Off The Cuff

  • A series of disjointed spidery truths
    Feb 21, 2018 Kevin Martin,Special to Gulf News
    A person with arachnophobia is encouraged, under controlled circumstances, to relax and face his fear over a period of time
  • A step in the right direction
    04:47 pm Cheryl Rao,Special to Gulf News
    A foldable ramp certainly seems the answer to many prayers and perhaps we will soon have them everywhere
  • Discovering a nation
    Feb 22, 2018 Vanaja Rao,Special to Gulf News
    My journey of discovery has given me priceless memories of a land that is indeed blessed with an abundance of natural beauty and riches
  • “Grow instant hair on your head”
    Feb 20, 2018 Mahmood Saberi,Special to Gulf News
    Since health and fitness is a new fad among the young, the TV infomercials target them
  • Where humanism cries for succour
    Feb 19, 2018 Lalit Raizada,Special to Gulf News
    When a victim is taken to a hospital’s ‘Emergency’ the doctors wait for the police before starting treatment
  • The sand is starting to run down in the timer
    Feb 18, 2018 Mick O’Reilly,Foreign Correspondent
    Yes, when you’re 57 and the clock is ticking down, there’s no harm in looking backwards
  • A world away from movie land
    Feb 17, 2018 Christina Curran,Special to Gulf News
    For a lot of us, the only experience we have with mental illness is what we see on TV and in film
  • Angles and numbers, all over again
    Feb 16, 2018 Cheryl Rao,Special to Gulf News
    Maybe, I’ll just pick up the phone and order a pizza. But, wait a minute, there’s Math involved there too
  • Age is no barrier to pursue your passions
    Feb 15, 2018 Sudha Subramanian, Special to Gulf News
    She has much more up her sleeve than just song and dance. I will not be surprised if she is all set to run a marathon
  • Waves of different lengths may meet and click
    Feb 14, 2018 Kevin Martin, Special to Gulf News
    Wavelengths are used to measure sound, light, but how often have we heard two people claim to ‘be on the same wavelength’
  • Falling in love may shorten lifespan
    Feb 13, 2018 Mahmood Saberi,Special to Gulf News
    There are no happy endings to well-known love stories
  • Where did non-business email go?
    Feb 12, 2018 Gautam Raja, Special to Gulf News
    While the arrival of email made some of us bemoan the loss of the analogue and personal touch of letter-writing, the underlying concept was unchanged
  • Measure for measure ... the cycle of life
    Feb 11, 2018 Sanjib Kumar Das,Senior Pages Editor
    How tall should you be to be able to ride a bicycle?
  • Teenage kicks and politics
    Feb 10, 2018 Christina Curran,Special to Gulf News
    Who knows how the decades of turbulence have affected people like myself and all those other ‘Derry Girls’ across the whole of Northern Ireland
  • Getting our heads examined
    Feb 09, 2018 Cheryl Rao,Special to Gulf News
    As the years went by, I found that wherever I went — whether to a new school or to college or to a new job — there was always at least one other person who gelled with me
  • Never keep cash under your mattress
    Feb 08, 2018 Mahmood Saberi, Special to Gulf News
    Indians love gold jewellery and this is still very much a cash-based society
  • Interruption is distant cousin to temporariness
    Feb 07, 2018 Kevin Martin,Special to Gulf News
    The magpie sits and watches the raven’s departing form as though to say, ‘Job well done. I can’t have that tune ringing in my head all day’
  • For the love of Charles Dickens
    Feb 06, 2018 Navanita Varadpande,Special to Gulf News
    He takes us through the streets of London, nudging us to look into a dark Victorian workhouse or pointing us to the vulnerable segments of the society
  • Why not be good in bad circumstances?
    Feb 05, 2018 Lalit Raizada,Special to Gulf News
    Dining out horror: Do you write about it on social media? Think again
  • For God’s sake, what is The Yard?
    Feb 04, 2018 Abdul Hamid Ahmad, Editor-in-Chief
    People question that if they are in an Arab land why then are places and buildings given English names?
  • Some Siri-ous thoughts about technology
    Feb 03, 2018 Pranitha Menon,Special to Gulf News
    The older generation is hesitant to adapt to newer technologies that are an integral part of their children’s existence
  • An annual extravaganza
    Feb 02, 2018 Cheryl Rao,Special to Gulf News
    What is special about our Hyderabadi Numaish are the crowds, the movement, the choices, the general good humour and the feeling that for everyone it is their grand outing of the year
  • A matter of time
    Feb 01, 2018 Vanaja Rao,Special to Gulf News
    A rail company in Japan apologising after one of its trains departed 20 seconds early is almost unbelievable
  • How to insert ego into a group discussion
    Jan 31, 2018 Kevin Martin,Special to Gulf News
    An early compiler of one of the famous dictionary brands chose ‘mange’ as his all-time favourite word
  • No one escapes from a retirement home
    Jan 30, 2018 Mahmood Saberi,Special to Gulf News
    They give you bland, boiled food at these retreats, and you cannot speak for hours
  • Who needs a modernised typewriter?
    Jan 29, 2018 By Gautam Raja,Special to Gulf News
    When you roll a sheet of paper into a typewriter and press down on a key, you’re taking an object in this world and forever changing it
  • BTS, EXO and the power of K-pop
    Jan 28, 2018 Shyam A. KrishnaOpinion Editor
    There’s more to K-pop than Psy: A younger Korea that dances to a different beat
  • How I fell in love with riding a bike
    Jan 27, 2018 Susan Hinchey
    I haven’t joined a club, and haven’t bought lycra, but my weekly rides have become my special moment in time when I feel like a child again
  • A matter of daily bread
    Jan 26, 2018 Cheryl Rao,Special to Gulf News
    My taste buds have a mind of their own and despite all those warnings about white flour, crunchy baguettes, rolls and other breads are deeply relished
  • Obituary of my little car
    Jan 25, 2018 Maria Elizabeth Kallukaren,Special to Gulf News
    I couldn’t have chosen a worse time to have an accident. We had just renewed our insurance
  • How to link horses with tea in one column
    Jan 24, 2018 Kevin Martin,Special to Gulf News
    A conversation on the discolouring effect of tea on one’s dental work
  • Is my passport tracking me?
    Jan 23, 2018 Mahmood Saberi,Special to Gulf News
    I read somewhere that anyone with a device can scan the passport in my pocket as I am walking by