Dubai’s Version Of Fight Club: Kushti

Originally posted on The Velvet Rocket:
Article by Sarakshi Rai and photographs by Bernie Debusmann  ? “Alhamdulillah! Badiya! Shahbash!” are just some of the words you can hear being yelled by a crowd of Pakistani expats gathered in a field in Deira at 5:30 PM on a Friday evening. Citizens from Pakistan usually come together on…

The Banganga Tank, Mumbai

Originally posted on The Velvet Rocket:
Article and Photos by Bernie Debusmann and Sarakshi Rai ? Driving into Mumbai’s Malabar Hill area for the first time, you could be forgiven for thinking it’s an upscale area of no particular interest. India’s VVIPs live here, such as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra state and the Chief…

Five lessons we learned about India from Shashi Tharoor’s Oxford speech

By Sarakshi Rai for FirstPost here. Not only do India and the British have a past, they have a very gory past as Shashi Tharoor reminded us with his speech at the Oxford Union. We share with Britain a history of being oppressed for centuries, of bloody massacres, mass arrests, the suppression of democratic rights and the…