HT Picks; New Reads

Updated on Dec 09, 2023 09:36 AM IST

This week’s pick of interesting reads includes a fresh take on vegetarian and vegan cooking, a diplomat’s book on how India negotiates with the world, and a graphic novel about a gambling addict trying to wean himself off the game

On the reading list this week is an unusual vegetarian cook book, a volume that looks at how India has become a putative partner for the world in key multilateral negotiations, and a graphic novel set in Kerala (HT Team)
ByHT Team

Rakhshanda Jalil – “I refuse to be bullied or marginalised”

On Urdu: The Best Stories of Our Times, the new anthology she has edited and translated, that features fiction by Surendra Prakash, Qurratulain Hyder, Zakia Mashhadi, Gulzar, Khalid Jawed, and Ali Imam Naqvi, among others

Author Rakshanda Jalil (Courtesy the subject)
Updated on Dec 09, 2023 09:34 AM IST

Review: Roman Stories by Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri’s latest collection of stories captures the global migration crisis of this century and is of great significance in this time of xenophobia

Selfies on the Spanish Steps in Rome. (Chabe01 / Wikimedia Commons)
Updated on Dec 09, 2023 09:38 AM IST
BySaudamini Jain

Review: Through the Broken Glass by TN Seshan

The former Chief Election Commissioner’s autobiography, published posthumously, chronicles his career and details his attempts to establish that the Executive is not merely a rubber stamp of the Legislature

Chief Election Commissioner TN Seshan in a picture dated 01 March 1991. (HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 09, 2023 09:28 AM IST

Animal and online outrage

The Internet expects everybody to condemn the film or get cancelled. A look at how, despite easy access to brutal material, we demand sanitised cinema

Rashmika Mandanna and Ranbir Kapoor in Animal (Film still)
Published on Dec 08, 2023 04:06 PM IST
ByFarzana Versey

Review: Why Didn’t You Come Sooner? by Kailash Satyarthi

The Nobel laureate’s new book recounts the stories of 12 rescued child labourers interspersed with wisdom gleaned over many years of interacting with children in dire circumstances

A child cleaning utensils at a roadside hotel. (Burhaan Kinu / Hindustan Times)
Published on Dec 08, 2023 12:01 PM IST
ByNeha Kirpal

Review: Clearly Invisible in Paris by Koel Purie Rinchet

A novel about the lives of four women who are all strangers to Paris, a glamorous city with a seedy underbelly, that tests the protagonists and their friendships

A view of Paris during the pandemic. (Jerome Labouyrie / Shutterstock)
Updated on Dec 07, 2023 03:51 PM IST
ByPercy Bharucha

Review: Tom Lake by Ann Patchett

Set during the pandemic, Ann Patchett’s latest novel revolves around the powerful theme of making life choices

Cherry orchards near Woods Bay, Montana, USA. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Dec 07, 2023 05:16 AM IST
ByHritik Verma

Wes Anderson and Roald Dahl: A match made in picture-book heaven

From The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar to The Swan, The Rat Catcher and Poison, a look at how Anderson handles four of Dahl’s stories on Netflix

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar (Netflix)
Published on Dec 05, 2023 09:36 PM IST

Review: The Woman In Me by Britney Spears

The pop star’s memoir, that mulls over her dysfunctional family, toxic romantic relationships and the abusive conservatorship, reflects on her tumultuous life

Britney Spears performs onstage on December 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Kevin Winter/AFP)
Published on Dec 05, 2023 09:18 PM IST
ByDeepansh Duggal

Euphemism and exaggeration are both dangers to language

But verbal extremism is now the bigger threat

George Orwell (File/Getty Images)
Published on Dec 04, 2023 10:00 AM IST
The Economist

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

HT Picks; New Reads

On the reading list this week is a book that attempts to highlight what has gone wrong with India’s polity and society, another that looks at Bangladesh and asks important questions about the nature of identity, religion, and the idea of “home”, and a public intellectual’s moving narrative of his personal and professional journey

This week’s pick of good reads includes an attempt to understand what’s gone wrong with India’s polity, a book that ask similar and related questions about Bangladesh, and a narrative of a personal and professional journey (HT Team)
Updated on Dec 02, 2023 10:04 AM IST
ByHT Team

Anuja Chauhan, author, The Fast and the Dead - “I turn to humour every time”

On her second whodunnit that’s set around the ritual of Karwa Chauth and the “murders most meticulous” that unfold after that night

Author Anuja Chauhan (Courtesy HarperCollins)
Updated on Dec 02, 2023 10:02 AM IST
ByHuzan Tata

Review: Forests, Blood & Survival by Bhoopal

Actor-writer Bhoopal reimagines the life of Komuram Bheem, a legendary Gond tribal leader, and his fight against the exploitation of the tribals by the rich and powerful.

NT Rama Rao Jnr’s role in RRR is based on the life of Komuram Bheem. (Film still)
Updated on Dec 02, 2023 10:00 AM IST
ByLamat R Hasan

Review: Fire on the Ganges byRadhika Iyengar

The ceaselessly burning pyre at Manikarnika Ghat in Varanasi is a living spectacle, where death asserts itself as the last witness to life.

A view of the ghats of Varanasi (Rajesh Kumar / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Dec 02, 2023 09:58 AM IST
BySudhirendar Sharma

John le Carre and the art of deception

In The Pigeon Tunnel, the Apple TV+ film, Errol Morris sits down with novelist John le Carre to sharpen the blur of fact and fiction, truth and memory

The Pigeon Tunnel turned out to be John le Carré’s final interview before his death in 2020. (Apple TV+)
Published on Dec 01, 2023 06:46 PM IST

Review: Fahmida Riaz: The Iconic Iconoclast by Subodh Lal

An illuminating new book presents Urdu poet Fahmida Riaz’s stirring attempts to seek an identity in a world of male desire

Urdu poet Fahmida Riaz in the 1980s. (HT Photo)
Published on Nov 30, 2023 06:44 PM IST
ByShafey kidwai

Interview: Karan Vyas - “On OTT, people look for more authenticity”

The screenwriter, who has worked on shows like Scam 1992 and Scoop, on his journey so far, his dreams, and why streaming shows based on real events do so well

Screenwriter Karan Vyas (Courtesy the subject)
Published on Nov 30, 2023 06:21 PM IST
ByMihir Chitre

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

Review: The Way We Were by Prajwal Hegde

A workplace rom-com set in Bengaluru and Mumbai, Prajwal Hegde’s second novel occasionally reads like a feel-good film script

An idyllic view of the city: Bengaluru race course (Shutterstock)
Published on Nov 27, 2023 09:00 PM IST
ByNeha Kirpal

The five best books to understand AI

Specialists outside the field do better at explaining the implications

Artificial intelligence tools can now even write for you.(Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash)
Published on Nov 27, 2023 09:00 AM IST
The Economist

Writer Robin Sharma to managers: Culture is your weapon to fight coffee badging

International bestselling author Robin Sharma talks exclusively to HT City and addresses the elephant in the room in the post-pandemic workplace set-up.

Writer Robin Sharma is popular for his books such as The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and The 5 AM Club. (Photo: Raajessh Kashyap/HT)
Published on Nov 26, 2023 02:37 PM IST

Eight of the best spy novels

Former spooks make especially strong authors

Alec Guinness as John le Carré’s most famous spy, George Smiley, in the BBC adaptation of the novels.(BBC)
Published on Nov 26, 2023 11:00 AM IST
The Economist

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

HT Picks; New Reads

This week’s reading list includes a volume that presents a radically new perspective on India’s modern Buddhist revival, the definitive account of the Aryans that offers a grand sweep of language, histories and conflict, and a cookbook that presents stories about the origins of spices and how they can be used

This week’s pick of interesting reads includes a new perspective on India’s modern Buddhist revival, the definitive account of the Aryans, and a cookbook that focuses on spices and how they can be used (HT Team)
Updated on Nov 25, 2023 06:08 AM IST
ByHT Team

Review: The Secret City by Robin Gupta

A novel that presents the gay underbelly of 1950s Delhi and offers a rich cartography of its queer spaces

New Delhi circa 1950, the period in which the novel is set. (Richard Harrington/Three Lions/Getty Images)
Updated on Nov 25, 2023 06:10 AM IST
ByKinshuk Gupta

Yamini Narayanan - “We have no understanding of what cows endure as dairy animals ”

The author of Mother Cow Mother India talks about how cows are both commodified for dairy production and deified as a mother and goddess, and how dairy products are intensely connected with cow slaughter

Author Yamini Narayanan (Courtesy Navayana)
Updated on Nov 25, 2023 05:58 AM IST
ByArunima Mazumdar

Review: The Indian Cat by BN Goswamy

The late art historian BN Goswamy’s last book, a collection of tales, paintings, poems and proverbs, pays homage to the sassy Indian cat

Cats at Worli in Mumbai (Satyabrata Tripathy/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 25, 2023 05:54 AM IST
BySuhit Bombaywala

Free Comic Book Day 2024 offers popular manga and anime titles for free

Over 2000 comic book stores to participate in Free Comic Book Day 2024

Get ready Otaku fans(FCBD)
Published on Nov 24, 2023 10:16 PM IST
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