Review: The Bride by Harimohan Jha, translated by Lalit Kumar

Updated on Jun 02, 2023 11:01 PM IST

The first translation of this classic Maithili novel about a child marriage provides an insight into the culture of Mithila in the colonial period

Shashi Kapoor and Asha Parekh in the Hindi film "Kanyadaan" in a picture dated 11 January 1969 (HT Archive)
ByNeha Kirpal

Interview : Deepti Naval - “I always knew I wanted to write about my childhood”

The actor talks about visiting her home town, Amritsar, meeting long lost relatives and about her memoir A Country Called Childhood

Actor and author Deepti Naval (Courtesy Aleph)
Updated on Jun 01, 2023 08:38 PM IST

Review: I Went to See My Father by Kyung-Sook Shin

Hon returns to her village to care for her father, discovering secrets and unacknowledged grief in her family. The novel delves into generational trauma and South Korea's history. The writing is emotional, with insights into each character's consciousness. The father-daughter relationship is endearing but also reflects the intensity of familial relationships. Kyung-Sook Shin's evocative style and Anton Hur's translation make the book likely to have an impact on world literature.

A man who lost his family and possessions during the Korean War, 1951. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 01, 2023 02:45 PM IST
ByRahul Singh

Essay: Following the white squirrel

The appearance of a squirrel sets off a meditation on our feelings for the creatures that provide hours of entertainment in gardens

A white squirrel in the writer’s garden (Prerna Jain)
Updated on May 31, 2023 10:03 PM IST
ByPrerna Jain

Hay Festival - Every booklover’s dream destination

The small town of Hay-on-Wye in Wales, UK, is buzzing as it hosts the 36th edition of Hay Festival, one of the world’s top literary events

The Hay Festival, a book-focused event in the Welsh countryside. (Courtesy Hay Festival)
Updated on May 30, 2023 06:59 PM IST
ByTeja Lele

“Food doesn’t have to be Instagrammable, because hunger isn’t Instagrammable”

Kunal Ray and Sumana Roy of On Eating explain how the seemingly ordinary turns out to be wondrous, and also announce their Hindi-language anthology

People having lunch at a function in Alleppey, Kerala. (Pl/Shutterstock)
Updated on May 29, 2023 07:47 PM IST
BySuhit Bombaywala

Book Box: A Delhi Bookstore Crawl

Three favourite Delhi bookstores to visit. Plus a bookish chat with Shobha Sengupta, bookstore and art gallery owner.

Books Galore!(Courtesy: The Author)
Published on May 27, 2023 08:03 PM IST

HT Picks; New Reads

On the reading list this week is a volume that tries to understand India through its food culture, another that tells the story of a common man who fought the system and pulled off a great victory, and a book that shows you how to appreciate the origins of yoga

This week’s list of interesting reads includes a book that tries to understand India through its food culture, another that tells the story of a common man who fought the system and pulled off a great victory, and a volume that shows you how to better appreciate and respect the true origins of yoga. (HT Team)
Updated on May 26, 2023 07:44 PM IST
ByHT Team

Interview: Daniel Hahn, translator - “Awards are a statement of what we value”

The winner of the Ottaway Award on the importance of children’s literature, his process of translation, and his project with the University of Chicago to translate South Asian literature

Daniel Hahn photographed at the Story Museum in Oxford, UK. (John Lawrence)
Updated on May 30, 2023 09:56 AM IST
ByKunal Ray

Review: In Your Blood I Run by Sonia Bhatnagar

Of dirty stories and corpses in the bushes – a tale of adultery, murder, and scandal set in 1930s India

A picture postcard of Simla in the 1930s. (Getty Images)
Updated on May 26, 2023 07:46 PM IST
ByLamat R Hasan

Review: The Broken Rainbow by Ruth Vanita

Ruth Vanita seamlessly combines lyric feeling and the historical archive in her new poetry collection

The magnificent Rampur Raza Library, the scene of Ruth Vanita’s poem Dawn at the Rampur Library. (Deepak G Goswami / Wikimedia Commons)
Updated on May 27, 2023 12:51 PM IST
ByAkhil Katyal

Review: Banaras Talkies by Satya Vyas

Banaras Talkies, a fast-paced novel about law undergraduates in a university hostel, captures the humor, camaraderie, and challenges of student life.

Students at the BHU campus that’s the setting for Banaras Talkies. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 26, 2023 04:52 PM IST
BySudhirendar Sharma

Essay: Judging a book by its cover

A look at all the aesthetic and marketing insights that contribute to contemporary book cover design in India

Paramita Brahmachari’s cover for Pebble Monkey by Manindra Gulpta won the Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize 2023. (Oxford Bookstore)
Updated on Jun 02, 2023 05:53 PM IST
ByPooja Bhula

Review: Grabber by Jehan Zachary and Nirmal Pulickal

An adventure-horror story set in British India that features monsters, myths and an unlikely friendship

A view of the Taj Mahal in Agra. (Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 25, 2023 04:57 PM IST
ByPercy Bharucha

Interview: Jacinta Kerketta - “I hope to read fewer books, and read more into hu

Jacinta Kerketta, a writer of Kurukhar Adivasi origin, is a powerful poet and journalist who advocates for the environment, women's issues and Adivasi rights.

Poet Jacinta Kerketta (Courtesy the subject)
Updated on May 24, 2023 09:01 PM IST
ByNidhi Dugar Kundalia

Interview: Suparn Verma - “Every Friday presses a reset button in your life”

On his journey in the Hindi film industry and writing for successful shows such as The Family Man Season 2

Screenwriter Suparn Verma (Courtesy the subject)
Updated on May 23, 2023 09:24 PM IST
ByMihir Chitre

Essay: On the Diamond Sutra

In this, the 1,155th anniversary month of the world’s earliest dated, printed book, a look at what the sutra imparts about life and the nature of reality

The Diamond Sutra is a Buddhist text written which was written circa 400 CE. It is the earliest printed text with a known date of printing, 868 AD and was found in China. (The British Library)
Updated on May 22, 2023 07:28 PM IST
BySuhit Bombaywala

Book Box: A Weekend of Crime

Crime thrillers for your summer reading list. Plus a conversation with author Nilanjana Roy.

Black River by Nilanjana S. Roy(Courtesy: The Author)
Published on May 20, 2023 03:31 PM IST

Review: Urdu Adab’s special issue called Shahjahanabad

The journal’s special issue is essential reading for those interested in the history of Delhi for academic, cultural and linguistic reasons

View of Old Delhi and Chandni Chowk from Jama Masjid (Ajay Aggarwal)
Updated on May 20, 2023 01:42 AM IST

Kaamil Ahmed, author, I Feel No Peace – “The future for Rohingya children seems bleak”

Some 700,000 Rohingya people were displaced from their homes following Mayanmar’s military operation in August 2017. Now, they live an uncertain life in refugee camps. Kaamil Ahmed explores the disrupted lives of Rohingya refugees

Author Kaamil Ahmed. (Photo RGB)
Updated on May 20, 2023 12:41 AM IST
ByMajid Maqbool

Report: Sikkim Arts and Literature Festival 2023

The first edition of SALF focussed on a range of subjects including climate change, wildlife conservation and biodiversity, crime fiction and mental health

A concert during the Sikkim Arts and Literature Festival (Courtesy SALF)
Updated on May 20, 2023 12:29 AM IST

HT Picks; New Reads

This week’s pick of interesting reads includes a book that looks at how Ambedkar drew from John Dewey’s pragmatism to develop his own approach to challenges in India, one on Subhas Chandra Bose’s closest associate, and a collection of essays on being Tibetan

On the reading list this week is an examination of how Ambedkar developed his own approach, a book on Subhas Bose’s close associate who coined the slogan “Jai Hind, and a volume of essays on Tibetan life. (HT Team)
Updated on May 19, 2023 09:14 PM IST
ByHT Team

Interview | Ruskin Bond: “It is satisfying to write for children”

On his 89th birthday, the author talks about reading, writing and the unexpected pleasures of growing old

Author Ruskin Bond (Courtesy HarperCollins)
Updated on May 19, 2023 08:42 PM IST
ByMajid Maqbool

Review: Coorg; Stories and Essays by CP Belliappa

A collection of pieces on the history and personalities that shaped the beautiful coffee-growing province of Kodagu

The rolling hills of Coorg. (Shutterstock)
Updated on May 18, 2023 07:48 PM IST
ByNeha Kirpal

Review: Time Shelter by Georgi Gospodinov

Shortlisted for the International Booker Prize, the Bulgarian author’s newest novel challenges the reader to think deeply about time and memory

The pull of the past (Shutterstock)
Updated on May 18, 2023 06:14 PM IST
ByHritik Verma

Interview: Maulik Pancholy, author, Nikhil Out Loud

On the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, the actor-activist talks about his experience as an openly gay Indian-American boy

Author Maulik Pancholy(Courtesy: The Author)
Updated on May 17, 2023 02:41 PM IST

Essay: The hidden agendas in the ‘I LOVE …’ sign

On how these signs sprouting everywhere from megacities to mountain towns are a metaphor for a new India

“In every town and city is a sign that says ‘I LOVE …’, followed by the name of a place. A heart sign that often replaces the ‘o’ in ‘LOVE’... (Shutterstock)
Updated on May 17, 2023 12:09 AM IST
BySumana Roy

Essay: On the animal instinct of mothering

While mothers of all species are protective, birds and animals are better than humans at setting their children free

A yellow-footed green pigeon protecting her brood from a rufous treepie (Prerna Jain)
Updated on May 15, 2023 08:45 PM IST
ByPrerna Jain

Book Box: Five Pulitzer Prizewinners For You

Two cleverly constructed Pulitzer prizewinners and three old favourites for you.

Trust by Hernan Diaz
Updated on May 13, 2023 04:54 PM IST

Review: Ways of Being: Creative Non-Fiction by Pakistani Women edited by Sabyn Javeri

A collection of compelling essays that explores distinctive threads of the political and cultural fabric of Pakistan

School girls in Peshawar, Pakistan in April 1979. (Arnaud de Wildenberg/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Updated on May 13, 2023 12:38 PM IST
BySaudamini Jain
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