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ASIAN PARENTING – FROM SPANKING TO CONSCIOUS PARENTING

I was shopping at a wet market in Singapore, when my 3-year-old son Ishaan, pointed towards something and said “Mama, can I buy this please?” he was holding a long stick with a loop at an end. He had found it next to the cashier, at a very prominent place for a fresh vegetable shop. […]

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RECIPE FOR DISASTER – POVERTY, HISTORIC WOUNDS, AND A POLITICAL IGNITION?

Never did it cross my mind that my home and people would need to be protected in the manner which has been required over the last week. The sense of survival and fear mixed with adrenaline was the combination felt by many citizens in the KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng provinces of South Africa. It was […]

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LEAVE, CONVERT OR PERISH: THE FATE OF AFGHANISTAN’S MINORITIES

by Hardeep Singh | First published in The Spectator | President Biden’s decision to ‘end the war in Afghanistan’ means the complete withdrawal of 3,500 US troops by the 20th anniversary of 9/11. However, what may be domestically popular — particularly among Trump voters — will soon have consequences for the Afghans left unguarded by […]

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ZUMA’S ARREST: NO CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION, BUT FOR INTROSPECTION

*The mandamus of our constitutional court must hold* The circus that was ended in a rather tame end – Jacob Zuma meekly handing himself in to the South African Police Services for incarceration. While the country was on the brink of violence in the last week, as intimated by his supporters, we cannot seek pleasure […]

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THE STORY OF INDIANS IN SOUTH AFRICA IS MORE THAN JUST GANDHI

Every so often humanity is tempted to bend the arc of history, only so that the mistakes of the past are meant never to be repeated. On November 16, 1860, a ship carrying 342 indentured Indians arrived in South Africa, and this arrival marked the beginning of a long but tortuous and painful journey in […]

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DISCRIMINATORY RE-ENTRY BAN SCARS INDIAN MIGRANTS’ LOVE FOR JAPAN

It has been a distressing year-and-a-half for Neha since she moved to Japan from India in January 2020. Her 6-year-old daughter and husband were supposed to follow her a couple of months later. But since then, she has been waiting desperately for them to join her. “In the beginning I was really excited because I […]

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INDIANNESS AND A SENSE OF GLOBAL COMMITMENT- SOUTH AFRICA AND THE EFF

I dare say again, our duty of Indianness must go beyond the tricoloured flag of India.  Unlike structured religions where Pope-like figures lead congregations, as people of Indian origin we are led by the laws of the lands we now reside in and equally, need to place as much love and attention to our fellow […]

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JULIUS MALEMA – THE SOUTH AFRICAN VERSION OF “IDI AMIN” – WE SHALL NOT YIELD!

Julius Malema, who believes he is a law unto himself, and one that the writer considers to be an absolute racist at heart, is skating on thin ice. At a press conference, the swaggering Malema unleashes a tirade against “Indian” South Africans, claiming that there is an “Indian cabal that is taking strategic positions in […]

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CONVERSION THERAPY – A GLOBAL ISSUE

Conversion therapy is the practice of attempting to treat, correct or cure sexual orientation or gender identity. Primarily used against homosexuals during the 20th century, it has a long-lasting legacy across the globe. One of the main reasons for this is colonialism. Western understandings of same-sex sexuality as a sin, crime or disease were imported […]

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THE ILLUSTRIOUS DRAGON FRUIT OF TRINIDAD

Richard Cantillon (1680-1734) – the world’s first economic theorist – brought the role of the entrepreneur to the attention of scholars. He viewed the entrepreneur as one who bears the risk of establishing a creative enterprise by covering the start-up cost and carrying out production before market demand and price are known. Entrepreneurial Indo-Trinidadian Anand […]

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H.E HON GUY JOSEPH AND MR HAROON SACRANIE JOIN THE MOVEMENT

The Global Indian series expands to St Lucia and Malawi making it one of the world’s fastest-growing encyclopedias of people of Indian origin. On behalf of our team at the Global Indian Series, it is my deep pleasure to announce the joining of H.E Hon Guy Joseph, Minister of Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport […]

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WHEN THE INNOCENT GET CAUGHT

*The madness and futility of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict* Wars serve no purpose – they destroy humanity – they exacerbate human suffering to extreme levels of intolerability. Wilfred Owen, in his 1918 poem, “Futility”, exemplifies what a wasteful by-product war has become of man’s inhumanity to man. The raging Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a heresy and must […]

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THE TRAGEDY OF PALESTINE

On Monday May 10, clashes between Palestinians and Israelis erupted once again. The reason for the clashes this time was due to the fact that the Israeli regime have moved to expel Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem to make way for new Israeli settlers. They are people who were not just born in […]

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AN APPEAL TO THE PRESIDENT OF MALAWI AND THE LEADERS OF INDUSTRY.

I for one have noted with great disdain on how some people due to ignorance and lack of knowledge are going astray to the extent of becoming paupers and enemies of progress. The majority of Malawians need a total mindset overhaul.  We are used to average levity, poverty-infused development, and living below the poverty line […]

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When you leave this world, what kind of child would you have left behind when your story is eventually told?

*When you leave this world, what kind of child would you have left behind when your story is eventually told?* William Wordsworth’s epigram, “the child is the father of man” encapsulates a unique but unwritten reality that most parents face today. As children, blessed enough to have had the consort of parents, most of us […]

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LEARNING TO LOVE – IDENTITY OF BLM

My daughter Larra wrote this – at the time she was 6. She entered a literary competition for Black Lives Matter. She did not make it into the finals, but for me, the theme and how it was tackled by her could be a lesson that we can all learn from our children. It looks […]

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COVID AND A FORCE FOR CHANGE

“I have just lost my mother to Covid -19 and my father is in ICU and he doesn’t look good.” “I am the only son and I have four sisters. My family are very poor and the responsibility of running the house sits with me. Last month I had Covid and I was sacked from […]

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WHY SIKHS ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE INDIANAPOLIS MASS SHOOTING

by Hardeep Singh | First published in The Spectator Last week, the New York Times mapped the location and number of casualties of mass shootings that have occurred on US soil in 2021. It’s a ‘partial’ list, but remarkable, nevertheless. March alone saw the senseless killing of ten people in Colorado, four in California, eight in Atlanta, […]

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Dr Mohan Kaul joins the Global Indian Ambassadors

Press Release: On behalf of the Global Indian, it is a pleasure to announce the joining of Dr Mohan Kaul to our Global Indian Ambassadors program. Dr Kaul brings over 30 years dedicated international experience.  From setting up the Commonwealth Business Council through to hosting over 50 high-level initiatives and forums involving heads of government, […]

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OPTOMETRY AND ART – A PASSION IN BOTH WORLDS

Following my passion for a portfolio career combining optometry and art – By Tej Kahlon “You’ll never make it in this competitive industry. You’re brown and you’re a girl. Anyway, no-one wants real paintings anymore because computers can generate images from photos. My best advice is to look at other careers.” The above words are […]

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CHOOSE ART

by Blandine Martin for the Global Indian Personally, when asked what Art means to me especially in a Global Indian context, I must confess as a practicing contemporary artist, I do struggle on how to answer the question in a way that would give justice to my truth.  Art to me is not just a […]

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A plunge of the heartstrings

I was asked recently in an interview why I set up the Global Indian Series and what it means to my personal experience. It was both thought-provoking as well as illuminating to myself to actively deep-dive into my 58 country journeys so far and more than a decade long of experience of making friendships in […]

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THE ORIGINAL REFUGEE

My name is Alpesh Patel and when my family and I were told that we had to leave the country with nothing but the clothes on our backs, the news hit us like a brick wall. Never would we have thought this could have happened to us, of all people, but the reality was that […]

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Dreams and Immigration Guilt

Many of the global indian diaspora is dispersed through immigration. We are everywhere! Our parents and grandparents often tell stories of how they arrived in the country with nothing but a few pounds and a dream. We often laugh at this exaggerated statement but when we stop and realise the sacrifices they made, we are […]

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The cultural experience of loneliness – why South Asians need to take heed during the Coronavirus pandemic

Loneliness is an worldwide public health matter. This means many people across the globe have felt a lack of social connectedness for years. South Asian mental health is a concern for many health and social care services in countries across the world. Key factors here are stigma preventing help-seeking behaviours in brown people, isolated elderly […]

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Our journey in 2020 with Rajan Nazran

A special thank you to our growing Global Indian Family. In a year when identity politics divided nations, we stood together. In solidarity for something far greater.In a year where we were forced to stay apart, we connected the globe.In a year that, the mainstream media chose virtue signaling. We decided on the power of […]

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JUST FOR A MOMENT LAST NIGHT, TIME STOOD STILL

The ushering in of a Global Indian 2021 seemed so extraordinary – surreal in fact. No family and friends mingling, no hugs and handshakes for the neighbours – for the very first time in my life, and I suspect for countless others, the dawning of the new year could not have been so different as […]

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IS IT MY INDIANISM, MY INDIANNESS OR JUST ME BEING INDIAN THAT I AM PROUD OF?

The colonial importation of Indian citizens from the sub-continent to South Africa in 1860 entrenched a historical perspective  that runs very deep into the veins of a country whose own history has ebbed and flowed in ways we least imagined. The prime objective of this importation was not simply a migration but a decidedly egregious […]

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Indian Indenture in the Centre of World History:

The East India Company, de-industrialisation, Opium Wars, and the Global Decolonisation Movement Dr. Kirk Meighoo ABSTRACT This article will place Indian indentureship in its wider historical context as part of the historically central, long plunder of India by outside forces, and not simply an isolated, peripheral occurrence related to the end of slavery. This gives […]

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In the era of Covid have we lost our minds?

In this world where a pandemic is not discriminating who it attacks, we have for centuries been living with a pandemic that has touched every single person in the world in every era and has never been given the respect and healing it deserves. This is the pandemic that is mental health illness. Everyone of […]

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“This is not India” Muzi Hlengwa and the danger of identity politics in SA

By Global Indian Correspondent – Narendh Ganesh South Africa “THIS IS NOT INDIA” – You are very observant and geographically clued-up, Muzi Hlengwa – Sadly you are not very bright!* The article in the *POST*(December 2-6), “This is not India, Newlands residents told”, refers. The confrontation between residents of Newlands and Muzi Hlengwa, leader of […]

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Brainless beliefs and facts of reality – can we live in a world where both can co-exist, please?

Divya Nazran takes a second look at social constructs within the South Asian community, and provides a challenging view on beliefs v reality

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Human smuggling in South Africa

Human Smuggling is a major problem and South Africa has been identified as a Source, Destination and Transit country. This article reveals how SA passports have been obtained and dangerously used.

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East Africa and the need for a new narrative- Uganda

It was the community stories of the Ugandan Asians who arrived as refugees that captured everyone’s attention. It was a turning point in our collective view on how we were perceived and the dangers that lurked.

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Curry Goat as a Metaphor for the Indian/Jamaican Future

As Curry Goat is quite easily and readily seen as both Jamaican and Indian, so too must Jamaican identity itself be seen. An in-depth discussion by Dr Kirk Meighoo

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Lest we forget. The Coolie Odyssey

Rajesh Gopie delves into the question of identity, indenture and the need to understand more about our joint experiences

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Trapped Indian workers struggle to find way back home

Lebanon’s migrant workers left in limbo during worst economic crisis in decades

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DRUGS | CRIME ACTONVILLE – SOUTH AFRICA

The local and cluster police including a Major General Subbiah, a person of Indian origin that professes the Hindu faith were informed of this man’s illegal activities and they did not take any measures to arrest him.

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MEETING THE ACADEMIC DISRUPTOR

Daniel takes me for a tour of the “real world” driven university grounds and leads me through a remarkable journey where I witness images that are more in keeping with the tech halls of Google than something I would consider to be your stereotypical university.

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Building Europe’s California

Sitting with Chitra (Chitra Stern Nee Rathinasabapathy ) is nothing short of a  soulful experience. She is universal in her  mindset whilst being deeply rooted to her  own unique Indian-ness and simultaneously  challenges any notion of stereotypical  identity. If there were ever a Jason Bourne  of the Indian world she would be it. With  her colourful […]

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Ending Identity Politics-guyana

Guyana racism and injustice – Guyana is often described as the  land of six people. Indo Guyanese  make up the majority of the population  and our legacy started from  over 180 years ago as we arrived  from India as bonded labor for the  sugar estates after the emancipation  of African slaves by the British. Our  country […]

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A different kind of superpower

Sadhguru Isha foundation – Global Indian Perspective JRD Tata, whose family is among those  responsible for building the basic foundations  for Indian industry, was once asked  if he wanted India to become an economic  superpower. He replied, “No, I do not  want India to be an economic superpower.  I want India to be a happy country.”  The […]

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The Self Indulgence

Discovering the fountain of youth in St Lucia For the person who wants the most out of life, whose calendar reads more like a novel than a schedule, whose body feels more like a rusty tava than a temple, The Body Holiday is the closest thing to the fountain of youth you will ever encounter. […]

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Insights

Globalization brings choice

As we move towards the third  decade of the 21st century,  it is undeniable that India  is a major international financial  and corporate powerhouse. Indian  capital and corporate capability are  major influences on global business.  With this dynamic comes choice  for Indians, and a major reversal  of the recent historical experience.  Many of the historical […]

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Perspectives with K. Nandini Singla, Indian Ambassador to Portugal

India-Portugal relations are anchored in  over half-a-millennium of history. It’s a  relationship of culture, language, deep  kinship, art, architecture, gastronomy,  music – sublime, intangible things that    connect peoples’ hearts and minds irrevocably. The Prime Minister of Portugal    H.E. Antonio Costa, (Overseas Citizen of    India), epitomizes this profound connection in many ways. The diplomatic ties    established […]

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National Reserve of India

India is the only country that has an  official acronym for its expatriates-  NRIs or “Non-Resident Indians”.  In my book, India: From Midnight  to Millennium I had suggested, only  half-jokingly, that the question is  whether NRI should stand for ‘Not  Really Indian’ or, instead, ‘Never  Relinquished India’. But in reality,  given the remarkable achievements  of […]

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Finding my roots

A true life story of determination and the voyage of identity My names is Adinda and i now live in Portugal, however, I was born in Mumbai. When I was only 8 months old, I was adopted to a wonderful family in Belgium. However at those times, the administration process was not as good and […]

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Pastéis de Nata the secret recipe

By Rajan Nazran – Journey to Portugal For me this should be a daily pilgrimage for any self-respecting foodie who visits Lisbon.  It’s orgasmic to the taste buds and provides that perfect balance of crisp crunch and the moist high rich texture of cream and cinnamon. Yes as you can tell I absolutely love this […]

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Why you should travel solo

By Fellow traveller Neha Bhatia I was going through a rough patch in my life, my marriage of 2 years was falling apart, and I was separated and living alone in Delhi, India. It’s difficult taking this stand, where I come from. My parents were my biggest strength, their support for my decision gave me […]

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Journey to Ethiopia

Field notes: Welcome to this ancient country that boasts a unique cultural heritage, rich history, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a pluralistic society.   It is a country where you can get easily lost within its skin as its home to the fourth holiest Islamic city, medieval rock churches, the world famous Simien and Bale […]

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ST Kitts and Nevis with Inida

As the Prime Minister of a Caribbean country for 20 years, I have seen first hand the highly significant role that the global Indian community has played across the Caribbean, and its contributions to both the social and business life our region.

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Deeper Real Estate Perspective Portugal – Golden Visa

Jointly Authored by Patrícia Barão Head of Residential – JLL Portugal and Pedro Lancastre Managing Director – JLL Portugal  Sun

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Defining a nation (Portugal)- Real estate, Art and a Global Indian Perspective

Defining a nation (Portugal)- Real estate, Art and a Global Indian Perspective

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IBC and real estate development for the Global Indian – JONEL F.H. POWELL – Grant Powell and Co

st. KITTS AND NEVIS IS THE FINANCIAL HUB of the Eastern Caribbean, being home to the region’s major financial institutions and enjoys full membership in the OECS, CARICOM, the OAS, the British Commonwealth and the United Nations. It is here that law firm Grant, Powell & Co. has evolved through a succession of firms dating […]

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Study in Europe – Indian Students in Malta

Supported by the University of Malta – With over 400 years of history,  we are the leading and most prestigous  higher education institution in  Malta. For all these years, University  of Malta (UM) has been the hub for  international academic exchange on  the island.  We seek to carry out academic research  and provide a vibrant […]

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Gold standard Due diligence – protecting Globally minded Indians – Jonathan Cardona, CEO

Professionals within the citizenship by investment industry know too well that they carry a lot of responsibility on their shoulders.  Agents have to make sure that they do their own due diligence on the applicants to guarantee that they only put forward reputable individuals,  whilst countries have to put monetary interests aside and seek  the […]

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Malta IIP and the Global Indian

In a conversation with CEO MIIP:  Jonathan Cardona Malta is one of the fastest-growing and importantly, one of the most stable European economies, presenting virtually zero unemployment, business growth and lifestyle opportunities that many, from afar, strive and dream to achieve.  One might ask, what’s the trick.  How come this little-known tiny island in Europe […]

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Global Mobility Indian Perspective – Atef El Kadi, Managing Director

Global mobility is not a newly-  introduced trend but it has significantly increased over the years. For decades, many successful Indian business stories involved global mobility, with the likes of Jamsetji Tata who travelled extensively in the 1900s while starting what is known today as the Tata  Empire. The 1990s witnessed a series of major […]

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Joseph Gauci- Partner KSI Malta – Malta offers huge business opportunities for India

With its liberal trade policies and low tax regime, Malta has huge trade opportunities to offer India,  especially in the manufacturing,  pharmaceuticals, logistics, energy and financial services.  Business between the two countries has historical significance as both are former colonies and trade between the two countries started back in 1887, when some Indian merchants transferred […]

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Bernard Charles Gauci Gauci – Partner – International Clients – What are the Malta Residency schemes available for Indian Nationals?

Malta offers a range of  residency and  citizenship  schemes that  has made it a  popular – This articles looks at residency options available for Indian nationals in the EU – Malta The Individual Investor  Programme(IIP) The Individual Investor Programme  (IIP) leads to citizenship  of Malta, and is aimed at foreign  individuals, who contribute to the  […]

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Living in an EU Island in the Mediterranean Sea- Part of the Global Indian guide to Citizenship Malta

Living in an EU Island in the Mediterranean Sea- Part of the Global Indian guide to life in Malta

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SOCIAL COHESION AND THE POWER OF KABADDI – UK

By Rajan Nazran and a special thank you to West Midlands Kabaddi I was born in Handsworth, Birmingham in the early 80’s and whether for the good or bad, the area has changed dramatically. Since leaving and travelling the globe with my work, I have always had a sentimental affiliation with my place of birth. […]

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The Wanderlust Lifestyle

Meet the Samrow Family – Portugal By Depinder Samrow Born to a father working in the Ministry ofForeign Affairs and without a permanentaddress or office, had its perks. The biggestwas getting a stature of “ World Citizen”.When I was five years old, my voyage intoforeign lands began, starting with Cairo,Egypt. After living there for 4 […]

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STORIES I MUST TELL WITH THE LEGENDARY KABIR BEDI | MADE IN INDIA

In today’s episode, Rajan travels to India to meet internationally renowned actor Kabir Bedi, whose career not only spans five decades but also three continents, three languages, three mediums and whose life has been as exciting as his reels! From Knight…

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