Category Archives: Perspective

This may be goodbye to Star Wars, but the Force will always be with me

By Rohma Sadaqat

How do you say goodbye to something that has been part of your life for so long?

The short answer to that is that you don’t, and the long answer is some variation of the phrase, “it’s complicated”. What am I talking about here? Well, recently, I got the chance to attend the premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Ask any Star Wars fan about their plans for the winter break and chances are that they will tell you that December means a Star Wars movie is going to hit the theatres. It is all we can think and talk about in the months leading up to the release; I am pretty sure that I have quite a few long-suffering friends, who had to sit through many a lunch hour with me discussing theories and all things Star Wars. Continue reading This may be goodbye to Star Wars, but the Force will always be with me

If I had a wallet…

By Bikram Vohra​

Then I was in my teens, I got my first wallet and my mother put some money in it as a sign of forever prosperity because we, in our part of the world, believe so. That prophecy didn’t quite come true largely because I never got used to putting money in my wallet. I will put it in different pockets, stick it in my blazer, shove it into a side pocket of my jeans — I just don’t like to put cash in my wallet. This is kind of crazy, I admit, since that is the aim of wallets. But I have this irrational belief that if I put money in the wallet and it gets stolen there goes the money. There must be some of us out there who feel likewise and though our numbers won’t be large, who is to say we are not making sense. Also, imagine the thief’s face when he opens it and finds zilch… this scenario affords me a very warm and fuzzy feeling. Ha, ha, ha! Fooled you! Continue reading If I had a wallet…

Not-so-good neighbour Sam

By Bikram Vohra​

My friend is fighting with his neighbours. Fighting with neighbours is big business, especially if you live in blocks of flats with six inches of space between each other and start off your relationship on the boil. Expats have this tendency to come so close to each other until there is no sun peeking through. Literally in each other’s laps. Then the kids fight, the wives have a misunderstanding, the husbands come home after being slagged off by the boss in a sour mood and now they have to take sides and the frost settles in. Continue reading Not-so-good neighbour Sam

When old whines come in new bottles

By Anamika Chatterjee

This weekend at theatres, Charlie is back with his angels. Those of us who grew up in 2000s may have an image of Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu etched in our minds as angels who save the day. That idea may somehow be different for an audience member of the 1970s used to watching Farah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith as Charlie’s Angels in the famous television show that aired between 1976 and 1981. Continue reading When old whines come in new bottles

Putting mum and dad on the mat

By Bikram Vohra

The horrifying reports on children of relatively privileged backgrounds engaging in self-inflicted choking gambles as a sort of a game defies logic. But that said, if one traces the genesis of such masochistic activity, it leads to a single word — boredom. Youngsters today have very little staying power and the excitement over a new ‘toy’ is fleeting.

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