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Mani Rao, translator, Saundarya Lahari: I translate when a text takes hold of me

At the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2023, Rao spoke about ‘Wave of Beauty’, the English translation of the Sanskrit text attributed to Adi Shankaracharya.

Mani Rao, translator, Saundarya Lahari (Courtesy the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2023)
Updated on Mar 09, 2023 08:02 AM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Report: Kolkata Literary Meet 2023

Refreshing conversations and weighty discussions transpired alongside each other at the 11th edition of the event

The Queersapien panel: (Left to Right) Sandip Roy, Sharif Rangnekar, Saurabh Kirpal, Sumita Beethi and Andrew Sean Greer (Courtesy Kolkata Literary Meet 2023)
Updated on Mar 03, 2023 03:17 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Andrew Sean Greer: “I am not very good at being angry”

The author of Less and Less is Lost talks about people being nice to him on Instagram, the fictional representations of older gay men, and about winning the Pulitzer Prize

Andrew Sean Greer (Civitella Ranieri)
Published on Feb 24, 2023 08:08 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Review: I Know the Psychology of Rats by Saeed Mirza

Director Saeed Mirza’s emotional tribute to his lifelong friend and sometime collaborator Kundan Shah, director of the classic Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, is funny and nostalgic

Friends and collaborators Saeed Mirza and Kundan Shah (Courtesy Tulika Books)
Published on Feb 17, 2023 03:51 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Ahlawat Gunjan: ‘The pandemic offered me the gift of time’

The author of Slow is Beautiful, who heads the Design function at Penguin Random House India, talks about his book which attempts to provide an antidote to fast living, technology and visual fatigue

Ahlawat Gunjan (Photo Courtesy: Gaurav Gupta @idontsaycheese)
Updated on Feb 16, 2023 01:50 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Review: Sing, Dance and Pray by Hindol Sengupta

This biography of Srila Prabhupada, founder of ISKCON, provides an insight into the history of the Hare Krishna movement, which grew out of the interface between Gaudiya Vaishnavism and American counterculture

An ISKCON ratha yatra procession in Kolkata in a picture dated June 21, 2012. (Ramkrishna Samanta/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Feb 10, 2023 04:10 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Shehan Karunatilaka – “Writing a queer novel was never my intention”

On his native Sri Lanka, queer rights, civil war, the hungry ghosts of Buddhist literature, and the inspiration behind the central character in his Booker Prize winning novel The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida

Shehan Karunatilaka (Hachette India)
Published on Feb 03, 2023 09:17 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Report: Jaipur Literature Festival 2023

The 16th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival saw everyone from the Nobel laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah and Booker prize winners in attendance and featured interesting sessions that included marginalized voices

Nobel laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah at JLF 2023 (Jaipur Literature Festival)
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 10:40 AM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Salil Tripathi - “These writers exemplify courage in its rawest form”

On the anthology ‘For, In Your Tongue, I Cannot Fit’ about courage and resistance that he co-authored with artist Shilpa Gupta

Author Salil Tripathi (Tim Sassoon)
Published on Jan 27, 2023 11:44 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Report: Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2023

The 14th edition of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival was packed with sessions on mental health, Partition narratives, queer literature, murder mysteries, translation, graphic novels, food, dance, bookselling, Dalit writing, poetry and historical fiction

Transgender activist Anindya Hajra in conversation with transgender activist and author Akkai Padmashali about their memoir A Small Step in a Long Journey. (Courtesy AKLF)
Updated on Jan 30, 2023 08:24 AM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Interview: Swethaa S Ballakrishnen, author, Accidental Feminism

The professor of law at the University of California-Irvine on their book which looks at how elite law firms offer an oasis for women within a hostile, predominantly male industry

Author Swethaa Ballakrishnen (Courtesy the subject)
Updated on Jan 24, 2023 06:29 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Interview: Ilse Köhler-Rollefson, author, Hoofprints on the Land - “We are part of nature”

On human-animal relationships, advocating for the rights of pastoralists, and working with the Raikas in Rajasthan for over three decades

Author Ilse Kohler-Rollefson (Jaipur Literature Festival)
Updated on Jan 20, 2023 05:07 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Alexandra Pringle: ‘I don’t like writing that is showing off’

Bloomsbury’s Editor-in-Chief’s authors include Abdulrazak Gurnah, Jhumpa Lahiri, Ann Patchett and George Saunders, among many others

Alexandra Pringle (Jaipur LIterature Festival)
Updated on Jan 19, 2023 07:50 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Review: Sultan: A Memoir by Wasim Akram

The cricketer’s surprisingly honest memoir touches on everything including allegations of match-fixing, his struggle to handle fame, his addiction to cocaine, and the absence of a work-life balance that threatened his marriage

Bowling for Pakistan, Wasim Akram, catches out Australian Batsman, Ricky Ponting, in a one-day match at Colonial Stadium, Melbourne, 2002. (The Age Picture by Ray Kennedy via HarperCollins)
Updated on Jan 12, 2023 08:13 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Namita Gokhale: The lure of the Himalaya is like a call to the restless soul

On putting together an anthology of essays — Mystics and Sceptics — that showcases the diverse spiritual traditions of the Himalayan region

Namita Gokhale (Courtesy Harper Collins)
Updated on Jan 09, 2023 08:41 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Interview: Chigozie Obioma, author, An Orchestra of Minorities – “Writing is a big gamble”

You will be in India soon to speak at the Jaipur Literature Festival

Author Chigozie Obioma (Jaipure Literature Festival)
Updated on Jan 06, 2023 10:05 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Ruth Ozeki - “Artists and writers hear voices and see visions”

The film maker and author whose novel, The Book of Form and Emptiness, won the 2022 Women’s Prize for Fiction talks about being an academic and a Zen Buddhist priest and how it all informs her writing

Author Ruth Ozeki (Courtesy Jaipur Literature Festival)
Updated on Jan 02, 2023 07:12 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Interview: Maaz Bin Bilal, author, Temple Lamp: Verses on Banaras

On his latest work, a translation from the original Persian of Mirza Ghalib’s masnavi Chiragh-e-Dair

Poet and translator Maaz Bin Bilal (Sarang)
Updated on Dec 29, 2022 02:29 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Report: Thespo Theatre Festival 2022

The annual event that presents the work of theatrewallahs under 25 from across the country was packed with full length plays, shorter pieces, readings and workshops

A scene from Koyla (Courtesy Thespo)
Updated on Dec 26, 2022 07:43 AM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

HT reviewer Chintan Girish Modi picks his favourite read of 2022

My interest in restorative justice, prison reform, and compassionate policy initiatives led me to Arefa Tehsin’s book Gupshup Goes to Prison

A cat, Che and Guevara: Filled with humour and suspense, this book educates without being preachy. (HT Team)
Updated on Dec 23, 2022 05:00 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Interview: Rafiul Alom Rahman, Founder & Director, The Queer Muslim Project

On focussing on culture change, and about the anthology Language is A Queer Thing which brings forth the richness and diversity of queer

Rafiul Alom Rahman at Tata Lit Live! 2022 in Mumbai. (Courtesy Tata Lit Live!)
Updated on Dec 22, 2022 09:19 AM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

A theatre festival for a cause in memory of Shiv Subrahmanyam

Money collected from ticket sales will be donated for research into ependymoma brain tumours in children

A theatre festival for a cause in memory of Shiv Subrahmanyam
Published on Dec 21, 2022 12:03 AM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Report: The Mahindra Kabira Festival 2022

The sixth edition of the festival celebrated the 15th-century weaver-poet Kabir’s words and wisdom through music, puppetry, storytelling, and scholarly talks

Rama Sundar Raghunathan performing The Colour of Bhakti (Mahindra Kabira Festival)
Updated on Dec 13, 2022 12:35 AM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

A Kanisetti, Lords of the Deccan author: I feel gleeful when I demolish binaries

On winning the Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year Award for Non-Fiction this year

Author Anirudh Kanisetti (Courtesy the subject)
Updated on Dec 05, 2022 08:01 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Paresh Maity retrospective: Exhibition showcases artwork from 1990 till now

The show will remain open for viewing until January 10. It is part of a retrospective titled “Infinite Light” across four Indian cities over five months. It is a collaboration between Art Alive Gallery in Delhi, Art Musings in Mumbai, Gallery Sumukha in Bengaluru, and the Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA) in Kolkata.

Audiences stood transfixed by the visual spectacle created in the film studio, juxtaposing the sculpture of a charging bull made of metal bells with the painting of earthen lamps evoking peace and serenity on the ghats along a river. (Art Musings)
Updated on Dec 05, 2022 12:42 AM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Shekhar Pathak, author, The Chipko Movement: ‘Ecology and economy are connected’

The winner of the Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Book Prize 2022 and founder of the People’s Association for Himalaya Area Research (PAHAR) talks about writing a people’s history of the movement

Author and historian Shekhar Pathak, author, The Chipko Movement; A People’s History (Courtesy)
Updated on Dec 05, 2022 09:07 AM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Report: The Prithvi Theatre Festival 2022

The plays, poetry readings, talks, dance performances, and music concerts presented at the festival gave audiences a taste of the magic of live performances

A scene from the Tibetan play Pah-Lak. (Courtesy Prithvi Festival)
Updated on Nov 30, 2022 09:33 AM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Interview: Ashok Maheshwari, MD, Rajkamal Prakashan – “The prize changed things overnight”

On how things have changed for the 75-year-old publishing house since Geetanjali Shree won the International Booker Prize

Ashok Maheshwari (Rajkamal Prakashan)
Published on Nov 26, 2022 01:03 AM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Amit Majmudar, author, The Map and the Scissors: ‘I Am All Over the Past’

On making MK Gandhi and MA Jinnah the central characters in his novel that won this year’s Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year Award for fiction

Author Amit Majmudar (Courtesy HarperCollins India)
Updated on Nov 22, 2022 07:59 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Review: Cubbon Park; The Green Heart of Bengaluru by Roopa Pai

Bursting with love for Cubbon Park, Roopa Pai brings together the voices of a range of citizens who fought to protect Bengaluru’s green cathedral

A gulmohar tree (Delonix regia) in Cubbon Park, Bengaluru. (Sampath Kumar GP / Hindustan Times)
Published on Nov 18, 2022 09:41 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi
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