Category Archives: Humour

Life is risky enough, why eat a fish that could kill you?

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.

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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

How to behave when someone says nasty things to your face

By Bikram Vohra

Most of us spend a great deal of time talking out of line and saying things we shouldn’t. The irony is, we don’t excel in the way we say it and come across as merely common. Not for us the lofty wings of grand speech, a thought unique, a moment rare, expressed with such profundity, that it will last for eternity and a day.

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The art and science of the resignation letter

By Bikram Vohra

‘Hello, I must be going, I cannot stay, I came to say, I must be going. I’m glad I came, but just the same, I must be going.’ Groucho Marx said this in 1930. Ninety years later, it is still fun to call it a day and walk out of the door and never look back. The art and science of departing is largely lost these days and most of us have forgotten that one of the most satisfying tasks for any working person is writing a resignation letter. There is so much essence to it, that final cut of the rope — so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye, I am glad to go, I cannot tell a lie.

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