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
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).
Continue reading The marriage knot could be tighter than you can imagine
By Keith Pereña
Before you congratulate me, Filipinos wear engagement rings on the left hand,” I told my Dubai colleagues as I showed them the ring me and Kim got ourselves back in the Philippines.
Continue reading Promises are meant to be kept; they have a certain ‘ring’ to it
By Sami Ha Zen
To the girl who grew up to become my mother and captured my heart with mischief,
Continue reading Letter to my late mother
By Keith Pereña
Take the plunge. That was the phrase that went through my head as I decided whether or not I would go after her. We had met one video chat ago — I was in Dubai and she was in Thailand. But for practical reasons, we just tell everyone we met in Thailand.
Continue reading Choosing love… some 7,000km away
By Purva Grover
Mums, they never fail to surprise us. A mother knows you are going to catch a cold much before you or the doctor has a clue.
Continue reading A heroine mum determined to make her daughter’s Hollywood dreams come true
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.
Continue reading Meeting a ‘soul sister’ after 19 years