Category Archives: Famous Personalities

Bangladesh’s Sheikh Hasina knows the art of compassion

By Allan Jacob

We should have featured Sheikh Hasina on these pages earlier, before despots, tyrants, shamed gurus, and other wannabe nobodies who became somebodies. But it’s always nice to look at issues and personalities in hindsight, as is my wont. Let me also confess here that my original idea for this week’s column revolved around a South Indian actor and his opportunistic pitch at political stardom, but I shifted gears when I realised the Bangladeshi Prime Minister was the new star of the East. Expressions has no better hero than her this week — for her compassion and empathy in opening the border to save thousands of fleeing Rohingya. Continue reading Bangladesh’s Sheikh Hasina knows the art of compassion

RIP Hugh Hefner. Thank you for the entertainment

By Chelsea Barnett

As news broke today that Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy, had died aged 91, many were quick to point to the complicated legacy of both the magazine and the man behind it. Now popularly associated with his bevy of young lovers and infamous parties at the Playboy mansion, it would be easy to dismiss Hefner as merely an enduring barrier to the fight for gender equality. Yet to do so would to overlook the significant cultural impact of both Hefner and Playboy, particularly during the 1950s under the shroud of Cold War anxieties. Continue reading RIP Hugh Hefner. Thank you for the entertainment

Because people credited with creating zombies don’t just die

By Keith Pereña

So, here’s the contradiction. In the past fortnight, news came out that visionary filmmaker and director George A. Romero had died. He passed away on July 16 due to infection in his lungs at the age of 77. The thing is, George Romero never died. The lone man behind the zombie-film genre continues to live. Continue reading Because people credited with creating zombies don’t just die