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The Colour Code

The Colour Code
The Colour Code
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You can call it Globalisation, I call it the Columbus Syndrome: travel around the world far enough in any direction, and you’ll find yourself in America. Seventeen hours after leaving Delhi (via Bombay) I’m in the same time zone as Helsinki, the same latitude as Asunción and sailing through the suburban sprawl of a city that looks remarkably like LA. Malls, condominiums and endless freeways that teem with SUVS, convertibles and pickup trucks. Only they drive on the left just like us. The weather, to my surprise, has not changed either. I’m roughly the same distance from the equator as I was yesterday and the sun is the same—in a relative way. But it shines from the north and shadows fall in the opposite direction. Otherwise, late summer in Johannesburg is exactly like late winter in Delhi.

I never did check which way the water swirled down the drain of my hotel bathtub. But the world has turned upside down in South Africa. It’s just about 10 years since the end of apartheid and there’s no mistaking the changing currents of power, wealth and status in South...

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