As I walked out of an Indian family’s twelfth-floor apartment in Beijing’s diplomatic compound last Saturday night, I noticed four adult bicycles — one per family member — parked near the elevator.
The next morning, the Chinese news media flashed a surprising announcement listing official five-year targets to increase the number of cycling commuters in Beijing by 2015. Read more
Okay, so why don’t you call Mr Tiger, said the contact.
I was trying to gain entry inside the Ministry of Commerce for a rare joint media conference with the Indian and Chinese commerce ministers. Read more
Would you pay 880 yuan — Rs 6,160 — for a front-row seat to watch a song and dance from the 1997 Bollywood movie Dil to Pagal Hai? The advertisements in Beijing make no mention of the Hindi name or the fact that the movie labelled Crazy Heart is 12 years old.
The cheapest tickets starting from 80 yuan (Rs 560) for the 90-minute show are surprisingly sold-out in a season when there’s a stampede to watch the futuristic Avatar. Read more
There were moments in Pune last month, while I watched a Bollywood movie in a multiplex for the first time in eight months — 3 Idiots, of course — when my mind kept drifting to the similarities between the average-level Indian and Chinese university-factories manufacturing millions of graduates with textbook training. Read more