Pankaj Mishra is the author of The Romantics, winner of the Los Angeles Times's Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. Mishra writes political and literary essays for theNew York Times, the New York Review of Books, The Guardian and the New Statesmanamong other British, American and Indian publications. His book, An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World was published in 2004. Temptations of the West: How to be Modern in India, Pakistan and Beyond will be published in spring 2006. He divides his time between his native India and London.