By Suresh Pattali
Once upon a time, I called myself Chaotic Soul. And my first virtual home was aptly named so to define my persona truthfully. The only constant in my life was chaos. Life was meaningless without a minimum amount of mess, whether my own or borrowed. In most cases, I did not create them. Chaos came to me, like a moth to a flame. I lived in my virtual cocoon that had a signboard forewarning prospective visitors, “Come in carefully. Do not trip over carcasses of chaos.” Continue reading When a friend I haven’t met calls
By Maán Jalal
I started wearing glasses when I was thirteen. I remember trying not to laugh in the face of the optometrist when he was shining a light right into my eye. Continue reading Reading glasses are now cool but it would really help if…
By Kelly Clarke
The biggest mistake students and young people are making is maxing out their credit card.”
It’s a line that jumped out to me from an Independent article recently. Among those so called ‘young people’ is a friend of mine; or more aptly, friends of mine.
Continue reading When keeping up appearances drives you into a debt trap
By Sushmita Bose
In a recent New York Times’ column titled ‘Where is all the color in the September issues?’, journalist Matthew Schneier writes, “In a survey of the last 10 years of September issues of 10 of the top international fashion magazines, people of colour appeared on… covers 26 per cent of the time”. But this year, he notes, the upcoming September issues have 50 per cent of covers devoted to “women of colour” (the reference to the month is about how, historically and traditionally, September is one of the most significant watersheds in the annual fashion calendar). Continue reading Can putting ‘women of colour’ on fashion mags tackle racism?
By Sorell Grow
At first glance, the small boutique looks like many others that line Newbury Street in Boston: Sleek glass shelves and chrome racks are filled with luxury purses, coats, and other accessories arranged by color, designer, or occasion. Despite appearances, all these items in Luxury Garage Sale’s pop-up store share a unique trait – each one has been previously owned. Continue reading Millennials are now driving a boom in re-sale clothing
By Bikram Vohra
So we decided with the heat and all that, to call in the fumigation people, especially after we surmised an ant had bitten my grand-daughter, and naturally this set off red flags. Everyone blamed everyone else and put gallons of calamine lotion on the baby. Continue reading What do you do when pest control is useless?
By Keith Pereña
One of the hallmarks of my childhood was visiting the local fast-food outlet after church. Every Sunday, my parents would take me to either McDonald’s or Jolibee for a kid’s meal. Before our order arrived, I spent my time exploring the neon tunnels of these playgrounds. Continue reading Why trampolining isn’t just for kids: this adult loved it too