Sunday, February 04, 2007

Victory Parade

UAE won the football Gulf Cup the first time ever, so there was this huge impromptu victory parade on the weekend. It was very enthusiastic (football is a big deal in this country!) & traffic came to a halt on the main highway of the city for the festive cars to pass. Some of the cars were screen-printed with the faces of the football heroes, some had random graffiti...well tacky, but I think its rather sweet the way winning something (even a regional footfall tournament!) brings so much cheer & togetherness in people.


Kishor Cariappa said...

What cricket is to sub-continent, soccer is for GCC. Oman, the losing finalists, were given a royal reception on their arrival a couple of days back...and it is still continuing!

Radha said...

Hi Kishor!

Thats true. And UAE's success rate at football is as bad as India's at cricket. So when they win its a big deal :)

Lotus Reads said...

Radha, I spent 10 years in Dubai and it's been nearly 7 years since I left. I have never stopped missing the place and so I am indebted to you for the posts and for the updates on this city - thanks so much and yeay that they won the football Gulf Cup!

Will be back for a longer visit later. I am especially keen to read your thoughts on the Kiran Desai book.

Radha said...

Hi Lotus,

Wow, didnt know you've lived in Dubai!

Well the Kiran Desai book is brilliant. She writes like a poet. And the stories are just touching for every Indian living abroad.

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