When I started planning to move to India in 2005, my friends said I was mad. “How can you work in a newspaper there? You don’t even speak Hindi,” one said. Read more
“India has an amazing ability to muddle up things. The goons in Bihar are running the show when the country is aspiring to be a world leader,” author Charles Allen once said in an interview to Hindustan Times. Read more
I watched Spain beat the Netherlands in the World Cup in a small trendy but casual Moroccan-style café/bar called Mocha in Mumbai on Sunday night. The atmosphere was amazing. Read more
The heavens have opened and the rain is pouring. Who cares if there is a leak in my kitchen and Mumbai’s roads are waterlogged once more? Read more
Well, well, well. I did not have my anticipated reaction to Kites. At all. The way the film was promoted was such that I thought it was going to be mere ego boost to Hrithik Roshan – a chance for him to dance around, flex his muscles and kiss and dance with several foxy women. Read more
During my school years in the UK there was an English literature class in which the teacher explained that the message of the novel we were analyzing was that life was full of up and downs.
That stuck in my head at a very young age. Read more
I have just returned from a trip to the USA. It was amazing, and the country is near-perfect, in my opinion. So, although I share Mark Tully’s views on many aspects on India, I disagree with him on one point: Read more
I recently had the pleasure of meeting and then interviewing Sir Mark Tully, a British writer and journalist, considered to be an expert on India, who lives in Delhi. Read more
If you are having one of those days when everything in the world seems to be against you, and things just keep getting worse, then read this. You are not alone.
Last weekend I had one of those awful weekends, that just got worse. It started with Friday night. Read more
My friend will be arriving to stay with me very soon. And I am full of a bundle of emotions. What will she think of India? Will she like it? Will she be able to get around or will I have to accompany her? How much money will she have? Does she know how expensive it is here in Mumbai? Will she want to see the page 3 glamour scene? Or will she want to wander round slums? Read more