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Meet V.V (Sugi) Ganeshananthan, this year's Women's Prize for Fiction winner

Ganeshananthan, the writer of a novel set during the Sri Lankan civil war, talks about the term ‘terrorist’, feminist reading groups and the craft of writing

V.V (Sugi) Ganeshananthan and Brotherless Night(Women’s Prize)
Published on Jun 17, 2024 06:31 PM IST

Book Box | The difficulty of raising children in virtual and real worlds

The Anxious Generation by Jonathon Haidt raises questions about the best ways to raise healthy and happy children in both the virtual and the real worlds.

The Anxious Generation(Sonya Dutta Choudhury)
Published on Jun 09, 2024 01:23 AM IST

Book Box | Meet the history buff turned spy writer Ben Macintyre

Ben Macintyre on the psychology of spies and how to turn historical facts into riveting spy novels

Ben Macintyre (Sonya Dutta Choudhury)
Published on Jun 02, 2024 01:39 AM IST

Book Box | Why we need spy stories

From spotting the liar, to sharpening our intuition, reading spy stories is a fun way to pick up smart skills

Agent Sonya by Ben Macintyre(Sonya Dutta Choudhury )
Published on May 25, 2024 06:42 PM IST

Book Box | My emotional reading journey through the Women's Prize shortlist

Six shortlisted titles set in Sri Lanka, Palestine, China, and the Aussie outback take me on an emotional journey to find the perfect Women's Prize for Fiction

The Women's Prize for Fiction shortlist is enticing
Published on May 19, 2024 12:02 AM IST

Sara Rai's Raw Umber makes you crave the forgotten languages of your life

Read Raw Umber to hear Munshi Premchand’s granddaughter talk about her literary heritage and how she found her voice

Sara Rai(Courtesy: Sara Rai)
Published on May 12, 2024 12:52 AM IST

Book Box | Goodbye Paul Auster and CJ Sansom, masters of mystery and intrigue

A tribute to mystery writers Paul Auster and C J Sansom, both of whom passed away in April, leaving behind their worlds of New York noir and Tudor England

The books of Paul Auster and C J Sansom
Published on May 05, 2024 12:26 AM IST

Book Box | Why we must read Knife by Salman Rushdie

A different Rushdie, raw and vulnerable in his new memoir

Knife by Salman Rushdie(Author)
Published on Apr 28, 2024 12:09 AM IST

Bakeries, bookstores, and beat poetry: A literary odyssey through San Francisco

A city transforms, a bookstore vanishes, but hope flourishes in hidden gems and rebellious verses.

City Lights Books, San Francisco(Author)
Published on Apr 21, 2024 12:23 AM IST

Book Box | Unravelling the art of translation at London’s oldest bookstore

Two hot new reads are Charles Spencer’s boarding school memoir and the confessions of a Citibank trader. Plus, translations talk at London’s oldest bookstore.

Translators Donald Rayfield, Georgia de Chamberet & Dennis Duncan ( L to R) at Hatchards Piccadilly, London(Author)
Published on Apr 13, 2024 08:03 PM IST

Book Box | Meet Priya Narendra: The writer who loves badly behaved women

From reading stories of Noor Jehan and Elizabeth I to writing a rom com, this writer talks about her latest book on Indian women bosses

Priya Narendra(picture courtesy Priya Narendra)
Updated on Apr 06, 2024 07:58 PM IST

Book Box | Goodbye Daniel Kahneman, whose life reads like a thriller

If you’d like to read about a brilliant economist who passed away recently and if you want to influence people, read these two books.

The Undoing Project
Published on Mar 31, 2024 11:33 PM IST

Book Box | A Chicago Bookstore Crawl

From a river dyed green to the Obamas' romantic haunt, a walk through Chicago's literary life.

Exile in Bookville, Chicago(Author)
Published on Mar 23, 2024 11:40 PM IST

Book Box | Mary Beard spills the tea (and rose petals) on Roman emperors

From power plays to poolside passion, this classics don reveals what we can learn from Roman history

Mary Beard (Author)
Updated on Mar 16, 2024 08:40 PM IST

A book by a political scientist on chaos, black swans and the butterfly theory

In Fluke, author Brian Klaas brings up a question: If life is indeed all chaos and chance, how do we believe that everything we do matters?

Brian Klaas(Courtesy: HachetteIndia)
Published on Mar 13, 2024 06:10 PM IST

Book Box | When I see a woman read

From stolen moments to public shields, the many meanings of a woman with a book

A woman reads a book(Author)
Published on Mar 09, 2024 09:00 PM IST

Book Box | Letter from Banaras

This bookish journey in Banaras includes tea with friends, tales of the Doms, and Mirza Ghalib's poetic tribute

Harmony BookStore, Banaras(Author)
Published on Mar 02, 2024 10:47 PM IST

Book Box | Who exposed big pharma and what do need to know about him?

The award-winning author of ‘Empire of Pain’ on what drives him to investigate and enjoy playing the skunk in the garden party

 Patrick Radden Keefe (Sonya Dutta Choudhury)
Published on Feb 23, 2024 07:26 PM IST

Book Box | From Gone Girl to gritty romance, my journey into modern love

Unpacking love today one finds romance is a myth constructed by another era. Modern stories are less seductive, but revel in what happens in the "ever after"

Relationships by Alain de Botton(Author)
Published on Feb 17, 2024 11:01 PM IST

Book Box | FOMO and feasting at the Jaipur Lit Fest

Choices, conversations and chai in the cultural immersion of the Jaipur Lit Fest. Plus a list of festival-inspired 10 must-reads.

Jaipur: Visitors at the Jaipur Literature Festival, in Jaipur, Monday, Feb. 5, 2024. (PTI Photo) (PTI02_05_2024_000381B)(PTI)
Updated on Feb 10, 2024 09:57 PM IST

Book Box | The little library garden at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival

Books and films like Annapoorani and Animal, and even Marathi mutton and bhakri pop up in the library garden at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival in Mumbai.

Shantanu Ray Chaudhri, Michaela Talwar and Aditi Mediratta ( seated l to r) at the David Sassoon Library Garden(. Photo courtesy author)
Published on Feb 03, 2024 08:43 PM IST

Book Box: The destroyed fort that lives on

Conservation architect Anisha Shekhar Mukherji pieces together the stories of the Red Fort in a beautiful new edition of her book, The Red Fort of Shajahanbad.

Anisha Shekhar Mukherji ( photo by author)
Updated on Jan 27, 2024 09:16 PM IST

Book Box | A moving memoir offers six strategies to become a master persuader

At business school, where young professionals learn persuasion, what better teacher than the real-life campaigner for a woman’s right to drive in Saudi Arabia?

Daring to Drive(Author)
Published on Jan 20, 2024 08:43 PM IST

Book Box: William Dalrymple: The man with a foot in both camps

The founder of the Jaipur Literature Festival on growing up in Scotland and why you should go to the JLF

William Dalrymple( ( pic courtesy William Dalrymple)
Published on Jan 13, 2024 11:13 PM IST

Book Box | Writers, it’s okay to be jealous

Seven books that show you the dark side of being a writer, plus antidotes to writerly jealousy

The Artist's Way
Published on Jan 07, 2024 08:30 AM IST

Book Box | Meet Mita Kapur, literary agent, food writer

The founder and CEO of Siyahi Literary Agency speaks about literary festivals, advice for writers and on cooking jungle maas

Mita Kapur, literary agent and food writer
Published on Jan 01, 2024 11:59 AM IST

Book Box | Food books for a festive Christmas and holiday season

Six food books to gift the food lovers in your life at Christmas and New Year

Indian Christmas(Author)
Published on Dec 24, 2023 08:00 AM IST

Book Box | Reimagining Raghuram Rajan

A book of prescriptions on India's economic policies by a former RBI Governor and a book on capitalism by a former finance minister.

Raghuram Rajan (centre) with co-author Rohit Lamba (right) and Faye D’souza (left)
Published on Dec 17, 2023 09:00 AM IST

Book Box | Why these books became my 2023 favourites

A love-hate relationship with end-of-year book lists prompts me to dig deeper into why I read

Favourites this year
Published on Dec 11, 2023 11:01 AM IST

Book Box | Why I changed my mind about reading climate change books

A picture book, a thriller, environmental reporting and YA novels help me change my mind about reading on climate change

Reading about climate change gives you a sense of the scale of the problem. (HT Archive)
Published on Dec 03, 2023 08:30 AM IST
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