Category Archives: Entertainment

Funny how I love Arab humour, especially in my mother tongue

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

When a song by Sonu Nigam threw me off track

By Sushmita Bose

Music has the power to elevate — even the most humdrum, boring person. I remember a certain loudmouth, a (seemingly) obnoxious man, pulling out his guitar, strumming its wondrous chords and singing Grateful Dead’s Ripple like a boss on a terrace in Delhi’s Chittaranjan Park one blustery winter evening; I was transfixed… and it changed my opinion of him forever — never again did I consider him “insufferable”. Continue reading When a song by Sonu Nigam threw me off track

Meet the modern age’s storyteller-in-chief

By Alvin R. Cabral

Los Angeles. Rummaging through the schedule of my latest Press trip, I was more fixated on the fact that I’d have to fly for 16 straight hours again. Twice. Not that I’m that impatient but, man, being on two flights for that long in a span of four days, sandwiching a really tight two-day tour isn’t exactly a cakewalk.

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The things you learn about the royal family by watching telly

By Nivriti Butalia

I didn’t know the word cortège till I saw the telecast of Lady Diana’s funeral on September 6, 1997. The commentary on BBC kept referring to the cortège (led by six horses and 10 men) — the casket that bore the white envelope with ‘Mummy’ written on it, and that lay on a wreath of white roses. Continue reading The things you learn about the royal family by watching telly

A musician ended his life. Not the first K-Pop star to do so

By Farhana Chowdhury

Jonghyun Kim, the lead vocalist of K-Pop boy band SHINee, recently committed suicide at the young age of 27, shocking fans around the world, including me. According to Korean media, the star had left a number of cryptic messages prior to his death that hinted at his long-term struggle with depression, loneliness and fear of lacking talent. Continue reading A musician ended his life. Not the first K-Pop star to do so

A royal treatment in the telling of the tale of two queens

By Anamika Chatterjee

Seated on her bed, her back towards Philip, Elizabeth II — in her very first scene in The Crown’s second season — asks her husband if he wants to be ‘in, not out’. It’s not much of a choice really, when being ‘in’ means giving their marriage a chance and ‘not out’ means keeping up with the pretence of a fairytale. Continue reading A royal treatment in the telling of the tale of two queens