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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

Book Box | Write, pitch, face rejection, learn

As National Novel Writing Month ends, novelist Siddhartha Deb and literary agent Kanishka Gupta offer insights on what it takes to become an author

Letters to a Young Writer
Published on Nov 26, 2023 08:30 AM IST

Book Box | A bookstore in New York draws attention to literary gems

The literary inspirations of authors help readers unlock a great mystery. For those participating in NaNoWriMo, there are some good lessons to learn from this

The Albertine Bookstore, Central Park, New York(Courtesy: The author)
Published on Nov 19, 2023 12:27 PM IST

Book Box | Reflections on Diwali from across continents

From the bustling streets of New York to the warmth of Diwali in Mumbai, reflections on finding solace in shared moments and the embrace of familiar traditions

Crime writer David Swinson (right) speaking to Charles Salzberg (left) at The Mysterious Bookshop, New York(Courtesy: The Author)
Published on Nov 12, 2023 09:22 AM IST

Book box | Welcome back, Bill. We've missed you.

The creator of Calvin and Hobbes, Bill Watterson is back, this time with a darkly enigmatic new picture book (for adults)

The Mysteries, a fable for grown-ups by cartoonist Bill Watterson and caricaturist John Kascht (Andrews McMeel Publishing)
Published on Nov 05, 2023 04:45 PM IST

Book Box | Manohar Malgonkar's literary journey into princely India

In a literary exploration of the legendary Manohar Malgonkar's works, we are transported to the heart of princely India through his novel The Princes.

The Princes
Published on Oct 29, 2023 09:00 AM IST

Book Box | Wandering in the wild pages: A literary exploration of wildlife

Take a safari through the pages of wildlife books, exploring the impact of various animal-focused books and the enduring connection between words and the wild.

The Elephant Whisperer
Published on Oct 21, 2023 10:21 PM IST

Book Box | 6 books, 3 podcasts to help you understand Israel-Palestine conflict

A list to help you wrap your head around the recent Hamas attack and the subsequent escalation of the long-simmering tension in West Asia

Palestine by Joe Sacco
Published on Oct 15, 2023 09:02 AM IST

Book Box | A favourite short story and the latest Cormoran Strike

Journeying through 'The Paper Menagerie,' 'The Covenant of Water,' and Robert Galbraith's (JK Rowling's pseudonym) latest 'The Running Grave'

The Running Grave
Published on Oct 07, 2023 07:06 PM IST

Book Box | Literary exploration with 'Quarterlife' and 'Sakina’s Kiss'

Delve into the conversations and themes of modernity, identity, and rebellion found in "Quarterlife" and "Sakina’s Kiss," two compelling literary works

Quarterlife and Sakina's Kiss
Published on Sep 30, 2023 05:07 PM IST

Book Box: Gita's karma, India's boon

How other writers and readers remember the late Gita Mehta

A River Sutra
Published on Sep 23, 2023 10:20 AM IST

Book Box | Rediscovering the art of storytelling through oral tradition

Originating from Denmark in 2000, the Human Library is a space dedicated to fostering meaningful conversations, sparking curiosity, and addressing queries

Manjari Jaruhar, Human ‘Book’ and author of ‘Madam Sir ’
Published on Sep 09, 2023 09:55 PM IST

Book Box | The first Bangladeshi woman on Wall Street and the Pakistani conman

Juxtaposing the high-stakes world of a Wall Street conman with the story of a women who transitioned from a career in finance to social impact

In my tote bag, I carry a laptop, a Kindle and two paperbacks
Published on Sep 02, 2023 10:57 AM IST

Book Box | AI is reshaping how we read

That's not new. Trace the history and science of reading through these four books. These four tips will help you get the most out of your digital reading

Here are the top four reads that trace the history and science of reading(The Author)
Published on Aug 26, 2023 11:58 AM IST

Book Box: A trailblazing economist's memoir who helped build today's India

Devaki Jain's audacious life defied conventions, forged global connections, and redefined India's narrative

The Brass Notebook
Published on Aug 19, 2023 10:56 AM IST

Book Box | Stories from India’s margins

Five books that unveil India's borderlands and their hidden tales. From arid deserts to lush coasts, here's a rich tapestry of cultures and human resilience.

Margins
Published on Aug 12, 2023 03:43 PM IST

Book Box: Five must-hear podcasts that will transform your reading

Dive into these five podcasts to supercharge your reading. And meet Tara Khandelwal of Books and Beyond with Bound

Book podcasts are a great way to discover new books and to learn about the people behind the books.(Pixabay)
Published on Aug 05, 2023 05:27 PM IST

Book Box | 5 thrilling books to snap you out of that reading slump

A tech thriller, a snarky college admissions story, YA with a video game backdrop, a murder mystery in the Hindi heartlands and a thriller in the Hamptons

The Guest by Emma Cline(The Author)
Published on Jul 29, 2023 12:39 PM IST

Book Box | The hidden truth about the opium poppy

A lost Kindle sets the stage for a journey into opium's gripping past and its significance today. Presenting a compelling book list with secrets of the poppy.

Smoke and Ashes(The Author)
Published on Jul 22, 2023 03:05 PM IST

Book Box: The Best of 2023 (So Far)

Six best books of the year - award winning fiction, tech, feminism and indigenous wisdom.

Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano(The Author)
Published on Jul 15, 2023 01:40 AM IST

Book Box | On building libraries and burning books

Moving from the renovated David Sassoon Library to four books that trace the history of burning libraries, their resilience and the emotions they evoke

The newly renovated David Sassoon public library in Kala Ghoda, Mumbai. (Courtesy the author)
Published on Jul 08, 2023 12:53 PM IST

Book Box | The secret lives of banks

Whether you are a finance person or simply curious about money, power and human behaviour, read these four books for an insightful analysis of economic systems

Roller Coaster author Tamal Bandyopadhyay (seventh from left) with your columnist (ninth from left) and other members of her book club (Courtesy: Sonya Dutta Choudhury)
Published on Jul 01, 2023 12:58 PM IST

Book Box: In Bengaluru, a walk in the park and books as ideal companions

Campus novels are absorbing reads because they are plump with the possibilities of youthful energy, with a heady mix of idealism and evil, and of human passions

Cubbon Park (courtesy: the author)
Published on Jun 24, 2023 03:01 PM IST

Dali's ashtray in Mumbai

When Air India commissioned an artefact by Salvador Dali, he wanted nothing other than a baby elephant as payment

Ashtray designed by Salvador Dali at the NGMA, Mumbai (Picture courtesy the NGMA)
Published on Jun 19, 2023 08:58 PM IST

Book Box: Five Gripping Family Sagas Spotlighting Fathers

Discover the complexities of fatherhood as these compelling stories delve into the joys, struggles, and transformative power of paternal relationships.

The Covenant of Water (Courtesy: The Author)
Published on Jun 17, 2023 08:42 PM IST

Book Box: Didn't finish your book? It's okay

A Do Not Finish (DNF) reading strategy can help you be a happier reader. Here are 5 famous books I did not finish

Unfinished Business(Courtesy: The Author)
Published on Jun 10, 2023 07:40 PM IST
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