Dreaming in Hindi, By Katherine Russell Rich

This gem of a book deserves to outshine the narcissistic platitudes of Eat, Pray, Love. After crises in both health and career, Rich "no longer had the language to describe my own life. So I decided I'd borrow someone else's". She went to India not to imbibe some mish-mash mysticism but to learn Hindi via "total immersion" in the lakeside city of Udaipur.

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Investment Column: The changes at Cairn need time to settle

Spectris; Promethean World

Vedanta close to $8bn deal to take control of Cairn India

Vedanta Resources is set to spend around $8bn-$8.5bn on a deal to buy a controlling stake in Cairn India, which operates the largest producing oilfield in the country's private sector.

Vedanta plotting a move into oil with a £4bn stake in Cairn India

Vedanta resources, the Indian mining company, is set to move into the oil business within the next few days if it can finalise a deal for a majority stake in Cairn India.

Man jailed in India over drugs allowed to return to UK

A British backpacker who was jailed in India for drugs offences has been granted approval by Indian authorities to serve the remainder of his sentence in the UK, campaigners said today.

Backpacker jailed in India to be returned to UK

But former City worker must still serve remainder of 10-year sentence for drugs possession charges

Babel, Sadler's Wells, London <br/>Political Mother, Dome, Brighton<br/>The Merchants of Bollywood, Peacock Theatre, London

'Babel' has drive, dazzle and laughs, but more editing is called for in this melée of words, music and movement

24-hour room service: Raas, Jodhpur, India

Exploring the province of Rajasthan in northwest India is one big adventure. But part of the joy of travel is mixing the raw, dusty desert experience with a touch of luxury. Which is why I was heading for Jodhpur's newest boutique hotel, Raas. The manner of the approach was unusual: in the back of one of the hotel's two customised sky-blue tuk-tuks, threading through the cobweb of tiny streets that form the city's rosy pink-tinged sandstone old quarter. The tuk-tuk's colour was a nod to Jodhpur's other title: the Blue City (so called due to the proliferation of houses painted this hue, which historically denoted the residences of its high-caste Brahmin population).

Lumb blows away Punjab with quick-fire 83

Michael Lumb, recently selected in England's World Twenty20 squad, smashed a superb half-century as the Rajasthan Royals handed the Kings XI Punjab a humiliating nine-wicket defeat in the Indian Premier League in Jaipur yesterday.

The Week Ahead: Nervousness ahead of Man Group update

Nervous investors will be holding their breath ahead of a pre-close trading update from Man, the London hedge-fund group, this week, with some in the City highlighting a risk to assets under management (AuM).

Modi's baby gets growing pains

The IPL starts again today against a background of tension in India at its expansion rate.

My Life In Travel: Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, interior designer and broadcaster

'I have rediscovered my Welsh roots'

Travel Challenge: A tour of Rajasthan

Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specified holiday. Today: a private tour of Rajasthan. Prices are for two people and include flights to Delhi departing Heathrow on 20 March.

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