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Where’s My Post-Grad Life Handbook?

Suitcase full to the brim. Boxes packed, taped and shipped off. Closets empty and shelves bare. The room looked so empty and somehow seemed smaller; maybe because my luggage was lying in the centre and was covering the floor. The next person who comes to make this room their home for four years will…

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Educational Reform: What Are the Kids Learning?

We pay thousands to ensure that our children are enrolled in the ‘best’ educational institutions, receiving instructions from a faculty that is knowledgeable and skilled to teach children. We expect the school to nurture our children’s ability to communicate, help them understand and deal with compl…

Sigh, Summer's Over: A Word on the Back-to-Work Blues
A Word on the Back-to-Work Blues

You’ve bathed in the sun, frolicked on beaches, gone snorkelling and spent all your time without a to-do list or the urgency of a deadline. Blue skies, rainbows and butterflies. Waking up without the shrill sound of an alarm, rolling in your warm sheets as your eyes open in the morning, your f…

Women against Feminism: Just a meaningless social media trend?
Women Against Feminism: A Meaningless Social Media Trend?

Scrolling through my Twitter timeline, I was on a quest to find something stimulating amidst a pool of rants and cries [the usual stuff that people post on twitter]. As I desperately tried to end my boredom, my eyes froze at a hashtag. “#WomenAgainstFeminism” beside a raging tweet about how women ar…

Is this how girls should be raised?
Is This How Girls Should Be Raised?

Why do you need to have a Masters/PhD? Your future husband will provide for you. No man would want a woman who has studied/is more successful than him! Studying too much won’t help you take care of a house. Don’t shout! It’s not ladylike. If you’re a woman, you’ve probably heard these phrases or a …

Musings in the Toilet
Musings in the Toilet

It is the place where great ideas are born. The hall of introspection, the abode of ‘eureka’; yep, I’m talking about the bathroom/washroom/loo. It is so much more than just a place to clean oneself up. I honestly believe it should be given a special place in the record books for the number of brilli…

A Millenial's Guide to Using 'Slang'
A Millenial’s Guide to Using ‘Slang’

Imagine a man shooting bullets in the dark. It’s pitch black – the man can’t see who might be around him. The room is clearly packed with people, judging by the noise. Yet, the man continues shooting. A scenario like that is unlikely but not uncommon – we hurt people in crowded rooms every other …

The 'Perks' of being a Teetotaler, By Amrita Thakkar
The ‘Perks’ of Being a Teetotaler

Imagine walking into a room full of college students and asking for a show of hands from those who don’t drink or smoke. Chances are you won’t see a lot of them in the air. Certain practices go hand in hand with university – and smoking and drinking seem to be in the top three. …

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Tips to Save Money While Having Fun

It’s finally summa summa summa time as your good friend and mine, DJ Jazzy Jeff, would say. You know what that means! No, I’m not talking about lemon water in mason jars, lazy days by the pool or mornings spent on the beach. I’m talking about the ridiculous amount of money we spend. Picture this …

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Domestic Violence: Is There a Safe Haven?

Have you ever had a lover or friend that you could trust with your life? Someone you cherished, looked up to and loved? You couldn’t have imagined how chaotic your life would be without them. Then suddenly, they left. They walked away. They wronged you. Cheated on you. This may not have been recent,…

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Yes, I’m an Arts Student – No, I’m Not Stupid

A fine Sunday morning, three students walked past three identical white lilies in a luscious garden. The Science student plucked the petals of the lily to understand it better… for research. The Commerce student plucked the lily to sell it at the local farmer’s market… for profit. The Arts student l…

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Hello, Marhaba, Andorovo: What’s Your Mother Tongue?

Many new expats to the U.A.E presume that the moment they begin working here, they will have to learn to be fluent in Arabic and will struggle with communication in the office. An Emirati neighbour of mine got me thinking when he spoke to me in Hindi during an elevator ride. Living in the U.A.E, …

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Are You an Extrovert? From the Eyes of an Ambivert

In a world that’s gone a bit too trigger-happy with the label maker in hand, we tend to stick big yellow tags on everything. I like to read and spend time alone. I also love performing in front of large audiences and talking until someone tells me to shut up. Where does that leave me? …