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Girl Summit 2014 – London

by Sue in Law

I had my first serious relationship at the age of 17. If anyone had suggested that we get married at that point, my reaction would have been one of complete horror and bewilderment.  Why on earth would I want to do that?  I had plans …


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Sukanya – Highlights of Ravi Shankar’s Opera at the Royal Opera House

by Susen in Music

Late last year I had attended a presentation by David Murphy, the composer, and Amit Chaudhuri, the author who is a librettist, at the Nehru Centre in London on Sukanya, the opera that Murphy and Ravi Shankar collaborated on till Shankar’s death. You can read …


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    Modi’s victory: Thatcherism Indian style? / creative commons This week, in one of the most significant elections for a generation, the Hindu Nationalist leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Narendra Modi was elected Prime Minister of India.  The scale of his victory and number of seats gained in …

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    Forever India – the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

    Khadki war cemetery, Pune, India Just today I came across the Forever India pages of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website and it appears to be the only separate country to be awarded this distinction – although that may be because other countries (Canada, New …

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    “Days and Nights in Calcutta” – My Guide to being Bengali

    Being brought up mainly in Birmingham in the 1970s I had very limited exposure to Indian and Bengali culture despite the English Midlands being a centre of immigrant communities.  I had spent a few months in India when I was about 5 and then didn’t …

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    Elephants, Lord Ganesha and the Indian Independence Movement

    Ganesha festival Bombay 1987 I remember it like it was yesterday.  It was 1987 and we had just arrived in Bombay (as it was then) around 5 weeks into my first sojourn into India.  By this point we were probably a slightly sorry looking and …

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    The Indian Army in World War 1 – National Army Museum

    The Indian Memorial at Neuve Chapelle.(See end of post for photo attribution) Sometimes it’s very easy to forget that I live in one of the world’s great cities. Some of our activities from movies, to theatre to restaurants have been reviewed on these “pages”. This …

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    Remembering Tony Benn 1925-2014

    Photo courtesy of Isujosh Sadly Tony Benn, the veteran Labour and Socialist politician, died in the early hours of this morning at the age of 88. Briefly he had been amongst the longest serving MPs, in the House of Commons from 1950 to 2001 and …

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    Medicine – art, science or business?

    A couple of years ago I had an ear infection.  I had never had an ear infection before and can honestly say it was the most painful thing I have ever had (I was going to say worse than childbirth but seeing as I had …

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    Indians and their servants

    The case of Devyani Khobragade has become a cause célèbre in India but I would contend for the wrong reasons. In December 2013 Khobragade, then Indian Deputy Consul General in New York, was arrested for visa fraud by the US authorities and for underpaying her Indian domestic help …

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London Eid Festival – Trafalgar Square 2 August 2014

Come along to the Mayor of London’s Eid Festival, a free celebration on Saturday 2 August in Trafalgar Square. Find out more at and / or our events page for more information

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    I must confess to being a relative newcomer to Indian food.  Somehow my mother’s Bengali food didn’t quite suit my English palate, it being largely fried and with lots of bitter mustard seeds.  There were a lot of Indian influences in the house though from …

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