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Alex Michaelides: “Novels are about expansion”

The bestselling British-Cypriot author and screenwriter is best known for The Silent Patient, which sold a million copies worldwide. His new novel, The Fury, is set on a remote island in Greece much like the one where he grew up

Author Alex Michaelides (Wolf Marloh (USE))
Updated on Jun 15, 2024 09:02 AM IST

Appupen - “I’m scared of AI just like everybody else”

On his new graphic novel Dream Machine on Artificial Intelligence and on teaming up with Perumal Murugan to recreate CS Chellappa’s classic jallikattu novella, Vaadivaasal

Graphic novelist Appupen (Courtesy the subject)
Published on Jun 10, 2024 09:21 PM IST

Akshaya Bahibala, author, Bhang Journeys – “I believe in the power of stories”

Bookseller and co-founder of Bhubaneshwar’s The Walking BookFairs bookstore, Akshaya Bahibala’s debut book is a recounting of the years he spent intoxicated along with an assessment of the production and abuse of drugs in Orissa

Author and co-founder of The Walking BookFairs bookstore, Akshaya Bahibala (Courtesy the subject)
Published on Jun 03, 2024 08:36 PM IST

Simon Rowe - “I wanted to flip the stereotype of the hard-drinking male detective”

Originally from New Zealand, Rowe has been living in Japan and writing about the country and its culture for more than 25 years. His debut novel, Mami Suzuki, is about the escapades of a contemporary Japanese single mother who manages the front desk of a hotel by day and moonlights as a private investigator by night

Author Simon Rowe (Courtesy the publisher)
Updated on May 18, 2024 05:28 AM IST

Battue La Terre: Love lost on the tennis court

A unique theatrical production in New Delhi explores the end of a relationship through a game of tennis, blending emotions and sport in a thought-provoking way.

Battue La Terre (or Beaten Earth in English) is about two individuals meeting one last time on a tennis court to bid each other adieu. (Andreas Eggler)
Updated on May 14, 2024 09:09 PM IST

Report: Kerala Literature Festival 2024

The seventh edition of the Kerala Literature Festival, held in Kozhikode, was a literary spectacle with just the right dash of history, technology, politics, and celebrity appearances

Actor and politician Prakash Raj needed no introduction when he appeared before an enthusiastic audience to reaffirm his views on how star power can be a good thing for political and social activism. (Kerala Literature Festival 2024)
Published on Mar 15, 2024 07:55 PM IST

Karen Powell - “I feel drawn to Emily Bronte’s untamed spirit”

The author of Fifteen Wild Decembers on her evocative reimagination of Emily Brontë’s life narrated in the 19th century novelist’s own voice

Author Karen Powell (Courtesy the subject)
Updated on Mar 09, 2024 05:00 AM IST

Shenaz Treasury - “Marriage was invented when people lived till 35”

During a conversation at the Kerala Literature Festival, the actor and travel influencer spoke about her new book about learning from her breakups

Actor and author Shenaz Treasury (Courtesy the subject)
Published on Mar 07, 2024 09:16 PM IST

Review: The Seaweed Revolution by Vincent Doumeizel

A deep dive into the marine world, this extensively-researched book lays out the potential of seaweed to save the planet

Seaweed farms in Paje, Zanzibar (Shutterstock)
Updated on Feb 27, 2024 05:27 PM IST

David Yang - “It was like translating film subtitles or poetry”

The translator of Japanese artist duo Nishioka Kyodai’s ‘Kafka: A Manga Adaptation’ talks about hybrid translation and Kafka’s influence on Japanese literature

David Yang (Courtesy Pushkin Press)
Updated on Feb 24, 2024 05:30 AM IST

Sucheta Dasgupta - “Trailokyanath’s ghosts have interesting qualities”

On her translation into English of the work of Trailokyanath Mukhopadhyay, who invented the genre of speculative fiction in Bengali literature

“Trailokyanath’s ghosts are of two kinds: the metaphysical and the metaphorical. The metaphysical ghosts are the regular definition of bhoot, they are the souls of dead men, women and children. The metaphorical ghosts are subaltern characters living on the fringes of mainstream Bengali society, which is genteel and complicated.” (Shutterstock)
Published on Feb 21, 2024 04:35 PM IST

Interview: Kanan Gill – “I believe in the gods that I have written”

Set in a post nuclear world, Kanan Gill’s novel, Acts of God, a work of speculative fiction, combines his love for science with his passion for writing.

Kanan Gill
Published on Jan 22, 2024 11:41 PM IST

Harini Nagendra, Seema Mundoli - “Caste shapes access to water in so many ways”

The authors of Shades of Blue talk about climate change, its impact on the most disadvantaged sections of society, and the ongoing water crisis across Indian cities

Floods in and around Chennai in December 2023. (ANI/PIB)
Published on Jan 13, 2024 06:41 AM IST
ByArunima Mazumdar

HT reviewer Arunima Mazumdar picks her favourite read of 2023

A retired man reminisces about his school days and the repercussions of his conduct in this Booker Prize winning novel from over a decade ago

The Sense of an Endingwon the Booker Prize in 2011 and became a commercial and literary success, and rightly so, for it crushes you in a way that you like (Amazon)
Updated on Dec 22, 2023 03:12 PM IST
ByArunima Mazumdar

Yamini Narayanan - “We have no understanding of what cows endure as dairy animals ”

The author of Mother Cow Mother India talks about how cows are both commodified for dairy production and deified as a mother and goddess, and how dairy products are intensely connected with cow slaughter

Author Yamini Narayanan (Courtesy Navayana)
Updated on Nov 25, 2023 05:58 AM IST
ByArunima Mazumdar

Interview: Natasha Sharma - “Above all, my childhood memories are about food”

The award-winning author’s latest children’s book, Biji’s in the Kitchen is an unconventional story about a motorcycling Punjabi grandmother

Author Natasha Sharma (Courtesy the subject)
Updated on Nov 01, 2023 08:00 AM IST
ByArunima Mazumdar

Liz Nugent – “Dysfunctional characters in literature have always appealed to me”

The Irish novelist’s international best seller, Strange Sally Diamond, delves into the dark lives of siblings Sally and Peter, who grew in extreme confinement and abuse

Author Liz Nugent (Ruth Connolly)
Updated on Oct 28, 2023 07:52 AM IST
ByArunima Mazumdar

Interview: Victoria Lloyd-Barlow, author, All The Little Bird-Hearts

The first autistic writer to have been longlisted for the Booker Prize talks about her debut novel that looks at how society treats the neurodivergent

Victoria Lloyd-Barlow (Courtesy
Published on Sep 29, 2023 09:53 PM IST
ByArunima Mazumdar

Flowers, guns, and stereotypes

French photojournalist Oriane Zerah’s pictures draw attention to the beauty that exists alongside tragedy in Afghanistan

“Since my project was essentially in public spaces, the men on the streets excitedly agreed to pose” - Oriane Zerah (Courtesy Alliance Française de Delhi)
Published on Sep 26, 2023 05:50 PM IST
ByArunima Mazumdar

Interview: Durreen Shahnaz – ‘Doing good through finance is not easy’

The first Bangladeshi woman to work on Wall Street, the author of The Defiant Optimist talks about the role of finance in development and women’s empowerment

Author Durreen Shahnaz (Courtesy the subject)
Published on Sep 20, 2023 04:57 PM IST
ByArunima Mazumdar

Cheryl Strayed – “Art in all its forms reminds us that we are not alone”

On seeing her writing being adapted for the screen, and on drawing from her experiences to give advice to readers on love, family, and career

Author Cheryl Strayed (Holly Andres)
Updated on Aug 18, 2023 08:22 PM IST
ByArunima Mazumdar

Review: Wasteland by Oliver Franklin-Wallis

A deep study of planet Earth’s waste crisis, Wasteland looks at the enduring impact of the things we throw away

The Ghazipur landfill site in New Delhi. (Virendra Singh Gosain/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Aug 12, 2023 10:16 AM IST
ByArunima Mazumdar

Bonnie Garmus - “As humans, we all want to live a life that matters”

On her debut novel about a female scientist in 1960s USA that’s set to become a web series starring Academy Award winner Brie Larson

Bonnie Garmus, author, Lessons in Chemistry (Courtesy the publisher)
Updated on Jun 30, 2023 07:48 PM IST
ByArunima Mazumdar

Review: Manjhi’s Mayhem byTanuj Solanki

Goons fly out of glass windows, paunchy bankers are slapped around and mafiosi crumble to the floor in Tanuj Solanki’s fast-paced new novel

The city skyline viewed from Bandra Reclamation in Mumbai. (Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 09, 2023 07:04 PM IST
ByArunima Mazumdar

“The number of women in decision making roles needs a boost” - KK Shailaja

Kerala’s former health minister, KK Shailaja, talks about her communist upbringing in post-independence India, her days as a school teacher, her work during two deadly virus outbreaks, and how science shapes her thinking

KK Shailaja, popularly known as Shailaja Teacher (Wikimedia Commons)
Updated on May 05, 2023 04:07 PM IST
ByArunima Mazumdar

Interview: Juan Gomez-Jurado, author, Red Queen

On his detective thriller that has sold over 2 million copies in his native Spain and is now being adapted into a web series

Author Juan Gomez-Jurado (Alta Resolucion)
Updated on Apr 21, 2023 05:40 PM IST
ByArunima Mazumdar

Zeina Abirached, graphic novelist - “Humour saved us during terrible times”

The French-Lebanese artist, who is the author of Le Piano Oriental, attempts to tell stories about war-torn Beirut’s fading history

Graphic novelist Zeina Abirached (Courtesy the author)
Updated on Apr 14, 2023 09:47 PM IST
ByArunima Mazumdar

Kavita Gupta Sabharwal: ‘Children need to see affirming images of themselves’

The co-founder of the Neev Literature Festival talks about instituting a fellowship for creators of children’s books

Kavita Gupta Sabharwal, co-founder NLF (Courtesy Neev Literature Festival)
Updated on Apr 10, 2023 02:32 PM IST
ByArunima Mazumdar

Kiran Manral, Author: ‘I have become increasingly self-critical over the years’

The best selling author and columnist, whose latest book is All Those Who Wander, talks about writing in multiple genres

Author Kiran Manral (Courtesy the subject)
Updated on Apr 03, 2023 07:09 PM IST
ByArunima Mazumdar

Review: The Blue Women by Anukrti Upadhyay

Short stories about real women and their complicated relationships with the world and with themselves

Of real women and their complicated relationships with the world and themselves. At a step well in Rajasthan. (Shutterstock)
Published on Mar 24, 2023 04:02 PM IST
ByArunima Mazumdar
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