Essays & Reviews

ESSAYS: The fate of Lily’s Bar

How do Beijing’s small business owners manage with the move towards “urban rejuvenation”? From Nikkei Asian Review. Click here to read article


ESSAYS: Trapped in our Colombo hotel, with bombings all around us

Of terror and coping strategies: being in Colombo with my entire family during the Easter Sunday bombings. In The Washington Post. Click here to read article


ESSAYS: Dog Day Afternoons

What does summer mean to you, when you grow up in a hot place? I. Allen Sealy, Dr. Seuss, watching my son grow up: In The Indian Quarterly. Click here to read article


ESSAYS: Watching India v Pakistan in Beijing

“What is going on?” The young women behind us are genuinely mystified. Click here to read article


Reviews: One Point Two Billion: Stories

“He had fifteen blue silk ties, each a slightly different shade of cerulean.”
It is a simple little sentence, offset nicely with paragraph breaks above and below. It stands by itself. It conjures up an image of a fastidious man, a professional (in this case, a lawyer), careful – even painstakingly so – about things, including his appearance and image. Perhaps a bit of a narcissist. Is he a narcissist ?


ESSAYS: Slow Learner

Thoughts on a sort-of career as a magazine editor. For Seminar magazine


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