By Dhanusha Gokulan
When you’re in sunny California — the land of Hollywood, hippie counterculture, fast food, and the birthplace of the Internet — there’s very little not to love. Yet, I did not possess my wanderlust spirits at nighttime. Thanks to mainstream American media, I have to admit: even smiling, friendly faces became menacing scowls to me after the sun set. Continue reading Why a nighttime stroll through LA beat the official tour
By Suresh Pattali
Hailing from a town full of churches and temples, the magnificence and architectural brilliance of places of worship have always beckoned me. I preferred to visit them outside of prayer timings — when their physical emptiness and silent ambience would fill my soul with peace and spirituality.
Continue reading It will take more than money to rebuild Notre Dame
By Sandhya D’Mello
A journo pleads you spot her name under the articles, as you unwrap the fish, eat the peanuts and put the trash away.
My experience of settling scores with one of my senior editors, who I worked with in the ’90s, goes like this. Once, I had the great privilege of eating oily ‘bhajias’ (fritters) wrapped in the very newspaper I worked for that had his byline (a name indicating the author of a story) on it. I crunched the paper (with his byline) with vengeance and dumped it into the dirtiest bin around, next to a stinking gutter, with a massive sense of elation.
Continue reading Look, my byline’s on a peanut wrapper!
By Emily Thomas
A tribute to Mr. Dahl, the real ‘BFG,’ as we get ready to stream into his make-believe world.
It must’ve been a particular magical day in Cardiff, Wales, with many whimsical musings adrift; the day that Roald Dahl was born. Over a century later, the well-loved author’s enchanting tales continue to delight readers everywhere and are reimagined across platforms. And Netflix is the latest to do so.
Continue reading Click play to Roald on
By Suresh Pattali
Call me a misogynist, a deviant, or by any other sobriquet of your choice. Doesn’t matter. I would still say I can’t stand the sight of a horsewoman. No, it isn’t a congenital disorder, but an acquired syndrome that’s commonly called ENVY.
Continue reading Hold your horses, this girl will change your perspective
By Sahim Salim
Let me confess, I have never had an athletic bent of mind. I rarely got picked for a sports team in school or college. Growing up in a Sharjah neighbourhood, as children got together for some friendly street football matches that used soft drink cans as goal posts, I was always designated as the ‘trusted’ defender.
Continue reading How I overcame my non-sporty past to becoming a ‘great player’
By Rohma Sadaqat
These past few years have proven to be a good time for anyone looking to see more of powerful female characters on the big screen. We have seen everything from royalty-turned-combat generals to superheroes, cyborg battle angels, and even a power-hungry Asgardian diety. Well, maybe not everything — still waiting on a full length Black Widow movie — but the future looks bright.
Continue reading How can we not admire these superheroines