Lessons from the goldfinch I found lying dead in my garden

by Rashmee

Posted on June 21, 2018


  I found a dead goldfinch in my garden in Greenwich, southeast London, and felt hopelessly sad and vaguely guilty. One of its thin legs stuck out at a strange angle, suggesting it had fractured as it fell down dead. Or perhaps it fractured prior to death in some other avian-felling disaster. What chance has … Continue reading “Lessons from the goldfinch I found lying dead in my garden”

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For the love of #Venice, don’t go there. Head to Trieste instead

by Rashmee

Posted on May 5, 2018


I visited Venice last April (some of what I wrote at the time is here, here, here, here and here), thereby just managing to miss the frenzied march by Venetians against the tourism industry in July 2017. When an estimated 2,000 Venetians marched against pesky tourists carrying selfie sticks and snacking on one of the island city’s … Continue reading “For the love of #Venice, don’t go there. Head to Trieste instead”

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Russian spies are falling like flies on British soil. Something needs doing

by Rashmee

Posted on March 12, 2018


Tom Tugendhat, chair of the British parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, has called for a new toughness against Russian oligarchs, “the new Russian aristocracy around the Tsar (Vladimir Putin).” The idea, according to Mr Tugendhat, a former army officer, is that Mr Putin and his ruthless network should feel at least some of the pain they … Continue reading “Russian spies are falling like flies on British soil. Something needs doing”

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Trump popcorn mix and the nor’easter from North Korea

by Rashmee

Posted on March 9, 2018


Who would’ve thought the nor’easter forecast for Washington, D.C. would be straight from North Korea? So it turned out on Thursday night. Fresh from a week of snow in London, I could barely credit the sight of snowflakes in Washington, D.C. But there it was – spotty rain showers on Tuesday evening mixed in with … Continue reading “Trump popcorn mix and the nor’easter from North Korea”

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In Galileo’s Padua, ‘fake news’ flourishes just as his heresy charges once did

by Rashmee

Posted on March 3, 2018


If they think of Padua at all most people would remember Galileo Galilei. The Italian heliocentrist was a lecturer at the University of Padua. But Padua featured in “fake news” stories that circulated in Italy ahead of the March 4 general election. One of the stories featured a nine-year-old Muslim girl in Padua who was … Continue reading “In Galileo’s Padua, ‘fake news’ flourishes just as his heresy charges once did”

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The strange sight of snow in London – please pin on this online bulletin board

by Rashmee

Posted on March 1, 2018


Snow in London is strange enough to allow for something entirely new and different on this website. So here’s an offering from Padlet. It’s like an online bulletin board, an online sheet of paper, where anyone can add a photo, a bit of audio, a scrawled comment on snow. Just click on the link. To start … Continue reading “The strange sight of snow in London – please pin on this online bulletin board”

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Trump is wrong on guns for teachers & on climate change. Only one is a domestic issue

by Rashmee

Posted on February 22, 2018


Gun control is a domestic issue for America but climate change is not. On guns, only the American public can force the Trump administration and the Republican Party to start down the road to change. But on climate change, the world must force the US government to realise that it cannot behave like a disruptive … Continue reading “Trump is wrong on guns for teachers & on climate change. Only one is a domestic issue”

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From spiritual harmony to the women’s movement, new narratives will emerge in 2018

by Rashmee

Posted on December 26, 2017 / The National


“Last year’s words belong to last year’s language,” wrote TS Eliot in the final poem of the set called Four Quartets. “And next year’s words await another voice.” The new year will, as it always does, bring out other voices. But will they be heard over the loud, angry cries of 2017? Is 2018 going … Continue reading “From spiritual harmony to the women’s movement, new narratives will emerge in 2018”

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India’s patchy record on pollution has led the country to crisis

by Rashmee

Posted on December 20, 2017 / The National


Until Monday, when the Gujarat elections results came in, the air over Delhi was thick with speculation. The Indian capital, always a political cauldron, hissed and bubbled. Was Narendra Modi on the point of that ultimate indignity, losing face in his home state? Would Mr Modi’s BJP cede ground after 22 years in its stronghold? … Continue reading “India’s patchy record on pollution has led the country to crisis”

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The #Delhi #slum – before and after India’s economic liberalisation

by Rashmee

Posted on December 19, 2017


I first spent a considerable amount of time in a Delhi slum in 1986. The slum, known as Yamuna Pushta, started at ITO in Delhi and extended far into the east, along the river Yamuna. It was around the ITO part of the slum that my journalism class spent a few days and nights. The … Continue reading “The #Delhi #slum – before and after India’s economic liberalisation”

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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