By Sushmita Bose
It probably all started when I bought a watch — a ‘branded’ watch — from a store in BurJuman at the beginning of the year. It was DSF, and there were great discounts being meted out. It was a tipping point in my life because, till then, I’d hated watches. I have quite a few (mostly gifts, and the occasional, thoughtless impulse purchase), but never wear them (and I always believed those who “collect” timeless watches ought to get a life: why have round — at times, square — faces telling you time’s a ticking?). My earlier watches lie in obscure drawers, and, with the ticking of time, their batteries run out periodically, and I get them replaced, only to, again, ensconce them back in their resting places.
Continue reading The year I got floored by time and tile
By Bikram Vohra
Have you ever noticed that there are two major natural chasms in the world? One is like the Colorado canyon and those crevasses into which mountaineers occasionally fall and disappear. Then there is the other one, namely, a massive credibility gap between what we think of ourselves and what people think of us. Continue reading There is no grace in boorishness
By Eva Prabhakar
The last time I kissed my father’s forehead, the cold touch echoed the numbness within me. Even as I felt rooted to the spot, my mind rushed from one thought to the next. It’s strange, I thought, how the mind works at all when faced with death, and especially, what the mind chooses to focus on. Continue reading Think about it, what is really the measure of a human life?
By Michelle Young
My grandmother often told us stories when we were little that Santa only gifts children who have been ‘good’. In the adult world, it’s difficult to keep it that narrow. Why be so restrictive? And you can’t really tell how good someone else, who you might want to gift, has been. Continue reading Give a gift to someone you care about
By Stepan Kravchenko, Nour Al Ali and Ilya Khrennikov
Even half-naked on Tinder, where he just popped up, Pavel Durov loves to play hard to get. Continue reading Telegram is a $5 billion app. You can get it, but you can’t buy it
By John D. Rich, Jr
Not long ago, my heart was touched by the memory of my son, Jesse, trying to raise money for the local SPCA. He has always expressed a particular care about the welfare of animals, and even announced his interest in being a vegetarian. Continue reading The buck stops here. Parenting ‘good’ kids starts with us
By Mary Paulose
There are certain themes that keep popping up with unfailing regularity in the media and online. One is the almost ubiquitous syndrome of millennial bashing, calling them lazy, selfish, entitled narcissists who want everything handed to them on a platter. Continue reading There are no consolation prizes for the millennial generation