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!
By Purva Grover
A couple of weeks ago, at the arrival area of Dubai International Airport, I experienced a string of beautiful emotions — straight out of a Once Upon a Time book. As I walked past the placards with names of people from different nationalities and that of hotels spread across different areas of Dubai, I saw a little girl, probably four or younger, blindfolded. Next to her were her parents; her mum held a phone in her hand, ready to record a video, whilst her dad kept an eye on the people walking out of the doors. Continue reading Do you spend enough time with your grandparents?
By Sarwat Nasir
I will never forget the night when the ground beneath me literally shook, blinding rays of light lit up the dark skies and an ear-splitting sound nearly threw me off my feet. No, it was not an earthquake, nor a UFO; it was a powerful Russian rocket taking astronauts to the International Space Station. Continue reading My lesson in ‘rocket’ science had me all shook up
By Sandhya D’Mello
If only someone was there to tell you what would happen of the consequences of your action every time, life would be much more easy as it shortens the period of agony and regrets would be lesser than we fathom.
Continue reading Seeking a mentor? Don’t look beyond yourself
By Asma Ali Zain
Sometimes even deep conversations trickle down to inane, meaningless monologues with people closest to you, so why would anyone want to sign up for a dinner meet-up with strangers to possibly sit in awkward silence?
Continue reading Dining with strangers could heal your urban loneliness