I was walking along when my Tamil-speaking friend Salimbhai called me to his photo studio. When I entered, his Egyptian neighbour dropped in with his beautiful kids. An Ethiopian employee at the studio joined the discussion. A Sri Lankan gardener Nizam wished us Ramadan Kareem from outside the road-facing studio.
Just a couple of minutes ago, I was greeting a smiling UAE National employee at a famous mall and had purchased a Pakistani shoe from a Filipina salesgirl.
Suddenly I realized Sharjah’s vibrant unity in diversity.
People with closed mindset miss out a lot. Interaction is an ideal recipe for a wisdom-seeking mind. After all, we are all human beings first and have the same emotions. Like a film dialogue goes: There is no man who does not bleed when pricked nor laugh when tickled.
Heard this story: A man with a blocked mindset went to a Sufi saint. The spiritual leader prepared tea, kept pouring it until the cup overflowed. “The cup is full. It can’t take more,” shouted the visitor. “So is your mind, full of ideas without scope for new ones,” came the reply.