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So what's common to Willie Dalrymple and Amitav Ghosh? And why is A Case of Exploding Mangoes spelling Big Trouble in Pakistan? What happens when an author takes a big advance and fails to deliver?

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Willie Dalrymple and Amitav Ghosh have been trying to meet up for some time now, but with no luck. They even managed to miss each other when staying in neighbouring villages in Goa. But when they did meet on Tuesday at a packed literary event in London’s Asia House, they found they had more in common than writing books. Both had ancestors living in Ghazipur, the centre of opium production, at the same time in the late 18th century. It goes without saying that Willie’s ancestor turned out to be the more colourful one: a former lover of Marie Antoniette, he was sent away to work in the Company in Ghazipur and took on a half-Bengali wife.

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