Kishwar Desai


Kishwar Desai

The mediocre craftsmen

Prime Minister David Cameron’s visit to India was in the news in the UK, but only because of his remarks on Pakistan. So what happened to the 90-strong entourage?

Artful gift exchange

Indian cinema is back in the news here folks, with Yash Chopra getting an honorary degree at the School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas) University this week.

Chak De Kabul!

ON ONE of the very few occasions that I have met Lord Mandelson (when he was still the business secretary in the last Labour government and a thousand other things) I did say to him that he was the “S

Is ‘desi’ a four letter word?

The really funny bit about the Time magazine article written by the much-maligned Joe Stein is that we all have a secret Joe Stein lurking inside us. The first generation immigrants may have wanted the comfort of a shared language, clothes and food, but not anymore! None of us, when we come away from India, want to be associated

New tress circle

It’s always a time for celebration when a friend is elevated to the ranks of the great and the glorious. And recently when former civil servant-turned-restaurant magnate Ranjit Mathrani (married to the equally talented Namita Panjabi) was appointed the High Sheriff of Greater London it gave us all a reason to party non stop. Sometimes, of

Sex and the Church

Now that we have had Sex and the City, perhaps the time has arrived for another series (and a film) called “Sex and the Church”.

Losing legacy of art

Invited for a Sotheby’s pre-auction lunch, where Indian art was on display for potential buyers, the first person I met was the inimitable M.F. Husain, shoeless as usual, looking as happy as a child.

Delicate matters

The response of the two governments, American and Indian, towards an environmental disaster created by a multinational, could not be more different.

Strangers and their selfless kindness

Last week was a veritable sea of disastrous headlines: led by BP’s inability to manage the oil leak, followed by the flotilla raid in West Asia, and now the Cumbria killings by an unhinged taxi driver

Finding real women

Where have the real women disappeared? I am not talking about the Cheryl Coles and Victoria Beckhams! I am talking about intelligent, normal, efficient women.

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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.