After 35 years with the BBC as correspondent, presenter and latterly Editor of BBC World Service News, I am now a historian, lecturer and freelance journalist. I am an honorary professor at the University of Nottingham; I teach American undergraduates in London for Global Education Oregon; I'm also a visiting professor at the Asian College of Journalism in Chennai, south India.
My biography of Freda Bedi has just been published - more here! And as you can see above, the latest of my titles about Curious London is out too.
This website is about my enthusiasms, interests and the issues and topics which have caught my attention. These range from contemporary Kashmir to my collections of political pamphlets and badges.
I've also posted on the site listings of my interviews with those who lived through Partition in South Asia, my recordings of British political activists, a visual record of Kashmir in the turbulent year of 1947, and the audio of some of my radio documentaries.