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Throughout the book, Iwata outlines his vision for Nintendo Co., which was to offer entertainment that everyone in the family could enjoy, regardless of age, gender and game playing skills.(Amazon)

Late president's book outlines vision for Japan's Nintendo

AP |
UPDATED ON APR 13, 2021 07:29 PM IST
'Ask Iwata' was published after his death from cancer in 2015 at age 55. This month, VIZ Media is publishing the English translation of the book, which came out in Japanese in 2019.
Novelist and essayist Salman Rushdie, author of Midnight’s Children. (AFP)
Novelist and essayist Salman Rushdie, author of Midnight’s Children. (AFP)

How Midnight’s Children shaped Indian writing in English

UPDATED ON APR 14, 2021 07:13 AM IST
In Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie’s Sinai used language in wonderful and, to the Indian, in familiar ways. At last, the wretched alien language we had struggled with in deference to old Macaulay was finally our own
Vivan Ramdeo, 12, has recently published his first book.
Vivan Ramdeo, 12, has recently published his first book.

Many wonder how can a kid write a book for other kids: Vivan Ramdeo

By Henna Rakheja
PUBLISHED ON APR 11, 2021 08:00 PM IST
The 12-year-old has come up with his debut book, which is based on a fictional tale inspired from his visit to the historical monument of Moth Ki Masjid, in Delhi’s South Extension.
John Naisbitt, author of bestseller 'Megatrends,' dies at 92(Instagram/hangzhoufeel and Google)
John Naisbitt, author of bestseller 'Megatrends,' dies at 92(Instagram/hangzhoufeel and Google)

John Naisbitt, author of Megatrends, dies at 92 in Austria

AP |
PUBLISHED ON APR 11, 2021 09:16 AM IST
  • John Naisbitt, author of the famous 1982 book Megatrends breathed his last on Saturday at his second home near Lake Woerthersee in Austria. He was 92.
His wife, Anna Avellar, told the Cape Cod Times that Manso most likely died of a heart attack. He died Wednesday.(Twitter)
His wife, Anna Avellar, told the Cape Cod Times that Manso most likely died of a heart attack. He died Wednesday.(Twitter)

Peter Manso, biographer of Mailer and Brando, dies at 80

AP |
PUBLISHED ON APR 10, 2021 06:39 PM IST
Peter Manso, a writer and longtime Cape Cod resident known for his exhaustively researched books and articles, including biographies on the likes of Norman Mailer and Marlon Brando, has died.
"Makers of Modern Dalit History", published by Penguin Random House India, is written by author Sudarshan Ramabadran and Guru Prakash Paswan. It will hit the stands on April 12.(Amazon)
"Makers of Modern Dalit History", published by Penguin Random House India, is written by author Sudarshan Ramabadran and Guru Prakash Paswan. It will hit the stands on April 12.(Amazon)

Book documents social reformers from Dalit community

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON APR 10, 2021 06:08 PM IST
A new book gives readers a peek into the life and times of foremost Dalit thinkers, who tirelessly battled divisive forces all their lives and today act as a source of inspiration, not only to the subaltern community, but the society at large.
Ranjit Hoskote (Nancy Adajania)
Ranjit Hoskote (Nancy Adajania)

Interview with Ranjit Hoskote, author, Hunchprose

By Chintan Girish Modi
PUBLISHED ON APR 10, 2021 06:52 AM IST
Ranjit Hoskote’s new poetry collection, Hunchprose, is strewn with references to literature, ornithology, music, archaeology, cinema and history and engages with contemporary political questions as well as matters of the heart
Nepal, the north east and the Mahabharata all feature on the reading list. (HT Team)
Nepal, the north east and the Mahabharata all feature on the reading list. (HT Team)

HT Picks; New Reads

By HT Team
PUBLISHED ON APR 10, 2021 06:51 AM IST
This week’s pick of interesting reads includes a nuanced account of the complicated story of India’s northeast region, the long view on Nepal’s foreign relations and on China’s emergence as a global power, and a collection of lesser known stories from a great epic
Of eyeballs and ambiguity: A sculpture by Tony Tasset displayed in Prtizker Park on July 7, 2010 in Chicago, USA. (Getty Images)
Of eyeballs and ambiguity: A sculpture by Tony Tasset displayed in Prtizker Park on July 7, 2010 in Chicago, USA. (Getty Images)

Review: Principles of Prediction by Anushka Jasraj

By Saudamini Jain
PUBLISHED ON APR 10, 2021 06:50 AM IST
Principles of Prediction is a collection of 13 dreamlike stories on the incomprehensible reality of our inner lives
Dr BR Ambedkar at home in Bombay in May 1946. (Margaret Bourke-White/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)
Dr BR Ambedkar at home in Bombay in May 1946. (Margaret Bourke-White/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)

Excerpt: Makers of Modern Dalit History by Sudarshan Ramabadran and Guru Prakash Paswan

PUBLISHED ON APR 10, 2021 06:49 AM IST
In time for BR Ambedkar’s 130th birth anniversary on April 14, a new book features accounts of several individuals from Gurram Jashuva to Rani Jhalkaribai, among others, who battled caste discrimination. This exclusive first excerpt from the introduction shows that Dalit literature is not only about hunger, poverty, oppression and subjugation; it is also about the resistance of the disempowered
Thompson, 72, says he enjoyed writing his first book, which took three years. He chose to focus on the early part of his career in part because he's often asked about the 1960s and '70s.(Wikimedia Commons )
Thompson, 72, says he enjoyed writing his first book, which took three years. He chose to focus on the early part of his career in part because he's often asked about the 1960s and '70s.(Wikimedia Commons )

British guitarist Richard Thompson's memoir revisits golden rock era

AP |
PUBLISHED ON APR 08, 2021 06:58 PM IST
The British guitarist and singer-songwriter, who has long had a small but devout following, revisits his role as observer and participant in a consequential era of rock music.
Deserted streets of Jaipur during the lockdown in a picture dated 29 March 2020. (Himanshu Vyas/Hindustan Times)
Deserted streets of Jaipur during the lockdown in a picture dated 29 March 2020. (Himanshu Vyas/Hindustan Times)

Review: Essential Items and Other Tales from a Land in Lockdown by Udayan Mukherjee

By Biswadeep Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON APR 08, 2021 04:48 PM IST
Short stories that present the lockdown journeys of individuals from different financial and cultural backgrounds
She then went on writing, and her first book 'In the lawn of dark' is a compilation of 200 self-motivational quotes accumulated over years.(ANI )
She then went on writing, and her first book 'In the lawn of dark' is a compilation of 200 self-motivational quotes accumulated over years.(ANI )

22-year-old J-K author Soliha Shabir adds her name in India's World Records

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON APR 08, 2021 04:25 PM IST
Soliha Shabir from Dalgate in Srinagar added her name in "India's World Records" as the youngest and first author in Jammu and Kashmir "who has recreated the life of Habba Khatoons poetry."
The mother of two told the People magazine that the "ups and downs" of "dieting and diet culture" have all but turned her off.(Instagram )
The mother of two told the People magazine that the "ups and downs" of "dieting and diet culture" have all but turned her off.(Instagram )

Cookbook author Chrissy Teigen reveals she's done with dieting

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON APR 07, 2021 11:52 AM IST
American supermodel and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen recently revealed that she is no longer giving in to the pressure of dieting.
DiTrapano had a small, but devoted following, and was praised for his willingness to take on writers that the larger publishers shunned.(Twitter)
DiTrapano had a small, but devoted following, and was praised for his willingness to take on writers that the larger publishers shunned.(Twitter)

Avant-garde publisher Giancarlo DiTrapano dead at 47

AP |
PUBLISHED ON APR 04, 2021 05:50 PM IST
Giancarlo DiTrapano, an avant-garde magazine, book publisher and the founder of New York Tyrant died on Tuesday in New York City.
Umayalpuram K Sivaraman in Chennai. (HK Rajashekar/The India Today Group via Getty)
Umayalpuram K Sivaraman in Chennai. (HK Rajashekar/The India Today Group via Getty)

Review: Musical Excellence of Mridangam by Umayalpuram K Sivaraman, T Ramasami, MD Naresh

By Ramesh Balasubramaniam
PUBLISHED ON APR 02, 2021 10:18 PM IST
The science presented in this book confirms that UK Sivaraman, a household name in Carnatic music circles, can bring out sounds from his instrument that no one else can
An Artificial Friend, cricket, and a study of why the idea of Hindutva has been embraced by so many. (HT Team)
An Artificial Friend, cricket, and a study of why the idea of Hindutva has been embraced by so many. (HT Team)

HT Picks; New Reads

By HT Team
PUBLISHED ON APR 02, 2021 10:10 PM IST
This week’s interesting reads includes a book that looks at the world through the eyes of an Artificial Friend, one that demolishes some myths of Indian cricket, and another that analyses why Hindutva is no longer anathema to many Indians
Author Siddharth Chowdhury (Courtesy the publisher)
Author Siddharth Chowdhury (Courtesy the publisher)

Interview: Siddharth Chowdhury, author, The Time of the Peacock

By Kunal Ray
PUBLISHED ON APR 02, 2021 10:09 PM IST
The author of The Patna Manual of Style and Patna Roughcut returns with a new novel, The Time of the Peacock, which offers a ringside view of Indian English literary culture
Louiz Banks performing during his 75th birthday celebrations in Mumbai on February 10, 2016. (AFP via Getty Images)
Louiz Banks performing during his 75th birthday celebrations in Mumbai on February 10, 2016. (AFP via Getty Images)

Review: Louiz Banks: A Symphony of Love by Ashis Ghatak

By Narendra Kusnur
PUBLISHED ON APR 02, 2021 10:07 PM IST
A biography of Louiz Banks that brings out the musical personality of the ‘godfather of Indian jazz’
"Wisdom for Start-ups from Grownups: Discovering Corporate Ayurveda" is the culmination of their collaborative effort to bring the best of what grown-ups have to offer to start-ups, presented in the form of all-important lessons.(Amazon)
"Wisdom for Start-ups from Grownups: Discovering Corporate Ayurveda" is the culmination of their collaborative effort to bring the best of what grown-ups have to offer to start-ups, presented in the form of all-important lessons.(Amazon)

Book offers all-important lessons for start-ups

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON APR 02, 2021 06:35 PM IST
Inspired by the secrets of 'shinise' or Japanese companies dating back to the time of samurais, corporate leaders R Gopalakrishnan and R Narayanan take a deep dive into the art of growing and sustaining a business in their new book.
Regularly putting down thoughts in a journal can stave off anxiety and act as a spur to creativity. (Shutterstock)
Regularly putting down thoughts in a journal can stave off anxiety and act as a spur to creativity. (Shutterstock)

Essay: Keeping a journal in the time of the pandemic

By Pooja Bhula
PUBLISHED ON APR 01, 2021 12:34 AM IST
From writing in a diary every day to maintaining online curiosity journals and bullet journaling on Instagram, more people are discovering that putting down their thoughts can help them pull through this difficult time
The recommended reads include a story of family and ecology, a leading police surgeon’s memoir, and a book that explores Hindustani classical music. (HT Team)
The recommended reads include a story of family and ecology, a leading police surgeon’s memoir, and a book that explores Hindustani classical music. (HT Team)

HT Picks; New Reads

By HT Team
PUBLISHED ON MAR 26, 2021 08:01 PM IST
On this week’s list of good reads is a story of people on the margins of the Indian republic, a forensic surgeon’s memoir, and an exploration of Hindustani classical music
Author Shrabani Basu (Sanchita Basu De Sarkar)
Author Shrabani Basu (Sanchita Basu De Sarkar)

Interview: Shrabani Basu, author, The Mystery of the Parsee Lawyer

By Nawaid Anjum
PUBLISHED ON MAR 26, 2021 08:00 PM IST
Set in 1903, this is the story of Arthur Conan Doyle investigating the case of a young Indian lawyer, George Edalji, who was falsely imprisoned for mutilating horses
A refugee tends to her sick husband as the family shelters under a train wagon in Bangaon, West Bengal, in 1947. (Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
A refugee tends to her sick husband as the family shelters under a train wagon in Bangaon, West Bengal, in 1947. (Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

Review: The Runaway Boy by Manoranjan Byapari

PUBLISHED ON MAR 26, 2021 07:56 PM IST
Review: The Runaway Boy by Manoranjan Byapari
The Kranji war memorial in Singapore commemorating Gurkha soldiers who died in World War II (Courtesy Ayo Gorkhali)
The Kranji war memorial in Singapore commemorating Gurkha soldiers who died in World War II (Courtesy Ayo Gorkhali)

Review: Ayo Gorkhali by Tim I Gurung

By Rana TS Chhina
PUBLISHED ON MAR 26, 2021 07:54 PM IST
While many books have dealt with the military history of the Gurkhas, this is a nuanced understanding of the factors that influenced the group’s identity across time and space
Anil Dharker at his home in Worli, Mumbai on October 27, 2018. (Aalok Soni/HT PHOTO)
Anil Dharker at his home in Worli, Mumbai on October 27, 2018. (Aalok Soni/HT PHOTO)

Obituary: Anil Dharker (1947-2021)

By CP Surendran
UPDATED ON MAR 26, 2021 05:46 PM IST
Anil Dharker, who died early this morning, was one of the great liberal Indian editors. He was open to the most drastic of ideas provided it was reasoned and phrased well. And he had an astonishing capacity for suffering the often wayward revolt of youth
Lubaina Bandukwala (Courtesy Westland)
Lubaina Bandukwala (Courtesy Westland)

Interview: Lubaina Bandukwala, Editor, Thank God It’s Caturday

By Chintan Girish Modi
UPDATED ON MAR 25, 2021 04:17 PM IST
The curator of the Peek-a-Book storytelling festival for children talks about editing a collection of short stories featuring cats, written by some of India’s best loved authors
Author Moni Mohsin (Courtesy Penguin)
Author Moni Mohsin (Courtesy Penguin)

Interview: ‘Under Imran Khan’s government, corruption has actually increased in Pakistan’ - Moni Mohsin, Author, The Impeccable Integrity of Ruby R

By Chintan Girish Modi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 20, 2021 12:40 AM IST
Pakistani writer Moni Mohsin, who is best known for her long-running satirical column The Diary of a Social Butterfly, is out with a new book to regale audiences with her sparkling wit and razor-sharp social commentary. The Impeccable Integrity of Ruby R is set in a world of ruthless ambition, political propaganda, social media intrigue, and fragile relationships. Excerpts from an interview with the novelist, who divides her time between London and Lahore, and longs to visit India.
On HT Picks this week, are books on world cinema examined against the rules of classical Indian aesthetics, on leopards, and on the twisting of the legal process that led to the hanging of Bhagat Singh. (HT Team)
On HT Picks this week, are books on world cinema examined against the rules of classical Indian aesthetics, on leopards, and on the twisting of the legal process that led to the hanging of Bhagat Singh. (HT Team)

HT Picks; New Reads

By HT Team
PUBLISHED ON MAR 20, 2021 12:38 AM IST
On the reading list this week is an examination of world cinema in the light of classical Indian aesthetics, a book on the leopard by an ecologist and conservationist, and a look at the flaws in the legal process that led to the hanging of Bhagat Singh
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