Jhumpa Lahiri is a contemporary Indian-American (Bengali) author based in New York City. Her debut, Interpreter of Maladies, addresses sensitive dilemmas in the lives of Indian immigrants, exploring themes involving marital difficulties, miscarriages, and the disconnection between first and second generation immigrants in the US. A film adaptation of her novel, The Namesake, will be released in November 2007. She is a vice president of what important organization?
Back in the day
After returning from exile at Elba, Napoleon reinstalled himself on the throne of France for 100 days. During this time, the forces of the rest of Europe converged on him. On June 18, Napoleon began a massed attack against the British center, but the British stemmed the tide until the arrival of Prussian forces. This event proved the turning point of the battle. Routed, the French retreated, and Napoleon left the field and signed his second abdication. The battle resulted in how many casualties?
Born on a day like today
McCartney is a singer and songwriter who, together with John Lennon, founded the Beatles. The group defined a musical genre and helped jump-start a cultural revolution among young people in the 1960s. McCartney is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most successful composer in popular music history. He is credited with a record twenty-nine US number one singles. How many of these were with the Beatles?