Amrit Dhillon

Amrit used to work for the BBC in London but decided to return to her country of origin, India, over 15 years ago. Apart from travel articles, she reports on every aspect of Indian society. Rajasthan is her favourite state because of the magnificence of its forts and palaces, the great Thar Desert, exquisite handicrafts, and a colour palette so glorious it can lift the lowest spirits.
Amrit Dhillon
Amrit used to work for the BBC in London but decided to return to her country of origin, India, over 15 years ago. Apart from travel articles, she reports on every aspect of Indian society. Rajasthan is her favourite state because of the magnificence of its forts and palaces, the great Thar Desert, exquisite handicrafts, and a colour palette so glorious it can lift the lowest spirits.

Latest from Amrit Dhillon

Vaccinations in India: the heroes helping children from poor families get immunised, and how they do it

Poor Hindus and Muslims throughout India harbour misconceptions about vaccinations, but the situation is improving thanks to community figures who break down barriers, and a government that is learning valuable lessons.

3 Mar 2019 - 6:59PM

Poor Hindus and Muslims throughout India harbour misconceptions about vaccinations, but the situation is improving thanks to community figures who break down barriers, and a government that is learning valuable lessons.

Vaccinations in India: the heroes helping children from poor families get immunised, and how they do it
India’s leprosy disaster, its millions of victims, and the vaccine that could stop many being disfigured

In 2005 India declared leprosy eliminated, stopped looking for sufferers and left it to them to seek help. Few could afford to. Now a vaccine is being rolled out to tackle a disease that twists fingers, melts noses and cripples many.

11 Feb 2019 - 7:20PM

In 2005 India declared leprosy eliminated, stopped looking for sufferers and left it to them to seek help. Few could afford to. Now a vaccine is being rolled out to tackle a disease that twists fingers, melts noses and cripples many.

India’s leprosy disaster, its millions of victims, and the vaccine that could stop many being disfigured
India’s history of cannabis use encourages scientists to explore new ways of using it as a legal painkiller

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine are working to create potential drugs for treating cancer patients. They hope to persuade the government to relax the law and regulate cannabis the way opium is regulated.

27 Dec 2018 - 7:14PM

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine are working to create potential drugs for treating cancer patients. They hope to persuade the government to relax the law and regulate cannabis the way opium is regulated.

India’s history of cannabis use encourages scientists to explore new ways of using it as a legal painkiller
Knee surgery transformed by stem-cell treatment: it could halve need for knee replacements, doctor says

Doctors take a patient’s stem cells and inject them in their knee to grow new cartilage, avoiding the need for knee replacement surgery; arthritis sufferers as old as 89 have benefited from the treatment.

22 Dec 2018 - 1:22PM

Doctors take a patient’s stem cells and inject them in their knee to grow new cartilage, avoiding the need for knee replacement surgery; arthritis sufferers as old as 89 have benefited from the treatment.

Knee surgery transformed by stem-cell treatment: it could halve need for knee replacements, doctor says
Jaipur’s new Gyan Museum provides another reason to visit India’s pink city

Probably the first private museum in the country, the Gyan exhibits the late jeweller Gyan Dhaddha’s collection of Persian rugs, royal costumes, prayer rugs and even ancient scriptures

26 Oct 2018 - 3:45PM

Probably the first private museum in the country, the Gyan exhibits the late jeweller Gyan Dhaddha’s collection of Persian rugs, royal costumes, prayer rugs and even ancient scriptures

Jaipur’s new Gyan Museum provides another reason to visit India’s pink city
Indian victims of faulty hip implants wait on compensation, years after US patients’ US$2.5b payout

Jyoti Rani is one of 4,700 patients in India given a faulty Johnson & Johnson hip implant; eight years after a global recall began, some have finally been told they will be paid compensation; but others are dead, and thousands more have yet to to be traced.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

Jyoti Rani is one of 4,700 patients in India given a faulty Johnson & Johnson hip implant; eight years after a global recall began, some have finally been told they will be paid compensation; but others are dead, and thousands more have yet to to be traced.

Indian victims of faulty hip implants wait on  compensation, years after US patients’ US$2.5b payout
Too busy to see the doctor? There’s an app for that in India that may be the answer to its chronic health care problems

The MFine app lets users consult doctors from leading hospitals online by phone, text, or video, and could ease the burden on India’s health care system. It also aims to make a doctor’s consultation more comprehensive and effective.

9 Aug 2018 - 8:11PM

The MFine app lets users consult doctors from leading hospitals online by phone, text, or video, and could ease the burden on India’s health care system. It also aims to make a doctor’s consultation more comprehensive and effective.

Too busy to see the doctor? There’s an app for that in India that may be the answer to its chronic health care problems
Why the death penalty will not solve India’s rape problem, but speedy justice would go a long way

The Indian government’s move to introduce the death penalty for rapists of girls is a symbolic gesture with an eye on the elections rather than an effective tool to deter the crime.

4 Aug 2018 - 3:52PM

The Indian government’s move to introduce the death penalty for rapists of girls is a symbolic gesture with an eye on the elections rather than an effective tool to deter the crime.

Why the death penalty will not solve India’s rape problem, but speedy justice would go a long way
Ikea in India: more colour, less DIY, and no leather or meatballs at lifestyle giant’s first store – but will Scandinavian aesthetic sell?

Swedish multinational has had to rethink everything for a country where life is lived in the bedroom, small homes accommodate big family gatherings, customers are not used to self-assembly furniture, and cows are revered.

16 Jul 2018 - 6:27PM

Swedish multinational has had to rethink everything for a country where life is lived in the bedroom, small homes accommodate big family gatherings, customers are not used to self-assembly furniture, and cows are revered.

Ikea in India: more colour, less DIY, and no leather or meatballs at lifestyle giant’s first store – but will Scandinavian aesthetic sell?
Why India’s great communicator Modi has fallen silent on mob lynching epidemic

India’s prime minister has a lot to say, just not about the rampaging mobs who have killed Muslims, Dalits and migrant workers, or about the members of his party who cosy up to killers.

11 Jul 2018 - 6:57AM

India’s prime minister has a lot to say, just not about the rampaging mobs who have killed Muslims, Dalits and migrant workers, or about the members of his party who cosy up to killers.

Why India’s great communicator Modi has fallen silent on mob lynching epidemic
How India’s abortion laws are trailing society, technology and the young single women having more sex

Faced with a 20-week limit and cultural and other legal restrictions, millions of Indian women have abortions outside hospitals and clinics, while many others do not even know the procedure is legal because of a lack of public education

6 Jun 2018 - 4:31PM

Faced with a 20-week limit and cultural and other legal restrictions, millions of Indian women have abortions outside hospitals and clinics, while many others do not even know the procedure is legal because of a lack of public education

How India’s abortion laws are trailing society, technology and the young single women having more sex
Add another stop to the Golden Triangle of India tourism: Alwar – small town whose beauty and rich history offer a taste of Rajasthan

Delhi, Jaipur and Agra are known as India’s Golden Triangle, but it’s time to add Alwar to that itinerary for its dazzling colours, former royal hunting grounds, palace and the forts that dot the countryside around

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM

Delhi, Jaipur and Agra are known as India’s Golden Triangle, but it’s time to add Alwar to that itinerary for its dazzling colours, former royal hunting grounds, palace and the forts that dot the countryside around

Add another stop to the Golden Triangle of India tourism: Alwar – small town whose beauty and rich history offer a taste of Rajasthan
Why obesity is a growing problem in India – diet, aversion to physical work and old idea that if you’re fat you must be prosperous

Cultural factors aggravate India’s obesity problem, and while doctors admit attitudes need to change, they are lobbying for medical insurance to cover surgery that shrinks the stomachs, and appetites, of obese people

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM

Cultural factors aggravate India’s obesity problem, and while doctors admit attitudes need to change, they are lobbying for medical insurance to cover surgery that shrinks the stomachs, and appetites, of obese people

Why obesity is a growing problem in India – diet, aversion to physical work and old idea that if you’re fat you must be prosperous
An authentic French bakery in India’s New Delhi – it’s not as hard to find as you might think

Located in the art deco Bikaner House, a majestic mansion built for Indian royalty, the offerings at L’Opéra’s 17th outlet are as splendid as its setting

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM

Located in the art deco Bikaner House, a majestic mansion built for Indian royalty, the offerings at L’Opéra’s 17th outlet are as splendid as its setting

An authentic French bakery in India’s New Delhi – it’s not as hard to find as you might think
Indian actress Sridevi’s death exposes TV news as all song and dance, with no substance

The TV coverage of the iconic Indian actress Sridevi’s death reveals that entertainment is masquerading as news in India.

28 Feb 2018 - 11:13PM

The TV coverage of the iconic Indian actress Sridevi’s death reveals that entertainment is masquerading as news in India.

Indian actress Sridevi’s death exposes TV news as all song and dance, with no substance
The rural Indian inventor whose machine to make sanitary pads shattered a taboo and inspired a film, Pad Man

Feature film Pad Man tells the story of Arunachalam Muruganantham, who, shocked by his own wife’s secret suffering over menstruation, set out, against the odds, to invent a cheap sanitary pad maker now in wide use all over India

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM

Feature film Pad Man tells the story of Arunachalam Muruganantham, who, shocked by his own wife’s secret suffering over menstruation, set out, against the odds, to invent a cheap sanitary pad maker now in wide use all over India

The rural Indian inventor whose machine to make sanitary pads shattered a taboo and inspired a film, Pad Man
102-year-old runner who’s setting records around the globe and the diet of wheatgrass, kefir and pulses that fuels her exploits

Indian Man Kaur took up running at the age of 93 at the urging of her son, 79, and hasn’t looked back since, adding javelin and shot put to her repertoire. Her advice for living a long life? Avoid junk food, eat healthily and always exercise

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM

Indian Man Kaur took up running at the age of 93 at the urging of her son, 79, and hasn’t looked back since, adding javelin and shot put to her repertoire. Her advice for living a long life? Avoid junk food, eat healthily and always exercise

102-year-old runner who’s setting records around the globe and the diet of wheatgrass, kefir and pulses that fuels her exploits
How khichdi, mix of lentils and rice, became India’s ‘national dish’, and its almost infinite varieties

The ancient staple is popular around the country, comes in countless varieties and has long been enjoyed by peasants and emperors alike

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The ancient staple is popular around the country, comes in countless varieties and has long been enjoyed by peasants and emperors alike

How khichdi, mix of lentils and rice, became India’s ‘national dish’,  and its almost infinite varieties
On India’s deadly roads, NGO helps first responders save lives by training them in how to care for crash victims

After the death of his cousin in a car accident, investment banker Piyush Tewari vowed to improve road safety in India. Since 2008 his foundation has trained police and Good Samaritans in life-saving care for crash victims

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

After the death of his cousin in a car accident, investment banker Piyush Tewari vowed to improve road safety in India. Since 2008 his foundation has trained police and Good Samaritans in life-saving care for crash victims

On India’s deadly roads, NGO helps first responders save lives by training them in how to care for crash victims
How India countered beliefs that hold back organ donation – by rallying spiritual leaders to promote life-saving practice

As in Hong Kong, followers of country’s major religions believe a body must be ‘whole’ for funeral rites, but doctors’ summit with religious leaders has helped change attitudes and save some of the 500,000 patients awaiting transplants

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

As in Hong Kong, followers of country’s major religions believe a body must be ‘whole’ for funeral rites, but doctors’ summit with religious leaders has helped change attitudes and save some of the 500,000 patients awaiting transplants

How India countered beliefs that hold back organ donation – by rallying spiritual leaders to promote life-saving practice
Teenager’s legal victory exposes the struggle India’s TB patients have to get the wonder drug that might cure them

Bedaquiline is the only medication that works for people whose TB is resistant to other drugs, yet caution by the Indian government has led to delays and dilemmas in its roll-out, to the detriment of many sufferers

20 Jul 2018 - 8:46PM

Bedaquiline is the only medication that works for people whose TB is resistant to other drugs, yet caution by the Indian government has led to delays and dilemmas in its roll-out, to the detriment of many sufferers

Teenager’s legal victory exposes the struggle India’s TB patients have to get the wonder drug that might cure them
India trains quacks to ease shortage of rural doctors

Pioneering project by the Liver Foundation in Calcutta wants to give unlicensed doctors in rural areas some formal training, to help people in places where access to real health care is almost non-existent

20 Jul 2018 - 8:46PM

Pioneering project by the Liver Foundation in Calcutta wants to give unlicensed doctors in rural areas some formal training, to help people in places where access to real health care is almost non-existent

India trains quacks to ease shortage of rural doctors
Why enforced patriotism doesn’t sit well with some in India
The Parsis fighting to stop their culture dying out, and why it appears doomed

With only 100,000 Parsis left, 200 of them in Hong Kong, and four dying for every one that’s born, a quirky community known for its immense contributions to the city and to India appears bound for extinction

13 Dec 2016 - 2:23PM

With only 100,000 Parsis left, 200 of them in Hong Kong, and four dying for every one that’s born, a quirky community known for its immense contributions to the city and to India appears bound for extinction

The Parsis fighting to stop their culture dying out, and why it appears doomed
Neighbourhood clinics bring healthcare to India’s poor

Doctors see a million patients in first five months of New Delhi pilot project

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

Doctors see a million patients in first five months of New Delhi pilot project

Neighbourhood clinics bring healthcare to India’s poor
How Indians are embracing the superfoods all around them

Indian firms are looking at country’s regional diets in quest for a superfood to sell to world

24 Oct 2016 - 5:20PM

Indian firms are looking at country’s regional diets in quest for a superfood to sell to world

How Indians are embracing the superfoods all around them
Anyone for Orgy Oil? Yoga guru wants his Ayurvedic medicine to be a global hit

Baba Ramdev, a household name in India, has built a US$750 million empire selling traditional healing products, and wants to introduce them to the world

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

Baba Ramdev, a household name in India, has built a US$750 million empire selling traditional healing products, and wants to introduce them to the world

Anyone for Orgy Oil? Yoga guru wants his Ayurvedic medicine to be a global hit
New labour law in India will only lead to more misery for impoverished children
Haveli Dharampura, boutique bolthole in heart of Old Delhi

Escaping the sensory overload of the bustling, historic quarter of the Indian capital for the tranquil, elegant interior of this restored Muslim nobleman's mansion feels like crossing a border and a time zone. Plus it's handy for the Red Fort and Jama Masjid, writes Amrit Dhillon

8 May 2016 - 12:04AM

Escaping the sensory overload of the bustling, historic quarter of the Indian capital for the tranquil, elegant interior of this restored Muslim nobleman's mansion feels like crossing a border and a time zone. Plus it's handy for the Red Fort and Jama Masjid, writes Amrit Dhillon

Haveli Dharampura, boutique bolthole in heart of Old Delhi
Lessons in flavour and frugality from home cooks in Dharavi, 'Asia's largest slum'

A book of recipes from eight women living in Mumbai's Dharavi slum highlights the area's culinary diversity and shows how delicious fresh, seasonal, subtly spiced food can be, writes Amrit Dhillon

30 Apr 2016 - 10:04PM

A book of recipes from eight women living in Mumbai's Dharavi slum highlights the area's culinary diversity and shows how delicious fresh, seasonal, subtly spiced food can be, writes Amrit Dhillon

Lessons in flavour and frugality from home cooks in Dharavi, 'Asia's largest slum'