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Bombay

(Encyclopedia) Bombay bŏmbā´ [key], former state, W central India, on the Arabian Sea. The state contained within its borders the former Portuguese colonies of Goa and Daman and Diu . Histori...

Baumgartner, Felix

(Encyclopedia) Baumgartner, Felix, 1969–, Austrian skydiver and daredevil. He made his first skydive at age 16, and turned to BASE jumping [ B uildings, A ntennas, S pans (bridges), and ...

Desai, Anita

(Encyclopedia) Desai, Anita dĕsī´ [key], 1937–, Indian fiction writer, b. Mussoorie as Anita Mazumdar, grad. Delhi Univ. (B.A., 1957). A prolific novelist, she often paints a subtly intelligent and dark...

Anita Desai Biography

Anita DesaiwriterBorn: 6/24/1937Birthplace: India Born to parents of Indian and German heritage, Desai grew up in New Delhi, India. She spoke German at home, and Urdu and Hindi to friends and…

Bhabha, Homi Jehangir

(Encyclopedia) Bhabha, Homi Jehangir jəhän˝gēr´ bä´bä [key], 1909–66, Indian physicist, b. Bombay (now Mumbai). He was educated at the Royal Institute of Science, Bombay, and at Cambridge, England,...

Mackintosh, Sir James

(Encyclopedia) Mackintosh, Sir James, 1765–1832, British writer and public servant, b. Scotland. He was trained as a physician, but after settling (1788) in London he became a writer and lawyer. His Vi...

Mumbai

(Encyclopedia) Mumbai mo͞ombī´, mo͝om´bī [key], formerly Bombay bŏmbā´ [key], city (1991 pop. 3,175,000), capital of Maharashtra state, W central India, occupying c.25 sq mi (65 sq km) on Mu...

Profile of Vikas Khanna

Vikas Khanna was executive chef at the Manhattan restaurant Salaam Bombay from 2002-05. After training as a chef in his native India, he moved to New York City in 2000 and two years later had become e…

Tata

(Encyclopedia) Tata tä´tä [key], Parsi family of Indian industrialists, centered at Mumbai. The Tata enterprises, which encompass vast holdings in iron and steel, motor vehicles, power utilities, financia...