Review: A Walk up the Hill by Madhav Gadgil

Updated on Oct 18, 2023 06:06 PM IST

A memoir that speaks against the hegemony of industrialists and governmental bodies and is also a study of Indian environmental movements

A view of the Western Ghats near Kolhapur. (Anil Velhal/Hindustan Times)
ByYashodhara Sirur

Shivaji Das, Yolanda Yu - “The objective was to make migrant workers visible”

The authors of The Visible Invisibles talk about the life stories of low-wage migrant workers that touch on wage theft, racism and unsafe working conditions

Migrant workers in Singapore (The Light Lab/Shutterstock)
Published on Oct 17, 2023 08:40 PM IST
BySimar Bhasin

Review: The Sufi’s Nightingale by Sarbpreet Singh

A fictionalised account of the life of a 16th-century Punjabi mystic and poet, Madho Lal Hussain, this novel unravels the tale of transcendental love and faith

People gathering around the well of fire and celebrating Mela Chiraghan at the shrine of Sufi saint Madho Lal Hussain near Lahore, Pakistan. (Sher Ali Photographer / Shutterstock)
Published on Oct 16, 2023 09:02 PM IST
ByLamat R Hasan

Book Box | 6 books, 3 podcasts to help you understand Israel-Palestine conflict

A list to help you wrap your head around the recent Hamas attack and the subsequent escalation of the long-simmering tension in West Asia

Palestine by Joe Sacco
Published on Oct 15, 2023 09:02 AM IST

Movies as endless commercials

Films are no longer just a catalyst to sell pre-existing product lines. Instead, as Barbie, Air and Flamin’ Hot show, they have become obsessed with mythifying the product itself

Ben Affleck as Phil Knight in ‘Air’. The Ben Affleck-directedfilm tells the story about how Nike managed to woo NBA rookie Michael Jordan to sign the sponsorship deal that launched the iconic Air Jordan line. (Amazon Studios)
Published on Oct 14, 2023 11:39 AM IST

Tess Gunty, author, The Rabbit Hutch– ‘I never force a moral project on my work’

The winner of the US National Book Award for fiction on being transported to an extraordinary place when she’s writing

Author Tess Gunty (Courtesy the subject)
Updated on Oct 14, 2023 08:04 AM IST
ByShireen Quadri

HT Picks; New Reads

This week’s pick of interesting reads includes a cookbook that celebrates the versatility of Indian street food, a volume that combines enthralling nature writing and journalism with immersive art and photography, and a granular account of the harshness of prison life

On the reading list this week is a book of street food recipes, a volume of environmental writing, and a compassionate account of prison life. (HT Team)
Updated on Oct 14, 2023 06:44 AM IST
ByHT Team

Review: Quarterlife by Devika Rege

Devika Rege’s debut novel is a collective portrait of 2014 that gives voice to a contrasting group of millennials

BJP supporters celebrate in New Delhi as election results show a landslide win for the BJP led NDA on May 16, 2014. (Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Oct 14, 2023 06:40 AM IST
BySaudamini Jain

Review: Becoming Baba Saheb by Aakash Singh Rathore

While Aakash Singh Rathore’s writing occasionally teeters on the edge of adulation, on the whole, Becoming Baba Saheb conveys Ambedkar’s achievements in a way that’s dispassionate yet engrossing

Dr BR Ambedkar (HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 14, 2023 09:02 AM IST
BySyed Saad Ahmed

What to read by and about Iranian women

The authors of these five books describe the complexity and hardship of women’s lives in Iran

FILE - Iranian Narges Mohammadi, delegate of the Center for Human Rights Defenders, listens to a question during a press conference on the Assessment of the Human Rights Situation in Iran, at the U.N. headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on June 9, 2008. The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Narges Mohammadi for fighting oppression of women in Iran. The chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced the prize Friday, Oct. 6, 2023 in Oslo. (Magali Girardin/Keystone via AP, File)(AP)
Published on Oct 13, 2023 07:16 PM IST
The Economist

Lit talk at this fest will celebrate writer Khushwant Singh's legacy

All roads for bibliophiles lead to the hills as the three-day festival at Kasauli, dedicated to late writer Khushwant Singh, returns with 50 plus speakers.

The Khushwant Singh Literature Festival, happening in Kasauli, has a stellar line-up of speakers such Anjum Hasan (author), Anup Soni (actor), Kubbra Sait (actor) and Maria Goretti ( TV host).
Published on Oct 13, 2023 08:54 AM IST

On Bhutan’s emerging publishing scene

With the rise of self publishing and a fresh generation of authors and creative entrepreneurs, Bhutan is writing a new chapter of its literary history

A session on the publishing scene in Bhutan at the Bhutan Echoes Literature Festival held in Thimphu in August 2023 (Bhutan Echoes Literature Festival)
Published on Oct 12, 2023 08:56 PM IST
ByShireen Quadri

Essay: Defiance in tough times

For centuries, writers and commentators have been persecuted for merely holding views contrary to those in power

Holding back (Shutterstock)
Published on Oct 11, 2023 08:43 PM IST
ByFarzana Versey

Review: The Peacemakers by Ghazala Wahab

A collection of 12 essays by a diverse group of writers focuses on people who have risked their lives to bring about peace in the midst of violence

In The Anti-Sikh Pogrom of 1984: Three Days of Horror, journalist Rahul Bedi writes about additional deputy commissioner of police Maxwell Pereira who, along with a group of over 20 police officers, prevented a mob from entering the Sis Ganj Sahib gurudwara in Delhi. The Peacemakers focuses on individuals like Pereira who worked to bring about peace in the midst of violence. (HT Photo)
Published on Oct 11, 2023 08:29 PM IST

Have patience and be persistent: Sudha Murty’s advice to the youth

Author-philanthropist Sudha Murty talks to us about receiving the Global Indian award, facing social media trolls and more

Author Sudha Murty was recently conferred the Global Indian award, making her the first woman to achieve it(Instagram)
Published on Oct 11, 2023 12:18 PM IST

Adventures at ground Ziro

Bands like Taba Chake, Jatayu and the Boo Boo Bama Orchestra made great music at this year’s Ziro Festival in Arunachal Pradesh

Music under the stars (Mihir Chitre)
Published on Oct 10, 2023 08:24 PM IST
ByMihir Chitre

Interview: Vikramajit Ram, author, Mansur - “It all comes to edit, edit, edit”

On the historical novel set in the Mughal era that’s on the longlist for the JCB Prize for Literature this year

Author Vikramjit Ram (Courtesy Pan Macmillan)
Published on Oct 09, 2023 08:41 PM IST

Israel-Palestine conflict: 5 must-read books for comprehensive understanding

Explore these five books to gain a comprehensive understanding of the long-standing Israel-Palestine conflict.

Palestinians carry their belongings as they walk on a debris-strewn street in the aftermath of Israeli strikes, following a Hamas surprise attack, at Beach refugee camp, in Gaza City, October 9, 2023.(Reuters)
Published on Oct 09, 2023 10:45 AM IST

Book Box | A favourite short story and the latest Cormoran Strike

Journeying through 'The Paper Menagerie,' 'The Covenant of Water,' and Robert Galbraith's (JK Rowling's pseudonym) latest 'The Running Grave'

The Running Grave
Published on Oct 07, 2023 07:06 PM IST

Review: Heavy Metal by Ameer Shahul

An in-depth account of how a multinational company disregarded human and natural welfare, which led to worker fatalities and the irreversible poisoning of Kodaikanal’s pristine ecosystem

Paradise lost: Kodaikanal (HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 07, 2023 09:24 AM IST
BySudhirendar Sharma

HT Picks; New Reads

This week’s list of interesting reads includes a book on the North Sentinelese tribe of the Andaman Islands, a collection of 12 accounts of rescued child slaves, and a volume on the cat in our written and oral literatures

On the reading list this week is a book on the North Sentinelese tribe, stories of child slaves, and a volume on cats in literature and art (HT Team)
Updated on Oct 07, 2023 09:24 AM IST
ByHT Team

Nishant Injam – “I felt like an alien entering a posh land”

The author of The Best Possible Experience talks about culture shock, the disorientation that comes with immigration, and writing his way out of his software job

Author Nishant Injam (Courtesy the subject)
Updated on Oct 07, 2023 09:34 AM IST
BySaudamini Jain

Review: Smoke and Ashes by Amitav Ghosh

The author’s new non fiction volume unravels the close ties between the colonial opium trade and the emergence of modernity

The finished opium balls are stored before shipping in the Stacking Room, where 'a number of boys are constantly engaged in stacking, turning, airing, and examining the balls. To clear them of mildew, moths or insects, they are rubbed with dried and crushed poppy petal dust. Finally, the balls are transferred into cardboard boxes and loaded into ships bound for Calcutta and, ultimately, China – original caption to the lithograph by Captain Walter Stanhope Sherwill. (Universal Images Group via Getty)
Updated on Oct 07, 2023 09:38 AM IST
ByUttaran Das Gupta

Review: Heavy Metal by Ameer Shahul

An in-depth account of how a multinational company disregarded human and natural welfare, which led to worker fatalities and the irreversible poisoning of Kodaikanal’s pristine ecosystem

Paradise lost: Kodaikanal (HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 07, 2023 09:28 AM IST
BySudhirendar Sharma

Review: In Ascension by Martin McInnes

A beautifully written novel that juxtaposes the value of an individual life with the value of our planet, home to millions of species of living organisms

Space, the final frontier: a view from space to a galaxy and stars. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Oct 09, 2023 12:19 PM IST
ByHritik Verma

The English moors: of furze, whinstone and wild passion

From the Brontës to Arthur Conan Doyle and Paul Kingsnorth, this dark and wind-blasted landscape has inspired authors down the ages

Bodmin moor in Cornwall, England. (Shutterstock)
Published on Oct 05, 2023 09:08 PM IST
ByTeja Lele

Review: The Portrait of a Secret by Tarun Mehrishi

A painter fleeing the Bolshevik Revolution, the Cold War, a dead Indian Prime Minister and a daring art heist... With a narrative that merges actual historical characters and events with fiction, this novel keeps readers guessing

A vintage postal stamp of Nicholas Roerich (1874-1947) (AnilD/Shutterstock)
Updated on Oct 05, 2023 04:52 PM IST
BySaleem Rashid Shah

Humans of Thimphu: An archive of portraits, one story at a time

Street photographer Tandin Phurba talks about building an archive of the hopes and dreams, struggles and triumphs of the people of Bhutan

Tandin Phurba, the founder of Humans of Thimphu (Courtesy the subject)
Published on Oct 04, 2023 10:41 PM IST
ByShireen Quadri

A writer living on fiktion

On how the author’s time on a fellowship in Germany led him into a quagmire of Kafkaesque bureaucracy and made him confront the inscrutable ways of power

Land-Art Installation in Stuttgart Forest, “Birds”, poem by Maaz Bin Bilal, installation by Samuel Collins and Mo Langmuir. (Courtesy Maaz Bin Bilal)
Updated on Oct 03, 2023 02:02 PM IST
ByMaaz Bin Bilal

Interview: David Hardiman, author, Noncooperation in India

On Gandhi Jayanti, one of the founding members of the Subaltern Studies Group talks about writing a history of the Noncooperation Movement

MK Gandhi during the Dandi March in 1930. (HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 02, 2023 04:50 PM IST
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