By Bikram Vohra
I read a very unusual article the other day — all about women and how they surrender their space and become secondary. It is such a fascinating read. With a wife, two daughters and three granddaughters I am arbitrarily employing this measure to see if they are also victims of this syndrome. They are so smart and yet, have they also been conditioned by hundreds of years of male training that in their subconscious mind they don’t realise they are rendering space to Caesar.
Continue reading For women, ‘just’ is a 4-letter word
By Alvin R. Cabral
Allow me to present an alternate universe to the gentleman’s piece above. And when I say ‘alternate universe’, I mean reality — one that would make you feel better for either him or I, depending where your view is from. Continue reading Good fences make good neighbours. I wish I just had those
By Bikram Vohra
My friend is fighting with his neighbours. Fighting with neighbours is big business, especially if you live in blocks of flats with six inches of space between each other and start off your relationship on the boil. Expats have this tendency to come so close to each other until there is no sun peeking through. Literally in each other’s laps. Then the kids fight, the wives have a misunderstanding, the husbands come home after being slagged off by the boss in a sour mood and now they have to take sides and the frost settles in. Continue reading Not-so-good neighbour Sam
By Anjana Sankar
“Can I pay €35 to attend a university party?”, the message flashed on my WhatsApp last Friday evening.
“Is it okay if I take a membership in a sports club? It costs €75. Hope you don’t mind.” This was the Friday before.
Continue reading When emptiness conquered my nest, I befriended time
By Sami ha Zen
There are deaths that haunt you and the memories linger for unknown reasons. Fathima Latheef is one name I cannot take off my mind.
Continue reading The day I stopped wearing a hijab
By Sami Ha Zen
Critical thinking, problem-solving, flexibility and adaptability are some of the most sought-after skills in the current job market. That’s when I felt early marriage has a great deal to contribute to these soft skills… Sounds weird? Let me explain.
Continue reading What does early marriage have to do with corporate skills?
By Suresh Patalli
It’s close to midnight and raining in Moscow, which added more bite to the 1°C temperature consistent with the October climate. The golden glow from the illuminated GUM shopping mall in the merchant quarter known as Kitay-gorod mated with the rufescent brilliance radiating from the facades of the Kremlin, St Basil’s Cathedral and the State Historical Museum. I stood at the centre of the Red Square, lips and cheeks wind-burned, as a tsunami of emotions devoured me.
Continue reading I saw a sleeping vampire in him