TV wars between India and Pakistan are only half the story

by Rashmee

Posted on October 31, 2018 / The National


Television is a medium, American comedian Fred Allen once quipped, because anything well done is rare. That’s a damning value judgement — but worth thinking about now that Pakistan’s Supreme Court has reinstated a ban on Indian television shows in retaliation for its neighbour’s alleged attempt to dam the Indus river and its tributaries. What’s the point … Continue reading “TV wars between India and Pakistan are only half the story”

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People power seeks to protect two very dissimilar heroes in Brazil, Bollywood

by Rashmee

Posted on April 9, 2018


At the weekend, two lots of people on two continents sought to keep their heroes safe from the law. The paradoxical nature of their quest appears to have escaped supporters of Brazil’s former president Lula da Silva and Indian cine superstar Salman Khan. Normally, the law is meant to keep us safe. But Lula and … Continue reading “People power seeks to protect two very dissimilar heroes in Brazil, Bollywood”

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Reading a bowl of youpo noodles in #Tunis for evidence of China’s rise

by Rashmee

Posted on January 9, 2018


Does it say something about the new year that in the closing hours of 2017, one of the most comforting (and relatively cheap) meals in the Tunisian capital was offered by a Chinese restaurant? It is not a fancy place (in fact, it rejoices in the simple, clear name of “Chinese Restaurant”) but it offers … Continue reading “Reading a bowl of youpo noodles in #Tunis for evidence of China’s rise”

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Two renditions of Mast Qalandar one balmy ‘Indian Night’ in Tunis

by Rashmee

Posted on August 31, 2017


When the Tunisian capital’s under-advertised Season of Love, Rouhanyet, ended (on August 28) it had ranged around many parts of the Sufi world map. Tunisia, of course. And Syria. Egypt. Algeria. Morocco. Turkey. Iran. India. Interestingly, Indian Night (the penultimate night of the six-day event) featured a study in stark contrasts. There was the unflashy … Continue reading “Two renditions of Mast Qalandar one balmy ‘Indian Night’ in Tunis”

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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