Fashion mistake? Fans criticize Ahlam’s latest appearance at The Voice

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Fans lashed out at Arab diva Ahlam Al-Shamsi on social media over her latest appearance at The Voice. (Photo courtesy of @AhlamAlShamsi)
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Fans lashed out at Arab diva Ahlam Al-Shamsi on social media over her latest appearance at The Voice. (Photo courtesy of @AhlamAlShamsi)
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Fans lashed out at Arab diva Ahlam Al-Shamsi on social media over her latest appearance at The Voice. (Photo courtesy of @AhlamAlShamsi)
Updated 16 April 2018
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Fashion mistake? Fans criticize Ahlam’s latest appearance at The Voice

CAIRO: Fans lashed out at Arab diva Ahlam Al-Shamsi on social media over her latest appearance on The Voice.
Ahlam donned a casual look on Saturday night, by wearing red heels, a woolen blazer on top of an off-white silky dress trimmed with lace, and leggings underneath.
The Emirati singer proudly wrote on Instagram that her clothes were by Italian fashion house Gucci. But some users did not think the silky dress was a good match with the jacket.
She also wore silver eye glasses for the first time. But fans thought they looked unusual, given that they were without lenses, and its frame was studded with a few shiny crystals.
“Where, exactly, are the glasses?” one user wrote to her on Instagram.
Ahlam explained that the glasses belonged to her fashion line’s latest eyewear collection.


Rickshaw pullers fade from India’s streets

Updated 27 April 2018
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Rickshaw pullers fade from India’s streets

KOLKATA: Mohammad Maqbool Ansari puffs and sweats as he pulls his rickshaw through Kolkata’s teeming streets, a veteran of a gruelling trade long outlawed in most parts of the world and slowly fading from India too.
Kolkata is one of the last places on earth where pulled rickshaws still feature in daily life, but Ansari is among a dying breed still eking a living from this back-breaking labor.
The 62-year-old has been pulling rickshaws for nearly four decades, hauling cargo and passengers by hand in drenching monsoon rains and stifling heat that envelops India’s heaving eastern metropolis.
Their numbers are declining as pulled rickshaws are relegated to history, usurped by tuk tuks, Kolkata’s signature yellow taxis and modern conveniences like Uber.
Ansari cannot imagine life for Kolkata’s thousands of rickshaw-wallahs if the job ceased to exist.
“If we don’t do it, how will we survive? We can’t read or write. We can’t do any other work. Once you start, that’s it. This is our life,” he tells AFP.
Sweating profusely on a searing hot day, his singlet soaked and face dripping, Ansari skilfully weaves his rickshaw through crowded markets and bumper-to-bumper traffic.
Wearing simple shoes and a chequered sarong, the only real giveaway of his age is his long beard, snow white and frizzy, and a face weathered from a lifetime plying this disappearing trade.
Twenty minutes later, he stops, wiping his face on a rag. The passenger offers him a glass of water — a rare blessing — and hands a note over.
“When it’s hot, for a trip that costs 50 rupees ($0.75) I’ll ask for an extra 10 rupees. Some will give, some don’t,” he said.
“But I’m happy with being a rickshaw puller. I’m able to feed myself and my family.”