Review: When Ardh Satya Met Himmatwala by Avijit Ghosh

Updated on Jun 23, 2023 05:03 PM IST

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)
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

Report: Sankat Mochan Sangeet Samaroh 2023

The festival, which celebrated its centenary this year, had a judicious mix of established and upcoming musicians and dancers.

The audience at the Sankat Mochan Sangeet Samaroh 2023 (Rakesh Sinha)
Updated on Jun 22, 2023 05:41 PM IST
ByManjari Sinha

Interview: Avinab Datta-Areng and Divya Nadkarni, editors, nether Quarterly

On promoting young poets, encouraging plurality, and balancing personal and professional lives with working on the literary magazine

The current issue of the nether Quarterly (https://netherquarterly.com/)
Updated on Jun 21, 2023 07:10 PM IST
BySuhit Bombaywala

Obituary: Imtiaz Ahmad, author of pioneering work on caste among Indian Muslims

An inspiring teacher and an exemplary sociologist, Imtiaz Ahmad’s four-volume opus will remain a foundational text

Imtiaz Ahmad (Courtesy the subject’s Facebook page)
Updated on Jun 20, 2023 02:50 PM IST
ByShaikh Mujibur Rehman

Review: Yellowface by Rebecca F Kuang

A page-turner that eviscerates the commodification of literature, explores the complexities of cultural appropriation and lampoons cancel culture

140,000 Chinese labourers (as a part of the British Army, the Chinese Labour Corps) served for both British and French forces in World War 1. ‘The Last Front’, the novel within Yellowface, is about the ill-treatment of those labourers. (Chatham House via Wikimedia Commons)
Updated on Jun 19, 2023 07:10 PM IST
BySumana Ramanan

Cormac McCarthy was the great novelist of the American West

His fiction faces a bloody past and never looks away

Cormac McCarthy, the revered and unflinching chronicler of America's bleak frontiers and grim underbellies, died on June 13, 2023, his publisher said. He was 89 years old. (AFP)
Published on Jun 18, 2023 02:33 PM IST
The Economist

Book Box: Five Gripping Family Sagas Spotlighting Fathers

Discover the complexities of fatherhood as these compelling stories delve into the joys, struggles, and transformative power of paternal relationships.

The Covenant of Water (Courtesy: The Author)
Published on Jun 17, 2023 08:42 PM IST

Saras Manickam - “We can’t run away from politics and religion”

The Malaysian author of short stories talks about confronting comfortable conventions about race, identity, discrimination and communal relations in her work

Author Saras Manickam (Courtesy the publisher)
Updated on Jun 16, 2023 07:06 PM IST
BySimar Bhasin

HT Picks; New Reads

On the reading list this week is a volume that shows how seaweed can help balance the ecosystem, a recipe book featuring quick and healthy foods, and the autobiography of the man who revolutionised the Indian electoral process

This week’s interesting reads includes a volume on how seaweed could allow us to better feed human beings and mitigate global warming, a cook book that celebrates quick, healthy foods prepared with minimal fuss, and the autobiography of the man who revolutionised the electoral process in India. (HT Team)
Updated on Jun 16, 2023 06:54 PM IST
ByHT Team

Review: The Garden of Tales by Vijaydan Detha, translated by Vishes Kothari

Love, wisdom and folly, deceit, and the lust for power are the themes explored in this collection of Vijaydan Detha’s stories featuring saints, sinners, insecure deities, friendly ghosts and chatty animals

Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukherjee in Paheli, which is based on a story by Vijaydan Detha. (Film still)
Updated on Jun 16, 2023 06:54 PM IST
ByLamat R Hasan

Review: Japanese Management, Indian Resistance

Piercing the unilateral narrative around the violence at Maruti’s Manesar factory in July 2012 – it left one dead, hundreds arrested, and thousands unemployed – to present the workers’ point of view

Clashes between the Maruti Suzuki management and workers in Gurgaon on July 19, 2012. (Manoj Kumar/Hindustan Times Archive)
Updated on Jun 16, 2023 06:53 PM IST
BySyed Saad Ahmed

Essay: The Cape of Silent Hope

On literary residencies and the experience of writing a new book at one in a country with a fraught past and an uncomfortable present

A view of the idyllic town of Stellenbosch in South Africa. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 16, 2023 04:36 PM IST
BySaikat Majumdar

Interview: Anisur Rehman “Today, the Urdu nazm is vibrant and secular”

Anisur Rahman's Hazaar Rang Shaairi discusses the evolution of the nazm over five centuries, its diverse content and secular, and cultural representations.

Critic, translator and academic Anisur Rehman (Courtesy Ashoka University)
Updated on Jun 16, 2023 04:38 PM IST
ByMaaz Bin Bilal

Hansa Wadkar – a woman ahead of her time

In her centenary year, recalling the story of an actor who battled sexual oppression and wrote fearlessly about it all in her autobiography

Actor Hansa Wadkar (Wikimedia Commons)
Updated on Jun 15, 2023 06:10 PM IST
ByShoma A Chatterji

Review: Jimi Hendrix Live in Lviv by Andrey Kurkov

The lives of a group of odd characters intertwine in a novel that’s a darkly humorous love letter to the Ukrainian city of Lviv

The city of Lviv in Ukraine (Konstantin Brizhnichenko / Wikimedia Commons)
Updated on Jun 14, 2023 05:32 PM IST
ByHritik Verma

Interview: Priscilla Morris - “My novel is an attempt to understand Bosnian war”

The author’s debut novel, Black Butterflies, shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2023, explores the Siege of Sarajevo through the story of an artist

Priscilla Morris (Courtesy the author)
Updated on Jun 13, 2023 09:55 PM IST
ByShireen Quadri

Essay: Lessons to learn from Anne Frank’s life

The young diarist was one of six million Jews killed by Nazis during WWII. Her words continue to shine with truth and humanity on her 94th birth anniversary

Anne Frank on a Dutch postage stamp. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 13, 2023 05:48 PM IST
ByTeja Lele

Book Box: Didn't finish your book? It's okay

A Do Not Finish (DNF) reading strategy can help you be a happier reader. Here are 5 famous books I did not finish

Unfinished Business(Courtesy: The Author)
Published on Jun 10, 2023 07:40 PM IST

Jacqueline Crooks, author, Fire Rush - “Lived experiences can enrich fiction”

The Jamaican-born British author whose debut novel has been shortlisted for the 2023 Women’s Prize for Fiction on identity, heritage and resilience  

Author Jacqueline Crooks (Courtesy the subject)
Updated on Jun 09, 2023 09:23 PM IST
ByShireen Quadri

Review: Soumitra Chatterjee – His Life in Cinema and Beyond by Amitava Nag

Amitava Nag's latest book, Soumitra Chatterjee - His Life and Beyond explores the many talents and interests of the Indian cinema icon

Madhabi Mukherjee and Soumitra Chatterjee in Chena Achena director by Pinaki Chaudhuri. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 09, 2023 09:05 PM IST
ByShoma A Chatterji

HT Picks; New Reads

On the reading list this week is a slim volume on eight women who observed the birth of the nation and recorded that epochal moment and its aftermath, another that examines the true spirit of Islam based on its original scripture, and a story about friendship and courage, human greed and hubris

HT’s pick of interesting reads includes a book on eight women who recorded the birth of India and its aftermath, another that presents the true spirit of Islam, and an elephantine story about friendship, courage and human greed. (HT Team)
Updated on Jun 09, 2023 07:15 PM IST
ByHT Team

Review: Manjhi’s Mayhem byTanuj Solanki

Goons fly out of glass windows, paunchy bankers are slapped around and mafiosi crumble to the floor in Tanuj Solanki’s fast-paced new novel

The city skyline viewed from Bandra Reclamation in Mumbai. (Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 09, 2023 07:04 PM IST
ByArunima Mazumdar

Review: Hoofprints on the Land by Ilse Kohler-Rollefson

Ilse Kohler-Rollefson writes about the need to promote traditional forms of animal herding over industrial livestock farms and the benefits that will result for animals, humans and the planet

A Raika man with his camels in Sadri, Rajasthan. (Saumya Khandelwal/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 09, 2023 07:02 PM IST

Review: Stories Usual, Yet Unusual by Prerna Jain

A collection of 17 short stories that look at the lives of women as they negotiate a range of issues including unhappy marriages, sexual harassment, and family politics

Each woman has a story. (Ashok Nath Dey/HindustanTimes)
Updated on Jun 08, 2023 10:32 PM IST
ByLamat R Hasan

Essay: On the caustic humour of Succession

For its entire run, an abiding pleasure of tuning into the HBO show was to watch a superb ensemble mercilessly lob verbal grenades in their jockeying for power

“The Roys wear tailored suits, fly on private jets, holiday aboard luxury yachts, live in swank penthouses — yet their lives are empty and embittered by a lifetime of waiting for their father to hand over the reins of a billion-dollar media empire.” (HBO)
Updated on Jun 08, 2023 08:58 PM IST

Interview: Priya Sarukkai Chabria and Mrinalini Harchandrai of Poetry at Sangam

On the closure of the Indian online literary platform that published work from around the world

Priya Sarukkai Chabria (L) and Mrinalini Harchandrai (Suresh Chabria)
Updated on Jun 07, 2023 07:23 PM IST
BySuhit Bombaywala

Excerpt: Who Killed Moosewala by Jupinderjit Singh

This extract from a new book on the murder of Sidhu Moosewala looks at the Punjabi hip-hop superstar’s powerful lyrics

Sidhu Moose Wala in a picture dated March 5, 2020 (Sameer Sehgal/HT Archive)
Updated on Jun 07, 2023 03:22 PM IST
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