Thoughts & Insights

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

Why Depression Should Be Taken Seriously in the Middle East

Why Depression Should Be Taken Seriously in the Middle East

by Marwa Khalifa

“Don’t invalidate people’s struggles because you’ve been through worse. If someone is tired after working for five hours and you worked for seven, it doesn’t mean that they’re not allowed to be tired. It doesn’t mean that they can’t feel what they’re feeling just because you’ve had it worse.” I found this quote on Facebook […]

Reasons Why We Hate Morning People, Mornings and People

Reasons Why We Hate Morning People, Mornings and People

They’re the kind of people who enjoy hearing birds chirp in the morning and start off their day with an A-OK wholesome breakfast… Yes, I’m talking about the very people who make you want to punch a wall before your day even starts: Morning People. As if waking up early isn’t enough, you have to […]

Unexpected Lessons: What I Learned from Being Bullied

Unexpected Lessons: What I Learned from Being Bullied

Yes, I know, hard to believe that this social butterfly that is myself was for a large portion of her adolescent life on the receiving end of bullying. All jokes and sarcasm aside, however, I have chosen to write about this for two reasons.   Firstly, I do not think there is enough literature coming […]

We Asked Ma2zoons for Tips on How to Save Marriages, and Here’s What They Said

We Asked Ma2zoons for Tips on How to Save Marriages, and Here’s What They Said

by Raghda Elsayed

  If you’re engaged, dating, or even single, you’ve probably been given “marriage advice” from all the tantat (aunts) in your life. You’d think a married veteran like tant Madee7a would give you advice that would save your marriage, but it’s just a tad bit hard to believe that “alb el ragel me3deto” (A man’s […]

Why Egyptian Parents Are Absolutely Happy the Back to School Season Is Here

Why Egyptian Parents Are Absolutely Happy the Back to School Season Is Here

by Mia Helmy

It’s finally happening. Kids are going back to school. Before you judge us and wonder how we’re totes not going to miss the morning cuddles, let us explain what has been going on to parents since Ramadan.   For the past two months, we, AKA parents, have been chasing kids around the country. The beach […]

Misr El-Kheir Foundation Is Literally Giving Everyone the Chance to Give Back This Eid

Misr El-Kheir Foundation Is Literally Giving Everyone the Chance to Give Back This Eid

Eid Al-Adha is right around the corner, and although we should be rejoicing, some people are finding that quite difficult. Why, you say? Because Eid this year marks the end of a long summer vacation, AKA the end of Sahel season, AKA the start of Back to School season. Accordingly, people are going to be […]

Egyptian Organizations That’ll Help You Give Back and Donate This Eid

Egyptian Organizations That’ll Help You Give Back and Donate This Eid

by Marwa Khalifa and Fadila El Karrany

Before we delve into anything, we would like to note that you shouldn’t give back or basically be nice to everyone just because it’s Eid. Now that this is out of the way, I would like for all of you to take a moment of your time and check out the following organizations in Egypt […]

Egyptian Guy Shares Brilliant Way to Quit Smoking Once and for All

Egyptian Guy Shares Brilliant Way to Quit Smoking Once and for All

With nicotine pleasuring every brain cell with its highly addictive nature, smokers find it almost impossible to quit without relapsing at least once. We’ve met countless people who managed to get rid of the nasty habit. It always entails completely changing your habits.   There are hundreds of reasons why everyone should consider quitting as […]

What You Need to Do If You’re Homesick in London

What You Need to Do If You’re Homesick in London

Whether it’s for a whole year or just an hour, we’ve all missed home at some point when living or traveling abroad. The za7ma (traffic), the pollution, the food, the love, the noise, it’s astonishing what you find yourself missing the most about home.   What’s even more shocking are the symptoms that come as […]

9 Hijabi Women Who Are Breaking Boundaries and Taking Things to the next Level

9 Hijabi Women Who Are Breaking Boundaries and Taking Things to the next Level

Muslim women have been dominating the media, fashion, beauty, sports and arts scene all over the globe and we definitely won’t hesitate to jump at the chance to support them for breaking the stereotypes that revolve around Muslim women, especially hijabis.   Hijabi women are almost always subjected to all kinds of misconceptions, but now they […]