William Dalrymples The Anarchy About the East India Company Tells a Story of Monstrous Corporate Greed

At the beginning of William Dalrymples Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power] makes the similarities between the Company and ExxonMobil very explicit. I might have to add a new chapter to the paperback edition. THE MODI BOTS While this may seem a relatively uncontroversial point to readers in the West, it is the sort of thingwith its suggestion of anti-national collaborationismthat might prove otherwise in Indias current political climate. Dalrymple is warmly known in India, where he keeps a home outside Delhi, as the White Moghul, and the country is by far the largest market for his work. But under Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modiwhose Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party considers the rewriting of Indian history along communal and ideological …

The skyscraper infinity pool sorry, but where’s the diving board?

It is meant to be a boundary-busting punch for the sky. But this design for a rooftop London pool is just another high-rise ego gimmick In 1924, swimming pool designerno apparent means of escape, as if the digital people are in some kind of sublime prison cell for the super rich. We are assured there is in fact a way in and out, courtesy of a rotating spiral staircase which rises from the pool floor, and that this is an entirely buildable proposition that includes an inbuilt anemometer to vary the water level and access to the pool. Underwater swimming … how the pool could look Photograph: Compass Pools The designer, Alex Kemsley, said, the building started life as a …