Review: The Tibetan Suitcase by Tsering Namgyal Khortsa

Updated on May 19, 2020 04:37 PM IST

A novel that explores the relationship between culture and identity, and looks at the idea of home

High street in McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh.(Poulomi Basu/The Washington Post via Getty Im)
Hindustan Times | ByPercy Bharucha

Ruskin Bond 86th Birthday: Of simplicity, life in the mountains and solitude

On Ruskin Bond’s 86th birthday, here are a few quotes by the author that to read, relish and savour, just like a crate of mangoes synonymous with summer holidays and childhood memories.

Ruskin Bond 86th Birthday: Of simplicity, life in the mountains and solitude.(Instagram)
Updated on May 19, 2020 03:22 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Delhi | By

Excerpt: Hop On; My Adventures on Boats, Trains and Planes by Ruskin Bond

Today is Ruskin Bond’s 86th birthday. In celebration, here is an excerpt from a story featured in his new book for children

Young Ruskin and his father on the dhow.(From Hop On by Ruskin Bond; Illustrations by Samrat Halder)
Updated on May 19, 2020 02:32 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByRuskin Bond

It’s time to flex the lex: Demystifying new words and top searches in a Covid-19 affected world

As a result of Covid-19, many new words have become part of the common lexicon. At first, the searches brought results for the medical terminology, such as PPE Kits, but as the lockdowns kept getting extended, the searches showed results for the social outcome of the Coronavirus.

It’s time to update your vocabulary with post-Corona terminology.
Updated on May 19, 2020 02:25 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Why men rape? Book seeks to find out answers

Why men rape? A new book seeks to find out answers by examining a slew of factors that shape male behaviour.

In her book “Why Men Rape: An Indian Undercover Investigation”, Tara Kaushal sets out to understand the reasons why women feel unsafe through a detailed investigation which includes interviews and meetings with nine men who have an inclination to commit acts of sexual violence. (File photo for representation)
Updated on May 09, 2020 04:55 PM IST
New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India| Posted by Kabir Bhandari

Good news for Capital’s bookworms: Bookstores will deliver to your doorstep amid lockdown 3.0

After certain relaxations in lockdown norms, some bookstores have started home delivery of books and are opening for certain hours through the day.

Full Circle Book Store in Khan Market, New Delhi is among the bookshops that have started home delivery of books.(Photo: Burhaan Kinu/HT (Photo for representational purpose only))
Updated on May 09, 2020 11:39 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

I would love to see less consumerism hereafter: Chitra Divakaruni

The author says she would like the post corona world to be more about simpler activities that don’t cost much.

Author Chitra Divakaruni says her next novel is in progress and she has strict deadlines to finish it.
Updated on May 08, 2020 04:41 PM IST
ByTitas Chowdhury

Literature Festivals in the Age of Contagion

As we navigate this moment of global emergency, it is evident that crowds of people can’t gather for the foreseeable future, writes Vivek Menezes, co-founder of the Goa Arts and Literature Festival

Poet Eunice de Souza (1940-2017) with then-chief minister of Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, at the Goa Art & Literature Festival, 2012.(Siddesh Mayenkar/Herald Review)
Updated on May 07, 2020 05:46 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByVivek Menezes

Lockdown tales from Mussoorie: Author Ruskin Bond says he’s used to solitude

From his hilly abode in Landour, author Ruskin Bond says not much has changed in his daily routine, his reading choices in lockdown, and his short story series, Bonding Over The Radio, on AIR.

Author Ruskin Bond will turn 86 this year.(PHOTO: RAJ K RAJ/HT)
Published on May 07, 2020 01:51 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByMallika Bhagat, New Delhi

Twilight fans, rejoice! Edward Cullen’s perspective is going to be out soon in Midnight Sun

Author Stephenie Meyer thrilled Twilight fans worldwide by announcing a prequel that explores Edward and Bella’s love story from the perspective of the mysterious, good looking vampire, Edward Cullen.

Twilight fans, rejoice! Edward Cullen’s perspective is going to be out soon in Midnight Sun.(Twilight/Instagram)
Updated on May 06, 2020 11:00 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Delhi | ByHindustantimes.com | Edited by Saumya Sharma

New book aims to portray ‘real’ Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Freed from the constraints of life as full-time royals — and enmeshed in a feud with Britain’s tabloid press — Prince Harry and his wife Meghan plan to tell their story in a book titled Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family.

FILE - In this Thursday, March 5, 2020 file photo, Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at the annual Endeavour Fund Awards in London. Harper Collins U.K. announced Monday, May 4, 2020 that it will publish “Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family” in Britain and the Commonwealth on Aug. 11. The book will be published in the U.S. the same day by Dey Street Books. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, file)(AP)
Updated on May 05, 2020 03:11 PM IST
London | ByAssociated Press

‘Riveting’ coverage of Alaska policing wins Pulitzer Prize; Colson Whitehead’s ‘The Nickel Boys’ also awarded

The Pulitzer Prizes in journalism were first awarded in 1917 and are considered the field’s most prestigious honour in the U.S. The initial Pulitzer ceremony, which had been scheduled for April 20, was pushed to give Pulitzer Board members who were busy covering the pandemic more time to evaluate the finalists.

This combination photo shows the cover of
Updated on May 05, 2020 01:22 PM IST
New York | ByAssociated Press

Essay: On essential reading

Kerala included books on its list of essentials. This is wonderful even if it is difficult to focus during the lockdown, writes Kunal Ray

A man reads a book at a railway station in Mumbai.(Himanshu Bhatt/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Updated on May 05, 2020 12:45 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByKunal Ray

Review: Chhotu; A Tale of Partition and Love by Varud Gupta and Ayushi Rastogi

In these troubled times, Chhotu reminds us that hatred is rarely endemic and that goodness is inherently human

A striking panel from the graphic novel.(Chhotu; A Tale of Partition and Love by Varud Gupta and Ayushi Rastogi)
Updated on May 05, 2020 01:51 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByPercy Bharucha

‘India has a strong constitution, and the freedom it allows will prevail’

Author Taslima Nasreen on her love-hate relationship with the country and her latest book, the much awaited follow-up to Lajja, Shameless

Nasreen says she respects Salman Rushdie because he’s an atheist(Photo: Taslima Nasreen)
Updated on May 04, 2020 01:11 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByNavneet Vyasan

William Dalrymple’s next book being penned through lockdown

His magnum opus in 2019, ‘Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire’ has been his most successful and critically acclaimed work till date; but that has only encouraged historian William Dalrymple to scale even higher.

No newcomer to the concept of a lockdown, the author is wasting no time on a ‘time-out’; feverishly penning his next work.(Getty Images)
Updated on May 03, 2020 05:42 PM IST
New Delhi | ByIndo Asian News Service

Excerpt: Karunanidhi; The Definitive Biography by Vaasanthi

This chapter from the book, which was released today, looks at the 2G scam and at how Karunanidhi was shattered by Kanimozhi’s arrest

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi and his daughter and Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi arriving for a party meeting in Chennai on 27 April, 2011.(RS Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 02, 2020 06:34 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByVaasanthi

Delhi will never have a flâneur like RV Smith, friends remember the man of the world

RV Smith to the world, and Ronny to his friends, he died in the early hours of April 30. Author, chronicler, food connoisseur, qissago (storyteller), Smith donned many hats in his lifetime, each with perfection

RV Smith was a flâneur, and author of several books on Delhi.
Updated on May 02, 2020 11:05 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Excerpt: Momspeak by Pooja Pande

In this exclusive extract from her new book on motherhood in India, Pooja Pande wonders why Indian society is respectful towards women in their role as mothers but ignores their minds, desires, and sexuality

Mother only as martyr: The sacred overtones and undertones of motherhood in India.(film poster Mother India)
Updated on May 01, 2020 02:42 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByPooja Pande

A tribute to RV Smith(1938-2020) by Rana Safvi

Popular historian Rana Safvi writes about the great contribution of RV Smith, another popular chronicler of Delhi

RV Smith at home in Delhi.(Priyanka Parashar/Mint)
Updated on May 01, 2020 01:46 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByRana Safvi

New book to revisit Maharashtra’s history, politics and societal evolution

In Shivaji in South Block: The Unwritten History of a Proud People, journalist Girish Kuber talks about Maharashtra’s politics, history and society.

New book to revisit Maharashtra’s history, politics and societal evolution.(Wikimedia Commons)
Updated on May 01, 2020 12:26 PM IST
New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

‘Nordic Noir’ pioneer Maj Sjowall dead at 84

Books like Roseanna, The Laughing Policeman and The Abominable Man, featured tightly structured plots packed with realistic details, charting the unglamourous slog and grind of police work.

‘Nordic Noir’ pioneer Maj Sjowall dead at 84.(Instagram)
Updated on Apr 30, 2020 09:54 AM IST
Stockholm | ByAgence France-Presse

Excerpt: Irrfan Khan; The Man, The Dreamer, The Star by Aseem Chhabra

This introduction to Aseem Chhabra’s book on Irrfan Khan is an informative tribute to the great actor who brought much joy to viewers across the world

Irrfan Khan in Paan Singh Tomar, one of his most powerful performances.
Updated on Apr 29, 2020 03:26 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAseem Chhabra

Excerpt: Fix it With Food; Superfoods to become Superhealthy by Kavita Devgan

This chapter on the benefits of the marvellous mango tells you why you should treat yourself to this king of fruits. Like you need an excuse!

Messy magic: A mango-eating competition during the Mango Festival at Dilli Haat in New Delhi in June 2018.(Burhaan Kinu/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 29, 2020 11:37 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByKavita Devgan

Lockdown Diaries: Wise words in a fraught time by Manjula Narayan

The 29 authors, who contributed to Lockdown Diaries, brought fresh perspectives to a shared experience

A man with provisions handed to him by a GNEM volunteer in Gurgaon.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 28, 2020 08:25 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By

The journey of four books into Indian cinema

Do you, too, sometimes wonder if the cinematic adaptation of your favourite book has done it justice? Or sometimes simply the joy of comparing an iconic book with its film adaptation gets incomparable itself. Our guest columnist, Aisha, brings you four such examples.

The 2013 Marathi Film, Gangoobai is based on Paul Galico’s novel, Flowers for Mrs. Harris that he wrote in 1958.
Updated on Apr 27, 2020 05:18 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAisha

Lockdown Diaries: Perfidy is still at play by Mahmood Farooqui

We are all in lockdown but the media vilification of Muslims has some of us captured in a double bind: We are the victims and the villains, the sufferers and the virus

Lockdown in Delhi: Outside the Jama Masjid.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 26, 2020 12:10 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByMahmood Farooqui

Lockdown Diaries: The calculations of giving by Tanuj Solanki

In a country teeming with have-nots, conscientious haves are bound to be in perpetual moral trouble

Food queues; the new normal: People line up for food in Delhi during the lockdown.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 25, 2020 04:45 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByTanuj Solanki

My job is set up for lockdown: William Dalrymple

Author and historian William Dalrymple on his upcoming work, his book recommendations and Jaipur Literature Festival’s star-studded online series, Brave New World

William Dalrymple is the co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival(Photo: DebashreeRahul Photography)
Updated on Apr 25, 2020 12:50 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByNavneet Vyasan

Lockdown Diaries: A certain powerlessness by Devapriya Roy

The truth about the life of a writer is that a large part of it is spent in quarantine anyway

The beauty of the street: A paan shop in Varanasi. The lockdown has meant the flaneur has no access to the streets, marketplaces or crowds.(/Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Updated on Apr 25, 2020 01:22 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByDevapriya Roy
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