May all prayers be answered

May all prayers be answered

Alpesh Maharaj, priest, Shiva Temple, Oman MUSCAT – My heart fills with joy upon seeing the devotees at the temple once again. It is important that we all wear masks, practice social distancing, and follow the rules and it is also necessary to shut down...
We feel the pain of our patients

We feel the pain of our patients

Fousiya Ismail Nurse – Covid wardI have lost count of the times that I, and my colleagues on the frontline, have almost broken down seeing such pain at close quarters. I have been a nurse for many years, yet, I confess that I have seen nothing like this: COVID-19 has...
Hard work always pays

Hard work always pays

Abdul Rahim, BangladeshiFor nearly four decades I have been toiling relentlessly, making sure that my dear children benefit from my sacrifices. I can proudly say that I have been able to fulfill those dreams – I have educated my children well; guided them rightly on...
Face challenges with a smile

Face challenges with a smile

Abdul Manaf Indian, SalesmanWhat brought me to Oman? Family obligations!A year and a half ago, I left my hometown to come to Oman and eke out a living. It was not just to find a job, but I have a major responsibility because my ailing father needs all help and...
Want to give back

Want to give back

Mohamed Yaseen, Indian, Baladiya workerI come from a small village in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. But, I am blessed to reach from there to here in Muscat, Oman. I belong to a big family and I am actually the seventh child. So you can imagine the struggle of my parents to...
I can take anything

I can take anything

Hussain Imran Indian (Karnataka), traderWe are yet to recover from the shock of the Coronavirus pandemic. I have been running a small trading business for the last 12 years. It was not easy to run the business before COVID-19, but now, after it, things have become...
Each day is a miracle!

Each day is a miracle!

Abdul Talal, Pakistani, freelance shifting workerMy sole aim, for the last three years of my stay in Oman, is to start a small business and hopefully make good earnings and then start a family. I am currently young and single, but I have this dream and I want to make...
Make lemonade of the lemons

Make lemonade of the lemons

Ali Khamis Al Wahaibi, Muttrah souq supervisorI am always a positive man. I believe in it. I believe in the adage, “when life throws you lemons – make lemonade”. People may wonder why I am always smiling, especially in times such as this. But, if times are...
LIVE WITHOUT DEBTS

LIVE WITHOUT DEBTS

Kamarudheen, Indian 35 years in Oman, cargo supervisor What is the workingman’s dream? What else but to be free of debts and a better life for my family!Fate brought me to Oman some 35 years ago.  And I am grateful that I am here. Oman is my home now, though my...
STEADYING MY BOAT IN A STORM

STEADYING MY BOAT IN A STORM

Yahya Rashid, Omani Sugar distributor I have been in this business long enough to know how to steady my boat even in a ‘storm’ (like the one we are all in now). I have never given up hope and believe that a day will come for me when I will land on the shore of...