By Kelly Clarke
Imagine the scenario. You’re alone in a foreign country. It’s the middle of the night and you’re stranded on an island in a fog-dense forest. There’s not a soul in sight. Now what would you do? My answer: fingers in ears, eyes squeezed shut, rock back and forth in fear, wait desperately for morning to break. But for Nada Al Nahdi, it wasn’t a case of imagine; it was real-life. Continue reading This woman’s 24 and has visited 25 countries in 2 years. Jealous?
By Harveena Herr
Some weeks ago, there was a message on a members-only group on Facebook called MLS — Meadows, Lakes, Springs — the names of three adjoining communities in Dubai. While the tone was self-congratulatory, it was also a salute to the founder of the group, Fiona Ellevsen. Continue reading Online communities: welcome to the new neighbourhood
By Nivriti Butalia
Jennifer Lopez doesn’t drink coffee. Caffeine, she says, wrecks the skin as you age. She stays away from other drinks too. Hmm.
Dan Da Vinci Code Brown drinks coffee — with butter and coconut oil and calls it bulletproof coffee for how it sharpens your mind. He told The New York Times the added butter and coconut oil changes “the way your brain processes the caffeine.” Continue reading When celebrities eat nothing, some of us get hunger pangs
By Sujata Assomull
Twice a year, the fashion pack live out of a suitcase for a month — as they travel from New York to London, to Milan, to Paris, to watch the “shows”. It is a fashion tour that sets the trends for the next season, and the Spring/Summer 2018 edition ended earlier this week. We take a look at the top shows of the fashion weeks so you get the low-down in a five minute read. Continue reading Old is gold and the new is bold: A roundup of the fashion weeks
By Suresh Pattali
Once upon a time, I was Prakasan. You too. We all were. That was not hundreds of years ago. Just a couple of decades back when we lived in hamlets. Rustic and serene. We dived into flowing rivers and placid lakes. A big splash of freshness energised our souls. We bit into the Alphonso mangoes mama plucked from our own backyard. We deep-fried the giant danio dad fished from our own paddy fields. No one visited vegetable shops. We never had one. We ate the eggs that mama’s “Juliets” laid in the laundry basket. Their “Romeos” that dustbathed in the garden lay down their lives to satiate our guests. Life was a drop of nectar. As sweet as the juice that the palmyra trees brewed overnight. Continue reading Find the subtle message in this film about a bygone golden age
By Purva Grover
Each time anyone heads to Leh, Ladakh, it makes almost everyone who is not on their way to the destination envious, and for obvious reasons. A couple of weeks ago, a bunch of UAE-based photographers, did that to us, yet again! With their Ladakh gear in tow, they headed to explore the unknown. “On our road trip, we gave the crowded tourist spots a miss and visited the unheard of places,” shared Subodh Shetty, a full-time travel photographer and photography tutor, who led the trip. Excerpts from a conversation with the photographers, who are now back in the city, but can’t stop talking about their trip of a lifetime. Continue reading About Leh, landslides, cameras and action
By Sushmita Bose
Everyone hates a megalomaniac. Or a narcissist. The sort who keeps going on and on about himself/herself. I, me, myself. Everything is about me. Nothing else matters. Every selfie has to be picture perfect, because, hey, I’m so perfect. Or everything I think about has to be tweeted out even if it’s impossibly stupid. There’s a thin line separating megalomania/narcissism and self-love. Megalomania is more about power, and narcissism beauty (which is clearly not skin deep in their case but a joy forever), but somehow they all get entangled into a big, confused heap. Mostly. Continue reading Going solo is one thing but have you heard about sologamy?