Read this if you want to know just how new it is to have a big fat wedding

by Rashmee

Posted on January 1, 2015


The way people get married is not what it used to be. Wait, this blog is not what you think it is. This is not a musing on serial monogamy – third and fourth weddings – blended families. This is about literally, the change in the way people now get married. As Beth Montemurro points out … Continue reading “Read this if you want to know just how new it is to have a big fat wedding”

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American fat cats aren’t financing trust fund babies in the way some think

by Rashmee

Posted on December 30, 2014


Even though Thomas Piketty said it, the facts don’t support the theory that inheritance has accounted for an increasing share of household wealth and is exacerbating inequality in America. That’s what NYU economics professor Edward N. Wolff says. He should know. His new book deals with exactly that subject. It is titled ‘Inheriting Wealth in … Continue reading “American fat cats aren’t financing trust fund babies in the way some think”

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Kate Middleton isn’t a Disney princess but she has great perks anyway

by Rashmee

Posted on December 9, 2014


If Kate Middleton were a Disney princess … writes Belinda Luscombe in TIME, there would be a good film to be made out of her desire to attend her old college, St. Andrews’ 600th anniversary in New York City. Well, she isn’t a Disney princess but a real one by marriage and there’s enough TV … Continue reading “Kate Middleton isn’t a Disney princess but she has great perks anyway”

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Thirty-three years after Bob Marley, Get Up, Stand Up, get going #Haiti

by Rashmee

Posted on May 15, 2014


Monday was the 33rd anniversary of Bob Marley’s death and television channels across Haiti ran a somewhat weather-beaten, if riveting documentary on the life and times of one of modern culture’s most popular and the most misunderstood figures. That is, of course, entirely unsurprising. As George Lipsitz writes in his book ‘Footsteps in the Dark: … Continue reading “Thirty-three years after Bob Marley, Get Up, Stand Up, get going #Haiti”

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Culture conundrum: Justin Bieber rampage may have al-Qaeda links. Go figure

by Rashmee

Posted on January 26, 2014


“Justin Bieber rampage may have al-Qaeda links, terrorism analysts warn”. So goes the headline. Eye-popping or not, it is as Max Fisher says, pretty much the way the American media would write about the young man’s arrest had he been from almost any country other than Canada. And especially if he’d been from Pakistan or … Continue reading “Culture conundrum: Justin Bieber rampage may have al-Qaeda links. Go figure”

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Ode to openness? An unbuttoned La Maison Blanc, rather than the White House

by Rashmee

Posted on January 24, 2014


As French President Francois Hollande met Pope Francis today (Friday), my thoughts turned to  a rather wild piece in the normally stuffy Economist. Okay, so it was fantasizing but it’s still worth an idle daydream or two – would the world be a better place if the White House behaved more like La Maison Blanche … Continue reading “Ode to openness? An unbuttoned La Maison Blanc, rather than the White House”

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Happy Birthday Kate Moss. @40, the quintessential Model’s Model?

by Rashmee

Posted on January 17, 2014


This week, Kate Moss is nearby, in a manner of speaking. The supermodel (to use a slightly dated term) was on Richard Branson’s Necker Island in the Caribbean for her 40th birthday. As The Mirror (and everyone else) have reported, the tycoon gave the newly mature Ms Moss a rather mature sort of birthday present … Continue reading “Happy Birthday Kate Moss. @40, the quintessential Model’s Model?”

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The zeitgeist all over again? Older, not wiser, Bridget Jones and the Twitterverse

by Rashmee

Posted on December 23, 2013


Helen Fielding is probably likely to do for the middle-aged woman what she did for the 30-something singleton. Bridget Jones’s creator has been explaining why she wrote ‘Mad about the boy’, setting it firmly in the new world order that encompasses but is not limited to the twitterverse. Ms Fielding says: “There were new things … Continue reading “The zeitgeist all over again? Older, not wiser, Bridget Jones and the Twitterverse”

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On the political red carpet for the man only a very few should call ‘Madiba’

by Rashmee

Posted on December 10, 2013


Today’s memorial service for Nelson Mandela is the red carpet of the political world. Those who attend matter. Or think they do. Or (and here’s the rub) they did once matter in some way and haven’t quite factored in their changed circumstances. Barack Obama, David Cameron, India’s President Pranab Mukherjee and governing Congress Party president … Continue reading “On the political red carpet for the man only a very few should call ‘Madiba’”

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Style vs statesmanship: Karzai fashion statement and North Korea chic

by Rashmee

Posted on November 21, 2013


Now that the Loya Jirga is meeting in Kabul, remember the Karzai style that the Western media leveraged into statesmanship back in 2002 in the heady days after the Taliban were sent packing? Tom Ford of Gucci praised the Afghan president as the chic-est man on the planet (sic). The Washington Post’s Style section discerned … Continue reading “Style vs statesmanship: Karzai fashion statement and North Korea chic”

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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