The birth centenary of R.K. Narayan, the man who "put modern Indian writing on the map", is the occasion for a nice profile Jhumpa Lahiri in Boston Review, and a second, absolutely terrific one by Wyatt Mason in the New Yorker.
The 175th birth anniversary of James Clerk, the physicist whose shoulders Einstein chose to stand on, is the reason for a Physics Web profile by Francis Everitt.
Twenty years ago today, Smita Patil, a princess of art movies in the 1970s before she made it big in commercial and art cinema in the 80s, passed away at a horribly young age of 31. Rediff has a profile by Dinesh Raheja, and this short bio.
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