May Taher

What to Expect when you get a Divorce… In Egypt!

One thing I have been told over the years is that I never learn from the experiences of those around me, and that I never listen to sound advice. I didn’t listen when I got married, when I got divorced, or when I decided to try out camping. I think people differ, and so do…

How to Get Dumped Gracefully

As I sat down listening to a friend try to console another friend over the loss of her two-year relationship, I was quite mortified at the amount of ‘bad’ advice she was unintentionally giving her. “It’s alright” she said “All you have to do is tell him how much you love him and need him…

8 Things I Would Have Done if I Were a Boy

If I were a boy, I would have moved out of my parents’ house the minute I landed a decent paying job and if the pay wasn’t that decent I would find a similar minded roommate to shack up with and share the rent.   If I were a boy, I would not even think about getting…

The Good, the Ugly and the ‘in Love’

” I don’t understand how someone like him could be in love with someone like her!” announced, my childhood friend Sally as we sat watching the adorable couple play with their 3 year old son in the playground of our sports club. He was encouraging his son to swing higher while he held his wife’s…

Are you an Idiot?

Once upon a time there was a girl who did everything her parents, friends, neighbors, colleagues and doorman expected of her and then lived miserably ever after. She was a straight ‘A’ student who was always home before midnight, married at 24, had two kids back to back to ensure that the age gap was…

Let’s Talk About Sex

Bored and frustrated with the mundane topic of politics, we decided to change to a more interesting subject. “Let’s talk about sex!” someone offered. And why not? With a group of women, attempting to escape the pressures of their daily routine and indulge in some quality time with friends, it was a suggestion that met…

7 Things nobody tells you about Marriage

Having a baby early on can kill the romance You waited so long to share the same roof with the man you adore. No more stolen kisses and back alleys to get it on. It’s all very legit now. So what do most newlyweds do instead of jumping each other’s bones, living it up and…

Searching for The Happiness in Heartache

If you are a man and reading this then you probably already know that most women live at least 50% of their lives in their heads. If you are a woman then you are vehemently denying it. It is the sheer beauty and complexity of women combined. We women love to analyze, daydream, imagine and…

Love is blind and we have all dated the ugly

My husband is as tactful as a four year-old who calls you fat to your face simply because, well you are. That four-year old feels no shame in saying it as it is and neither does my husband. But it is because of people like him, that some would rather hide the fact that they…

Nadya Shanab: Dedicating an ode to Egypt

Obsessed with the idea of finding her roots and knowing more about her ancestors, Nadya Shanab tracks down her identity through her music. As she had initially started writing her songs in English, she is now writing more songs in Arabic or songs that include a combination of both languages. Her first album ‘El Mahrousa’,…

I Vow to Pluck, Primp and Preen in Private

Looking well groomed is something that only comes effortlessly to naturally blonde Scandinavians who have a gene pool that might as well have been created by the fashion and beauty industry. As for the rest of the world, we need to pluck, primp, wax, tweeze, bleach, exfoliate and moisturize before we are fit to walk…

Domesticating A Bad Boy

When I first met my husband he was like a wild panther out on the prowl. He was smooth, conniving and quite the experienced hunter. Finding his right partner was fairly easy. He made his selection and moved in for the kill. The word ‘No’ was not in his vocabulary and before I knew it…