By Bikram Vohra
Did you know, there are only eleven unambiguous colours on the planet? No idea what that means, but I read it somewhere, and it sounds impressive. It is the sort of thing you can say in a group of people and come off sounding intellectual and profound, and nobody will have the courage to say, what the heck are you talking about, what is an ambiguous colour? Instead, they will say things like, uhmmm, really, I thought they were twelve. And someone else will say, no, no, ten because white does not count, and a third one will say, it does count, and they will get into an argument, which, I guess is also unambiguous.
Continue reading How about we add a little colour to this weekend?
By Sandhya D’Mello
My daughter’s first word was ‘battery’ — “bat-ri!” — not “ma” or “mama”. Kids have subtly managed to show some parents’ their place. In some cases, devices, to a large extent, have become proxy parents.
Continue reading Is a device babysitting your children?
By Mary Paulose
A couple of months ago, in a coastal village in Kerala, India, my maternal grandfather turned 100. We all call him Appa, and we had no doubt he would live to be a 100. His own father, my great-grandpa, had lived to be 104-years-old.
Continue reading For grandpa’s 100th birthday, his 10 kids, their kids and a village in Kerala came together
By Allan Jacob
There’s this raging debate in my head about smart machines making people lazy — of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and common sense. Many fear AI will take our jobs. Others are fascinated with the prospect of devices soon taking up arms on our behalf and making our world a safer place. We’ve traversed different millennia and seem delighted to hand over our intelligence to gadgets. Once that task is complete, they can be weaponised with all the resources at our disposal in sweet, abject surrender.
Continue reading You need to watch out for what Artificial Intelligence is up to
By Kelly Clarke
Walking through the doors of a popular tailors in Meena Bazaar earlier this week, the initial sense of calm struck me. Being one of the busiest shopping districts in Dubai, just days ahead of Eid al Fitr, I was expecting chockfull shop fronts, queues of demanding customers, and a sense of panic among overworked tailors. Instead, at one place, I got two friendly receptionists and a waiting area consisting of three empty chairs.
Continue reading Come now, who got blingy clothes tailored for Eid?
By James Jose
Another World Cup has come around, and again, like always, I live on the hope and prayer that my beloved Argentina, and its greatest son, Lionel Messi, will be the last men left standing with the glittering 18-carat gold trophy.
Continue reading Get ready, I’m bringing out my Argentina jersey once again
By Deepthi Nair
For some time now, I’ve been following a couple on Instagram that has travelled to over 30 countries. With sheer envy, I have scrolled through their feed, poring over photographs of their weekend getaways — to Istanbul, Paris, Zanzibar — and watched them chronicle their travels, hoping to pick up tips. I would feel much less envious when their posts were about places I had visited. Life was then more tolerable.
Continue reading I’m jealous of people who leave their jobs to travel for months