By Vicky Kapur
A scoreline of 212/6 vs 336/5 doesn’t even begin to do justice to the hype created for an India-Pakistan encounter on the cricketing field. And this was during the ICC Cricket World Cup, the quadrennial contest for cricket’s most celebrated title. What a washout! It was pegged as the clash of the Cup and even rain gods relented (save for the fact that Pakistan’s innings was truncated by 10 overs and the target was revised down by 35-odd runs). But even ardent admirers of Pakistan cricket will concede that the 11 Men in Green on the ground were no real match for the Clinical 11 from India.
Continue reading How India Vs Pak pushed cricket on the back foot
By Suresh Pattali
“Mother serious start immediately”
Succinct, sharp, explicit and poignant. No room for a comma or a full point as punctuation was payable at the same rate as a word. The language of emotions has no grammar anyways. This fabled line sent via the now-defunct Indian telegram service was probably the most misused message sent across any platform once upon a time when the phenomenon called the Internet never existed.
Continue reading Who ‘killed’ my mother — cousin or colleagues?
By Purva Grover
Men, as I was made to believe, can live contentedly, with just a few pair of trousers, two shirts (white and blue), and a single pair of shoes. Of course, new-age men may boast drawers full of many pair of socks as well to match up with the well-paired trousers-shirts combo. The man I married is not new-age; we’re both ageing and I’d like to think with grace. Of course, I expected his wardrobe to be skeletal as well. I was right, but only partly.
Continue reading Can you ever have enough World Cup jerseys? No.
By Sukayna Kazmi
“How did that happen?” That is the first question I’m asked when people find out that I’m half-Indian, half-Pakistani (well, my father is from India, and mother from Pakistan). For some, it’s hard to digest that love can blossom between people from rival countries. Even though India and Pakistan have a history of political conflicts, the two communities mingle quite happily in the UAE.
Continue reading Indo-Pak match: What it means for one from both sides
By Rohma Sadaqat
When life throws a curveball at me, I like to go to the kitchen and bake my woes away. Everybody has the right to be miserable once in a while, and I like to be miserable with a large cup of coffee and an even larger slice of gooey chocolate cake.
Continue reading Blue cake and red carrot jam: The story of a humble baker
By Sami Ha Zen
He walked across the road
Passed me swiftly
I looked back
A cocked hat he wore
Black as midnight was it
A black coat and a black pant
He walked again beside me
I shivered as I saw him
Did he ever pass by u?
A strange figure?
Continue reading Sounding off with a djinn named Leonard Cohen
By Sandhya D’Mello
Better late than never. By now every newspaper and website, blog and social media channel have googled enough information about the sad demise of actor Girish Karnad, who was 81, due to a lingering illness.
Continue reading Karnad, you are just a thought — or click — away