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Review: A History of Objects by Carlo Pizzati

Carlo Pizzati’s A History of Objects is a collection of 23 short stories, each one dedicated to a specific inanimate being which, in the course of the story, becomes a cog in the author’s storytelling machine
A flautist performs at his window for his neighbours in Brussels, Belgium, during the lockdown in 2020. This sort of communal form of art making like the “balcony and courtyard concerts” in his story, The Mask, appeals to Carlo Pizzati. (Shutterstock)
A flautist performs at his window for his neighbours in Brussels, Belgium, during the lockdown in 2020. This sort of communal form of art making like the “balcony and courtyard concerts” in his story, The Mask, appeals to Carlo Pizzati. (Shutterstock)
Updated on May 24, 2022 07:18 PM IST
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BySimar Bhasin

Review: Acrobat by Nabaneeta Dev Sen; Poems translated by Nandana Dev Sen

The late Nabaneeta Dev Sen is a vital figure in modern Bengali literature with more than a hundred books either written or edited by her to her credit and though she wrote a lot more prose, it was poetry that was the heartbeat of her writing
Nabaneeta Dev Sen in a picture dated 15 April 1971. (Chawla/HT Photo)
Nabaneeta Dev Sen in a picture dated 15 April 1971. (Chawla/HT Photo)
Updated on May 23, 2022 06:00 PM IST
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ByManohar Shetty

Book Box: Seven powerful books on mental health

  • May is mental health awareness month, and the perfect time for these seven powerful books on mental health
Maybe you should talk to someone. 
Maybe you should talk to someone. 
Updated on May 21, 2022 04:08 PM IST
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HT Picks; New Reads

This week’s list of interesting reads includes Jokha Alharthi’s new book, Wendy Doniger’s letters home and her recollections of her time in India in the 1960s, and a reissued biography of Hindi cinema’s first superstar
The reading list this week includes a new book from a winner of the Man Booker prize, a young Wendy Doniger’s letters home and her recollections of her year in 1960s India, and a reissued biography of Ashok Kumar. (HT Team)
The reading list this week includes a new book from a winner of the Man Booker prize, a young Wendy Doniger’s letters home and her recollections of her year in 1960s India, and a reissued biography of Ashok Kumar. (HT Team)
Updated on May 20, 2022 10:12 PM IST
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Interview: Vauhini Vara, author, The Immortal King Rao – “I’ve grown up with lots of different identities”

On her genre-melding novel that charts the journey of a young Dalit boy from rural Andhra Pradesh to the pre-internet United States, where he wields technology to reinvent himself and the world
Novelist Vauhini Vara (Andy Cross/The Denver Post)
Novelist Vauhini Vara (Andy Cross/The Denver Post)
Updated on May 20, 2022 10:11 PM IST
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ByRonnie Kuriakose

Review: Villainy by Upamanyu Chatterjee

Upamanyu Chatterjee’s new literary thriller depicts a Delhi where badness is embedded in everyday life
The relentless city: New Delhi (Shutterstock)
The relentless city: New Delhi (Shutterstock)
Published on May 20, 2022 10:10 PM IST
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BySuhit Kelkar

Interview: Andre Aciman, author, Call Me by Your Name - ‘The personal doesn’t have to be autobiographical’

On writing as an exploration of identity, anti-Semitism, and the corona virus as an excuse, among other things
Author Andre Aciman (Courtesy JLF)
Author Andre Aciman (Courtesy JLF)
Published on May 20, 2022 10:09 PM IST
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ByChintan Girish Modi

Essay: On scripting and performing dastans

Mahmood Farooqui writes about the distinctiveness of Dastangoi, the theatre form that he revived inspired by the late Shamsur Rahman Faruqi’s scholarship
Mahmood Farooqui in performance (Courtesy author-performer)
Mahmood Farooqui in performance (Courtesy author-performer)
Updated on May 20, 2022 06:54 PM IST
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ByMahmood Farooqui

Screenwriter, Mohinder Pratap Singh: “I’d like to see more justice in the world”

On working in advertising, scripting for television, short and feature films, and finding success on OTT
Screenwriter and director Mohinder Pratap Singh (Courtesy the subject)
Screenwriter and director Mohinder Pratap Singh (Courtesy the subject)
Updated on May 19, 2022 03:33 PM IST
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ByMihir Chitre

Ruskin Bond on turning 88: Craving for jalebi and more short stories

Author Ruskin Bond talks about his lack of birthday rituals, and celebrating every new day. He says his family ensures there’s lots of cake to celebrate, but he is specifically craving to relish jalebi this year. And alongside he also shares about his love for short stories, which are also part of his new book, Song of the Forest.
Author Ruskin Bond feels the two eights in 88 (his age today) look like jalebis. (Photo: Facebook/Ruskin Bond)
Author Ruskin Bond feels the two eights in 88 (his age today) look like jalebis. (Photo: Facebook/Ruskin Bond)
Published on May 19, 2022 11:35 AM IST
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BySiddhi Jain, New Delhi

In conversation with Pt Shivkumar Sharma

The origins of the santoor, his early shift from the tabla and his idea of music beyond entertainment, Pt Shivkumar Sharma, who died on May 10, talked about all that during his last visit to the capital
Pt Shivkumar Sharma at the grand finale of the Monsoon Music Festival, Mumbai, on August 3, 2007. (Prodip Guha/HT Photo)
Pt Shivkumar Sharma at the grand finale of the Monsoon Music Festival, Mumbai, on August 3, 2007. (Prodip Guha/HT Photo)
Updated on May 18, 2022 08:56 PM IST
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ByManjari Sinha

Excerpt: Digital Leapfrogs by Vijay Mahajan

This excerpt on how technology is reshaping consumer markets in India looks at the remarkable effects of the widespread use of apps and social media
Smartphones: The world in your palm. (Shutterstock)
Smartphones: The world in your palm. (Shutterstock)
Updated on May 17, 2022 04:36 PM IST
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ByVijay Mahajan

Review: Fiji: A Love Story by Ajay Singh

The memoirs of the former Indian ambassador to Fiji highlight, through his own family’s history, the iniquities of the colonial indentured system whose consequences continue to embitter that nation’s politics
A view of Suva, the capital of Fiji. (Shutterstock)
A view of Suva, the capital of Fiji. (Shutterstock)
Updated on May 16, 2022 06:58 PM IST
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Book Box: Seven fabulous books for architecture lovers

  • Books to help you design a home that makes you happy, building stories from Chicago, and a conversation on why architects should read murder mysteries.
The Architecture of Happiness. 
The Architecture of Happiness. 
Updated on May 14, 2022 06:03 PM IST
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HT Picks; New Reads

This week’s pick of interesting reads includes a memoir of struggles against caste oppression, a book about the monstrous creatures in the myths and folklore of India’s various cultures, and a cautionary tale of environmental collapse
The reading list this week includes a memoir, a book about the creatures in myths and folklore, and one on the exploitation of nature. (HT Team)
The reading list this week includes a memoir, a book about the creatures in myths and folklore, and one on the exploitation of nature. (HT Team)
Updated on May 13, 2022 09:22 PM IST
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Review: One Love and the Many Lives of Osip B by CP Surendran

In his new novel, CP Surendran confronts the realities of the present through dark irony, farcical narrative strands and caricature
A CPM rally in Kolkata in the 1980s. One of the central figures of the novel, Niranjan “Bolshevik Menon”, serves as a metaphor for the Communist Party’s inception, growth, and eventual ossification. (HT Photo)
A CPM rally in Kolkata in the 1980s. One of the central figures of the novel, Niranjan “Bolshevik Menon”, serves as a metaphor for the Communist Party’s inception, growth, and eventual ossification. (HT Photo)
Published on May 13, 2022 09:21 PM IST
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ByAJ Thomas

Interview: Balaji Vittal, author, Pure Evil; The Bad Men of Bollywood – “Film villains turned out to be exceptionally nice!”

Pure Evil: The Bad Men of Bollywood is your fourth book about Hindi films
Author Balaji Vittal (Courtesy the publisher)
Author Balaji Vittal (Courtesy the publisher)
Published on May 13, 2022 09:19 PM IST
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ByChintan Girish Modi

Review: Blue Sky White Cloud by Nirmal Ghosh

Journalist and wildlife conservationist Nirmal Ghosh’s book, a collection of three novellas, attempts to convey the Anthropocene’s impact on the world and its inhabitants
A group of bar-headed geese at Qinghai lake in Tibet. (Getty Images)
A group of bar-headed geese at Qinghai lake in Tibet. (Getty Images)
Published on May 13, 2022 04:21 PM IST
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BySyed Saad Ahmed

On keeping Gallerie alive for 25 years

Bina Sarkar Ellias, who has almost single-handedly brought out the biannual cultural magazine for a quarter century, reminisces about its curious journey
in Armenia/ carved out of ancient stone/ she is history (Photo and accompanying haiku by Bina Sarkar Ellias)
in Armenia/ carved out of ancient stone/ she is history (Photo and accompanying haiku by Bina Sarkar Ellias)
Updated on May 13, 2022 03:05 PM IST
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ByBina Sarkar Ellias

Review: Wrist Assured by Gundappa Vishwanath

Gundappa Vishwanath’s autobiography revisits all that went into making him the wristy genius of world cricket
Gundappa Vishwanath in a test match against England in New Delhi. (KKC/HT Photo)
Gundappa Vishwanath in a test match against England in New Delhi. (KKC/HT Photo)
Updated on May 12, 2022 07:32 PM IST
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BySudhirendar Sharma

Essay: Shiva Naipaul’s notebook

Author Amitava Kumar studies the younger Naipaul’s notes on his time in India immediately after the assassination of Indira Gandhi
Author Shiva Naipaul photographed in Australia on May 25, 1984. (Stuart William MacGladrie/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
Author Shiva Naipaul photographed in Australia on May 25, 1984. (Stuart William MacGladrie/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
Updated on May 23, 2022 05:03 PM IST
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Essay: Thich Nhat Hanh on love and sex

Revisiting the wisdom in the books and reflections of the Vietnamese monk who died in January this year
Thich Nhat Hanh (Virendra Singh Gosain/HT)
Thich Nhat Hanh (Virendra Singh Gosain/HT)
Updated on May 11, 2022 03:28 PM IST
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Interview: Imtiaz Ali – 'TV is the only film school I ever went to!'

Growing up in Jamshedpur, being shaped by Delhi, his favourite poets and filmmakers, his relationships with his contemporaries, the centrality of writing to his life, and his journey from television to film - Imtiaz Ali talks to Mihir Chitre about all that
Imtiaz Ali (HT Cafe)
Imtiaz Ali (HT Cafe)
Updated on May 11, 2022 09:37 AM IST
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ByMihir Chitre

Review: Copper Mountain by Thubten Samphel

A moving picture of Tibet’s natural beauty and rich historical tradition, Copper Mountain combines memorable characters with an environmental conspiracy and a shot of dark humour
The south face of Mount Kailash in Tibet with stone chortens in the foreground (Shutterstock)
The south face of Mount Kailash in Tibet with stone chortens in the foreground (Shutterstock)
Updated on May 09, 2022 06:39 PM IST
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ByPercy Bharucha

Essay: On my feathered friends

Close your eyes and listen to the sounds around you
Yellow footed green pigeon (Prerna Jain)
Yellow footed green pigeon (Prerna Jain)
Updated on May 07, 2022 06:22 PM IST
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ByPrerna Jain

Review: Metronama by Rashmi Sadana

Comprising interviews, research, and personal observations, Metronama lays bare the relationship that the Delhi metro shares with the city and its people
Mind the gap: The Delhi metro (Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times)
Mind the gap: The Delhi metro (Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times)
Published on May 07, 2022 04:25 PM IST
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ByPercy Bharucha

HT Picks; New Reads

This week’s list of interesting reads includes the first of a three-volume series of Saadat Hasan Manto’s stories and essays translated into English, a collection of writings by colonial Indians on the course that India should take, and a memoir of an adventurous life
On the reading list this week is a volume of Saadat Hasan Manto’s stories and essays, writings by colonial Indians that shaped our world, and a memoir of a life of adventure. (HT Team)
On the reading list this week is a volume of Saadat Hasan Manto’s stories and essays, writings by colonial Indians that shaped our world, and a memoir of a life of adventure. (HT Team)
Published on May 06, 2022 11:36 PM IST
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Interview: Ishan Khosla, winner, Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize 2022 – “The cover plays a big role in attracting readers”

Ishan Khosla, who won the award for his cover forKintsugi by Anukrti Upadhyay, is interested in branding, typography, and craft projects that involve collaborating with rural communities
Designer Ishan Khosla (Courtesy Oxford Bookstore)
Designer Ishan Khosla (Courtesy Oxford Bookstore)
Updated on May 06, 2022 11:35 PM IST
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ByChintan Girish Modi

Excerpt: In The Language of Remembering by Aanchal Malhotra

In this exclusive first extract from her new book on the inheritance of Partition, Aanchal Malhotra recounts an interview that encapsulates the process of wilful forgetting
“No matter how nuanced a memory we may collect from another, no matter how close it may feel to us, no matter how deeply it may inform our understanding of the past, it will never truly be ours, for we have not experienced it.” (Courtesy the publisher)
“No matter how nuanced a memory we may collect from another, no matter how close it may feel to us, no matter how deeply it may inform our understanding of the past, it will never truly be ours, for we have not experienced it.” (Courtesy the publisher)
Published on May 06, 2022 11:33 PM IST
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ByAanchal Malhotra
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