I interviewed Karun Thakar about his exhibition African Gaze at Brunei Gallery showcasing two-metre tall, hand-painted film posters advertising screenings of Ghanaian, Hollywood, Nollywood and Bollywood films.
I wrote about Madame Tussaud's latest wax figure of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for The Economist's blog and what it tells about India and its place in the world today. The story was inspired by seeing family from India visiting London, whether 20something cousins or 60something aunties and uncles, making a beeline to the attraction.
Some of my words on words that travelled from South Asian into the Oxford English Dictionary. It's so fascinating to find out how, why and with whom these Hindi, Urdu, Malayalam and Tamil words travelled and then became part of the English language. I HEART this kind of story, where digging down into an everyday thing like words and language, can reveal so much detail and nuance.
A piece for Vice UK on the unveiling of a statue of Gandhi in Parliament Square on March 14, 2015 and why there's a stench of hypocrisy around it. Yes that's David Cameron at the unveiling so it's a very big deal particularly for businessmen, industrialists and corporate interests - the very people Gandhi stood up for in his battle for independent India, right?
July, 2019 - I produced this social video for Al Jazeera English on the inspirational Rossana Leal who set up the Hastings and Rother Buddy Project to help Syrian families settle and adjust to life in on the south coast of England.
Absolutely loved (loved loved) writing this for Global Justice Now, as it enabled me to talk about Empire, and the consequences of the shocking ignorance around the realities of Britain’s Empire in the UK today.
Hugely proud to say I made my Radio 4 debut on July 1st 2015, with a 30minute documentary about how Britain's £3.6billion curry industry is in crisis because visa immigration rules have caused a chronic lack of chefs. The government has set up 'curry colleges' (yes, really) to make the short fall and thus far they have been a disaster. Hardeep Singh Kohli investigates