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Book Box | Unravelling the art of translation at London’s oldest bookstore

Published on Apr 13, 2024 08:03 PM IST

Two hot new reads are Charles Spencer’s boarding school memoir and the confessions of a Citibank trader. Plus, translations talk at London’s oldest bookstore.

Translators Donald Rayfield, Georgia de Chamberet & Dennis Duncan ( L to R) at Hatchards Piccadilly, London(Author)

HT Picks; New Reads

This week’s list of interesting reads includes a Japanese novel about food and the power and delight of taboo, a Nobel Prize winner’s volume that asks if death might serve a necessary biological purpose, and a collection of essays that journeys into the world of FN Souza

On the reading list this week is a Japanese novel about the power and delight of taboo, a book that examines the ethical costs of attempting to live forever, and essays about the art and life of FN Souza (HT Team)
Updated on Apr 13, 2024 05:34 AM IST
ByHT Team

Perry Garfinkel – “India needs a moral compass like Gandhi now more than ever”

The author of Becoming Gandhi on his three-year experiment of adopting MK Gandhi’s principles of truth, non-violence, simplicity, celibacy, vegetarianism, and faith

Author Perry Garfinkel (Courtesy the publisher)
Updated on Apr 13, 2024 05:26 AM IST
BySyed Saad Ahmed

Review: Vagabond Princess by Ruby Lal

A portrait of Gulbadan Begum, author of the Humayun-nama, and the only woman historian of any medieval Islamic dynasty

Gulbadan Begum smoking a hukkah. (Wikimedia Commons)
Updated on Apr 13, 2024 05:24 AM IST
ByHuzan Tata

Review: From Phansi Yard by Sudha Bharadwaj

Through 76 sketches of inmates she met during her own imprisonment, activist Sudha Bharadwaj’s From Phansi Yard looks at the material conditions, the food, the celebrations and the humiliations of life in jail

Prison life; notes from inside (Shutterstock)
Updated on Apr 13, 2024 10:53 AM IST
ByMahmood Farooqui

A Suitable Boy turns 31

Densely populated with characters and 1,400 pages long, Vikram Seth’s novel, that famously did not win the Booker prize, has often been called the great(est) Indian novel. But is it?

Vikram Seth with Khushwant Singh in New Delhi on 27 February 1993. (Dinesh Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Apr 12, 2024 09:26 PM IST
ByKartik Chauhan

Motorcycle diaries: On riding in the Garo Hills

The Wangala dance, incredible vernacular architecture, and an old local religion... There’s much to appreciate in this lush stretch of the eastern Himalayas

The Wangala dance at Condengre village in West Garo Hills (Royal Enfield Social Mission)
Published on Apr 11, 2024 09:26 PM IST

Report: Sacred Spirit Festival 2024

The festival, which featured some outstanding Indian and international performers, reaffirmed the idea that the sacred is not the monopoly of any one religion, ideology or tradition

The Sufi whirling dance of the Nile (Sacred Spirit Festival)
Updated on Apr 11, 2024 08:22 PM IST

Essay: On the spectacle of cancel culture

Depending on whom you ask, cancel culture is a threat to freedom of expression or mere background noise; it is changing social codes or it is changing nothing

A scene from Sick of Myself (Film still)
Published on Apr 09, 2024 08:54 PM IST

Indian sci-fi: weird and wonderful

On the Sahitya Akademi devoting a special edition of its flagship publication, Indian Literature, to Indian science fiction

Indian Science fiction: Opening doors to worlds that are both new and familiar. (Shutterstock)
Published on Apr 09, 2024 04:57 PM IST
ByUttaran Das Gupta

Katherine M Hedeen - “Raul’s poetics challenge US-centric notions of queerness”

The professor of Spanish at Kenyon College in Ohio, USA, talks about translating Almost Obscene by marginalized Colombian queer poet Raúl Gòmez Jattin

Essayist and translator of poetry, Katherine M Hedeen (Mumbai Poetry Festival 2024)
Updated on Apr 08, 2024 08:57 PM IST

Book Box | Meet Priya Narendra: The writer who loves badly behaved women

From reading stories of Noor Jehan and Elizabeth I to writing a rom com, this writer talks about her latest book on Indian women bosses

Priya Narendra(picture courtesy Priya Narendra)
Updated on Apr 06, 2024 07:58 PM IST

Report: Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2024

With sessions on biographies, climate fiction, feminist publishing, fantasy fiction and women’s empowerment, the festival provided much food for thought

Bestselling author Anuja Chauhan, whose latest novel The Fast and the Dead is a murder mystery set on Karwa Chauth night. (AKLF2024)
Published on Apr 05, 2024 09:26 PM IST

HT Picks; New Reads

This week’s pick of interesting reads includes a collection of essays that discuss different ways in which identities are constructed in Indian contexts, an entertaining book about a popular intoxicant, and a novel that’s a profound meditation on freedom, regret, and the mysteries of love

On the reading list this week is a book of essays on the construction of identities within Indian contexts, a book on ganja, and a posthumous novel that’s a meditation on freedom and love (HT Team)
Published on Apr 05, 2024 09:19 PM IST
ByHT Team

Shyam Selvadurai – “Writing is a strange process”

At the Jaipur Literature Festival, the Sri Lankan-Canadian novelist spoke about his latest book, Mansions of the Moon, that revolves around Yasodhara, wife of Siddhartha Gautama, the man who became the Buddha

Author Shyam Selvadurai (George Pimentel)
Published on Apr 05, 2024 09:18 PM IST

Review: City on Fire; A Boyhood in Aligarh by Zeyad Masroor Khan

Zeyad Masroor Khan’s book may be placed in the genre of liberal Muslim autobiographical non-fiction intended to alert the majority to the sense of alienation felt by the minority

Far from Upar Kot though it’s in the same city: A view of Aligarh Muslim University in Uttar Pradesh. (Universal Images Group via Getty)
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 09:18 PM IST
ByMaaz Bin Bilal

Review: The Musical Maverick; The Authorized Biography Of Shankar Mahadevan by Ashis Ghatak

On Shankar Mahadevan’s influences, his work as a playback singer and composer for Hindi cinema, his devotional music, and his role in the Grammy award winning Indo-jazz group, Shakti

Shankar Mahadevan (centre) rehearing for Symphony Orchestra of India’s Spring season 2020 with Zane Dalal, Zakir Hussain, Hariharan and Kelley O’Connor at NCPA, Nariman Point, Mumbai on February 24 2020. (Aalok Soni/HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 05, 2024 09:17 PM IST

Review: Understanding Islam; Its Spirit and Values by Abad Ahmad

A resource for individuals of all faiths who seek a deeper understanding of Islam, this book encourages readers to engage critically with religious texts and traditions

Prayers at the Great Mosque of Mecca (Shutterstock)
Published on Apr 04, 2024 08:29 PM IST
BySaleem Rashid Shah

Back to the future: Marriage and live-in relationships in ancient India

From the Mahabharata to the Arthashastra, what our literary texts can tell us about how ancient Indian society treated unions of all kinds

Raja Ravi Varma’s painting of King Dushyanta proposing marriage to Shakuntala. The story of Dushyant and Shakuntala is a tale of the pitfalls of the gandharva vivaha. (Wellcome Library, London/Wikimedia commons)
Updated on Apr 03, 2024 08:33 PM IST
ByBrishti Guha

Poacher; a call to action

Though animal-human conflict, hunting and poaching are rarely addressed in mainstream politics, films that highlight these issues, like Poacher, make an impact

A herd of wild Indian elephants at Corbett National Park (Shutterstock)
Published on Apr 02, 2024 08:38 PM IST
ByMaitreyee B Chowdhury

Review: The Bard and his Sister-in-Law by Mallika Sengupta

While the title makes it seem like the book is about the relationship between the young Rabindranath Tagore and Kadambari, his beautiful sister-in-law, this is actually the story of the women of the Tagore household at Jorasanko in Calcutta

Tales of Jorasanko: A vintage picture of Rabindranath Tagore’s ancestral home. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 02, 2024 03:15 PM IST
ByShoma A Chatterji

Report: The Kolkata Literary Meet 2024

With conversations about multilingualism, Bhakti poetry and performances by Naseeruddin Shah and Jacek Luminski, the event was wide-ranging and inspiring

Jerry Pinto and Shanta Gokhale sharing their translations of the poetry of Tukaram
Published on Apr 02, 2024 01:01 AM IST

Kiran Millwood Hargrave – “Reading develops bravery and cultivates empathy”

Earlier this year, at the Galle Literature Festival, the British poet, playwright, novelist and writer of epic fantasy series for children spoke about her forthcoming books and about how her own experience informs her writing

Poet, playwright and novelist Kiran Millwood Hargrave (Courtesy the subject)
Updated on Apr 01, 2024 09:16 PM IST
ByShireen Quadri

Book Box | Goodbye Daniel Kahneman, whose life reads like a thriller

If you’d like to read about a brilliant economist who passed away recently and if you want to influence people, read these two books.

The Undoing Project
Published on Mar 31, 2024 11:33 PM IST

Report: The Bahuroopi National Theatre Festival, 2024

The event in Mysuru, which presented a range of plays from 17 states, a theatre seminar, painting, khadi, book and handicraft exhibitions, a food mela and live demonstrations of traditional arts, was a cultural feast

Chillara Samaram, a play by the Little Earth School of Theatre, Kerala. (The Bahuroopi National Theatre Festival, 2024)
Published on Mar 29, 2024 09:21 PM IST
ByK V Vasudevan

HT Picks; New Reads

On the reading list this week is a volume that attempts to elucidate the particular dilemma of the Indian liberal, a book that retells fairy tales to include diverse bodies, minds and voices, and a novel that recreates the love story of Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni and his Turkish slave Ayaz in contemporary India

This week’s pick of interesting reads includes a book on the dilemma facing the Indian liberal, another that retells fairy tales to include diverse bodies and minds, and a novel that recreates the love story of Mahmud of Ghazni and his Turkish slave Ayaz and sets it in contemporary India. (HT Team)
Published on Mar 29, 2024 07:18 PM IST
ByHT Team

Charlotte Ager – “Self-doubt can completely freeze you up”

The illustrator on writing, reading and being commissioned to remake several of Orhan Pamuk’s book covers

Illustrator Charlotte Ager (Courtesy the subject)
Published on Mar 29, 2024 07:16 PM IST

Review: Never Never Land byNamita Gokhale

An aspiring middle aged novelist who returns to her home in the hills attempts to investigate her relationship with herself, the region, and with larger forces

Homes in Kumaon, Uttarakhand. (Rajeev Sachdeva/Universal Images Group via Getty)
Published on Mar 29, 2024 07:15 PM IST

Review: India in the Second World War: An Emotional History by Diya Gupta

Drawing from accounts of combatants, civilians, prisoners-of-war, poets, novelists and intellectuals to present a picture of Indian involvement in the Second World War as a British colony

The Rimini Gurkha War Cemetery and the Second World War Indian Forces Memorial erected in Italy to officers and men of the Indian Army. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Mar 29, 2024 07:12 PM IST

Dastarkhwan-e-Mohabbat; of fasting and feasting

The Muslim women who have been organising interfaith iftars in Gurgaon since 2017 know that food is a unifying force.

The sumptuous spread at the iftar organised by the author and her friends in Gurgaon. (Courtesy iftar hosts)
Updated on Mar 28, 2024 09:38 PM IST
ByFarah Naaz
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