Ever wondered how a skin care cream can work so effectively for some women and not others, like me and you? “At the Auction of the Ruby Slippers” described life in the West. The stories out of the “West set” tend to be the dullest, because there are no culturally diverse dilemmas (Ho). There was only one main character in the story, and his characterization is unique compared to Rushdie’s other characters in that he shows more hope than pessimism (Ahmad 1324). He seemed to be living on his own which showed a sense of maturity, but he still had a superficial, desperate, and oblivious personality. The man was very shallow because he thought the slippers would attract his lover. He was desperate to find love, and he was determined to do anything to have it. Even though the ruby slippers are shown to be a materialistic prize, the narrator thought it represented something completely different. Soothing face lotions and body creams for even the most dry, sensitive skin. Drink lots of water: Water helps to detoxify the body’s system, bathes the cells, eliminates waste products, help in digestion, purify blood and the list goes on and on. The point is to have at least 2 liters of water a day, avoid carbonated and sweetened drinks and have fresh juices and soups as additional source of fluids. A woman is defined by her jewellery. So for an Asian woman, her wedding is the best day of her life as she wears the most and the best of jewellery she possibly ever will in her life. Her jewellery represents her as well as her culture and traditions. Many countries still have the tradition in which the bride wears traditional jewellery. Besides gold, kundan is traditional jewellery which is elegantly redefined. In Mughal era, kundan jewellery was very popular in Asia and people still follow the tradition of kundan jewellery. The game of chess was symbolic in the story of “The Courter.” It represented the happiness of the family in a game that required thinking and skill. The family did not feel discriminated while playing the game. It was their form of enjoyment where they could not be bothered by trivial matters. The game is customary in both the East and the West. It shows how the two cultures combine for the same interest. Cultural hybridization was the main point of the story, and it showed how cultures learn to integrate even though it can be wearisome (Ahmad 1323). In 1997, the nation had twenty-seven provinces plus three special territories (Aceh, Yogyakarta, and Jakarta) with different forms of autonomy and their own governors. East Timor ceased to be a province in 1998, and several others are seeking provincial status. Governors of provinces are appointed by the Interior Ministry and responsible to it. Below the twenty-seven provinces are 243 districts ( kabupaten ) subdivided into 3,841 subdistricts ( kecamatan ), whose leaders are appointed by the government. There are also fifty-five municipalities, sixteen administrative municipalities, and thirty-five administrative cities with administrations separate from the provinces of which they are a part. At the base of government are some sixty-five thousand urban and rural villages called either kelurahan or desa (Leaders of the former are appointed by the subdistrict head; the latter are elected by the people.) Many officials appointed at all levels during the New Order were military (or former military) men. Provincial, district, and subdistrict governments oversee a variety of services; the functional offices of the government bureaucracy (such as agriculture, forestry, or public works), however, extend to the district level as well and answer directly to their ministries in Jakarta, which complicates local policy making.