By Bikram Vohra
You have heard of the phrase ‘snakes alive.’ In 2014, it got a whole new meaning. Well-known Chinese chef Peng Fan from Foshan, Guangdong province, southern China, had been preparing a special dish made from the Indochinese spitting cobra, a rare delicacy. He had cut off the head 20 minutes earlier and flung it into the trash. That is the body part which contains the venom but reptiles can survive for as long as 60 minutes even after they have been decapitated and cut into pieces.
Continue reading Life is risky enough, why eat a fish that could kill you?
By Michelle Young
I am getting bored! My son shouted one afternoon. He has just turned five. And this is not the first time he has hurled at me that newly added word to his developing vocabulary.
Continue reading When did your kid last ditch a device and step outside to play?
By Kelly Clarke
To the women who elegantly evade revealing their age by way of an over-exaggerated hair flick and the words, “a lady never tells!” I have one question: Why?
Continue reading Seriously, what is the point of women lying about their age?
By Keith Pereña
From an early age, I took comfort in both the discordant, wailing sounds of an electric guitar and the sound of an acoustic, akin to the sounds of angels. Even now, whenever an iconic riff comes up on my music player — say, AC/DC’s Back in Black — I imitate Angus Young as he held his Gibson SG and played the introduction to the song. This interest in ‘air guitaring’ culminated in one video gaming fad during the early 2000’s: Guitar Hero.
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By Nivriti Butalia
Lila’s eyes narrowed.
I wish I had counted the number of times Lila’s narrowing eyes occur in the four books that make up The Neapolitan Novels. Does Elena Ferrante, the author, like repetition? Did she forget how often she resorts to it or was the descriptor deliberate? It’s there, a lot. In My Brilliant Friend, in The Story of a New Name, in Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and in, The Story of the Lost Child, all published between 2012 and 2014.
Continue reading Why you should read everything with Ferrante’s name on it
By Rohma Sadaqat
I have never thought of myself as the type of person who would have a bucket list. That is not to say that there were never things I wanted to do in my life. It’s just that I never seriously considered writing them down and then charging full speed towards completing them. I believed it is the smallest things in life that bring you the greatest joy. Sometimes though, you get the urge to do something grander.
Continue reading How ziplining and parasailing rid me of a childhood fear
By Purva Grover
My parents never forced any kind of eating habits upon me. As a child, I was allowed to make up my mind about whether I like strawberry marmalade or peanut butter. I was encouraged to try meat and decide if I wanted to eat chicken, fish or lamb. They are vegetarians. But there was one thing that Mum and Dad always said to me: “Take as much as you wish to eat. Finish what’s on your plate.” So early on, I would wipe my plate clean and not waste a single morsel. Ditto for the glass of milk. I learnt to ask for a second helping, if need be.
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