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Understanding Bahja

Understanding Bahja

t is not easy being in your 20s in many cultures even today, without feeling that pressure to conform, to get married and raise a family. 

The Indie Heart of Elijah Wood

The Indie Heart of Elijah Wood

Early in the new millennium Elijah Wood was the darling of Hollywood as the star of The Lord of the Rings, one of the biggest movie series of all time. 

When Barack Obama found comfort in books

When Barack Obama found comfort in books

As a great admirer of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th US president, Barack Obama, who was the 44th, shares with his distant predecessor a passionately felt hobby - for books, and for reading. 

Novel time for women in the hair salons of Ivory Coast

Novel time for women in the hair salons of Ivory Coast

As many African women spend much of their spare time in hair salons, Ivory Coast’s chief librarian, also a woman, came up with a brainwave scheme to help them read and learn to read.

Kabul's Nightingales

Kabul's Nightingales

In the face of death threats and accusations they are dishonouring their families by daring to perform, the women of Afghanistan’s first all-female orchestra are charting a new destiny for themselves through music. 

All set for the party

All set for the party

With the chilly season continuing, don’t let the nip in the air hamper your party glam.

Green Living: Guardian of the world's lost plants

Green Living: Guardian of the world's lost plants

Stacked beneath vaulted ceilings in a tsarist-era building, cabinets store the seeds of thousands of plant varieties, many long gone from their original areas of habitat or cultivation. 

The charm of the Chesterfield Sofa

The charm of the Chesterfield Sofa

Chesterfield sofas have become a classic statement of sophisticated style and design.