Love and loathing in Mumbai: Booker prize-winner Aravind Adiga's love affair with the Indian city

Imoved to Mumbai in November 2006. The girl I had been seeing in Delhi came to the city to work for a marketing firm. She brought me along with her books and bags and bric-à-brac from Rohini, in west Delhi. I had quit my job with Time magazine at the start of the year to finish a novel. Instead I had wasted my time doing little freelance jobs for my former employer. Unless I left Delhi – too many journalists, too many stories – I would never get this novel done. Going to Kolkata was the original plan; a friend said he might rent out his place near Minto Park. But then the girl came to Mumbai.

Freedom's flexible friend: The Yoga Guru on a crusade to end corruption

India's most famous holy man is to fast until his country's 'black money' economy is tamed. Andrew Buncombe reports from Delhi

Andrew Buncombe: Official excuses are not going to solve this crisis

In the states of Punjab and Haryana, famed as the home of the big fat Indian wedding, there is something of a marriage crisis. Such is the extent of the skewed gender ratio – the result, to a large extent, of female foeticide – there are not enough women to go round.

Gandhi arrested in protest over road

Rahul Gandhi, who is seen as India's prime minister-in-waiting, was briefly arrested after he joined farmers protesting against land being taken over for a $2bn highway, underscoring how land disputes are emerging as a political issue.

Commonwealth Games: Slipper thrown at Delhi executive

Critics threw a slipper at the organiser of India's Commonwealth Games and ransacked his office after his arrest on a corruption charge unleashed a new wave of anger over widespread bribery and its effect on the country's reputation.

Stephen Foley: Vedanta lost its deft political touch in India, and may lose more still

Outlook As political posturing goes, £920m seems a lot to pay to send a message to government. That is the sum that Vedanta has plunked down for a 10.4 per cent stake in Cairn India, where its bid for outright control has run up against political opposition. Its acquisition of this stake, the company hopes, signals its commitment to the tottering deal, and aims to put a bit of pressure on the Indian political class. But if Vedanta loses this chance to control one of Rajasthan's richest oilfields, it will be because of missteps made months ago.

Vedanta picks up £920m stake in Cairn India

Vedanta resources has snapped up a 10.4 per cent stake in Cairn India for about £920m, in a signal of its determination to take control of the oil company, even as political uncertainty hangs over the deal.

Round-up: Glamorgan join winners but tenacious Taylor keeps them waiting

If the First Division of the County Championship – undecided until the ultimate session of the final day last season – promises to be competitive again, the Second Division looks equally difficult to predict.

Deadly Delhi superbug poses risk to antibiotic treatment worldwide

An estimated 500,000 people in Delhi are carrying bacteria highly resistant to antibiotics acquired from drinking water, say researchers.

Custody, By Manju Kapur

A marriage preceded or fractured by a heady, socially unacceptable romance has emerged time and again in Manju Kapur's fiction. It re-appears in her latest novel, Custody: here, the subject is matrimony at its most intolerable followed by the emotional fall-out of a break-up on one wealthy extended Delhi family.

Blocks of beauty: A dying Indian art form

Annie Deakin looks at the Indian block printing process used to decorate fabric and speaks to one lady attempting to promote these ancient skills

No courting in public, Hindu group warns Delhi

Lovers in Delhi could find their date plagued by a sense of unease tomorrow, after Hindu extremists threatened to film covertly and upload footage of unmarried couples seen kissing in public.

British Council to help other public bodies outsource to India

The British Council is to advise government-funded bodies on how to cut costs and outsource jobs to India.

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The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
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Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

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Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

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How to dress with authority

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New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

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Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

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Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album