Category Archives: Perspective

Say bye to those tiny hotel shampoo bottles you like

By Purva Grover

Frequent travellers might have received this news with some shock. Last week one heard that Marriott was switching to larger bottles in wall-mounted racks in 450 hotels across five brands and they have plans to expand to 1,500 hotels in North America by next year. And the InterContinental Hotels Group is rolling out wall-mounted bulk dispensers at four brands this year. IHG’s upscale Kimpton brand already uses big bottles in showers. This is the beginning of the end for those tiny shampoo bottles. Continue reading Say bye to those tiny hotel shampoo bottles you like

Why some men are put off by the #MeToo campaign

By Allan Jacob

Listen up ladies, let men have their say in the #MeToo campaign which, I believe, has outlived its cause as a lonely banner of revolt against the male gender. Let’s talk about #UsToo or #UsTogether before it turns into #MeAlone. It must get real, and for that you need to rope in men to make it sensitive and appealing to a wider audience. As #MeToo searches for more survivors, victims and perps, let me state here that the bravado has been shortlived, the angst has been channelled in the wrong direction, it has lacked focus during the media circus being played out every day which, to me, has often been gross and loud. Continue reading Why some men are put off by the #MeToo campaign

Once upon a time, fathers were strict. Now, kids are our friends

By Sushmita Bose

One of my favourite “family” stories is one that I’ve heard over and over again: from the time when I was about five till the time my paternal grandparents passed away — when I was in my 20s. The story is set in the 1950s; my dad and his two brothers (my uncles) were really young — my dad in his early teens, his brothers four and nine years younger than him. Continue reading Once upon a time, fathers were strict. Now, kids are our friends

Why Rain Room in Sharjah is a perfect place to people watch

By Nivriti Butalia

Unpredictable things can happen when people are in a dark room in which it is ‘raining’. They move cautiously. They look around, smile, take selfies, lots of selfies. Some couples even conduct a photo shoot. There is, of course, no manual for how to behave when it is ‘raining indoors’, when you’re, in fact, in Rain Room, an art installation first seen at London’s Barbican in 2012, now permanently housed in Sharjah (in a cool grey building: stunning corridors, narrow, high, concrete — catacomb-ish minus the claustrophobia). Continue reading Why Rain Room in Sharjah is a perfect place to people watch