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What a delight it is to be seated next to a screaming child, no?

By Sushmita Bose

I’ve been told that young children should be hugged and kissed as often as possible — they grow up more secure that way. Fair enough. But the other day, when I was standing in a long-winded check-in queue at the airport, and a man suddenly decided to indulge his toddler son by babytalking and cuddling him, and (resultantly) halting the line to a standstill, I couldn’t help wondering what the hell was going on? I mean, cuddle as much as you can (or want) — but surely after the check-in is done? Because while everyone is waiting (im)patiently and watching this form of PDA being played out, they are not getting any younger. Continue reading What a delight it is to be seated next to a screaming child, no?

A week without mobile data freed me up to enjoy the real world

By Keith Pereña

Modern horror story: for a week, I was ‘forced’ to speak to other people on the phone because I had run out of mobile data to send them a message. As I write this, my phone is at a table across me, not within arm’s reach. During that week, it was nice to finally have some peace, even as I was thinking how sacrilegious it must be for a journalist to not know what was going on around the world.

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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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