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Man Outnumbered: Neo, My Shaved Head, and The Royal Baby

Adnan (1)I am currently half-asleep and it may show in the next couple of paragraphs. Working during Ramadan isn’t as easy as I thought it would be with the new working hours. Why? Because sleeping patterns get messed up during Ramadan. I sleep around 3 AM every day and wake up at 11 and you’re probably saying,”8 hours is more than enough,” but no it isn’t trust me. When you’re trying to sleep after 83 attempts, it really leaves an effect mentally and physically. Anyways, the show must go on.

Good afternoon my lovely chiplets. How’s Ramadan treating you so far? No work? All sleep and eat? Me too! Going to the office is like dragging yourself with a truck tied to your waist and when in the office, it’s like someone squeezing your head until it bleeds. A little dramatic I know, but it’s true. I blame the girl talk that goes on during the office and with the arrival of new interns, I’d probably be taking ‘breaks’ outside the office in the hallway.

To make things even worse, it has been extremely hot that I was forced to shave my head. The hairs on my head were melting, my whole head was boiling, and after realizing that, I went straight to the barber and shaved my head and I must say, I feel like a free bird who has escaped its cage and surprisingly, the comments from the divas weren’t harassing at all.

New intern Neo started working at the office and lucky me, she’s not a girly girl type at all. A little bit of Kanye, food, and random stories is what she’s all about. She’s by far one of the best TV show reviewers I know and I am currently hooked on three shows thanks to Neo. Good interning, so far.

I’m so happy Critic is back! She’s been on a ‘leave of absence’ for quite a while now but she back which means sarcasm diffuses all over the office and mean, tough critic with our work (no pun intended). Hopefully X-Grande Latte is back soon with more of Sophie’s adventures and her road rage stories.

Half of Ramadan has already passed which means that we’ve already started on the next issue which will as usual not only outshine the previous ones but make it the perfect accessory or gift for any occasion. Khaleejesque is a group of the people, by the people, and for the people so all the issues are directed towards you. Yes, you with your MacBook on your lap and smartphone right next to you.

It’s been exactly 416 days since I’ve started working at Khaleejesque which means 416 days of fighting through this feminine barrier (I’ve succeeded with that, no?), finding something I’m really good at (I’ve never written in my life beforehand), and starting to drink coffee everyday (burned coffee, really) but with all that, I cannot complain. If I did complain, I’d probably be working longer hours and having to sign in with a card or my thumb print and I really don’t feel like doing that every day.

This is the end of this week’s episode and what better way to sign off than to congratulate Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge Catherine Middleton on the birth of Prince Edward. Oh, is it Arthur? Smith? John? Ollie? Cole? Jacob? Leighton? Oliver? Henry? Milo? Whatever you end up naming the kid, I’m sure that His Royal Highness the Price of Cambridge will end up just like his daddy because we really hope he doesn’t end up like Uncle Harry.

Cheerio chiplets and enjoy the weekend!

Adnan Al-Timimi is the only male editor in the female dominated Khaleejesque workspace. Follow Adnan’s column to know more about his unique experience in this unusual territory.




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