Profile: Aline Dobbie fighting for the Tiger

Profile: Aline Dobbie fighting for the Tiger

Position/Job?   Author travel writer, wife, mother and grandmother.

What makes you different as a writer? I write non-fiction and largely about India but also other wonderful places and also on human problems and wildlife conservation see

What achievement are you most proud of?   Having written four books, that is after having brought up two wonderful big sons.

What would you still like to achieve (in life, leisure or work)? More travel obviously, see tiger conservation be successful.  Help obliterate slavery globally, help gender equality.

What do you think makes India an attractive destination to do business? It is raring to go globally and her great entrepreneurs and business folk are enthusiastic now whereas in recent past there was a touch of complacency that led to Europeans taking stock in dismay.  Now I think the Government is really trying to lead the way for India to surge ahead.

What sectors do you think will thrive in India and the UK in the coming years and why? Pharmaceuticals, IT, responsible tourism, motor car manufacturing.

What is the best advice you have ever received? Trust your instinct, have courage and faith in yourself, remember that one reaps as one sows, and most of all – those whom you meet on the way up you will meet on the way down.  We all experience ups and downs, be Constant and True is my own family’s motto.

Favourite destinations in India and why? I love the land of my birth and have so many favourites.

Favourite destinations in the UK and why?  London for fun and culture and the West Coast of Argyll in Scotland for beauty, tranquillity and relaxation.

Favourite restaurant in India and UK?  Many many in India….the ITC Group have superb restaurants in their many luxury hotels;  I also like The Wolseley in London, The Zepos in Chania in Crete.

Describe your character in five words? Strong, resolute, honest, giving and loving.

What are your hobbies? Writing, Gardening, Cooking, Reading, Travelling, Photography and Family of course

What five items would you take to a desert island? Water in endless supply! Sun cream, music, books, good pillow!

What public figures do you most admire and why? I did admire hugely the late President Abdul Kalam, HM The Queen, Sir David Attenborough.   Abdul Kalam shone out from India in his integrity and humility, HM as we know personifies duty and commitment, Sir David has achieved from a modest background to be one of the pioneers of TV documentaries but giving us the important message of conservation.

Background: Aline received The Pride of India Gold Award for her promotion of India in 2006 from the NRI Institute of India. Her book Quicklook at India was specifically commissioned for business people seeking to be successful in India.  Twitter: @AlineDobbie


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