Just catching up:

Amit Chaudhuri discovers that William Dalrymple and he come from different planets: “Unlike some of the other participants, who could be alternately voluble and reticent about their culture, Dalrymple is never stingy about giving us news of his planet. It is, by all accounts, an alluring place, because things that are muddled on my planet are, in Dalrymple’s, humblingly clear.”

(William Dalrymple, according to this report, shares his planet with Hugh Fearnley-Whittinstall, which is a name I wish I could claim to have made up, except that I didn’t: anyway, this is the planet of the embarrassingly large book contract.)