Pran: Some of the best roles of my life


Veteran Bollywood actor Pran, who made a mark for himself portraying strong negative and supporting roles, passed away at the age of 93 on Friday, 12 July 2013, after prolonged illness. Pran has been known for remarkable roles in Bollywood hits like Zanjeer, Don, Amar Akbar Anthony, Upkaar, Parichay and…

Waheeda Rahman remembers Guru Dutt and Devanand


Recently, the legendary Bollywood actress Waheeda Rahman  came to London to publicise the cause of her favourite Mumbai based charity Pratham and in her busy schedule she found time to talk to the History editor Vijay Rana. She talked about her debut in Guru Dutt’s film CID, the rumours…


सच्चिदानंद हीरानंद वात्स्यायन अज्ञेय: कविता पाठ


सच्चिदानंद हीरानंद वात्स्यायन “अज्ञेय”  (१९११-१९८७) का जन्म ७ मार्च १९११ को उत्तर प्रदेश के देवरिया जिले के कुशीनगर नामक ऐतिहासिक स्थान में हुआ था। प्रारंभिक शिक्षा-दीक्षा पिता की देख रेख में घर पर ही संस्कृत, फारसी, अंग्रेजी, और बांग्ला भाषा व साहित्य के अध्ययन के साथ। १९२५ में पंजाब से…

‘Jhansi ki Rani’ sung by the BBC veteran Kailash Budhwar

Jhansi ki rani

Read ‘Jhansi ki Rani’ Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi Subhadra Kumari Chauhan became the first woman Satyagrahi to court arrest in Nagpur. She later wrote the highly inspiring patriotic poem ‘Jhansi ki Rani’. During India’s freedom struggle against the British Raj it became one of the most recited and sung poems…


गुलज़ार: ये कैसा इश्क़ है उर्दू ज़ुबां का


                  ये कैसा इश्क़ है उर्दू ज़ुबां का आँखों को वीसा नहीं लगता, सपनों की सरहद कोई नहीं  

Freedom movement in Urdu poetry: तहरीक़े आज़ादी और उर्दू शायरी

Freedom movement, Simon Commission, Urdu poetry

तहरीक़े आज़ादी और उर्दू शायरी : One of listeners has sent this extraordinary radio feature about how India’s freedom movement is reflected in Urdu shayari. Recording seems to begin half way. Courtesy AIR Urdu service. अब दौरे मसर्रत आने दो, क़ौमी परचम लहराने दो जाती है ग़ुलामी जाने दो,…


Hundreds of students vow never to throw rubbish in public places


Clean India Green India campaign took a new turn when hundreds of students enthusiastically took a pledge never to throw rubbish in the public places and to make India clean and green. The campaign was initiated by the London based NRI journalist and the former BBC radio editor Dr Vijay…

World Kabaddi League to open in London with Akshay Kumar show

Akshay Kumar

After captivating fans globally with his inimitable stage performances for over two decades the Bollywood star Akshay Kumar will set a new personal best on Saturday, 9th August 2014, when he performs on stage for an astounding 500th time. This impressive milestone will take place at the inaugural show to…

Indian Politics

Bande Mataram sung by Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore

This is an extraordinary find Bande Mataram sung by India’s greatest poet Rabindranath Tagore. Hemendra Mohan Bose (1864-1916) opened the Talking Machine Hall in Kolkata, a shop where one could get one’s voice recorded. Bose was a sound recording expert and also had an agency to sell Edison and Pathe…

Sir Sayed Ahmed Day in London

Sir Syed Foundation London and the  Aligarh Muslim University Alumni Association (UK)  organised a penal discussion on Sir Syed Day Celebrations on Friday 18 October 2013. In this video Dr Hilal Fareed talks to three emminent historrians, Professor Francis Robinson (UK), Professor David Lelyveld (USA) and Professor Mushirul Hasan (India)…

Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi’s statue to be installed at Britain’s Parliament Square

Gandhi Statue in Tavistock Square, London

New Delhi, Tuesday, July 08, 2014: A statue of Mahatma Gandhi would be installed by early next year in Parliament Square in Britain, the country he took on for India’s freedom. British Foreign Minister William Hague and Chancellor of Exchequer George Osborne, who are on a visit to India, announced…

Dandi Salt March: An eyewinteness account

Dandi March

Sumangal Prakash, a disciple of Mahatma Gandhi, tells the true story of the epic Salt March NRI Radio, presents the only surviving eyewitness account of Mahatma Gandhi’s historic Salt March also known as Dandi March. When Mahatma Gandhi (a lot of people spell his name as Ghandi) called Indians to break…


Living in the UK you can’t marry an Indian spouse unless you earn £18,600

Asian Wedding, UK Indian wedding

The UK Court of Appeal has cleared the way for a minimum income threshold of 18,600 pounds for British citizens bringing foreign spouses to live with them in the country, a move likely to affect thousands of visa applicants, including Indian-origin people. The appeal court ruling followed a legal challenge…

Melody King Manna Day passes away at 94


Manna Dey was in and out of hospital in the last five months for respiratory and renal problems. He died of cardiac arrest at 3:50 AM in Bangalore on 24th October 2013. He was 94. Dey sang more than 3,500 songs, including romantic ballads, intricate raga-based songs, Qawwalis and fast-paced…

Indian Classical

Sarod maestro Ustad Haafiz Ali Khan: Video Interview

Hafiz Ali Khan

Even before Ustad Haafiz Ali (1888–1972) Khan gave Sarod his magic touch at a public performance, the atmosphere used to become electric. Tall, massive fair with a neatly trimmed beard, Ustad Haafiz Ali Khan was more than handsome. He was overwhelming with his charming manners and large eyes, as eloquent as…

Life of Pt Bhimsen Joshi in his own words

Pt Bhimsen Joshi

Tribute to Pandit Bhimsen Joshi on his 92nd Birth Anniversary DD Bharati, Published on 6 Feb 2014


Afghan KL Saigal Nashenas sings Jab Dil Hi Toot Gaya in unique Bhairavi mode


Nashenas was born as Sadiq Fitrat Habibi is one of the oldest surviving musicians from Afghanistan. His fame began in the 1970s, and since then he has produced many albums consisting of Dari, Pashto and some Urdu songs. He is sometimes called “the Afghan Saigal”. Nashenas was born in Kandahar…


Sachin Tendulkar’s First Media Interview: England Tour 1990

Sachin Tendulkar

Though Indian cricket team’s 1990 England tour was dominated by the experienced stars like Muhammad Azharuddin, Kapil Dev, Dilip Vengsarkar, the 17-year-old Sachin Tendulkar was treated as the baby of the team. He had a disappointing start scoring just 10 and 27 in the first Lords Test. But in the…

Fauja Singh: World’s oldest Marathon runner


93 year-oldest marathon runner Fauja Singh completed this year’s London Marathon in less than six hours. Last year year he took part in London, New York and Toronto Marathons and for every race he practices for at least four months, run ning a minimum of 7 to 10 miles a…



How much Asians love their children

One of Peter Chitsy’s old family friend had retired from India. He was very brutal and had a very poor opinion of India. Later on in the seventies he realised how much Indian immigrants love their children. He met an Asian businessman who was mortified because his son had gone off the…

Knowing India through Sabu, Forster and Southall


Judith Cunningham was introduced to India through the movie ‘Sabu the Jungle Boy’, EM Foster and Bhawani Junction. Her family lived in Southall. But unlike other white families one of her cousins refused to move out of Southall and the old man is still cared for by his Sikh neighbours.  …

Doctor's In UK

How Indian doctors saved the NHS


In 1963 the Conservative Health Minister Enoch Powell launched a campaign to recruit Indian doctors to save the NHS from an impending staffing crisis. Ironically, a few years later Powell warned Britain of the “rivers of blood” caused by the influx of foreign workers.  By the mid-sixties more than 18,000…

True story of a lucky escape from the silent killer

SD Bhardwaj

SD Bhardwaj is a hardworking London businessman, always active and smart. One evening after a slight pain in his chest he was taken to hospital, where to his great astonishment the doctors found massive blockages in all the four arteries. A quick quadruple-bypass, done by an Indian doctor in UK…


Narayan Hrudayalaya wins the 2013 FT ArcelorMittal Business award


Bangalore based hospital group Narayana Hrudayalaya was given the 2013 FT ArcelorMittal Boldness in Business award for ‘Corporate Responsibility’ to create an ‘innovative financial model for helping ordinary Indians access vital medical services’. NRIfm presents an exclusive interview with Dr Devi Shetty who set up this remarkable national institution.      

Sri Sri Ravishakar’s message to NRIs


Help us to make a healthy and happy world During his recent visit to the UK Sri Sri Ravishakar taught the Art of Living to thousands of NRIs. His speech and yoga demonstrations were a great source of inspiration to lead a happy and healthy life and to spread world…

Hindi Poetry

पुष्प की अभिलाषा -पंडित माखन लाल चतुर्वेदी


…मुझे तोड़ लेना वनमाली उस पथ पर तुम देना फेंक मातृभूमि पर शीश चढा़ने जिस पथ जाऐं वीर अनेकउमेश चतुर्वेदी के स्वर में सुनिए यह प्रसिद्ध कविता     Pandit Makhanlal Chaturvedi (1889-1968) was one of the leading poets and journalists of the Indian freedom movement. Though a true disciple…

नर हो न निराश करो मन को -मैथली शरण गुप्त


जब प्राप्त तुम्हें सब तत्त्व यहाँ फिर जा सकता वह सत्त्व कहाँ तुम स्वत्त्व सुधा रस पान करो उठके अमरत्व विधान करो दवरूप रहो भव कानन को नर हो न निराश करो मन को सुनिए यह प्रसिद्ध कविता   Maithili Sharan Gupt (1886-1964) was one of the pioneers nationalist poetry…


A unique Ganesha symphony


Pranamya Shirsa Devam; Gauri putram Vinayakam.. Music directors Ajay-Atul, who have composed music in films like Viruddh and Ghayab, present a unique experience for the devotees of Ganapati Bappa in the magical voice of SP Balasubranaiam. Never before the devotees of Ganapati have heard such a soulful Ganapati vandana.  …


Booker Prize after seven yrs of toil and torments

Kiran Desai

Kiran Desai became the youngest woman writer to win the 2006  Man Booker Prize. In this remarkably candid interview she talks about her struggle in New York while writing her second novel ‘The Inheritance of Loss’. She pays her tribute to her mother Anita Desai who was nominated for Booker…

UR Ananthmurthy on his life and literature

UR Ananthmurthy

Udupi Rajagopalacharya Ananthamurthy, born December 21, 1932, is a leading contemporary writer in the Kannada language. He is counted among the most eminent Indian authors. A winner of India’s highest literary honour, the Jnanpith Award for the Kannada language, he was also honoured with Padma Bhushan by the Government of…

Editor's Blog

Jinnah’s Communalism: Sieving Facts from Fiction

Vijay Rana

Dr Vijay Rana, 20 August 2009, London How can Jinnah, the lifelong campaigner for separate communal electorate, the advocate of two-nations theory, the opponent of  ‘Hindu Tyranny’ and the initiator of India’s first mass violence campaign, the Direct Action Day, be described as a secular leader? Dr Vijay Rana tells the true story of Jinnah….

Indians in UK

Former UK Minister who loves Gandhi, Ganesh and Bollywood’s ‘Mother India’


Britain’s first black cabinet minister Paul Boateng was taught by Mrs Prakash when he was growing up in Ghana. He says while living in Africa he and his parents were inspired by Mahatma Gandhi. He grew up watching the classic Indian film ‘Mother India’ and he is fond of Hindu…

Early warning signals of heart disease

Cardiologist Dr Sandy Gupta

Cardiologist Dr Sandy Gupta, a member of British Heart Foundation’s ethnic minority panel, says that where ever South Asians emigrate to the risk of heart disease goes up. Heart disease is a silent killer and most people wouldn’t know unless it is too late. We asked Dr Sandy Gupta, a…


Modi takes 2015 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas to Gujarat

The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that the next Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will be held at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar, Gujarat in January 2015. As the year 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the return of the greatest ‘Pravasi’ of all, Mahatma Gandhi, from South Africa, PBD 2015…

SH Raza: My childhood around beautiful Narmada river

Sayed Haider Raza

Sayed Haider Raza, one of India’s greatest painters, remembers his early childhood in and around the beautiful forests of Narmada river. Syed Haider Raza was born on 22 February, 1922 in Babaria, Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh. His father  Sayed Mohammed Razi was the Deputy Forest Ranger of the district and his mother was…

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Bodhgaya Temple

Buddha at Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhigaya, Bihar, India

Buddha was born 563 BC in Lumbini, Nepal. As Siddhartha, he renounced his family at the age of 29 his gaining enlightenment in 534 BC and travelled and meditated in search of truth. After meditating for six years at Urubela (Buddhagaya) in Gaya, he attained Buddhatva or enlightenment. Enlightenment is a…

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