Om Puri, Charlotte le Bon Join DreamWorks’ 100-Foot Film Cast

August 10th, 2013

West Is West Premiere - London

The great Indian actor Om Puri was my first choice to play Papa in DreamWorks’ adaption of my novel, The Hundred-Foot Journey. It’s happening. DreamWorks has just confirmed Om Puri will play opposite my ideal Madame Mallory, Dame Helen Mirren. Is that a dream cast or what? Can’t wait to see the sparks fly. Vivement Dimanche - TV Show

And if that isn’t enough chemistry, Charlotte le Bon, the rising French-Canadian actress, is going to play Margaret opposite Manish Dayal’s Hassan. Guiding this powerful pack of actors through the process of making a film will be the always superb director, Lasse Hallstrom – who was also my first choice.

Buddhaland Brooklyn Teaser

July 20th, 2013

At the wonderful Strand Books last week. Here is a brief clip, reading a scene from Buddhaland Brooklyn.



Helen Mirren in The Hundred-Foot Journey FIlm

July 2nd, 2013

It’s official. Dame Helen Mirren (Madame Mallory) and the fast-rising Manish Dayal (Hassan Haji) join the cast of The Hundred-Foot Journey film due out August 8, 2014. I am a lucky fellow. The wonderful Lasse Hallstom is directing; the screenwriter is Steven Knight, while the producers are Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Juliet Blake. Rather good bones, as they say. But who will play Papa?

Helen Mirren to go The Hundred Foot Journey
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Lasse Hallstrom will direct the film, which kicks off when an Indian family moves to southern France and opens an Indian restaurant 100 feet across the street from a Michelin-starred French restaurant. A culinary battle ensues between the two that 

Helen Mirren and Manish Dayal join The HundredFoot Journey
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Various sources are reporting that Helen Mirren will play Madame Mallory in the Lasse Hallstrom-directed (Chocolat, The Cider House Rules) drama ‘The HundredFoot Journey,’ an adaptation of Richard C. Morais’ novel about the rivalry between an Indian 

Helen Mirren Joins The HundredFoot Journey
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British actress Helen Mirren has been cast in a Hollywood adaptation of author Richard C. Morais’ bestselling book The HundredFoot Journey. The Queen star will appear alongside rising actor Manish Dayal in the culinary-themed drama, about an Indian 
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Helen Mirren The Oscar-winning actress will be starring in The Hundred Foot Journey, DreamWorks Studios officially announced today. Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr first reported in early June that Helen Mirren was circling the project to play eccentric and 

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Manish Dayal, a star of the CW’s “90210” reboot and AMC’s “Rubicon,” will take the lead role in DreamWorks’ “The HundredFoot Journey,” the studio announced on Monday. Helen Mirren also will star in the film, which had been previously reported but just 
Helen Mirren Joins Oprah- and Steven Spielberg-Produced ‘The HundredFoot 
The film, based on the novel by Richard C. Morais, stars Mirren as Madame Mallory, an eccentric, renowned chef of a three-star Michelin restaurant whose life is turned upside down when an Indian family moves to her small town in southern France and 
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Helen-Mirren-to-Star-in-DreamWorks-JOURNEY-20130701. Variety reports that Helen Mirren and Manish Dayal have signed on to star in DreamWorks upcoming drama THE HUNDREDFOOT JOURNEY, based on the novel by author Richard Morais.
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Performance at The Strand

June 30th, 2013

Esteemed Jungian analyst Morgan Stebbins will interview me about BUDDHALAND BROOKLYN at Strand Books in New York.

The night’s theme: The psychology of religion.

The date: July 11th

The time: 7pm

The address: 828 Broadway

You’re all heartily invited to come join us.


British Review

May 25th, 2013


Review of BUDDHALAND BROOKLYN published by the York Press in Britain: “This book has everything: humour, tragedy, conflict…a beautifully-written book to savour and enjoy…I will certainly read it more than once.” For the full review, click here.

Indian Cover of Buddhaland Brooklyn

May 2nd, 2013

My publisher in Delhi, HarperCollins India, is publishing a rather moody and stylish cover for BUDDHALAND BROOKLYN. Rather cool, I think.

German Cover

March 20th, 2013

The German-language cover for Buddhaland Brooklyn by Pendo Verlag, my publisher in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

What New Yorkers Read on the Subway

February 27th, 2013
I marvel at the creative ways folk use digital technologies to create new services – which sometime become intensely valuable enterprises. Check out these hackers who do nothing but check out what folk are reading on NY subways
Buddhaland Brooklyn, Richard Morais (F, 20s, black leggings, purple nails, brown scarf, concerned expression, L train)

A Bargain Dinner at $500 A Head

January 18th, 2013


The other night a buddy and I went down to Washington D.C. to check out Minibar, the acclaimed restaurant by Chef Jose Andres. It blew me away. Had popcorn that made me roar smoke from my nostrils like a dragon and red ravioli filled with peanut butter. Plus 24 other stunningly inventive courses. In this article I wrote for Barron’s, you’ll get a taste of what it’s like, and why I think it’s a bargain at $500 a head.


Photo credit: Fleming Meeks

Abbas Haji Getting Excited in Hebrew

January 17th, 2013

How extraordinary. Hassan, Big Abbas, and Madame Mallory are currently on tour of Israel and speaking fluent Hebrew. That’s thanks to Yediot Ahronot Books and my talented Tel Aviv publisher and editor, Hilit Hamou-Meir, who bought The Hundred Foot Journey. Thanks to their hard work an interview about the complicated cultural cross currents at the heart of the book recently ran in a major local newspaper.

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