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Burjor Patel

  • 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
  • Fraught journey from screen test to bagging the job

    Today let me take you on my TV commercial journey from audition to final shoot. It starts with the casting director calling you “Sir, we have a commercial for a client and would like to screen test you.” First, he gives you the possible shoot dates and enquires on your availability. Next, whether...

    Saturday, 20 September 2014 - 5:00am
  • A mad rush of adrenaline at the age of 84

    Last week I celebrated my 84th birthday. So I thought let me turn the clock back again and tell my readers  the ups and downs of the year gone by. The year started with a gift from my family, a business class ticket for me and my wife to Phuket, Thailand, at the JW Marriott resort. Our room was...

    Monday, 25 August 2014 - 4:48am
  • Rising above sudden crises to deliver hit shows

    Let me talk today about some unexpected experiences in my theatre journey. Year 1978: Launch of Adi Marzban-Burjor Patel Productions. For our first venture we selected a hilarious American comedy called My Daughter Rated 'X'. It was about an old-fashioned censor board chief responsible for...

    Saturday, 9 August 2014 - 6:00am