What Manila’s antique stores and bookshops can tell us

By Keith Pereña

Dusty. It was what I remember most as I shuffled through row upon row of vinyl records from the ’60s at a store appropriately called ‘Vinyl Dump’. While I don’t own a record player, scrounging through vinyl records and diving inside antique dust pits has been a habit that I picked up as a university student back in the Philippines. That is why when I came home during Christmas last year, visiting the Cubao Expo was part of the itinerary. Continue reading What Manila’s antique stores and bookshops can tell us

The best thing about the Dubai Frame might just freak you out

By Nivriti Butalia

At 4.45pm on a Wednesday, there must have been at least 50 people ahead of me in the queue at Gate Number 4, Zabeel Park. Everyone was waiting to get in and check out the just-opened Dubai Frame. Fifty people and at least two cats. One was distinct. It had brown and black splotches on its coat. Two hours later, when I exited the compound, also from Gate 4, the same cat was hanging around. I recognised the distinct splotches. Continue reading The best thing about the Dubai Frame might just freak you out

Hold all calls while I speak with my cat

By Sushmita Bose

I remember watching The Cat People on VCR many, many moons ago. Had nothing to do with kitties. The film starred Malcolm McDowell and Nastassja Kinski as a brother-and-sister set who turned into predatory black leopards when lulled into a certain state (about which I cannot write on these pages). Yes, I know leopards are known as big cats, but they are not cat cats — those self-contained creatures with nine lives who can be found skulking around dimly-lit parking areas. Continue reading Hold all calls while I speak with my cat

Do you think you know what Leonardo knew?

By Anamika Chatterjee

What could Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs have in common? Both combined their penchant for the arts as well as science to create works that excelled in the realm of both — an aspect that fascinates former Time and CNN journalist and author Walter Isaacson, who, after penning a hugely successful biography of the Apple founder (preceded by impressive efforts at revisiting the lives and legacies of Henry Kissinger and Benjamin Franklin), recently came out with a memoir, Leonardo da Vinci, on the life and times of the Renaissance artist. Continue reading Do you think you know what Leonardo knew?