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May 14, 2001 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rasipuram Krishnaswami Narayan, India's much-loved storyteller whose spare, wry English-language novels and short stories gave the world insight into the richness and depth of life and literature in India, died Sunday in his native Madras. He was 94. Narayan, whose 34 books of elegantly subtle, simple and universal fiction made him India's most notable writer in English, died in his sleep of heart failure. He had been hospitalized last month with internal bleeding prompted by a duodenal ulcer.
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August 23, 2010 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
Shortly before his 2004 suicide, the wry American monologist Spalding Gray was asked after a New York show how his humor was received overseas. He recalled a presentation he'd recently given in Europe that hadn't received a single chuckle over a two-hour period — ouch! — after which he'd overheard two audience members remark, "My, those Americans sure like talking about themselves. " Humor may be easily lost in translation, but sociologists, artists and political pundits say it also offers insight into how an individual or society sees itself.
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August 27, 1986 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
Every day for the last several years, cartoonist Enver Ahmed has received at least 20 telephone calls intended for the Punjab National Bank, which has a number that is not even remotely similar to his. People in New Delhi are accustomed to this sort of thing, but the experience has made Ahmed one of the Indian telephone system's bitterest critics.
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August 17, 2008 | Henry Chu, Times Staff Writer
His career has outlasted more than a dozen governments. The Mr. Magoo-like face of his most beloved character has been immortalized on a postage stamp and adopted as the official symbol of one of India's low-cost airlines. Many of his fans have started their day with him for longer than they have with their husbands or wives. R.K. Laxman is India's premier newspaper cartoonist, a celebrated satirist and keen political and social observer who has been drawing his trademark panels for the Times of India for 60 years, many of them featuring the permanently bemused Common Man, his most famous creation and a national icon.
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