Essay: Of avian romance in the Capital

Updated on Mar 21, 2023 06:18 PM IST

From the loud anthem of the brown-headed barbet to the frenetic dance of the purple sunbird, love is in the air for Delhi’s birds

Purple sunbirds (Prerna Jain)
ByPrerna Jain

Jyoti Patel, The Things That We Lost: ‘This novel was a reflection of real life’

The author who was born in Paris to British Indian parents and now lives in London talks about belonging, a central theme in diasporic literature, and the inheritance of loss that migration engenders

Author Jyoti Patel (Mark Strauss)
Updated on Mar 20, 2023 08:04 PM IST
ByShireen Quadri 

Book Box: Fighting the Patriarchs with a Bookstore Crawl in NYC

Uncover the secrets of patriarchal domination in these four books. And meet the amazing Angela Saini, author of the sensational new book on the origins of patriarchy.

Mcknally Jackson Seaport, NYC.
Updated on Mar 18, 2023 02:03 PM IST

Essay: On watching The Lying Life of Adults

The Netflix series is possibly better than the Elena Ferrante novel on which it is based

A scene from The Lying Life of Adults (Netflix)
Updated on Mar 17, 2023 07:05 PM IST
ByNidhi Dugar Kundalia

HT Picks; New Reads

On the reading list this week is a volume that makes a case for why political speech must be constitutionally protected, a book that examines the President’s role when authoritarian governments are voted into power, and a coming-of-age novel set in troubled times

This week’s pick of interesting reads includes a volume that stresses the need for free speech, a book that examines the President’s role when authoritarian governments are voted into power, and a coming-of-age novel. (HT Team)
Published on Mar 17, 2023 05:40 PM IST
ByHT Team

Interview: Ben Schott, author, Jeeves and the Leap of Faith - “There is a clarity in the way Wodehouse uses words”

When and how did you fall in love with the work of PG Wodehouse?When I was a child, my father used to read to me

Author Ben Schott (Courtesy the Kolkata Literary Meet)
Updated on Mar 17, 2023 05:41 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

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

A new book aims to show that the relationship between India and the US has shifted from being one of mutual suspicion to one of mutual conviviality

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets US President Joe Biden as India's Foreign Minister S Jaishankar looks on during the G20 leaders' summit in Bali, Indonesia, on November 15, 2022. (REUTERS)
Published on Mar 17, 2023 05:36 PM IST
ByPravin Sawhney

Review: Maulana Azad; A Life

S Irfan Habib’s biography of Maulana Azad presents his untiring efforts to unite Hindus and Muslims through speeches and writings, and also enlightens the reader about other forgotten Muslim champions of a unified India

Jawaharlal Nehru, Maulana Azad and Sir Maurice Gwyer at the silver jubilee function of the Indian Historical Records Commission in 1944. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 17, 2023 05:35 PM IST
ByArun AK

Report: The India Pen Show 2023

Fountain pen enthusiasts, collectors, and sellers of pens, inks, stationery and accessories participated in the event

Diya Vadodaria Hillman of Mumbai holds up a fountain pen by Acriv, her company, which specialises in nibs made by folding a piece of titanium, a rare technique. Hillman says she uses titanium because it is tough enough to go “to hell and back”. (Suhit Bombaywala)
Updated on Mar 16, 2023 08:04 PM IST
BySuhit Bombaywala

Review: The Haunting of Delhi City by Jatin Bhasin and Suparna Chawla Bhasin

Suffused with nostalgia even for its forgotten horrors, this collection of nine short stories is an unusual homage to the Delhi of the 1990s

A deserted view of Connaught Place in New Delhi. (Arvind Yadav /Hindustan Times)
Published on Mar 16, 2023 07:26 PM IST
ByNeha Kirpal

Essay: On the continuing fascination with Marilyn Monroe

From Joyce Carol Oates to Norman Mailer and Andrew Dominik, most writers and filmmakers find it impossible to celebrate Monroe for the artist she was and view her life only as tragedy

Marilyn Monroe (Shutterstock)
Updated on Mar 15, 2023 06:50 PM IST
ByPrahlad Srihari

Review: The Hyderabad Heist by Sharmishtha Shenoy

A gripping account of the robbery of expensive artefacts encrusted with precious stones from the Nizam’s Museum in Hyderabad in 2018 and how the thieves were apprehended

Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar shows the three-tier golden tiffin box after it was recovered from thieves in Hyderabad. Several priceless objects went missing from the Nizam Museum at Purani Haveli in the city but were recovered. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 15, 2023 10:39 AM IST
ByNeha Kirpal

Sharif D Rangnekar, author, Queersapien: ‘Delhi is invested in patriarchy’

Against the backdrop of the government’s opposition to the legalization of same sex marriage, the singer-songwriter and workplace inclusion consultant talks about how discrimination against LGBTQIA people continues in education, health care, homes, workplaces, and in banking and insurance

Author Sharif Rangnekar (Nitin Mantri)
Updated on Mar 15, 2023 10:30 AM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Book Box: The Double Lives of Working Women

Pick up these three books as gifts for working women and men. And meet Kavitha Murali, writer of the popular ‘Girl at Work’ newsletter.

Kavitha Murali.
Published on Mar 11, 2023 11:39 AM IST

A feast of classical music

The Mahendra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival 2023 showcased a range of forms including khayal, thumri, ghazal, soz and marsiakhwani that are a part of the city’s rich tradition of the performing arts

Sangeeta Nerurkar paying a musical tribute to Begum Akhtar at the Mahendra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival 2023. (Rakesh Sinha)
Updated on Mar 10, 2023 07:19 PM IST
ByManjari Sinha

Interview, Amar Farooqui, author, The Colonial Subjugation of India - “There was a continuous tradition of resistance to British rule”

On his new book which charts the violence inflicted by the British Empire and the resistance against it that culminated in India’s independence

Amar Farooqui, author, The Colonial Subjugation of India. (Courtesy the publisher)
Published on Mar 10, 2023 05:47 PM IST
ByMajid Maqbool

HT Picks; New Reads

On the reading list this week is a book on one of Mumbai’s most baffling crimes, a volume that uses patachitra and comics toexplore the impact of famine on Indians, and a handbook for those looking for a way to sell everything from washing powder to fintech

A fast-paced tale of true crime set in Mumbai, a volume that looks at the impact of the memory of famine, and a handbook to help you sell everything – all that on this week’s list of interesting books. (HT Team)
Published on Mar 10, 2023 05:46 PM IST
ByHT Team

Review: Beloved Rongomala by Shaheen Akhtar, translated by Shabnam Nadiya

An intricate novel filled with asides, descriptions and observations where even minor characters show up with generational biographical sketches

This could be Rongomala! A nautch girl during the rule of the East India Company. (Pictures From History/Universal /via Getty Images)
Published on Mar 10, 2023 05:45 PM IST
BySaudamini Jain

Review: The Song of the Cell by Siddhartha Mukherjee

In his latest book, Mukherjee argues that we need to look at the interconnectedness between the trillions of cells in the body as well as between cells and the environment

A 3D rendering of red blood cells. (Shutterstock)
Published on Mar 10, 2023 05:44 PM IST
BySyed Saad Ahmed

The pressure to be ‘good’: Controversy and women’s writing in India

Following International Women’s Day on March 8, here’s a list of figures whose words continue to have great power

A statue of Akka Mahadevi installed at her birthplace, Udathadi, in Karnataka. (Amarrg / Wikimedia Commons)
Updated on Mar 09, 2023 07:16 PM IST
ByShoma A Chatterji

Review: Legend of the Snow Queen by Manjiri Prabhu

The latest Re Parkar destination thriller reconciles the conflict between surprise and suspense and provides a resolution that is unpredictable yet satisfying

Scene of the action: The Lake Starnberg region of the Bavarian Alps (Shutterstock)
Published on Mar 09, 2023 05:18 PM IST
ByAshwin Sanghi

Mani Rao, translator, Saundarya Lahari: I translate when a text takes hold of me

At the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2023, Rao spoke about ‘Wave of Beauty’, the English translation of the Sanskrit text attributed to Adi Shankaracharya.

Mani Rao, translator, Saundarya Lahari (Courtesy the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2023)
Updated on Mar 09, 2023 08:02 AM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Reading The Alice Project by Satwik Gade

A novel that examines its eponymous protagonist’s quest for meaning and his attempts to create a solid foundation for himself even as he battles a perpetual sense of emptiness

Friends spending time at Central Park, Connaught Place, in New Delhi (Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Mar 06, 2023 04:11 PM IST
BySaleem Rashid Shah

Book Box: The Goddess, the Writer of Science, and Women Who Fight

Celebrate the upcoming Women’s Day by reading these three books about women fighters. Anald meet Mahima Vashisht, the fiery and fearless newsletter writer.

Celebrating Women's Day.
Updated on Mar 06, 2023 04:08 PM IST

Women’s Day 2023 Aanchal Malhotra: History-writing can no longer be male dominated

As India celebrates 75 years of its independence, writer Aanchal Malhotra continues to narrate history through her words. Basking in the success of her latest work — The Book of Everlasting Things — she shares what it takes to make the female voice heard in the past, present and future.

Author Aanchal Malhotra recently received the 2022 Council for Museum Anthropology (CMA) Book Award.
Published on Mar 04, 2023 10:50 AM IST
ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

HT Picks; New Reads

This week’s list of interesting reads includes a memoir on the pleasures of bibliophily, a book that looks at the history of human migration, and the Maruti Suzuki story told through the voices of the workers

About bibliophily, the history of migration, and the Maruti Suzuki story told through the voices of the workers (HT Team,)
Published on Mar 03, 2023 10:20 PM IST
ByHT Team

Interview: Tsering Yangzom Lama, author, We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies - “Tibetans are always translating”

On exile, placing women at the centre of the narrative, and how the structure of Tibetan stories aligns with a samsaric understanding of life

Author Tsering Yangzom Lama (Courtesy the publisher)
Updated on Mar 04, 2023 11:58 AM IST
BySimar Bhasin

Review: Talking Life; Javed Akhtar In conversation with Nasreen Munni Kabir

In this conversational biography, poet, lyricist, and screenplay writer Javed Akhtar looks back at his struggles, mistakes, and penchant for swimming against the tide

Flashback: Javed Akhtar and Salim Khan in the 1970s. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 03, 2023 09:50 PM IST
ByLamat R Hasan

Review: In Hard Times; Security in a Time of Insecurity edited by Manoj Joshi, Praveen Swami and Nishtha Gautam

A new collection of essays outlines a security strategy to address the challenges of China and Pakistan

Indian army officer Capt Soiba Maningba Rangnamei of 16 Bihar Regiment during the clash with Chinese soldiers in the Galwan valley, Ladakh, in June 2020. (ANI)
Published on Mar 03, 2023 09:46 PM IST
ByPravin Sawhney

Report: Kolkata Literary Meet 2023

Refreshing conversations and weighty discussions transpired alongside each other at the 11th edition of the event

The Queersapien panel: (Left to Right) Sandip Roy, Sharif Rangnekar, Saurabh Kirpal, Sumita Beethi and Andrew Sean Greer (Courtesy Kolkata Literary Meet 2023)
Updated on Mar 03, 2023 03:17 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi
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