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Book Box: Medical Stories

  • A day after National Doctors Day, read these uplifting books by doctors. Also meet Kavitha Rao, author of ‘Lady Doctors’
Do No Harm. 
Do No Harm. 
Updated on Jul 03, 2022 06:28 PM IST
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HT Picks; New Reads

This week’s pick of interesting new reads includes a collection of short stories that explore family ties, a graphic novel that looks at the lives of construction workers in a big city, and a book of poems that seeks to unlock the wisdom of the seers for common folk
Short stories about family, a graphic novel about those who erect our dreams in concrete, and poetry that allows the reader to travel inward - all that on this week’s pick of interesting reads. (HT Team)
Short stories about family, a graphic novel about those who erect our dreams in concrete, and poetry that allows the reader to travel inward - all that on this week’s pick of interesting reads. (HT Team)
Updated on Jul 01, 2022 11:26 PM IST
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Review: Dadamoni by Nabendu Ghosh

Nabendu Ghosh’s reissued book on Ashok Kumar’s life also brings alive the vibrant culture of filmmaking in the formative years of Hindi cinema
Ashok Kumar with Leela Chitnis in Jhoola (1941). (HT Archive)
Ashok Kumar with Leela Chitnis in Jhoola (1941). (HT Archive)
Published on Jul 01, 2022 11:24 PM IST
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BySudhirendar Sharma

Interview: Sudha G Tilak, translator, Hungry Humans by Karichan Kunju - “I think in English, feel in Tamil and flirt in Bengali”

The author and journalist’s translation of Karichan Kunju’s Tamil classic Pasitha Manidam immerses the reader in the milieu of a temple town
Translator Sudha G Tilak (Courtesy the publisher)
Translator Sudha G Tilak (Courtesy the publisher)
Published on Jul 01, 2022 11:24 PM IST
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ByArunima Mazumdar

Review: The Collected Stories of Saadat Hasan Manto, Volume 1, Bombay and Poona, translated by Nasreen Rehman

Nasreen Rehman’s translation of Manto’s stories based on his life in the two cities between 1937 and 1948 stands out for its precise capturing of the author’s modernist Urdu phraseology
Nawazuddin Siddiqui in and as Saadat Hasan Manto in ‘Manto’ (2018) directed by Nandita Das. (A still from ‘Manto’ taken from ‘Manto & I’ by Nandita Das; published by Aleph)
Nawazuddin Siddiqui in and as Saadat Hasan Manto in ‘Manto’ (2018) directed by Nandita Das. (A still from ‘Manto’ taken from ‘Manto & I’ by Nandita Das; published by Aleph)
Published on Jul 01, 2022 11:23 PM IST
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ByKaushik Bhaumik

Science fiction meets science fact: The robots of ancient India

Ancient India had a rich literature featuring stories about robots that was originally written in Sanskrit and then translated into Chinese, Tibetan, Mongolian, Tocharian, and Pali
Back to the future: Ancient Indian science fiction abounds in automata (Shutterstock)
Back to the future: Ancient Indian science fiction abounds in automata (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 01, 2022 04:22 PM IST
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ByBrishti Guha

Review: The Juvenile Immigrant by Namrata Verghese

Revisiting Namrata Verghese’s collection of debut fiction shorts that identifies the minute fissures that occur when the two separate worlds of ‘Indian’ and ‘American’ collide in the lives of Indian immigrants in America
An Indian immigrant in New York. (Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)
An Indian immigrant in New York. (Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)
Updated on Jun 30, 2022 07:12 PM IST
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ByPercy Bharucha

Interview: Kamal Swaroop, director, Om Dar-B-Dar:‘My masterpiece ruined my life’

The maker of the cult classic reminisces about his life and his idea of cinema
Director Kamal Swaroop (Courtesy the subject)
Director Kamal Swaroop (Courtesy the subject)
Updated on Jun 30, 2022 05:07 PM IST
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ByMihir Chitre

Obituary: Gopi Chand Narang, Urdu scholar and critic

Urdu literary theorist Gopi Chand Narang (born in 1931), who was honoured by both India and Pakistan, died on June 15
Gopi Chand Narang (Courtesy the author)
Gopi Chand Narang (Courtesy the author)
Updated on Jun 29, 2022 12:53 PM IST
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ByShafey Kidwai

Kavita Devgan: People want to boost their immunity, by hook or by crook

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, chasing immunity has became everyone’s favourite pastime. Nutritionist Kavita Devgan’s book The Immunity Diet helps explain how to build your immunity the right way and live a fit life.
Kavita Devgan’s book The Immunity Diet explains everything you need to know to have strong immunity.
Kavita Devgan’s book The Immunity Diet explains everything you need to know to have strong immunity.
Published on Jun 28, 2022 08:36 PM IST
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Review: Geeta Rahman at Championship Point by Saskya Jain

A literary novel about a 12-year-old badminton prodigy growing up in a posh bureaucrat colony in central Delhi in the 1990s
In the literary universe, Geeta Rahman could have grown into a PV Sindhu! This picture shows Sindhu during a match against Laura Sarosi of Hungary during the Women's Single match at the Summer Olympic 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. PV Sindhu won the match by 21-8, 21-9. (Atul Yadav/PTI)
In the literary universe, Geeta Rahman could have grown into a PV Sindhu! This picture shows Sindhu during a match against Laura Sarosi of Hungary during the Women's Single match at the Summer Olympic 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. PV Sindhu won the match by 21-8, 21-9. (Atul Yadav/PTI)
Updated on Jun 27, 2022 06:46 PM IST
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BySaudamini Jain

Book Box: Rainy Reads

  • Absorb nature, immerse yourself in thrilling geopolitics, and venture into time travel, with these enticing monsoon reads. Also the book to read on Roe v Wade being overthrown.
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Published on Jun 25, 2022 05:42 PM IST
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HT Picks; New Reads

This week’s reading list includes a book that looks at how women can achieve maximum potential and fulfilment, another on the chain-stitch embroideries in the TAPI collection of textiles, and an exploration of the wonderful creatures found in India’s intertidal zones
A book that looks at how women can achieve maximum potential, another on pieces in the TAPI collection of textiles, and one on the fantastic organisms found in India’s intertidal zones - all that on this week’s list of great reads. (HT Team)
A book that looks at how women can achieve maximum potential, another on pieces in the TAPI collection of textiles, and one on the fantastic organisms found in India’s intertidal zones - all that on this week’s list of great reads. (HT Team)
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 10:57 PM IST
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‘I was reborn as a writer’ - Marie Darrieussecq, author, Pig Tales

French writer Marie Darrieussecq’s first novel, Pig Tales is a radical novella about a woman working at a massage parlour who, as a result of the constant male gaze, slowly begins to transform into a pig
Author Marie Darrieussecq (Yann Diener)
Author Marie Darrieussecq (Yann Diener)
Published on Jun 24, 2022 10:56 PM IST
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ByArunima Mazumdar

Hardit Singh Malik: “One dies only when one’s time comes”

The author of a book on Hardit Singh Malik, the only Sikh to fly with the Royal Air Force in WW1, writes of the realities of air warfare a century ago
With a Sopwith Camel in 1917. Hardit Singh Malik is holding the oversized flying helmet to put over the turban when flying. (Image courtesy Santhya Malik)
With a Sopwith Camel in 1917. Hardit Singh Malik is holding the oversized flying helmet to put over the turban when flying. (Image courtesy Santhya Malik)
Published on Jun 24, 2022 10:55 PM IST
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ByStephen Barker

Interview: Dolly Thakore - “My whole life has been project after project”

On her memoir, her friendship with Protima Bedi, discovering Vipassana, and staging the Vagina Monologues
Dolly Thakore at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2022 (Courtesy JLF)
Dolly Thakore at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2022 (Courtesy JLF)
Published on Jun 24, 2022 10:55 PM IST
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ByChintan Girish Modi

Interview: Shivam Nair – ‘In OTT, writing is the hero; the story is the hero’

On growing up in Bihar, knocking on Satyajit Ray’s door, working in TV in Mumbai, the brotherhood of film industry outsiders, and the freedom of OTT
Shivam Nair during the promotion of Naam Shabana in New Delhi. (Shivam Saxena/Hindustan Times)
Shivam Nair during the promotion of Naam Shabana in New Delhi. (Shivam Saxena/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 05:18 PM IST
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ByMihir Chitre

Review: Iranian Women and Gender In the Iran- Iraq War by Mateo Md Farzaneh

The first major academic study of women’s role in the eight-year-long Iran-Iraq war looks at how gender roles were impacted in post-war Iran as a result of their participation
Basiji (mobilized volunteer force) women familiarise themselves with AK-47 assault rifles in a classroom in west Tehran as part of mass mobilisation in the final year of the Iran-Iraq war. This picture is dated 12 May 1988. (Kaveh Kazemi/Getty Images)
Basiji (mobilized volunteer force) women familiarise themselves with AK-47 assault rifles in a classroom in west Tehran as part of mass mobilisation in the final year of the Iran-Iraq war. This picture is dated 12 May 1988. (Kaveh Kazemi/Getty Images)
Updated on Jun 23, 2022 05:06 PM IST
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ByShaikh Mujibur Rehman

Review: In Search Of Heer by Manjul Bajaj

Percy Bharucha revisits a novel whose realism, wit and fresh prose animate the dry bones of the tale of Heer and Ranjha
Heer and Ranjha’s tomb in Jhang, Pakistan. The Heer Ranjha story is one of several popular tragic romances of Punjab. (Umar Jamshaid/Wikimedia Commons)
Heer and Ranjha’s tomb in Jhang, Pakistan. The Heer Ranjha story is one of several popular tragic romances of Punjab. (Umar Jamshaid/Wikimedia Commons)
Updated on Jun 23, 2022 11:21 AM IST
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ByPercy Bharucha

Excerpt: Superpowers on the Shore by Sejal Mehta

In this extract from a book on the creatures that populate India’s intertidal zone, the author ruminates on the things an individual can learn about herself and the world during a walk on the beach
The simple act of walking can be a serious exercise in seeing. (Shutterstock)
The simple act of walking can be a serious exercise in seeing. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 22, 2022 07:07 PM IST
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BySejal Mehta

Essay: Yoga and the healthy mind in a healthy body

On the International Day of Yoga, a look at the yogic arts of ancient India and their modern applications
The ancients recognised that yoga was also effective in removing “impurities of the mind”. (Shutterstock)
The ancients recognised that yoga was also effective in removing “impurities of the mind”. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 21, 2022 03:11 PM IST
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ByBrishti Guha

Essay: The history of the politics of blasphemy in the Indian subcontinent

Alleged blasphemy sparked the reactions to Salman Rushdie’s novel The Satanic Verses in 1988-89 and to former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma’s recent comments. A look at the significant role that the issue has played in the history of the Indian subcontinent
The ironies and the horrors of the issue as it has played out in the modern history of the region. (Shutterstock)
The ironies and the horrors of the issue as it has played out in the modern history of the region. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 20, 2022 06:29 PM IST
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BySamrat Choudhury

Book Box: The beginner's guide to audiobooks

  • Six reasons why you should listen to audiobooks, with audiobook recommendations for every mood. Also meet Sagar Arya, the voice behind The Satanic Verses, the Amish series and others. 
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Published on Jun 19, 2022 03:33 PM IST
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Satyanshu Singh, director, scriptwriter: ‘If you stay in the race, you will win’

On script labs and teaching screenwriting, and why film writers need to be pragmatic
Satyanshu Singh (Courtesy SS)
Satyanshu Singh (Courtesy SS)
Updated on Jun 18, 2022 03:57 PM IST
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ByMihir Chitre

Review: The Immortal King Rao by Vauhini Vara

The Immortal King Rao is an epic narrative spread over generations and continents that includes the entire machinery of a science fiction novel
Of reality and illusion; of imagined futures: At the Heart of Cyberpunk exhibition in Hong Kong, 2020. (SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Of reality and illusion; of imagined futures: At the Heart of Cyberpunk exhibition in Hong Kong, 2020. (SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Updated on Jun 18, 2022 02:45 PM IST
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ByUttaran Das Gupta

HT Picks; New Reads

This week’s list of interesting reads includes a book on an actor who was the antithesis of the typical 1970s Bollywood hero, an anthology of excerpts from novels published over the last 35 years, and an account of the Punjab conflict
The subtlest actor Hindi cinema has known, an anthology of extracts, and an account of Punjab’s troubled years. (HT Team)
The subtlest actor Hindi cinema has known, an anthology of extracts, and an account of Punjab’s troubled years. (HT Team)
Published on Jun 17, 2022 08:59 PM IST
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Interview: Abhinav Chandrachud, author, Soli Sorabjee; Life and Times

The advocate, who practises at the Bombay High Court, talks about his biography of India’s former Attorney General
Abhinav Chandrachud (Courtesy the author)
Abhinav Chandrachud (Courtesy the author)
Updated on Jun 18, 2022 02:27 PM IST
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ByChintan Girish Modi

Review: Sin by Wajida Tabassum, translated by Reema Abbasi

These semi-erotic stories set in the declining aristocratic world of old Hyderabad and translated from the original Dakhni Urdu are an introduction to Wajida Tabassum’s explosive body of work
Women at a bangle shop near Charminar in Hyderabad in April 1992, long after Wajida Tabassum had moved to Mumbai. (HT Photo)
Women at a bangle shop near Charminar in Hyderabad in April 1992, long after Wajida Tabassum had moved to Mumbai. (HT Photo)
Published on Jun 17, 2022 08:55 PM IST
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BySaudamini Jain

Review: Don’t Forget 2004 by Jayshree M Sundar

The story of the 2004 general election when ‘India Shining’ was pitted against the Congress’s Aam Aadmi campaign
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee addressing the BJP National Council’s
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee addressing the BJP National Council’s "Vijay Sankalp Rally" in Delhi on 6 February 2004. At that point, the party looked poised to win the general elections. (Ajay Aggarwal/HT Photo)
Published on Jun 17, 2022 03:47 PM IST
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ByPriyadarshini Narendra
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