“Most of these girls are small, slim, have on maroon Harvard-logo outfits, blond hair in a ponytail, and brand-new iPods, and they run like the wind. You can definitely feel of sort of aggressive challenge emanating from them…They’re more mentally cut out for brief runs at high speed” Murakami’s words from his latest book ‘what I talk about when I talk about running’ came to my mind on the national day of the United Arab Emirates which celebrates its first 37 years as a country. I found this two- digit number for a country, if nothing else weird , for me a product of a country once called the cradle of civilization in the ancient world and my adopted country once a Great Empire. Both of them equally old and tired and dissatisfied with the growing population due to the immigration . The natives of this teenager country do not have blond hair but dark and immaculate white and black dresses for men and women respectively.
They don’ use any more camels to travel around, as their ancestors Bedouins, but Cayennes and they are zooming up and down the roads at a high speed.
After centuries of hard life and poverty the wheel turned round for them and their bare land proved to be the most fertile, producing the best ever product for the 21st century, for oiling all the world’s engines. The America of the Arab world with its freedom – in the context of the Arab world-its immigrants whom they happily integrate and use as a main force for their development and in return they share a slice of their rich pie. This new country run like the wind to have it all here and now!
And here I am to observe this new ‘thing’ on the making which run at high speed ‘in search of lost time’. Interesting and challenging the whole concept.