Why do restaurants matter?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 27, 2020


‘1843’, sister magazine of ‘The Economist’ asked an important question the other day: Why do restaurants matter? Why, said the magazine, do we choose to spend large sums of money to dine among strangers? Why indeed? ‘1843’ offers us a fair few clues. The very word “restaurant”, it says, “hints at the restorative effects of … Continue reading “Why do restaurants matter?”

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It’s a shame for Modi to be dismissed as a paper tiger in the same week as Trump

by Rashmee

Posted on June 30, 2017


The coincidence was remarkable. US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met on Monday (June 26) in a week that has seen both men described as paper tigers. The dismissive phrase was applied to Mr Trump by a senior member of his Republican party. The president and his political operation, said the … Continue reading “It’s a shame for Modi to be dismissed as a paper tiger in the same week as Trump”

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With Brazil’s Lula, fall some of our dreams about men of great principle

by Rashmee

Posted on April 16, 2016


It was hard not to feel sad reading Michael Reid’s Bello column on Brazil’s former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in The Economist. I have worked with Michael – when he was looking after the Americas desk in London – and always admired his writing and perspective. The inaugural Bello column, a couple of years … Continue reading “With Brazil’s Lula, fall some of our dreams about men of great principle”

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Last week, The Economist was writing about ‘the dispensable French’

by Rashmee

Posted on November 15, 2015


What a difference a week makes. On November 7, Charlemagne was pretty scathing about France’s loss of influence in the European Union and its timidity in using the vestiges it still has. (Click here to read the piece.) There was a poignant description of Frances’s largely failed attempt, eight to 10 weeks ago, to take … Continue reading “Last week, The Economist was writing about ‘the dispensable French’”

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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