Off The Cuff

  • Embracing your own backyard
    04:56 pm By Vanaja Rao, Special to Gulf News
    Sikkim is one place that will linger in my mind as it exceeded all expectations
  • Triple treat fines aren’t half amusing
    Jul 18, 2018 Kevin MartinSpecial to Gulf News
    Triple treat fines aren’t half amusing
  • My insured wife ignores fire alarms
    Jul 17, 2018 Mahmood Saberi,Special to Gulf News
    Just as my wife predicted, it was a false alarm and soon the fire chief came out and announced an all-clear
  • Some lessons strike a lasting chord
    Jul 16, 2018 By Fyna Ashwath,Special to Gulf News
    What has stayed with me is the unforgettable lesson of humility my music teacher left behind
  • Get yourself a giant dog
    Jul 15, 2018 Maeve Higgins, NYT
    The gentleness and normality of a puppy who grew to be a giant
  • A kitten for a pet
    Jul 14, 2018 Michael Guzder,Special to Gulf News
    As I key in these memories, she is on my lap, cuddled up and fast asleep. I guess we have a pet and YES we are going to keep her for as long as we can
  • An attempt to be prepared
    Jul 13, 2018 Cheryl Rao, Special to Gulf News
    On a recent rail journey from Slovenia to Hungary, my ever-present 100ml bottle of water sprung a leak ...
  • Some things change, some stay the same
    Jul 11, 2018 Kevin Martin,Special to Gulf News
    Who’s really listening? It would appear that nobody’s been elected to play the role of ‘listener’
  • Why immigrant children excel
    Jul 10, 2018 Mahmood Saberi,Special to Gulf News
    Asian parents love their offspring to death and are guilty of helicopter parenting
  • When acrophobia took control of me, my senses
    Jul 09, 2018 Lalit Raizada,Special to Gulf News
    The porter had arrived much earlier carrying our luggage tied to his forehead
  • A stitch in time to save a ‘Messi’ day
    Jul 08, 2018 Pranitha Menon,Special to Gulf News
    A torn ‘lucky’ jersey, that could not be worn by a little Messi fan sitting half a world away, is believed to have stood between the Argentine great and his missed penalty
  • Alien technology that we can use
    Jul 07, 2018 Stuart Heritage
    For an alien species to travel all the way to Earth, you’d imagine that it would have cracked the notion of suspended animation pretty definitively
  • Our ‘taking’ ways ...
    Jul 06, 2018 Cheryl RaoSpecial to Gulf News
    All it takes is a click and a ‘send’ and photographs, recipes and stories do the rounds — and no one feels the other has got the best of the bargain ...
  • News to make chefs cry with joy
    Jul 05, 2018 Vanaja Rao,Special to Gulf News
    The quest for tear-free onions has seen a Google search yield over a million-and-a-half results as well as many YouTube videos
  • Not always easy keeping mum
    Jul 04, 2018 Kevin Martin,Special to Gulf News
    ‘Keeping mum’ could have nothing to do with silence whatsoever ...
  • Canada Day when it sizzles
    Jul 03, 2018 Mahmood Saberi,Special to Gulf News
    Say ‘Canada’ to people and everyone assumes that this is a ‘winter wonderland’
  • The joy of postcards and letters
    Jul 02, 2018 Michael Guzder,Special to Gulf News
    In this age of the internet and social media everything is instant; a letter isn’t fast enough to communicate
  • It’s official — yoga makes you smug
    Jul 01, 2018 Nell Frizzell
    students interviewed within an hour of a yoga class scored highly in an inventory of narcissistic tendencies and described themselves as more enhanced than the average student
  • It’s sizzling hot in UK
    Jun 30, 2018 Christina Curran,Special to Gulf News
    It will be worth investing in a bit of air-conditioning if climate change is going to turn our seasons to the extreme
  • When there is ‘nothing’ to do
    Jun 29, 2018 Cheryl Rao,Special to Gulf News
    In a time before we had television sets at home, these long months of ‘nothing to do’ became extremely productive times
  • Are you easily offended?
    Jun 28, 2018 Hero SivanSpecial to Gulf News
    The adage sounds good, ‘give respect and take respect’. If you live by the rules, there is a great reward
  • When people go hyper over hypo
    Jun 27, 2018 By Kevin Martin,Special to Gulf News
    When people come upon a new word, they’d like other people to hear as well
  • Paris Je T’aime in the summer
    Jun 26, 2018 Mahmood Saberi,Special to Gulf News
    Travel sure helps bring people together. My wife and I came closer as we could not afford to get lost as the only French word my wife knew was ‘mercy’
  • The domestic lizard is a necessary evil
    Jun 25, 2018 Lalit Raizada,Special to Gulf News
    They did not disturb or harm us in any way and we did not bother them
  • Adopt-a-team approach to the World Cup
    Jun 24, 2018 By Suyash Upadhyaya
    Till July 15, all Indians will become foreigners, screaming with joy for every goal ‘their’ team scores, each of them passionately defending their favourite players
  • Our house — in the middle of a steep hill
    Jun 23, 2018 Christina Curran,Special to Gulf News
    Those walls have seen many tears and tantrums by all members of the Curran flock and by some of the little newcomers ...
  • The way with all secrets
    Jun 22, 2018 Cheryl Rao,Special to Gulf News
    I outgrew my propensity to spill the beans on everyone and learned to be circumspect about what I repeated
  • Having our fill of a wonderland
    Jun 21, 2018 Vanaja Rao,Special to Gulf News
    A family trip to northeastern states in India threw up plenty of surprises
  • Negotiating the dark corner of change
    Jun 20, 2018 Kevin Martin, Special to Gulf News
    These are, indeed different times, but is everyone — especially the well-entrenched — willing to embrace the difference and move in step with the changes?
  • Ignoring Facebook friends is futile
    Jun 19, 2018 Mahmood Saberi,Special to Gulf News
    Making friends becomes tough after a certain age if you are freelancing from the safety of your home and have practically nobody to talk to for days on end
  • Rising above May Grey
    Jun 18, 2018 Gautam Raja,Special to Gulf News
    Recent studies that have shown that being outdoors and in nature has a deep therapeutic value
  • The cricket fire burns on
    Jun 17, 2018 Gulf News
    That’s cricket! Grandfather goes to bat for grandson