Exchange houses of UAE

After Oil, the next best successful business in UAE appears to be the exchange houses. Thanks to the predominant presence of South Asian community, who typically send their earnings to their home countries – these exchange houses do brisk business all through the day. In the downtown area of Abu Dhabi where I live in, the streets are literally peppered with exchange houses under some banner or other.

UAE Exchange seems to be the market leader here. In either side of the building I live in, UAE Exchange have got branches. Don’t understand the logic of having two branches adjacent to each other. I am sure someone in that organization would have done their maths.

Talking to few of the acquaintances here, they all have their favourites and they back their preferences with some strong logic too. Personally though, I haven’t used these exchange houses, as I work for a bank and it doesn’t make economical sense for me to use one of these blokes. The exchange houses in UAE, the  way people prefer one over the other would one day make an interesting case study.

RIP Selvakumaran

Quite sad to learn that a classmate of mine had passed away. Selvakumaran was my classmate during under graduation at National College, Trichy. I wouldn’t say that I know him very well, but I remember him hailing from a village called Allur near Trichy. Once I have seen him ride a bullock cart into the town with some agricultural produce.

Thanks to the WhatsApp group, I just got to learn that he passed away about two years ago after suffering on kidney related illness. Upsets me a lot to think that a guy in mid-30s passing away leaving behind his young family. Rest in peace Selvakumaran.

Home and all that…

After a month’s stay at Courtyard Mariott, I have moved into my own space now. It is a studio flat just across the road from the hotel that is good for a bachelor’s life that lies ahead of me for the next year or so. 🙂 Just sorted the Internet connection that comes along with the landline phone and a IP TV.

Among other channels, I have been blessed with Jaya Plus, Jaya Max, Star Vijay and Zee Tamil channels. Evenings would never be the same again, I guess. 🙂