Gandhi’s birthday observed in London

    Gandhi’s Birthday in London, 2nd October 2015, was marked by a ceremony in Tavisctock Square, where a remarkable statue of Mahatma Gandhi stands. It was attended by more than 300 people, including many community leaders. Here is the address by Ranjan Mathai, the High Commissioner of India.  

Indian Politics

सरदार पटेल: “पाकिस्तान जब स्वर्ग बन जाएगा, उसकी थोड़ी ठंडी हवा हमको भी लगेगी.”

Sardar Patel

Sardar Patel’s speech at Calcutta Maidan on 3rd January 1948 कोलकाता के मैदान में भारत के गृहमन्त्री सरदार पटेल का भाषण, ३ जनवरी १९४८ अपनी स्पष्टवादिता के लिए विख्यात सरदार पटेल अपने इस भाषण में जूनागढ़ और कश्मीर के विलय के बारे में बात कर रहे हैं.  साथ ही पाकिस्तान…

Indians in UK

Narendra Modi’s Olympics-style welcome in UK

Narendra Modi

Thursday, October 22, 2015 Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Olympics-style welcome planned at the iconic Wembley Stadium here during his maiden visit next month has attracted an “overwhelming” response, with over 60,000 applying for the free tickets and prompting organisers to release a limited number of extra tickets from tomorrow. The…

Mahatma Gandhi

Amitabh Bachchan reading an extract from Mahatma Gandhi

Amitabh Bachchan, Mahatma Gandhi, Parliament Square, David Cameron, Arun Jetley, London

Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan at the unveiling of Gandhi statue in Parliament Square in London, reading an extract from Non-violent Way to World Peace by Mahatma Gandhi.


निराला: व्यक्तित्व के कुछ अन्तरंग शब्दचित्र – अजित कुमार

‘वह सहज विलंबित मंथर गति, जिसको निहार  गजराज लाज से राह छोड़ दे एक बार…’                                                 रामविलास शर्मा  प्रसिद्द हिंदी लेखक अजित कुमार के साथ ये बातचीत मैंने लंदन में…


What is literature: Firaq Gorakhpuri

Firaq Gorakhpuri

    Firaq Gorakhpuri, (real name Raghupati Sahay (28 August 1896 – 3 March 1982), was a writer, critic, and, according to one commentator, one of the most noted contemporary Urdu poets from India. He established himself among peers including Muhammad Iqbal, Yagana Changezi, Jigar Moradabadi and Josh Malihabadi. He…

Indian Classical

Hans Akela – Kumar Gandharva: Documentary

Kumar Gandharva

Kumar Gandharva or Shivaputra Siddharamayya Komkalimath was a Hindustani classical singer, well known for his unique vocal style and his refusal to be bound by the tradition of any gharana. A biographical documentary by the Film Division of India that throws light into some of the rarest aspects of the life…


Booker Prize after seven yrs of toil and torments

Kiran Desai became the youngest woman writer to win the 2006  Man Booker Prize. In this remarkably candid interview she talks about her struggle in New York while writing her second novel ‘The Inheritance of Loss’. She pays her tribute to her mother Anita Desai who was nominated for Booker…


How much Asians love their children

One of Peter Chitsy’s old family friend had retired from India. He was very brutal and had a very poor opinion of India. Later on in the seventies he realised how much Indian immigrants love their children. He met an Asian businessman who was mortified because his son had gone off the…


Arjun Tendulkar’s first outing at the Lord’s

Arjun Tendulkar

                  Arjun Tendulkar, son of legendary batsman Sachin, rolled his arm over to English batsmen ahead of their second Ashes Test against Australia at Lord’s. While Arjun accompanying his father to Team India nets was an usual affair but his presence during England’s…


कबीर : ना जाने तेरा साहिब कैसा है

                  प्रस्तुत है  पाकिस्तान के प्रसिद्ध  सिन्धी गायक शफी फ़क़ीर के स्वर में कबीर की ये प्रसिद्द रचना – ना जाने तेरा साहिब कैसा है… Kabīr (c. 1440 – c. 1518) was a mystic poet and saint of India, whose writings have greatly…


Onkar Nath Shrivastava: A rare video

Onkar Nath Shrivastava ( 1932 – 29.11.2002) was a poet, writer and a hugely popular broadcaster of the BBC Hindi Service in London. He was associated with BBC Hindi Radio for over 30 Years. I am trying to collect audios of Onkar ji from BBC Hindi web site and also…

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Bodhgaya Temple

Buddha was born 563 BC in Lumbini, Nepal. As Siddhartha, he renounced his family at the age of 29 his gaining enlightenment in 534 BC and travelled and meditated in search of truth. After meditating for six years at Urubela (Buddhagaya) in Gaya, he attained Buddhatva or enlightenment. Enlightenment is a…

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