By Nivriti Butalia
I feel like a child. I am on my way to meet the Emirati team that won first place in what is effectively the world cup of koi beauty, a koi beauty contest. And before meeting the team that won this 49th All Japan Koi Show in Tokyo — making UAE the first Middle Eastern country to win that spot — I can think only of inane, childish things. Terrible bilingual puns consume me. I crack them only later, and not to the prize-winning team. Continue reading Hanging by a koi pond in the house of Kohaku enthusiasts
By Keith Pereña
In the process of writing this story, I had to do a quick Google search to find the origin of the cliché “you should never meet your heroes”. Partly because I wanted to know who in fact said it and also because I wanted to know if it was really the case — as if meeting my own heroes wasn’t proof enough that it was otherwise. Continue reading Alodia Gosiengfiao: I met one of my heroes and she was more than meets the eye
By Lujein Farhat
When you enter a room with several people, your eye is irresistibly drawn to one person, the funny one. You know who I’m talking about. They’re easy to spot. The one who half the group is gathered around. The one who is the focal point of all foot pointings and shoulder anglings, like a starfish pulsating with mirth. Continue reading Funny how I love Arab humour, especially in my mother tongue
By Kelly Clarke
Tea. I’d take that over a cup of coffee any day. My preference has a lot to do with my UK upbringing, where tea drinking is a quintessentially British tradition. So, I guess, in a way, it was my surroundings that dictated my inclination towards a ‘good old cup of cha’.
Continue reading Coffee was just the break this Colombian duo needed
By Mary Paulose
What is the collective noun for a group of chefs? A brigade, apparently. So, it was a brigade of top-ranked chefs in the world — all of who have restaurants in Dubai — who got together for a discussion on the present scenario and future of food. Continue reading Chefs get talking about Dubai’s food scene and media trends
March is the awareness month for Endometriosis which strikes one in 10 women. I’ve drawn this ‘comic’ for women who feel alone in their struggle with this disease. Continue reading Sara Asal: Dubai artist battles endometriosis with comics
By Nivriti Butalia
Flicking through the Dubizzle app, I saw two surprised-looking horses intertwined in a Yin-Yang pose on an Hermès beach towel that was being sold for Dh1,800. I let that soak in: 1,800 bucks for a towel. Among the things going for it: 100 per cent cotton and those big-eyed horses.
Continue reading Would you buy someone’s beach towel for Dh1,800?