Study Group Wednesdays

Our presentation this week was on Edwina Mountbatten. Countess of Burma, Vicereine of India! Portrait by Philip de Laszlo. A did a fabulous job of presenting this very conflicted woman with deep insecurities, in a sympathetic light. An heiress with a privileged childhood, Edwina’s early life was one of hedonistic excesses. An early marriage to…

Roasted Red Pepper and Pistachio Soup

My spice of choice is the chilli. Red or green, the spicier the better! When you think of chillies, they seem to be inextricably linked to the east- to India, to Thailand, to Sri Lanka. Where the food is as fiery as the temperature is high. So it came as a complete shock to me,…

In a Man’s World- Women in Statecraft

Study Group Wednesdays are starting again! We begin on 30th January, with a group of 16 enthusiastic ladies, who’ve been reading up on their favourite historical woman- famous and infamous! Here is what we wrote for the ‘Passage’: History is defined by powerful men. Conquerors and conquistadors, explorers and emperors, pioneers and philosophers. Biographies have…

Enchanting Malacca and Port Dickson

Malacca! ; Once the busiest entrepôt in Southeast Asia. A melting pot of cultures….Chinese, Indian, Arab, African, European- all jostling for trade and power. ; Godowns and bazaars, cheek by jowl with bordellos and opium dens. A babel of different tongues- Tamil, Arabic, Gujarati, Hokkien, Bengali, Teochew. Shrines to Mazu and the Guanyin, elaborately carved…