By Rohma Sadaqat
When life throws a curveball at me, I like to go to the kitchen and bake my woes away. Everybody has the right to be miserable once in a while, and I like to be miserable with a large cup of coffee and an even larger slice of gooey chocolate cake.
Continue reading Blue cake and red carrot jam: The story of a humble baker
By Sami Ha Zen
He walked across the road
Passed me swiftly
I looked back
A cocked hat he wore
Black as midnight was it
A black coat and a black pant
He walked again beside me
I shivered as I saw him
Did he ever pass by u?
A strange figure?
Continue reading Sounding off with a djinn named Leonard Cohen
By Sandhya D’Mello
Better late than never. By now every newspaper and website, blog and social media channel have googled enough information about the sad demise of actor Girish Karnad, who was 81, due to a lingering illness.
Continue reading Karnad, you are just a thought — or click — away
By Purva Grover
In the back pocket of my grandpa’s trousers lay hidden a tiny, pale blue-hued plastic comb. He’d take it out once or sometimes twice a day. I’d watch the tines work their magic on his silver hair. Grandma, on the other hand, owned a fancy hairbrush, which enjoyed a prominent space on her dresser. I loved her long henna’ed hair and was fascinated by how she tied it in a bun. Growing up, I made note of how my mum and aunts made appointments at salons, whilst dad and uncles would just walk to the barbershops, sans any prior arrangements.
Continue reading Don’t ever mistake a salon for a barbershop
By Suresh Pattali
I always adored Princess Diana. In fact, Prince Charles and yours truly fell in love with Lady Di almost at the same time. Such beauty and grace; she took the British monarchy to the common man with her tireless philanthropic work across the world, earning for herself the nickname the People’s Princess. She changed the world’s perception about HIV/Aids by shaking hands with patients without wearing a glove. At that time, Aids patients were considered untouchables, as the international community was still debating how the disease transmitted.
Continue reading In the tunnel of Aids phobia, with memories of a princess
By David Light
How expensive are flights becoming over the holiday period? We all understand market economics, and I realise this opening gambit is reminiscent of every grandparents’ conversation ever, but have you noticed the steep climbs in recent years?
Continue reading Can’t get away for Eid? Go around the world in Dubai
By Abhishek Sengupta
As cricket’s self-anointed ‘World Cup’ involving all of nine countries and a clutch of Caribbean island-nations comes rolling to 10 cities around England and Wales this summer, I realise I might just be completing a decade without cricket, an era of having not given two hoots about the gentleman’s game.
Continue reading This is my dream India XI and it beats the #10YearChallenge