Sunday, November 13, 2011

Dubai Chronicles.

I’m back to my space after a five day trip to Dubai. Of course after much convincing and making a zillion promises to parents. 

Our five month old kiddo was not interested in outdoor trips, which we learnt the hard way. So all other outdoor ideas were cancelled and we stuck on to what I like the most. The malls. 
The magnificent malls of Dubai which makes one go wide mouthed. The malls which would make you run to edit your location preference in the resume at naukri. The malls which are huge and run in kilometers but never makes you tired. The malls which are the houses of worship for every shopaholic. The malls which raises the spirits of every child. The malls which are the nightmares of every husband.

About Dubai – It’s the land of the decent Malayali. The majority of arrogant, perverse, excessive spitters of Kerala are all gentlemen in Dubai. They undergo a makeover in the three hour flight, I guess. But at malls and other tourist attractions they sometimes go overboard so much that the actual Malayali pops out of the thin layers of fake decorum. Some of them got fashionable overnight, ripped off their shiny, sequence stuck salwars, crawled into tee shirt and jeans and walked straight into the malls. However they forgot to undo the oil plait, the dot on the forehead and jewellery. Now that’s why Dubai calls them -  Typical Mallus ! It is such a pleasure to watch them search for dustbins to dispose the empty package of cheese chips, because back in Kerala, it usually lands on the road, or floats in the air only to land on your face, that is, if you are very lucky.

Anyway, there was this one incident which came as a huge surprise to us. As we walked on, our kiddo showed signs of a diaper change and we stopped for one. I walked into the baby room, when hubby temporarily sat on a wooden bench where few others were also resting their butts. As I came out, I saw a middle aged couple sitting next to where our bags were, with a baby that looked like a doll. Size wise. Not exaggerating here, but considering the texture of the skin of this baby, it could have been hardly five to ten days old. And it was not more than 1 kg heavy. Looked more like a premature baby. I’m sorry I had addressed the baby as ‘it’, but its hard to say ‘he’ or ‘she’ considering the size. The baby was all red and the usual Dubai trend of not staring or poking into others business stopped to take a look and pity this one. The baby was fast asleep (well what else can it do at a mall) and the parents trying their best to avoid  the ‘why the bloody hell cant you stay at home’ looks that came daggering into their fake conversation like arrows. 

Its their baby, their business. Who am I to discuss about it, right ? But I still cant stop wondering, why did they bring a baby as tiny as that, whose immunity wouldn’t have even formed, into a mall which in a baby world would rather be a pool of viruses ? Why, oh, why ? To check out fall/winter collection at mothercare?

People are different, so are cultures and customs. I am young, haven’t seen the world and am barely the one to comment, but I seriously doubt whether there will be any community in the world which will support them.

Baby, I feel so sorry for your ridiculously ignorant parents, and I hope you don’t catch any germs from here. Stay safe. Take care.


  1. എന്നാലും എന്തിനാരിക്കും അവര്‍ വന്നത് :-/

  2. Ouch!!Poor baby! Seriously even I have found some parents bring their days old kid to places even like theatres and cheap dhabbas :/

  3. "I’m sorry I had addressed the baby as ‘it’, but its hard to say ‘he’ or ‘she’ considering the size."
    :) :) Good writing indeed Anu !!!

  4. "I’m sorry I had addressed the baby as ‘it’, but its hard to say ‘he’ or ‘she’ considering the size."
    :) :) Good writing indeed Anu !!!

  5. I feel maybe parents don't realize that they are taking their kids to a place where they are susceptible to viruses and germs!! Lack of awareness maybe!!

    I liked this line a lot: "About Dubai – It’s the land of the decent Malayali." Which is totally 100% true!! :)

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  6. well its a very common sight in see a mom carrying a four day old baby or a week old kid... I guess they are so burned out that nothing else gives them a pleasure unless its mall!

  7. never can understand the logic of that..taking a one week old baby out in conditions that are so alien to it..the chill of the A/Cs in the malls itself is a big no-no

  8. malls have that effect universally on all of us irrespective of all other differences:-)

    and five months past already-easier for everyone on the the end to say, na?:-)

    although what the parents did was wrong-i would like to say here that we should refrain from judging-there was a time i had no one to leave my daughter with and i had to tag her along even if i had togo for my monthly ritual to get threading done!i guess they had their reasons and hope this was not just plain stupidity!

  9. Praful: Aaa vainokkan aayirikkumo?

    Red Handed: Its sad na. What to do. Noone can comment also. Its their baby.

  10. Papa: Thank you !!!

    Binu Thomas: Yes :D And abt the land of decent malayali. I have got more, may be the next post hahaa

  11. Harman: Hmm true. I really think tiny babies should be at home atleast for a month. Of course they can be taken out for emergencies.

    Dr.Roshan: Totally ! You know better!!

  12. Suruchi: Yes. When there is noone at home to look after the baby. And in emergencies like I had to goto the Indian Embassy here in Muscat with Aaron who was then just 20 days old. But I dont think malls qualify as an emergency place. And the baby was not a normal nine-months size.

  13. Something 'typical' in all of us stays, no matter where we go and what we do.

    And I hope more parents can be as concerned as you are :)

  14. Do they have hospital close to the mall? could have been a genuine trip of baby shopping :-) Here too people don't mind taking out within days...

  15. Seriously...u just spk my mind. I see this all the time but what I saw 2 weeks back was the pits. A Philipino man actually he looked more like a big boy carried a tiny, tiny baby proudly up & down the open restaurant we were in. That poor thing looked just a few days old and had just a sleeveless scrap of cloth around it.

    What malls did u go to:-)????

  16. Blunt Blogger...yeah okay....but with a premature baby? doing nothing at a mall?

    Reflections: Visited Dubai mall and Mall of Emirates last time. Visited Ibn Batuta mall this time, and Dubai mall again ! :D

  17. Forgot to say it last time....nice and clear profile pic....for some reason reminded me of myself 10 yrs back...seriously;-o.

  18. Reflections: Hey c'mon...u cant be that bad ! :D :D

  19. I remember a similar family in Chennai, who took their 8 day old son with them to the mall for buying dresses for his naamkaran - how thick can one be?!!

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