The story of the other East India Company

The story of the other East India Company

Cinnamon and elephants: Sri Lanka and the Netherlands from 1600 by Lodewijk Wagenaar     This  fascinating book uses objects from the Rijksmuseum collection and illustrations from other institutions to tell the story of Dutch colonial rule of Sri Lanka and the relationship between the VOC (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie) and Kandy. For more than 150 … Continue reading

Sinbad The Sailor

Sinbad The Sailor

Mon 28th Nov 2016 – Sat 21st Jan 2017 Theatre Royal Stratford East Panto, On Stage With a tradition of featuring original music, hilarious audience participation and comedy for all ages, it’s no surprise that a Theatre Royal Stratford East pantomime is one of the best in London. With heaps of surprises along the way, … Continue reading

Whose Sari Now?

Whose Sari Now?

Thu 24th Nov – Sat 17th Dec Gerry’s, On Stage Theatre Royal Stratford East, London As explained on the website of the Theatre: “One woman plays five characters who share their sari tales. Bold and powerful theatre that takes you beyond the Bollywood wet sari!By turns funny and poignant, 5 characters share their sari tales; … Continue reading

The Nod: A Subtle Lowering of the Head You Give to Another Black Person in an Overwhelmingly White Place

The Nod: A Subtle Lowering of the Head You Give to Another Black Person in an Overwhelmingly White Place

by Musa Okwonga Illustration by Daniel Zender If you’re a black person who has ever visited a place where there aren’t many other black people, then you will be familiar with The Nod. The Nod is just that: An almost imperceptible lowering of the head toward any other black person you might encounter on your … Continue reading