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I saw a sleeping vampire in him

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.

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The marriage knot could be tighter than you can imagine

By Delilah Rodrigues

Almost a year and a few months ago, my then-boyfriend, now-husband and I decided to get hitched — and the marriage bug bit us really hard. Our parents, friends and probably even our nemeses (you will know why) were elated to hear about our decision. We had a no-frills civil marriage and an elaborate (traditional) wedding is still in the works. After the ceremony, I decided to move to Dubai. While I was preparing to relocate to the emirate, I was advised on the dos and don’ts of migrating to this new country. But no one told me anything about what I should expect or will encounter after marriage — that too in a new country. Read: Endless bills to look into, exhaustive grocery runs, overflowing laundry baskets and constant bickering (most married people should know with whom).

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Meeting a ‘soul sister’ after 19 years

By Sukayna Kazmi

Growing up, my parents told me a lot of interesting things, like how I’m half-Indian and half-Pakistani or how I’m the first person in our family to pursue journalism, but nothing stopped me in my tracks — until this happened: “Did you know there’s a girl from our community who was born on the same day as you were, in the same hospital, and whose mum I know really well?,” asked my mum, as though she didn’t just drop a bomb that I basically have a supposed ‘twin’ I’ve never met in my life.

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