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Love at First Sight with Kuala Lumpur

Reading Time: 5 minutesKuala Lumpur is where Asia melts into a brilliant rhythm of people, sounds, cultures, cuisines, lifestyles, architectures, and incredible nature. The city itself is another bustling urban hub full of busy days and people getting through sweaty and sunny days to work and home. What’s not lost is the humane approach to life through all […]

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Malayali Weddings: Simple Low-Key Affairs

Reading Time: 4 minutesMalayali weddings are utterly devoid of all the pomp and fanfare that mark lavish Punjabi / Sikh/Bania weddings. These are summed up as Band Baaja Baraati. At a Malayali wedding there is neither loud music nor dancing, no mehendi, and sangeet, which are almost Sine Qua Non for weddings in northern parts of the country, […]

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An Amazing Experience

Reading Time: 3 minutesIs it possible that real life experiences replicate the ones that fictional heroes had in books? Soumya, relives some such moments, during a recent trip to England. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. I too, like many of you, re-read Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat whenever I want to destress.  You, no doubt, […]

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Life is Short and the World is Wide

Reading Time: 3 minutesHong Kong in that sense is conveniently located, with its proximity to so many beautiful cities just a couple of hours away.  From Cambodia, Bali to Vietnam and Thailand…all can be accessed on a long extended weekend. Discovery Bay, with its predominantly expat population, becomes very quiet during holidays with almost everyone leaving for a vacation, […]

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That Old Lady in the Plaza

Reading Time: 3 minutesOne in three elderly in Hong Kong aged 65 and over are living in poverty. They spend the remaining of their lives, looking through trash that we throw, trying to salvage something out of it and make money, says Suveera, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. I gaze at her as she moves […]

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Dubai, a Young City, is Future Perfect

Reading Time: 6 minutesThe most remarkable sight is being able to see women and men walk with a feeling of safety and assurance at any hour of the night or day and not be worried about theft or abuse of a person or personal belongings. Rina talks about her relationship with Dubai where she lived with her husband […]

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Prayers and Hope: A Severe Outbreak of Flu in Hong Kong

Reading Time: 3 minutesHong Kong is an overpopulated, crowded place where people are closely packed together for lack of space. Add to that high humidity levels, and it is the perfect breeding ground for viruses. It witnessed one of the worst ever outbreaks of Flu, says, Suveera, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. It feels like […]

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Calcutta Cameo: Of Fetidness and Joy!

Reading Time: 3 minutesHumourist Soumya presents two snapshots of Calcutta as he saw it, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. During a recent visit to my hometown – the city that defies definition, a couple of scenes, framed by the rattling windows of the city’s cacophonic local buses, stay frozen in my mind. The first was […]

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The Year of the Dog: Chinese New Year 2018

Reading Time: 3 minutesWe celebrated Chinese New Year yesterday (Friday, Feb 16). Legend has it that ‘Nian’, a monster used to terrorise the people of a village. Everyone would leave their houses to go to safer grounds, before the monster’s annual visit. However one night, a wise old man decided to stay and confront it. It’s year of […]

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The Bridge across the Oceans

Reading Time: 4 minutesIt is a concern for most expats, with increasing number of people finding employment overseas, it’s a continuous endeavor to strike a balance between aging parents back home, and the promise of a new land. A struggle between the three generations feels Suveera. She talks about the balance between various relationships, in the weekly column, […]

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