A fine afternoon in Tokyo

My visit to Ebisu encapsulates some of the reasons for my recent first time visit to Tokyo: the cultural offerings, the food, and fresh experiences. I daresay the landscape and geography have much to recommend themselves too, but, alas, time cut short my tasting of those. I started my day by once again navigating the [...]

Travels through Asia – dining in Kolkata

I had to visit the Michelin-starred Yauatcha in Kolkata’s high-end Quest Mall. Prices are around a third what you would pay at its twin/sister restaurant in London. Thoroughly enjoyed it, and still on the look-out wherever I go for the champagne/rose tea served there. Special shout out also goes to the Bohemian Restaurant at 2/4, [...]

Turning right on human rights – the new world order? Philip Alston at the LSE

The second event I mentioned in my previous post was at the London School of Economics (LSE) on the 1st December, and nods to International Human Rights Day on December 10th. Fresh from a flight, Professor Philip Alston delivered his lecture on populism to a packed theatre of listeners. Right-wing populism was the focus, not [...]

Travels with the UN – Bangladesh (2011-12)

Dry, hot city. Wafts of diesel and food combined hang heavy in the air. Cars, motorbikes, rickshaws pile noisily back to back in densely congested roads. Street hawkers weave expertly through traffics of people and vehicles, whilst children scurry among the crowds, clutching goods for sale instead of school satchels. Welcome to Dhaka, Bangladesh. Back [...]