Chintan Girish Modi
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BN Goswamy: Elevating the artist over the patron

A tribute to a beloved teacher, curator, and scholar who produced rigorous but accessible work on Pahari and Indian miniature painting

BN Goswamy (1933-2023) (Courtesy Aleph Book Company)
Published on Nov 29, 2023 03:48 PM IST

‘India loses more than 1% GDP through the exclusion of LGBT persons’

Economist MV Lee Badgett has studied the economic impact of not extending the social institution of marriage to same-sex couples. An interview

Lee Badgett spoke at an event organised at the Godrej DEI Lab in Mumbai (Photo credit: Harinath Govindan)
Published on Nov 27, 2023 08:49 PM IST

Report: Prithvi Festival 2023

Love poetry and plays that examined nostalgia and the workings of patriarchy featured at this year’s theatre fest

Ratna Pathak Shah and Naseeruddin Shah in Old World (Courtesy Prithvi Festival)
Updated on Nov 21, 2023 08:00 AM IST

Review: Bahubali; 63 Insights into Jainism by Devdutt Pattanaik

A new book offers a good entry point into the religion for those who are curious about Jain cosmology, customs, and philosophy

Pilgrims at the Ranakpur Jain temple (Wikimedia Commons)
Updated on Nov 18, 2023 05:04 AM IST

Ranjit Hoskote - “I grieve for the direction in which Germany is going”

The poet, art curator and cultural critic on the circumstances that led to his resignation from the Finding Committee for the 16th edition of Documenta

Ranjit Hoskote (Priyesha Nair)
Published on Nov 16, 2023 08:51 PM IST

Review: The Great Indian Cricket Circus

Not simply a compendium of information, this is a chronicle of memories around the game that evokes joy, sadness, longing, anger, despair, and hope

Virat Kohli and Mohammed Shami celebrate the wicket of New Zealand's Mitchell Santner during the ICC Men's World Cup ODI cricket match between India and New Zealand at the HPCA Stadium, Dharamshala on October 22, 2023. (Manvender Vashist Lav/PTI)
Updated on Nov 11, 2023 06:42 AM IST

Aravind Jayan - “The anxiety of being watched has increased”

The author of Teen Couple Have Fun Outdoors on his debut novel that has been shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction

Author Aravind Jayan (Courtesy the publisher)
Updated on Nov 04, 2023 07:43 AM IST

Report: Stumbling upon gems at MAMI 2023

Even those who attend the film festival alone can enjoy the buzz of being part of a temporary collective of people hungry for stories and emotions

“Rahat Mahajan’s The Cloud Messenger is a dreamy philosophical tale of lovers connected across lifetimes infused with Kutiyattam, Theyyam and Kathakali. Apart from classical art forms, it draws on mythology, literature and philosophy to spin a lyrical narrative about human longing and desire, the fear of death, and the quest for transcendence.”
Published on Nov 01, 2023 04:10 PM IST

Interview: Bikram Sharma - “For me, writing is very much all about rewriting”

Bikram Sharma, the author of The Colony of Shadows discusses his research process and the importance of representing disability sensitively.

Author Bikram Sharma (Courtesy the subject)
Updated on Oct 24, 2023 05:32 PM IST

Review: The Peacemakers by Ghazala Wahab

A collection of 12 essays by a diverse group of writers focuses on people who have risked their lives to bring about peace in the midst of violence

In The Anti-Sikh Pogrom of 1984: Three Days of Horror, journalist Rahul Bedi writes about additional deputy commissioner of police Maxwell Pereira who, along with a group of over 20 police officers, prevented a mob from entering the Sis Ganj Sahib gurudwara in Delhi. The Peacemakers focuses on individuals like Pereira who worked to bring about peace in the midst of violence. (HT Photo)
Published on Oct 11, 2023 08:29 PM IST

Interview: Vikramajit Ram, author, Mansur - “It all comes to edit, edit, edit”

On the historical novel set in the Mughal era that’s on the longlist for the JCB Prize for Literature this year

Author Vikramjit Ram (Courtesy Pan Macmillan)
Published on Oct 09, 2023 08:41 PM IST

Interview: David Hardiman, author, Noncooperation in India

On Gandhi Jayanti, one of the founding members of the Subaltern Studies Group talks about writing a history of the Noncooperation Movement

MK Gandhi during the Dandi March in 1930. (HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 02, 2023 04:50 PM IST

Review: Cockatoo by Yashraj Goswami

A collection of interconnected short stories about desire, deception and disaster set in different parts of India

A life in the shadows. (Sanchit Khanna/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Sep 22, 2023 06:02 PM IST

Review: Siddhartha; The Boy Who Became the Buddha by Advait Kottary

The author builds on his experience with the performing arts to create drama, anticipation, and intensity in his retelling of the life of the Buddha

The statue of the Buddha at the Mahabodhi Temple Complex in Bodh Gaya, Bihar. (
Updated on Sep 21, 2023 12:07 AM IST

Daisy Rockwell - “Publishing is obsessed with the cult of the new”

The Booker Prize winner on translating Rukogi Nahin, Radhika?, Hindi author Usha Priyamvada’s novel, which was first published in 1967

Translator Daisy Rockwell (Courtesy the subject)
Published on Sep 15, 2023 11:05 PM IST

Interview: Daisy Rockwell: “Translators can be seen as curators”

International Booker Prize winner Daisy Rockwell on the significance of Edith Grossman, who fought for the right of a translator to be recognised for her work

Translator Daisy Rockwell
Published on Sep 09, 2023 10:26 AM IST

Interview: Manish Gaekwad, author, The Last Courtesan – “My mother and I were accomplices in this”

The genre of memoir was the best way to tell Rekhabai's story because she wanted to share her life in her own voice and not through another narrator. She wanted to be honest and truthful, and the memoir allowed her to do that. The process of writing the memoir was enjoyable and brought the author and Rekhabai closer together. Rekhabai would have been thrilled about the book's reception and the attention it is getting. The cover of the book features a picture of Rekhabai performing her routine as a dancer. The process of listening to Rekhabai's life story did not alter the author's relationship with the various places in India that the story unfolds in. The author's experience as a screenwriter influenced the narrative choices made in the book, but the prospect of selling movie rights did not influence how it was written. While working on the book, the author read various books including The Book of Disquiet and Fictions. If the book were to be made into a movie, the author would choose Tripti Dimri to play Rekhabai. Some depictions of courtesans in Indian cinema and literature that stood out for the author include Sardari Begum and Umrao Jaan Ada. The author believes that the stereotype of the tawaif as a sex-worker needs to be more informed. The author responds to gay men who romanticize the lives of courtesans by saying that if they find comfort and expression in courtesan-ship, why not? The author is currently working on a book about their own growing up years in the kotha and a rom-com film script.

Author Manish Gaekwad (Courtesy HarperCollins)
Updated on Sep 01, 2023 08:13 PM IST

Interview: TM Krishna - “Guilt is a form of escapism. It is an excuse”

The activist, writer and Carnatic vocalist talks about finding a new audience, understanding Ambedkar and Narayana Guru, and his work on a exploratory new book

Carnatic vocalist, author and activist TM Krishna (Ram Keshav)
Updated on Aug 01, 2023 08:28 PM IST

Review: Queers in QuarantineEdited by Koyote Millar and Rahul Sen

A collection of poems, stories, journal entries and photo essays on how queer people across the world experienced the pandemic

Angel Mendoza (C) and Martin Juco (2nd R), who are transgender and non-binary, stand in line outside a bank during gender-based quarantine restrictions, amidst the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Bogota, Colombia May 5, 2020. (Luisa Gonzalez/REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 28, 2023 06:02 PM IST

Thomas Abraham, MD, Hachette India - “India prefers classic crime titles”

Hachette is publishing a range of classic crime fiction and adventure novels called The Great Yellowbacks. Here, Thomas Abraham, who has curated the series, talks about his passion for these titles

Thomas Abraham (Courtesy Hachette)
Updated on Jul 19, 2023 11:49 PM IST

International convention of temples planned in Varanasi

The event will be inaugurated by Mohan Bhagwat, Sarsanghchalak of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Singh (RSS)

(L-R) Prasad Lad, chairman, International Temples Convention & Expo 2023 and Giresh Kulkarni, founder of Temple Connect and International Temples Convention and Expo 2023. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 15, 2023 05:15 PM IST

Over the rainbow: A Wknd interview with author and poet Ruth Vanita

A new book encapsulates poetry themed on identity, loss, same-sex love; another traces battles for marriage equality in rural India. Much has changed, she says.

 (Raj K Raj / HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 24, 2023 06:13 PM IST

Report: Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival

The fourteenth edition of the festival was a remarkable celebration of queer joy that also provided a great opportunity to socialise

Director Onir and actor Raveena Tandon at the festival. (Courtesy the Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival)
Updated on Jul 05, 2023 10:21 PM IST

Review: Who Clicked That Pic? by Nandita da Cunha and Priya Kuriyan

An inspiring picture book for children pays homage to Homai Vyarawalla, India’s first woman photojournalist

Homai Vyarawalla at an exhibition of her iconic photographs on 18 August 1998. (Girish Srivastava/HT Archive)
Updated on Jun 30, 2023 07:47 PM IST

Srinath Perur – “Language carries associations of both pride and vulnerability”

The translator and chair of the jury of the JCB Prize for Literature, 2023, on translating Girish Karnad’s memoirs

Srinath Perur (Apeejay Kolkata Literature Festival)
Updated on Jun 26, 2023 06:09 PM IST

Interview: Paramita Brahmachari – “My covers are in a hand-drawn style”

The winner of the Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize 2023 on her process of interpreting books to make striking jackets and illustrations

Paramita Brahmachari (Courtesy the subject)
Updated on Jun 23, 2023 05:05 PM IST

Queering the screen: Film fest to honour the need of safe space for LGBTQIA+ people

The series aligns itself with the global mandate to give the month of June a special place in the annual calendar in solidarity with LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and other marginalized) people who face human rights violations all over the world

Queering the screen: Film fest to honour the need of safe space for LGBTQIA+ people
Updated on Jun 17, 2023 12:53 AM IST

Get to know...Vidur Sethi

Actor, writer and curator Vidur Sethi is nervous and excited about his debut film, Pine Cone. He shares his playlist, and the queer artists to watch out for

Vidur Sethi’s favourite Sunday memory while growing up was watching Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and Tarzan. (Dron Chandwani)
Updated on Jul 20, 2023 02:43 PM IST

Review: Hoofprints on the Land by Ilse Kohler-Rollefson

Ilse Kohler-Rollefson writes about the need to promote traditional forms of animal herding over industrial livestock farms and the benefits that will result for animals, humans and the planet

A Raika man with his camels in Sadri, Rajasthan. (Saumya Khandelwal/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 09, 2023 07:02 PM IST

Interview : Deepti Naval - “I always knew I wanted to write about my childhood”

The actor talks about visiting her home town, Amritsar, meeting long lost relatives and about her memoir A Country Called Childhood

Actor and author Deepti Naval (Courtesy Aleph)
Updated on Jun 01, 2023 08:38 PM IST
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