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.
Continue reading Why I lined up at a shoe store in a mall at 7.30am
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.
Continue reading How a Miss Universe win affected the Philippines
By Suresh Pattali
Vijay Mallya, the bejewelled Indian tycoon awaiting extradition from the UK, and my former self have something in common. No, I’m not on the run from the law unlike the flamboyant businessman who after defaulting on loan payments allegedly owes banks in India more than $1 billion.
Continue reading A Dubai brat’s remark wasn’t the reason I quit smoking
By Kelly Clarke
A colleague probed this week, pointing to a picture pinned at my desk: “Why would you leave that to come and live here?”
Continue reading Homesickness is creeping up on me after years in the desert
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.
Continue reading They look happy, but be wary of celebrity #weddinggoals
By Keith Pereña
Chai! Chai! Chai! Our tour guide asked us to shout thrice for something we wanted and it would magically arrive. It only works for chai though, not money, not fame.
Continue reading The fun I had shouting for chai from a rooftop in Delhi
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).
Continue reading How this week’s news got me hooked to politics back home