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Launching Rockets: What do you do when fear sets in?

Launching Rockets: What do you do when fear sets in?

I used to build rockets - metaphorical rockets. Some failed to launch, some exploded mid air, some lit up the sky and changed my whole world. Then, I stopped building them. The reason was a series of events in a very short space of time: death[...]
Making up the rules

Making up the rules

My first ever rejection letter came when I was eight and it was written by Sarah Walker telling me why I could not be in her gang; "you ain't got no friends 'ere skinny," was one of the reasons so eloquently stated. I remember going home, howling inc[...]
Life begins at 30

Life begins at 30

Life at 30 was published in the Daily Telegraph in three parts. Part One "By the time she is 30, she will be having a husband coming from a very good family, I see two boys born within a year of each other and a very big house. Yes, it is almos[...]
India: Heartbreak and Healing

India: Heartbreak and Healing

This article was originally published in the Sunday Times. The first time I went back to India, I was four years old. I remember running across a muddy field trying to find my grandmother's house. Despite it being dark, I managed to find her, sitt[...]
The Romeo and Juliet of Mexico

The Romeo and Juliet of Mexico

This article was originally published in the Sunday Times. When I was little, my father used to tell me stories about Mexico, where he worked for three years in the 1960s. He had travelled there from India, before settling in London. It was the fi[...]