In Tunisia, a sense of change infuses the air

by Rashmee

Posted on July 6, 2017 / The National


Summer in the Maghreb is generally thought to be a time when indolence finds respectability. Not so in Tunisia this year. The soaring temperatures are matched by a sudden surge of active hope that a long season of ill-luck may be turning. Foreign tourists are returning in greater numbers after Tunisia marked the second anniversary … Continue reading “In Tunisia, a sense of change infuses the air”

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The Russians are coming but it’s still not reason enough for Tunisia to cheer loud and long

by Rashmee

Posted on August 18, 2016


They were unmistakable in the lower-ground lobby of the Movenpick hotel in Sousse. The light-skinned blond family of three with their protruding broad-tipped noses and slightly curly hair. The woman, who was probably in her mid to late 30s, was dark blonde. The man had thickset shoulders and heavy brows. There were shades of ash-brown … Continue reading “The Russians are coming but it’s still not reason enough for Tunisia to cheer loud and long”

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With a book fair and bravado, Sousse in Tunisia, shows that ‘life goes on’

by Rashmee

Posted on March 20, 2016


Today, the Sousse Salon Livre International comes to an end. We were there at its opening at the hands of Tunisia’s relatively new culture minister, Sonia M’barek. And the mayor of Sousse told me that the Book Fair was more important than ever to the city. “We want to show that life goes on. That … Continue reading “With a book fair and bravado, Sousse in Tunisia, shows that ‘life goes 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