Category Archives: Opinion

Why you shouldn’t make long-term resolutions

By Sami ha Zen

It was 2012 New Year’s Eve. My identity crisis was at its peak. I wanted to go beyond being someone’s daughter or sibling. I made a huge announcement — start from scratch. And did I? Yes, before the end of January, I cancelled my UAE visa and by March, I’d set foot in a strange country to start my dream life. My parents were shocked. No one, not even extended relatives, had ever thought of moving beyond the UAE. This was the land that we had our familial ties with since the ’50s and no one dared to break the cord. I felt empowered with my newfound independence.

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Once upon a cottage in Serbia…

By Enid Parker

As I sat on a wooden bench sipping black coffee and watching the sun rise in all its glory on a chilly October morning, I experienced a strange kind of calm. I had no thoughts of what I must do next, and no recollections or regrets from the past. In that moment, all that existed was the moment itself – one of pure beauty and joy, the kind that only nature can provide. I also felt at home. Which was strange, considering we were hundreds of miles away from our home, Dubai. Continue reading Once upon a cottage in Serbia…

To cry or to laugh is the dilemma

By Suresh Pattali

If your wife doesn’t cook for you at home, cook for yourself. You are not in a restaurant, you are in a relationship.” This is one of the menacing quotes I typically receive on WhatsApp. It comes almost every day, as if my wife has complained to a battalion of her female friends, and mine, about her husband’s familial mannerisms and they ganged up to teach me a lesson on her behalf. I didn’t give a damn until my own beloved daughter jumped on the bandwagon. Continue reading To cry or to laugh is the dilemma