| Sep 1, 2011
It's a stultifying afternoon outside the Delhi District Court as Arun Yadav slides a sheet of paper into his decades-old Remington and revs up his daily 30-word-a-minute tap dance.
Nearby, hundreds of other workers clatter away on manual typewriters amid...
| Jan 27, 2010
Paul Theroux's contribution to the revival of contemporary travel writing is so seminal that casual readers may be inclined to forget that most of his rather astonishingly prodigious output has been literary fiction.
"A Dead Hand: A Crime in Calcutta" is...
| Jun 20, 2009
Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, the master Indian musician and composer who was a pivotal figure in introducing the music of his homeland to the West, has died. He was 87.
The legendary sarod player and teacher died of kidney failure Thursday night at his home...
| Jan 18, 2010
Communist statesman of India
Jyoti Basu, 95, a veteran communist leader who in 1996 came close to becoming India's prime minister, died Sunday in Calcutta of multiple organ failure, a party spokesman said. Basu became chief minister of West...
| Jul 11, 2007
ON the Indian restaurant circuit, it's mainly generic Indian fare on the menu, with a heavy northern bias. To experience the diversity of India's culinary landscape, your best bet is to be invited to someone's home. Happily, recent cookbooks such as...
| Apr 12, 2008
By Wendy Smith
nyone familiar with "In Extremis," her Pulitzer Prize-nominated biography of poet Laura Riding, knows Deborah Baker has little interest in conventional lives or conventional narrative.
Her new book, "A Blue Hand," which mostly follows...