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Burjor Patel

  • Trading journalistic ethics for a few dollars more

    Vinod Mehta,the fearless journalist with a sense of humour passed away last fortnight. From editing Debonair, India’s answer to Playboy, to launching The Sunday Observer, the best Sunday newpaper ever, to Indian Post which he left after two years as he was unwilling to take any dictates from...

    Saturday, 21 March 2015 - 5:00am
  • Even the high and mighty can fall prey to tall talks

    In the Gulf,every company had one Mr C.Why C? Because he was Chairman, CEO, CFO, CMO, CTO, CXO all rolled into one,the owner himself or a member of his family. Mr C was one lucky son of the desert. He spends three months at his home in Mayfair,London, two months at his chalet in Switzerland, one...

    Saturday, 21 February 2015 - 5:00am
  • Turning the barren desert into a hot spot for ODIs

    Khalid Ansari was the boss at the Khaleej Times' office but he and his wife were our close friends. He was fond of partying and we spent many an evening in his posh villa in the upmarket Jumeirah area wining and dining with a motley crowd of his Dubai friends. My wife and I stayed nearby in a...

    Saturday, 7 February 2015 - 5:00am
  • Negotiating rates in Dubai with Lebanese ad dons

    Ask any UAE resident, “Which was the first English language newspaper in the Gulf?” — and the response would be “The Khaleej Times, silly!”

    Monday, 12 January 2015 - 5:00am
  • Dubai in the days before it resembled mini-Manhattan

    December 1988, I set foot on Dubai airport, a tiny airport but spotlessly clean. A car waiting for me at the airport takes me to the Intercontinental Hotel where I settle down for the night. Next morning I am picked up at 8am for my journey to the Khaleej Times office. We pass by Sheikh Zayed Road...

    Saturday, 27 December 2014 - 5:00am
  • In the rollicking company of advertising legends

    Let me shift gears today to two of several legends from the advertising and marketing fraternity who crossed my path during my 50 years with the profession. Remembering them today brings back some rewarding memories.

    Saturday, 29 November 2014 - 5:00am
  • Acting in commercials that treasure cute young things

    After remembering the heady days and paradise that was Africa, let’s  turn the clock forward and back to 'Life Begins at Eighty'.

    Saturday, 15 November 2014 - 5:00am
  • Love, curtain calls and sultry beauties in Mombasa

    If Nairobi was a heady mix of Gujarati warmth, casino suave and unlimited applause, Mombasa had more surprises in store! After a scenic four-hour drive, our Land Rover stopped at what was to be home for the next few days. We were booked into  sumptuous, fully-stocked cottages on stunning Bombelli...

    Saturday, 1 November 2014 - 5:00am
  • After coup hiccups, first foreign trip to Nairobi spells great success

    It was 1982. After 30 years of standing under Indian floodlights, we were finally bound for our first international experience. For all the artistes, including me, it was the first-ever trip to a foreign land. And so what if it was not London, Paris, Rome or New York! Our first step outside...

    Saturday, 18 October 2014 - 5:00am
  • Three two-artiste plays that have stayed with me

    Let me touch upon today on three memorable two-artiste plays, one that I staged and the two others I wish I could have, but for circumstances conspiring against me.

    Saturday, 4 October 2014 - 7:00am