The High Performers….

I was going through the latest ‘Y’ magazine (they dont have a website) Issue number 30 dated 22nd of July. All seemed to be the same … the usual stuff that you just go through in a brain dead manner to take a break from whatever you are doing… there is hardly anything interesting to read … this week its start with statements from a bunch of “prominent” Omanis talking about what renaissance day means to them… they all say the same things …… then they report on a building in Ruwi that caught fire … they also feature a young woman fashion designer… after that come a few filler pages, these are pages that have a collection of some random stuff that is not relevant to anything ….the comes the personality of the week feature … at this point i just started to flip the pages faster to reach the picture section … that is the most interesting section of the whole magazine (if you can all this a magazine)

Side note: The picture section was pioneered by The Week and copied by every one else. Of course, the week did not invent this section. I dont know where they copied it from but i am sure they got it from somewhere. In kuwait, they realized that its the picture section that is the most interesting and they launched a whole magazine of picture sections called Layalina. There is a bahraini Layalina also, but the website doesnt work ?! They throw in a few sections that have some editorial stuff but nothing worth mentioning. Its really about the pictures. We should probably get some one to do an Omani Layalina …

So i finally reach the picture section of “Y”. The usual stuff right ? art Exhibitions and corporate events… but this time two things really hit me in the face … one of them made me laugh … the other made me wonder …

I’ll start with the funny stuff… The heading says : “Saj Restaurant Celebrates 16 yeas of existence” How is that for a heading !!! the body test says : “… this four in one restaurant in wadi kabir has been a haunt of many an epicure … ” I have no idea what that means … and ive never even heard of the Saj restaurant … and its been in existence for SIXTEEEN YEARS !! Its a two page spread with one full page of a bunch middle aged Indian men hand feeding each other cake while the crowd claps !! Please explain to me why is this in the picture section ? and why does it deserve a double spread ? is this such BIG news? …

the picture says it all..

Chek out the guy in the top left hand corner in red… he really has his mouth open !!

The other thing that made me wonder is the picture feature of the AATCO group of companies that recently hosted a Harvard Business School speaker event to train their high performers … they actually brought in this guy to conduct a training for the group’s “top executives” and had ‘Y’ cover the event and give them a double spread in the picture section…. I hope i am getting all the facts right … i’ll update the post later with the name of the guest speaker as i dont have the magazine with me at the moment… Now for the pictures….

Notice how they are all Asian Expats? arnt there any high performing Omanis? Its a shame that the knowledge that the Harvard Professor is giving to this Omani Group is not being transmitted to any of the Omanis. Not even the owners of the group are pictured … so i am assuming none of them attended the event … In my view this is a real shame…. it made me wonder how many Omanis could have benefited but didnt …

So i guess … the real question is ‘Y’

‘Y’ are Saj’s cake eating middle aged Indian mustached glasses wearing dudes a featurable event in Oman …

and

‘Y’ are local trading groups not training up any local talent to take care of their business and keep the knowledge within Oman ….

sorry about the image quality …

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