Category Archives: India

Feeding the City

Next time you stand in front of the refrigerated fixture at Pret a Manger pondering the choice of Ham & Gruyere or Line Caught Tuna baguettes, feel a little envious for those who, in Mumbai, get to consume home made … Continue reading

Salons: where good ideas continue to come from…

EPIC Salons: Creating spaces for ideas to flourish What do San Francisco in the 1960’s, Vienna at the turn of last century, Calcutta during the 1800s and London in the 17th and 18th centuries have in common? The simple answer … Continue reading

A personal reflection on Veer Badhra Mishra, Mahantji

Veer Badhra Mishra, at the Krishna Lila, Tulsi ghat, Varanasi, 1997.   I was saddened to hear the news this week of the death of Mahantji’s, and it led me to dig out the picture of him at his beloved … Continue reading

The riches of India and the poverty of some perspectives

Poverty is both absolute and relative, and also worth viewing through the lens of history too. This wonderful essay on the current state of India by William Dalrymple in The New Statesman points out the historical nature of poverty: In the … Continue reading

Tea shops, chat and the world disclosed

Last weekend’s FT piece about ‘ideas conferences’ by James Crabtree in the FT, reminded me of a post I wrote over 7 years ago on Indian tea shops, the internet and blogging. The blog for Ideas Bazaar (version 1) is … Continue reading

Loo with a view

This Guardian article about loos with a view put me in mind of my favourite spot for a meditative poo – the regal toilet in the master bedroom (1 of just 8) at the Sheesh Mahal Palace Hotel in Orchha, … Continue reading

Escher in India

During all my travels in India I never came across these wells in Western India – "known as stepwells, also called bawdi (Hindi बावड़ी) or baoli (Hindi:बावली), are in essence wells in which the water can be reached by descending … Continue reading

His Master's Voice

From a junk shop in India, found on an old hard drive. No idea what sort of publication it came from.

Fat Pipes, Thin Pipes

I’ve always had an interest in broadband. In what for me, at a very personal level, was the clearest sign yet of the ascendancy of India, I discovered that some old friends, in city in one of the most undeveloped … Continue reading

स्वतंत्रता दिवस – Independence Day

"At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age … Continue reading