HT Picks; New Reads

Published on Mar 10, 2023 05:46 PM IST

On the reading list this week is a book on one of Mumbai’s most baffling crimes, a volume that uses patachitra and comics toexplore the impact of famine on Indians, and a handbook for those looking for a way to sell everything from washing powder to fintech

A fast-paced tale of true crime set in Mumbai, a volume that looks at the impact of the memory of famine, and a handbook to help you sell everything – all that on this week’s list of interesting books. (HT Team)
ByHT Team

Review: Beloved Rongomala by Shaheen Akhtar, translated by Shabnam Nadiya

An intricate novel filled with asides, descriptions and observations where even minor characters show up with generational biographical sketches

This could be Rongomala! A nautch girl during the rule of the East India Company. (Pictures From History/Universal /via Getty Images)
Published on Mar 10, 2023 05:45 PM IST
BySaudamini Jain

Review: The Song of the Cell by Siddhartha Mukherjee

In his latest book, Mukherjee argues that we need to look at the interconnectedness between the trillions of cells in the body as well as between cells and the environment

A 3D rendering of red blood cells. (Shutterstock)
Published on Mar 10, 2023 05:44 PM IST
BySyed Saad Ahmed

The pressure to be ‘good’: Controversy and women’s writing in India

Following International Women’s Day on March 8, here’s a list of figures whose words continue to have great power

A statue of Akka Mahadevi installed at her birthplace, Udathadi, in Karnataka. (Amarrg / Wikimedia Commons)
Updated on Mar 09, 2023 07:16 PM IST
ByShoma A Chatterji

Review: Legend of the Snow Queen by Manjiri Prabhu

The latest Re Parkar destination thriller reconciles the conflict between surprise and suspense and provides a resolution that is unpredictable yet satisfying

Scene of the action: The Lake Starnberg region of the Bavarian Alps (Shutterstock)
Published on Mar 09, 2023 05:18 PM IST
ByAshwin Sanghi

Mani Rao, translator, Saundarya Lahari: I translate when a text takes hold of me

At the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2023, Rao spoke about ‘Wave of Beauty’, the English translation of the Sanskrit text attributed to Adi Shankaracharya.

Mani Rao, translator, Saundarya Lahari (Courtesy the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2023)
Updated on Mar 09, 2023 08:02 AM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Reading The Alice Project by Satwik Gade

A novel that examines its eponymous protagonist’s quest for meaning and his attempts to create a solid foundation for himself even as he battles a perpetual sense of emptiness

Friends spending time at Central Park, Connaught Place, in New Delhi (Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Mar 06, 2023 04:11 PM IST
BySaleem Rashid Shah

Book Box: The Goddess, the Writer of Science, and Women Who Fight

Celebrate the upcoming Women’s Day by reading these three books about women fighters. Anald meet Mahima Vashisht, the fiery and fearless newsletter writer.

Celebrating Women's Day.
Updated on Mar 06, 2023 04:08 PM IST

Women’s Day 2023 Aanchal Malhotra: History-writing can no longer be male dominated

As India celebrates 75 years of its independence, writer Aanchal Malhotra continues to narrate history through her words. Basking in the success of her latest work — The Book of Everlasting Things — she shares what it takes to make the female voice heard in the past, present and future.

Author Aanchal Malhotra recently received the 2022 Council for Museum Anthropology (CMA) Book Award.
Published on Mar 04, 2023 10:50 AM IST
ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

HT Picks; New Reads

This week’s list of interesting reads includes a memoir on the pleasures of bibliophily, a book that looks at the history of human migration, and the Maruti Suzuki story told through the voices of the workers

About bibliophily, the history of migration, and the Maruti Suzuki story told through the voices of the workers (HT Team,)
Published on Mar 03, 2023 10:20 PM IST
ByHT Team

Interview: Tsering Yangzom Lama, author, We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies - “Tibetans are always translating”

On exile, placing women at the centre of the narrative, and how the structure of Tibetan stories aligns with a samsaric understanding of life

Author Tsering Yangzom Lama (Courtesy the publisher)
Updated on Mar 04, 2023 11:58 AM IST
BySimar Bhasin

Review: Talking Life; Javed Akhtar In conversation with Nasreen Munni Kabir

In this conversational biography, poet, lyricist, and screenplay writer Javed Akhtar looks back at his struggles, mistakes, and penchant for swimming against the tide

Flashback: Javed Akhtar and Salim Khan in the 1970s. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 03, 2023 09:50 PM IST
ByLamat R Hasan

Review: In Hard Times; Security in a Time of Insecurity edited by Manoj Joshi, Praveen Swami and Nishtha Gautam

A new collection of essays outlines a security strategy to address the challenges of China and Pakistan

Indian army officer Capt Soiba Maningba Rangnamei of 16 Bihar Regiment during the clash with Chinese soldiers in the Galwan valley, Ladakh, in June 2020. (ANI)
Published on Mar 03, 2023 09:46 PM IST
ByPravin Sawhney

Report: Kolkata Literary Meet 2023

Refreshing conversations and weighty discussions transpired alongside each other at the 11th edition of the event

The Queersapien panel: (Left to Right) Sandip Roy, Sharif Rangnekar, Saurabh Kirpal, Sumita Beethi and Andrew Sean Greer (Courtesy Kolkata Literary Meet 2023)
Updated on Mar 03, 2023 03:17 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Excerpt: Migrants: The Story of Us All by Sam Miller

This extract from a new book, that presents the historical movements of everyone from the Vikings, African Americans, and the Jews to the Yahgans, Pocahontas and the Chinese, looks at how the argument about ancient migration is part of the struggle over the identity of modern India

Mohenjo Daro in contemporary Pakistan. Built around 2500 BCE, it was the largest settlement of the Harappan civilisation. “In their attempt to place the Indo-European homeland firmly in India, most Out of India supporters do not go nearly as far as Oak. And, fortunately, amateur linguistics plays a smaller role these days, on both sides of the Aryan argument. Archaeologists tried to resolve the issue by focusing on excavations at sites belonging to the Harappan civilisation that pre-date the early Sanskrit texts.” - Sam Miller (Shutterstock)
Updated on Mar 03, 2023 10:09 AM IST
BySam Miller

Interview: Shahrukhkhan Chavada, director, Kayo Kayo Colour

Screened at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the film follows the daily life of a Muslim family in an Ahmedabad ghetto

Shahrukhkhan Chavada (Courtesy the subject)
Updated on Mar 03, 2023 10:05 AM IST
ByArun AK

Review: The Laughter by Sonora Jha

White rage, racial prejudice and Muslim identity coalesce in this novel set in Seattle in the days preceding the 2016 US Presidential elections

The Laughter is set in Seattle, USA. (Shutterstock)
Published on Mar 01, 2023 07:31 PM IST
ByNeha Kirpal

Essay: Hit by a semal flower

A meditation on the appearance of these magnificent blooms that signal spring in Delhi

A feasting squirrel (Prerna Jain)
Updated on Feb 28, 2023 05:25 PM IST
ByPrerna Jain

Review: Life of an Industani: Six Degrees of Separation by Shiv Kunal Verma

From the 1984 Delhi carnage to the Bhopal gas tragedy, from human animal conflict stories to abject poverty in late 20th century India, this autobiography is also an account of India’s sociopolitical landscape from the 1980s to the present

A tiger in the Sundarbans in West Bengal. (Ashok Nath Dey/ Hindustan Times File Photo)
Updated on Mar 04, 2023 12:31 PM IST
ByLamat R Hasan

Book Box: Become a Master Persuader

Use these five techniques to get what you want. And meet Akash Rebello, the man who makes a living from persuasion.

Meet Akash Rebello.
Updated on Feb 28, 2023 08:46 AM IST

Andrew Sean Greer: “I am not very good at being angry”

The author of Less and Less is Lost talks about people being nice to him on Instagram, the fictional representations of older gay men, and about winning the Pulitzer Prize

Andrew Sean Greer (Civitella Ranieri)
Published on Feb 24, 2023 08:08 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

HT Picks; New Reads

On the reading list this week is a book that traces the evolution of photography in the subcontinent from the nineteenth century to the present, a tome that attempts to answer the question of whether Hindutva is different from Hinduism, and a biography of one of Twentieth century America’s most dynamic novelists

This week’s pick of interesting reads includes a volume on subcontinental photography, another that look at Hindutva and Hinduism, and a biography of a prominent American novelist (HT Team)
Updated on Feb 24, 2023 08:07 PM IST
ByHT Team

Review: Hitopadesha by Narayana, translated by Shonaleeka Kaul

Flexible and open to multiple interpretations, the Hitopadesha’s tales of wisdom from birds and beasts have a cross-cultural appeal

Right out of the Hitopadesha: Proboscis monkeys crossing the Kinabatangan river, in Sabah, Malaysia (Shutterstock)
Updated on Feb 24, 2023 08:04 PM IST
BySudhirendar Sharma

Review: The Anglo-Indians byBarry O’Brien

“Dear Anglos leaving India, Where you running off to men? Where? England? You going back home? Go, you buggers, go! Go see

Jennifer Kendal on the sets of 36 Chowringhee Lane on 12 September 1984. Kendal plays an Anglo Indian school teacher in the film. (HT Photo)
Published on Feb 24, 2023 08:02 PM IST
BySyed Saad Ahmed

Miranda Seymour: ‘Jean Rhys was far ahead of her time’

In an email interaction, biographer Miranda Seymour talked about visiting Roseau, the birthplace of the Dominican-British writer, to chronicle her adventurous life influenced by the island’s wild colours, smells, and conflicted history

Author Jean Rhys (Willie Christie)
Updated on Feb 25, 2023 05:14 PM IST
ByArunima Mazumdar

Excerpt: Unframed: Discovering Image Practices in South Asia

This edited extract from Mrinalini Venkateswara’s essay featured in a new book on photography in the Indian subcontinent looks at the accomplished work of Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II of Jaipur.

Self portrait: Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II of Jaipur (From Unframed)
Updated on Feb 23, 2023 07:32 PM IST
ByMrinalini Venkateswaran

Review: Death in Shambles by Stephen Alter

Retired Lionel Carmichael returns to the sleepy hill station of Debrakot expecting to lead a quiet life but quickly finds himself investigating a shocking double murder

Home in the hills: This could be Debrakot! (Shutterstock)
Published on Feb 23, 2023 04:33 PM IST
ByLamat R Hasan

Chaitanya Tamhane: ‘Creating poetry out of the very ordinary attracts me’

The director of Court and The Disciple talks about breaking out of the arthouse bubble and exploring new directions, and about his journey so far.

Filmmaker Chaitanya Tamhane (Courtesy the subject)
Updated on Feb 24, 2023 04:50 PM IST
ByMihir Chitre

Report: International Kolkata Book Fair 2023

This year, Asia’s largest book fair, with over 900 stalls and 20 participating countries, drew 26 lakh visitors and sold books worth more than ₹25 crore.

The 46th International Kolkata Book fair. (Swapan Mahapatra/PTI)
Updated on Feb 23, 2023 01:09 PM IST
ByChittajit Mitra

Review: Way of the Witch by Ipsita Roy Chakraverti

Written in a conversational style, this book which presents witches as icons of women’s empowerment maligned by mainstream religions, also shares tenets to help Wiccans get ahead

Interest in witches peaks around Halloween. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Feb 20, 2023 05:04 PM IST
ByLamat R Hasan
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