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The Hong Kong returned Sindhi

I am sprawled on a fabulous yacht sailing away from Victoria Harbour. Christina Dean has hosted a little boat party on the afternoon that I have flown into Hong Kong. Cruising across Repulse Bay with a champagne flute in hand and the sun shining gently overhead, we decide that life is most agreeable. Christina has […]

Posted on: 21-09-2010
In: Columns
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Wonder down under: Travel notes from Sydney and Melbourne

It’s not every day that one gets to give a keynote speech at the Sydney Opera House, so I quickly said yes when the invitation was extended. The Facebook warnings started soon after. “Be careful of racists,” one person warned. “Don’t go out after dark,” said another. I know that these friends meant well, but […]

Posted on: 11-08-2010
In: Columns
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Devi Prasad: the legendary Indian artist-craftsman

It was a pleasure to be able to see the wonderful Devi Prasad exhibit curated by Jawaharlal Nehru University’s Professor Naman Ahuja at the Lalit Kala Akademi in Delhi. Devi Prasad is known as one of the great Indian artist-potters and his ceramic works have been collected and shown previously in India and Britain. However, […]

Posted on: 21-07-2010
In: Columns
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The bleak side of “India Shining”: Some thoughts after curating TEDx Mumbai

In case you didn’t see Love, Sex aur Dhoka (LSD) in cinemas last month, I strongly recommend it when it comes out on DVD. If we are the films we see, then LSD is a timely reminder of the bleak side of ‘India Shining’. I wish I could say that LSD is the underbelly, but the truth […]

Posted on: 14-05-2010
In: Columns
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The Avant-Garde in Delhi’s Hauz Khas Village

On a foggy night in Delhi, at about 10 p.m., I am making my way through the curvy alleys of Hauz Khas village for a unique dinner organised by the new designer collective After Hours. It has taken me 12 hours to get to this city because of the bad weather. As I was hastily […]

Posted on: 07-03-2010
In: Columns
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Desi does Dallas (via Los Angeles, San Francisco and Ann Arbor!)

In Los Angeles, my friend, the multiple-Emmy award-winning Richard Cardran, has decided to throw me a party at his spectacular Echo Park hillside home. Richard is my type of person – a background in physics and some wild times as a photographer at Andy Warhol’s factory were only the start to his crazy life as […]

Posted on: 21-02-2010
In: Columns
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