Dave Besseling

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Bringing it All Back Home

Macau is worth seven times more than Las Vegas. And at the Asia Championship of Poker, two Indian card sharks are looking to haul the spoils, and the whole sport, back to India

GQ India / March 2016

An Open Letter to Canada

In which I write to the country of my birth as a member of my country of residence

GQ India / January 2016

An Open Letter to James Bond

If all your brand requires is an emotionally blank brand-whore who happens to wear a good suit, well, come see us. India has lots of those.

GQ India / November 2015

The Real Story of the Number One Pick-up Artist in India

Every man wants a foolproof playbook for picking up women. A guy in Mumbai claims he’s the only one in India who has it. And for the first time, to anyone, he’s going to reveal how he does it. This might all go very badly.

GQ India / September 2015

Open Letter to Russell Brand

Your 'millionaire with a heart of gold' shtick is ringing about as true as Monica Dogra’s kickstarter

GQ India / July 2015

Is There White Privilege on Indian Tinder?

After refusing to engage in online dating for, uhh, forever, I have to admit: Tinder works. But it also reveals and enforces old stereotypes. And is white swiping really a thing?

GQ India / April 2015

An Open Letter to Greece

What the cradle of democracy must do now that Germany's essentially cock-blocking it

GQ India / March 2015

It's the Economy, Stupid

Delhi’s most loveable bastard has managed to make talking about the economy cool

GQ India / February 2015

Open Letter to Air India

You Gave The Maharajah A Makeover, But We Love You The Way You Are, Air India

Huffington Post India / February 2015

Mama Said Knock You Out

The hallowed and savage tradition of the comedy roast has finally been done in India, and it was dripping and succulent

GQ India / January 2015

A Sincere Dose of Satire

After the Charlie Hebdo attacks, we’ve learned that satire must be viewed in its particular cultural context. Here are the best satirical contexts you’ll find on the web

GQ India / January 2015

The Movie Star of Whisky Connoisseurs

Whether you’re at an auction wanting providence on a $50,000 bottle of single malt, or nosing a fresh bottle of Singleton in Bombay at 10 am, Charlie MacLean’s your man

GQ India / December 2014

The Cosby Show

He has been too Bill Cosby to fail for too long

GQ India / December 2014

Deutsch Monsoon

A day spent driving the latest range of Porsche 911s is fun. Seeing how they drift on a wet track, even more so

GQ India / November 2014

Dear Selfie Fanatics

An open letter to those young enough to have lived through school with a smartphone

GQ India / November 2014

The Miseducation of Saif Ali Khan

Ever dreamt you’re back in high school and woken up sweating? Toughen up. Even Saif Ali Khan, Bollywood royalty who’s actually royalty, isn’t afraid of a little mid-life book learnin’.

GQ India / October 2014

Wrath of the Bollywood Superfans

I set out to write an honest profile of Shahid Kapoor, one of India's biggest stars. His fans may never forgive me

Slate / Roads & Kingdoms / September 2014

Whose Town is it Anyway?

Once a breezy cluster of villages, Bandra has grown into Bombay's hippest suburb. But that doesn't mean everyone is happy about it.

GQ India / September 2014

The Date-Rape Fashion Shoot

Is it art? Is it not? It doesn't matter until we address the intentions

Porterfolio / August 2014 / [Pdf , 46.5 KB]

Dear Spider-Man

An open letter to a superhero who never realised how Indian he really was.

GQ India / May 2014

Agent Orange

Rahul Sharma is 38, unmarried and lives with his parents. But don’t worry – his company’s revenues were Rs. 3,168 crore last year and he drives to Micromax HQ in an orange Bentley

GQ India / January 2014

Real Steel

Cover story: Aditya Mittal

GQ India / January 2014

To the End of the World and Back

The Way of St. James is the most famous pilgrimage route in Europe. But the path of the true traveller doesn't stop at the Spanish cathedral

Forbes India / August 2011

Credo of a Giant Killer

In Japan, a nation that doesn’t take tradition lightly, the scandals of modern sumo are a heavy burden for the country’s national sport

The Caravan / September 2010

The Elephant in the Parliament

What is the Thai government to do when letting democracy take its course could lead to civil war?

The Caravan / July 2010

Selling The Dragon

Another Sect of Tibetan Buddhists Campaigns for Recognition. In Nepal.

The Caravan / June 2010

Transition Town

An escape from Tokyo to Hayama, interrupted

Mint Lounge / March 2010

End Of Days

Choices for art: as artefact, evolving entity, or in aspic – Two Masters of Two Disciplines, From Tokyo to Bangalore.

The Caravan / March 2010

The Devil's in There

Them Crooked Vultures: This raucous love-child is definitely the sum of its parts

The Caravan / January 2010

Toronto Eelam

With the largest numbers of Sri Lankan Tamils outside the island, dreams of a separate Tamil homeland are still nurtured in Canada.

Himal Southasian / October 2009

Anyone Can Play Guitar

After having won over India with his brand of folk, Bengaluru rocker Raghu Dixit now seems intent on world domination.

Rolling Stone India / September 2009

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