Category Archives: Opinion

Make #MeToo meaningful, mere trial by social media won’t nail sleaze merchants

By Sushmita Bose

I really have no idea why journalists in India — and the media industry, in general — have an established bad rep. I acquired a tenuous realisation when, back in the 1990s, one of my relatives, upon hearing that I was entering the profession, remarked, “Journalism? Isn’t the newsroom a place where anything goes?” (I didn’t quite get what he meant; and I couldn’t be bothered to explore the ramifications.)

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Best news of the week? Kylie Jenner’s cereal confession

By Nivriti Butalia

Thank goodness for Kylie Jenner. Amid all the noise on Twitter this week about god knows what all, Kylie Jenner offered respite that I am grateful for.Where to start about the noise? Possibly on an auspicious note, with the news of Anup Jalotia, devotional singer and his student of the year, 28-year-old Jasleen Matharu; or Woody Allen and his wife of 20 years, Soon-Yi Previn, finally “breaking her silence”. There was also Trump’s guy, dodgy Brett Kavanaugh still  harping on ‘I didn’t do it’; India made triple talaq a crime; and beat Pakistan here in Dubai. There was other stuff too obviously, but moving on.

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You’ve got to call and cancel. Not turning up is just boorish

By Nivriti Butalia

Say, it’s the weekend. You’re having lunch out. Maybe you’ve made dinner plans. You’ve called and booked a table somewhere nice — Downtown or DIFC or City Walk or one of the joints by the beach. Something comes up. You don’t feel like dealing with traffic. Or someone wants to go somewhere else. Or Netflix and leftovers seem more tempting (or just cheaper). You end up not going. Nor do you call and cancel. You pull off, what is called, a no-show. After all, how does it matter, right?

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The glory days when single-hall cinemas declared “House Full”

By Sushmita Bose

Last week, I went for a movie to the theatre, and realised it was “house full”: every single ticket was sold out. In this empowered age of technology, I’d purchased my virtual tickets on the Vox app, where you can see exactly how many seats are “available”, and can choose your seats at the click of a button; you don’t even need paper tickets any more since you only have to airily wave a barcode in front of some machine in order to waltz right in. But it was nice to see that people were actually taking time out to visit the movie theatre instead of streaming pirated prints on deadbeat television sets and feeding off them like zombies.

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Can’t UAE stores go silent for an hour to help those who need it?

By Anita Iyer

Five years ago, trying to escape the noise at a shopping mall, 16-year-old Calvin ran towards a stranger and grabbed her hand. The stranger, caught unawares, shouted at the boy. Seeing the commotion, Calvin’s mother, Meena Noronha, rushed to explain to the shopper that her son was autistic but it didn’t help. Meena was asked, “How could you leave your child alone in a mall? Why haven’t you left him at home?”

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