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India in the World: In conversation with author Pankaj Mishra

October 29, 2009

Ottawa, Canada, October 28, 2009 – Essayist, journalist and novelist Pankaj Mishra will be in Ottawa on November 2 as part of The India Lectures organized by Canada′s International Development Research Centre (IDRC). This final instalment of The India Lectures will be a special presentation held in collaboration with The Ottawa International Writers Festival. An award-winning author and frequent contributor to The New York Times, The Guardian, and The New York Review of Books, Mishra′s writing explores topics ranging from globalization to the Dalai Lama to the "Talibanization" of South Asia. Pankaj Mishra will reflect on South Asia in the world.

Date: Monday, November 2, 2009
Time: 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Where: 150 Kent (corner of Albert), 8th Floor

Mishra′s first book, Butter Chicken in Ludhiana: Travels in Small Town India, describes the profound changes taking place in rural Indian towns. His next novel, The Romantics, was translated into 11 languages and catapulted him onto the international literary scene. His two most recent books, An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World and Temptations of the West: How to Be Modern in India, Pakistan and Beyond, were both featured in The New York Times′ 100 Notable Books of the Year.

Mishra′s presentation will mark the end of The India Lectures, a special series designed to highlight the wealth of eminent thinkers and stimulating ideas emanating from this rising global power. The series marks the 25th anniversary of IDRC′s regional office in New Delhi and celebrates IDRC′s enduring and valued collaboration with its Indian research partners.

The event is open to the media. French and English simultaneous interpretation is available. Spaces are limited and journalists are encouraged to register by calling Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé at 613-696-2343.

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About IDRC
Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is one of the world′s leading institutions in the generation and application of new knowledge to meet the challenges of international development. For nearly 40 years, IDRC has worked in close collaboration with researchers from the developing world to build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous societies.

For information:
Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé
(+1 613) 696-2343 /

For more information contact:
Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé
Senior Media Advisor
International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Phone: 613-696-2343

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