The art and science of the resignation letter

By Bikram Vohra

‘Hello, I must be going, I cannot stay, I came to say, I must be going. I’m glad I came, but just the same, I must be going.’ Groucho Marx said this in 1930. Ninety years later, it is still fun to call it a day and walk out of the door and never look back. The art and science of departing is largely lost these days and most of us have forgotten that one of the most satisfying tasks for any working person is writing a resignation letter. There is so much essence to it, that final cut of the rope — so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye, I am glad to go, I cannot tell a lie.

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Meet the modern age’s storyteller-in-chief

By Alvin R. Cabral

Los Angeles. Rummaging through the schedule of my latest Press trip, I was more fixated on the fact that I’d have to fly for 16 straight hours again. Twice. Not that I’m that impatient but, man, being on two flights for that long in a span of four days, sandwiching a really tight two-day tour isn’t exactly a cakewalk.

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10 pieces to snap up. Price: below Dh13,000

By Sujata Assomull

As the 12th edition of Art Dubai unfolds midweek, (on Wednesday, March 21), we revisit the notion that collecting art  pieces is just for the privileged few. We disagree that it’s only for those who can afford private jet jaunts from art fair to art fair collect pieces for one of many homes… For the hoi polloi, art fairs are places to go and admire art, from a distance. Not true! Welcome to Art Dubai.

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How a women’s mag in India pulled off a coup

By Suresh Pattali

Journalist Rekha Nambiar was floored by the success of Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar’s #PadMan challenge where celebrities scrambled to post their pictures holding a sanitary napkin on social media. The PadMan challenge and the eponymous movie were aimed at de-dogmatising periods — one out of five Indian girls drops out of school because of shame and a lack of awareness regarding menstruation. Rekha told her colleagues at Grihalakshmi, a women’s magazine published from India’s tiny state of Kerala, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to replicate the phenomenon. But they needed another universal subject that they could address.

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Making faces while doing yoga was quite a treat

By Sharmistha Khobragade

The fashion magazines tell us Stella McCartney, Naomi Campbell and Jennifer Aniston all swear by face yoga. I am usually sceptical of ‘new age’ and alternative therapies. But when I heard about face yoga, I was attracted to it for two reasons. First, I love yoga as a form of exercise — having practised it for some time, I am convinced of its benefits. The second and more important reason is that, like all women, I want to look good well into my eighties. Now that I’m on the wrong side of 40, I’m tempted by the advertisements of face creams that promise younger, tighter looking skin. But I have zero faith in big pharma. In addition, the older I get, the more sensitive my skin is, and it’s more likely to break out if I apply anything new. Face yoga was intriguing because it appeared to offer me a way of caring for my skin without exposing it to the chemicals in anti-ageing creams.

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