The beauty of localization
by Natasha Tynes | Mar 16, 2005 | Doha affairs, Shutterbug | 37 comments
This sign is probably one of the most interesting things I have seen in Doha thus far. It is what I regard as localization at its best. When I first looked at it, I was confused. I thought it was a drawing of a woman and then I realized it was a picture of a man outfitted in the national dress, a dishdasheh. Cool, huh? I mean why should traffic signs here be adorned with drawings of individuals in western attire, particularly when the majority of citizens wear otherwise. I love it!
First of all welcoem to Mental Mayhem. I like the work of Nagib Mahfouz. I actuualy got some of his work as a gift from my sister last Christmas.
And by the way, we discuss literature here. We
created a category called books. You can check the past entries here http://www.natashatynes.org/mental_mayhem/books/index.html
I’ve been here a few times at the behest of one of your regular bloggers (I won’t mention whom), and I was wondering if Natasha (or Jeff) is familiar with the works of Naguib Mahfouz? I really enjoy his work and I’d be interested to hear your thoughts. Maybe a section on books, literature, or even contemporary politics might be an interesting addition to the site.
Thank you for the vote of confidence:)) That was sweet. You cheered me up after a long day:)
Your comment came as a personal attack to me and I was offended. You can post your opinion on any topic, no body stops you, but I can’t tolerate perosnal attacks here. And it seems Rivda put you on the same boat with her. She is making you a member of the we-hate-natasha- club. I hope you don’t agree with her. Jareer, you are always welcome here as long as you respect one sole rule “no personal attacks”.
Jeff and Natasha,
I do not exactly know why you were annoyed of my comments above. I just explained my opinion and observation on the sign. The fact that I use different nicknames, should not annoy you as you know anyway who I am. Anyways, these are supposed to be “scribbles” with no much pre-arranged and spontaneous comments that first come to the mind when you read or see something. Describing my comments as “pretty nasty” make me feel unwelcomed here.
Rivda what i want to know is, if your so goddamn true blue Arab, why do you have a Russian prostitute’s name?
headbang? i got whiplash for hedbanging once at my junior high school dance. they called me whiplash girl for the rest of the year.