By Sarwat Nasir
If there was only one physical feature of myself that I would have to choose as my crowning glory, it would be my hair.
Don’t brush me off as another self-centred, selfie-obsessed 20-something-year-old brat. I have good reason to believe why most south Asians — Pakistanis, Indians, Bangladeshis — really do have naturally thick, glossy hair. With the right amount of flat ironing, hair serum and styling, we are usually able to achieve perfection.
Continue reading We south Asians should be proud of our in-demand hair
By Sushmita Bose
As an Indian, I cringe a little when the subject of “arranged marriages” crop up among my non-desi friends. “So the man and woman are not allowed to choose their life partners? A life partner needs to be deemed “suitable” by others first?” is one question posed, even as I desperately (and not very successfully) try to reinforce the notion that a lot of Indians actually don’t have to stomp down the arranged marriage route, and are free to make their own life choices.
Continue reading Hunting for someone to marry just doesn’t ‘ad’ up
By Ryan Lim
Meeting the Pope in person was an experience I thought would be impossible to achieve. Until now, I still could not believe that four years ago I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity not just to see but also kiss the hand of Pope Francis, the Supreme Pontiff and head of the Catholic Church.
Continue reading What it was like kissing the hand of the Pope
By Sherouk Zakaria
On New Year’s Day, my grandmother, who flew in to spend the holidays with us, gave me a warm hug and said, “Happy New Year, darling. I hope to see you in your own house next year.” She didn’t mean getting my own place when I fly abroad to get my master’s degree or when I get a job with a pay decent enough to allow me to buy a house. She was referring to the house I would move into as a result of marriage.
Continue reading Ask women about work, not when they’re getting married
By Asma Ali Zain
I came across an image a few weeks ago of a group of veiled women walking in one direction and one of them, apparently breaking the ranks, walking in the opposite direction with a magazine in her hand.
Continue reading One image is all you need to get caught in a deluge of hate
By Keith Pereña
On January 30, 1969, Londoners enjoying their lunch breaks received the surprise of their lives when music blared from one of the rooftops in the area. The sound emanated from the rooftop of #3 Savile Row, and that sound was none other than the Beatles.
Continue reading Don’t Let Me Down, four fiddlers sang for the world
By James Jose
There are plenty of inspiring stories of legendary marathoners that Kenya and Ethiopia produce.
Continue reading The fastest woman marathoner ran in Dubai this morning