By Bikram Vohra
Life improvement pundits have been at it for years: Asking us to change. But no one has ever managed to get us to rework our lives and habits so swiftly and dramatically as this Covid-19. Here we are in 2020 talking about the need to wash our hands… with special emphasis on the ‘how’ to effectively complete this bit of basic hygiene.
Continue reading A little bit of soap, sanitiser and some ease
By Rohma Sadaqat
Cricket is an essential part of almost every Pakistani household. You may run into one or two odd ones from this part of the world who might say that they have absolutely no interest in the game. Nevertheless, cricket is a sport that has been known to bring productivity in offices to a complete standstill. It is also known to bring absolute chaos and pandemonium to a household — as I found out while watching the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches on television.
Continue reading Cricket is drawing battle lines in my household
By Anamika Chatterjee
Would you leave your partner if he were to slap you just once? Not out of a warped sense of humour, but a strong sense of entitlement. As I first saw the trailer of Anubhav Sinha’s Thappad, I turned to a friend to probe into her thoughts on the same. She felt that while the act itself would tear her apart, she would certainly dig deep to understand what led her partner to raise his hand in the first place. Made sense; after all, love cannot be a casualty of a slap, I told her. Sinha’s film is a gentle nudge to that notion.
Continue reading Why Thappad is the wake-up call you need
By Bikram Vohra
Ordinary people can do extraordinary things. This sentiment has always been paramount in my mind because it is not extraordinary people who hit the top floor running, it is just normal folks who seek to strive and not to yield.
Continue reading On being someone: Kilroy was here
By Sandhya D’Mello
Is anyone’s dressing style proof of how organised his/her closet could be? I guess not. Clearing closet clutter seems a daunting task for many. I too try to escape this ‘dreaded’ ritual, but some people happen to do it on a regular basis. For me, it depends on how much filth and dust I can endure.
Continue reading Why you should clear your closet clutter
By Bikram Vohra
Somebody bought a regal-looking African grey parrot that for a long time stood sentinel at the escalator of a Jumeirah mall. Whenever we went shopping or to a movie, we would stop to say hello. He or she has gone now, leaving a visual void. Sad. But sadder still, that’s because of the market for these beautiful birds and their captivity that they’re now in the running for a place in the endangered species stakes. Lowest estimates put them at only 600,000 odd left.
Continue reading When hunting is a blood sport
By Enid Parker
A wronged knight brandishes his sword and jumps from a castle’s battlements, engages in a thrilling duel to protect his lady love, sweeps her up on his horse and as he rides away into a land far, far away, he vows to return and take control of his castle someday.
Continue reading Knudsen’s gone, but it won’t block the Lego legacy he left behind