By Sushmita Bose
Ageism: “the stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination against people on the basis of their age”
— World Health Organization
After body-shaming and skin-lightening, anti-ageing is the newest kid on the block to be placed in the line of fire. Why should anyone be ashamed of being/growing old — just like they shouldn’t be ashamed of being ‘plus size’ or dark-skinned? Stolidly solid in theory; but if you ask me, in practice, it’s a pipedream. Simply consider why it’s not alright to tell someone any (or all) of the following, “Wow, you’re so fat!” (as opposed to “Wow, you’re so slim!”), “Wow, you’re so dark!” (as opposed to “Wow, you’re so light-skinned, rather like peaches and cream), or “Wow, you’re so old!” (as opposed to “Wow, you’re so young!”) — and you’ll get the drift.
Continue reading There are fine lines between anti-ageing and anti-wrinkle
By Kelly Clarke
The biggest mistake students and young people are making is maxing out their credit card.”
It’s a line that jumped out to me from an Independent article recently. Among those so called ‘young people’ is a friend of mine; or more aptly, friends of mine.
Continue reading When keeping up appearances drives you into a debt trap
By Rohma Sadaqat
Oh, you are from Lahore! I could tell by your accent the moment you said, ‘hello.’
I have heard this countless times, and it never fails to bring a smile to my face. Almost always, the observation is voiced by an enthusiastic taxi driver, when I am headed somewhere for an assignment. I don’t mind at all; in fact, I welcome the opportunity to talk to a fellow Pakistani about the latest news. Continue reading You have to visit these places in Pakistan, to start with
By Harveena Herr
This wonderful hive called UAE draws people from across the world and creates a productive, thriving community. This was in evidence during the soft launch of a fusion honey by Singaporean Wirradiah Abdul Latiff. It started me on a sweet exploratory journey a week or so ago. Continue reading What the beekeepers in the UAE are so busy with
By Mary Paulose
A quote that I suspect is misattributed to Pablo Picasso, is nevertheless my favourite thought on the subject: ‘Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life’. Whether I liked it or not and in spite of the youthful, impetuous resistance I put up to it in earlier years and a lazy, casual dismissal in recent ones — art has been an unsteady undercurrent in my life.
Continue reading It is a gift you have to insist on for yourself
By Bikram Vohra
Three little stories that come from the other side of the work fence. We often forget that where the buck stops isn’t always an easy place to be. Continue reading Spare a thought for the bosses, it isn’t an easy place to be
By Suneeti Ahuja Kohli
Sometimes you feel fortunate to meet certain people, or be a part of conversations that lend different perspectives and allow you to grow. I’ll always remember a conversation with Gautam Chikermane, a former editor, who suggested reading One Up On Wall Street by Peter Lynch. The book was published in 1999 but was relevant even eight years later in 2007, and is largely to the point even now. Before reading it, I was fascinated by the ticker on business channels, but had never invested a penny in stock markets. This book, arguably, launched my adventures into the world of savings and investment and has been guiding my decisions ever since. Continue reading Ever grateful to the person who said, read this one