1. Went to Pondi last weekend. Abhi has the goods here (with pics).
2. This is really pissing me off.
3. A British former leftist, turned American "neo-con stooge" fawns over Jyoti Basu and, in the same article, says this:
"I have come to hope very devoutly that India ceases to think of itself as a 'Third World' nation, and that it makes a strength of its former weaknesses. In practice, this ought to mean an across-the-board alliance with the United States."
4. William Dalrymple:
"If the last few years are anything to go by, I suspect that in the years ahead the main competition Indian writers aspiring to win the Booker will face will not be the Alan Hollinghursts or the AS Byatts, so much as their own cousins born and brought up in the west."
Very interesting. Link here (via kitabkhana).
5. And finally, in the humor department: apparently, you can outsource just about anything. (link via Amit Varma).