By Enid Grace Parker
In the present day, do we really need to go to a store to buy what we need/want? Most of the time, we don’t. With just a couple of clicks on a computer (or a phone), your purchases will start making their way to your doorstep. No extracting the car from that precious parking spot just to head to the mall, no taking a train or bus or taxi, no banter with salespeople, no standing in queues at the checkout counter. Ah, the easy life.
Continue reading Why I love browsing in a real bookshop over a virtual one
By Suresh Pattali
Dear Mr Emile Ratelband,
Trust you’re doing well. Though we haven’t met, you look and sound effervescent in the videos and TV interviews I have seen of you. May God keep you so forever.
Continue reading Emile, let’s grow up and stop complaining about age
By Suresh Pattali
I’m a racist. A casteist, too. I guess we all are, in one way or the other. It’s a truth we vehemently deny because we don’t have the guts to be candid. We want to present ourselves as the most civilised and refined lot. We masquerade as messiahs of tolerance and harmony.
Continue reading The dark side of racism and casteism and why we strive for more humanity
By Sushmita Bose
A few days ago, my favourite uncle announced he and his wife (my aunt) were contemplating moving into an old-age home. A couple of hours later, they confirmed they weren’t just contemplating; they were pretty sure it was “time” for them to check into a “senior” facility (round-the-clock medical supervision appeared to be the No1 item on their wish-list).
Continue reading When your ‘cool’ relatives head to old-age homes
By Dhanusha Gokulan
Normalising gender stereotypes begins at home. When I was 11, my mother was steadfast about me washing the dishes after I’d finished my meal. I had to wash, rinse, and leave my plate and glass to dry near the kitchen sink. She drilled the habit so deep into my head that when I turned 13 I almost took a plate in a restaurant to the washroom. Mom instilled the same values into my sister when she turned 11.
Continue reading Why growing up I had to rinse my plate but my brother didn’t
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.)
Continue reading Make #MeToo meaningful, mere trial by social media won’t nail sleaze merchants
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.
Continue reading Best news of the week? Kylie Jenner’s cereal confession