It’s not so complicated. This Game of Thrones fan dumbs it down for you

Faraz Ahmed

A thirst for power has long been one of man’s most defining attributes. We know it from the stories of kings and queens who ruled kingdoms in ancient times, with the odd dragon thrown in, and we know it from watching games unfold on news channels, the theatre of politics playing out on television screens, on our digital feeds, really everywhere you look. Continue reading It’s not so complicated. This Game of Thrones fan dumbs it down for you

Tweet this: who needs the free Press when you have Twitter?

Allan Jacob

It’s not the fault of the media when ‘unpresidential’ or ‘modern day presidential’ presidents and prime ministers keep them at a distance. That’s because they’re close to Twitter, a birdie tells us. World leaders are flying off the handle on the medium. Who needs real journalists and media conferences in real life scenarios? Social media is a comforting medium; it’s comfortable. Face the screen and not the Press; press Enter and watch the deluge of reactions and comments. It’s democratic — come to think of it — when elected leaders and others who despise and mock them have an equal say. We, the People are secured by bots and online conglomerates who run and censor the show ostensibly to keep out hate speech and snoopy terror recruiters. Continue reading Tweet this: who needs the free Press when you have Twitter?

Go on, put Sri Lanka’s elephant orphanage on your bucket list

Bernd Debusmann Jr.

Seeing an elephant in its natural habitat is an unforgettable experience. It is impossible to look at an elephant and not smile.  Although slow and lumbering, they somehow manage to move with grace. Luckily for us in the Emirates, elephants are just a few flight hours away, in Sri Lanka. Continue reading Go on, put Sri Lanka’s elephant orphanage on your bucket list

Heard the latest? Turns out your friends don’t like you

Sushmita Bose

A friend of mine — obviously also a ‘Facebook friend’ — had his birthday recently. I find it a bit odd to wish folks on their walls, so I WhatsApped him ‘Happy birthday, have a blast’ (added emojis of a slice of cake, a bouquet of flowers and a saxophone) early in the morning; but the ‘stalker’ in me logged on to Facebook to see how many ‘friends’ had wished him (yes, I have a pathetic life). I noticed he had deactivated his Facebook account. Temporarily (temporarily, because he was back in action a few days later). Continue reading Heard the latest? Turns out your friends don’t like you

Parents, remember this when picking a school for the kids

Nargish Khambatta

The admission process has undergone a metamorphosis over the past decade. You can register your child, book a tour and get a virtual feel of the school while comfortably ensconced in your favourite armchair, two continents away. And that, perhaps, is precisely what the young parents waiting to join the workforce in Dubai are currently doing. Continue reading Parents, remember this when picking a school for the kids