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My most memorable story was a Friday magazine dated September 5, 1997: Friday’s pictorial tribute to Diana, published after her sudden demise. The article, ‘Life Breaks Its Promise’, covered her life in colourful pictures. I’m sure no other magazine did such a fantastic job. As we flipped the pages it took us to those stages, well portrayed right from her birth [until her death]. An awesome compilation including the Princess of Wales’ visit to the UAE. Now 20 solid years have passed by, still I cherish that Friday as one of my treasures!

– Clare

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How do I choose one feature? For me Friday magazine itself is memorable in its entirety. When Friday was first launched I myself wrote a fortnightly feature on skin education, a good two-page or one-page article. I wrote for a few years and then moved to the tabloid! section. I devour all pages of the Friday magazine each week. What moves me the most are inspirational stories and features on giving back to society. Charity, stories of qualified children who go back to their roots to uplift society. People who bring sunshine into elderly lives, persons who live and make the best of life in spite of their disabilities and achievers who have flown solo, fought for their beliefs and trodden the rightful path in life. Kudos to Friday and their zealous team who bring this ray of sunshine into our lives each weekend.

– Minal Patwardhan Andrade

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Friday’s only fun part is reading the Friday magazine and the best thing I have read yet are the stories of acid victims. Reading those stories, how the victims’ lives were changed and how they overcame it, I got goosebumps. We have no idea how lucky we are, sitting in the safest place under the shadow of the most trustworthy people on this earth. Looking back at those who are dead yet alive – I applaud them! Acid is the worst gift anyone can get. Seeing their boldness and courage to face their life bitterness, I feel am the most cowardly girl on earth. Hats off to those survivors out there.

– Ayesha Meer Navaz

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Success is a huge word, there are a lot of definitions of it and a different meaning for each person. Everyone wants it but only a few are truly capable of achieving it and for a woman, sometimes it becomes even more difficult. I often read biographies of successful women to motivate and encourage myself and I remember once in the issue of Friday magazine, I read about Laila Ali, assistant director general of General Civil Aviation Authority, and I still cannot forget about it, her story of how her life went, her struggle and her passion to prove herself to the world. When we see the lives of successful people, we see the hard times they face, their difficulties and such is the story of Laila. She has already received many awards for her work and has played a key role in transforming the organization she works for. Being recognised as one of the 70 most inspiring women of the world by International Aviation Womens Association is a huge achievement and with that she never left her family alone, her three kids have always been her priority.

Women like Laila continue to break barriers every day, inspiring thousands of other women around who think it’s not possible to balance work and family life together. They tell us that no matter what, we need to continue chasing our dreams and that there is no stop until we think there is.

– Sadia Mohsin

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How To Hygge (January 27, 2017) was one of the many features I enjoyed reading about in Friday. It just made me realise how essential it was to take out some me-time for myself and how easy that could be! It also made me realise how we often overlook life’s simple pleasures that are around us while we are running the rat-race. A very inspiring and enlightening read, trying my best to inculcate it as a life mantra, I’ve even saved a copy of it.

My second favourite has to be the feature on Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan!

– Alifiya Sehrawala

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That was my most memorable one with me on the cover on the extreme left (September 12, 2014). Totally precious and thanks to Friday magazine, it will be overwhelming for a lifetime.

– Deepa Mathew Sachith

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I love the fashion, the amazing advice the magazine is filled with, the recipes and the inspirational stories. One particularly weekly edition I await every year is the one before Valentine’s Day. I am a romantic at heart and absolutely love the ideas, the getaways, everything that Friday suggests. Particularly loved the story about how a lady proposed to her guy on February 29 2017 – it was a beautiful story. Friday always gives out such motivational heart-touching stories that they make me teary-eyed – of how some people even though being disabled move on with their life with great spirits, or people who adopt and support orphans. My Friday is never complete without Friday in my hand. Thanks.

– Naaz Khan

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The horoscope section, most of the time! Because me and my friends love to read what the week will bring us. And of course the recipes; I always cut those out.

– Maricel DF

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