In Tunisia, the Season of Love. And London’s Summer of Love continues into autumn

by Rashmee

Posted on September 1, 2017


Don’t know if you feel it, but love is in fashion. As a branding exercise for live events. In the past two months, I’ve been to two different sets of love-branded ‘products’ in two different countries. In London, the Summer of Love at Shakespeare’s Globe. I happened to see ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, which is … Continue reading “In Tunisia, the Season of Love. And London’s Summer of Love continues into autumn”

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Two renditions of Mast Qalandar one balmy ‘Indian Night’ in Tunis

by Rashmee

Posted on August 31, 2017


When the Tunisian capital’s under-advertised Season of Love, Rouhanyet, ended (on August 28) it had ranged around many parts of the Sufi world map. Tunisia, of course. And Syria. Egypt. Algeria. Morocco. Turkey. Iran. India. Interestingly, Indian Night (the penultimate night of the six-day event) featured a study in stark contrasts. There was the unflashy … Continue reading “Two renditions of Mast Qalandar one balmy ‘Indian Night’ in Tunis”

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T is for topiary: the 1st of three ‘T’s that define modern Tunisia

by Rashmee

Posted on September 8, 2015


Click here and take a good look at the photograph of the spiral-shaped tree in the picturesque village of Sidi Bou Said, on the fringes of the Tunisian capital Tunis. The photo is by one Patrick Costello, who’s apparently from Portsmouth, England. He took it in March 2014, perhaps while on holiday in Tunisia. Sidi … Continue reading “T is for topiary: the 1st of three ‘T’s that define modern Tunisia”

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Three ‘T’s can be said to define Tunisia. Not that ugly fourth, terror

by Rashmee

Posted on September 7, 2015


How do you define a country? Especially one as old and ethnically and culturally diverse as Tunisia? This is a country whose capital still has an ampitheatre built by the Phoenicians, remember? The gardens around some of the plush villas in Carthage, which was founded by the Phoenicians who came in the 12th century BC … Continue reading “Three ‘T’s can be said to define Tunisia. Not that ugly fourth, terror”

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In Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia bares its Sufi soul & anxiety about ISIL’s imprint

by Rashmee

Posted on August 30, 2015


If there can be any measure of Tunisia’s anxiety about the extremist imprint, it came at Sidi Bou Said’s celebration of itself. Last Sunday, the beautiful blue and white village in the Tunisian capital bared its Sufi soul. Two Sufi groups gathered to sing to praise God, love and life. “Do you understand what you’re … Continue reading “In Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia bares its Sufi soul & anxiety about ISIL’s imprint”

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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