Yale University: the Indian connection

Yale University: the Indian connection

    24 Dec 2017

By Reginald Massey On April 5, 1649 there was born in Boston, New England, a boy named Elihu Yale. The Yales were of Welsh ancestry from Plas yn Ial near the village of Llandegla in Denbigshire. Yale is apparently the English version of Ial. However, when he was three the family moved to London where

THE ENIGMA OF ENGLISH

THE ENIGMA OF ENGLISH

    03 Dec 2017

By Reginald Massey Today English is the only truly global language. It is in fact an interplanetary language; the first man on the moon spoke to his fellow Earthlings in English. Hence we must take serious note of what men such as the philosopher Radhakrishnan and the statesman Rajagopalachari told us. They believed that English

Confluence November 2017 Issue is out now

Confluence November 2017 Issue is out now

    12 Nov 2017

Confluence November 2017 issue Editorially Speaking. The question of strong and moral leadership Yet another year is almost in its way out! Despite the usual constraints I am very pleased to bring this issue of the magazine to you. This year will be remembered for many things. In this issue, some writers have highlighted the

Indian Women’s Cricket – Past, Present and Future

Indian Women’s Cricket – Past, Present and Future

    07 Nov 2017

Reported by Prabhakar Kaza Has the ICC Women’s World Cup Finals at Lord’s in July 2017, changed the landscape of Indian Women’s Cricket is the question in the minds of several people in India and UK. To find answers, the Indian Forum on British Media held an event on auspicious day of Diwali, in a

CELESTIAL FLUKE

CELESTIAL FLUKE

    05 Nov 2017

By Maya Malhotra Please run, don’t walk to the next total solar eclipse.  Across mainland US, enter the 8th of April, Anno Domini 2024 in your smartphone calendars, book rooms early, and pray to the celestials that it doesn’t rain or that you expire beforehand. (After that, since you’ll experience nothing as fabulous again, it’s

Jinnah’s daughter Dina Wadia dies in New York

Jinnah’s daughter Dina Wadia dies in New York

    04 Nov 2017

By Reginald Massey The death of Dina Wadia on November 2 at the age of 98 closes an era so far as Pakistan is concerned. She was the only child of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the creator of Pakistan, and the ravishingly attractive Rattanbai ‘Ruttie’ Petit the only child of the Parsi industrialist and philanthropist Sir

HYDERABAD HOSTS AN IMPORTANT CULTURAL CONCLAVE

HYDERABAD HOSTS AN IMPORTANT CULTURAL CONCLAVE

    30 Oct 2017

Reginald Massey reports Hyderabad, once the capital city of the fabulously rich Nizams, was famous for its palaces, architecture, cuisine and culture. It has now regained its rightful place thanks to the vision of many of its citizens. For many years NARTANAM, the leading dance magazine of India, has been published from Hyderabad under its

The Indian whales surface at the National Poetry library, London!

The Indian whales surface at the National Poetry library, London!

    11 Oct 2017

The Poetry and the literary establishment in the UK remain in denial of British Indian poets. Anyone can look at poetry magazines and also take in the audience at poetry events to distil the fact that these important contributors to English literature are utterly ignored. With this in mind, 4th October, 2017 was an important

MEMOIR OF A MAGNIFICENT MEDICINE MAN

MEMOIR OF A MAGNIFICENT MEDICINE MAN

    27 Aug 2017

Reginald Massey’s review The inhabitants of India were always reluctant to ‘cross the black waters’ but the vast British empire welcomed, indeed enticed, Indians to work in distant parts of the planet, from the Fiji islands to the West Indies, from Natal to Guiana. Hence the far flung Indian diaspora which on the whole has flourished. Mr Biswas started

Women Freedom Fighters: Remembering Ahilya Rangnekar

Women Freedom Fighters: Remembering Ahilya Rangnekar

    16 Aug 2017

She stitched the tricolour from saris and hoisted it from the prison walls Ahilya Rangnekar came from a progressive family influenced by the values of the social reform. The family’s four daughters, and the daughters-in-law were graduates. On 8 August 1942, in response to the declaration of the ‘Quit India’ movement, Ahilya joined the students