Supriya Sharma

Supriya Sharma

Supriya Sharma writes on books and curates and edits lifestyle stories for hindustantimes.com

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Life must go on: Violence-affected villagers prepare food at a relief camp at Gossaigaon, in the Kokrajhar district of northeastern Assam state in December 2014.(AFP)
Life must go on: Violence-affected villagers prepare food at a relief camp at Gossaigaon, in the Kokrajhar district of northeastern Assam state in December 2014.(AFP)

Review: Peace Has Come by Parismita Singh

Hindustan Times | By Supriya Sharma
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2018 09:13 PM IST
Ordinary people try to live normal lives while sandwiched between the state and insurgents in these stories set in the villages of upper Assam
Protests against the December 16 gang rape in Delhi in January 2013.(Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times)
Protests against the December 16 gang rape in Delhi in January 2013.(Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times)

Review: Missing by Sumana Roy

Hindustan Times | By Supriya Sharma
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2018 09:17 AM IST
Sumana Roy’s Missing takes on the most pressing issues of our time and is rich in deep observations about our world
Jo Nesbo sticks to the blueprint of the original plot and yet by adapting it for a specific milieu, he makes Macbeth his own story.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Jo Nesbo sticks to the blueprint of the original plot and yet by adapting it for a specific milieu, he makes Macbeth his own story.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Book review: Jo Nesbo’s Macbeth is a good cop gone rogue

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Supriya Sharma
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2018 09:25 AM IST
Norwegian novelist Jo Nesbo spins Shakespeare’s famous tragedy about political ambition into an entertaining thriller.
The book features illustrations (including the one on the cover) by visual artist James Jean.
The book features illustrations (including the one on the cover) by visual artist James Jean.

The Shape of Water book review: If you liked the film, you’ll love the novel

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Supriya Sharma
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2018 11:09 AM IST
The novel The Shape of Water, written by Guillermo Del Toro and Daniel Kraus, expands and enriches the Oscar-winning original story.
One of the finest short story writers of modern Indian literature, Manto was born on May 11, 1912, in Ludhiana, Punjab.(Photo courtesy: Khwaab Tanha Collective)
One of the finest short story writers of modern Indian literature, Manto was born on May 11, 1912, in Ludhiana, Punjab.(Photo courtesy: Khwaab Tanha Collective)

Delhi this weekend: On Saadat Hasan Manto’s 106th birthday, watch two plays based on his stories

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Supriya Sharma
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2018 09:56 AM IST
As Nandita Das’s movie Manto (2018), starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the titular role, heads to Cannes, people in Delhi can watch two plays based on Saadat Hasan Manto’s short stories at the India Habitat Centre this weekend.
Legends across the world hold that mermaids bring bad luck and — with their unimaginable beauty and enchanting songs — lure hapless sailors to their deaths.(Shutterstock)
Legends across the world hold that mermaids bring bad luck and — with their unimaginable beauty and enchanting songs — lure hapless sailors to their deaths.(Shutterstock)

Book review: Imogen Hermes Gowar’s The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Supriya Sharma
UPDATED ON APR 30, 2018 12:17 PM IST
Imogen Hermes Gowar’s debut novel, The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock, shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018, is a story of resilience and second chances.
Shakespeare in India: Shashi Kapoor and Felicity Kendal on the sets of Shakespeare-Wallah in 1965.(Getty Images)
Shakespeare in India: Shashi Kapoor and Felicity Kendal on the sets of Shakespeare-Wallah in 1965.(Getty Images)

Review: We That Are Young by Preti Taneja

Hindustan Times | By Supriya Sharma
UPDATED ON APR 07, 2018 11:18 AM IST
A dark feminist retelling of King Lear, Preti Taneja’s debut novel features a billionaire family in contemporary India, and is told from the perspectives of the so-called villains
The Shawshank Redemption is often regarded as one of the best films ever made.
The Shawshank Redemption is often regarded as one of the best films ever made.

Book vs Film: The Shawshank Redemption is one of the greatest films ever. How does Stephen King’s novella match up?

Hindustan Times | By Supriya Sharma and Rohan Naahar, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 29, 2018 03:01 PM IST
In a new series, we discuss over texts the merits and flaws of famous books and their screen adaptations. This week we chat about writer Stephen King’s Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption (1982) and Frank Darabont’s beloved screen adaptation.
Jeff VanderMeer’s novel Annihilation has been made into a film by Alex Garland.
Jeff VanderMeer’s novel Annihilation has been made into a film by Alex Garland.

Book vs Film: Jeff VanderMeer’s novel Annihilation or the Natalie Portman movie?

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Supriya Sharma and Rohan Naahar
UPDATED ON MAR 21, 2018 04:33 PM IST
In a new series, we discuss over texts the merits and flaws of famous books and their screen adaptations. This week we chat about American writer Jeff VanderMeer’s novel Annihilation (2014) and Alex Garland’s screen adaptation, which released worldwide on Netflix on March 12.
Sam Rockwell (centre), Yasiin Bey (on right), Zooey Deschanel (far right), and Martin Freeman (left) in a still from the movie, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005).(IMDb.com)
Sam Rockwell (centre), Yasiin Bey (on right), Zooey Deschanel (far right), and Martin Freeman (left) in a still from the movie, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005).(IMDb.com)

Book vs Film: On Douglas Adams’s birthday, we debate about The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Hindustan Times | By Supriya Sharma and Rohan Naahar
UPDATED ON MAR 21, 2018 01:46 PM IST
In a new series, we discuss over texts the merits and flaws of famous books and their screen adaptations. Our second edition looks at Douglas Adams’s cult classic The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which was made into a 2005 film by Garth Jennings, starring Martin Freeman and Zooey Deschanel.
Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons’ first comic in the Kingsman series was adapted into a 2014 film by Matthew Vaughn.
Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons’ first comic in the Kingsman series was adapted into a 2014 film by Matthew Vaughn.

Book vs Film: We chatted about which medium triumphs in the case of Kingsman, The Secret Service

Hindustan Times | By Supriya Sharma and Rohan Naahar
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2018 05:06 PM IST
In a new series, we discuss over texts the merits and flaws of famous books and their screen adaptations. Our debut outing takes up the first comic book, Kingsman: The Secret Service (2012), in the famous series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. It was made into a 2014 film by Matthew Vaughn.
From left: Rabih Alameddine, Alia Malek and Raja Shahdehah in conversation with Susan Abulhawa during the session Writing the Arab World at the Jaipur Literature Festival on Monday.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
From left: Rabih Alameddine, Alia Malek and Raja Shahdehah in conversation with Susan Abulhawa during the session Writing the Arab World at the Jaipur Literature Festival on Monday.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

JLF 2018: Arab literature and the internalising of racism

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By Supriya Sharma
UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2018 04:11 PM IST
Four writers from the Middle East - Lebanese-American writer Rabih Alameddine, Syria-born American journalist and lawyer Alia Malek and Palestinian lawyer-writer Raja Shehadeh talked about cultural appropriation and the great need to stop being Western-centric.
Panelists of the session titled The Art of the Novel included Amy Tan, Chika Unigwe, Helen Fielding, Joshua Ferris and Michael Ondaatje. They were in conversation with Chandrahas Choudhury.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Panelists of the session titled The Art of the Novel included Amy Tan, Chika Unigwe, Helen Fielding, Joshua Ferris and Michael Ondaatje. They were in conversation with Chandrahas Choudhury.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

The art of fiction: There is something occult about writing a book

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By Supriya Sharma
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2018 07:31 PM IST
Novelists Helen Fielding, Amy Tan, Chika Unigwe, Joshua Ferris and Micheal Ondaatje shared their techniques and approaches to the craft of writing during a session titled The Art of the Novel: On Writing Fiction at the Jaipur Literature Festival on Sunday.
(From left) First-time authors Prayaag Akhbar, Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Diksha Basu and Sandip Roy in conversation with Tishani Doshi (centre).(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
(From left) First-time authors Prayaag Akhbar, Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Diksha Basu and Sandip Roy in conversation with Tishani Doshi (centre).(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Of thieving magpies and novelists: Four first-time authors on the challenges of writing

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By Supriya Sharma
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2018 04:41 PM IST
Four authors -- Diksha Basu (The Windfall), Prayaag Akbar (Leila), Sandip Roy (Don’t Let Him Know) and Lucy Hughes-Hallett (Peculiar Ground) -- who have all recently published their first works of fiction discussed the challenges of writing a first book.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Nandita Das during a session titled Manto: The Man and The Legend at the Jaipur Literature Festival on Friday.(PTI)
Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Nandita Das during a session titled Manto: The Man and The Legend at the Jaipur Literature Festival on Friday.(PTI)

Nawazuddin Siddiqui at JLF 2018: Manto only spoke the truth while I lie frequently

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By Supriya Sharma
UPDATED ON JAN 26, 2018 07:31 PM IST
Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Nandita Das spoke on the challenges to freedom of expression during a session on the forthcoming biopic on Saadat Hasan Manto.
“Darwin used the word ‘intellectually inferior’ in reference to women, and this is where the title of my book comes from,” says science journalist Angela Saini.
“Darwin used the word ‘intellectually inferior’ in reference to women, and this is where the title of my book comes from,” says science journalist Angela Saini.

There is an inbuilt survival toughness that women have and men don’t: Angela Saini

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By Supriya Sharma
UPDATED ON JAN 26, 2018 06:27 PM IST
On the second day of the Jaipur Literature Festival, Angela Saini, author of Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and The New Research That’s Rewriting The Story, spoke of the feminist perspective changing attitudes within scientific research.
In the session titled Undercover in North Korea: Facts and Fiction, investigative journalist Suki Kim spoke about her experience of working as a teacher at a North Korean University in 2011.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
In the session titled Undercover in North Korea: Facts and Fiction, investigative journalist Suki Kim spoke about her experience of working as a teacher at a North Korean University in 2011.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

A view of hell: Dispatches from North Korea, the world’s worst gulag

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By Supriya Sharma
UPDATED ON JAN 26, 2018 03:46 PM IST
Korean-American author Suki Kim, who worked undercover as a teacher in North Korea, spoke of the world’s most repressive state during a session titled Undercover in North Korea: Facts and Fiction at the Jaipur Literature Festival on Thursday.
Here are 10 books that we’re looking forward to in the New Year.
Here are 10 books that we’re looking forward to in the New Year.

From Amish’s Raavan to Jo Nesbo’s Macbeth: 10 books we want to read in 2018

Hindustan Times | By Supriya Sharma
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2017 09:44 AM IST
Even if you haven’t got around to finishing your reading list for 2017, it shouldn’t stop you from getting excited about the many good ones 2018 has in store. Here’s what we’re looking forward to.
In her forthcoming film Hichki, Rani Mukherjee plays a woman with Tourette Syndrome who wants to be a teacher.
In her forthcoming film Hichki, Rani Mukherjee plays a woman with Tourette Syndrome who wants to be a teacher.

What is Tourette syndrome? Rani Mukerji plays a patient with rare disorder in Hichki

Hindustan Times | By Supriya Sharma
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2017 02:48 PM IST
Tourette Syndrome, the neurological condition Rani Mukerji’s character has in her forthcoming film Hichki, cannot be cured but it can be controlled. Here’s more about this rare disorder.
Illusionist Nicolai Friedrich also works for a law firm in Frankfurt. He calls himself a “professional magician and a hobby lawyer”.(Sebastian Konopik)
Illusionist Nicolai Friedrich also works for a law firm in Frankfurt. He calls himself a “professional magician and a hobby lawyer”.(Sebastian Konopik)

Here’s why you should never lie to mentalist Nicolai Friedrich. He can read your mind

Hindustan Times | By Supriya Sharma
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2017 08:01 PM IST
German mentalist-magician Nicolai Friedrich, who performed in Gurugram recently, can make objects float and pull things out of thin air. He can also read your mind. The illusionist speaks to HT about life as a mentalist and a lawyer, and the science behind reading minds.
Kenneth Branagh in a still from the latest film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, which released this week.(Imdb.com)
Kenneth Branagh in a still from the latest film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, which released this week.(Imdb.com)

What makes Agatha Christie and Hercule Poirot such all-time favourites? We find out

Hindustan Times | By Supriya Sharma
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2017 10:25 AM IST
Agatha Christie continues to be the most popular choice for screen adaptations. As another film version of Murder on the Orient Express, starring Kenneth Branagh as the famous fictional detective Hercule Poirot, hits theatres this week, we look into the bestselling writer’s timeless appeal.
In the TV show Friends, Monica Geller’s obsessive cleaning and organising, signs of OCD, often make her the butt of jokes.(YouTube)
In the TV show Friends, Monica Geller’s obsessive cleaning and organising, signs of OCD, often make her the butt of jokes.(YouTube)

No laughing matter: John Green’s new novel about OCD tells it as it is

Hindustan Times | By Supriya Sharma
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2017 08:52 AM IST
John Green’s latest book, Turtles All The Way Down, is the story of a teenager struggling with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Tom Hanks at the 2017 People’s Choice Awards at The Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.(Shutterstock)
Tom Hanks at the 2017 People’s Choice Awards at The Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.(Shutterstock)

Uncommon Type review: Tom Hanks’ short stories demand to be savoured at leisure

Hindustan Times | By Supriya Sharma
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2017 08:42 AM IST
In the 17 stories that make Uncommon Type, the two-time Oscar-winning actor, Tom Hanks, reveals himself to be a skilled storyteller.
Suchitra Krishnamoorthi in a still from her play Drama Queen, which she will perform in Delhi on October 6.
Suchitra Krishnamoorthi in a still from her play Drama Queen, which she will perform in Delhi on October 6.

There are no happily ever-afters. Suchitra Krishnamoorthi on the myth of ‘the one’

Hindustan Times | By Supriya Sharma
UPDATED ON OCT 05, 2017 08:19 AM IST
Actor-singer-writer Suchitra Krishnamoorthi will be performing her autobiographical play Drama Queen in the capital on October 6. She tells HT about adapting her memoir for the stage and why there can be no ‘happily ever-afters in real life.
T S Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats is better known in its musical avatar as the long running CATS, produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
T S Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats is better known in its musical avatar as the long running CATS, produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Happy Birthday, T S Eliot: Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats Told Via GIFs

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Supriya Sharma
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2017 02:01 PM IST
Poet TS Eliot had a cheery side. That’s right! The author of The Wasteland and The Hollow Men didn’t only write cryptic, gloomy verse. Spoiler alert: He was a cat person.
On Stephen King’s birthday, we bring you a guide to five of his popular books across genres.(Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images)
On Stephen King’s birthday, we bring you a guide to five of his popular books across genres.(Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images)

Happy Birthday Stephen King: Here’s a beginner’s guide to his books

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Supriya Sharma
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2017 09:03 AM IST
If you’ve never read King or know not where to start, fret not. Help is here.
Mrs C Remembers succeeds in doing what good stories are meant to do: Help us understand lives other than our own.(Shutterstock)
Mrs C Remembers succeeds in doing what good stories are meant to do: Help us understand lives other than our own.(Shutterstock)

Book review: This is what it is like to lose someone you love to Alzheimer’s disease

Hindustan Times | By Supriya Sharma
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2017 08:43 AM IST
Himanjali Sankar’s Mrs C Remembers, the story of an elderly homemaker who has Alzheimer’s disease, is a welcome addition to the lean genre of Indian fiction about mental illnesses.
A good opening sentence is proof of the writer’s ability to draw the reader in.(Shutterstock)
A good opening sentence is proof of the writer’s ability to draw the reader in.(Shutterstock)

Here are 10 of the most gripping opening sentences in recent Indian fiction

Hindustan Times | By Supriya Sharma
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2017 09:13 AM IST
Here’s a list (by no means definitive) of stunning opening lines from recent Indian fiction in English that will have you at hello.
Arundhati Roy’s debut novel The God of Small Things is set in Kerala of the 1960s in a Syrian Christian family.(Mayank Austen Soofi)
Arundhati Roy’s debut novel The God of Small Things is set in Kerala of the 1960s in a Syrian Christian family.(Mayank Austen Soofi)

HT podcast: 20 years of Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things

UPDATED ON JUL 14, 2017 12:56 PM IST
Welcome to SoundRead, the books podcast of Hindustan Times, where we discuss issues and news on books, publishing and the world at large.
Delhi-based Anand says through her stories, she tries to get young readers to think for themselves and ask questions.(Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
Delhi-based Anand says through her stories, she tries to get young readers to think for themselves and ask questions.(Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)

Kids are already exposed to sex & violence. Stories help lessen confusion: Paro Anand

Hindustan Times | By Supriya Sharma
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2017 12:21 PM IST
Winner of the Bal Sahitya Puruskar 2017, Paro Anand talks about her award-winning book, the power of storytelling to create social change, and why it is important that young adult literature addresses issues such as sex and violence.
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