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He keeps the Brits gossiping!

But, India is no longer talked about in the West as the 'land of mystics', Geordie Greig tells Jairaj Singh.

india Updated: Apr 11, 2006 16:22 IST

Among the many notable guests who attended the three-day Hindustan Times Kitab Festival was Geordie Greig, the editor of Tatler, Britain’s most reputable Society magazine.

At the festival, Greig held an important role. He chaired two discussions -- 'Bridging the gap: Literary Festivals, Writers and Readers' and 'Media Culpa: Does the media fail literature in the UK and India?'. He was also in conversation with Hollywood actress Goldie Hawn, a guest at the do.

This was not Greig’s first visit to India. In fact, he remembers his first stay in Tamil Nadu almost 25 years ago, when there were very few cars on the road.

Since then, he has visited the Capital a number of times, and he finds that despite huge changes, "the people, as always, remain happy".

"Delhi has become increasingly cosmopolitan since the last time I was here," he says. "I now find that great steps are taking place towards modernity. And the new ideas being born are indeed giving the city an identity of its own."

Greig says India is no longer represented in the West as the ‘land of mystics’, thanks to its ‘dynamic economy’.

While in the city, Greig also attended the India Fashion Week. He terms the fashion event as "a well of creativity", and adds: "It was beautiful. All the collections I saw had a beautiful blend of easternwestern trends. Personally, I felt that the fashion represented was somewhat conservative, but the play of colours is impressive."