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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.


Explore Vish Puri’s India!

Screen Shot 2013-10-08 at 21.13.14The 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 couriers, the real Love Commandos, and the country’s hereditary genealogical record keepers. You can also download delicious recipes from the Puri family kitchen. Plus there’s a Free Stuff section! For more on Puri himself and his past cases you can also visit


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) as we enter the big wedding/festival season.

I shot, produced and edited the story.


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:



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