By Sandhya D’Mello
A journo pleads you spot her name under the articles, as you unwrap the fish, eat the peanuts and put the trash away.
My experience of settling scores with one of my senior editors, who I worked with in the ’90s, goes like this. Once, I had the great privilege of eating oily ‘bhajias’ (fritters) wrapped in the very newspaper I worked for that had his byline (a name indicating the author of a story) on it. I crunched the paper (with his byline) with vengeance and dumped it into the dirtiest bin around, next to a stinking gutter, with a massive sense of elation.
Continue reading Look, my byline’s on a peanut wrapper!
By Sandhya D’Mello
One of the benefits of being a journalist is having direct access to seminars and conferences where you get to meet the real top brass of any industry.
Continue reading A full-frontal behind-the-scenes look at seminars… is anyone listening?
By Purva Grover
I have a super special girl in my life. She is 10 and possesses unicorn-like powers, or so I am made to believe. Just like all other aunts out there, I love my niece a lot. And just like all other 10-year-olds, she loves the Merrell Twins more than her aunt, or so she’d want me to believe. BTW, their names are Veronica Jo and Vanessa Merrell, and they are extremely popular with youngsters on YouTube. My niece likes to go by the name Frida (her current obsession is Frida Kahlo).
Continue reading How an eight-year-old taught me all about shattering stereotypes
By Kelly Clarke
About 29 million people started and ended their journey at Ireland’s Dublin Airport in 2018. It became the travel hub of choice for many excited holidayers. But back in 2014, it was merely a roof over his head for Irishman Derek McGuire.
Continue reading Opening the eyes of those who don’t understand ‘home’ truths
By Ambica Sachin
From two little girls who survived the wilderness to the crowning of reality star Kylie Jenner as the ‘World’s Youngest Self-Made Billionaire’ by Forbes, the rise of the youngest-ever woman elected to the US Congress and, of course, the fall of Victoria’s Secret, we have much to cheer as the world celebrates International Women’s Day today.
Continue reading Women run the world. Try to keep in step
By Sushmita Bose
As an Indian, I cringe a little when the subject of “arranged marriages” crop up among my non-desi friends. “So the man and woman are not allowed to choose their life partners? A life partner needs to be deemed “suitable” by others first?” is one question posed, even as I desperately (and not very successfully) try to reinforce the notion that a lot of Indians actually don’t have to stomp down the arranged marriage route, and are free to make their own life choices.
Continue reading Hunting for someone to marry just doesn’t ‘ad’ up
By Sherouk Zakaria
On New Year’s Day, my grandmother, who flew in to spend the holidays with us, gave me a warm hug and said, “Happy New Year, darling. I hope to see you in your own house next year.” She didn’t mean getting my own place when I fly abroad to get my master’s degree or when I get a job with a pay decent enough to allow me to buy a house. She was referring to the house I would move into as a result of marriage.
Continue reading Ask women about work, not when they’re getting married