About Reshma Patil

In March 2008, Assistant Editor Reshma Patil ended up in Beijing for the first time. She had three suitcases, not a single local friend, a kindergarten grasp of Mandarin, and a brief to tell India the China story. For a month, she wanted to run back to the comfort of Mumbai’s chaos. Find out why this vegetarian is still staying on, a few floors above a restaurant that serves bullfrog, and in an apartment where the DVD remote control to the fax machine has Chinese instructions that she cannot read. Neither can her new friends from Mumbai and across India.

“How is Shah Rukh Khan doing?” asked Paul Zhang. [Read more]

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Last week, China’s official news agency Xinhua released a curious set of 10 photographs of Indian models and gave it a sweeping title. ‘Despite beauty, many Indian women find it difficult to get married’. [Read more]

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In 2009, economist Zhao Jian returned to Beijing from a study tour of the Indian railways, and wrote that China should learn from India’s example and expand freight rail network instead of pouring mega millions in bullet trains. [Read more]

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Please remember the name is not Pyongyang, said the official in Seoul. He wasn’t joking, at least not the first time he reminded us of the difference. [Read more]

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They train to smile with chopsticks wedged between their teeth and books balanced on their heads. They must be nearly as tall as the Miss China beauty contestants and produce smiles outlasting any beauty contest: 4 hours and 48 minutes aboard the new train from China’s capital to coast. [Read more]

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