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DUBAI DREAMS: The Rough Road to Riches

DUBAI DREAMS:
THE ROUGH ROAD TO RICHES

By Shamlal Puri
Pages 350
Publication date: 2010
Price: UK£9.99 or US$16 + postage and packing ISBN 978-0-9552627-3-9 (Paperback)
Price: UK£16.99 or US$26 + postage and packing ISBN 978-0-9552627-2-2 (Hardback)
PUBLISHED JOINTLY WITH HAR-ANAND PUBLICATIONS (PVT) LTD, NEW DELHI (INDIA) 


The riches of Dubai beckon six strangers from different parts of India who live under the same roof in this City of a Thousand Lights. As they work seven days a week, the guest workers become firm friends and watch with envy the rich and affluent enjoying a life of luxury in their posh villas and cruising in their yachts in the Shangri-La of the Middle East.

Shashidharan Pillai is running away from his past while Uday Chacko, Binu Menon and Gabby Mathew are in Dubai to earn Dirhams, working as taxi drivers. Hazara Singh, working for a construction company, has his Dubai dream shattered. Maqbool Ahmed has his own problems – his wife, Afsana, a childless grass widow, walks out on him and he turns to matrimonial sites for a new bride. He finds one but she turns his world upside down.

As they spend more than they earn, their world collapses around them. With living costs rocketing daily, they struggle hard for survival. After meeting their bare basic expenses, they are left with little money to pay back the human traffickers who helped them to work in Dubai and precious little to send to their families back home. Desperate, they get sucked into a life of crime.

This book lifts the lid off the lives of blue collar workers in the Middle East. It captures the humour and pathos of the sweating class in thankless jobs. It gives a rare insight into the lives of taxi drivers who keep the transport system of Dubai oiled. As the traffic rolls on, the world fails to take note of their pain and suffering…

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