How did the creative greats of the 1920s, 30s and 40s approach the Jewish question?

by Rashmee

Posted on February 3, 2018


The headlined question is worth asking in our age, at this particular point of time when Muslims are ‘the Other’,  almost (but not quite) the new Jews. An answer of sorts is provided very simply and in an unaffected fashion by the American writer Frederic Raphael, in his book ‘Somerset Maugham and his world’. Mr … Continue reading “How did the creative greats of the 1920s, 30s and 40s approach the Jewish question?”

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How to live to be a be a hundred in five steps

by Rashmee

Posted on January 27, 2018


Fast – five days at a time, at least twice a year Go vegan (and eat some fish) Eat in a specific pattern – only within a 12-hour period Consume coffee and alcohol (preferably red wine) in moderate amounts Exercise That, in sum, is the basic mantra of The Longevity Diet, a new book that’s … Continue reading “How to live to be a be a hundred in five steps”

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Even a gossipy book can have some truths about Trump and the Middle East

by Rashmee

Posted on January 21, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


For a US administration that promised to bring about peace in the Middle East, Donald Trump’s White House team seemed to men­tion the region hardly at all in the first eight months in office. In Michael Wolff’s gossipy block­buster “Fire and Fury,” which pur­ports to document most of the first year of the Trump White … Continue reading “Even a gossipy book can have some truths about Trump and the Middle East”

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Is the alternative to a US–led international order less international order?

by Rashmee

Posted on January 11, 2018


These days, prophets of doom are more likely to be the authors of political books rather than sages and philosophers. So it is with Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, whose book ‘A World in Disarray’ was published yesterday, January 10. The book’s subtitle builds on the gloomy tone of the title. … Continue reading “Is the alternative to a US–led international order less international order?”

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Reader, I bought ‘Fire & Fury’ and wondered why Trump was helping sales

by Rashmee

Posted on January 6, 2018


Okay, so I put down my measley $14.99 and paid into Michael Wolff’s retirement fund. Reader, I bought a Kindle edition of ‘Fire & Fury: Inside the Trump White House’ and started to read it rightaway. I did the deed on January 5, the book’s publication date, which had been brought forward four days to … Continue reading “Reader, I bought ‘Fire & Fury’ and wondered why Trump was helping sales”

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A poem a day. Or how the oneness of the world – and self – can be poetically brought about

by Rashmee

Posted on October 24, 2016


Hannah Arendt, the theorist who looked deep into the heart of political darkness, once said that a metaphor plays a crucial role in a poem. It is “the means by which the oneness of the world is poetically brought about”. John Donne’s rising sun, for instance, hails the star thus: “She is all states, and … Continue reading “A poem a day. Or how the oneness of the world – and self – can be poetically brought about”

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Ever heard of pre-suasion? Some say that’s the only way to persuade

by Rashmee

Posted on October 7, 2016


If you want to persuade, you have to pre-suade. That’s what Robert Cialdini says and he should know. Mr Cialdini is a professor of psychology and marketing (the original vendors who could sell refrigerators to eskimos?). His new book, Pre-Suasion, offers this nugget of truth about persuasion: It won’t work if people aren’t pre-disposed to … Continue reading “Ever heard of pre-suasion? Some say that’s the only way to persuade”

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Stephen King predicted Hillary Clinton would be president, but in conterfactual fiction

by Rashmee

Posted on August 23, 2016


Look, I’m not saying the bestselling author was prescient. Or particularly wanted an HRC stint in the Oval Office back in 2011, when he wrote this book. Stephen King is a staunch Democrat, a great supporter of Barack Obama, and a confirmed liberal. That does not necessarily make him a fan of Hillary Clinton. Even so, it’s a … Continue reading “Stephen King predicted Hillary Clinton would be president, but in conterfactual fiction”

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Making Sense of Modi’s India

by Rashmee

Posted on July 15, 2016


Making Sense of Modi’s India (HarperCollins) attempts to understand the meaning and implications of Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party’s massive victory in the May 2014 general election, regarded as a watershed in post-Independence India’s political history. The book brings together a cross-section of leading voices from academia, media and politics to examine the … Continue reading “Making Sense of Modi’s India”

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The Pomegranate Peace

by Rashmee

Posted on July 15, 2016


Arcadia Books, London. Available from Amazon. Click here  The Huffington Post “…a funny, sad and all-too-true piece of fiction about the failure of U.S. reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, and about the crippling isolation America’s diplomats impose on themselves in that misguided war“ The Good Book Corner “The Pomegranate Peace is a grim wake-up call for … Continue reading “The Pomegranate Peace”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, UK and US