Category Archives: UAE

Hanging by a koi pond in the house of Kohaku enthusiasts

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

Alodia Gosiengfiao: I met one of my heroes and she was more than meets the eye

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

Funny how I love Arab humour, especially in my mother tongue

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