Off The Cuff

  • Of wedding preparations and reparations
    Nov 17, 2017 Cheryl Rao,Special to Gulf News
    Suddenly, long forgotten grievances that we didn’t think anyone should or could carry around, come to the surface
  • The great Indian mishmash
    30 minutes ago Navanita Varadpande,Special to Gulf News
    The humble ‘khichdi’ never imagined that it would taste its share of fame more than anybody would want to taste it
  • St Louis is Saint Louis, not Street Louis
    Nov 22, 2017 Kevin Martin,Special to Gulf News
    When I was a young man ploughing my way through the rich soil of the English language like a diligent apprentice farmer, it was the abbreviation that was generally in use
  • Making your home a fun place to live
    Nov 21, 2017 Mahmood Saberi,Special to Gulf News
    Someone suggested we need to Feng Shui our flat to bring in the good vibes that would help me get employment
  • Spreading joy on the streets
    Nov 20, 2017 Gautam Raja,Special to Gulf News
    When I carry loose change, or ride with my dog, I suddenly have a sense of being a part of a positive human structure
  • A glorious moment frozen in time
    Nov 19, 2017 Sudha SubramanianSpecial to Gulf News
    I am not sure if it is a great picture, but when Sid hugged the two of us in that warm summer night, it certainly felt like a glorious moment
  • Counting blessings and sharing some of them
    Nov 18, 2017 Pranitha Menon,Special to Gulf News
    these unused clothes will not only provide warmth to some less-fortunate person this winter, but may be a reason to light up someone’s face with a smile
  • Pot shot at potholes
    Nov 16, 2017 Vanaja Rao,Special to Gulf News
    The deplorable condition of roads in India is what everyone talks about
  • An insightful morning at the local clinic
    Nov 15, 2017 Kevin Martin,Special to Gulf News
    What a lovely thing is innocence and ignorance, I think. Ignorance of what must await — especially in a dentist’s chair
  • How do you say ‘sharpen this knife quickly’?
    Nov 14, 2017 Mahmood Saberi,Special to Gulf News
    I don’t think I will use slang words in polite conversation, but they are so much more fun than learning classic Kannada
  • Caught between two masters
    Nov 13, 2017 Lalit Raizada,Special to Gulf News
    It was a moving story of two faithful — a doggie and a human
  • Why the world loves New York
    Nov 12, 2017 Aatish Taseer
    All the time that I was away, the city came more and more to seem like a sanctuary
  • The end of the foreign affair
    Nov 11, 2017 Christina Curran,Special to Gulf News
    No matter how old you are, or where you are in life, it’s never too late to do something your heart tells you to do
  • A visit to the Dubai Zoo — for the last time
    Nov 11, 2017 Sudha Subramanian,Special to Gulf News
    It felt great that the animals will now have a spacious new home and yet that evening was awash with nostalgia
  • All the role models that we need
    Nov 10, 2017 Cheryl Rao,Special to Gulf News
    In short, we get down to the business of trying to earn a living — and spend a lifetime doing it
  • Character is about being unscarred by the past
    Nov 08, 2017 Kevin Martin,Special to Gulf News
    Sometimes, one sits and observes someone elderly and wonders what their early life story must be
  • You need to just chill on Bengaluru roads
    Nov 07, 2017 Mahmood Saberi,Special to Gulf News
    Scooters with five family members perched precariously, small Japanese cars manufactured in India, huge buses with tiny drivers, were all speeding towards us
  • Is honesty the best police?
    Nov 06, 2017 Gautam Raja,Special to Gulf News
    All those little white lies add up to a grievous dishonesty to oneself. All those feelings that were spared, are a thousand cuts to your own psyche
  • Portraits of black people don’t need to be confrontational or symbolic
  • The downfalls of being positive: An open letter
    Nov 04, 2017 Yousra Zaki,Guides Deputy Editor
    Sometimes I don’t feel like smiling. I want to frown and be mad. But will you still like me if I’m a downer?
  • A window to the world
    Nov 03, 2017 Cheryl Rao,Special to Gulf News
    Your preference for window seats has something to say about you: That you are selfish, irritable ...
  • When failure is an option
    Nov 02, 2017 Vanaja Rao,Special to Gulf News
    Failure needs to be destigmatised to allow people to persevere despite setbacks
  • Witnessing the coming of Chef Gandalf
    Nov 01, 2017 Kevin Martin
    When they are done and Jamie has run off to play, Jill, with typical maternal pride, tells us that she’d only shown him once, a month ago, how to arrange the vegetables in the dish
  • Bringing people together only for love is tough
    Oct 31, 2017 Mahmood SaberiSpecial to Gulf News
    Things are changing for the better in India, or so it seems, going by the matrimonial adverts
  • What is dearer: A mobile or peace of mind?
    Oct 30, 2017 Lalit Raizada,Special to Gulf News
    Theoretically, we are all equals but in practice we are not
  • Create your own superhero to save the world
    Oct 29, 2017 Dona Cherian, Guides Writer
    Take your children and your young siblings to refugee camps and show them what is not granted to children who could have been their friends
  • ‘Any nuts and apples?’
    Oct 28, 2017 Christina Curran,Special to Gulf News
    Halloween has changed today, but it’s still as magical as ever for the young and old alike
  • Will a ‘smart’ kitchen take over?
    Oct 27, 2017 Cheryl Rao,Special to Gulf News
    Why not also come up with an all-purpose pill that can produce different tastes for different palates
  • Trick or treat?
    Oct 26, 2017 Navanita Varadpande,Special to Gulf News
    Halloween in its wake will bring with it hashtags aplenty on social media ... conjuring images of witches, broomsticks, black cats
  • There’s more than four letters in swearing
    Oct 25, 2017 Kevin Martin,Special to Gulf News
    This whole business of swearing was recalled recently while journeying on the bus to the shopping centre
  • Oldies get all the good discounts
    Oct 24, 2017 Mahmood SaberiSpecial to Gulf News
    It was like living in one of those futuristic cities where time has stood still
  • Disaster protection that fits under your bed!
    Oct 23, 2017 Gautam RajaSpecial to Gulf News
    The video frequently stresses that your survival-food stockpile must be covert