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 eight countries in the past decade. She spent much of 2015 in the UAE and currently divides her time between the UK and Tunisia. Before that, she was in Haiti, the US, Afghanistan and India.