Off The Cuff

  • Bridging the generation gap
    Sep 21, 2017 Vanaja Rao, Special to Gulf News
    I know fully well that those who opt to live away from family always think about the ones left behind
  • Who wants to be a loser?
    05:08 pm Cheryl Rao,Special to Gulf News
    The increasing frequency of my ‘losses’ is getting to be downright depressing — and so, when I find something that was ‘lost’, I put it to use immediately
  • How to spot a shoplifter
    Sep 20, 2017 Kevin Martin,Special to Gulf News
    Colour shouldn’t acquire the quality of traffic lights: One meaning ‘go’ the other signalling ‘halt’
  • Luck plays a big part besides talent, hard work
    Sep 19, 2017 Mahmood Saberi,Special to Gulf News
    Watching Hollywood movies while in my teens I always believed that garlic helps ward off vampires
  • The tale of a compulsive money borrower
    Sep 18, 2017 Lalit Raizada,Special to Gulf News
    I noticed some persons keeping Rs20 ready the moment they spotted AKS coming towards them
  • Gut feeling on matters of the heart
    Sep 17, 2017 Sudha SubramanianSpecial to Gulf News
    Matters of heart don’t come with a manual. It is not just the thought, words or even action. It is just — pure, simple gut
  • Dancing in September
    Sep 16, 2017 Christina Curran,Special to Gulf News
    I’ll be having an autumn clean-up, if you will, much to the delight of my housemate and sister, Bronagh
  • The additional senses we possess
    Sep 15, 2017 Cheryl Rao,Special to Gulf News
    None of us children, with our better eyesight, ever saw these threats, did we?
  • Where are all the E.T.s?
    Sep 14, 2017 Seyyed de la Llata,Senior Designer
    It is possible that we are the galactic kid that is picking his nose, while others are building computers
  • Raising three cheers to inflation
    Sep 13, 2017 Kevin Martin,Special to Gulf News
    Slip a little of something highly toxic into a general’s cup and a Caesar of today would be a dead Caesar tomorrow
  • Hardship allowance for expats?
    Sep 12, 2017 Mahmood Saberi,Special to Gulf News
    There is a large expat population in India today, working in various fields, such as banking, IT and education
  • What has audio got to do with tea?
    Sep 11, 2017 Gautam Raja,Special to Gulf News
    My most treasured find from the specialty tea industry, though, is “the agony of the leaves”
  • Their parents are concerned with providing food and shelter, and ‘class migration’ means those children who do well feel alienated from their birth culture
  • The freedom to ‘be’
    Sep 09, 2017 Navanita Varadpande,Special to Gulf News
    It is not about feminism or flexing muscles against anybody, it is about women’s liberty
  • The joy of a train ride
    Sep 08, 2017 Cheryl Rao,Special to Gulf News
    Our first glimpses of some of the places we had read about only in our history books were thrilling
  • Too close for comfort
    Sep 07, 2017 Vanaja Rao,Special to Gulf News
    As true stories abound of adults taking advantage of the innocence of little ones, I am glad that parents today are more alive to the danger of abuse
  • Love falls flat in domestic spat
    Sep 06, 2017 Kevin Martin,Special to Gulf News
    The fighting and bickering now calls to mind the incessant simmering, sub-volatile activity just below an earthquake’s fault lines
  • Do not show legs and other polite stuff
    Sep 05, 2017 Mahmood Saberi,Special to Gulf News
    Indian women are very vocal today and hit back at trolls at any sign of discrimination from the male-dominated society
  • A heart-to-heart ... just about
    Sep 04, 2017 Lalit RaizadaSpecial to Gulf News
    The STD era is passe. I thank my stars because the STD facility remained a cause of great bother
  • The Austentatious fan
    Sep 03, 2017 Navanita Varadpande,Special to Gulf News
    As I came out of my hypnotised reverie, I sent a message to my brother, in England, to save an Austen currency note for me
  • Letting your hair down ...
    Sep 02, 2017 Christina Curran,Special to Gulf News
    To us my sister is a beacon of life who reminds us that it’s not that bad as the years creep up
  • Second-hand lessons from our grandfather
    Sep 01, 2017 Cheryl Rao,Special to Gulf News
    I wonder what grandfather would have felt if he were around today to witness our self-praise and self-promotion or listen to us air our judgements and opinions in a barrage of tweets
  • Juggling career and motherhood
    Aug 31, 2017 Sudha Subramanian,Special to Gulf News
    Women have so many social and economic pressures that, their hearts have to be compartmentalised — each part loving one aspect of life unconditionally. This, I think, is special to women alone
  • A question of mistaken identity
    Aug 30, 2017 Kevin Martin,Special to Gulf News
    It’s safe to presume — with a modicum of exaggeration — that the question may even have died out with us
  • Can I please have some privacy?
    Aug 29, 2017 Mahmood Saberi,Special to Gulf News
    I whispered my Pin and the shopkeeper shouted it back to me, and I foolishly nodded ...
  • Stop apologising for your cuisine
    Aug 28, 2017 Gautam Raja,Special to Gulf News
    Nobody anywhere overcooks or undercooks anything, and everything is delicious. It’s only your dislikes that limit the world
  • To lose love is terrible, but to never have had it is worse still
  • Of photogenic food and unbeatable flavours
    Aug 26, 2017 Fyna Ashwath,Special to Gulf News
    The conversation flowing at the table, the smiles and sharing ... all added to the magic of those meal times
  • Travelling light and smart
    Aug 25, 2017 Cheryl Rao,Special to Gulf News
    To get that picture of the exploding suitcase out of our minds, however, we spend half the night before the return journey packing and re-packing and weighing and re-weighing
  • When Geography is fun
    Aug 24, 2017 Atul Kumar Mathur,Special to Gulf News
    Have you finished memorising the name of the mighty Indian river Brahmaputra? Good. Now begin memorising the name Tsang Po
  • Luxury in a rolled, dry leaf
    Aug 23, 2017 Kevin Martin,Special to Gulf News
    Looking at the leaf on my balcony today, I’m reminded of how similar in shape and size it is to the first cigar I bought
  • All of us have some extra baggage
    Aug 22, 2017 Mahmood Saberi,Special to Gulf News
    Travelling to any Indian city from the Arab Gulf states is generally interesting