Mark Twain & Miss Lou underline that other point of view about Chetan Bhagat

by Rashmee

Posted on March 22, 2015


Harshit Agarwal @Harshit248 tweeted in response to yesterday’s blog: “Are you saying that chetan bhagat writes in English? Hahaha what joke?” Sagar ‏@sagar_rpurohit  courteously offered: “@rashmeerl with due respect for u n @chetan_bhagat, I like to say that books by chetan r pathetic to be even considered as literature.” Wilson Dass ‏@wilson_007xlnc  said Chetan “Is a Disgrace to English … Continue reading “Mark Twain & Miss Lou underline that other point of view about Chetan Bhagat”

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English didn’t ruin Indian literature & Chetan Bhagat is our ‘Creole’ success

by Rashmee

Posted on March 21, 2015


Everyone’s raving about Aatish Taseer’s New York Times piece titled ‘How English ruined Indian literature’. In the article, Mr Taseer admits to being “a member of the English-speaking classes” and that he is a “beneficiary of the tremendous power” it exerts over Indian life. He goes on to bemoan the fact that English “re-enacts the colonial … Continue reading “English didn’t ruin Indian literature & Chetan Bhagat is our ‘Creole’ success”

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Creole diplomacy: ‘We glad yu cum visit. Nuff respect and walk good’

by Rashmee

Posted on March 20, 2015


“Korea and Jamaica a frien from long long time,” says the South Korean charge to the Caribbean nation. “It a gwaan since dem independence inna 1962 and we cooperate wid each odar pon nuff things. We help we one anoder,” he goes on to say, in presumably impeccable Jamaican patois. (Click here to read the … Continue reading “Creole diplomacy: ‘We glad yu cum visit. Nuff respect and walk good’”

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Yet another epic TV drama on the Raj. So blooming what?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 7, 2015


One might be entitled to be a bit perplexed about the tone adopted by sections of the Indian media to a new Channel 4 series on the British Raj. This Outlook piece seemed to alternate between outrage that “British TV executives are struck with pangs of yearning for a big budget retro-imperial programme” and the … Continue reading “Yet another epic TV drama on the Raj. So blooming what?”

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Prince Philip hasn’t made a gaffe in ages but he’s caused a political tremor

by Rashmee

Posted on February 9, 2015


Everyone had pretty much forgotten about Prince Philip (the British Queen’s husband is 93, hasn’t made a gaffe in ages and had been poorly till he popped up in Norfolk to open something last week) and then he causes a political tremor in Australia. Today, Monday, February 9, Australian prime minister Tony Abbott faced a leadership … Continue reading “Prince Philip hasn’t made a gaffe in ages but he’s caused a political tremor”

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It’s official. Nations really do go to war over oil and here’s the evidence

by Rashmee

Posted on February 2, 2015


Academics in Britain have been taking a long hard look at the world’s propensity to intervene militarily in, say, Libya and failure to do so in Syria and in Rwanda. “No world leader stands before the UN and says they’re sending in the tanks because their country needs more oil,” acknowledge Vincenzo Bove and Petros … Continue reading “It’s official. Nations really do go to war over oil and here’s the evidence”

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European Muslims need political representation, so says Michel Houellebecq

by Rashmee

Posted on January 10, 2015


Michel Houellebecq (pronounced ‘wellbeck’) should be read – and praised or condemned only after that essential act. I say this off the back of news that Mr Houellebecq’s controversial new novel ‘Soumission’ (Submission), which imagines a France where a fictional Muslim party wins the French election in 2022, will be published in English in September. … Continue reading “European Muslims need political representation, so says Michel Houellebecq”

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McDonalds UK @ 40: The vigorous old age of youth as it grows and grows

by Rashmee

Posted on November 14, 2014


Yesterday was McDonalds’ UK’s 40th birthday. In Woolwich, just down the road from where I am, it opened its first restaurant in the UK on November 13, 1974. As Harry Wallop recounts in The Daily Telegraph, the company had wanted a swish West End site, but the only landlord selling properties was Burton’s, the menswear chain. … Continue reading “McDonalds UK @ 40: The vigorous old age of youth as it grows and grows”

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Cookbooks are not for cooking. They’re for dreaming & Xmas presents

by Rashmee

Posted on November 11, 2014


So a cookbook’s not for cooking? They’re for Christmas presents. Somewhat surprisingly, Tim Hayward agrees. He’s the British foodwriter who published ‘Food DIY: How to Make your Own Everything’ late last year. The title might surely be taken as a nod towards lots and lots of cooking. But no, even Mr Hayward agrees (on BBC Radio no … Continue reading “Cookbooks are not for cooking. They’re for dreaming & Xmas presents”

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Why the BBC World Service is the best news story in our turning world

by Rashmee

Posted on November 6, 2014


Partisan or not, every rational consumer of news must agree with The Guardian’s passionately argued view on the future of the World Service. It sums this up in eight words: ‘Preserve and protect this jewel in the BBC’s crown’. There are very real reasons to shine the spotlight on the World Service at this point … Continue reading “Why the BBC World Service is the best news story in our turning world”

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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