A rupee reading list

Ajay Shah, one of my favourite writers on the subject of the Indian economy, has a column in the Economics Times this week on why the Ministry of Finance needs to be reformed. His blog post on the subject was a lot more trenchant and expansive, but sadly has since…

A Sisyphean Task

At the time of writing this post the Indian rupee has lost 17% of its value against the US dollar since early May, while the Nifty has dropped by around 14%. The RBI and the government have undertaken a series of mostly short-term measures to curb the rupee’s fall, from…

A great relationship?

Some notes on David Cameron’s visit to India and the Anglo-Indian bilateral relationship in the Huffington Post. Last week the UK prime minister, David Cameron, was in India making a strong pitch for bilateral trade, talking of the potential for a “great relationship” to be formed between the two countries….

Whither Pakistan

2013 promises to be a year of big transitions in Pakistan, including a historic change of guard in the civilian government, and the retirements of General Kayani and the CJ, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. The World Tonight on Radio 4 aired a special on Wednesday that highlighted some interesting differences of…

Trivial Pursuits

An interesting tidbit from Ram Guha’s masterly book, India after Gandhi. I wish we were taught more of our post-Independence history in school. For some reason the NCERT seemed to believe that history ended in 1947, with everything that came after relegated on the civics and economics textbooks.

Fish cakes

Beating Monday night blues

Inspired by Jamie Oliver I tried making salmon fish cakes and purple slaw. Added some chilli and mustard to the fish cake mix to give it more flavour. All in all, a Monday night well spent!