India Insight

Gridlocked in the rush to grow

August 30, 2010

Newspapers have delighted in reporting a 100km traffic jam outside Beijing could last until mid-September. Road construction is the immediate cause for the gridlock, which stretches as far as Inner Mongolia, Chinese officials have said.

Mumbai Holiday on a Vespa?

July 6, 2009

Think Vespa, and images of Audrey Hepburn and rides down cobble-stoned streets immediately come to mind.

Indian dilemma — To Nano or not to Nano

March 18, 2009

I was stuck in a traffic jam on one of New Delhi’s busiest roads, taking in the sights and smells of vehicles idling in all directions, when my cab driver turned to me and asked — “Are you going to buy the Tata Nano?”

Taking the red bus home: a joyride in New Delhi

October 15, 2008

Riding home in the air-conditioned comfort of a gleaming red bus, I find it hard to believe I am travelling in New Delhi.