Would diversity and the British royal family mean more Plantagenets?

by Rashmee

Posted on April 5, 2021


/ BLIMEY BLIGHTY I’m not a royalist but I generally try not to be rude about the British Queen. She will be 95 this month for God’s sakes and it’s not particularly kind to go round metaphorically kicking an old lady. That said, news that the British royal family may appoint a diversity champion had … Continue reading “Would diversity and the British royal family mean more Plantagenets?”

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Did Harry subtly nudge the needle of suspicion to point at Prince Charles?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 10, 2021


/ TAKE UP ONE IDEA Journalist learn how to read “no comment”, to divine who might be an “anonymous source” and the chances that an individual referred to without identification is actually “Mr X” or “Ms Y”. It is  guesswork, of course and not always accurate. But often enough, it is. Accordingly, Harry and Meghan’s … Continue reading “Did Harry subtly nudge the needle of suspicion to point at Prince Charles?”

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Namaste, the #nohandshake hand gesture for the age of coronavirus

by Rashmee

Posted on March 14, 2020


“Nice to meet you, but how to greet you?” ran NPR’s headline in acknowledgement of this conundrum for the age of coronavirus. With hand hygiene in focus and the handshake taboo, how do you greet someone? A fist bump seems rather childish. The elbow bump a little too familiar. Perhaps the namaste, the joining of … Continue reading “Namaste, the #nohandshake hand gesture for the age of coronavirus”

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Decoding brand loyalty of the world’s royalty

by Rashmee

Posted on May 11, 2019 / First Post


The birth of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first child raises a question that used to be asked more regularly in the 20th century than in the 21st: what’s the point of hereditary monarchies and extended royal families? They enshrine exclusivism and elitism. There are only two ways to join the club-by birth or through … Continue reading “Decoding brand loyalty of the world’s royalty”

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Diana’s legacy rests on a fairytale that does not reflect reality

by Rashmee

Posted on August 30, 2017 / The National


Some call it a fairytale, others an industry. Few want to describe it as a cult, with all the negative connotations of a hidden, delusional devotion that that entails. Still, the renewed fascination with Diana, princess of Wales, 20 years after her death has reached extraordinary levels . There is a clutch of new TV documentaries, … Continue reading “Diana’s legacy rests on a fairytale that does not reflect reality”

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Did the late Princess Diana like animals? Here’s why the question matters 20 years on

by Rashmee

Posted on July 27, 2017


Last night, I got into an argument about Princess Diana and animals. It happened like this. We were at The Comedy Pub and were having a pleasant conversation with a nice family visiting from Boston, Massachusetts. They had three young daughters, one of whom confided that they would be visiting the Lady Dinah Cat Café while … Continue reading “Did the late Princess Diana like animals? Here’s why the question matters 20 years on”

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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