The Stages of Womanhood

Growing up with five sisters has been rewarding. They have all been role models to me for all my childhood and adolescent years. As a child, I would wait eagerly for one of my sisters to come home from school to give me permission to wear her Sketchers sneakers. Ok, neither of us ever needed [...]

Anxiety, the invisible monster Part 2 – Naming and shaming

Today, let’s name our anxiety monster. Mine is Alyssa. It is named after a geeky game warrior who led a rebellion and saved her people - so, a good guy. Try to picture your monster. Maybe it looks like Toby Allen’s representation from the last article. Maybe it looks like a little rainbow unicorn that [...]

Anxiety, the invisible monster – Part 1. The symptoms

Anxiety. It could manifest itself as social anxiety, general anxiety, simple shakes or damaging panic attacks. Most our anxiety may be caused by other people or exam results. It is an invisible monster that we hide from the world and often from ourselves. "P.S. You’re not going to die. Here’s the white-hot truth: if you [...]

Thoughts Of A Girl

Gender Inequality. It takes place in many situations. It is experienced daily throughout the world, from the workplace to the streets, but we fail to notice that it also exists within our very own homes. You see, that’s where it all begins. I was raised in a conservative Indian family so I’ve seen years of [...]

The Economics of settling

Contrary to popular belief, settling down is not the act of marrying someone you’ve always dreamt of. It is not the excitement and the feeling of accomplishment you have after you attain your dream job or house for that matter. Settling is when you give up the good fight and decide that enough is enough [...]

Google it: Taxes & Personal Finance

This series was inspired by videos ironically found on the internet. These clips often complained about the irrelevance of the school curriculum. They throw tons of criticism at the requirement to learn topics like Pythagoras theorem, photosynthesis or Australopithecus's facts. It is clear that the internet is harbouring a cynical youth disinterested in acquiring knowledge well; [...]

Google it: Taxes & Personal Finance

This series was inspired by videos ironically found on the internet. These clips often complained about the irrelevance of the school curriculum. They throw tons of criticism at the requirement to learn topics like Pythagoras theorem, photosynthesis or Australopithecus's facts. It is clear that the internet is harbouring a cynical youth disinterested in acquiring knowledge well; [...]

Pyrite My Hero

What many of you are asking yourselves is what is pyrite? Pyrite is “a yellow mineral consisting of iron disulphite and typically occurring as intersecting cubic crystals.” This naturally occurring metal is commonly known as fools gold. This is the case because it looks like gold, it shimmers like gold and Pyrite is occasionally found [...]

We’re All A Little Racist, Darling

Why is racism still a thing in this country? You would think that after 20-odd years of preaching the rainbow nation and oh, I don’t know, some 10 000 years of human civilisation, we would’ve had this problem all solved. We don’t. It is abysmal, heart-breaking and completely idiotic on our part. Most of all, it [...]

The devil we can’t get rid of no matter how hard we pray

I’m sure if you’re a South African who has the misguided nature to follow politics in the last 8 years you’ve also experienced more heart palpitations than a nun in a brothel. From the scandals and irresponsibility of the A-NC (It’s better if you read it in a Zuma accent), to the very annoying whining [...]