Beef

Broadcast on the BBC, 2001 Over the years I have shed many of the outward manifestations of my Sikh upbringing. I cut my long hair off when I was 14, 5000 days of hair growth falling to the floor of a barber’s shop like a dead crow. I last danced to bhangra at a...
Mumbai

Mumbai

Published in The Times, 2011 I wouldn’t want to give the impression of being deluged by racially abusive correspondence, but there is a steady trickle and, when the letters arrive, they usually tend to: (a) be handwritten; (b) include clippings of offending articles...

Column: Stag Weekend

Published in The Times It’s 1am on a Sunday and I am sitting at the back of a strip club in a town in provincial Britain. Needless to say, I’m not here by choice. I’m a feminist. I flick straight from page one to four when I read The Sun. I’d...
Wilbert Rideau

Wilbert Rideau

Published in The Times Wilbert Rideau was recently sitting behind his desk in the study of his Fifties red-brick home in downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana, when, looking through the window, he watched a youth walk past a magnolia tree, enter a neighbour’s garage and...
V.S. Naipaul

V.S. Naipaul

Published in The Times The prospect of meeting V.S. Naipaul fills me with a strange combination of excitement and trepidation. The author has written 20 mesmerising books of fiction and non-fiction, but is also notoriously difficult, famed for once reportedly dressing...