HT Picks: New Reads

Updated on Oct 30, 2020 04:07 PM IST

This week’s pick of interesting reads includes a book that demystifies economic theories, an exploration of what it means to lose one’s home, and a novel about the dark power of secrets

This week’s reading list includes a book that explains a heavy subject with a light touch, and novels that deal with the trauma of losing home and with dark secrets.(HT Team)
Hindustan Times | ByHT Team

Interview: Shafey Kidwai, author of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan: Reason, Religion and Nation

The critic says that Sir Syed, the founder of Aligarh Muslim University, argued that religion, science and morality were mutually consistent

Author Shafay Kidwai(Azhar Abbas)
Updated on Oct 30, 2020 04:05 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNawaid Anjum

Review: The Ultimate Goal by Vikram Sood

Former R&AW chief Vikram Sood outlines how narratives are crucial to any country’s goal of avoiding being dominated by another

President and Mrs John F Kennedy smile at the crowds lining their motorcade route in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963. Minutes later the President was assassinated as his car passed through Dealey Plaza.(Bettmann Archive)
Updated on Oct 30, 2020 04:04 PM IST
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Excerpt: Pandemonium: The Great Indian Banking Tragedy by Tamal Bandyopadhyay

A new book reveals the inside story behind a spate of banking scandals. This excerpt provides a glimpse into the Kingfisher saga and the CBI investigation of the case

When Kingfisher was still flying high.(Santosh Verma/BLOOMBERG NEWS)
Updated on Oct 30, 2020 04:02 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByTamal Bandyopadhyay

Review: A People’s History of Heaven by Mathangi Subramanian

This book is a fictional case-study for the slogan “The revolution will be feminist, or it will be nothing.”

Children outside their home in a slum in Mumbai.(Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty)
Updated on Oct 30, 2020 03:26 PM IST
Hindustan Times | BySaudamini Jain

Review: Moustache by S Hareesh is a novel that integrates songs and legends in a metafictional whirlpool

Set in Kerala’s Kuttanad and featuring Vavachan, who insists on keeping his moustache in defiance of caste norms, the novel, Moustache by S Hareesh, integrates local songs, legends and myths in a metafictional whirlpool.

Where Vavachan roams: Kuttanad in Kerala.(V. Muthuraman/Universal Images Group via Getty)
Updated on Oct 30, 2020 03:42 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByKunal Ray

We must change our understanding of people who’re addicted: David Sheff

The Beautiful Boy author on the implications of pushing addicts into depths of seclusion, the need for better reform structures and his latest book The Buddhist on Death Row

Sheff is the author of A Beautiful Boy
Updated on Oct 28, 2020 11:35 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByNavneet Vyasan

Daniel Menaker, award-winning author and editor, dead at 79

Daniel Menaker, an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction and a longtime editor at The New Yorker and Random House who worked with Alice Munro, Salman Rushdie, Colum McCann and many others, has died at age 79.

Daniel Menaker reading from his memoir “My Mistake”.(Twitter)
Updated on Oct 28, 2020 12:02 PM IST
New York | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta

Author Mohammad Hanif explains how Army generals turned Pakistan into an ‘international jihadi tourist resort’

The Pakistan Army has cultivated the image of 180 million people of Pakistan with nuclear devices strapped to their collective body threatening to take the world down with it, said Pakistani author Mohammad Hanif.

Author Mohammad Hanif(Wikipedia)
Updated on Oct 28, 2020 10:43 AM IST
ByAsian News International | Posted by: Alfea Jamal

New book offers insight into Tata Group

From high-velocity practices to old-fashioned principles, a new book through people-centric episodes gives a peek-into the values that made the Tata Group the giant it is today.

The book, “The Learning Factory: How The Leaders of Tata Became National Leaders”, is written by Arun Maira. (Representation Image)(Unsplash)
Updated on Oct 27, 2020 03:54 PM IST
New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta

DIY, eco-friendly Ravanas are a vital part of author Anuja Chauhan’s Dussehra celebrations

The bestselling author of books such as The Zoya Factor and Those Pricey Thakur Girls, Chauhan makes her own Ravanas and feels that Dussehra is a great equaliser.

Anuja Chauhan builds her own Ravana and believes it is a great unifier.(Photo: Instagram)
Updated on Oct 25, 2020 12:51 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Bill Bryson is retiring. Woe is us

He went from journalist to travel writer to the science teacher the world never had. The author of A Short History of Nearly Everything says he’s putting down his pen. A look back at a remarkable career.

Bryson is a numbers guy, but not the dreadful kind. In his most recent book, The Body, for instance, he pointed out that if you laid all your DNA end to end, it would stretch beyond the orbit of Pluto. “Think of it,” he wrote, “there is enough of you to leave the solar system.”((Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
Updated on Oct 24, 2020 03:59 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNatasha Rego

Review: Sudeep Sen: Selected Interviews & Conversations

A volume that covers the poet’s theories and practice, memories and challenges, innovations and experiments

Sudeep Sen turns to the sacred darkness in the Prayer Flag sequence set in Ladakh.(Getty Images)
Updated on Oct 23, 2020 05:53 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByMalashri Lal

HT Picks: New Reads

On this week’s list of good reads is a Kannada litterateur’s look at Sita’s story, a book that tells you that the negative emotion of spite can have healthy outcomes, and one woman’s repudiation of the Hindu faith

This week’s reading list includes a translation of a Kannada literary figure’s work, a book that combines psychology, economics and genetics to show you the positive side of a negative emotion, and one woman’s rejection of Hinduism and Hindutva.(HT Team)
Updated on Oct 23, 2020 05:03 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByHT Team

Interview: Avni Doshi, author, Girl in White Cotton

The Booker nominee talks about drawing on the myth of the monstrous mother, about art, and the writers who have influenced her

Author Avni Doshi(Sharon Haridas)
Updated on Oct 24, 2020 12:20 AM IST
Hindustan Times | BySimar Bhasin

Excerpt: The Khalistan Conspiracy by GBS Sidhu

This exclusive first extract from a new book recalls a former R&AW officer’s experience in the days following Operation Blue Star

Aftermath of the assassination: Scenes in Delhi in early November 1984.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 23, 2020 05:00 PM IST
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Review: The India Way: Strategies for an Uncertain World by S Jaishankar

S Jaishankar’s wide ranging new book covers the emerging global order, the rise of China and its attendant consequences, nationalism and its discontents, and the Mahabharata as a prism to evaluate Indian strategy

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. In his new book, he writes that “This is a time to engage America, manage China, cultivate Europe, reassure Russia, bring Japan into play.”(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 23, 2020 04:58 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByHarsh V Pant

‘Phoolsunghi’: Famous Bhojpuri novel now in English

The much-loved Bhojpuri historical novel “Phoolsunghi”, written by veteran Bhojpuri writer Pandey Kapil, has now been translated into English.

Set in colonial Bihar, it narrates the tale of an unfulfilled love between Mahendra Mishra and courtesan Dhelabai.(Amazon)
Updated on Oct 23, 2020 03:36 PM IST
New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta

Review: The Phoenix Rises: Lockdown Chronicles edited by Amit Dasgupta

An anthology that approaches the lockdown and the pandemic from different angles

The horror of the corona virus.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Oct 23, 2020 02:04 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByBiswadeep Ghosh

Excerpt from Nine Nights of the Goddess: The Navaratri Festival in South Asia edited by Caleb Simmons, Moumita Sen and Hillary Rodrigues

This extract from an essay by Hillary Rodrigues looks at the procedures and symbolism of the Bengali Durga Puja

Women in Kolkata performing the 'Dhunachi' dance on the arrival procession of the Goddess Durga idol at their community puja pandal ahead of Durga Puja amid the coronavirus pandemic.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 23, 2020 01:57 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByHillary Rodrigues

The 12 Commandments of Being a Woman: Bhumi Pednekar-Shilpa Shetty heap praises on ‘queen’ Tahira Kashyap

From Bhumi Pednekar enjoying Tahira Kashyap Khurrana’s ‘dirty secrets’ to Shilpa Shetty Kundra laughing her ‘guts out’, here is a celeb review of The 12 Commandments of Being a Woman

Bhumi Pednekar-Shilpa Shetty laud ‘queen’ Tahira Kashyap’s new book(Instagram/tahirakashyap)
Updated on Oct 23, 2020 01:00 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Delhi | ByZarafshan Shiraz

Interview: Creators of the controversial Tanishq ad

The team that worked on the controversial ad film featuring a Hindu woman and her Muslim mother-in-law that caused an uproar last week talks about creative freedom, advertising, censorship and politics

The Tanishq ad that created a furore for its depiction of a happy interfaith family.
Updated on Oct 21, 2020 04:00 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByMihir Chitre

Row in Hungary around children’s book fuels fears of rising homophobia

Budapest Boldizsar Nagy hoped that the tales in the children’s book “Wonderland Is For Everyone” would help youngsters to learn to accept minorities and fight social ostracism. Instead, it has caused a stir in Hungarian politics.

Boldizsar Nagy hoped that the tales in the children’s book “Wonderland Is For Everyone” would help youngsters to learn to accept minorities and fight social ostracism.(Reuters)
Updated on Oct 19, 2020 08:33 PM IST
Budapest | ByReuters | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta

Stephen King’s thriller ‘Mr. Mercedes’ gets another chance

The pitch-dark series is based on Stephen King’s best-selling Bill Hodges trilogy and follows a retired, ornery detective tormented by a seriously troubled serial killer.

One of Stephen King’s most creepy and tense stories was hiding in plain sight.(Wikimedia Commons)
Updated on Oct 17, 2020 06:38 PM IST
New York | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta

How to be happier: Lilly Singh and ‘Think Like a Monk’ author Jay Shetty decode how to stop emotions from ruling you

Giving us much needed life lessons in one go, Youtube sensation and NBC’s talk show host Lilly Singh shared an interactive video with ‘Think Like a Monk’ author Jay Shetty and advised fans on ‘how to live a happier life and how to train your brain to benefit you’ | Watch

Lilly Singh and Jay Shetty decode how to be happier(Instagram/lilly/jayshetty)
Updated on Oct 19, 2020 12:16 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Delhi | ByZarafshan Shiraz

I write for the curious, says Namwali Serpell, winner of the Arthur C Clarke award

The Old Drift is a sweeping family saga trailing four generations of three overlapping families — Black, White and Brown — but it is really the story of a nation, Zambia.

Serpell’s stupendous debut has been called stealth sci fi; it uses real science to imagine a near future world of mass surveillance and drone warfare.(Photo courtesy Melissa Graeber)
Updated on Oct 18, 2020 12:36 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Interview: Maaza Mengiste, author of The Shadow King

Maaza Mengiste talks about her Booker-nominated novel, The Shadow King, a story about women at the forefront of war during Benito Mussolini’s invasion of Ethiopia in 1935

A woman veteran of the Italo-Ethiopian war in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on November 30, 2019.(Eric Lafforgue/Corbis via Getty Images)
Updated on Oct 16, 2020 05:04 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNawaid Anjum

HT Picks: New Reads

This week’s interesting reads includes a portrait of a genius, a former R&AW man’s look at a troubled chapter in the nation’s recent history, and a study of the remarkable miniatures in the TAPI Collection

Stephen Hawking, a troubled chapter in the nation’s recent history, and miniature painting feature on this week’s reading list.(HT Team)
Updated on Oct 16, 2020 04:57 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByHT Team

Interview: Stephen Alter, author, Feral Dreams; Mowgli and his Mothers

In his new novel, Stephen Alter takes the story of Mowgli, the protagonist of Kipling’s classic Jungle Book, forward in time and into fresh terrain

Author Stephen Alter(Arun Kumar)
Updated on Oct 16, 2020 04:53 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAsad Ali

Review: 10 Indian Champions Who Are Fighting To Save the Planet by Bijal Vachharajani and Radha Rangarajan

A glowing tribute to the work of individual environmentalists and traditional communities that engage in conservation practices

A deadly king cobra rears up and expands its hood as herpetologist Romulus Whitaker gets ready to catch it in the jungles of Kerala in this picture from 2014.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 16, 2020 04:50 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByChintan Girish Modi
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