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HT Picks; New Reads

Published on Jan 27, 2023 11:44 PM IST

The reading list this week includes a volume that traces the history of Hindi-language journalism in India from the early days of nationalist newspapers to the present, an intimate chronicle of a family of writers, and a compendium of dals and dal-based dishes

Interesting reads this week include a history of Hindi-language journalism in India, a chronicle of a literary family that brings alive its members over the generations, and a cook book of dals from across the country. (HT Team)
Interesting reads this week include a history of Hindi-language journalism in India, a chronicle of a literary family that brings alive its members over the generations, and a cook book of dals from across the country. (HT Team)
ByHT Team

Review: The Book of Everlasting Things by Aanchal Malhotra

Oral historian Aanchal Malhotra’s debut novel touches on perfumery, calligraphy and the First World War as it turns on a love story cut short by Partition

Rose petals heaped on the floor of the Molinard factory in Grasse waiting to be put into the distilling vats used for making essence in this picture dated 26 May 1955. (George W Hales/Fox Photos/Getty Images)
Rose petals heaped on the floor of the Molinard factory in Grasse waiting to be put into the distilling vats used for making essence in this picture dated 26 May 1955. (George W Hales/Fox Photos/Getty Images)
Updated on Jan 28, 2023 04:19 PM IST
BySaudamini Jain

Interview: Siddhartha Mukherjee, author, Song of the Cell

Oncologist, immunologist, cell biologist and author Siddhartha Mukherjee talks about the future of new humans and how the new understanding of cell biology changed the course of cancer therapies

Siddhartha Mukherjee (Deborah Feingold)
Siddhartha Mukherjee (Deborah Feingold)
Published on Jan 27, 2023 11:44 PM IST
ByShireen Quadri

Salil Tripathi - “These writers exemplify courage in its rawest form”

On the anthology ‘For, In Your Tongue, I Cannot Fit’ about courage and resistance that he co-authored with artist Shilpa Gupta

Author Salil Tripathi (Tim Sassoon)
Author Salil Tripathi (Tim Sassoon)
Published on Jan 27, 2023 11:44 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Report: Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2023

The 14th edition of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival was packed with sessions on mental health, Partition narratives, queer literature, murder mysteries, translation, graphic novels, food, dance, bookselling, Dalit writing, poetry and historical fiction

Transgender activist Anindya Hajra in conversation with transgender activist and author Akkai Padmashali about their memoir A Small Step in a Long Journey. (Courtesy AKLF)
Transgender activist Anindya Hajra in conversation with transgender activist and author Akkai Padmashali about their memoir A Small Step in a Long Journey. (Courtesy AKLF)
Updated on Jan 27, 2023 05:53 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Review: Himalaya: Exploring the Roof of the World by John Keay

A book that incorporates elements of history and biography, Himalaya touches on everything from colonial expeditions to Tibet to amorous glaciers, Buddhist scholars and Swiss geologists to present a picture of the world’s tallest mountain range.

The Himalayas (Shutterstock)
The Himalayas (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jan 27, 2023 07:09 AM IST
BySyed Saad Ahmed

Prince Harry: Definitely not a nullity

Spare proves that while royals might lead a life of privilege, they also have to endure the torture of living in a gilded cage

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex. (REUTERS)
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex. (REUTERS)
Published on Jan 26, 2023 06:40 PM IST
ByNeha Kirpal

Essay: On remixing history

From Apple TV’s Dickinson to Netflix’s Persuasion and Hulu’s The Great, period accuracy is out and creative anachronisms are in. While this might upset the purist, it is an interesting approach that injects freshness into classic material

A scene from Dickinson. (Apple TV+)
A scene from Dickinson. (Apple TV+)
Updated on Jan 25, 2023 08:04 PM IST
ByPrahlad Srihari

Interview: Swethaa S Ballakrishnen, author, Accidental Feminism

The professor of law at the University of California-Irvine on their book which looks at how elite law firms offer an oasis for women within a hostile, predominantly male industry

Author Swethaa Ballakrishnen (Courtesy the subject)
Author Swethaa Ballakrishnen (Courtesy the subject)
Updated on Jan 24, 2023 06:29 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Excerpt: Raw Umber: A Memoir by Sara Rai

This extract lingers on the memories that inhabit the author’s home in Allahabad

Author Sara Rai (Courtesy the publisher)
Author Sara Rai (Courtesy the publisher)
Updated on Jan 24, 2023 12:09 PM IST
BySara Rai

Book Box: JLF Diaries

Friends, family, book clubs and school groups, get together with authors to discuss stories from science, history, economics, literature, travel and so on.

Usha Uthup at JLF.
Usha Uthup at JLF.
Published on Jan 21, 2023 06:14 PM IST

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

This extract looks at the changing relationship between the two nations and sheds light on “the strangest Trumpism to come India’s way”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden at the first working session of the G20 leaders summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia on November 15, 2022. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden at the first working session of the G20 leaders summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia on November 15, 2022. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)
Updated on Jan 20, 2023 07:01 PM IST
BySeema Sirohi

Review: Love, War and Other Longings; Essays on Cinema in Pakistan

A collection of essays on cinema in Pakistan edited by Vazira Zamindar and Asad Ali includes pieces on its troubled history, its iconic cinema halls, and the impact of the blockbuster Maula Jatt

2022 was a great year for Pakistani cinema. Apart from the worldwide success of The Legend of Maula Jatt, another film won an award at Cannes, an unprecedented feat. (Shutterstock)
2022 was a great year for Pakistani cinema. Apart from the worldwide success of The Legend of Maula Jatt, another film won an award at Cannes, an unprecedented feat. (Shutterstock)
Published on Jan 20, 2023 05:10 PM IST
ByMahmood Farooqui

HT Picks; New Reads

The reading list this week includes Colleen Taylor Sen’s exploration of the life, achievements and legacy of Emperor Ashoka, Seema Sirohi’s look at how and why India has become the fashionable new ally in Washington, and Tsering Yangzom Lama’s moving portrait of the world of Tibetan exiles

A book on Emperor Ashoka, a study of the India-US relationship, and a novel on the lives of Tibetan exiles – all that on our list of interesting reads this week. (HT Team)
A book on Emperor Ashoka, a study of the India-US relationship, and a novel on the lives of Tibetan exiles – all that on our list of interesting reads this week. (HT Team)
Published on Jan 20, 2023 05:10 PM IST
ByHT Team

Review: Ranis And The Raj by Queeny Pradhan

A look at the lives of six Indian queens who negotiated with the British imperial power, sometimes with a pen and at others with the sword

Mehtab in and as Jhansi Ki Rani in the 1953 film directed by Sohrab Modi. (HT Photo)
Mehtab in and as Jhansi Ki Rani in the 1953 film directed by Sohrab Modi. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 20, 2023 05:08 PM IST
ByLamat R Hasan

Interview: Ilse K?hler-Rollefson, author, Hoofprints on the Land - “We are part of nature”

On human-animal relationships, advocating for the rights of pastoralists, and working with the Raikas in Rajasthan for over three decades

Author Ilse Kohler-Rollefson (Jaipur Literature Festival)
Author Ilse Kohler-Rollefson (Jaipur Literature Festival)
Updated on Jan 20, 2023 05:07 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Essay: On filming the “unfilmable” novel

Decoding the recent trend of cinema and TV tackling what were previously deemed as texts that just couldn’t be make that leap to a visual medium because of the original’s scope, scale and style

A scene from White Noise (Netflix)
A scene from White Noise (Netflix)
Updated on Jan 19, 2023 10:30 PM IST
ByPrahlad Srihari

Alexandra Pringle: ‘I don’t like writing that is showing off’

Bloomsbury’s Editor-in-Chief’s authors include Abdulrazak Gurnah, Jhumpa Lahiri, Ann Patchett and George Saunders, among many others

Alexandra Pringle (Jaipur LIterature Festival)
Alexandra Pringle (Jaipur LIterature Festival)
Updated on Jan 19, 2023 07:50 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Review: Prince Harry and the Chamber of Secrets

While Spare provides insights into the diabolical cult-like aspects of British Royalty and its mutual vulture-predator relationship with the British tabloids, it is essentially the story of an outsider who craved acceptance

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in a photograph taken on November 27, 2017 following the announcement of their engagement. (Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in a photograph taken on November 27, 2017 following the announcement of their engagement. (Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)
Updated on Jan 19, 2023 12:22 PM IST
ByFarzana Versey

Review: A Life in the Shadows by AS Dulat

The former head of the Intelligence Bureau and the RA&W writes about his childhood, his years as a young intelligence officer, Kashmir, and more

Ex RAW chief and author AS Dulat. (Ravindra Joshi/HT Photo)
Ex RAW chief and author AS Dulat. (Ravindra Joshi/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 17, 2023 06:15 PM IST
BySaleem Rashid Shah

HT picks; new reads

The reading list this week includes a book that traces the historic journey of a nomadic community forced out of its traditional ways, a collection of chilling stories from Delhi’s twilight zone, and a murder mystery set in a sleepy hill station

The historic journey of a nomadic community, chilling stories from Delhi’s twilight zone, and a murder mystery set in a sleepy hill station (HT Team)
The historic journey of a nomadic community, chilling stories from Delhi’s twilight zone, and a murder mystery set in a sleepy hill station (HT Team)
Updated on Jan 14, 2023 07:41 AM IST
ByHT Team

Anuradha Bhasin - ‘The fear of a demographic change is valid’

On A Dismantled State, her chronicle of what happened in the Kashmir Valley after the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, 2019

Anuradha Bhasin (Douglas Zimmerman)
Anuradha Bhasin (Douglas Zimmerman)
Published on Jan 14, 2023 07:18 AM IST
ByMajid Maqbool

Review: Kishore Kumar - The Ultimate Biography

Compulsory reading for any Kishore Kumar fan, this extensive work by Anirudha Bhattacharjee and Parthiv Dhar brings out the singer and film personality’s character, talent, eccentricities and zest for life

Kishore Kumar in performance in the 1970s (HT Photo)
Kishore Kumar in performance in the 1970s (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 14, 2023 06:52 AM IST
ByNarendra Kusnur

Deepti Kapoor - “It’s tough to be a writer if you don’t have family money”

The author of Age of Vice on her new literary crime thriller that captures the world of politics, patronage and power and is perhaps the only Indian novel to have been auctioned directly in Hollywood for a multimillion dollar TV deal

Author Deepti Kapoor (Juggernaut)
Author Deepti Kapoor (Juggernaut)
Published on Jan 14, 2023 06:27 AM IST
ByShireen Quadri

Excerpt: Guru to the World by Ruth Harris

This extract from a new book on the life and legacy of Swami Vivekananda focuses on the World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893, which transformed him into an international spiritual celebrity

Swami Vivekananda (Courtesy Guru to the World)
Swami Vivekananda (Courtesy Guru to the World)
Updated on Jan 16, 2023 12:16 PM IST
ByRuth Harris

Book Box: The Ghostwriter and the Prince

A ghostwriter speaks for a prince in this must-read memoir. Also, meet Nishka Rathi who reveals the secrets of good ghostwriters.

Shoe Dog, Spare, Open.
Shoe Dog, Spare, Open.
Updated on Jan 16, 2023 10:23 AM IST

Review: Kishore Kumar; The Ultimate Biography by Anirudha Bhattacharjee and Parthiv Dhar

Compulsory reading for any Kishore Kumar fan, this extensive work brings out the singer and film personality’s character, talent, eccentricities and zest for life

Kishore Kumar in performance in the 1970s. (HT Photo)
Kishore Kumar in performance in the 1970s. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 14, 2023 06:37 AM IST
ByNarendra Kusnur

Interview: Anuradha Bhasin, author, A Dismantled State - ‘The fear of a demographic change today is valid’

On her chronicle of what happened in the Kashmir Valley after the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, 2019

Author Anuradha Bhasin (Douglas Zimmerman)
Author Anuradha Bhasin (Douglas Zimmerman)
Updated on Jan 14, 2023 07:01 AM IST
ByMajid Maqbool

Review: Sultan: A Memoir by Wasim Akram

The cricketer’s surprisingly honest memoir touches on everything including allegations of match-fixing, his struggle to handle fame, his addiction to cocaine, and the absence of a work-life balance that threatened his marriage

Bowling for Pakistan, Wasim Akram, catches out Australian Batsman, Ricky Ponting, in a one-day match at Colonial Stadium, Melbourne, 2002. (The Age Picture by Ray Kennedy via HarperCollins)
Bowling for Pakistan, Wasim Akram, catches out Australian Batsman, Ricky Ponting, in a one-day match at Colonial Stadium, Melbourne, 2002. (The Age Picture by Ray Kennedy via HarperCollins)
Updated on Jan 12, 2023 08:13 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Review: Dhanpatir Char; Whatever Happened To Pedru’s Island? by Amar Mitra

A novel that uses myth and surrealism to critique the abuse of power, this work translated from the original Bengali by Jhimli Mukherjee Pandey portrays a world where women are treated like marketable commodities

Island life: A char in the Sundarbans (Shutterstock)
Island life: A char in the Sundarbans (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jan 11, 2023 10:12 PM IST
ByShoma A Chatterji
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