By Sherouk Zakaria
One afternoon in September three years ago, I was in office when a picture started trending on social media. The body of a small boy wearing a red shirt and blue shorts lay face down on the shores of a beach in Turkey. He was among the refugees who drowned on their way to Europe to start a new life. Instead of bringing him to safety and a promised life on the Greek island of Kos, the waves of the Aegean Sea washed Alan Kurdi’s body ashore.
Continue reading Three years on, has the world forgotten Alan Kurdi?
By Allan Jacob
I like Elon Musk and CEOs like him who make the impossible happen. Their innovative streak and their spark for ideas is infectious. It inspires people to be entrepreneurs who set out on their own and go against the grain. They are called visionaries, who envisage the future, who are driven, while mortals watch and fawn at their achievements. They can go on and on, and their contribution to humanity becomes the stuff of legend. “Iconic, out of the world!’’ are terms and phrases thrown about with stray abandon and the legion of admirers are only growing for these Silicon Valley types and titans. Continue reading Musk must sleep like a baby for his next bout of genius
By Sherouk Zakaria
It was a hot Saturday afternoon when a handful of Americans gathered in upper Manhattan in New York to commence their march against the hate that has been wreaking havoc across the country.
They had decided to walk over 200 miles from New York’s George Washington bridge to Washington DC’s Lincoln monument over 10 days to carry the message of love. Continue reading Did America just win with love?
By Keith Pereña
Recently, my friend posed a question on Instagram: “How do you say daybreak in Filipino?” Knowing the answer, I replied, “Easy. It’s bukang liwayway.” Wrong. There’s supposed to be a dash separating the two words, my friend said. The dash in Filipino, she said, is called gitling. This was an interesting to learn. As it happens, August in the Philippines is Buwan ng Wika or the National Language Month. Continue reading How many Filipino phrases do you know, anyway?
By Asma Ali Zain
Punjabis are, by nature, loud and passionate. They celebrate the smallest of victories or debunk the biggest of happenings with equal fervour. They don’t believe in the middle ground. And during election time, they are especially charged. Continue reading Bowled over by the Punjabis, the biryani, and post-election Lahore
By Kelly Clarke
I remember the moment vividly; filled with indignation I knew I had to get my revenge, and eventually I did. It was sweet. I was 12-years-old. It was a Saturday evening; movie night in the Clarke household. Back then, it was a trip to the video store for Hollywood’s latest blockbuster; on-demand and Netflix didn’t exist. With my mum and I in charge of the popcorn, my father and brother were tasked with going to fetch the film.
Continue reading Pointless deaths of 300 crocs left me mad at people
By Suresh Pattali
Been there, done that, I know how bad it could get inside a dark hellish labyrinth a kilometre beneath the earth and four kilometres from the nearest point of sunlight. In the 19 days when the 12 boys and their football coach were trapped inside the flooded Tham Luang cave system in Thailand’s Chiang Rai province, not a day had passed without my prayers for their safety. Such was my agony that at times I metamorphosed into one among the boys who survived the ordeal on hopes, prayers, and more importantly the bond that existed between them.
Continue reading What those caves were like for the 12 brave Thai boys