My computer getting hung and other everyday fun stuff

By Bikram Vohra

I was teaching a class the other day and sharing with the students my favourite ‘–isms’ from back home. Like, ‘I am not remembering it.’ Because ‘it is not coming in my mind.’  Maybe because ‘sleep is coming.’ Sleep isn’t coming anywhere, darling, you are feeling sleepy. Yet we still do it. Has Karama arrived? No, it hasn’t moved an inch, we have… arrived, that is. Continue reading My computer getting hung and other everyday fun stuff

I spent a few hours on a dairy farm and here’s what I learned

By Purva Grover

We’re on the hour and have to reach our destination at 16:30 — not a second later. A 45-minute ride later from Annecy, a town in South of France, we’re in the lap of Alpine pastures. The roads from here on are narrow, winding. Of course, we’ve belted up, but it isn’t calming our nerves. Continue reading I spent a few hours on a dairy farm and here’s what I learned

Weird tales on a hot air balloon with a ‘macho nutcase’ pilot

By Kelly Clarke

A vet. That was always the excited reply I’d blurt out as a kid whenever I was asked: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” In my naïve little mind, I had dreamy visions of cuddling cute animals all day long. There was never any hesitation in my answer. Then, as my teenage years hit, I soon realised it was more a case of blood, guts and seven years of vet school to get there. So, pretty quickly, I changed my mind. Continue reading Weird tales on a hot air balloon with a ‘macho nutcase’ pilot

Bangladesh’s Sheikh Hasina knows the art of compassion

By Allan Jacob

We should have featured Sheikh Hasina on these pages earlier, before despots, tyrants, shamed gurus, and other wannabe nobodies who became somebodies. But it’s always nice to look at issues and personalities in hindsight, as is my wont. Let me also confess here that my original idea for this week’s column revolved around a South Indian actor and his opportunistic pitch at political stardom, but I shifted gears when I realised the Bangladeshi Prime Minister was the new star of the East. Expressions has no better hero than her this week — for her compassion and empathy in opening the border to save thousands of fleeing Rohingya. Continue reading Bangladesh’s Sheikh Hasina knows the art of compassion

Super deals as well as bling. Try a pop-up this weekend

By Sujata Assomull

It is the season to indulge — for me at least, there is no need to wait till Christmas. The fashion weeks are underway. The new collections are in stores. And every weekend, till the end of the year, you can look forward to a new pop-up, trunk show and flash retail experiences — call it what you will. They are a recipe for disaster as far as I’m concerned — I always spend way too much! And this weekend is ‘Design One Dubai,’ up at Emirates Towers — I will be there all Saturday morning—indulging myself, of course. Continue reading Super deals as well as bling. Try a pop-up this weekend