By Sara Sadik
Any mama’s heart skips a beat with a bad scrape, unexpected fall or an extra careful doctor who orders another X-ray. All of a sudden words like, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, ironically abbreviated ALL, filled the air. With no planned preparation or pointless small talk, Reem plunges head first into the middle of it all and says, “Zoanne had leukemia.” I know that I’m here to get her story and try to capture a part of it, if even a tinge of it. But it is still shocking to hear. I swallow thickly but she barely blinks. She has had years to digest this and share her story. Her daughter Zoanne was six at the time and is now on the edge of those memorable teenage years.
Continue reading She ‘just got on with it’ to help her child win the battle against cancer
By Keith Pereña
I had read on a car forum that getting into an accident is one of the milestones a driver has to pass. At first, I thought it to be morbid and shrugged the idea off, thinking that if I followed what I learned in driving school about being safe, I should be fine. But when a heavy mixer truck hit the back of my hatchback a couple of weeks ago, those safety lessons went through the window.
Continue reading If you’re in a car accident, you’ll need that Dubai Police app
By Anamika Chatterjee
When do you think he will arrive, a bespectacled man asks me. Despite an all-white mane and a wrinkled face indicating advanced years, in spirit, Raman (name changed on request) does not seem a day older than the man he has come to cheer —Rahul Gandhi. Anticipation can sometimes be a great leveler — on one hand, I’ve come to witness Rahul 2.0 aka the ‘new and aggressive Rahul’ the Indian media has been talking about, Raman, on the other hand, is here to catch a glimpse of the Gandhi family scion. In our own ways, we seek two perspectives that have come to define India’s grand old party — the promise of new wave and the legacy.
Continue reading At his rally in Dubai, I got a sense of Rahul Gandhi 2.0
By Keith Pereña
Five years ago, I saw the Burj Khalifa fireworks display for the first time. I was new to Dubai and soon to be introduced to our family tradition of viewing fireworks from the street across the house.
Continue reading Thank you, Burj Khalifa, for bringing back the fireworks
By Alvin R. Cabral
Michael Jordan is widely recognised as the greatest basketball player ever. His achievements — six NBA championships, five MVPs and a further list infinitely longer than those engraved on the sole of the Air Jordan X sneakers — make legends like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James look like mere mortals.
Continue reading Why I lined up at a shoe store in a mall at 7.30am
By Dhanusha Gokulan
When my friend Aparna asked me to take care of her pet labrador, Whisky, for a couple of months earlier this year, I made what my mom later called “a reckless decision”. Aparna used to live in Sharjah, in an apartment on King Faisal Street till her landlord said Whisky had to leave or the lease wouldn’t be renewed.
Continue reading What to do with your dog when pets aren’t allowed in the building
By Kelly Clarke
February 22. That’s the last time I saw my parents and brother in person. April 12 — my dad’s birthday — was the last time I saw them over Skype.
Continue reading It’s lonely and expensive for us expats without video chat