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Obituary: Guru Hanuman

THERE HAVE been few Indian wrestlers of any merit over the past five decades who at some point in their careers were not either coached or given valuable tips by the legendary wrestler Guru Hanuman. Scores of potential champions daily practised the ancient intricacies of Indian free-style wrestling at the akhada, or wrestling seminary, he founded in the old, walled city of Delhi 76 years ago.

Travel India: A palace of your very own

India has much to offer the independent traveller, but Rajasthan's palace hotels are hard to beat. By Adrian Hamilton

Obituary: Raghubir Singh

RAGHUBIR SINGH captured Indian life like no other artist. His dozen or so books put him in the forefront of photographers world-wide. At the time of his death, of a massive heart attack, he was at the pinnacle of his career: in the past few months, tens of thousands saw his retrospective exhibitions in New Delhi and Chicago, while his last book, River of Colour (1998), was highly acclaimed both in the West and the subcontinent. Most major photographic collections in the world have examples of his work, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.

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This Friday is St George's Day - but where to eat what some might argue has become our national dish? Pat Chapman, cookery writer, founder of The Curry Club and editor of `The Good Curry Guide', has the answer. So whether you fancy a balti in Birmingham, a chicken tikka in Chelsea or a raita in Rusholme, look no further...

Travel: 24-Hour Room Service: Hotel Caravanserai, Udaipur, India

AMONG THE legions of hotels along the edges of Udaipur's beautiful Lake Pichola, the Caravanserai is a gem. The most famous hotel in the city is the Lake Palace Hotel, an island in the centre of the water, but unless you want to spend pounds 200 a night to be surrounded by braying tourists, Caravanserai is a more authentic alternative. Plus you get a view of the Lake Palace that no one staying there does.

Consumer Travel: the great Y2K escape

A HOLIDAY over the millennium may cost you anything up to double what you would have paid last year for the same destination and duration. "People are opting for the old favourites," says a Thomson spokesperson. Perennial hot-spots in southern Spain, the Caribbean, the Canary Islands, Australia and the United States are likely to see the highest demand.

Travel: India's dream castle in the sands

The walls of the Golden Fortress are besieged, but Andrew Robinson finds Jaisalmer, with its intricate carvings and cruel history, as entrancing as ever

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Elections threaten to topple Indian PM

THE INDIAN Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, and the Congress party leader, Sonia Gandhi, ended campaigning yesterday for provincial elections trading accusations amid tight security.

The deer hunter

In India, a Bollywood superstar is facing prison. The charge: killing an antelope so cherished that one tribe suckles its fawns

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World Music: MUSAFIR QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL LONDON

First Night: Musafir - The Gypsies of Rajasthan - Queen Elizabeth Hall London

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Travel: Global Myths - No 22

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In the news: Bianca Jagger - The lady of good causes who stands fame on its head

AS SHE IS the first to admit, Bianca Jagger only became famous by proxy, when she married Mick. That was a quarter of a century ago, and they divorced in 1979, but she has held fast both to the surname and the fame ever since, writes Peter Popham.
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