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Born a Crime, Raised an Icon: Trevor Noah’s Powerful Autobiography

November 22, 2017


As written for The Platform, UK [September 2017] An “autobiographical comedy” is how Trevor Noah’s memoir Born A Crime is often described. But, as everyone’s current favourite satirical funny man, Noah does here too what he does best. Drollery as a façade for dark witticisms. A laugh-out-loud hardcover made up of pages laced with a grim life […]

A Guide to Dubai’s Best Second-hand Bookshops

July 26, 2012


As written for The National, UAE (July 26, 2012) My definition of a glorious (yes, glorious) Saturday morning; 6 hours, 4 stores and a personal acquisition of 6 titles later = a round-up and critique of the top second-hand book stores in Dubai + the most fun I’ve had on a writing assignment in a […]

The Arab League Report On Syria – Yet Another “F”?

February 8, 2012


As written for MuslimMatters The Arab League officially halted its observer mission to Syria on Saturday the 28th of January 2012, just a month after agreeing to introduce the presence of their monitors across the beleaguered republic. The current state of the Arab Republic needs no introduction; with the number of fatalities escalating to hundreds […]

Tip For Your Supper

March 5, 2010


As written for The UAE Community Blog The newly enforced (and long overdue) ruling in Dubai against the levying of service tax at restaurants has turned the cards in our favour, for both expats and locals alike. For many a night out we’ve failed to take into account with how much weightage that 10% obligatory […]

For a Rose would Smell as Sweet…

September 21, 2008


I suppose the biggest hurdle an entrepreneur must overcome is the task of assigning a name to his/her brainchild. Some just can’t be bothered I’m guessing; just replacing the preceding article and capitalizing (the grammatical, not the political term..relax) the noun will suffice. ‘A shop’ will be elevated in rank to ‘The (pronounced ‘thee’ for […]

Birdy Birdy Go Away…

September 2, 2008


I was half-way through another blog entry when an exceptionally loud THUD almost shocked my young and fruitless life out of me. Turns out a pigeon had misconstrued my apparently spotless window for the pearly gates leading into my living room. Now i’m not a fan of birds in general, but I think if Forbes […]

Facebook: I’m lovin’ it?

July 21, 2008


I can’t believe I’ve gone a whole two months without a single mention of the genius that is FACEBOOK! Shame on me. It’s quite the hoot isn’t it? What can you not do with it? Care to give the ego a bit of a boost by having a look at the number of friends you’ve […]

A Tribute To Levi Strauss

June 24, 2008


Jeans/denim (as defined by        – a girls best friend; simple, comfortable, cute, classic, completely wearable and flattering on anyone.                                                                 […]

For Real!

June 20, 2008


Now that my exams are done with, of late i’ve been submitting myself to the idiot box quite willingly; I don’t have a consience to answer to anymore.                                                       […]

Mars vs. Venus

June 15, 2008


On the bus ride home from uni the other day, I overheard (overheard, not eavesdropped mind you) a snippet of what seemed to be quite the interesting conversation. The two people involved were having some sort of debate to decide what the official antonym for feminism would be, and came to the conclusion that it […]