The pandemic and the clothes on our backs

by Rashmee

Posted on May 6, 2021


/IT’S THE BUSINESS What are you wearing as you read this and how long do you think you will continue to wear this garment? Weeks? Months? Years? What will you do with it once its life is essentially over? You may get rid of it because it developed holes, became discoloured, or doesn’t fit, suit … Continue reading “The pandemic and the clothes on our backs”

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#CHfuturescapelondon is fantastic – as a video game – not as a brave new world

by Rashmee

Posted on April 18, 2021


/ TRAVELS IN MY MIND I’ve often thought that Aldous Huxley would’ve been a good city planner. A robust imagination is an asset to anyone, but especially to city planners. Huxley’s early 1930s novel ‘Brave New World’ shows us the London of the future in AF (After Ford) 632 or 2540 AD according to the … Continue reading “#CHfuturescapelondon is fantastic – as a video game – not as a brave new world”

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The man who built BRICS now breaks down world disorder

by Rashmee

Posted on October 9, 2019


Jim O’Neill recently wrote that the growing discontent in the world is the result of a breakdown in the international capitalist model. This matters. Lord O’Neill is the man who built BRICS (originally BRIC), the concept that decreed Brazil, Russia, India, China be considered as one economic group with enormous potential. Later, South Africa was … Continue reading “The man who built BRICS now breaks down world disorder”

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Japan-style stew of cautious change and careful continuity

by Rashmee

Posted on February 10, 2019


It seemed like an omen. A recipe for Japanese-style beef stew popped up just as I was about to read Jim O’Neill’s piece on what Japan could teach other developed countries. The beef stew, by the very “minimalist” Mark Bittman, seemed highly developed and sophisticated. With soy sauce, ginger and winter squash, it seemed as … Continue reading “Japan-style stew of cautious change and careful continuity”

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How Mohammad Javad Zarif sells Iran: smiles, silences, chin calisthenics

by Rashmee

Posted on February 6, 2016


On Thursday, I sat 10-15 feet away from Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, watching the tics that have become a feature with him in three decades as a career diplomat. He nods a great deal and from time to time, he smiles – lining up both upper and lower teeth to meet neatly without … Continue reading “How Mohammad Javad Zarif sells Iran: smiles, silences, chin calisthenics”

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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