Robinson Crusoe’s Arab Andalusian forbears?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 16, 2020


The story goes as follows. Ibn Tufail, a 12th century Arab Andalusian thinker, wrote a philosophical novel titled ‘The Epistle of Hayy Ibn Yaqzan on the Secrets of Eastern Philosophy’. (When I bought a Kindle version, incidentally, it bore the following name: ‘The Improvement of Human Reason: Exhibited in the Life of Hai Ebn Yokdhan’). … Continue reading “Robinson Crusoe’s Arab Andalusian forbears?”

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