By Kelly Clarke
The waft of food being laid out is what first hits. That usually marks the beginning of an impending farewell do in office. Goodbyes are an occasion celebrated in the editorial department. There’s no slipping out the door quietly anymore. Speeches and parting snacks are a must.
Continue reading To deliver a great speech, you don’t have to be a showman
By Deepthi Nair
I am, by no means, a shopaholic. I religiously avoid the mall on weekends, except for when I scamper to get a birthday gift at the ninth hour, or when bitten by the FOMO (fear of missing out) bug, I step out to catch the latest movie everyone’s talking about. Continue reading Despite myself, I got some great deals at a mall crawl in Philly
By Alvin R. Cabral
When LeBron James left his basketball team Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010, he was immediately vilified; he couldn’t win a title with them, so he decided to hook up with two all-stars on the Miami Heat. It didn’t help that Cleveland was his hometown. It was enough for fans to curse him and burn his jerseys. Continue reading What do you know about staying loyal to one team?
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?
By Suresh Pattali
In our growing up years, we village urchins darted around like demented dogs after school hours. We chased the wind and waves. We played football on the beach and hit sixes into the sea. We galloped after the cattle that ran amok in the neighbourhood. We hunted for parakeets in tapioca groves. Continue reading Hima Das and the importance of being free to run wild
By Asma Ali Zain
Parenting is rocket science. I say this with experience and a lot of conviction. If you are an expat parent, whose kids were born and brought up in a foreign land, then it is twice the dilemma.
Continue reading As a Dubai kid, is my daughter forgetting her Pakistani roots?
By Ines Akari
Like most new would-be mums, I had scoured books and magazines on baby care, child development and parenting in preparation for the arrival of my child. While flicking through pages, I came across an article that talked about early learning toys and their positive effects on the cognitive and motor skills in young children. Such toys helped mould the minds of young children. The article convinced me to view early years’ play as fundamental to the growth of my child through the development social skills, self-confidence and creativity.
Continue reading How toys you choose for the little ones affect their growth