(A shorter version of this article appeared in HT on April 29.)
The author of the Mandarin book India that you may not know pointed to the glass and steel skyscrapers looming in Beijing’s version of Nariman Point as he narrated his government’s eye-popping encounter with infotech in its competitive neighbour. Read more
An English newspaper affiliated to the Communist Party of China’s mouthpiece, the People’s Daily, has a fascination for polls. The website of the Global Times is asking readers — until November 2010 — ‘which country or region do you think is the most dangerous?’
When I checked on Sunday morning, India with 8.5 per cent votes was more dangerous than North Korea and just one percentage ahead of the closed East Asian state. Read more
At this time last year I was on a flight from Mumbai where I had spent six years, to Beijing where I had spent six days on a previous recce trip.
I have now lived in China for one year, a year that seemed very long on my own in 21M. I like to think that the M in my apartment number stands for Mumbai and suburban Malad where I used to live. My only friend in this 42-storey apartment is a young professional migrant from Mumbai. Read more