Why trampolining isn’t just for kids: this adult loved it too

By Keith Pereña

One of the hallmarks of my childhood was visiting the local fast-food outlet after church. Every Sunday, my parents would take me to either McDonald’s or Jolibee for a kid’s meal. Before our order arrived, I spent my time exploring the neon tunnels of these playgrounds. Continue reading Why trampolining isn’t just for kids: this adult loved it too

Why Tom Cruise is on a mission to just remain Ethan Hunt

By Anamika Chatterjee

In 1998, just as I turned 13, my parents decided it was time for me to watch my first Hollywood film — the kind that would have characters in flesh and blood in the real world instead of animated fantasies. My father, a devout follower of Sylvester Stallone, decided it would be a good idea to watch an action film together as a family. Even though my 13-year-old heart craved rom-com, action prevailed! Continue reading Why Tom Cruise is on a mission to just remain Ethan Hunt

Kindly skip the cutlery, and eat that meat pie with your hands

By Maán Jalal

Food is more than just nourishment. Food is more than just about taste. Food is also culture. How you eat something is often, or not, connected to the culture you’re from or live in. People who eat with their hands are a world away from people who have a specific set of cutlery for each part of a meal, or people who eat in wooden utensils. Continue reading Kindly skip the cutlery, and eat that meat pie with your hands

How a series of odd jobs primed Hanan for stardom — and flak

By Suresh Pattali

Dear Hanan Hamid,

In the name of 35 million Malayalis, I offer you my sincerest apologies and hang my head in shame. Hanan, while you are recuperating in hospital from the trauma of virtual mauling by a pack of ferocious social media bulldogs, I am unable to promise this wouldn’t happen to another daughter of Kerala. Because we live in a dark, dark digital age where some believe they can make or break this world if they have a smartphone with WiFi. Where an army of radicals is on the prowl looking to prey on unsuspecting people in the name of God. Where social media has blurred the line between real news and fake news. Where communism, gender equality and women empowerment are debated in tea shops but never let into hearts.

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Was an iconic Michael Jackson cover in 1971 ‘off the mark’?

By Sushmita Bose

Michael Jackson would have turned 60 this month. On 29 August. If you’ve seen WKND magazine today, there’s a story on an exhibition encapsulating the “eternal Peter Pan” phenomenon and what he stood (and sang) for… and how perhaps he wouldn’t have liked stepping into ‘senior citizen’ territory.

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What’s this Kiki song people are jumping out of cars for?

By Nivriti Butalia

Recently, someone filmed a rhinoceros walking in a park, and set it to the beat of Canadian rapper Drake’s song, In My Feelings. There was also a zebra in the footage. Both rhino and zebra are filmed through a car door. Car doors  have fast turned indispensible for anyone accepting the #InMyFeelingsChallenge.

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