Opinion

Dear Married Men Who Are ‘Just Joking’

To all the men out there who get a kick out of making indecent jokes about your married life, this one is for you. I know you want to make people laugh. You want to capture the room with your wit. Lighten the mood during gatherings. Make people’s day with your tremendous humour. But for […]

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Opinion

Instant Wife. Just Add Water.

What do men want in a wife? Or is the better question: what do their mothers want in a daughter-in-law? It seems like the ‘ideal’ desi wife would be: Fair and slim. Tall, but shorter than the guy. Able to cook and take care of the house. Educated, preferably with a doctor’s degree but no […]

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Opinion

Your Stay-At-Home Mom Is Not Your Maid

Recently I’ve been noticing that whenever my mom asks me to do things for her – like wash the dishes, go out to get some groceries, or even the tiniest favour like get her a glass of water – she always makes it a point to say ‘thank you’ to me. It baffles me when […]

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Life

My Budhiama and Her Essense of Understanding Sustainability

Guest post by Drona Dewi My grandma, I call her Budhiama (elderly mother in Nepali), who isn’t old but aging gracefully is actually an epitope of budhi (intelligence in Sanskrit).  How many people get the chance of celebrating their birthday having their mother beside them? That one lucky soul is her son, my Tulobau (Big […]

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Opinion

Don’t Hate Bad People, Hate The Bad In People

Guest post by Andale Seaworne A few years ago during Quran Tafseer (interpretation) classes in Ramadan, the teacher was going through an ayat (verse) and there was one statement she said that really made me take a step back, “Don’t hate bad people, hate the bad that they did.” This was a new statement that […]

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Life

7 Strange Quirks of Being a Flight Attendant

Guest post by Norbert Sari I’ve always found the idea of being on an airplane strangely cozy. I flew for the first time when I was 14. There’s nowhere to go, nobody can enter or leave, you have a chance to disconnect and the excitement of travel and arriving to your destination is enticing. I […]

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Entertainment

Material (2012): Movie Review

I came across this movie when I was scrolling through Netflix, trying to find something to watch with dinner. Material is a South African film (my first I think) that revolves around Cassim, a young Muslim working in his father’s fabric shop in Johannesburg. Cassim is also a stand-up comedian (secretly, of course). He knows […]

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Travel

6 Hidden Gems of Andalusia

Guest post by Norbert Sari Spain has fascinated me ever since I set foot in Barcelona in October 2016. In the following year, I visited several cities and regions in the country, but it was not until August 2017 that I completely fell in love when I first visited Andalusia. Two years later, in July […]

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