Thursday, August 24, 2006

Dubai women create history

Keralites might not be the most popular people in Dubai, but a group of 10 Dubai-based women certainly is, in God's Own Country after they won the legendary Alleppey Boat Race.
Looking fairly comfortable in the traditional 'mundum neriyathum', the women, mostly expatriates settled in Dubai won the women's race event after a tight finish.

The team is composed of members of the Dubai-based Mountain High Adventure Club. A participant, Sharon Codyre said "We had to row very hard. At one time, I felt we would be overtaken. And we won in split seconds. It was the most exhilarating race I ever participated."

Photos/Info Via Sepia Mutiny and Rediff.com

5 Comments:

Blogger Dani said...

Thanks Woke. :D

11:47 pm  
Blogger UAE Creatives said...

I didn't know that women were allowed to participate in this race! So the Sabarimala regulations don't apply here :).
For those who don't know...Sabarimala is a famous Hindu pilgrim site located in Kerala. It was in the news in India - at least down south, recently, because they were contemplating banning women from entering.

1:34 am  
Blogger Prometheus said...

Sigh! There falls another male bastion. Is there anything that's still the preserve of men? If someone finds out, let me know. I'll be knitting these sweaters till then.

6:12 pm  
Blogger shansenta said...

That's a great news and indeed surprising, since the race is one of the most respectable events all over the world. From the photograph, I see at least 6 of them were western expats. Is it the first step towards "globalising" the Alleppey Boat Race, or sowing the seeds of a "Keralite Water Olympics"?
Nevertheless, any of these would go on to again prove that despite the shoddy treatment that a majority of the overwhelming middle-class members of the community gets from largely pseudo-French and pseudo-American community here, Keralites are indeed a power to reckon with - among all the Indians. Almost similar to Chinese diaspora all over the world.
Well noted Woke!

4:25 pm  
Blogger Woke said...

The news item says 10 of them were expats. In terms of competition, the womens event is quite new and the Dubai team win was apparently not really surprising. But what was surprising was they got adjusted to the very demanding situation - the unusual venue, the noise and whoever thought it was easy to row a boat wearing sarees!

4:45 pm  

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