The best hideouts for under-the-radar economic offenders

by Rashmee

Posted on March 24, 2019 / First Post


Despite the concentration in London of a clutch of rich and flamboyant Indian fugitives from the law, the British capital may not be the best place in the world to seek refuge. The best hideouts don’t compete to be capitals of cool. They don’t have a fashion week, world-class museums and a heaving tourist season. … Continue reading “The best hideouts for under-the-radar economic offenders”

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London: A haven for the kings of bad times?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 23, 2019 / First Post


Until his arrest, Nirav Modi, the fugitive diamond tycoon, had made a swish part of central London his home. Vijay Mallya, the self-proclaimed ‘King of Good Times’ who faces fraud charges in India, continues the high life in the English village of Tewin, 32 km north of London. Lalit Modi, the founding-chairman of the Indian … Continue reading “London: A haven for the kings of bad times?”

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The strange sight of snow in London – please pin on this online bulletin board

by Rashmee

Posted on March 1, 2018


Snow in London is strange enough to allow for something entirely new and different on this website. So here’s an offering from Padlet. It’s like an online bulletin board, an online sheet of paper, where anyone can add a photo, a bit of audio, a scrawled comment on snow. Just click on the link. To start … Continue reading “The strange sight of snow in London – please pin on this online bulletin board”

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People of the night: Why many western cities want mayors for the graveyard shift

by Rashmee

Posted on October 27, 2017


  A half-dozen European cities and one in Colombia in South America have night mayors. Many more are thinking of taking them on. New York, indeed. There, the functionary will be called “nightlife mayor” Why, one might wonder, when most people are (or should be) peacefully abed at night, resting from the labours of the … Continue reading “People of the night: Why many western cities want mayors for the graveyard shift”

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Uber shut down in London? Isn’t part of the answer a black cab app?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 23, 2017


As a Londoner, I have mixed feelings about the British capital’s decision to not renew Uber’s license to operate in the city, its largest European market. Let me declare my interest straight up. I have the Uber app and I have taken more Ubers than I can remember from home to tube stop and from … Continue reading “Uber shut down in London? Isn’t part of the answer a black cab app?”

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How would you like to be blamed for not being a millionaire? America’s poor need a Maugham

by Rashmee

Posted on March 14, 2017


If you’re middle class, how would you feel if the nearest millionaire said it was your own fault you weren’t as rich as them? That you were dumb to spend money on a holiday rather than investing it in, say, big pharma stocks? How would you like to be blamed for not being a millionaire? … Continue reading “How would you like to be blamed for not being a millionaire? America’s poor need a Maugham”

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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