India Through Foreign Eyes

My latest review in the Sunday Times is of Sam Miller’s “A Strange Kind of Paradise: India Through Foreign Eyes”. You’ll find the original here. Or here’s the text. A Strange Kind of Paradise India Through Foreign Eyes by Sam Miller Cape £18.99/ebook £9.99 pp421 Ringo Starr couldn’t stomach Indian food. In 1968 he arrived with his fellow ­Beatles at the Maharishi’s ashram in Rishikesh in northern India lugging a suitcase of Heinz baked beans. Read the full article…

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My Dad’s Autobiography

I’m proud to announce the publication of my father’s memoir, “An English Baby Boomer My Life and Times”. Call me bias, but I’ve found it to be a very insightful and often amusing social commentary on the post-war years. Dad, born in 1947, grew up first in South Africa and Germany before being sent off to a British boarding school at the age of seven. The Britain he describes hardly exists anymore, and his recollections Read the full article…

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Kashmir Gastronomical Adventure

Late last year I took my family up to Srinagar, Kashmir to attend a three-day wedding. Our hosts were old friends and it was lovely to spend time with them. But the trip also helped me realise a long-held ambition: to eat a full Wazwaan meal. Kashmiri food is some of my favourite. A little heavy for some perhaps – you’ve certainly got to enjoy your meat! – but absolutely delicious. You can read my Read the full article…

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Delhi, National Geographic Traveller (UK)

My piece on my relationship(s) with Delhi will appear in the January issue of National Geographic Traveller UK. You can read it in advance here. Otherwise here’s the text: When I was posted to Delhi in the mid-1990s it was a sleepy, parochial backwater.  There were no imported cars, and the Ambassador, which was modelled on the post-war Oxford Morris, still ruled the roads.  Non-Indian restaurants were few and far between.  If you wanted a change Read the full article…

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Scents, sights and sounds of South Asia

Here’s a link for a blog post I wrote for BOOKANISTA about what it was like arriving in South Asia for the first time.  The post also includes my favourite ten travel books on India.  The list includes Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Tahir Shah, Maximum City by Sukhetu Mehta and Chasing the Monsoon by Alexander Frater.  You can read the full piece here.

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The Case of the Love Commandos (Vish Puri #4) is published today in the UK

The Case of the Love Commandos (Vish Puri #4) is published today in the UK.  It’s available on Kindle and in paperback here. The US edition came out on Tuesday.  Publishers Weekly chose the book as a Best New Books for the Week, calling it ‘thought-provoking and charming.”  You can read more here. You can also learn more about Vish Puri’s India at his new blog: http://blog.vishpuri.com

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Explore Vish Puri’s India!

The Case of the Love Commandos (Vish Puri #4) is published today and I’m marking the event by launching a new section of Vish Puri’s website, which is called Vish Puri’s India. Whether or not you already know the series, it’s a great way of finding out more about the places that Puri, his team of undercover operatives and Mummy visit, and the cultural phenomena they encounter. Click here to read about India’s wily diamond Read the full article…

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India’s Gold Obsession

This is a story I did for BBC TV a few years back with my wife, Anu. It’s about India’s voracious appetite for gold. The piece is as timely today as gold imports continue to skew the country’s trade deficit and gold investment locks up ever more precious capital. In July alone India’s gold imports amounted to $2.9 billion (Source: Reuters). That figure seems likely to rise in the coming months (despite government/central bank intervention) Read the full article…

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Interview with NPR’s “Crime in the City”

Here’s a link to National Public Radio’s segment on the Vish Puri novels: http://www.npr.org/2013/08/28/216439130/halls-portly-p-i-peels-back-the-layers-of-delhi-society It aired on Morning Edition.

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NPR “Crime in the City” Feature

National Public Radio in the US is airing a ten minute segment on me and Vish Puri today (Thursday August 28th) at 0650 and 0850 Eastern Standard Time (that’s 1150 and 1250 GMT).  I’ll be sure to post a link later in the day, but if you’re outside of the USA and want to listen as the piece goes to air, here’s the link: http://www.npr.org/programs/morning-edition/  

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