art festivals and you find this city? she was not satisfied when I painted her as she was. I had spirit. Thank you to all.
symposiums over the past month. One artist who visited u: Abu Dhabi to me is a love story. I fell in love with it the to make her slimmer and she said she needed a Barbie
the capital city recently is Una St. Tropez who specializes in moment I set eyes on it and as I experienced this city and doll face so I re-worked the portrait till she looked like a
painting large-size portraits using a unique combination worked with its people, I was confirmed of my love for perfect doll. I feel it is important to paint people as they
of an ultra modern and yet ancient wax technique. She has it! It is such a lovely combination of contrasts; hot days see themselves. I understand that it can be contrary to
painted commissioned portraits of some the most influential and cold nights; natural beauty and man-made marvels. reality at times but I am just the means to making good
personalities in the world including HSH Prince Albert of I love the natural grace of women and the ethnic pride art so I don’t interfere with their perceptions.
Monaco, Princess Stephanie of Monaco, members of the in men. Overwhelmed as I was, I still needed to find
Brunei Royal family, Gordon Ramsey and quite recently, Eva elements which I could work with to form art which would t: how long does it take for you to complete a life-size
Longoria Parker of the Desperate Housewives fame. portray the city’s spirit. I am grateful to have worked with portrait? how big do your paintings usually go?
Salwa Zeidan Gallery for if it weren’t for my visit to their u: The bigger the better if you ask me! I have completed
Una’s zealous involvement with many high profile charitable premises, I would never have glanced upon the picture artwork which was 3.5 metres in length. Private portraits
events has enabled her to raise over AED 400,000 for different of a man with such a radiant smile and kind eyes that I vary from all sizes, big and small. It usually takes me a
humanitarian causes all across the globe. She took time out was captivated by it. The picture was that of H.H. Sheikh month to paint private portraits as I need the time to
of her busy schedule and sat down with Tempo for a chat Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan and I wished to paint get to know the person whose personality my painting
about her greatest passion in life – art. him. Everyone spoke very highly of him. Later on I had will captured. For a collection, it can take longer for me
the pleasure of meeting him in person. It is essential that to finish. Even a year because I am so involved with the
tempo: you majored in finance from Westminster I meet the people I paint because it is the sentiment that process of creation. Each collection houses a world inside
university in 1997, what lead to you to choose a career I feel when I am with them which translates onto the it, my world.
as an artist? canvas. That is how I find expression. I have to live it to tell
una St. tropez: Actually it was a matter of listening to the story through my craft. t: is it tough to part away with something like that,
my heart and what I truly wanted to do in life. As with any something you’ve spent so much time and energy on?
major decision, like studies; choosing careers; or deciding Of course there is another painting which I will always Which piece was, by far, the toughest to part away
whether to launch a businesses venture or not - I believe it hold close to my heart. The one - as you might say - I with?
is best to stay true to yourself and your desires. I only take was ‘commissioned’ to make. I don’t like using the word u: Making art is a divine process to me. It is tough to
the path which is essential to maintaining the essence of ‘commissioned’. It detaches me from the spiritual aspect detach with it but I am happy to do it for a good cause.
my being. And art is what I chose (smiles). of my work. Anyways, I was given the honour to paint You see, my artwork is my greatest joy and my greatest
a portrait of the Late H.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al fury combined. I am in the habit of isolating myself when
t: how did you make the initial transition from a Nahyan. While painting him, I saw leadership within I work, so I experience the heartbreak and the agony of
secure 9 to 5 job to a striving artist who was trying to his features. His eyes were very communicative of the parting with something that had been associated with
make her mark in the art world? determination and vision he had for UAE. I learnt about his my lonely world for so long. I never say that I love one
u: I always connected to art even with when I was working life and his compassion for his people and I must confess particular piece of my work because it just makes it all the
in finance. To me nothing was as fulfilling and rewarding that I am very attached to his portrait. The experience of more tougher to part with it when the time comes. The
8 Tempo May 2010 www.abudhabitempo.com 9
Moroccan CiNCo De MAyo
CUliNAry This month, starting from the 5th of May, Cantina Laredo in Khalidiyah
Mall is celebrating the festival, boasting of its rich Mexican culture and
cuisine served with a flair. The restaurant serves gourmet Mexican
food from aromatic Enchilada Veracruz, succulent Camaron Poblano
14 – 22 May, Yas Hotel Asada to luscious Chocolate Cake, allowing guests to enliven the
Mexican soul in its elegant artistry.
Moroccan cuisine is as diverse as the
Come and enjoy
city itself. Wish to taste the flavours
the colorful festivity
of Marrakesh from the comfort of
of Cinco De Mayo
Abu Dhabi? Join guest chef, Abdelilah
at Cantina Laredo
Abounour as Yas Hotel celebrates the
featuring a Hot Table
Moroccan Culinary Week, dedicated to
raffle every hour, for
delectable Mediterranean cuisines and
the guest to win a free
spices. A whole week of brunches, teas,
luscious Chocolate Cake
traditional dinners, fashion shows and
henna parties - all in Moroccan style!
NOTE: Bring this ABU
And what’s a celebration without some
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So go with family and friends or just
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tag along with that special someone
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Stepping into this Filipino restaurant, you seriously don’t know what to expect. Their menu is rumored to have almost
‘everything’ on it. We decided it was time to pop in for a meal and see what the place has to offer. Welcoming ambiance;
check. If you are not from Philippines you might find it difficult to decipher some dishes on their menu so we enlisted
a server for the task. Since out team was feeling adventurous that evening, we decided to only go for dishes which
sounded unconventional (read: unheard of to us or tough to pronounce). Right off the bat let us confess that this place
is pretty affordable for the vast items (and sometimes out of season dishes) available on the
menu. Anyways, continuing with our food-venture, we ordered the Tapsilog
and Dasilog. Basically they turned out to be variations of garlic-fried rice
and egg with either fish or beef served alongside nicely steamed
rice. Their Adobo, which is essentially a beef stew, is also worth a
mention. Not too thick; not too runny - just right! Another
team member couldn’t resist ordering the Inihaw
na Pusit. Apparently the ordering situation had
escalated to a game now and we braced
ourselves for the outcome. Thankfully a
well grilled squid was served to us with
fresh rice (you can choose between the
rice, French fries or veggies as a side
order). All in all, this restaurant and café
is worth a visit if you are up for casual
dining with friends.
location: end of hamdan Street
towards tourist Club Area.
10 Tempo May 2010
people meter Making a
People Meter is an offbeat way to learn more about our
community and its people, who come from different Each of us can in his, or her, own way make a difference in our world. Sometimes this can be a simple gesture, and sometimes it
backgrounds, cultures and walks of life. is a kind word. This page is dedicated to the hero that resides in each and every one of us, and to the sharing of great news that
will make our planet a better place for us all.
NeIGHBoUr CHannEl 4’s
Sounds of Arabia: The third season of “Sounds
Adam Ibrahim of Arabia” festival is to kick off in the capital on 6
May and continue till 16 May, presenting for the
first time in Abu Dhabi, a number of regional singers MEssaGE
Adam hails from Sudan and is living ‘the simple such as Syrian singers Wa’ad Bou Hasoun and Kinan
life’ in Abu Dhabi… Al Adhama, in addition to Mustafaa Saeed from Egypt. “Care for them, don’t inflict
The new singers will perform in the festival in a new initiative harm on them”
“My name is Adam Ibrahim Adam Ali Soney. I was titled “Youth Talents of Arabia” Since the festival will focus on the
born in Bahri, a city in northern Khartoum, Sudan. musical traditions in the Arabian Gulf in particular, it will be a treat to We applaud the Arabic public
Upon graduation from an Islamic university, I watch with family! service campaign on Channel
began my hunt for a job in media sciences. I always 4 called ‘Rabuuhum, la
Adnan Dhani Yassin Salah Elyan wanted to work for radio or television. Luckily Abu Dhabi bag for youth: “Youth of one world” is the slogan of the
tuathebuhu’ which translates
enough, I got an opportunity to work abroad after new Kalima initiative that includes the distribution of 1000 bags.
Transportation Supervisor Univeristy Graduate Each of these contains ten books of distinguished children’s literature loosely into “Care for them,
my first year of graduation. This is how I landed in don’t inflict harm on them.”
from around the world, which have been translated into Arabic. This
Abu Dhabi city! initiative is aimed at secondary school pupils (from the sixth to the It shows a whimpering child
What first word comes to your mind when i say:
ninth grade). The bags have recently been distributed to schools in Al who has been beaten up by
“I am a very simple person. I am told I have a great Ain and Al Gharbia in Abu Dhabi, with the co-operation of the district
Curly Fries her father. It then cuts to her
Curly Fries sense of humor and I enjoy the company of old directors of these schools.
Shell Ferrari friends as well as making new friends. In my free father receiving people at her
Book My father time, I go out to play some sports; read books and new horizons for ADFF: With submissions now open for its funeral, and people shaming
Storm Power newspapers; or go out for a walk to some soothing 2010 program, Abu Dhabi Film Festival has announced a new him instead of offering
sight in the city. That’s what I like about Abu Dhabi. competitive section for fiction and nonfiction feature films by their condolences. A brave
There are many such places where you can just sit first- and second-time directors. To be called the Afaq Jadida (New campaign tackling a sensitive
still and watch the entire city pass you by. Then of Horizons) Competition, this section will focus on the work of new topic. We all know child abuse
2) if you could interview one celebrity who would it be? course there is the high-end lifestyle with loads of talents from all over the Arab world shown side-by-side with that
is an abhorrent crime--it
luxuries - a fast-paced life for fast-paced multi- of their international counterparts. Films in the competition will vie
for ADFF’s Black Pearl Awards for Best New Narrative Film, Best New shouldn’t be covered up in
Adnan: I would love to yassin: Miley Cyrus, national people. I admire the lack of lawlessness any society, and it shouldn’t be
interview Johnny Depp. Narrative Film from the Arab World, Best New Documentary, Best New
obviously because she is so in people; both expats and locals follow the rules. tolerated in any form.
I wonder if he really is as Documentary from the Arab World, each with a $100,000 cash prize.
interesting. This is something commendable.
colourful as the characters he
“If I were to change something about Abu Dhabi,
3) Why did the chicken cross the road? it would be to lower the high accommodation
rents so that we expats can save money for our
future and support our families better. Also, if the
Adnan: I guess he wanted yassin: To catch up with city were to become more ‘expat-friendly’ then we (aka ‘the rahma briga
to see what it felt like the handsome rooster on will feel more comfortable here. Sometimes I feel
because no one ever made the other side! because of the pressures of expat expenditures
it back to tell him about it. people are more materialistic than friendly, i.e., Etihad Airways has announced
they look to making profit out of everything, even it will operate five return services Under the Patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak,
4) if you were neil Armstrong and you landed on the a network of friends. per week to Baghdad, operated Chairperson of UAE General Women’s Union and Chairperson of the
moon, what would your first words be? two -class Airbus A320 aircraft, and Family Development Foundation, the Diplomatic group for spouses of
“My dream is to become a professional reporter will expand its operation with two Ambassadors in the UAE will hold a charity bazaar at the General Women’s
additional A320 return services
Adnan: Is this place off the yassin: OOH YEAH! Union on 2nd May. The proceeds will help ease the suffering of Haiti
in BBC. I believe one should do something
nd Iraq destination – Erbil –
real-estate market? Can I meaningful with their life and it should touch victims and will contribute to worthy local charities like the Special Care
a seco Centre and Future Centre for Special Needs in Abu Dhabi. Tickets for a
stay here forever? other’s lives in such a manner that it brings a from June 1, subject to governme raffle draw with exciting prizes will be available at the entrance of the
positive change to it. My message to people in UAE
and regulatory approvals,
UAE venue. Men are welcome to join in the fun and festivity as the event will
becoming the first airline in the
5) What one thing do you do everyday to save the planet? is that they should co-exist peacefully and always
be grateful to the country which welcomed them feature stalls from various countries. A cultural experience and a good
in its heart to make a living and provide for their to fly to Iraq. cause - it’s worth a visit folks!
Adnan: I often help kids yassin: I sleep more, it’s
and elders cross roads since very energy efficient! family. May God bless you all and I wish you a safe
I spend most of my time return home.”
around moving vehicles Making a Difference is a celebration of good people and good deeds. Please share with us your ideas, activities and community
and bus-stops. ‘public-good ‘ stories. Send them to email@example.com
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WHo’s tHe Boss?
mAkING GooD moVIe (pArt two)
First imprEssions WAtcH This time we will focus on how you can build So choose someone with a moral centre and professional
pride; someone your boss will listen to and take seriously;
We all know they are important. So let’s not beat a tangible relationship with your boss. All the
iron man 2 and most importantly someone with tight lips.
about the bush saying there is always a second releasing may 7: Okay everyone probably
plotting and planning in the world cannot get
chance to make first impressions. There isn’t. Period. knows all the actors starring in this one. you into the good books of seniors at workplace Assert yourself
So get it right the first time. Don’t know how? Well, Guys and gals, the most awaited sequel
if you don’t analyze their personality and tailor Most of the time, it’s about standing up for yourself. We
of the year is finally here. Robert Downey
we don’t call this section ‘handy helper’ for nothing. Jr. is billionaire inventor, Tony Stark and is your strategies accordingly. Granted they maybe don’t mean a re-enactment of last night’s WWE match
known all around the world as the savior though! Just try not to over-react and lose your cool.
of humanity, Iron Man, much to his delight! moody, unpredictable or just plain crazy, but Remain reasonable, calm and confident about your
tip #1 Smile your best ‘I-am-a-sane-person’ smile. Make Only now there is immense pressure from there is always a way to work around such issues.
the government, the press and the public position. We know this is tough to do when someone
sure you practice in front of a mirror if you are unsure
to hand over his technology to the military. Read on, we’ve done some extensive research on is yelling profanities at you in a foreign language but
of how your smile looks. It should be a warm, genuine While Tony tries to keep the government maintain your poise. Politely explain to them your position
smile, something that’s welcoming and immediately from getting their hands on the technology,
wacky bosses for this piece.
on the matter and inquire exactly what it is about your
makes the other party feel comfortable in your there is something far worse waiting to
challenge him and threaten with the world. work or behaviour that has upset them. You statements
presence. Think Julia Roberts, Oprah or even Sushmita Who cares really? We just want to see Robert like ‘I Think’ or ‘I Feel..’, never use aggressive statements like
Sen! reprise a role which he plays really well. ‘ You don’t’ or ‘ You never’.
tip #2 Don’t unleash the Spanish inquisition on robin hood Communicate
someone you are meeting for the first time. Keep a lid releasing may 14: Directed by Ridley Scott, For some people office work is equivalent to team work
on intrusive, personal questions but do ask ones that starring Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, and they like constant input and supervision from seniors.
Vanessa Redgrave, Eileen Atkins and Danny
require a little more than a simple “yes” or “no” answer; Huston, the movie chronicles the life of
While others feel more relaxed if they are left to work
then listen attentively. an expert archer, previously interested in their own creative zone. So while both employees
only in self-preservation, from his service may be extremely productive, a conflict can arise with
in King Richard’s army against the French. senior management due to difference in working styles.
tip #3 Pay attention; not listening to what the other
Upon Richard’s death, Robin travels to
person is saying or making distracting movements may Nottingham, a town suffering from the Maybe your boss thinks you are more like the employee
make the other person feel that you are not concerned corruption of a despotic sheriff and from the first example when you are really more like the
crippling taxation, where he assembles second one! Work with your HR department on the issue.
about what they have to say. This will blow all your a gang whose lethal mercenary skills
Maybe the organization expects daily updates form your
Keep this information handy for your own good. Cut out and save it in a folder.
efforts right out of the water. Acknowledge that you are matched only by its appetite for life.
Together, they begin preying on the supervisor which in turn causes him to track your work
understand what they are saying by nodding your
indulgent upper class to correct injustices Why make me suffer? with hawk-like precision.
head in agreement. Body movements like this indicate under the sheriff.
a listening stance. First of all, never ask them that! No one cares why it’s
you, least of all your boss. Direct confrontation over a SoS
letters to Juliet
workplace conflict never ends well. It only further enrages If all else fails, report to super-senior-level management.
tip #4 People don’t like being cut off! Let the other
releasing may 14: When a young American supervisors and senior management if you ask them for Be warned though, this is an open battle call to your boss.
person do most of the talking, unless you want their (Amanda Seyfried) travels to the city of Blood will be shed, words will be exchanged and someone
first impression of you to be that you are completely Verona, home of the star-crossed lover an explanation for their irrational behaviour towards you.
Juliet Capulet of Romeo and Juliet fame, she So what do you? We suggest you observe a colleague will get fired. Even if the air clears without much damage,
self-centred. joins a group of volunteers who respond to your work relationship with the manager in question, will
who is liked by the boss and we mean really observe
letters sent to Juliet seeking advice about
them (read: not stalk them, just observe!). How do they act never be the same. So be absolutely sure the issue is worth
tip # 5 Practice icebreakers. Compliments can do the love. After answering one letter dated 1951, the trouble.
she inspires its author (Vanessa Redgrave) to when they are around seniors? Do they treat upper level
trick at times. Do make them sound genuine and based
travel to Italy in search of her long-lost love management any differently than you do?
on something you have learned about the person. and sets off a chain of events that will bring
Saying that you love their fashion sense if they are a love into both their lives unlike anything
time Management tip # 9*
they ever imagined. general Consensus
dressed in very casual clothes sounds too desperate, Sometimes it’s not just you. Listen to what others have
like you are trying too hard to be a people pleaser. to say about the boss during office lunch breaks. Share
If you can, do some research before you have your ideas on how you can make it known to him or her that Regardless of the size of your business, there’s no need
releasing may 14: Under the direction of
conversation to get some background information on Sanaa Hamri, Queen Latifah stars in and their behaviour is affecting everyone’s work. If it is a large for it to be a one-man show. Delegate tasks to fellow
the person. produces this movie about Janice Wright, group of people who have worked in the company for a workers in accordance with their skills and working
a physical therapist (Queen Latifah) who is substantial period of time, then maybe someone who is
hired by an NBA basketball player to help capacities. Division of labour at the workplace helps
tip #6 End the conversation on a positive note with a close to the boss can be elected to speak to them about
him rehab from an injury. As time goes on, share the load among colleagues whilst leaving you
smile or handshake. Exchange business cards so that the player begins falling in love with her. their behaviour privately. Perhaps someone who doesn’t
free to manage more pertinent tasks.
they recognize your interest to meet them again. This The rest as the say is history but as the smart work directly under your boss but is at the same position
movie-goer knows: it’s the journey towards as him in another department of the organization. This is
way they too will look foward to speaking with you in ‘history’ that is worth a watch! *Part 9 of a 12 issue series
the future. Best of luck! a risky move and once it’s done there is no turning back.
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