By Kelly Clarke
Heading to the beach as a kid was always a treat for me. Living in East London, the wide-open water and long stretches of sand along the coast made for the perfect playground. It was a far cry from the sliver of pavement intercepted by a busy road, which sat out front of our inner city house. Continue reading Just so you know, there is a hygiene crisis at the beach in Dubai
By Nivriti Butalia
I feel like a child. I am on my way to meet the Emirati team that won first place in what is effectively the world cup of koi beauty, a koi beauty contest. And before meeting the team that won this 49th All Japan Koi Show in Tokyo — making UAE the first Middle Eastern country to win that spot — I can think only of inane, childish things. Terrible bilingual puns consume me. I crack them only later, and not to the prize-winning team. Continue reading Hanging by a koi pond in the house of Kohaku enthusiasts
By Keith Pereña
In the process of writing this story, I had to do a quick Google search to find the origin of the cliché “you should never meet your heroes”. Partly because I wanted to know who in fact said it and also because I wanted to know if it was really the case — as if meeting my own heroes wasn’t proof enough that it was otherwise. Continue reading Alodia Gosiengfiao: I met one of my heroes and she was more than meets the eye
By Allan Jacob
You could be wrong to call me a fan of Sir Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis, the three-time Oscar winner. I remember him from Lincoln and Gangs of New York. The roles he essayed failed to make an impression on me. Continue reading Why are we so interested in Daniel Day-Lewis’s phone?
By Lujein Farhat
When you enter a room with several people, your eye is irresistibly drawn to one person, the funny one. You know who I’m talking about. They’re easy to spot. The one who half the group is gathered around. The one who is the focal point of all foot pointings and shoulder anglings, like a starfish pulsating with mirth. Continue reading Funny how I love Arab humour, especially in my mother tongue
By Kelly Clarke
My friend has been on the lookout for a job recently. She’s 36 and wants a change. During a meeting with an employment agency in London, she was told her ‘status’ as a single professional with no kids was beneficial to her application. Continue reading Don’t worry.
36 and no kids is the new norm
By Harveena Herr
The sharp suit is a nod to power. Being grilled by Congress is a different sandpit clearly — the rules of play change, and over the last week, Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has acknowledged that in his dressing, demeanour and indeed, drama. Continue reading How Mark Zuckerberg showed us that image is everything