Author: Suveera Sharma

Lawless Kowloon was a City within a City, a Hub of Vice

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe dark past of one of the major hubs of the city was the infamous walled city of Kowloon.  It became a city within a city. A haven for criminals and debauchery. Dog meat restaurants, small toy factories, drug dens, and brothels, even unlicensed dentists. All flourished in the chaos. It was demolished in March […]

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Bon Appetit: After a Full Belly all is Poetry!

Reading Time: 4 minutesFood is interwoven into the culture of the Chinese people much like the Indians. With food, Gods are worshipped, ancestors are sustained, and spirits pacified. Food also plays a significant role in family politics, with women showcasing their culinary prowess for one-upmanship, says Suveera, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. If you are […]

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The Future is Smiling in Hong Kong, the Jewel of Asia

Reading Time: 5 minutesSuveera began penning the Hong Kong Diary, a weekly column, in 2017. She glances back at the close of the year and tells us what life has been in the Far East. Her gaze is focussed in the future too, with her wish list. Read more in the Special Feature, exclusively in Different Truths. The year 2018 is […]

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A Lesson in Love

Reading Time: 4 minutesThere’s an interesting place called Grandpa’s Garden, in Discovery Bay, in Hong Kong, hidden by the lush greenery, almost waiting to be discovered. It is a beautiful organic farm, run by a charming, elderly Chinese couple. We rent a small plot of farmland there to grow our own organic vegetables. It is important for the […]

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Of Dumplings and Jalebis

Reading Time: 4 minutesChanging times always present newer challenges. Third culture kids have such a wider exposure to life and its challenges, leaving them empowered with a higher level of cross-cultural competence, sometimes exhibiting more understanding than their mono-cultural counterparts. However on the flipside, they experience ‘cultural jet lag’, opines Suveera, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different […]

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The Chosen Family

Reading Time: 3 minutesSuveera tells us how her family-of-friends became her family in a distant land in Hong Kong, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. I still remember very clearly how five years ago, we tried to gather our life and packed it into four suitcases,  bid teary goodbyes to our families back home in Delhi […]

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A Sprinkling of Joy

Reading Time: 4 minutesNisha, our helper, is like thousands of other women, who have left behind their home and families in their countries, to seek a better future for themselves and their loved ones. Foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong, come from the Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Nepal amongst others. They step out of their home countries […]

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Put Life into Your Years

Reading Time: 4 minutesA couple of days back, we went for a picnic, to a picturesque country park. One of many in Hong Kong. We set base on top of a hill, where it was particularly windy. It is intriguing how in a relaxed atmosphere, the child trapped within us escapes. Before long we were all infected by […]

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The First Step

Reading Time: 4 minutesMotivation comes easy in Hong Kong. People take time out to exercise and work on their health. Every region has its own swimming pools and sports clubs and they are put to good use by the residents, says Suveera, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. The pleasant chill in the air is just […]

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Anger in the City

Reading Time: 4 minutesMovies we do not like are banned, paintings that we do not fancy are not exhibited. Authors who do not mirror out thoughts are banished from countries. Newspapers shut down and even people killed in road rage. It’s all getting a bit too much. Suveera asks why this intolerance, in the weekly column, exclusively in […]

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