Soumya Bhattacharya is the editor of Hindustan Times, Mumbai. He is the author of five books of fiction, non-fiction and memoir.
Articles by Soumya Bhattacharya
"There are some stretches where we have observed increased traffic volume but it will be unfair to say that this has become a trend" a senior traffic officer said.
BySoumya Bhattacharya, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
The movie’s plot demolishes the notion of meritocracy. Monarchies, politics and business will find it familiar
Amitav Ghosh’s new novel, Gun Island, explores many of the writer’s recurring motifs: Irrawaddy dolphins; the Sunderbans; climate change. But at the heart of the novel is the theme of illegal migration and refugee crisis, displacement and renewal. Exclusive interview plus extract from the book
Upamanyu Chatterjee’s first volume of short stories, that includes three pieces written in the 1980s, showcases the trajectory of his writing career
Autumn Light is an elegant meditation on mortality, ageing, dwindling and love
The English Premier League brought out some of the toughest competition seen so far, with each team upping the ante.
How did ‘a slum sport played in slum stadiums’ become a globalised TV spectacle awash with obscene amounts of money? Read Michael Cox’s The Mixer
Ronaldo and Messi have both pursued, and attained greatness. The end is the same; the means are different.
Roger Federer, who recently won his hundredth ATP title, has said he was not chasing that landmark. Yet, his achievement is remarkable in all sorts of ways.
The unexpected outcome sets sport apart from other fields of popular culture: Spinoff by Soumya Bhattacharya
The unfolding in front of our eyes of what seems barely credible is one of the enduring and defining charms of sport
Masochism is built into the mental makeup of the ardent sports fan. Throw him as many unpalatable results as you like, he will keep coming back
Football, tennis and cricket are all illuminated by the talents and collective greatness of athletes who count as among the best ever to have played their chosen sports.
SPINOFF: Soumya Bhattacharya writes about the purpose a sport serves to those who follow and watch sport but have no stake in it in terms of money or a career.
SPINOFF: It’s not fair to expect elite athletes to be role models in terms of personal conduct, writes Soumya Bhattacharya
Autobiographies of sportspersons tend to be anodyne. Just as official interactions with them are mediated, and full of platitudes, autobiographies, too, have become another form of a mediated encounter, a whirring of the PR wheels, an output of the spin factory.
‘Indian male cricketers, and only they, seem to decide when to stop playing. Not time, not the selectors....’
SPINOFF: He is undoubtedly one of the greatest batsmen of the modern era, but as a captain, Virat lacks tactical nous, says Soumya Bhattacharya
The big beasts of world football have not been able to bully the so-called lesser teams. The first round of the 2018 World Cup in Russia has showcased the joy, drama, excitement, and sheer quality that international football on the biggest global stage still has to offer
In that most insular, class conscious and whitest of white cliques, aka The Firm, this was a magnificent, unprecedented celebration of diversity. The monarchy appeared accepting, even encouraging, of a new reality
Love, and what love has to do with truth, have been the central themes of Julian Barnes’s oeuvre
Cristiano Ronaldo’s heartstopping goal shows how, unlike in music, films or literature (which are admired as a work in its entirety), a single, discrete, defining moment in sport can communicate joy which is unrivalled in its purity
Sachin Tendulkar said that the Centurion Test against South Africa will show how well the Indian cricket team can play under pressure. India are down 1-0 in the three-Test series
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySoumya Bhattacharya & Soumitra Bose
Varnika Kundu’s fearless response to her ordeal shows that, however heavily weighted the system may be in favour of the powerful, an individual can, on occasion, successfully fight it. But for that to happen, certain circumstances need to come together in her favour.
Andrew Downie’s biography of footballer Socrates, Doctor Socrates: Footballer, Philosopher, Legend, is the fascinating story of a true legend.
Mohsin Hamid’s new novel Exit West can lay claim to being one of the first post-Brexit, post-refugee-crisis fictions
Jhumpa Lahiri’s new offering ponders about the aesthetic and commercial purposes of book covers and their relationship with the writer and the reader
Arsene Wenger has been a polarizing figure among the Arsenal fans for quite some time now and the defeat against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League can prove to be the tipping point.
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySoumya Bhattacharya
After the forthcoming home series against Australia, India play Tests away against England, South Africa and Australia. How India fare in those arduous series will tell us where this side stands in the pantheon of great India Test teams.
New Delhi | BySoumya Bhattacharya
Serena Williams pushed sentiments aside in an emotion-charged 6-4 6-4 defeat of sister Venus to win the Australian Open on Saturday and a record 23rd grand slam title in the professional era
Soumya Bhattacharya writes about his time at Presidency College, which, he says, laid some sort of foundation for the best years of his life.