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Digital fasting: my year without news

March 7, 2016

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When did you last check the news? Was it a minute of updates from the car radio, between ads and songs? A headline floating across a shiny digital screen on your way to buy lunch? A notification on your iPhone? A link from a friend’s Facebook feed bookmarked for later? For me, it was about […]

Kolkata: cosmopolitan chaos

November 27, 2015

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I arrived in Kolkata in the heart of monsoon season, a time when the air is so thick you’re forced to chew as you inhale. I’d flown in on an early morning IndiGo from Hyderabad, a balmier city protected by its high altitude breezes (more on my time in that city here). I hired a […]

What tea can teach us

May 12, 2015

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“(Tea) inculcates purity and harmony, the mystery of mutual charity, the romanticism of the social order. It is essentially a worship of the Imperfect, as it is a tender attempt to accomplish something possible in this impossible thing we know as life.” – The Book of Tea, Tenshin Okakura I’ve just returned from Japan, a […]

Let there be light

February 28, 2015

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Waking up in India is not like waking up anywhere else. There’s the sound of the rickshaw bell – a flustered brrrring – as it hurtles past your window. There’s the smell of tea, steeped in spices and milk, drifting in from the room next door. There’s the golden light that is unique to South […]

Water, water everywhere

March 1, 2014

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Here in Australia, the government and newspapers are just waking up to another drought. Farmers have been watching the edges of their soil crack and wrinkle for months, wringing their hands in the wait for some decent rain. But now the headlines have assured the rest of us it’s real, and so the politicians are […]

Being a Sydney-sider again

June 30, 2013

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About a month ago I stood beneath the sails of the Sydney Opera House and watched the Vivid light show flicker across the Museum of Contemporary Art, the P&O Cruise Ship, and the soaring windows of surrounding skyscrapers. I feel pretty lucky to call this beautiful cityscape home. In the most recent Global Liveability Survey, […]

Understanding #Shahbagh

April 20, 2013

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Since the beginning of this year, I’ve been watching the political upheavals that are taking place in Bangladesh with close attention. After living in Dhaka, I can remember only too well how easily political instability could send daily life into chaos – closed markets, closed businesses, school exams cancelled and all entry and exit from […]