Tanya Dernaika

  • Whose life is it anyway? 

    This is the headline story that grabbed my attention at the newsstand last week: “Amal’s Very Modern Marriage Pact: How She’s Rewriting The Hollywood...

  • Removing the blind spots 

    Helloo? Is anyone listening? I think communication lines seem to have broken down again. Weak connections are a persistent problem in Lebanon, aren’t...

  • Putting the love back in Lebanon 

    Another week, another action-packed series of rousing demonstrations and protests. Never a dull moment, is there? As leaders sing discordant and unharmonious...

  • The power of the word ‘no’ 

    What’s the best way to stop someone pushing you around? Personally, I’ve always subscribed to Oprah’s “you’ve got to teach...

  • What we need is staying power 

    How do you fix a broken country like Lebanon? Clearly the “bazek lazek” (spit/cut and paste) approach to leadership isn’t holding anymore. Intolerable levels...

  • A whiff of change in the air 

    Is it just me or is there a whiff of change in the air? Despite the much anticipated tourist influx and summer distractions, the vibe this season feels less:...

  • Youth boost 

    Who needs Botox, dieting or exercise to feel young, fresh and nimble? Not me. I’m walking with a newfound spring in my step and people tell me I look...

  • So funny it hurts 

    Here in Lebanon nothing draws a crowd like food, fun and catastrophe. Whether we’re packing the streets for charity runs and food fests or stamping our...

  • Do you really have to ask? 

    Sniff, sniff. Cough, cough. Ahem ... please excuse me while I choke. A stinky whiff lingers. Wasn’t it such a sad week for dignity when our beloved Beirut –...

  • Lose the labels 

    As the old saying goes, “you are what you eat,” which might explain why – post-Eid – I’ve acquired a partial resemblance to a...

  • Keeping cool this summer 

    School’s out for the summer but schoolyard antics are still going strong as far as Lebanese parliament is concerned. I know it’s July and high...

  • In this together 

    I was ripped off last week, hustled into buying overpriced goods I really didn’t want or need. Did it bother me? Not a bit. Truth be told, I loved every...

  • Walking the talk 

    Have you noticed how it’s always the noisiest people in the room, who have the least interesting things to say? “Empty vessels make the loudest...

  • Dazzling dad with jewelry 

    “A truly rich man, is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.” I like this saying. I consider it especially apt on the heels of...

  • Bassita gets you nowhere 

    Another summer, another virus. With everyone on alert thanks to MERS, I’m seizing the moment to remind you of another deadly bug that’s been permeating the...

  • Empty seats this summer 

    Where is everybody? The Lebanese summer festival season is well underway, and with it a cultural calendar packed with all sorts of crowd-drawing events. Sadly...

  • From mama with love 

    In a dangerous, corrupt and fast-paced world we rely on sophisticated intelligence services for protection. Espionage can be expensive, so why spend more when...

  • Lebanon’s Mexican wave 

    Hola! Am I imagining things or are the Lebanese enjoying a Mexican moment?No sooner do we bid a sad and reluctant “adios” to the ebullient Salma Hayek that...

  • Brand Lebanon ready for export 

    If the rumors are to be believed, Lebanon’s up for grabs. Who could possibly afford such hot property, I hear you ask? Admittedly, it’s not the country’s land...

  • Please, be my guest 

    If the extraordinary love bombing enjoyed by Salma Hayek during her visit to Lebanon isn’t proof enough that the country’s suffering from visitor withdrawal...

  • Traveling back to the future 

    Spring took its sweet time before making a full and committed appearance in the air. Can you blame its reluctance? If the last few years are anything to go...

  • The real Lebanese traffic code 

    I’m a grown woman who doesn’t drive. I never have and never will and the world is a safer place for it. And to the Lebanese Red Cross I say this: You’re most...

  • Masters in the art of getting over it 

    Nowadays, I take my first coffee of the day with an extra shot of catastrophe. In this technology-fueled age, caffeine is no longer the sole jolt provider in...

  • Great expectations 

    Is it overly optimistic to expect flowers from one’s husband on Mother’s Day? Apparently it is. “You are not my mother,” proclaims the empty-handed and...

  • Don’t lose it 

    How does a brain – naturally hardwired for commerce, carefree living and joie de vivre – react to economic paralysis, stress and a climate of conflict? The...

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