Amber Nasrulla

Canadian in California


Robin Thicke’s smart phone is just as disgusted with him as the Blurred Lines singer's estranged wife. The phone was inspired by Paula Patton and decided to separate from Thicke after the release of the GetRead full post »

DECEMBER 5, 2013 5:11PM

We walked for Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela  Our lives are filled with encounters; some inconsequential, some so remarkable they alter the trajectory of our lives. Some are simply gifts. In the summer of 1990, Toronto afforded me a vision of Winnie and Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

Earlier that year, on February 11, Mandela was rRead full post »

OCTOBER 14, 2013 2:39PM

I lost my shoes in Mecca


Mecca is a curious, grand, overwhelming, wonderful, and, at times, terrifying place. To be born Muslim is to mythologize the city and to dream of being able to visit the Kaaba. That black cube is central… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 24, 2013 1:24PM

Malin Akerman talks Trophy Wife


The last time we saw Malin Akerman, Tom Cruise was yodeling into her lady bits in Rock of Ages. In her newest gig on ABC's (CTV in Canada) new comedy series, Trophy Wife, she plays Bradley Whitford's third spouse. The show could just as well be called Trophy MILF because/Read full post »

I am pushing my child in a stroller through the labyrinthine casino at the Bellagio in Las Vegas with a giant sterile milkmaid pail stashed beneath him. Not to hold my winnings at the Blackjack table, but because I have doctor's orders to hang on to every dropping my son evacuates,Read full post »

NOVEMBER 11, 2011 10:38PM

X Factor fails its audiences


During my years as a TV critic, I was invited to sets in Los Angeles, where I'd interview the principal actors, directors etc and then go home and write about the experience.

The job entailed watching TV, a lot of it. I interviewed Salma Hayek (she’d just launched UglyRead full post »

OCTOBER 25, 2011 5:05PM

Slutty Halloween Costumes

the horror of halloween

I’ve been ying of ying and yang. I’ve been a gypsy. I’ve been a princess. I’ve been a doctor. I’ve been a gunslinger. I’ve been a piece of gum. I’ve been cloudy with a chance of showers. I’m proud to say all of these Halloween costumes were hom… Read full post »

Last week at a Republican debate in Iowa, a reporter asked Michele Bachmann if she would be submissive to her husband if she was to be elected president. The question didn’t come out of the blue; the reporter was referring to statements Bachmann made at a Chris
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What graduate gifts lie in his future?

Gift registries used to be the exclusive domain of the newly engaged and newly pregnant – but now high school graduates are using registries at Bed Bath & Beyond to attempt to score expensive gifts as they head off to college.

Freshman year no longer has to mean borrowedRead full post »

Hot, hot, hot in Siam 

Surely, this isn’t how God meant me to look in the company of my tour guides, one of whom was the hotel’s general manager and the other a divinely beautiful and fun marketing director. I can sugarcoat the situation and use words like “dewy” or “moist”Read full post »

San Simeon - someone paid the mortgage
My husband and I stared at the terracotta-tiled roof, palm trees and bird of paradise and pictured living in the house. I rang the bell. A sleepy teen in a cut-off T-shirt and wrinkled blue shorts opened the door and looked at us like we were the police comeRead full post »

How To Train Your Dragon director/writer Dean DeBlois and animator Gabe Hordos 

Five months before he began working on How To Train Your Dragon, animator Gabe Hordos adopted a cat from the humane society in L.A. Hordos, a Regina, Sask., native who has lived in L.A. for seven years, had never owned pets before so his first attempts at friendship with the… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 2, 2011 3:28PM

One day Mommy went Shoplifting

Mommy's a Thief 

When you see thieves on film they're always glamorous. It's George Clooney and Brad Pitt in Ocean's Eleven, all chisel-jawed, debonair, hunky, stealing with hi-tech flair. Or there's suave Cary Grant stealing priceless baubles and Princess Grace's heart in To Catch a Thief. It sure asRead full post »

Hubby and I discuss mortgage optionsI’m not sure I want to write this. I feel like I’m standing in my underpants in the middle of Trafalgar Square and there’s a blizzard and 1,000 photographers around me and I’ve just had my baby so my stomach is extra large and I have a C-section scar and I’m… Read full post »
Editor’s Pick
JANUARY 13, 2011 4:24PM

Amy Chua, there is a middle parenting road

Camel Ride in KarachiTiger Mother’s been clawing her way through the talk shows and radio circuit this week. I’m talking about Amy Chua, the Yale law professor whose book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother hasn’t won her many fans in the U.S. this week. I haven’t been able to get a copy of… Read full post »

JANUARY 4, 2011 12:30AM

Wonder Woman: My Last Will & Testament

Tomorrow is another day 

I wanted to be invincible like Wonder Woman. I wanted her chunky bullet-repelling bangles precisely coz they stopped bullets and because they were a funky fashion accessory. I wouldn’t wear that Playboy Bunny outfit because it looked like it was crushing actress Lynda Carter'sRead full post »

DECEMBER 31, 2010 11:18PM

New Year’s Eve: From Mecca to Goa

Holy Mosque in Mecca courtesy A decade ago on New Year’s Eve, I watched a fuchsia sun sink into the Indian Ocean. It was the glorious highlight of 10 days in Goa with 22 friends from India, Pakistan, the UK, the US, and Canada. We went to wild raves on the beach and danced under palm/… Read full post »

We live 20 minutes from Disneyland. We’ve lived 20 minutes from Disneyland for 6½ years. You’d think that, because we live so close to the “happiest place on earth”, we’d be there all the time. Not so. We went there for the first time in April when my son was 2Read full post »

DECEMBER 16, 2010 6:55PM

Film Review - TRON: Legacy

There was a moment early in TRON: Legacy that my husband turned to me and said, “Holy Hell am I ever glad I’m not trapped in a videogame. How do you get flying-killer-disc practice? Frisbee? If I was Sam I would have committed suicide by now.” He was joking, of course,/Read full post »

DECEMBER 6, 2010 2:46PM

A Merry Muslim Christmas

My husband asked me today how old I was when I stopped believing in Santa Claus. Sorry to break it to you babes but I never believed in Jolly Ole Claus. It never registered in my early years. My first memories of Christmas are from when I was about 11 orRead full post »

NOVEMBER 21, 2010 12:38AM

The Modern Muslim Woman

Which of these women do you know?

Shirin Ebadi is an Iranian lawyer, human rights activist and founder of Centre for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran. In 2003, Ebadi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her significant and pioneering efforts for democracy and human rights, especially women's,/Read full post »

NOVEMBER 10, 2010 3:54PM

Too Much Personal Information

Remember when you were in high school and had a secret crush on the captain of the basketball team and you sat, breathless, face-to-face with your best friend and poured out your heart and made her promise not to tell anyone?

You knew full well theRead full post »

My father arrived in the U.S. in 1964 as a Fulbright Scholar with less than $10 in his pocket. When he was leaving Pakistan he was forced to empty his wallet by a greedy customs officer at the Karachi airport. My dad didn’t have money for soap or toothpaste when he… Read full post »