Eating at Smith’s in Wapping

In London for my birthday, we decided to eat locally, and since we were staying in Shad Thames, the choice was lots of nice but a bit run-of-the-mill-and-not-special-occasion-y places. Or Smith’s. Smith’s it was. We walked across Tower Bridge and strolled along the river to Smith’s, a large, rather green, …

UNCLE VANYA at the Almeida Theatre, London

Let’s start with a disclaimer, shall we? I’m not a “professional” critic, nor, sad to say, even a regular theatre-goer these days.  (Further disclaimer : I live in New Delhi, and so am many, many miles from anything remotely resembling London’s amazing theatre life.) Even so, the level of bowled-over-ness …

Indian Summers

How is it possible to be so out of step  – and, perhaps to coin a phrase – so out of thinking step, with pukka critics, with the folks with a day job, who review TV for a living, who get paid to pass judgement? We just finished watching “Indian Summers” …

Hurry ! Hurry ! Last few days of the Pre-Raphaelites at Tate Britain

The utterly magical Pre-Raphaelite exhibition at  London’s Tate Britain closes on 13 January 2013, and if you haven’t yet seen it, do yourself a favour and go now.   I am a hopeless Pre-Raphaelite junkie.  Have been since my Oxford days, but even for an addict like me, this exhibition …