What’s a jar of purple jam got to do with Greta Thunberg?

By Keith Pereña

Over the past week or so, my newsfeed has been filled with the adventures of a 16-year-old girl who had world leaders passionately listening to her speech on climate change. Speaking at the United Nations earlier this week, Greta Thunberg’s message about inaction regarding climate change sent shockwaves in the UN’s uber-formal New York headquarters.

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Dubai just gave permanent residency to arts

By Purva Grover

When you’re new to a place, you find your bearings by surrounding yourself with individuals who have the same interests and passions as yours. And that’s what took me to a particular spot in the sleepy, industrial neighbourhood of Al Quoz a couple of years ago. Someone said all the crazy, creative ones like you hang around there. I was sold.  Continue reading Dubai just gave permanent residency to arts

#NoFutureNoChildren: The youth aren’t kidding

By Purva Grover

What do you tell your unborn child? That he/she is not welcome into the world? Forget gender divides; both boys and girls are unwelcomed. Hold on — how do you decide not to have children, when you are one? You have a conversation with yourself about the surroundings and look to the adults for help. In the event of the latter failing to provide, the decision is not a tough one to reach.

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Why Chernobyl went nuclear at the Emmys

By Keith Pereña

I am not huge fan of television. However, the news of HBO’s mini-series Chernobyl, based on the 1986 disaster, becoming one of the big winners at this year’s Emmys made me reach out for the remote and switch on the show. After all, I have a strong connection with the place — I’ve been there and seen it all during one of my sojourns.

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