Bridging the gap for India’s madrasa youth

March 28, 2017

A new course at Aligarh Muslim University in northern India lets students from religious madrasas engage with critical thinking and interfaith dialogue to set them on the way to university degrees

The overgrown Beatles ashram

October 13, 2016

The overgrown Beatles ashram There is a place in Rishikesh, just outside the city on the eastern banks, at the end of a road that leads past brightly coloured ashrams with every morning meditation and orange waistcloths hanging to dry from the balconies. You have to make your way...

Oh Calcutta!

December 4, 2015

Oh Calcutta! That’s the name of a restaurant serving funked-up traditional Bengali food – but also an expression can signify most of one’s feelings towards this city. Calcutta is a place for those who like to travel in time (any city is of course, but some more than others):...

Head elsewhere!

July 20, 2014

Recent interesting reads Shashi Tharoor writes about India’s language politics: “we don’t have one ‘national language’ in the country, but several”. A feature from Karim and me, published in Sydsvenskan earlier this year, about Jibon Tari, “the boat of life” – a floating hospital in Bangladesh. Makeshift, a magazine...

Older Dubai

May 18, 2014

Older Dubai Made a short stop in Dubai last week for an event for our book, Beirut Re-Collected (which can be ordered online here). The evening was nice: we met at The Archive in Safa Park for live readings from the book and a roundtable with our friends from...


April 24, 2013

In 2050, India will have a population of more than 300 million seniors. Only three countries in the world are estimated to have more people – Pakistan, USA and China. India is already today home to 1/3 of the world’s poorest, and with a population that’s getting older, safeguarding...