BBC Radio 4: Crisis In The Curry Kitchen

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 

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THE ECONOMIST: Why Indians Love Madame Tussaud's

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. 

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New Statesman: Holi - A Textbook Case of Cultural Appropriation

In recent years, I've noticed the rise of 'Holi Raves', where people 'play Holi' - throw colours at each other - in a rave/festival-style environment. It struck me as odd because Holi is a huge Hindu festival in North India and apart from the throwing coloured paint aspect, there seemed to be little or no correlation between the two, so I investigated further... 

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Time Out: Top 100 Bollywood Films Poll

Over the last few months I've been project managing and co-editing Time Out's Top 100 Bollywood film poll and project alongside film editor Dave Calhoun. I assembled a panel of 20 leading Bollywood experts and have to say so many people, who are very busy and high profile, were more than happy to get involved. 

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Homegrown: The Banning of BBC4 Documentary India's Daughter

I wrote a guest piece for the excellent Mumbai-based platform for seriously interesting arts and cultural reportage, Homegrown about the banning of Leslee Udwin's documentary India's Daughter - focusing on the brutal gang rape and murder of a young woman in New Delhi December 2012 - by the Indian government. 

It's been very heartening to find out that the people have been covertly sharing links to watch it online. 

 

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