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An unlikely Prince of Spies

Times Literary Supplement

Navtej Sarna

Spies, by definition, live in a world of grey, but the life of Bhagat Ram Talwar, alias Silver, seems to have been exceptionally shadowy. Born a Hindu Pathan in the North-West Frontier Province of undivided India, of nondescript appearance, armed with broken English but with a limitless talent for deception, Silver ranks with Garbo (Allies), Sorge (Soviet Union) and Cicero (Nazi Germany) in the pantheon of the great spies of the Second World War.

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The ins and outs of cricketer Steven Finn’s life

The Hampstead home of the England bowler is where he relaxes to focus on future glory

At Home with the FT Steven Finn

Steven Finn, the Middlesex and England fast bowler, has had the sort of rollercoaster career that would have tempted many cricketers to give up in despair. He always seems to be on the brink of becoming England’s number one fast bowler, then has a slump in form or injury and is fighting to regain his place. In 2010, he took 5 for 87 during his first Test at Lord’s and was compared to Glen McGrath, the great Australian bowler.

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India has changed beyond recognition

and so have fortunes of its expats here

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Just published

From Midnight to Glorious Morning? India since Independence

Mihir Bose, born just seven months before India won its freedom, spent much of his life watching as India anxiously awaited news of how much aid it was to receive from the West.  Now India is one of the largest exporters of food in the world, sends space probes to Mars and is a rapidly emerging global power.

How did a country that many doubted would survive at birth transform into a nation capable of rivalling China and challenging the West?  Bose recognises that there is much to celebrate in India’s short history of independence.  Yet, as this personal and trenchant book show, there is still a long way to go before the dawn of that hoped-for bright morning.

 

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