The Ruins of Belchite

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By Bernie Debusmann, Pictures by Sarakshi Rai To most non-Spaniards, the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) is distant history, the stuff of Hemingway novels. But to many Spaniards, the war can seem like yesterday – and nowhere is this more evident than in the town of Belchite. Belchite, home to…

Dubai’s Version Of Fight Club: Kushti

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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

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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…