By Purva Grover
“So, what’s your New Year’s resolution?” is a question, which is as rude, if not more than, “So, what did you do on New Year’s Eve?” Just when the pressure to party leaves us alone, the pestering to be perfect and bring about a 360-degree turn to our lives takes over. This is the first weekend of 2020 and we’re expected to be seen nowhere else except on a running track or inside of a gym. There is also the compulsion to drink celery, green apple and kale juice each morning; to detox after all the festive food. By next week, of course, the expectations will wear [us] down and we’ll be back to using the elevator. So far, so good. Hashtags like #healthylifetstyle and #newyearnewme are trending, and will soon enough give way to memes on breaking the resolutions. According to the US News & World Report (January 2019), the failure rate for New Year’s resolutions is said to be about 80 per cent, and most lose their resolve by mid-February.
Continue reading What New Year’s resolutions? I’m still binging on Netflix and doughnuts in 2020
By Anamika Chatterjee
Not many would believe, but there was a time in my life when I wanted to be an economist. Amartya Sen hadn’t won a Nobel then, and Abhijit Banerjee wasn’t even a name I was familiar with. Economics — with its focus on development — seemed to be a subject where human interest and numbers could hope to co-exist in peace. My dreams died a natural death when I was told that I had received a measly 75 per cent in my Class XII Board exams. In other words, I would not be deemed good enough to study economics in any good college in University of Delhi.
Continue reading What’s broken can be rebuilt. Trust me, it can be so simple
By David Light
Call us suggestible, but don’t you think entering a new decade furnishes you with a revitalised perspective? What was perhaps too trying to accomplish last year, as the period with no name ground to a finish, the beginning of a new era (the ‘Roaring Twenties’, perhaps?) ushers in a wave of possibilities and the energy with which to take them on. Nowhere is this more applicable than when it comes to travel destinations. Toward the close of 2019, we found ourselves running our eyes over tried and tested holiday spots, not possessing the will to venture further afield. Not anymore, however. Since the clock struck midnight on Tuesday/Wednesday morning somehow we were instantly filled with the vigour to tread a more unfamiliar vacation path. Here are some options for the next 12 months.
Continue reading Satiate your wanderlust in 2020
By Bikram Vohra
Never take a holidaymaker flight that is on a low cost airline.
It is a nightmare and I was riding on it last week from Delhi. Families discarding their warm clothes from the 1 degree frost of the Indian capital like butterflies shedding their pupa and emerging all colourful and frothy and emblazoned with summer motifs.
Continue reading Taking a flight to merry mayhem
By Enid Parker
Whenever Christmas season comes around, there’s one book from my collection I have to re-read… Little Women. One of my favourite classics, Little Women was written by American author Louisa May Alcott and originally published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. Because the story of Little Women begins with Jo March and her sisters Beth, Amy and Meg having a funny, sweet and heartfelt conversation on Christmas Eve, it always strikes a chord and envelops me with warmth during this time of year.
Continue reading What makes Little Women a festive fave
By Sami ha Zen
It was 2012 New Year’s Eve. My identity crisis was at its peak. I wanted to go beyond being someone’s daughter or sibling. I made a huge announcement — start from scratch. And did I? Yes, before the end of January, I cancelled my UAE visa and by March, I’d set foot in a strange country to start my dream life. My parents were shocked. No one, not even extended relatives, had ever thought of moving beyond the UAE. This was the land that we had our familial ties with since the ’50s and no one dared to break the cord. I felt empowered with my newfound independence.
Continue reading Why you shouldn’t make long-term resolutions
By Rohma Sadaqat
How do you say goodbye to something that has been part of your life for so long?
The short answer to that is that you don’t, and the long answer is some variation of the phrase, “it’s complicated”. What am I talking about here? Well, recently, I got the chance to attend the premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Ask any Star Wars fan about their plans for the winter break and chances are that they will tell you that December means a Star Wars movie is going to hit the theatres. It is all we can think and talk about in the months leading up to the release; I am pretty sure that I have quite a few long-suffering friends, who had to sit through many a lunch hour with me discussing theories and all things Star Wars. Continue reading This may be goodbye to Star Wars, but the Force will always be with me