Mumbai, June 1 -- The boom box outside Brixton Station is playing 'Sunday Morning' by Gregory Isaacs, the late great reggae artist. The man standing behind the boom box and smiling through a mouth full of missing teeth is Peter, an independent musician.

To make ends meet Peter sells CDs of other local reggae artists, and those CDs are fanned out in his hands right now, psychedelic album covers slipped into plastic sleeves. I tell him that today I am not interested in music because today I have come to Brixton- London's largest Caribbean neighbourhood-with only one purpose: to watch West Indies' opening game of the World Cup with the local community.

"Cricket?" says Peter, angry at first before the annoyance turns to laughter. "You in the ...