Cultural Crossroads: Professor Wendy Doniger


Professor Wendy Doniger is a scholar of Hindu culture. She studied at Harvard and Oxford and is the Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago. Her numerous books include Hindu Myths: an Anthology, Women, Androgynes and Other Mythical Beasts, and The Hindus: An Alternative History. This last [...]

Interview with Dean Nelson


Dean Nelson starts the prologue to his book Jugaad Yatra: Exploring The Indian Art Of Problem Solving with the definition of jugaad—a quick fix, a frugal innovation, a botch job, corruption, etc.—and starts by describing Mangalyaan, India’s super cheap but successful Mars orbiter mission. The rocket was not powerful enough to reach Mars… Americans or British people [...]

Cultural Crossroads: Alexander Fiske-Harrison


Alexander Fiske-Harrison is a bullfighter and the author of Into the Arena: the World of the Spanish Bullfight, which was short-listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award, and The Bulls of Pamplona, the official guide to the bullrunning fiesta. He is also an actor, journalist, broadcaster and conservationist. Websites: [...]

Cultural Crossroads: Explorer Rolf Potts


A seasoned traveller who has written on over 60 countries around the world, Rolf Potts is the author of the best-seller Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel, and Marco Polo Didn’t Go There: Stories and Revelations from One Decade as a Postmodern Travel Writer, which won the Society of [...]

Q&A with John-Paul Flintoff


About John-Paul Flintoff John-Paul Flintoff is a writer and performer. His non-fiction books include Sew Your Own, How to Change the World and The Family Project. He has published books in 16 languages: two memoirs, a novel, and three books of non-fiction. He has spoken about them to audiences on four continents. His sixth book, What [...]

Cultural Crossroads: Pico Iyer


Pico Iyer is the author of a novel on Sufism, Abandon; a long meditation on the Dalai Lama, The Open Road; and the recent, best-selling TED Book, The Art of Stillness. In 2019 he will publish Autumn Light and A Beginner’s Guide to Japan, twinned books on his adopted home near Kyoto. Website: Photo credit: [...]

Cultural Crossroads: Confluence


About Laura Hudson Mackay Laura Hudson Mackay is a professional photographic Artist from Sheffield. Now living in Dumfries and Galloway, she divides her time between Scotland and Morocco. Laura completed an Advanced Diploma in Illustrative Photography at Glasgow Metropolitan College in 2006 and a Diploma with Distinction in Art History at London Art College [...]

Cultural Crossroads: Al Gromer Khan


Al Gromer Khan is a German-born sitar player and composer whose music spans the genres of Ambient, New Age, World and Electronica. He is the author of four novels and has been involved in German National-Radio documentaries on music for more than 25 years. He is also a visual artist. In 2015 the Indo-German Society awarded Al Gromer Khan the RABINDRANATH TAGORE CULTURAL PRIZE [...]

Kara Kush


Kara Kush is Idries Shah’s only novel. It was written in the early 1980s in the wake of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Given that the repercussions of that invasion are still with us today, we can welcome the timely reissue of this fascinating work. The book was published in the US and UK [...]

Exhibition: Sir Richard Burton Collection


Following the £3.8 million development project Transforming Orleans House, there is now a new Study Gallery at Orleans House Gallery in Twickenham showcasing nearly 100 works from the Richmond Borough Art Collection. This includes the Sir Richard Burton collection of paintings, photographs and objects donated to the nation by his widow Isabel, as well [...]