Six last-minute Ramadan preparation hacks

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Updated 15 May 2018

Six last-minute Ramadan preparation hacks

DUBAI: With last-minute preparations for Ramadan in full swing across the Muslim world, try these tips to get your home ready for the holy month.

Clean out your cupboards

Check if you need to buy anything new, donate items to the needy and get rid of any expired goods you may have lurking in your kitchen.
Make a list
Make a list of the items you will frequently need during the month — including milk and eggs — and a separate list for items with a long life span, such as dates, nuts and coffee.
Plan your meals
Write up a list of the items that you dish up on a daily basis — spring rolls, kibbeh or pakoras, for example — and prepare a large amount of them in advance. Simply store them in separate bags in the freezer and fry them up as needed.
Freshen up the living area


Check your living room, dining table, side tables and sofas for any scuff marks and general wear and tear that can be fixed in a jiffy.
Get washing
Wash and mend your kaftans, abayas and kanduras to make sure you are ready to attend the onslaught of iftar and suhoor gatherings.
Donate your pre-loved clothes


Clean out your closets and donate any clothes that are in good condition to your local charity center.


Film review: ‘Parkour(s)’ takes obstacle course through class conflict

The sport of parkour forms the backdrop of this Algerian film. Supplied
Updated 08 December 2019

Film review: ‘Parkour(s)’ takes obstacle course through class conflict

  • Fatma Zohra Zamoum’s “Parkour(s)” is set in a small city in Algeria
  • It screened at the recent Cairo International Film Festival

CHENNAI: The fast-paced sport of parkour — or negotiating obstacles in an urban environment by running, jumping and climbing — forms the backdrop of this Algerian film.

Fatma Zohra Zamoum’s “Parkour(s)” is set in a small city in Algeria, and it seems that the director has used the title to convey the kind of histrionics her characters indulge in. Take, for instance, Youcef (Nazim Halladja) — a sportsman playing parkour — literally cartwheeling through the urban landscape. His reckless antics also include threatening people with a gun and pleading with would-be bride Kamila (Adila Bendimered) to ditch her future husband, Khaled, (Mohamed Bounoughaz). 

The movie, which screened at the recent Cairo International Film Festival, unfolds during a day and takes us to the wedding and the assorted group of men and women gathered there. As we see these people making their way toward the occasion, we get to see that they are all motivated by different pulls and pressures.

The film unfolds during a day and takes us to a wedding and the assorted group of men and women gathered there. Supplied

Youcef is there to try to persuade Kamila from walking up the aisle. The kitchen help is set to make an extra buck. However, other characters have not been written with much conviction.

Zamoun says in a note: “The multi-character drama shows how a normal situation turns into major clashes reflecting the conflict between classes, ideas and generations in Algerian society, whose youth try to take control of their lives. But they are surrounded by those who try to handcuff them.” 

The movie is not convincing on this count. For example, how is the bride — who willingly prepares for the wedding (that was my impression, anyway) — “handcuffed?” The same can be said for other characters we encounter.

What comes across loud and clear, however, is the class difference. No clarity is lost when Khaled gives money to Youcef to buy a “decent” suit for the wedding and he is offended by Khaled’s arrogance. Youcef makes no bones about this to his friend — and perhaps he is taking his revenge when he tries to sow discord among his fellow characters. Also worthy of note is the performance by the young daughter of the kitchen help, Nedjma (Lali Mansour), who gives one of the most moving and natural sequences in “Parkour(s).”

The cinematography is nothing to rave about and Youcef’s parkour antics are rather intrusive and add little to the narrative.