Education: Visiting Professor

In slumbering New Delhi it was 3 o'clock in the morning. But in a house awash with books, fierce Indian masks, and a bicycle parked in the bathtub, an exuberant American professor-journalist had not yet finished with the day before. At the University of Delhi he had needled his Indian students ("Press me hard!"). At dinner he had depth-probed uncomfortable Socialist Leader Acharya Kripalani. Now, stabbing an ancient Hermes portable, he batted out another column for 15 newspapers from Bombay to Boston. Burbled he: "It's sheer expressionism. Sheer joy."

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