HT Picks; New Reads

Published on Feb 10, 2023 04:11 PM IST

This week’s reading list includes a book that traces the evolution of Indian civilization, a volume featuring watercolours, drawings, etchings, sketches, and lithographs by senior Indian modernists from the Gaur Collection, and an Ayurvedic cookbook

This week’s list of interesting reads includes a volume that traces the evolution of Indian civilization through different epochs, another that features over 100 watercolours, drawings, etchings, sketches, and lithographs by senior Indian modernists, and a book of Ayurvedic recipes. (HT Team)
ByHT Team

Review: Sing, Dance and Pray by Hindol Sengupta

This biography of Srila Prabhupada, founder of ISKCON, provides an insight into the history of the Hare Krishna movement, which grew out of the interface between Gaudiya Vaishnavism and American counterculture

An ISKCON ratha yatra procession in Kolkata in a picture dated June 21, 2012. (Ramkrishna Samanta/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Feb 10, 2023 04:10 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Interview: Tiffany Tsao - “Indonesian literature is less well known”

The author of The Majesties talks about the Chinese community in Indonesia, and about translating Indonesian authors like Budi Darma and Norman Erikson Pasaribu

Author Tiffany Tsao (Jaipur Literature Festival)
Published on Feb 10, 2023 04:10 PM IST
ByArunima Mazumdar

Review: The Mahatma on Celluloid by Prakash Magdum

India’s colonial government in 1927 appointed a committee headed by T Rangachariar, a former judge of the Madras High Court, to investigate the growth of the new medium of cinema that seemed to have become immensely popular in the country

MK Gandhi in Noakhali, Assam, during the partition riots of 1947. (HT Photo)
Published on Feb 10, 2023 04:09 PM IST
ByUttaran Das Gupta

Ret Ki Machli: An autobiographical novel that was conveniently forgotten

Ret Ki Machli is the story of a young woman who falls in love with and marries an author against the wishes of her family. Many believe Kanta Bharti wrote her own story

Ret Ki Machli: A tale of love, toxicity and infidelity (Shutterstock)
Updated on Feb 10, 2023 09:03 AM IST
ByMayank Jain Parichha

Review: Still Born by Guadalupe Nettel

A book that takes readers into the lives of two contemporary Mexican women as they bond over their shared attitudes towards motherhood and later as they develop differing views towards it, this is a study of an enduring friendship and an examination of women’s choices and freedoms in a restrictive society

On female friendship. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Feb 09, 2023 03:44 PM IST
ByHritik Verma

Essay: The Mahabharata – beyond the harrowing angst

First published in 1965, Kamala Subramaniam’s excellent 870-page translation attained a fresh awareness of the life code laid out in Vyasa’s epic

A performance in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, of the play ‘Doot Ghatotkacham’ Ghatotakacha, son of Hidimba and Bheema, who wreaks havoc on the Kauravas. Episodes from the Mahabharata continue to inspire creative expression. (Deepak Sansta/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 09, 2023 09:59 AM IST

Review: The Last Tiger by Ruskin Bond

From Corbett’s tigers to birdsong in a Mussoorie forest, this collection of animal stories includes the author’s fondest memories of nature and wildlife

A cottage at the edge of the forest in the lower Himalayas. (Deepak Sansta/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 07, 2023 07:03 PM IST
ByNeha Kirpal

Excerpt: A New History of India by R Mukherjee, S Punja and T Sinclair

This extract from a new book, that presents India’s history from its origins to the 21st century, looks at the period of political unrest leading up to independence

Jawaharlal Nehru Addressing the Midnight Session of the constituent Assembly of India on 15 August 1947. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 07, 2023 07:17 PM IST
ByRudrangshu Mukherjee, Shobhita Punja, Toby Sinclair

Book Box: Create Your Home Library

Decide your library vibe, measure bookshelves to match, and create your reading sanctuary.

Creating your home library.
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 10:21 AM IST

HT Picks; New Reads

This week’s list of interesting reads includes a book on Lata Mangeshkar, Keigo Higashino’s latest crime thriller, and a volume that traces the history of India’s reservation policy

On the reading list this week are an ode to the majestic life of one of India’s most loved vocal artists, Keigo Higashino’s new mind-bending mystery, and a volume that traces the history and making of the reservation policy in India. (HT Team)
Published on Feb 03, 2023 09:22 PM IST
ByHT Team

Shobhaa De – “I frequently falter”

On her new memoir, Insatiable; My Hunger for Life, confronting uncomfortable truths, her equation with her family, reality TV, and the pervasiveness of politics

Author Shobhaa De (HarperCollins)
Published on Feb 03, 2023 09:21 PM IST
ByArunima Mazumdar

Review: The Blue Bar by Damayanti Biswas

A whodunit set in Mumbai that features a tortured police inspector trying to come to grips with his past even as he investigates a chilling new case

A dance bar in Mumbai in 2005 (HT Photo)
Published on Feb 03, 2023 09:19 PM IST
ByNeha Kirpal

Shehan Karunatilaka – “Writing a queer novel was never my intention”

On his native Sri Lanka, queer rights, civil war, the hungry ghosts of Buddhist literature, and the inspiration behind the central character in his Booker Prize winning novel The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida

Shehan Karunatilaka (Hachette India)
Published on Feb 03, 2023 09:17 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Report: Jaipur Literature Festival 2023

The 16th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival saw everyone from the Nobel laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah and Booker prize winners in attendance and featured interesting sessions that included marginalized voices

Nobel laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah at JLF 2023 (Jaipur Literature Festival)
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 10:40 AM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Sanjeev Dutta: ‘A screenwriter may or may not help society but can destroy it’

The screenwriter of such popular films as Barfi and Life in a Metro talks about his professional journey, his collaborations, why he thinks writers can destroy society, and being influenced by Woody Allen

Sanjeev Dutta - “I work for money!” (Mihir Chitre)
Updated on Feb 02, 2023 08:16 PM IST
ByMihir Chitre

Review: The Future Is Degrowth by Schmelzer, Vetter and Vansintjan

A comprehensive primer on “degrowth”, this book states that while growth is a powerful stabilizing mechanism of capitalist modernity, it destabilizes the ecological foundations of human life. The idea, then, is to organise society and the economy on the basis of well-being

Protestors at the global climate strike and Fridays for Future demonstration in Stockholm, Sweden, on September 20, 2019. (Shutterstock)
Published on Feb 01, 2023 07:18 PM IST
BySankar Ray

Review: Hazaar Rang Shaairi, selected, edited and translated by Anisur Rahman

The anthology, which presents 140 nazms by 70 poets dating from the 16th century to the present, puts a premium on the creative transposition of the text and its emotional impact

While the popularity of the ghazal has persisted with the form being feted at events like the annual Jashn-e-Rekhta Festival, the nazm too is enduring. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 02, 2023 07:46 AM IST
ByShafey Kidwai

Excerpt: Lata Mangeshkar: A Life in Music by Yatindra Mishra

This extract from a new translation by Ira Pande of the National Award winning biography Lata: Sur Gatha presents the close relationship between Lata Mangeshkar and her sister Asha Bhosle

Asha Bhosle and Lata Mangeshkar (R) in a picture dated March 31, 2013. (Vidya Subramanian/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jan 31, 2023 07:54 PM IST
ByYatindra Mishra

ChatGPT and the future of writing

Whether Artificial Intelligence replaces authors, teachers and artists entirely or just helps them be more creative and productive, it’s certain that it will transform the way we read, write and learn

AI can write poetry, essays, stories, movie scripts and even generate website code snippets. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jan 30, 2023 08:27 PM IST
ByNidhi Dugar Kundalia

Book Box: Engaging with Democracy

This Republic Day weekend, celebrate by engaging with these 4 books on democracy.

Jaipur Lit Fest.
Updated on Jan 30, 2023 08:31 AM IST

HT Picks; New Reads

The reading list this week includes a volume that traces the history of Hindi-language journalism in India from the early days of nationalist newspapers to the present, an intimate chronicle of a family of writers, and a compendium of dals and dal-based dishes

Interesting reads this week include a history of Hindi-language journalism in India, a chronicle of a literary family that brings alive its members over the generations, and a cook book of dals from across the country. (HT Team)
Published on Jan 27, 2023 11:44 PM IST
ByHT Team

Review: The Book of Everlasting Things by Aanchal Malhotra

Oral historian Aanchal Malhotra’s debut novel touches on perfumery, calligraphy and the First World War as it turns on a love story cut short by Partition

Rose petals heaped on the floor of the Molinard factory in Grasse waiting to be put into the distilling vats used for making essence in this picture dated 26 May 1955. (George W Hales/Fox Photos/Getty Images)
Updated on Jan 28, 2023 04:19 PM IST
BySaudamini Jain

Interview: Siddhartha Mukherjee, author, Song of the Cell

Oncologist, immunologist, cell biologist and author Siddhartha Mukherjee talks about the future of new humans and how the new understanding of cell biology changed the course of cancer therapies

Siddhartha Mukherjee (Deborah Feingold)
Published on Jan 27, 2023 11:44 PM IST
ByShireen Quadri

Salil Tripathi - “These writers exemplify courage in its rawest form”

On the anthology ‘For, In Your Tongue, I Cannot Fit’ about courage and resistance that he co-authored with artist Shilpa Gupta

Author Salil Tripathi (Tim Sassoon)
Published on Jan 27, 2023 11:44 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Report: Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2023

The 14th edition of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival was packed with sessions on mental health, Partition narratives, queer literature, murder mysteries, translation, graphic novels, food, dance, bookselling, Dalit writing, poetry and historical fiction

Transgender activist Anindya Hajra in conversation with transgender activist and author Akkai Padmashali about their memoir A Small Step in a Long Journey. (Courtesy AKLF)
Updated on Jan 30, 2023 08:24 AM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Review: Himalaya: Exploring the Roof of the World by John Keay

A book that incorporates elements of history and biography, Himalaya touches on everything from colonial expeditions to Tibet to amorous glaciers, Buddhist scholars and Swiss geologists to present a picture of the world’s tallest mountain range.

The Himalayas (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jan 27, 2023 07:09 AM IST
BySyed Saad Ahmed

Prince Harry: Definitely not a nullity

Spare proves that while royals might lead a life of privilege, they also have to endure the torture of living in a gilded cage

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex. (REUTERS)
Published on Jan 26, 2023 06:40 PM IST
ByNeha Kirpal

Essay: On remixing history

From Apple TV’s Dickinson to Netflix’s Persuasion and Hulu’s The Great, period accuracy is out and creative anachronisms are in. While this might upset the purist, it is an interesting approach that injects freshness into classic material

A scene from Dickinson. (Apple TV+)
Updated on Jan 25, 2023 08:04 PM IST
ByPrahlad Srihari

Interview: Swethaa S Ballakrishnen, author, Accidental Feminism

The professor of law at the University of California-Irvine on their book which looks at how elite law firms offer an oasis for women within a hostile, predominantly male industry

Author Swethaa Ballakrishnen (Courtesy the subject)
Updated on Jan 24, 2023 06:29 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi
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