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Soraya Chemaly - “Equality in the law does not translate into daily life”

Updated on Jul 03, 2024 06:55 PM IST

Doing it all is what is infuriating women around the world. The author of Rage Becomes Her reveals why women must harness the power of female anger

Author Soraya Chemaly (Courtesy the subject)
ByTeja Lele

Review: Unashamed; Notes From The Diary Of A Sex Therapist by Neha Bhat

This practical and philosophical road map to overcoming shame offers a variety of strategies to help readers reclaim their true selves and live more joyous lives

Author Neha Bhat crafts a compelling narrative that delves into the psychological underpinnings of shame. (Shutterstock)
Published on Jul 03, 2024 02:37 PM IST
ByTakshi Mehta

Sumana Roy – “My idea of research is a bit like eavesdropping on oneself”

From Stratford-upon-Avon’s Shakespeare to Lillebonne’s Annie Ernaux, some of the world’s greatest writers grew up away from the bustle of city life. Here, the author, most recently, of Provincials, talks about memories of a childhood spent in Siliguri with notes on the lives and work of other authors who walked peripheral lanes before her

Author Sumana Roy (Tanita Abraham)
Published on Jul 01, 2024 08:31 PM IST
ByHuzan Tata

Book Box | The book club that cracked the personality code

A summer reading group discovers archetypes and the power of reading for relationships

Archetypes by Caroline Myss(Image from Caroline Myss's YouTube channel)
Published on Jun 29, 2024 11:33 PM IST

How to protect an endangered language

A new book looks at the threats facing six small languages and the efforts to save them

The death of languages often follows the same pattern. Conquest and colonisation lead to poverty, and sometimes an internalised shame. (Pixabay)
Published on Jun 29, 2024 08:00 AM IST
The Economist

HT Picks; New Reads

On the reading list this week is a book that combines Eastern systems of medicine with modern medical treatments for whole body wellness, a volume that brings Sikh women out of the shadows of contemporary Indian history, and another on Indian-Chinese relationships

This week’s pick of interesting reads includes a book on wellness, a volume on the grief and betrayal that Sikh women experienced in 1984, and another on Indian-Chinese relationships (HT Team)
Published on Jun 28, 2024 09:53 PM IST
ByHT Team

Review: The Shortest History of Democracy by John Keane

A fresh and bold perspective on democracy that spans the ancient popular assemblies of the Indian subcontinent and Syria-Mesopotamia and contemporary nations with their specific challenges

People queue up to cast their vote in New Delhi on May 25, 2024. (Altaf Qadri/AP Photo)
Updated on Jun 28, 2024 09:53 PM IST
BySaleem Rashid Shah

André Aciman – “Time is not always our friend”

On his new book, The Gentleman From Peru, the concept of rebirth, intergenerational relationships in his fiction, the irrealis mood, and reading the classics correctly

Andre Aciman (Courtesy the publisher)
Published on Jun 28, 2024 09:51 PM IST

Review: Trees of South India by Paul Blanchflower and Marie Demont

An identification guide that lists many trees that flourish across the Indian subcontinent, Trees of South India highlights the country’s awe-inspiring and fast depleting biodiversity

The Lalbagh Botanical Garden in Bengaluru (Hemant Mishra/ Mint/ Hindustan Times Media)
Published on Jun 28, 2024 09:50 PM IST
BySyed Saad Ahmed

Review: Nightbloom by Peace Adzo Medie

Reality is subjective and memories unforgiving in this novel set in Ghana and the US, that was longlisted for the Women’s Prize 2024

A street in Accra, Ghana. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 28, 2024 05:50 PM IST
BySimar Bhasin

To Lunuganga – architecture as autobiography

Two hours by road from Colombo, Lunuganga, the country estate of the renowned Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, encourages conversations around ecology and art

Located on the banks of the Dedduwa lake, Lunuganga turned 75 last year. (© Geoffrey Bawa and Lunuganga Trusts)
Published on Jun 27, 2024 08:48 PM IST

Review: How to Say Babylon by Safiya Sinclair

Safiya Sinclair’s memoir documents her life as a child in a strict Rastafarian household with an authoritarian father who fervently adhered to his Sinclair sect

A Rastafarian in Grenada(Shutterstock)
Published on Jun 27, 2024 06:36 PM IST

Amanda Jayatissa – “Writing about Yakkus and exorcisms was liberating”

The Sri Lankan writer’s third novel, ‘Island Witch’, is a supernatural thriller. In this interview conducted earlier this year at the Galle Literary Festival, Amanda Jayatissa spoke about the coming-of-age story that is also a reflection on the marginalisation of women, and the clash of cultures

Author Amanda Jayatissa (Shireen Quadri)
Published on Jun 26, 2024 07:27 PM IST
ByShireen Quadri

Review: Birds Aren’t Real by Peter McIndoe and Connor Gaydos

A clever bird-themed dystopian fable about the risks that come with the widespread denial of truth in a world rife with disinformation

The original billboard sponsored by the Birds Aren’t Real movement that was erected in Memphis, Tennessee. (Wikimedia Commons)
Updated on Jun 26, 2024 05:12 PM IST
BySaai Sudharsan Sathiyamoorthy

Andaleeb Wajid – “I don’t want my characters to be unidimensional”

On her latest novel, The Henna Start-up being shortlisted for the Neev Book Award, writing romances, her books being adapted for OTT, and her upcoming memoir

Author Andaleeb Wajid (Courtesy the subject)
Published on Jun 25, 2024 06:27 PM IST

Is the New York Times bestseller list politically biased?

Our investigation suggests it is

The New York Times Headquarters(Getty Images)
Published on Jun 23, 2024 08:00 AM IST
The Economist

Book Box | Three unexpected ways to introduce yourself

Experimenting with tell-me-about-yourself questions reveals creative ways of connecting with people

Sonya Dutta Choudhury(Sonya Dutta Choudhury)
Published on Jun 23, 2024 12:37 AM IST

HT Picks; New Reads

On the reading list this week is book that looks at how a fringe movement changed how a generation thinks about money, a coming-of-age narrative set in a coal-mining town, and a thriller about the terror in finding out who your family really is

This week’s pick of interesting reads includes a book on how a fringe movement changed investing, a narrative about growing up in a coal-mining town in India, and a thriller about the return of a mother who disappears and is presumed dead. (HT Team)
Published on Jun 21, 2024 10:25 PM IST
ByHT Team

Interview: Vincent Brown, Author, Tacky’s Revolt

On an important slave revolt during the 18th century Atlantic slave trade actually being part of a larger war between emerging colonial powers, the interconnected world, and how warfare has consequences in distant locales

Author Vincent Brown (Jaipur Literature Festival)
Published on Jun 21, 2024 10:23 PM IST
BySimar Bhasin

Review: Brotherless Night by VV Ganeshananthan

Winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2024, Brotherless Night is the story of a family caught between the violence of the state and of the militant Tamil Tigers during the Sri Lankan civil war

Civilians being displaced from parts of Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts after the Sri Lankan army’s military offensive in January 2009. (Courtesy Tamils Rehabilitation Organisation)
Published on Jun 21, 2024 10:23 PM IST
ByRutba Iqbal

Review: Rescuing a River Breeze by Mrinalini Harchandrai

A historical novel set in the days leading up to the liberation of Goa in 1961, Rescuing A River Breeze provides a snapshot of a vanished time while also examining the ideas of freedom and honesty

The Indian tricolour is unfurled in Goa on December 22, 1961, two days after the Portuguese surrender. (HT Archives)
Updated on Jun 21, 2024 10:23 PM IST
ByPercy Bharucha

Of temples, Tamil Nadu, and the interconnectedness of things

For the believer, a temple is the locus of mystique and might with the southern state’s ancient places of worship being particularly powerful. The author writes that, as she visited numerous temples there, she came to accept the Upanishadic insight that nothing ever happens by chance

The Airavatesvara Temple in Kumbakonam. (Srinivasan.Clicks/Shutterstock)
Published on Jun 21, 2024 03:41 PM IST
ByDevanshi Mody

Shōgun: Lost and found in translation

Unlike the 1980 TV adaptation and James Clavell’s novel, FX's Shōgun emphasises the Japanese perspective, as it explores the tension between fate and free will

A scene from Shogun (Courtesy FX)
Published on Jun 21, 2024 03:39 PM IST

Review: Loot by Tania James

Masterfully plotted, Loot, which plunges the reader into the heart of Tipu Sultan’s desperate last stand and then hurtles through the British conquest and beyond, is a novel dealing with revolutions and war, colonisation and cultural restitution, relationships, personal journeys and multicultural exchange

Portrait of Tipu Sultan by an anonymous Indian artist in Mysore, ca. 1790–1800. (Fowler&fowler/ Wikimedia Commons)
Published on Jun 20, 2024 04:45 PM IST
ByNikhil Kumar

Arundhathi Subramaniam – “I am aware now of how to turn rage into celebration”

The author of 11 books of poetry and prose talks about her latest work, Wild Women: Seekers, Protagonists and Goddesses in Sacred Indian Poetry and about winning the Mahakavi Kanhaiyalal Sethia Poetry Award

Poet Arundhathi Subramaniam (Penguin Random House India)
Published on Jun 19, 2024 07:01 PM IST

Must-reads for Pride Month

From the collection that shattered the idea that homosexuality is a 19th century Western invention to the Booker winning story of a boy growing up in Glasgow and the moving autobiography of a hijra, here’s a list of classic titles to read during this Pride Month

The Pride Parade in Bengaluru in 2017 (HT Photo)
Published on Jun 18, 2024 05:51 PM IST
BySharmistha Jha

KG Subramanyan at 100

Curated by Nancy Adajania, ‘One Hundred Years and Counting: Re-Scripting KG Subramanyan’ at Emami Art in Kolkata shows the master in a new light

Artist KG Subramanyan (1924-2016) (HT Photo)
Published on Jun 18, 2024 12:08 PM IST
ByShireen Quadri

Meet V.V (Sugi) Ganeshananthan, this year's Women's Prize for Fiction winner

Ganeshananthan, the writer of a novel set during the Sri Lankan civil war, talks about the term ‘terrorist’, feminist reading groups and the craft of writing

V.V (Sugi) Ganeshananthan and Brotherless Night(Women’s Prize)
Published on Jun 17, 2024 06:31 PM IST

Alex Michaelides: “Novels are about expansion”

The bestselling British-Cypriot author and screenwriter is best known for The Silent Patient, which sold a million copies worldwide. His new novel, The Fury, is set on a remote island in Greece much like the one where he grew up

Author Alex Michaelides (Wolf Marloh (USE))
Updated on Jun 15, 2024 09:02 AM IST

HT Picks; New Reads

On the reading list this week is a guide to five immensely popular eateries and their many offerings, a locked room murder mystery, and the first authoritative book on the Nagarwala scandal

This week’s pick of great reads includes a book on five famous eateries, a gripping locked room murder mystery, and a book on the Nagarwala scandal of the Indira Gandhi era. (HT Team)
Updated on Jun 15, 2024 09:00 AM IST
ByHT Team
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