• Features
  • Diwali in Dubai

    It always comes as a surprise to visitors to Dubai that Indians actually make up the majority of the emirate’s expats. As such, celebrations like Diwali are celebrated with gusto. Diwali (or Deepavali) is the ‘Festival of Lights’, an ancient Hindu celebration that I’ve been told is “as big as Christmas.” I’m down with that. […]

  • Europe
  • The Museum of Innocence, Istanbul

    “It was the happiest moment of my life, though I didn’t know it yet.” So we’re are greeted as we step across the threshold of this nondescript, maroon 19th century house on a quiet street corner in Çukurcuma, Beyoğlu. Directly opposite this affirmation printed on the wall is a collection of mounted cigarette butts – 4,213 to be […]

  • Middle East
  • Kfarsghab: a land of milk and honey

    The first time I visited Lebanon, I made a vow to never return. Hindsight being the beautiful thing that it is, I can certainly see now why the circumstances surrounding that holiday (I was 18, single, travelling with Dad, and spoke as much Arabic as a Spanish goldfish) garnered “Oh, she’s here for a husband” attention. Alas, no suitor #putaringonit, and […]

  • Features
  • Salalah, Oman’s secret paradise

    Palm trees on sandy beaches, coastal roads lined with stalls selling coconuts and papaya, hectare after hectare of banana plantation, and a very Arabian village seemingly stuck a few decades back in time… On first appearances, Salalah does appear to be undergoing a major identity crisis. Centuries ago, this beachside town hugging the southern coast of Oman […]