Category Archives: Opinion

Share your loot with the poor, will you? No? How predictable

By Sushmita Bose

I was watching Season 10 of Friends, where there’s one episode when Phoebe (the crazy one — or the ‘wonderfully weird’ one, take your pick) and her boyfriend Mike Hannigan decide to not splurge on an expensive wedding. They visit a charity that caters to educational needs of poor children in New York City, and hand over a generous cheque — their entire wedding fund. And (rightfully) feel virtuous about themselves.

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For me, clutter sparks joy. Take that, Marie Kondo

By Sushmita Bose

like clutter. I am intimidated by super-neat, less-is-more spaces and clean lines: they seem impersonal, frosty, unwelcoming. Everything in place. I feel I’m walking on eggshells, scared I may mess up something. God help me if I do; keep imagining an OCD wave of a real-life version of Monica Geller (from Friends, remember?) being unleashed. So maybe the real-life Monica may turn out to be a sport after all — but, too late, I’m already on the backfoot.

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Everywhere I go, Bollywood chat becomes the icebreaker

By Anita Iyer

I rang in the New Year with thousands of revellers who had gathered in Ras Al Khaimah for a 13-minute long fireworks display that would earn the emirate a couple of Guinness World Records ( the ‘longest chain of fireworks’ exceeded 4.6km and ‘longest straight line of fireworks’ was 13 km).

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What to do with your dog when pets aren’t allowed in the building

By Dhanusha Gokulan

When my friend Aparna asked me to take care of her pet labrador, Whisky, for a couple of months earlier this year, I made what my mom later called “a reckless decision”. Aparna used to live in Sharjah, in an apartment on King Faisal Street till her landlord said Whisky had to leave or the lease wouldn’t be renewed.

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Love will rise like a phoenix if the Taj Mahal turns to ashes

By Suresh Pattali

 At the outset, let me confess: I have not seen the Taj Mahal for real. Nor do I desire to anytime soon. A crime it is. A romantic crime. There is no need to traverse thousands of kilometres to stand in front of one of the universally admired masterpieces of world heritage and say ‘Wah Taj’. Because for me the Taj is metaphysical. Because there is a Taj in my neighbourhood, not so grandiose as the real one but as poignant as the Mughal legend. Continue reading Love will rise like a phoenix if the Taj Mahal turns to ashes