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How Tough Is Motherhood?


Mummy Says...

I’m forced awake before 6am everyday for another round of this thing that is life. I’m always woken by screams after a night of perhaps five broken hours of sleep. I tend to the basic necessities of two small human beings – I feed, wash and clothe them. I express my love for them. Over the next couple of hours, I lift one or both of them continuously, I reason with the larger one using negotiating skills that would make my country proud. I settle disputes, I calm anger, I kiss away pain. I make decisions for them, I make choices about the things that matter most in their lives. At the time that most London office workers sit down at their desks for the day, I drink my second cup of cold but strong coffee. No-one ever says thank you.

This is motherhood. It is not the world’s hardest…

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23 Vintage Photos of Egypt’s Golden Years


Egyptian Streets

A woman reading a magazine in the 1950s A woman reading a magazine in the 1950s

By Mohamed Khairat, Founder, EgyptianStreets.com

Egypt in the 1900s was a different place. Egyptian cinema was the third largest in the world, Cairo was a city that foreigners dreamt of spending their holidays exploring, Egyptian music flourished and shook the world, Jews, Muslims and Christians lived together as neighbours, and women had freedoms that were unheard of in many other countries.

Egypt was a place of liberal spirits, unhampered by sectarian and ethnic prejudices. The rights of men, women and children were championed.

Yet, all that has changed, and often may Egyptians forget the Egypt that used to be. Here are 23 photographs of vintage advertisements and other images that will teleport you to Egypt’s ‘golden years’ and show you an Egypt you may have forgotten ever existed.

(These photographs are available thanks to ‘Vintage Egypt. Click here for more)

1. “The Japanese do…

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Calcutta Kolkata Calcutta Calcutta


The Fallen


It isn’t like one of those cities, Calcutta: dazzling, shocking, astonishing. Sandip Ray said in one of the sessions in the literary meet this year, “Calcutta is about having dinner at home”. It won’t shock you with the power it has over you, over your life. It will not damage you with its claims of money and power. Calcutta will get into you. It will become a chunk of your heart, a loss in your memory. It will confuse you every time you call it Calcutta and some stranger from far away asks you, “Isn’t it called Kolkata now?” But is it?

I remember when the first mall in Kolkata, Forum, opened. I remember how I would be so excited to go watch a movie there and then puppy-eye Papa into buying me ice cream from Baskin Robins. Today, Papa and I don’t really go to that many movies together…

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I recently spent just under a week in Quito, a city that to me felt very similar to Bogotá. And in Quito I did all the typical things: La Ronda, el TelefériQo, the museums, the parks, and the sinfín of plazas and spectacular churches. In the entrance of la Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús, there was a painting inspired by Dante’s circles of hell, and the various sinners were identified. The names were so fascinating that it would have been a sin not to have jotted them down. But first a few pictures of the church.

La iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús en Quito

La iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús Quito nave central

Murmurador(rumormonger, insinuator, backbiter),
Vana (vain), Adúltera (adulteress), Impenitente (unrepentant)
Cruel (cruel), Bailarín (dancer), Deshonesto (dishonest), Injusto (unjust), Borracho (drunkard), Votador(blasphemer, swearer),
Deliciosa (prostitute, harlot), Registrador (?), Usurero (usurer), Homicida (murderer), Hechicera (sorcerer, witch), Perezoso (slothful), Traidor (traitor), Tahúr(cheater…

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Love in the Age Of Autism

Rocky Parenting

image I recently revisited a Temple Grandin TED talk, The world needs all kinds of minds , from February 2010. I have watched this before and my son and I even saw her speak on this topic at the local University. But, each time I watch it I get something new out of it. What really stuck out to me on this viewing was a question asked of her at the end. Speaking for parents, the moderator asked, “Is it unrealistic for them to hope or think that that child loves them, as some might, as most, wish?” The question crossed me as strange and I think, based on her expression it may have crossed Temple Grandin as strange too. She answered saying, “Well let me tell you, that child will be loyal, and if your house is burning down, they’re going to get you out of it.”

I have never…

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