Nick Nugent (also) spent his 19th birthday in India, where he worked as a volunteer teacher. He hasn't stopped visiting Asia since with extended periods in Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and India. He was reporting for the BBC World Service, spending periods as BBC Southeast Asia and later as Southeast Correspondent. Now he works as a consultant on broadcasting and journalism in a wide range of 'transition' countries - currently he is helping Ethiopia reform its national broadcasting corporation. He has written several books, including a biography of Rajiv Gandhi of India and an account of Vietnam's economic revolution or 'doi moi'. Most recently he has co-written a Cultural guide to Myanmar. A special interest is researching the early spice trade between Europe and Asia - which he hopes will eventually lead to another book.