Kishwar Desai


Kishwar Desai

Mr Obama, shall we dance?

It was a complete capture of the capital by an all-singing, all-dancing American President, but weren’t we thrilled! This was the biggest thing after the McDonald’s combo-burger with a free Pepsi on the side! We are simple people, after all, with an unending yearning for American fast food and visual extravaganzas.

Valley of dead dolls

There are many reasons behind the shrinking distance between India and China. And some of them are pretty grim.

Philanthropic pursuits

It was a week in which philanthropy, optimism and power couples were the preferred flavour.

How do miners make millions?

IT’S BEEN a week of literally uplifting images.

A lesson or two from UK

It is always great to come back to London — and this time more so because I have managed to escape the high decibel 24/7 Commonwealth Games headlines.

Go beyond religion

Like everything else happening in India, Ayodhya has also become a global issue. So though I am still in Delhi, I got a call from a UK-based talk show to discuss the Ayodhya verdict. However, whilst the tone of discussion in the Indian media has been largely restrained and respectful of the judgment, and most of the Indian public

Main kahan hoon?

A good way to deal with the problems of Indian governance is to develop short-term memory loss.

Life in the dark

Since coming to Delhi I have realised the virtues of becoming a hermit. It is a question of survival.

Book launch superbug

After a lot of thought I have concluded that Delhi probably launches more books than Houston will ever launch rockets. Forget dengue, malaria or swine flu — I’ve got the real illness. I’ve been bitten by the New Delhi Book Launch Superbug (and you can go ahead and sue me and tell those Lancet guys about it, so there!) and have been

A day in Somerset

Philanthropy in the UK continues despite the recession — and we have just experienced it in Somerset with the local population (including Alexander Evelyn, the grandson of novelist Evelyn Waugh, the a

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I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen didn’t make the cut. Neither did Shaji Karun’s Piravi, which bagged 31 international awards.