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The Lunchbox – a review

by Sue in Film reviews

My father was a chartered accountant.  He (like my mother) had left school at 14 in wartime Liverpool to work as an office clerk after his own father died of cancer.  From there he took his accountancy exams and eventually – through hard work and …


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

by Susen in Culture

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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    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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    Another day, another gang-rape…

    Just over a year on from the brutal gang-rape, torture and death of Jyoti Singh Pandey in Delhi, (see our blogs: 1, 2 and 3) another story of a gang-rape has hit the international news.  This time though, the gang-rape was at the orders of a local …

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    Sex, morality and rape in modern India

    I remember on my first visit to India being struck by the seeming chaos of everyday life in the towns and cities.  Creative traffic rules, along with much beeping of horns ruled on the roads, cows wandered freely in the middle of roads, their Hindu …

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    Drawing the Line – Hampstead Theatre

    Regular readers of this blog know that my antecedents came from Calcutta in the heart of Bengal.  Calcutta was one of the major cities of British India and now of the Indian republic.  So it was rather a shock when I learnt from ‘Drawing the …

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Southbank Alchemy Festival 2014

It’s back for the 5th year! The Southbank annual Alchemy Festival showcases music, dance, literature, comedy, fashion, art and design from the UK and South Asia. Performances not to be missed include Susheela Raman, Anoushka Shankar, Aditia Mangaldas, Indian food tasting with Cinnamon Kitchen among many others. Plus the street food stalls outside, featuring every type of street food you could wish for. See our Events page for more details of this and other events

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