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Wit and Wisdom

July 9, 2015


Author and outspoken social commenter Shobhaa De on defending her freedom of speech, and taking risks. By Reena Karim Shobhaa De has always had a way with words. Her razor-sharp wit, her unabashed writing style, and her penchant for explicitly telling it like it is, have all contributed to earning her the moniker the “Jackie Collins of India” – a […]

A Railwayman’s Odyssey

June 29, 2015


Reena Karim speaks to former railwayman Suresh Joseph on creating and breaking his travelling records, as well as his life-changing journeys. To call Suresh Joseph an adventurous person would be an understatement. This 56 year-old former employee of the Indian Railway, and ex-CEO of Dubai Ports World Cochin, has travelled the length and breadth of India numerous times – and in record time. […]

Courting Controversy

June 26, 2015


Writer, and former journalist with CNN-IBN, Amrita Tripathi on her second novel, The Sibius Knot, and urban India. By Reena Karim When Amrita Tripathi was included in the line-up of authors who participated in ‘Words on Water’ literary event a part of the Festival of India in Thailand, she was introduced as the youngest writer on the panel. […]

Pushing the Envylope

December 23, 2014


REENA KARIM speaks to husband and wife team Amit and Bandhna Bajaj about their maiden mobile app project called Envylope. The tradition of giving and receiving envelopes with money during holidays and special occasions is nothing new for us Asians. But if you have ever been the recipient of more than a handful of these you are well aware of the inconveniences that […]

Fashion Forward

December 22, 2014


Vilasinee ‘Shalini’ Singhsachathet balances personal and professional relationships and takes the Jaspal brand into the future. BY REENA KARIM “I have always known I was going to join the family business,” Vilasinee ‘Shalini’ Singhsachathet says as  she gives me a tour of the pattern room at the Jaspal headquarters on Sukhumvit Soi 66. We pause for a few minutes […]

Berry Insightful

October 24, 2014


Actor Sudesh Berry talks of his two-decade long career and shares his views on the Bollywood of today. BY REENA KARIM I may have only been around five years old at the time, but I remember Sudesh Berry from his Mahabharata days on Doordarshan [Indian television network]. To be honest though, at that age it was probably the colourful costumes and the epic […]

Conquering Ladakh

October 22, 2014


Eight trekkers travelled through India’s Markha Valley, and braved it all to summit Mount  Karakoram – one of the world’s highest inhabited plateaus. They speak to REENA KARIM about their experience. — Ladakh is most often described as the land of high passes, snow-clad mountains, and sapphire blue lakes. Its bewitching  surroundings and terrains make ideal […]