I’m the resident career expert. Many of my otherwise self-sufficient, worldly-wise friends suddenly become nervous wrecks when they’re thinking of switching jobs. Friends who manage millions or who are comfortable telling top politicians how to run the country suddenly want tips on how they should present themselves to their future employers—or say bye-bye to their current employers (it’s a fine art, you know).
Once upon a time, when I did a weekly sex column for a tabloid in New Delhi, I was also everyone’s dreaded sex expert. The column gave me legitimacy and I continually provided unsolicited fix-it tips for other people’s SOS (Sex Only on Sundays) lives.
At Lounge, we value the experts. That’s why we bring you so many every week. This Saturday, we’ve gone one step further. For our bumper cover story—which runs from Page 11 to Page 15—we rounded up a panel of professionals to tell us how they do it. From trekking on Everest and conceptualizing your own home bar to developing a signature style and ordering off a Cantonese menu (fiery Sichuan is passé though I must confess to an occasional weakness for Hot and Sour soup), we’ve gone a little crazy.
We widened the net, so most of the experts are people you haven’t seen in Lounge before, with the exception of your favourite parenting pro Gouri Dange. Gouri, who answers your questions every week, has written an updated guide to living with young adults.
Talking of experts, every time my favourite columnist Vir Sanghvi writes on music, the blogosphere and our letter box overflows with opinions from two competing camps—those who love the way he puts across his point (Lounge team included) and those who think he should steer clear of music. It doesn’t matter which camp you’re in and whether you even have an opinion on The Beatles, this week’s long-awaited John vs Paul column is a must-read.
If you’re in New York any time from now to November, don’t miss the ivory exhibition at the Met. Sure, ivory is one of those words that makes me queasy. Just last year a team led by conservationist Mike Fay discovered 100 slaughtered elephants at Chad’s supposedly protected Zakouma National Park. Most of them were missing only their tusks— a clear indication that it was the work of poachers. Yet, as our story on Page 20 points out, because ivory carving has more or less stopped now, old objects such as tableware, weapons and sacred things from, say, the Gothic period in Europe (the Golden Age for ivory craftsmanship), are more valuable than ever before. So put aside the politics of ivory for a glimpse of the Renaissance.
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