One day we’ll all be ‘prosumers’

by Rashmee

Posted on May 22, 2021


/ FAITH, HOPE… One of the most hopeful stories I’ve read in a long time comes from a Swedish village. Bloomberg’s Lars Paulsson, Jess Shankleman and Jesper Starn report that a thousand-year-old Swedish village generates its own solar power, stores it in freezer-sized batteries in each home and sells any surplus back to the energy company that runs … Continue reading “One day we’ll all be ‘prosumers’”

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The 19th century invented the future. The 21st century has destroyed it

by Rashmee

Posted on April 15, 2015


The 19th century invented the future. In a manner of speaking. The 21st century has destroyed it. In a manner of speaking, for it fears the future including that eternal dream of agelessness, immortality and interconnectedness. That must be the lesson of ‘The Circle’, Dave Eggers’ fearsomely powerful Orwellian prognostication on the age of the … Continue reading “The 19th century invented the future. The 21st century has destroyed it”

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Workers of the world, you have lots to lose with unlimited holidays

by Rashmee

Posted on September 29, 2014


Floaters, full-timers, high-fliers, suits, listen up. Richard Branson’s holiday largesse for his personal staff – unlimited leave without prior warning so long as it doesn’t harm the business – is not the new utopia. It’s not wage-slave paradise. Here’s why: Who decides that next batch of holidays you take won’t harm the business? How long … Continue reading “Workers of the world, you have lots to lose with unlimited holidays”

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Bhutan balances mindfulness with modernization. Guess which one’s winning

by Rashmee

Posted on May 2, 2014


The Taj Tashi in Thimphu, Bhutan, is probably one of the most beautiful hotels in the world. It is certainly one of the most remarkable hotels that I’ve stayed at in any of roughly 150 cities I’ve visited. The Taj Tashi’s beauty lies not in grandeur but in its manifest sense of harmony. Its décor … Continue reading “Bhutan balances mindfulness with modernization. Guess which one’s winning”

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Dineshare? The artistic business of feeding strangers in faraway lands

by Rashmee

Posted on November 28, 2013


When hospitality becomes an art, it loses its very soul, said Max Beerbohm. I’m not sure what he would have made of  dineshare, which turns feeding strangers in your home into an income. This Ozy piece describes the attempt to eat locally, relatively inexpensively and with the chance to practice one’s English as a new … Continue reading “Dineshare? The artistic business of feeding strangers in faraway lands”

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#Shutdown: Frittatas, leftovers & other nifty aspects of nil-waste dining

by Rashmee

Posted on October 1, 2013


The #shutdown (and possible economic woes of many Americans) and the frittata on the right is reason enough to salute these three developments in the food world: The forthcoming launch in Boston of Daily Table, a deeply discounted supermarket with an extraordinary speciality – preparing and repackaging expired food and selling it at deeply discounted prices. … Continue reading “#Shutdown: Frittatas, leftovers & other nifty aspects of nil-waste dining”

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Expats vs immigrants: All roads lead to home

by Rashmee

Posted on July 21, 2013


Someone once wrote (tongue-in-cheek but probably only half in jest) that there are three categories of globetrotters: expats, immigrants and illegal immigrants. Expats are the elite; immigrants are middle class and illegal migrants poor. It’s an interesting definition, relying more on perception than reality. The dictionary, of course, distinguishes differently between expats and immigrants. Unlike … Continue reading “Expats vs immigrants: All roads lead to home”

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Suncoast Florida: Joke industry a sunshine sector

by Rashmee

Posted on May 6, 2013


Chances are the jokes about Florida will either have you laughing till you’re red in the face, or at least, red with embarrassment. Here’s one for the grinfest: “A man walked into a Florida bar with his alligator and asked the bartender: ‘Do you serve lawyers here?’ ‘Sure.’ ‘Good. One beer for me and a … Continue reading “Suncoast Florida: Joke industry a sunshine sector”

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Psst, know a lo-fi getaway off the beaten track?

by Rashmee

Posted on February 15, 2013


Anyone lamenting how much harder it’s getting to go off the beaten track might want to read this rather evocative piece on Laos from The Globe and Mail. “Here,” Ellen Himelfarb writes dreamily of the landlocked little country that time forgot, “you can still board an empty longboat for a late-afternoon cruise to an obscure … Continue reading “Psst, know a lo-fi getaway off the beaten track?”

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The Pocahontas Principle of off-the-grid living

by Rashmee

Posted on December 11, 2012


Slate has kicked off its brand new photo blog (called Behold) with a look at photographer Lucas Foglia’s study of “off-the-grid” lifestyles increasingly being adopted by people in the southeastern United States. It has a lot of rather bucolic and wholesome photographs (children drinking raw goat’s milk straight from the natural dispenser put in place by … Continue reading “The Pocahontas Principle of off-the-grid living”

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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