LOOK­ING BACK

Since the first edi­tion on May 16, 1997, the mag­a­zine has de­liv­ered the UAE’s de­fin­i­tive lifestyle read. Let’s look back

Friday - - Contents - For­mer editor Malavika Ka­ma­raju, on choos­ing the cover star

Mem­bers of the first team who worked on Fri­day share their thoughts on putting to­gether the mag­a­zine.

Go­ing past An­juna beach in Goa some months back, watch­ing the long meld of the sea and sky from the car window, I won­der if Pamela Singh Bordes is still liv­ing there. Ac­cord­ing to media re­ports, she moved to this sunkissed cor­ner of In­dia some years ago to lead a quiet life. She col­lects rare books and oc­ca­sion­ally, the re­port said, she goes moun­tain climb­ing.

Who is Pamela Singh Bordes, you ask? She is a for­mer Miss In­dia beauty pageant win­ner who en­joyed pro­tracted media at­ten­tion in the late ’80s-’90s as she tran­si­tioned from the no­to­ri­ety fol­low­ing her dal­liances with the rich and fa­mous to be­com­ing a celebrity pho­tog­ra­pher who ac­quired no­table peer cred­i­bil­ity.

She was also the cover per­son of the first is­sue of Fri­day mag­a­zine (right).

Hence the An­juna mo­ment, which, like the finest elas­tic, ended up stretch­ing way be­yond An­juna, bring­ing to mind a cas­cade of images of the mak­ing of Fri­day mag­a­zine, the first of its kind in the UAE. All the el­e­ments of that un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence came to­gether in a ram­bunc­tious re­union, push­ing the hand of time to turn the pages of the first is­sue once again. Two col­umns took pride of place at the front of the book: Every­thing Is Al­ways About Some­thing Else and Through the Look­ing Glass.

Look­ing back on those ti­tles, I can’t help but think that life is pretty much about one or the other.

Far from turn­ing the mind into mush as many peo­ple be­lieve, nos­tal­gia is an in­tu­itive do-gooder. It springs from the present, flows into the past, does some rapid as­sim­i­la­tion of abid­ing truths and races back to re­mind you of all the things that went into the mak­ing of a great idea.

You are hold­ing that idea in your hand as you read this. Happy birth­day, Fri­day.

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