Kiran Manral, Author: ‘I have become increasingly self-critical over the years’

Updated on Apr 03, 2023 07:09 PM IST

The best selling author and columnist, whose latest book is All Those Who Wander, talks about writing in multiple genres

Author Kiran Manral (Courtesy the subject)
ByArunima Mazumdar

Book Box: A Guide to Help Women Get Rich

Start the new financial year with books to help you get rich. And meet financial coach Lisa Pallavi Barbora, who tells us which books we should avoid.

Lisa Pallavi Barbora.
Updated on Apr 08, 2023 01:11 PM IST

Excerpt: When Ardh Satya Met Himmatwala by Avijit Ghosh

This edited extract from a new book on 1980s Bombay cinema looks at the Disco phenomenon in Hindi films of the era

Mithun Chakraborty and Ranjeeta Kaur doing their disco moves (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 01, 2023 02:04 PM IST
ByAvijit Ghosh

Review: Chaff and Grain by Vivek Sood

Senior lawyer Vivek Sood’s book, which touches on subjects ranging from the abuse of criminal law to fake encounters, aims to demystify legal issues

A view of the Supreme Court of India. (Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Mar 31, 2023 11:29 PM IST

HT Picks; New Reads

On the reading list this week is a book on Hindi cinema in the 1980s, another on the life of the master of the nagasvaram and the genre of periya melam in south Indian classical music, and a history of censorship, hate speech, and majoritarianism in post-Partition South Asia

The story of a disruptive decade in Hindi cinema, the life of the master of the nagasvaram, and a history of censorship, hate speech, and majoritarianism in post-Partition South Asia feature on this week’s pick of interesting reads. (HT Team)
Updated on Mar 31, 2023 05:42 PM IST
ByHT Team

Interview: Mehdi Hasan, author, Win Every Argument

The British-American journalist talks about how it’s become tougher to get serving politicians and officials to talk on camera, the preparation required to appear effortless on TV, connecting with audiences, fighting Islamophobia, and how to be a better listener and speaker

Author Mehdi Hasan (Courtesy the subject)
Updated on Mar 31, 2023 05:56 PM IST
ByMajid Maqbool

Review: The Body by the Shore by Tabish Khair

"The Body by the Shore" by Tabish Khair is a complex sci-fi thriller with elements of Scandinavian noir that explores themes of climate change, racism, abuse of power and science. Set in a quasi-dystopian future, the narrative follows three seemingly unconnected plot lines that converge to examine humankind's place in the cosmos and its ability to wreak systemic havoc on the world and on fellow beings.

The sort of place that Michelle finds herself in. An oil rig in the North Sea. (Carsten Rehder/picture alliance via Getty Images)
Updated on Mar 31, 2023 05:46 PM IST
BySonali Mujumdar

Indira Chandrasekhar, Out of Print: Stories that compel us tend to ask questions

The writer and literary curator talks about the 12-year-old online platform for short fiction, the publishing ecosystem, and what she looks for in a story

Indira Chandrasekhar, founding editor, Out of Print (Courtesy the subject)
Updated on Mar 30, 2023 07:56 PM IST
BySuhit Bombaywala

A grand mela of dance, music, literature, and culture

The Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival 2023 stood out for its inclusivity and its inspired programming

The Azad, Virasat and Lakshmi bands performed at Safed Baradari during the Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival 2023. (Courtesy Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival)
Published on Mar 30, 2023 04:09 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Divorce Story

Based on Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s debut novel, the Disney+Hotstar series makes viewers think about how women are transformed in male-centric narratives even as it takes them on a non-linear tour of a marriage from beginning to end

Publicity poster for Fleishman is in Trouble (Disney+Hotstar)
Updated on Mar 29, 2023 05:16 PM IST

Report: Shyam Benegal Retrospective

The recent retrospective of filmmaker Shyam Benegal’s cinema featured screenings of his classic films and discussions by actors who reminisced about working with him

Director, scriptwriter and documentary filmmaker Shyam Benegal at his office in Tardeo, Mumbai, on September 30, 2021 (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 28, 2023 08:30 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Review: Trust by Hernan Diaz

Revisiting a novel that might have missed winning the 2022 Booker Prize but is sure to continue to say more each time you read it

New York’s Financial District in a photo taken from a US Army plane in 1920. (Everett Collection/Shutterstock)
Updated on Mar 27, 2023 07:48 PM IST
ByRahul Singh

Book Box: How to Avert a Financial Collapse

Explore solutions to a crisis by understanding financial systems with these 6 books. And meet Ashish Chauhan, CEO of the National Stock Exchange, for a bookish conversation

Ashish Chauhan, CEO, NSE.
Updated on Mar 28, 2023 02:11 PM IST

Review: One Way to Love by Andaleeb Wajid

In One Way to Love, the first novel of the Jasmine Villa series, the beautiful Tehzeeb Hasan marries the man she falls unexpectedly in love with and goes on to discover the complexities of marriage

Straight out of a rom-com: This could be Tehzeeb and Ayub falling in love over a meal. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Mar 25, 2023 02:41 PM IST
ByNeha Kirpal

Interview: Saurabh Kirpal, senior advocate and author

On his new book, speaking truth to power, and why marriage equality still hasn’t been achieved in India

Senior advocate and author Saurabh Kirpal (Courtesy the publisher)
Published on Mar 25, 2023 11:47 AM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Manreet Sodhi Someshwar, author, The Partition Trilogy - “We are all villains”

On her fictional recounting of the great migration of 1947 whose aftershocks still haunt the Indian subcontinent

Author Manreet Sodhi Someshwar (Courtesy the subject)
Published on Mar 24, 2023 04:05 PM IST
BySimar Bhasin

HT Picks; New Reads

On the reading list this week is a book that looks at the challenges facing Indian women scientists, a memoir that chronicles a lifetime of service to the Tibetan cause, and a volume that ruminates on the influence of the ideas of writers, thinkers, poets and public figures

This week’s pick of interesting reads includes a book on Indian women scientists, a memoir of a lifetime spent serving the Dalai Lama, and essays that look at the influence of the ideas of writers and thinkers. (HT Team)
Published on Mar 24, 2023 04:04 PM IST
ByHT Team

Review: The Blue Women by Anukrti Upadhyay

Short stories about real women and their complicated relationships with the world and with themselves

Of real women and their complicated relationships with the world and themselves. At a step well in Rajasthan. (Shutterstock)
Published on Mar 24, 2023 04:02 PM IST
ByArunima Mazumdar

Sacred Spirit Festival 2023: A river of music that washed away my inner debris

From Manganiyar musicians, Carnatic vocalists, Mongolian throat singers and Uzbek dancers to Bauls and famous players of the Mohan veena, the Sacred Spirit Festival 2023 was an aural feast

A morning concert by the Jaswant Thada Lake at Sacred Spirit Festival 2023. (Mehrangarh Museum Trust and Bling Ping Motion Pictures)
Updated on Mar 23, 2023 08:40 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Review: The Hills are Burning by Anirban Bhattacharyya

The troubles in the hills of West Bengal in the 1980s and the Gorkhaland agitation there form the backdrop of this coming-of-age tale

Protestors demanding the formation of Gorkhaland state comprising the Darjeeling district and parts of the Dooars at Darjeeling rail station on October 03, 2015. (Samir Jana/Hindustan Times)
Published on Mar 23, 2023 05:13 PM IST
BySaleem Rashid Shah

Excerpt: Life and Legend of Bhagat Singh by Chaman Lal

On the 102nd anniversary of the colonial government’s execution of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, this extract looks at the reaction across the country to the hanging

Bhagat Singh (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 23, 2023 12:49 PM IST
ByChaman Lal

Essay: Of avian romance in the Capital

From the loud anthem of the brown-headed barbet to the frenetic dance of the purple sunbird, love is in the air for Delhi’s birds

Purple sunbirds (Prerna Jain)
Updated on Mar 21, 2023 06:18 PM IST
ByPrerna Jain

Jyoti Patel, The Things That We Lost: ‘This novel was a reflection of real life’

The author who was born in Paris to British Indian parents and now lives in London talks about belonging, a central theme in diasporic literature, and the inheritance of loss that migration engenders

Author Jyoti Patel (Mark Strauss)
Updated on Mar 20, 2023 08:04 PM IST
ByShireen Quadri 

Book Box: Fighting the Patriarchs with a Bookstore Crawl in NYC

Uncover the secrets of patriarchal domination in these four books. And meet the amazing Angela Saini, author of the sensational new book on the origins of patriarchy.

Mcknally Jackson Seaport, NYC.
Updated on Mar 18, 2023 02:03 PM IST

Essay: On watching The Lying Life of Adults

The Netflix series is possibly better than the Elena Ferrante novel on which it is based

A scene from The Lying Life of Adults (Netflix)
Updated on Mar 17, 2023 07:05 PM IST
ByNidhi Dugar Kundalia

HT Picks; New Reads

On the reading list this week is a volume that makes a case for why political speech must be constitutionally protected, a book that examines the President’s role when authoritarian governments are voted into power, and a coming-of-age novel set in troubled times

This week’s pick of interesting reads includes a volume that stresses the need for free speech, a book that examines the President’s role when authoritarian governments are voted into power, and a coming-of-age novel. (HT Team)
Published on Mar 17, 2023 05:40 PM IST
ByHT Team

Interview: Ben Schott, author, Jeeves and the Leap of Faith - “There is a clarity in the way Wodehouse uses words”

When and how did you fall in love with the work of PG Wodehouse?When I was a child, my father used to read to me

Author Ben Schott (Courtesy the Kolkata Literary Meet)
Updated on Mar 17, 2023 05:41 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Review: Friends with Benefits; The India-US Story by Seema Sirohi

A new book aims to show that the relationship between India and the US has shifted from being one of mutual suspicion to one of mutual conviviality

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets US President Joe Biden as India's Foreign Minister S Jaishankar looks on during the G20 leaders' summit in Bali, Indonesia, on November 15, 2022. (REUTERS)
Published on Mar 17, 2023 05:36 PM IST
ByPravin Sawhney

Review: Maulana Azad; A Life

S Irfan Habib’s biography of Maulana Azad presents his untiring efforts to unite Hindus and Muslims through speeches and writings, and also enlightens the reader about other forgotten Muslim champions of a unified India

Jawaharlal Nehru, Maulana Azad and Sir Maurice Gwyer at the silver jubilee function of the Indian Historical Records Commission in 1944. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 17, 2023 05:35 PM IST
ByArun AK

Report: The India Pen Show 2023

Fountain pen enthusiasts, collectors, and sellers of pens, inks, stationery and accessories participated in the event

Diya Vadodaria Hillman of Mumbai holds up a fountain pen by Acriv, her company, which specialises in nibs made by folding a piece of titanium, a rare technique. Hillman says she uses titanium because it is tough enough to go “to hell and back”. (Suhit Bombaywala)
Updated on Mar 16, 2023 08:04 PM IST
BySuhit Bombaywala
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