Thoughts & Insights

Hilarious ramblings and poignant confessions by our columnists about the worlds of politics, fashion, motherhood, lifestyle, consumerism and everything in between.

Egypt – You will Never Change

Let me start this by Saying; “Morsy is a Phony” How many times did you hear the sentence “this country will never change”? Only real positive, optimistic and extremely hopeful people which I am sure don’t exist here anymore, might be able to avoid/ignore this sentence. The truth is we hear it almost all the […]


I’ve been having some trouble lately trying to decide what to write about. Anyone who knows my two year old, Lana, will tell you that she can inspire tens of stories a day. But I don’t know how I feel about sharing her stories online… because if you’ve ever tried googling your name, you’ll realize […]

What Is Fear?

Have you ever taken a moment to think what fear really is? You know, that annoying feeling you get, whether it’s a clenched stomach or a flush of heat…. What IS that?  Is it preempting a bad situation? Is it a self-degrading perception? Well…yes & yes, but these are only by-products of the actual root […]

Maria’s note: Power VS Power

Last Sunday, the decision took by the Supreme Constitutional Court and carried out by the Supreme Court of the Armed Forces to dissolve the parliament has been defied by new President Mohamed Morsi.  The president issued a presidential decree ordering the Parliament to resume its functions until new parliamentary elections are held, within two months […]

Taxi Diaries: The Taxi From Hell

I’m one of these sad f**ks that do not have a car. I sold mine about a year and a half ago because I needed the money to buy a new car. Then I decided to spend the money on something else like a complete idiot. So now I’m carless. Which has a few advantages […]

Mommy Diaries: The Pursuit of Health & Happiness

Health and happiness. That’s all I wish for when I look at my girls. Every shooting star, birthday candle and 11:11 on my digital clock, that’s what I pray for. Every time I pray, that’s what I pray for. I don’t wish for money or fame, just health and happiness. But here’s where the dilemma […]

Lighting Up Your Prayers

As Ramadan gets closer more and more people become more pious (who are we kidding, they should be but they aren’t!) Well for those of you who are looking to turn to God, U.K. designer Soner oznec has come up with a new prayer mat, that lights up with facing the “Qibla” EL Sajjadah – […]

Maria’s note: Enough is enough

I am not Egyptian, but I live in Egypt. And I truly love this country; people’s hospitality, the atmosphere, the hidden places, the music, el foul we altaameya, the thousand-year-old traditions, the continuous surprises, the variety…almost everything about it. But there is something I profoundly dislike; something that can suddenly ruin the most pleasant day. […]

Mommy Diaries: Be Kind To Others

My daughters were playing the other day, when my father turns and warns me never to leave the girls alone for too long because they might kill each other.  After a moment of awkward silence, I reminded him that Lana was two and Zein is only 7 months old. That, strangely enough, made no difference […]

Mommy Diaries: The World of Education

I have a big mouth. For those of you who know me, that’s no surprise. I have a problem keeping it shut. Whether its overeating or overstepping boundaries, my mouth is there.  I just can’t help it. I eavesdrop then insert myself into strangers’ conversations to offer my two cents. I meddle in people’s relationships. […]