The Don of Delhi
With his eye for the exotic, William Dalrymple has become India's most popular authority on its Mughal past.
The writer William Dalrymple lives in a farmhouse on the outskirts of New Delhi with his wife, their three children, four incestuous goats, a cockatoo, and the usual entourage of servants that attends any successful man in India's capital city. The previous resident of the house, a British journalist, was driven from the country by death threats after he published an article in Time magazine outing the previous Indian prime minister's bladder problems and habit of nodding off during meetings. Dalrymple is also British—Scottish, to be exact—but his controversial statements are more likely to concern the country's Mughal or British past. He is today India's most famous narrative historian.
A number of modern British writers—including Geoff Dyer, Patrick French, and the late Bruce Chatwin—have been fascinated
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