Padma Lakshmi’s manifesto on kitchen truths and wholesomeness

by Rashmee

Posted on August 10, 2020


  Padma Lakshmi was fairly droll when she spoke to The New York Times recently about cultural appropriation. “Look,” she said, “I’m not saying that you can’t use turmeric on a menu or in a cookbook unless you do a doctoral dissertation on ayurvedic medicine. I’m just saying that a couple of sentences at the … Continue reading “Padma Lakshmi’s manifesto on kitchen truths and wholesomeness”

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How to read Trump’s threat to bring the army on to America’s streets

by Rashmee

Posted on June 2, 2020 / The Focus


It was Peter Thiel, Donald Trump’s only Silicon Valley supporter before the 2016 US presidential election, who had the best, most insightful line on the property magnate turned politician. The media, said Thiel, takes Trump literally, not seriously. Instead, they should take him seriously, not literally. It’s a distinction without a difference now the US … Continue reading “How to read Trump’s threat to bring the army on to America’s streets”

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On to Washington D.C.’s African-American Museum…in December, 1st available date

by Rashmee

Posted on September 30, 2016


I’ve managed to book a visit to D.C.’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture – for December. That’s the first month the Museum that President Obama inaugurated on Saturday, September 24, was willing to consider new bookings. Washington’s excitement over the new Museum was palpable. By mid-week, in the run-up to the Museum … Continue reading “On to Washington D.C.’s African-American Museum…in December, 1st available date”

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In the age of re-tweet rage, Mahatma Gandhi’s localism creed is relevant

by Rashmee

Posted on July 9, 2016


Do you recognize this feeling? “I’m outraged. I’m exhausted from being outraged. I can’t afford not to be outraged. It’s outrageous.” Ty Burr wrote those lines in the Boston Globe after a few hours of being Twitter-bombed with requests to share in the communal fury surrounding the following: “A) Donald Trump’s use of a Jewish … Continue reading “In the age of re-tweet rage, Mahatma Gandhi’s localism creed is relevant”

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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