Mauling the monarchy

by Rashmee

Posted on October 3, 2006 / The Times of India


The British royal family may be a joke, but it is not a farce. Despite everything—the Diana voice tapes; Andrew Morton’s secretly authorised Diana book; Charles and Camilla’s Tampax conversations; Prince Andrew and Fergie’s bust-up; Harry’s Nazi fancy-dress uniform—Britain’s Windsor remain weird and dysfunctional but not farcical. Not just yet. This is why literary London’s clever new play, A … Continue reading “Mauling the monarchy”

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The Islamic States of America

by Rashmee

Posted on September 18, 2006 / The Times of India


This is the quintessential 9/11 book. Perfect to read—or review—in the week that America and much of the world marked the fifth anniversary of the Twin Towers attacks. But this futuristic view of a USA that becomes the ISA (Islamic States of America) before the half-way mark of this century is rather more than a … Continue reading “The Islamic States of America”

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We have crossed our biggest hurdle: Lakshmi Mittal

by Rashmee

Posted on July 2, 2006 / The Economic Times


The morning-after feeling started late in the afternoon for steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal and all his staff working out of two floors in the swish, if impersonal, rented offices of his company in Berkeley Square, Mayfair. At lunchtime on Friday, they received word from Luxembourg that European steel champion Arcelor’s shareholders had voted by an … Continue reading “We have crossed our biggest hurdle: Lakshmi Mittal”

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Zidane, butt of European race debate

by Rashmee

Posted on June 11, 2006 / The Times of India


LONDON: Much of Europe has begun a controversial political debate about football, the sport that knits the continent but divides it from the coloured world, after Zinedine Zidane’s ignominious exit from the World Cup, professional football and the world stage because of a fierce exchange with Italian player Marco Materazzi in the 111th minute of … Continue reading “Zidane, butt of European race debate”

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Are we smarter? Or are they?

by Rashmee

Posted on February 5, 2006 / The Times of India


Nothing is as it appears in Kunal Basu’s third novel. The racists of the title are not today’s right-wing, anti-immigrant lunatic fringe. Though he is a Kolkata boy in an alien clime, he is not, he claims, “trying to comment on existing race relations” in Britain, where he has happily made his home for six … Continue reading “Are we smarter? Or are they?”

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Waiting for a sexual revolution

by Rashmee

Posted on January 30, 2006 / New Statesman


Towards the end of 2004, two Delhi teenagers made headline news in India for unusually risque reasons. A 17-year-old boy had secretly used his camera phone to film his 16-year-old girlfriend performing an act made famous by Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office. Both were students at one of the capital’s leading secondary schools. The … Continue reading “Waiting for a sexual revolution”

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After Paris riots, Europe keeps vigil

by Rashmee

Posted on November 10, 2005 / The Times of India


PARIS: After a bleak fortnight of watching the fires consuming parts of suburban Paris and provincial France in the country’s worst wave of racial unrest ever, a bleary-eyed but transfixed Europe is reporting sleepless nights. Politicians fear a potential burning rage of millions of disaffected immigrant youths in major countries across the continent. Such fears … Continue reading “After Paris riots, Europe keeps vigil”

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Mind Your Language

by Rashmee

Posted on December 4, 2003 / The Times of India


By Rashmee Z Ahmed LONDON: Lord Melvyn Bragg , 64, is a man who has made his living — and his reputation — out of the English language. A BBC broadcaster, award-winning novelist, arts controller at London Weekend Television and one of British prime minister Tony Blair’s Labour Party-appointed life peers, his TV series, ‘The Adventure of English’, … Continue reading “Mind Your Language”

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Spry at 70

by Rashmee

Posted on December 2, 2002 / The Times of India


Mark Byford is head of the three BBC outlets that India gets to hear and see — World Service Radio, World Television and News Online. At 6’6, he is a giant of a man with big ideas about where he wants the BBC, arguably the world’s most respected international broadcaster, to be by 2006. That … Continue reading “Spry at 70”

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CNN as Theatre of War

by Rashmee

Posted on October 6, 2001 / The Times of India


London: Chris Cramer , president of cnn international networks, is the man who had the job of conveying to the world the united states’ sense of being invaded on september 11. an honorary american, the green-card holding englishman left the bbc in 1996 to join the network he describes as “putting its money where its mouth … Continue reading “CNN as Theatre of War”

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