Coursera Course Review: Chinese Culture and Contemporary China (Nanjing University)

Over the last two decade, there have been a massive interest in Understanding China. Being a self-confessed Sinophile, I am have been on this “China Understanding” journey for almost a decade now. Given the obvious market that is out there for “Westerns” who want to “know” China, there is a mountain of content available online. But how do you pick up the sources that you … Continue reading Coursera Course Review: Chinese Culture and Contemporary China (Nanjing University)

Article on Jingdezhen: Published in Financial Express 

I’m quite a culture-junkie. And for me travel has always been about understanding a place through the lens of stories of the people living there. One of my most memorable trips ever made was a trip to Jingdezhen, an ancient Chinese city and the home of Porcelain. My wife and I spent time with a Chinese family, experiencing the traditions of Chinese New Year, steeped … Continue reading Article on Jingdezhen: Published in Financial Express 

Tim Supple’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

It’s raining plays! Theatre-wise I have had a rocking last few months. First there was Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom Of the Opera”, one of the most popular Broadway musicals (Read the review here – and if you are one of the (very few!) regular readers of TalkingTails and have not read it, then I would like it it you did.. thanks!). More recently I saw … Continue reading Tim Supple’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream