Category: Features

The City That Obsessed with Breakfast

It was almost midnight in the southern Thai city of Trang, and I was staring into an oven the size of a tuk-tuk. Flames and smoke were shooting out of the top, and men were carefully lowering two full-grown, slaughtered pigs into the fiery abyss. An hour later, they would...

Bolivia’s Unique Tribal Kingdom

Bolivia’s La Paz is the highest capital in the world. At 3,690m in elevation, its air is cold and thin, leaving many visitors gasping for oxygen and experiencing altitude sickness, known locally as soroche. But if you push past the chaotic traffic and drive 100km north-east, descending into the sub-tropical...

The Woman Who Walked Around The World

“Why?” It’s a simple question, and one that people ask Angela Maxwell frequently. Yet until recently, the American struggled to answer why, exactly, she upended a perfectly fine life in pursuit of a big dream. But for Maxwell, “why” is a question worth answering. After all, she embarked on a...

Tidy Up! Fahmida Mehreen

In the busy schedule of our lives, it is difficult to find time to tidy up or de-clutter our bedrooms or office rooms. However, a quick impromptu cleaning session can be not only fun but also mind-refreshing. Having the wooden and marble surfaces properly dusted, mopping the floors, getting rid...

The Wonder of the Lighthouse of Alexandria -Ahmad Ullah

One cannot but wonder, looking back at the ancient architecture. Thousands of years ago, ancient people created some structures that still amaze people. Egypt, the land of the Nile and the Pyramids, is at the centre of interest for all its wonders. Many ancient architectures, including the Egyptian pyramids and...

A Closer Look at the Black Stone

The images of al-Hajar al-Aswad, or the Black Stone, are up to 49,000 megapixels in size and took more than 50 hours to photograph and develop, the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Saudi Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque said in a press release Monday. The General Presidency...

Make Your Life Simpler

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci “The aspects of things that are most important for us are hidden because of their simplicity and familiarity.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein I love simplifying my life. It makes me more effective and life less stressful. It makes me calmer and happier....

How Mangrove Forests Prevented Environmental Crime

To a visitor travelling south from Mombasa to savour the rich culture of the Swahili, the village of Gazi passes for a sleepy settlement in an almost forgotten stretch of the rapidly developing Kenyan coast. Inside the closely built mud-walled houses of the village, the day begins with a prayer...

Wonders of Dates -Fahmida Mehreen

Dates are one of the most common dry fruits consumed all across the world. It is more popular among the Muslim community for its origins; nonetheless, people from all nations savour the various kinds of dates available for consumption. In the Middle East, they are considered Holy Fruit, and the...

Let It Go Move On and Feel Less Pain

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.” – Herman Hesse I often write about finding lightness in life. It can come from an unhurried but effective day at work or from uncluttering your home. Or from learning how to let go and...

Manmade Shipping Canals -Nurul Huda

Canals are manmade. It is reported that the first canals were constructed some 3,000 years ago. Those canals were for constructed for the purpose of irrigation, allowing water reach to some place where it is necessary for human use. Later, canals have been constructed to help boats and ships pass...

The unseen ‘slow violence’

What is violence? At its most obvious, it is a bullet fired at flesh, a knee pushed into a neck, or a mob storming the Capitol. In law, it is criminal, domestic, sexual, alcohol-fuelled. On the battlefield, it is state-sanctioned. Often violence is understood by the adjectives appended to it:...

Things You Need to

Stop Doing “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius This article is about a few mistakes I’ve made. About a few destructive habits that can make life quite messy and unhappy. And it’s about what you can do instead to replace those mistakes and...