Hmmm. Hautboys are high-pitched wind instruments, so perhaps they should be sounded, not flourished. (Hot boys are what Germaine Greer’s been very publicly demanding the right to lust after.)

Ashok Banker’s book deal eclipses Vikram Seth’s much-ballyhooed advance. Do the math.

Episode update in the Barbara Taylor Bradford versus Sahara TV soap opera.

Ramachandra Guha on M Krishnan: “Krishnan was an ecological patriot, who believed that the essence of Indian-ness lay in the species and habitats distinctive to the land.”

Outlook’s web edition has tributes to Bhisham Sahni from Nirmal Verma and others.

Amit Chaudhuri in Germany: part two of a three-part article in The Telegraph.

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