British expats in Goa face prospect of losing dream retirement homes

The Telegraph

By Dean Nelson


Dozens of British and other foreign expats in Goa face losing their dream retirement homes and businesses over claims that they have been bought illegally.


Twelve properties have already been confiscated while 32 owners have been served with eviction notices amid growing local resentment of foreigners owning homes and businesses in Goa. Local politicians have whipped up nationalist feelings against foreign owners who they blame for inflating property prices in the tropical holiday state.

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ChinaFile: Everyone Wants China’s First Lady



BEIJING — Even before Peng Liyuan became the first lady officially and publicly, Vogue China’s Angelica Cheung was working on an interview. Last week I met with Neiman Marcus, and the discussion also turned to the newly anointed first lady. 

The question came up: “Wouldn’t she love to support a program that helps Chinese designers go international?” 

It’s a loaded question. In principle, the first lady is promoting Chinese fashion by wearing it. The buzz she created for the Chinese ready-to-wear brand Exception de Mixmind is phenomenal. Exception went from a niche brand to a household name overnight. 

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Indian millionaire takes out advert looking for ‘slim, childless, meat-eating wife’

The Telegraph

03 Apr 2013

By Dean Nelson


An Indian multi-millionaire has spent £15,000 on a full-page advertisement in The Times of India’s matrimonial section to spell out just how rich he is in an attempt to find a wife.

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Caixin’s “Day in the Life of a Beijing Black Guard”: Straight out of “Champa the Driver”

In January 2013, Beijing-based Chan Koonchung’s novel The Unbearable Dreamworld of Champa the Driver (《裸命》, 陈冠中) was published in Chinese in Hong Kong. The closing chapter recounts how a young, naïve Tibetan chauffeur from Lhasa proudly takes his first job in the capital, working in what he refers to as “Preserving Stability Hotel” (维稳宾馆).

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Filmart panel: Film adaptations can help to integrate cultures

By Sandy George

Indian investment banker-turned-novelist Chetan Bhagat said the Indian film industry is only recently becoming more active in adapting books for screen, but that shoudl grow as India’s independent film production sector grows.

He noted that in India, commerical films are driven by the audience’s desire for escapism, formulaic stories and stars, but he hopes a space will always be available for arthouse films.

“A $25 million box office is considered a hit in India but you can get $2-$3 million to make an artistic film that makes $6-$7 million and that’s still a success. Some Indians want movies that give them insights into themselves and are tired of formula movies.”

Bhagat has experience with his novels being adapted into a huge box-office hit with top stars (3 Idiots), and also a more modest-sized success with lesser-known stars (Brothers For Life). Click here to read more »

A criminal mind

Matt Fleming investigates Duncan Jepson’s forthcoming detective series in a ‘dark’ Hong Kong

We haven’t sat down with Duncan Jepson since his debut, All the Flowers in Shanghai, hit the shelves more than a year ago. That tome, which explores the role of Chinese women in society, was a big hit in our part of the world – and, since then, the 43-year-old lawyer and author has penned a graphic novel, Darkness Outside The Night, with Beijing-based illustrator Xie Peng, which was published in November. And now he’s just been given a two-book deal by British publishing house Quercus for a forthcoming detective series. Click here to read more »