In ( self ) defence
My niece has been learning taekwondo for a few years now ( she started when she was four, and used to be the youngest member in her class). My brother and sister- in- law were of the opinion ( back then) that she was way too “timid”, a pushover and, therefore, prone to being bullied — at school, at the swimming pool, at birthday parties ( some rowdy ‘ boys’ would allegedly snatch away her piece of cake at times, stuff their faces and laugh at her face). She’s now a champ, and has already been accorded some belts ( I forget what colour); her trainers think very highly of her martial art skills; and she wants to beat up rowdy ‘ boys’ randomly ( of course, she isn’t allowed to!). “These self- defence lessons,” my brother explained ( rather loftily, if I may add), “have instilled a sense of confidence in her — she’s no longer intimidated.” Martial arts, other than being a terrific means to be fit and flexible, restores a sense of security. You know you can “take care” of yourself. At times, it could even be a life saver. Read about the art of self defence in this issue, and why it’s needed to be in step with an increasingly unsafe world.
Also on offer this week is a chatty interaction with one of the greatest chefs of all time, Marco Pierre White. In Travel, Brunei, usually not considered when it comes to travel planning, throws up some surprising trails. Bollywood goes all nostalgic with a trip down memory lane with Shashi Kapoor, Bollywood’s original matinee idol. All this and much more. Enjoy reading wknd. and have a great weekend.
IF YOU KNOW A FORM OF MARTIAL ARTS, YOU KNOW YOU CAN “TAKE CARE” OF YOURSELF