BERLIN. GERMANY. 2017
BOOK RESEARCH EXPEDITION
A large part of the Berlin Wall has now been broken down or moved. The only stretch of wall that remains today is that, which runs along the East Gallery towards River Spree. Today, the Berlin Wall, once a barrier between the East and West of Germany, has become a forum for self-expression, artistry, comedy and graffiti art. The artwork on the walls addresses a wide gamut of social, humanistic, cultural and political issues. This particular picture made it to a scene in my upcoming novel, TWIN FLAME.
ROSTOCK, GERMANY. SEPT. 2017
BOOK RESEARCH EXPEDITION
Outside the library at the University of Rostock. The vibe on campus blew my mind, as did the volume of literature on a specific historical postwar development.
GARDEN OF EXILE. BERLIN. 2017
At the Jüdisches Museum Berlin, the Garden of Exile is architecturally designed by Daniel Libeskind to represent the displacement and sense of loss that German Jews experienced upon immigrating to the U.S. and other countries during the Holocaust era. Walking through the Garden of Exile therefore makes you dizzy enough to give you a sense of that displacement that they experienced more than six decades ago.
LEIDEN, NETHERLANDS. 2017
The quaint little port city of Leiden saw many historical and significant events, ranging from the birth of Rembrandt to Mayflower ship’s voyage to the Americas. As an author, it helps to go the places you’re writing about, or considering writing about, experience that place, landscape it and feel the vibe for real. I really loved Leiden, which is now a student town. And I found people here to be very simple and happy - a far cry from the stress that hovers around cities like London and New York!
CAMBRIDGE, UK. LATE 2017.
An interview with an official at the historic Round Church, or the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, in Cambridge as part of a book research expedition for my upcoming novel, TWIN FLAME.
BREAKFAST CLUB, LONDON. 2017
Matilda Andersson is my muse for the character of Keisha Douglas in Victims For Sale. Matilda and I first met at a media career fair at ExCEL London when she was working at the BBC, and I, a student at the London School of Economics (LSE) - an experience, which even inspired a scene in Victims For Sale. Matilda, also an LSE alum, contributed a wealth of input (related to various scenes concerning the BBC) to Victims For Sale. And here, we are in autumn of 2017, five months before the release of Victims For Sale. I’m blessed to know a spirited lady like her.
AN INTERVIEW WITH NAINA LAL KIDWAI. MUMBAI. 2004.
An interview with investment banker and corporate leader Naina Lal Kidwai, during her tenure as Deputy CEO and India Country Head at HSBC - for my debut non-fiction business book, The Voyage to Excellence.
AN INTERVIEW WITH BUSINESS TYCOON SIMONE TATA. MUMBAI. 2004
Interviewing business tycoon Simone Tata (who belongs to India's legendary Tata family) during her tenure as Chairperson of Trent(which operates Westside and has been an affiliate of Lakme Exports).
AN INTERVIEW WITH MEDIA BARON RAVINA RAJ KOHLI. MUMBAI. 2004.
WITH GLOBALLY RENOWNED MUSIC PRODUCER AND COMPOSER A.R. RAHMAN. 2001.
A.R. Rahman later won the Oscar for his music for the blockbuster movie, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. This interview was conducted for The Hindu, which was India's largest English-language newspaper at the time.