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 A still from the 27-second black-and-white video that was taken using a satellite owned and operated by Skybox Imaging.

Burj Khalifa stars in HD video from space

A 27-second black and white video of a plane flying over Dubai's skyscrapers captures the imagination of some.

 Falconry is an activity where they demonstrate how falcons catch prey while flying at a speed of almost 360 kilometres per hour. Mona Al-Marzooqi / The National

In pictures: Adventure in the desert at Abu Dhabi's Qasr Al Sarab

Mohammad Ashfaq, an adventure guide at the Qasr Al Sarab resort, Abu Dhabi, showcases a day in his working life.

 JP Duminy played a cameo knock of 52 not out from 35 balls to tip the game in Delhi Daredevils' favour. Pawan Singh / The National

Kolkata Knight Riders lose way as Duminy sizzles for Delhi Daredevils

JP Duminy keeps his head as cameo at the death helps swing it in Delhi's favour in Dubai after captain Karthik plays the anchor role.

 A projectionist takes a break in the projection room at Ariana Cinema in Kabul, Afghanistan. Going to the movies, once banned under the Taliban, has become a popular form of entertainment in Kabul, but women and children rarely take part. All photos by Photo by Jonathan Saruk / Reportage by Getty Images

Afghan cinema: Forbidden Reel

The lights go down and the projector whirls into action as Sher Mohammed, 35, begins his routine, bouncing back and forth between two projectors, winding reels, and adjusting the carbon arc lamps inside the projectors.

 The mother removes the noose with the help of her husband from around the neck of Balal.

In pictures: Mother forgives her son’s killer as he awaited his execution

An Iranian mother spared the life of her son’s convicted murderer with an emotional slap in the face as he awaited execution with the noose around his neck.

Tyrese reunited with Fazza

Tyrese today posted on his social media accounts (Twitter, Instagram and Facebook) his pleasure at being reunited with the Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.


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Don’t describe your daughter, sister, wife or mother as bossy. Not even in jest

March 16, 2014

The #BanBossy campaign has opened my eyes to the power of words, and how careful I have to be in selecting the words that I want my daughter to associate with.

Married life

Married life: Making happy memories for our baby to cherish

March 2, 2014

Looking back on my own childhood and its happy memories, I wonder whether we can give Baby A a similar store to draw from.

Lifestyle Comment

The Desi approach to parenting

February 10, 2014

Our columnist gives her views on Desi parenting. Confusing, lax and careless seems to be the upshot.


Time to ditch our fixation with labels and focus on healthy living

January 20, 2014

Successful career, lovely children, great smile? Well, no one cares. If you don’t have a thigh gap or a bikini bridge, you have nothing.


Fashion Notes: The low-down and dirty truth about denim

January 2, 2014

As honest as it appears, denim is hard to trust.

Lifestyle Comment

Desi girl: Heat, warmth and calm – Sri Lankans seem to know what belongs where

November 18, 2013

Why visit Sri Lanka? For its friendly people and fiery food, of course.


My obsession with Googling post-baby stars

October 20, 2013

So instead, I Google celebrities and stalk them on Instagram, and flip through glossy magazines that feature pictures of Beyoncé, Kate Middleton and Kim Kardashian post-baby.

Lifestyle Comment

Things you learn at university, even before the term’s begun

October 12, 2013

University hasn't started yet, but I can already foresee a struggle to keep afloat in a rising tide of homework and dirty socks.


Try to fill your teen years with more effort but less angst

October 6, 2013

I’d have liked to tell my 13-year-old self to stop taking herself seriously. The older you get, the more you realise what a ridiculously puffed-up moron you used to be.

Arts & Culture

Desi Girl: New Miss America Nina Davuluri might not make the cut in India

September 30, 2013

I can’t think of any dark-skinned desi girls who have not had a love-hate relationship with their skin tone. In our tumultuous teens, it was an extra cross to bear.