Why I lined up at a shoe store in a mall at 7.30am

By Alvin R. Cabral

Michael Jordan is widely recognised as the greatest basketball player ever. His achievements — six NBA championships, five MVPs and a further list infinitely longer than those engraved on the sole of the Air Jordan X sneakers — make legends like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James look like mere mortals.

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How a Miss Universe win affected the Philippines

By Keith Pereña

On the day Miss Philippines Catriona Gray was crowned Miss Universe, I was watching a video of Filipinos react to her victory. In the clip, I noticed families, friends and colleagues coming together, all huddled around their televisions. Life stood still in the Philippines. Nobody was doing anything other than watching the pageant. When Gray took the crown, everyone had their eyes glued to the screen. When she was proclaimed the winner, the video showed a good portion of the country going bonkers.

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They look happy, but be wary of celebrity #weddinggoals

By Anamika Chatterjee

Five years ago, when my partner and I exchanged vows, I was assured it would be the most magical day of our lives. When the fantasy played out in real life, I couldn’t wait for the ‘magic’ to get over. The thought of going ‘over-the-budget’, the pressure of looking half-decent as a bride and the anxiety over more guests showing up than expected (most Delhi-ites don’t believe in RSVP-ing) exhausted me. The nail-biting moments came to an end only five days later when the celebrations were over.

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How this week’s news got me hooked to politics back home

By Sushmita Bose

For the longest time, I’d been disinterested in politics — of the political kind. As an Indian, and as a Bengali (apparently, Bengali political sensibilities are more evolved than average, and every discussion among a group of people from my home state invariably devolves into a raging ideological debate — based on who is in power), I was quite the outlier. My job as a journalist (when I was in India) obviously meant I couldn’t be ignorant; but personally and emotively, I couldn’t care less (unless I liked a particular politician — like, say, Sachin Pilot, who used to be one of my nicest contacts, and someone I want great things to happen to because he’s just so deserving).

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