By Rohma Sadaqat
Picture this… a crowded store, large signs screaming the arrival of a highly-anticipated sale, fleet-footed store workers re-stocking shelves and fetching orders, customers with their arms loaded in long lines at the checkout counters.
Continue reading Some people don’t have a queue on what they’re doing
By Alvin R. Cabral
Allow me to present an alternate universe to the gentleman’s piece above. And when I say ‘alternate universe’, I mean reality — one that would make you feel better for either him or I, depending where your view is from. Continue reading Good fences make good neighbours. I wish I just had those
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
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
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.
Continue reading Putting mum and dad on the mat
By Anjana Sankar
I have a penchant for losing things. Things appear to disappear from my handbag, from my drawer or my trouser pockets. Earrings, pins, hairbands are usual culprits that are insignificant in their loss. Their departure from my life has not made me blink an eye. Ever. A twitch on my nerves at times. But I swear, I still have tried to be organised and put things meticulously back on designated spots only to later forget where those spots were.
Continue reading My worldly losses will be found in the afterlife… perhaps
By Janice Rodrigues
Come July 31, our favourite boy wizard will be celebrating yet another birthday. But it’s probably high time we stop referencing Harry Potter as a ‘boy’ wizard; if he was indeed 12 years old in 1992 (mentioned in The Chamber of Secrets when he celebrated the deathday anniversary of Nearly Headless Nick) then the protagonist in J.K. Rowling’s magical series is — wait for it — turning 39 this year. Continue reading Happy birthday, Harry Potter!