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What a bunch of school kids familiar with guns pulled off

By Nivriti Butalia

My god, these kids, so impressive! That was my thought last Sunday morning when I woke up and zoned into the social media feed on my phone. There were back-to-back posts on the same topic: the March For Our Lives rally in DC. Everyone was talking about it, posting and reposting snatches of speeches made. Something momentous was happening in America. Young clear voices of kids were demanding passionately ‘Never Again’ and ‘No More’, demanding a life without gun violence. Everyone was listening.

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I dreamt of Disney and it came true

By Sherouk Zakaria

It all started with a mouse that came from a dream. But Walt Disney initially failed when he created Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, a character that Charles Mintz took credit for. Disney went back to his studio and, determined not to give up, started sketching what would become the most recognisable symbol of Disney: Mickey Mouse. Continue reading I dreamt of Disney and it came true

We Malayalis learnt ‘Manglish’ by writing love letters

By Suresh Pattali

Why did a Malayali cross the road? We have all heard this joke. The answer is “zzimbly” (just like that). Here is another one: How does a Malayali learn English? The answer is — believe it or not — by writing love letters. That’s what emerged from a recent compatriot get-together where humour was served on a platter, beside beef dry fry with coconut. Continue reading We Malayalis learnt ‘Manglish’ by writing love letters

How I learnt to love this city, bit by bit and on my own

By Anamika Chatterjee

Four years ago, my personal Mills & Boon romance came to life when I got married to someone who was well worth the plunge. Marriages, as many romantic novels — except 50-Shades-of-Absurdities — will have you believe, are the beginning of happily ever afters. Turns out marriages, more often than not, are  the beginning of the hunt for a happily ever after, especially when they entail wrapping up your life of 28 years in two suitcases and moving to a new country. It’s that feeling of graduating from a journalism school and finding yourself editing readers’ queries on romance in your first job. Continue reading How I learnt to love this city, bit by bit and on my own

Don’t judge me, but here’s how I fell in love with deceit

By Nivriti Butalia

There are levels of deceit that can corrode your tongue. I am not talking about those. I am not talking about having a parallel life or a second family tucked away. No extreme duplicitousness, none of the Nirav Modi-like behaviour, the jeweller who allegedly swindled Punjab National Bank of Rs280 crore, and who likes to see his name on hoardings in south Delhi. Nothing too vile (this is subjective) or murderous (less subjective). I am interested more in the run-of-the-mill deceit, everyday acts of subterfuge. The compliments without heart, good manners for show, the empty smiles and the fakery. Anything more dramatic I prefer to see when it’s no skin of my back, or on screen, which is why films like Phantom Thread linger in memory. Continue reading Don’t judge me, but here’s how I fell in love with deceit