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All upside down

I REMEMBER more than a year ago feeling dizzy because I thought the world had turned upside down. Things that used to be true were then declared fake, values that used to be upheld were discarded and their opposites lauded instead.

Shaming the shamers

WHEN I was a mere schoolgirl, there was a chant that everyone dreaded. If your skirt managed to get hiked up and your panties showed, or if you had a runny nose and no tissues to wipe it with, you ran the risk of the unsympathetic teasing of your classmates.

As reality starts to bite

THERE’S a quote I found somewhere that goes “What screws us up most in life is the picture in our head of how it’s supposed to be.” I don’t know who said that but it’s a wise observation on how our expectations often don’t match what actually happens in real life.

Marina Mahathir unsure if family reads her column

PETALING JAYA: Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir may be noted for her long-running column in The Star but she is not sure if her family is among her faithful readers.

Deputy minister slams columnists over dog event

KUALA LUMPUR: A deputy minister has criticised two The Star columnists over their comments on the recent “I Want To Touch A Dog” event.

Education to defeat extremism

From THOMAS KOK, Ipoh.

Woman's issues, civil rights discussed at inaugural StarLive talk

PETALING JAYA: Would Malaysia be better off with a female prime minister? Must its youth live under a culture of fear? Will hate speech win the war against civil society?

The Star to host StarLIVE — a monthly talk session

PETALING JAYA: The Star will be rolling out a series of monthly talk sessions called StarLIVE involving columnists, experts and personalities covering various topics of interest ranging from personal financing to meet-and-greet events with well-known personalities.

Magical win

A collection of tales capturing the magical quality of Terengganu that almost wasn’t published emerged tops in Malaysia’s local book awards.

Telling It Straight - Marina Mahathir's Musings in a book

TWO new books are being launched tomorrow that take a look at the social and political fabric that makes up this always interesting and quirky country.