Eye On England
Opinion  /  Published 16.10.20

Vivid picture: Declan Walsh's book on Pakistan

On the line to Cairo, I talk to Declan Walsh about his very engaging new book, The Nine Lives of Pakistan: Dispatches from a Divided Nation, which gives readers “a sense of being there&rdqu...
By Amit Roy in

Opinion  /  Published 02.10.20

Fierce power: 'Tantra' at the British Museum

How the “Tantric goddess Kali” was deployed by freedom fighters in Bengal was highlighted by Imma Ramos, curator of a “landmark” exhibition at the British Museum, Tantra: ...
By Amit Roy in

Opinion  /  Published 18.09.20

Comic sunshine: India's love for Wodehouse

Why does PG Wodehouse have such a big following in India? This is the question I put to Ben Schott, a 46-year-old British journalist and author who got rave reviews for his first Wodehouse novel, ...
By Amit Roy in London

Opinion  /  Published 04.09.20

Success story: Ratings for BBC's 'A Suitable Boy'

BBC TV’s six-part adaptation of Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy ended last week, with Lata Mehra picking the man her mother, Rupa Mehra, has wanted for her all along — the sho...
By Amit Roy in

Opinion  /  Published 21.08.20

One in a million: MS Dhoni retires

On hearing that Mahendra Singh Dhoni was retiring from international cricket, Nasser Hussain declared: “This will be a massive, massive story in India. The only story in India.” Hussain ca...
By Amit Roy in

Opinion  /  Published 07.08.20

Open air views: RA displays Impressionists

Camille Pissarro’s Plum Trees in Blossom, painted by the artist in 1894 towards the end of his life at Éragny, his house outside Paris, is just about my favourite painting in a new e...
By Amit Roy in

Opinion  /  Published 25.07.20

Show time: 'A Suitable Boy' airs on BBC

Tomorrow will mark a big moment in the history of the BBC because at 9 pm it will air the first episode of the much anticipated six-part TV adaptation of Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy, direc...
By Amit Roy in

Opinion  /  Published 11.07.20

Inspirational notes from Ennio Morricone

Something that the Italian composer, Ennio Morricone, said in an interview many years ago about Gregorian chants inspiring his music reminded me that Nirad C Chaudhuri had similar taste in music. ...
By Amit Roy in

Opinion  /  Published 27.06.20

Watch that space: China trouble in the Himalayas

One person who actually knows something about China is Rana Mitter, director of the China Centre and Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China at Oxford University. His father, Professor P...
By Amit Roy in

Opinion  /  Published 23.02.19

Dreams of a lost love

In the spotlightThe prime minister of India, Narendra Modi, had better watch out, because all the coverage seems to be going Priyanka Gandhi’s way. In successive weeks, The Sunday Times has run stor...
By Amit Roy in


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