Fly butterfly, fly free

Fly butterfly, fly free

I hesitated to let that woman in. I was at a friend’s flat and since both of our families were away, we were mulling a bachelors’ dinner while watching that evening’s cricket match. The friend cooked better than I did so I let him do what he was good at while I did...
Story of Al Jarz

Story of Al Jarz

Every slice of our ancestry and history reflects the human adaptability of coexisting with the nature and surroundings. But sometimes to survive the harsh elements, one needs to create the right tools too. In those days of yore, Al Jarz was a product born out of such...
Corona ‘Song of Freedom’

Corona ‘Song of Freedom’

Nostradamus wasn’t far off.  Throwing word darts into the future where it struck bullseye in 2020. The wound still drips blood as we are not able to plaster the outpouring.Astrologers spit in the air again and again. Foretelling new dates.This month, this day,...
The Pomegranate

The Pomegranate

The Pomegranate By Fatma SibaniShe was sitting on a ladder-back chair in the veranda, staring at the azure sky, clear but of a pigeon hovering around something in the ground. Nothing was disturbing the stretch of the horizon except for a fruitless pomegranate tree...
Is there hope for Yemen?

Is there hope for Yemen?

By announcing an end to the US support for offensive operations in Yemen, the Biden administration has signalled a shift in policy, which will be welcomed, but with guarded expectations. The US Congress has been notified that the US would lift the “terrorist”...
‘Bob Marley’ of the Pillayar Kovil road

‘Bob Marley’ of the Pillayar Kovil road

By Adarsh madhavanSometimes he sits just outside the Pillayar Kovil. All hunched up and done, actually, a bag of bones in rags but with matted locks that Bob Marley fans would envy.  He sits there only when he is totally dry and hasn’t had anything to eat at all.  And...
The common man fights his battles alone

The common man fights his battles alone

By Adarsh Madhavan Most of the Whatsapp groups to which I am involuntarily party to are dominated by the fervour over the US elections. Before the declaration, it was who will win, Biden or Trump or Trump or Biden and what have you. Maybe, by this time, a winner would...
So am I a ‘feminist’?

So am I a ‘feminist’?

By Priya Arunkumar“You are a feminist, aren’t you? He smirked. Et tu brute, I silently thought as I looked at my childhood pal, who used to bully me at every given opportunity. No, why do you say that, I queried. “Well, long back when you joined us in school, I knew...