Dealing with that sinking feeling when your friends leave town

By Sushmita Bose

On my first day of college, at St Xavier’s Calcutta, I remember a certain Father Lewis giving us the welcome lecture. “These three years [of college] will be like a bus ride; you’re all in it together — from different backgrounds, different parts of town — and when your time comes, you’ll get off and go your separate ways. But remember the most important thing: enjoy the ride — it’ll be over way too soon.”

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How to take down abusers in a film industry

By Allan Jacob

Let’s talk after 10pm, she tells me. Not tonight, maybe tomorrow, I say. The 11am slot I am granted the next morning is not working out — it’s rushed, I feel. So, I call her past 3pm, and she states that I am late, yet consents to speak in 15 minutes after she’s done with an interview. She sounds like a celebrity living the life while setting a scorching pace — the shift from actor to star activist has come at a price. Finally, I get through and her voice is confident, her candour setting the tone for an engaging conversation. She seems to have found new meaning in life, a reason to live and continue the fight for a cause she believes in. And the gloves are clearly off.

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Say bye to those tiny hotel shampoo bottles you like

By Purva Grover

Frequent travellers might have received this news with some shock. Last week one heard that Marriott was switching to larger bottles in wall-mounted racks in 450 hotels across five brands and they have plans to expand to 1,500 hotels in North America by next year. And the InterContinental Hotels Group is rolling out wall-mounted bulk dispensers at four brands this year. IHG’s upscale Kimpton brand already uses big bottles in showers. This is the beginning of the end for those tiny shampoo bottles. Continue reading Say bye to those tiny hotel shampoo bottles you like

The good sense in wearing the same five outfits all the time

By Kelly Clarke

About a year ago, I began to intentionally wear the same sequence of outfits at work.

There’s the white and black polka dot top; the grey and black over sized tee, and the black vest top with an olive green over-shirt. I have that one woman’s wardrobe essential too; a bucket full of black leggings. Continue reading The good sense in wearing the same five outfits all the time