Of real life heroes
One of the lessons I learnt from my father - quite early on - is that you never stop learning. So I am constantly learning - from everyone, even the odd person that irritates me. Even if it is to avoid that kind of personality. There are a lot of people that I admire especially in my UAE community and especially since I went on social media. Over the course of this year, I am hoping to talk to and post chats I have with a few of the folks I interact with regularly (and some I don't) and who inspire me. I learn from them, I am a little bit jealous of the jobs they do and definitely admire them. Some of them I count as close friends, some of them are family and some just Heroes with feet of clay. I want to share my heroes with you and hope that you are just as inspired by them.
Here they are (in random order) and I am hoping that all of them will say yes (haven't contacted all of them yet) and share a part of who they are with the five people that visit my blog regularly (hi and thanks for coming back and reading). Click on the links and see who they are.
Mohammed & Peyman Al Awadhi - Just Google them and #hashtagalong Karla & Daddybird Castle - I travel vicariously through them and have had some of my best meals thanks to them Carol Hyland - My closest friend and one that goads and prods me up steep trails and impossible tasks Alexander McNabb - I learn PR, business and media lessons from him. Constantly. He also entertains me. Jai Rajbhandari & Bibhu Thakur - These two friends in Nepal inspire me for their untiring dedication to providing a future for a handful of orphans Sally Prosser - There are many, many fabulous food bloggers that I follow regularly but I picked Sally because of her whimsical posts and guidance for wine Arwa Ahmed - Because she is a brave girl and she has introduced me to places (like Daddybird) that I would not have ordinarily ventured to Masarat Daud - Because she is a maverick and a very brave one too. She has a fantastic attitude and I am just in awe of her. Bikramjit Ray - My baby brother - the youngest of the first cousins, he just loves food and it shows. He's clever and knowledgable. Suniti Bhushan Datta - A distant cousin that is studying flora and fauna up in the Uttarkand Mountains - I want his job along with the ability to do it. Sujoy Das - Another cousin. He has always loved photography and mountains and he has a job that combines both. He is going to organise my trip to Leh for my 60th. He has been warned Omar Samra - his web site says it all. I met him once at a TEDx event in Abu Dhabi and he inspired me.
I have a few others but I know them well enough to know they are very, very shy. Yes, Carol, shyer than you and even more self effacing!