Program 366: Our Correspondent in India; The World of Madhur Jaffrey; Chaos, Italian Style

Release Date: 06-07-2014

On Air Description

We get a personal look at India on the next edition of Travel with Rick Steves. BBC reporter Nick Bryant tells us what he learned about Indian society, while he was stationed in New Delhi as a foreign correspondent.

And actress Madhur Jaffrey shares childhood memories from the period when British colonialism came to an end.

Plus, friends from Italy tell Rick how they cope with the everyday chaos of their country, and offer tips for how you can prepare for surprises in your schedule, when you visit Italy.

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  • BBC New York-based correspondent Nick Bryant, author of “Confessions from Correspondentland: The Dangers and Delights of Life as a Foreign Correspondent" (Oneworld)
  • Actress Madhur Jaffrey, author of "Climbing the Mango Trees" (Vintage), "Madhur Jaffrey's Curry Nation" (Ebury Press) and "At Home with Madhur Jaffrey"  (Knopf)
  • Ann Long, tour guide based near Sorrento, Italy
  • Cecilia Bottai, vintner and tour guide, based in Orvieto, Italy

Related Links

  • Nick Bryant posts occasional news analysis on the BBC website.   He also maintains a news and current affairs-related Twitter feed @NickBryantNY.
  • Outlook is a popular magazine dealing with current affairs in India. 
  • Madhur Jaffrey's website includes links to her books, sample recipes, and her extensive film biography.
  • Cecilia Bottai's family winery near Orvieto is called Tenuta Le Velette.  Her website includes details about apartment stays on the estate.     

Incidental Music

  • Tin Hat Trio, "The Quick Marble Tremble," Memory Is An Elephant / Angel
  • Declan Flynn, "Bahatu," Nirvana Lounge by Claude Challe & Ravin, disc 1  (collection) / Challo Music (France)
  • Jamshied Sharifi, "One Who Plants a Tree," A Prayer for the Soul of Layla / Alula
  • * René Touzat, "Baby Elephant Walk," Cocktail Mix, vol. 2 (collection) / Rhino
  • Michelle Sell, "Morning Heart," Secret Harbor / Sugo Music
  • Soho Travelers, "Elements of Nature (Light of the Bar Mix)," Indian Chill Lounge  (collection) / 4 Elements Records
  • Korla Pandit, "Procession of the Grand Moghul," Remembering Korla Pandit / Dejavu
  • Chitalkar, Chorus, Lata Mangeshkar, Mohd. Rafi, Shamshad Begum, “Namaste Namaste,” Patanga (1949) / Saregama
  • The Frank and Walters, “Indian Ocean,” Grand Parade / Setanta
  • Jnan Prakash Ghosh, "Mishra Piloo," West Meets East (compilation) / Saregama
  • Sanjay Mishra, "For Julia," Music from the Tea Lands (collection) / Putumayo
  • Nancy Allen, “'Passepied' from 'Suite Bergamasque'  (Debussy),” The Music of Ravel and Debussy / Angel Records
  • * Seattlemusic, "A Feast at the Italian Center," The Contemplation of Bravery:  Music by Joseph Bertolozzi / (self-released)
  • Jamshied Sharifi, "Ammeh Kimia," A Prayer for the Soul of Layla / Alula
  • Hector Zazou and Swara, "Attainable Border:  East," In the House of Mirrors / Crammed Disc
  • Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, conductor, “‘Danza rustica,’ from ‘Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 2’ (Respighi),” Bella Tuscany (collection) / Telarc
  • Dick Hyman and his Orchestra, "Washington Square,"  Cocktail Mix, vol. 2 (collection) / Rhino

Dated References

  • In the billboard, the audio quote from Ann Long notes that "you'll never have a strike in July and August" in Italy.
  • Nick Bryant describes, starting at 7:45, how Hyderabad, India has become a modern high-tech center, and is sometimes nicknamed "Cyberabad."  
  • At 23:28, in response to Madhur's Jaffrey's description of British rule in India, Rick notes that current conflicts in Syria and Iraq are partly due to border lines drawn by the British years ago that did not account for actual population patterns in those countries. 
  • At 25:21, Rick and Madhur mention that there are now more middle-class citizens in India than the entire population of the United States.
  • Ann Long explains the seasonality of labor strikes in Italy, starting at 49:50.  She says they never strike in July or August, or around Christmas, but that October is a common time for strikes.  Cecilia adds that strikes are usually for a day or two, with exceptions that allow for providing minimal service.
  • Cecilia explains, starting at 51:13, that the poor economy in Italy, and the high price of gasoline, have contributed to "a 25% reduction in traffic in Rome in the past year."   
  • At 55:54, Cecilia describes how some Italians avoid paying taxes.  Ann adds that a recent controversial law allows the police to audit private bank accounts at any time and for any reason.  

Haiku Awards

Among redwood trees
in Armstrong Grove. We look up
and keep looking up.
— Claire J Baker, Pinole, California  


La Alberca's pig
who bums around for morsels
in the Spanish square
— Roy Barnes, Cheyenne, Wyoming  


Outside Alhambra
Is the one time I wanted
some reservations
— Shelly DeLeon, Astoria, Oregon  


Up above the world
Puddles of colors below
If I could just jump
— Cecilia Mazanec, Winter Park, Florida   


"How you're old?," he asks.
Wonder how sound I to him?
Language gap is vast.
— Michael Venn, Mokpo, South Korea.   

Program Extras

More with Nick Bryant - Nick Bryant contrasts the economic growth of India and China, and discusses with Rick the country's messy politics, and the fun of reading about it in India's English-language press. (runs 2:05)