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

Release Date: 01-16-2016


Get a personal look at India as BBC reporter Nick Bryant tells us what he learned about Indian society while he was stationed in New Delhi, and actress Madhur Jaffrey shares childhood memories from the sunset of the imperial era. Plus, friends from Italy tell Rick how they cope with the everyday chaos of their country, and how travelers can prepare for inevitable Italian-itinerary surprises.


  • 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.

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 explains why India's messy politics will probably keep it from advancing at the rate of China. Nick recommends reading about politics in India in its local English-language press. (runs 2:06)