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28 FEBRUARY 2009

John McCarthy
talks to an Indian journalist living and working in Britain and a British journalist living and working in India about their respective travel experiences, and explores an area of Spain on the Eastern Mediterranean coast little known even by the Spanish.

NEW DELHI
Sanjay Suri is a journalist and author of a book Brideless in Wembley – in search of Indian England, which details his travels through Indian communities in Britain and Justine Hardy is a writer and journalist who lives both in Delhi and Britain, her second book Scoop-Wallah was the story of her time on an Indian newspaper in Delhi.

SIERRA NEVADA
Spain is a popular tourist and travel destination but it still retains many little know places for the curious visitor. One apparently overlooked area is on the Eastern Mediterranean coast in the province of Castellón. Jason Webster has created, with his Spanish wife, not only a home but a garden in an area ravaged by fire and drought. Jason wrote an account of his dream come true story in a new book entitled Sacred Sierra, A Year on a Spanish Mountain.


Presented by John McCarthy

View towards India Gate , New Delhi


Photograph: View towards India Gate , New Delhi

This week’s guests:

Sanjay Suri
is editor for the Euro-Mediterranean region and London correspondent Inter Press Service (IPS), a leading news agency on world issues such as development, environment, human rights and civil society. Sanjay was the political correspondent, chief reporter and acting chief sub-editor with Indian Express in New Delhi. His assignments included coverage of terrorism, Operation Bluestar, the assassination of the then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, and several human rights stories such as detention of children in prisons and dowry deaths.

Brideless in Wembley: In Search of Indian England
Publisher: Summersdale
ISBN-10: 184024609X
ISBN-13: 978-1840246094

Justine Hardy lives in London and New Delhi and writes regularly for the FT, Condé Naste and The Times. Her second book Scoop Wallah was originally published in 1999 and is about her year working on the Indian Express in New Delhi. It's been republished with additions recently.

Scoop-wallah: Life on a Delhi Daily
Publisher: Summersdale Publishers
ISBN-10: 184024724X
ISBN-13: 978-1840247244

Jason Webster was born in San Francisco and brought up in England and Germany. After spending some time in Italy and Egypt he moved to Spain. A few years ago Jason and his partner decided to buy a deserted farmhouse clinging to the side of a steep valley in the eastern province of Castellón, near the sacred peak of Penyagolosa. With help from local farmers - and from a twelfth-century Moorish book on gardening – they set about creating his dream. They cleared the land, planted and harvested olives, grew healing herbs, set up beehives and nurtured precious, expensive truffles - the black gold of the region.

Sacred Sierra: A Year on a Spanish Mountain
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
ISBN-10: 0701181575
ISBN-13: 978-0701181574

Music:
Title: Raag ‘n’ Ole
CD: Indialucia
Label: Rasa
ASIN: B000I2IRLO

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