By Nivriti Butalia
No shootings took place last weekend in New York, a city of 8.6 million people. That’s because I was in the city, I thought, deluding myself as a mascot of peace. I don’t know why it should matter to me, but I like that the place was the safest it’s been in 25 years (according to CNN) the weekend that I was in town. I see myself harping on this fact.
Continue reading Don’t shoot! New York had its safest weekend in 25 years
By Sunil Vaidya
Who says grown men don’t cry? In the last few days, I have often had moist eyes. Most recently at the decision to end our 16-year-long bond with our Muscat home.
Continue reading Nostalgic memories of Muscat, but I am finding some peace in Dubai
By Keith Pereña
It’s a running joke. Millennials are poorer than the generation before them, Gen-X. According to a Financial Times report, every generation — has enjoyed a higher quality of life than its predecessor. From the Baby Boomers (1946-1965), to Gen-X (1966-1980) life kept improving. But the report shows that millennials – who are in their 20s and 30s have incomes barely higher than what their parents earned at the same age.
Continue reading A millennial travelled to 196 countries and set a record
By Abhishek Sengupta
So, I returned from my ‘epic’ solo-backpacking trip across East Europe last week. And exhausting as it was, it is incredible to be able to say, I went to see the World Cup too. Continue reading What 10 days of flitting across Eastern Europe taught me
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 Mary Paulose
A couple of months ago, in a coastal village in Kerala, India, my maternal grandfather turned 100. We all call him Appa, and we had no doubt he would live to be a 100. His own father, my great-grandpa, had lived to be 104-years-old.
Continue reading For grandpa’s 100th birthday, his 10 kids, their kids and a village in Kerala came together
By Deepthi Nair
For some time now, I’ve been following a couple on Instagram that has travelled to over 30 countries. With sheer envy, I have scrolled through their feed, poring over photographs of their weekend getaways — to Istanbul, Paris, Zanzibar — and watched them chronicle their travels, hoping to pick up tips. I would feel much less envious when their posts were about places I had visited. Life was then more tolerable.
Continue reading I’m jealous of people who leave their jobs to travel for months