Off The Cuff

  • Should parenting be compensated?
    05:33 pm Vanaja Rao,Special to Gulf News
    Expecting your children to take care of you when you are unable to do so yourself isn’t selfish
  • The course of reading is best self-decided
    Apr 18, 2018 Kevin Martin,Special to Gulf News
    In many ways, I had to find my own way and discover writers that I liked and wanted to read more of
  • Should you marry if you wish to live long?
    Apr 17, 2018 Mahmood Saberi,Special to Gulf News
    Psychologists say married people live longer and are happier, but then they could have been paid off by wedding planners
  • In hyper-connected world, we are disconnecting
    Apr 16, 2018 Lalit Raizada,Special to Gulf News
    The elderly suffer from extreme loneliness and lack humans to share their thoughts
  • Parenting: A ringside view
    Apr 15, 2018 Maria Elizabeth KallukarenSpecial to Gulf News
    When babies turn into adults in the blink of an eye
  • Day ‘ruiners’ — they are the real enemy
    Apr 14, 2018 Yousra Zaki,Guides Deputy Editor
    Forcing yourself to think about the good things makes you feel happier and a bit distracted from the upsetting comments
  • Making choices in life
    Apr 13, 2018 Cheryl Rao,Special to Gulf News
    I reach for the phone ... and before I know it, it is lunchtime, then naptime, then teatime
  • La paloma, La Cucaracha and a balcony
    Apr 12, 2018 Kevin Martin,Special to Gulf News
    The pest experts themselves had visited my apartment only two days earlier with La cucaracha in mind and a promise to put an end to any sightings of it ...
  • A gang member on a bicycle
    Apr 11, 2018 Gautam Raja,Special to Gulf News
    You could only superficially encounter gang culture because it’s deeply territorial, and confined to disadvantaged neighbourhoods
  • Why tracking journos will not work
    Apr 10, 2018 Mahmood Saberi,Special to Gulf News
    The GOP administration will never track Russian journos
  • My mind was blown away when learning about Kamilaroi and Boorong astronomy
  • ‘Arranged’ marriages are far from obsolete
    Apr 08, 2018 Padmini B. Sankar,Special to Gulf News
    In this age of the information superhighway, a new matrimonial site is added almost every other day
  • Memories of an intrepid conservation educator
    Apr 07, 2018 Ajita Nayar,Special to Gulf News
    My childhood fantasies of Santa Claus on the reindeer sleigh coming from Lapland came flashing back, and I could never thank Staffan enough for providing us with such memorable experiences
  • Reluctant cooks and choosy eaters
    Apr 06, 2018 Cheryl Rao,Special to Gulf News
    The attitude of people to food often tends to reflect their attitude to life as well
  • Are you a worker or a drone?
    Apr 05, 2018 Vanaja Rao, Special to Gulf News
    Human beings are not bees and those who do their work well are bound to feel resentful of the freeloaders
  • A tribute to today’s young heroes
    Apr 04, 2018 Kevin Martin,Special to Gulf News
    When faced with fighting for survival, we often always take that chance even if it is perilous
  • Travel broadens your seat
    Apr 03, 2018 Mahmood Saberi,Special to Gulf News
    ‘Have a little, just a little more,’ was a sentence that I dreaded to hear
  • The victims of unending pains of empathy
    Apr 02, 2018 Lalit RaizadaSpecial to Gulf News
    Due to serious deficiencies in the system, patients have to buy their own medicines contrary to the concept of social welfare
  • Innovative solutions to stop ball tampering
    Apr 01, 2018 K.R. Nayar Chief Cricket Writer
    Cricket is surely a funny game, particularly if you don’t know the laws
  • Bringing families together
    Mar 31, 2018 Christina Curran,Special to Gulf News
    Our families are what make us who we are; moulding us into the people we are today
  • Why discarding and decluttering matters
    Mar 30, 2018 Cheryl Rao,Special to Gulf News
    How do I toss away the moth-eaten two-sided shawl that Mother bought in Kashmir in the 1960s
  • When ‘all is OK’ is aspirational
    Mar 29, 2018 Sudha Subramanian,Special to Gulf News
    If my mind, body and soul are in good spirits, then, indeed, it is ALL OK. And, I know, THAT is aspirational
  • No rat too lowly to be trampled upon
    Mar 28, 2018 Kevin Martin,Special to Gulf News
    It almost seems to me that the little rat has elevated its own ambitions, going from helping lions in fables, to animals much, much larger, like elephants!
  • Day Zero when water taps will run dry
    Mar 27, 2018 Mahmood Saberi,Special to Gulf News
    My wife rushed up to me and told me urgently that 2030 was still way away and we will not run out of water just yet ...
  • Technology that’s too good for its own good
    Mar 26, 2018 Gautam Raja,Special to Gulf News
    This hunt for emotion and character means that many audiophiles use vacuum-tube amplifiers
  • Save the Earth, the only planet with chocolate
    Mar 25, 2018 Pranitha Menon, Special to Gulf News
    Chocolate has played a big role in sweetening my childhood days and the very thought of its extinction is very depressing
  • Of ‘Hair’-loom woes
    Mar 24, 2018 Navanita Varadpande,Special to Gulf News
    As the years passed by, I got over this rather ‘hairy’ phobia ... and I shall let you in on a tip to get back your tresses in shape
  • A new meaning to a shoe-string budget
    Mar 23, 2018 Cheryl Rao,Special to Gulf News
    It was never difficult to come up with birthday gifts or anniversary gifts or gifts for any festivals. Shoes said it all ...
  • When your memory fails, try Google
    Mar 22, 2018 Vanaja Rao 
Special to Gulf News
    We should thank the teachers who insisted on our learning by heart passages from Shakespeare or long poems
  • Handling the relentlessness of change
    Mar 21, 2018 Kevin Martin,Special to Gulf News
    As with things, so with people. Change will alter us and we, in our wisdom, must be prepared to go with the flow, adapt
  • The pyrrhic trend of toppling statues
    Mar 20, 2018 Mahmood Saberi,Special to Gulf News
    Toppling statues became a recent trend after Lenin’s statue in Belonia Town College Square in Tripura state of India was brought down
  • Life in the Land of the Living Dead
    Mar 19, 2018 Lalit Raizada,Special to Gulf News
    The land record keepers charge a meagre fee for declaring the living as dead which mirrors the level of impoverishment in the region