By Bikram Vohra
Many of us want to be writers (poor and oppressed) and share our words with the world. Except that words are like insidious little landmines liable to blow up in your face. Most people write badly and that even includes some teachers of the English language. This is largely because they were taught bad habits by amateur teachers and parents and relatives when they were young, and the pastiche of tongues they created at home led to the wreckage.
Continue reading Descriptive writing is a trap and can drive the reader mad
By Nivriti Butalia
Flicking through the Dubizzle app, I saw two surprised-looking horses intertwined in a Yin-Yang pose on an Hermès beach towel that was being sold for Dh1,800. I let that soak in: 1,800 bucks for a towel. Among the things going for it: 100 per cent cotton and those big-eyed horses.
Continue reading Would you buy someone’s beach towel for Dh1,800?
By Sujata Assomull
The awards season is in full swing. The BAFTAs are done and the Oscars are up next (March 4). I never miss the broadcast as I adore the world of pomp and circumstance. You can escape for three and a half hours. The first Oscars telecast I watched was when I was nine years old. Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi won an overwhelming number of awards. That year, 1982, also marked India’s first win at the Oscars: Bhanu Athaiya for Costume Design in Gandhi shared her award with John Mollo. That moment is why the Oscars have become an annual habit for me.
Continue reading Bhanu Athaiya is the reason I watch the Oscars every year
By Kelly Clarke
For someone who doesn’t consider herself as the maternal type (just yet), my reaction to an unexpected diagnosis recently caught me off guard.
Continue reading Diagnosed with arthritis, I am now worried about kids
By Shauravi Malik & Sohini Dey
Suddenly, millets are everywhere. Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt swears by ragi chips. Gourmet chefs now add millets to their recipes — from pakode and biryani to risotto and brownies. Mothers swear by ragi (finger millet) as the best weaning food. And this week, at Gulfood 2018 in Dubai, the India section had several millet-based products on display. A long crusade by Byre Gowda, the “Millet Man of India” — and initiatives by the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) and the government of Karnataka — appears to be paying off.
Continue reading The return of millets is great, and not just for your health
By Afzal Hasan
Dear Eager Aspirant of Public Office,
Take heart. Even if you are someone who is a feral village bumpkin, with ideas about his legendary importance to the world that might be better passed off under the category of ‘Hallucinations’, we can transform you. Prepare to become a colourful city slicker, suitably equipped with all known clichés and stereotypical views, for swift political ascendancy! Continue reading Don’t underplay the power of a spin doctor in a democracy
By Suresh Pattali
Every time I heaped praise on Nepal, my matter-of-fact observations made someone’s blood boil. “You probably have a Nepali girlfriend,” that Indian friend would satiate himself by stereotyping me with a smirk on his face. Continue reading The world can learn so much from little smiling Nepal