In ( self ) de­fence

WKND - - Meet The Team - Sush­mita Bose Edi­tor

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.


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