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My grandmum, 90, visited me in Dubai and taught me something

By Anamika Chatterjee

My grandmother is in denial about being 90, or somewhere really, really close to it. She is not to be blamed — my great grandparents, apparently, never told her about her year of birth. All they offered in the name of information was that it was some time close to the Durga Puja, a festival celebrated by the Bengali community. Given that both her children are already on the other side of the 60s, and that early marriages weren’t exactly common in her family, it is convenient to assume that she would be 90, or just a few years short of it.

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What I learned after four years of living in debt

By Dhanusha Gokulan

Wasting time on Reddit, the social news aggregation website and app is one of my favourite past times. People tend to be honest on the platform. There’s even a ‘subreddit’ I subscribe to, and I’ve read every post any ‘Redditor’ (a person who uses Reddit) has posted on it. For those new to these terms, subreddit is a space for people to discuss matters such as financial planning and how to overcome debt.

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Dealing with that sinking feeling when your friends leave town

By Sushmita Bose

On my first day of college, at St Xavier’s Calcutta, I remember a certain Father Lewis giving us the welcome lecture. “These three years [of college] will be like a bus ride; you’re all in it together — from different backgrounds, different parts of town — and when your time comes, you’ll get off and go your separate ways. But remember the most important thing: enjoy the ride — it’ll be over way too soon.”

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Fact: Ugly sneakers are having their moment in the sun

By Sujata Assomull

As anyone in the UAE knows, the days building up to Ramadan are all about dressing up. In the past two weeks alone, British fashion designer Alice Temperley hosted a sit-down dinner, co-founder of Moda Operandi, Lauren Santo Domingo, organised ‘A Night at the Museum’ for an evening of ‘desserts and decadence’ at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, and Delpozo’s Josef Font took some of us to the Dubai Opera to watch a performance of Romeo and Juliet. Continue reading Fact: Ugly sneakers are having their moment in the sun

Spending money learning to be mindful? Meditate on that

By Purva Grover

I have never meditated and I don’t exactly know why. I can’t really think of a reason why I have stayed away from it. Yet last week, I recommended meditation to a colleague who was sharing how she’s had a tough year. My exact words were: ‘May be, it will bring a certain sense of calmness to your day.’ I don’t know where the conviction or words came from. Perhaps from the fact that everyone around me is recommending it as the ‘it’ activity to deal with the increasing stress in life. Continue reading Spending money learning to be mindful? Meditate on that