Book Box | On building libraries and burning books

Published on Jul 08, 2023 12:53 PM IST

Moving from the renovated David Sassoon Library to four books that trace the history of burning libraries, their resilience and the emotions they evoke

The newly renovated David Sassoon public library in Kala Ghoda, Mumbai. (Courtesy the author)

Excerpt: Hills of Paradise by Mineke Schipper

This extract debunks Freudian notions to suggest that the male envy of the female abilty to procreate is what lies at the root of violence directed at women

Women and the power of procreation (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 08, 2023 01:15 AM IST
ByMineke Schipper

Interview: Danya Kukafka, author, Notes on an Execution – “The crime genre is becoming more victim-focused”

On using multiple perspectives to explore trauma and delve into the mind of a condemned serial killer as he awaits execution

Author Danya Kukafka (Courtesy the subject)
Updated on Jul 07, 2023 11:49 PM IST
ByShireen Quadri

HT Picks; New Reads

The reading list this week includes a volume on the history, philosophy and beautiful artworks of the Pushti Marg faith, a book that examines why India’s foreign policy is often characterized by multiple hesitations that may impede the nation’s growth to power, and a novel that intertwines past and present to tell the tale of two unforgettable characters

A volume on the history, philosophy and artworks of the Pushti Marg faith, a book on what ails India’s foreign policy, and a novel that tells the tale of two people separated by 80 years make it to the list of interesting reads this week. (HT Team)
Updated on Jul 07, 2023 11:44 PM IST
ByHT Team

Review: Bondhu by Kunal Sen

Kunal Sen’s biography of his father film maker Mrinal Sen provides a picture of the auteur’s family life and friendships, and glimpses of an unusual father-son relationship

Film maker Mrinal Sen (HT Archive)
Updated on Jul 07, 2023 11:41 PM IST
ByShoma A Chatterji

Review: Water in a Broken Pot byYogesh Maitreya

Justifying the author’s vulnerabilities with elaborate social commentary, this Dalit memoir lucidly decodes society’s ways of sensing and seeing

Author Yogesh Maitreya (Courtesy Penguin)
Updated on Jul 07, 2023 11:39 PM IST
BySuraj Yengde

Review: The Village Maestro & 100 Other Stories by Varghese Mathai

The 101 micro-stories in this volume draw from a world of wisdom and offer peace and healing even as they urge the reader to become a catalyst for change

In one of the stories in this collection, Varghese Mathai points out that a spider can exert 172 times its body weight on an object. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 06, 2023 05:08 PM IST
ByLamat R Hasan

Review: The Home Scar by Kathleen MacMahon

A novel that asks how much can we truly know about those we are closest to, and by extension, about ourselves

Connemara in County Galway, Ireland. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 06, 2023 05:00 PM IST
ByHritik Verma

Report: Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival

The fourteenth edition of the festival was a remarkable celebration of queer joy that also provided a great opportunity to socialise

Director Onir and actor Raveena Tandon at the festival. (Courtesy the Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival)
Updated on Jul 05, 2023 10:21 PM IST

The great London bookstore crawl

From Foyle’s to Foster Books and Libreria, here’s a list of bookstores that you must visit the next time you’re in the city

The interior of Daunt Books in Marylebone, London. (Chrispictures/Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 04, 2023 05:31 PM IST
ByTeja Lele

Interview: Sukrita Paul Kumar, guest editor, Indian Literature

Sukrita Paul Kumar recently took over as Guest Editor of Sahitya Akademi’s literary journal, Indian Literature, a 200-page print magazine

 Sukrita Paul Kumar
Updated on Jul 03, 2023 08:26 PM IST
BySuhit Bombaywala

Review: Allah Mian Ka Karkhana by Mohsin Khan

A novel that explores the idea that the punishment mechanism is often part of the human desire to trample upon others

Mohsin Khan, author, Allah Mian Ka Karkhana, being awarded the Bank of Baroda Rashtrabhasha Samman, 2023, by Geetanjali Shree. (Bank of Baroda)
Updated on Jul 02, 2023 10:38 AM IST
ByShafey Kidwai

Book Box | The secret lives of banks

Whether you are a finance person or simply curious about money, power and human behaviour, read these four books for an insightful analysis of economic systems

Roller Coaster author Tamal Bandyopadhyay (seventh from left) with your columnist (ninth from left) and other members of her book club (Courtesy: Sonya Dutta Choudhury)
Published on Jul 01, 2023 12:58 PM IST

HT Picks; New Reads

On the reading list this week is a book that looks at Delhi’s incredible avian life, a courtesan’s memoir narrated to her son with candour and grace, and a scholarly work that looks at history and myth to provide insights into the way women and men still interact with each other today

This week’s pick of interesting reads includes a book on Delhi’s birds, a courtesan’s incredible memoir told by her son, and a work that looks at world history and myth to understand how men and women interact today. (HT Team)
Updated on Jun 30, 2023 07:49 PM IST
ByHT Team

Bonnie Garmus - “As humans, we all want to live a life that matters”

On her debut novel about a female scientist in 1960s USA that’s set to become a web series starring Academy Award winner Brie Larson

Bonnie Garmus, author, Lessons in Chemistry (Courtesy the publisher)
Updated on Jun 30, 2023 07:48 PM IST
ByArunima Mazumdar

Review: Who Clicked That Pic? by Nandita da Cunha and Priya Kuriyan

An inspiring picture book for children pays homage to Homai Vyarawalla, India’s first woman photojournalist

Homai Vyarawalla at an exhibition of her iconic photographs on 18 August 1998. (Girish Srivastava/HT Archive)
Updated on Jun 30, 2023 07:47 PM IST

Review: Yamuna’s Journey by Baba Padmanji

An English translation of Yamunaparyatan, which is regarded as India’s first vernacular novel, brings to life the beliefs, efforts, and methods of 19th-century Indian social reformers

Widows in an ashram in Rishikesh on 14 June 1968. (Rane Prakash/HT Archive)
Updated on Jun 30, 2023 07:46 PM IST
BySyed Saad Ahmed

Cathy Scott-Clark & Adrian Levy – “Torture undid the US rules-bound system”

The authors of The Forever Prisoner, which focuses on the case of Abu Zubaydah, reveal how the US torture program proliferated, how it was misused by US allies, and how detainees were used as training props resulting in their deaths

The entrance to Camp 1 in Guantanamo Bay’s Camp Delta (Kathleen T Rhem / American Forces Press Service)
Updated on Jun 29, 2023 04:35 PM IST
ByMajid Maqbool

Excerpt: The Last Courtesan; Writing My Mother’s Memoir by Manish Gaekwad

Sold and trained as a tawaif while she was still a child, Rekhabai went on to make a name for herself in the kothas of Calcutta and Bombay in the 1980s and 90s

185pp, <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>599; HarperCollins (Courtesy the publisher)
Updated on Jun 29, 2023 03:56 PM IST
ByManish Gaekwad

The new Perry Mason – more Raymond Chandler than Raymond Burr

HBO’s Perry Mason employs the 1930s setting as a lens to investigate the perennial anxieties surrounding race, class, sexuality and immigration in America

Matthew Rhys as Perry Mason (HBO)
Updated on Jun 30, 2023 03:32 PM IST

Essay: On why we enjoy memoirs

A look at the enduring appeal of the literary form that provide an insight into the lives of everyone from princes and celebrities to marginalised individuals

Readers seem to devour memoirs with great enthusiasm. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 27, 2023 05:45 PM IST
ByDeepansh Duggal

Srinath Perur – “Language carries associations of both pride and vulnerability”

The translator and chair of the jury of the JCB Prize for Literature, 2023, on translating Girish Karnad’s memoirs

Srinath Perur (Apeejay Kolkata Literature Festival)
Updated on Jun 26, 2023 06:09 PM IST

Book Box: In Bengaluru, a walk in the park and books as ideal companions

Campus novels are absorbing reads because they are plump with the possibilities of youthful energy, with a heady mix of idealism and evil, and of human passions

Cubbon Park (courtesy: the author)
Published on Jun 24, 2023 03:01 PM IST

Traute Lafrenz showed that resistance to the Nazis was possible

The last member of the White Rose group died on March 6th, aged 103

Traute Lafrenz(WikiCommons)
Published on Jun 24, 2023 11:13 AM IST
The Economist

Interview: Paramita Brahmachari – “My covers are in a hand-drawn style”

The winner of the Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize 2023 on her process of interpreting books to make striking jackets and illustrations

Paramita Brahmachari (Courtesy the subject)
Updated on Jun 23, 2023 05:05 PM IST

HT Picks; New Reads

This week’s reading list includes a volume on how humans pass on information and technology changes our lives, another that taps into the data revolution to catch the onset of disease years before symptoms arise, and a novel that explores the consequence of remembering your history in an indifferent milieu

On HT’s list of interesting books this week is one on how technology changes our lives, another on revolutionizing prevention of disease, and a novel that explores the consequence of remembering your history. (HT Team)
Updated on Jun 23, 2023 05:04 PM IST
ByHT Team

Review: When Ardh Satya Met Himmatwala by Avijit Ghosh

Avijit Ghosh's book "When Ardh Satya Met Himmatwala" challenges the popular narrative that Hindi cinema in the 1980s was all about trash and flash. The author approaches the era with a cinephile's devotion, shedding light on the economic and political climate of the time and the challenges the industry faced. While the book offers insights into the Bollywood formula, it falls short of delivering on its title's tantalizing promise.

Mithun Chakraborty in Disco Dancer (Film still)
Updated on Jun 23, 2023 05:03 PM IST
ByKarthik Shankar

Review: Migrants by Sam Miller

Ranging widely across time and around the world, this book is a vast exploration of stories of human migrations that have shaped the modern world

Migrants who undertook the crossing from France to UK in small boats beingg picked up in the English Channel. ((AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File))
Updated on Jun 23, 2023 05:02 PM IST
BySamrat Choudhury

Interview: Sumit Purohit- “No one can predict what audience is going to like.”

On Scam 92, incorporating his own life experiences in shows, and how helpful it is for writers to have a good agent

Screenwriter Sumit Purohit (Courtesy the subject)
Updated on Jun 23, 2023 04:59 PM IST
ByMihir Chitre

The burble of words on the water

A barge, great reads, and the feeling of being part of an enthusiastically bookish community – on browsing at an unusual London bookstore

Word on the Water is a bookstore in a 1920s Dutch barge on Regent’s Canal. It’s moored at Granary Square in London. (Courtesy Word on the Water)
Updated on Jun 22, 2023 09:04 PM IST
ByTeja Lele
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