Category Archives: Personal

I don’t pop BP pills anymore, it pays to join a gym

By Sunil Vaidya

Life begins at 60. Well, at least I can say that about myself, thanks to my daughter and the wife. The two ladies of the house decided on a surprise gift for my 60th birthday. I wasn’t enthused about the surprise but had no choice, so I signed on the dotted line the day I completed a full cycle of life, according to Chinese belief. Continue reading I don’t pop BP pills anymore, it pays to join a gym

When a classic bike connects generation

By Allan Jacob

What happens when nostalgia comes riding on a motorbike? I would succumb to the sheer emotion, the joy on wheels, the pleasure of the ride. So when a legendary bike named Jawa was relaunched last week in India, the occasion kick-started some feelings in me and off I went to share my excitement with those who experienced it, like I did in my boyhood. I didn’t have to go far as our sports editor in the newsroom cheerfully said he owned one during his stint as a rookie reporter during his salad days in Bombay, or Mumbai, in circa 1979.

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When a friend I haven’t met calls

By Suresh Pattali

Once upon a time, I called myself Chaotic Soul. And my first virtual home was aptly named so to define my persona truthfully. The only constant in my life was chaos. Life was meaningless without a minimum amount of mess, whether my own or borrowed. In most cases, I did not create them. Chaos came to me, like a moth to a flame. I lived in my virtual cocoon that had a signboard forewarning prospective visitors, “Come in carefully. Do not trip over carcasses of chaos.” Continue reading When a friend I haven’t met calls

Halloween, Filipino-style, was not about costumes or candy

By Keith Pereña

Around this time of the year, majority of the world will observe Halloween by costuming, watching horror flicks, trick or treating and putting up eerie décor. Even here in Dubai, my social media feed has been taken over by one Halloween party after another. There’s kids’ activities at the malls which makes for a good environment because hey, it’s not every day you see vampires going shopping.

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When your ‘cool’ relatives head to old-age homes

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).

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When will I have a baby? Don’t know, but stop asking, thanks

By Deepthi Nair

So, I have been happily married for over five years — even though I don’t have kids to prove my conjugal bliss. But, increasingly, I have found this lack of proof to have turned into a topic of discussion, something people feel entitled to ask me about, no qualms, no hesitation, no respect for personal space, or even basic courtesy.

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