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‘Shouldn’t have been on bench that heard harassment charge’: Gogoi

A controversy had erupted after justice Gogoi presided over a three-judge bench on April 20, 2019 after the accusations of sexual harassment surfaced against him.
Former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi (PTI)
Former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi (PTI)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 01:37 AM IST
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ByUtkarsh Anand, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

HT Picks; New Reads

On the reading list this week is a book that looks at what data tells us about the lives, beliefs and attitudes of contemporary Indians, another that presents how water-related extremes will shape our future, and a volume that celebrates India’s tradition of handcrafted textiles
A book that looks at what data reveals about the lives, beliefs and attitudes of contemporary Indians, one on the water-related extremes that will shape the nation’s future, and a volume that is a celebration of India’s handcrafted textiles (HT Team)
A book that looks at what data reveals about the lives, beliefs and attitudes of contemporary Indians, one on the water-related extremes that will shape the nation’s future, and a volume that is a celebration of India’s handcrafted textiles (HT Team)
Updated on Dec 03, 2021 05:44 PM IST
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ByHT Team

Interview: M Mukundan, author, Delhi, A Soliloquy – “I always dream in Malayalam”

Winner of this year’s JCB Prize for Literature, M Mukundan talks about wandering the streets of Delhi, the power of translation, and contemporary Malayalam literature
Author M Mukundan (Courtesy JCB Prize)
Author M Mukundan (Courtesy JCB Prize)
Published on Dec 03, 2021 05:42 PM IST
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ByKunal Ray

Review: Nagme, Kisse, Baatein, Yaadein – The life and lyrics of Anand Bakshi by Rakesh Anand Bakshi

An accomplished biography, grounded in the reality that film songs deliver an emotional and textural surplus that stays much longer than their cinematic experience
Hindi film lyricist Anand Bakshi in a picture dated 31 October, 1971. (KK Chawla/HT Archive)
Hindi film lyricist Anand Bakshi in a picture dated 31 October, 1971. (KK Chawla/HT Archive)
Published on Dec 03, 2021 05:34 PM IST
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BySudhirendar Sharma

Review: Christianity and Politics in Tribal India; Baptist Missionaries and Naga Nationalism by G Kanato Chophy

G Kanato Chophy disputes the conventional understanding that missionaries who came to India’s northeast highlands worked in tandem with the colonial powers to convert gullible tribal people with an exotic belief-system and the white man’s halo. The truth was far more complicated with the relationship between the American Baptist missionaries and the British administrators being more confrontational than cordial
A Naga man in traditional dress. (Shutterstock)
A Naga man in traditional dress. (Shutterstock)
Published on Dec 03, 2021 05:32 PM IST
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ByThangkhanlal Ngaihte

Review: Bombay Hangovers by Rochelle Potkar

Poet Rochelle Potkar’s first collection of short fiction includes 15 stories set in Mumbai and one set in Goa. They uncover the inner lives of characters while revealing the author’s knack for fashioning intricate plots and dissecting complex relationships
The teeming millions of Maximum City: A street in Mumbai during the festive season. (Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
The teeming millions of Maximum City: A street in Mumbai during the festive season. (Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 02, 2021 03:23 PM IST
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ByLamat R Hasan

Dinyar Patel wins Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Book Prize for 2021

The prestigious prize worth 15 lakh was awarded for Dinyar Patel’s biography of Dadabhai Naoroji, ‘Naoroji: Pioneer of Indian Nationalism’, the first comprehensive study of the most significant Indian nationalist leader before Gandhi
Author Dinyar Patel (Courtesy the Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Book Prize)
Author Dinyar Patel (Courtesy the Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Book Prize)
Updated on Dec 01, 2021 02:07 PM IST
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ByHT Team

HT Picks; New Reads

This week’s list of interesting reads includes a book that looks at the names of many streets and localities in Delhi while attempting to decode what the act of naming and renaming means, a volume on how India helped Bangladesh freedom fighters liberate their country, and an anthology of short stories by women writers from India and across the world
This week’s reading list includes a book that looks at the names of many streets and localities in Delhi while attempting to decode what the act of naming and renaming means, a volume on how India helped Bangladesh freedom fighters liberate their country, and an anthology of short stories by women writers from India and across the world. (HT Team)
This week’s reading list includes a book that looks at the names of many streets and localities in Delhi while attempting to decode what the act of naming and renaming means, a volume on how India helped Bangladesh freedom fighters liberate their country, and an anthology of short stories by women writers from India and across the world. (HT Team)
Updated on Nov 26, 2021 04:23 PM IST
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Heading: Interview, Shrayana Bhattacharya, author, Desperately Seeking Shah Rukh – “I’m a loud and proud feminist economist”

Economist Shrayana Bhattacharya believes that in a deeply unequal country, filmy fandom bridges class divisions and narrow identities. Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan, especially, allows people from vastly different backgrounds to talk to each other as equals. Her book uses Shah Rukh fandom to explore the struggles of Indian women as they work, worship and wed
Author Shrayana Bhattacharya (Courtesy the publisher)
Author Shrayana Bhattacharya (Courtesy the publisher)
Updated on Nov 27, 2021 01:11 PM IST
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ByKX Ronnie

Excerpt: The Disruptor; How Vishwanath Pratap Singh Shook India by Debashish Mukerji

VP Singh’s prime-ministership was short but eventful and changed the trajectory of the nation. This first exclusive excerpt from a new book on him shows how the Mandal report’s recommendations on quotas for OBCs was finally implemented in 1993 despite widespread protests
VP Singh at the All Party Meeting on Reservation on 3 September, 1990. (Virendra Prabhakar/HT Photo)
VP Singh at the All Party Meeting on Reservation on 3 September, 1990. (Virendra Prabhakar/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 26, 2021 09:00 PM IST
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ByDebashish Mukerji

Review: The Art of a Happy Exit by K Srikrishna

Entrepreneurs exit businesses for a range of reasons including financial distress, partnership squabbles, misread marketplace reality, pressures of competition or the lollipop of fancy takeover offers. Through 26 chapters packed with case studies on entrepreneurial sentiment, K Srikrishna tells readers how to successfully sell their own business
The joy of the happy exit! (Shutterstock)
The joy of the happy exit! (Shutterstock)
Published on Nov 25, 2021 12:40 PM IST
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BySujoy Gupta

HT Picks; New Reads

This week’s reading list includes a book on the people, culture and politics of Haryana and its evolution from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century, one that encapsulates the musical universe of Laxmikant-Pyarelal, and a history of the political thought that laid the foundations of modern India and looks at the power of ideas to drive historical transformation
On the reading list this week is a book on the people, culture and politics of Haryana and its evolution from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century, another on the musical universe of Laxmikant-Pyarelal, and a history of the political thought that laid the foundations of modern India and which looks at how ideas can drive historical transformation. (HT Team)
On the reading list this week is a book on the people, culture and politics of Haryana and its evolution from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century, another on the musical universe of Laxmikant-Pyarelal, and a history of the political thought that laid the foundations of modern India and which looks at how ideas can drive historical transformation. (HT Team)
Published on Nov 19, 2021 07:20 PM IST
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Interview: Farrukh Dhondy, author, Fragments Against My Ruin – “I’ve taken the risk of naming everyone”

Farrukh Dhondy’s autobiography reveals a no-nonsense man who has given his all to causes and never cared much for others’ opinion of him
Author Farrukh Dhondy (Courtesy the publisher)
Author Farrukh Dhondy (Courtesy the publisher)
Published on Nov 19, 2021 07:16 PM IST
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BySaaz Aggarwal

Review: The Mughals and The Sufis by Muzaffar Alam

A comprehensive review of the many different kinds of interactions between Sufis, monarchs, political ideology and religious contestation in Mughal India
Devotees at Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti's dargah at Ajmer in Rajasthan. (Deepak Sharma/Hindustan Times)
Devotees at Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti's dargah at Ajmer in Rajasthan. (Deepak Sharma/Hindustan Times)
Published on Nov 19, 2021 07:13 PM IST
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ByMahmood Farooqui

Excerpt: Annapurna Devi; The Untold Story of a Reclusive Genius by Atul Merchant Jataayu

Extraordinary talent, corrosive jealousy, rifts caused by differing world views and levels of integrity, and great tragedy were part of Annapurna Devi’s life. This exclusive first excerpt from a book on the Hindustani classical music legend by one of her disciples documents the end of her marriage to Pandit Ravi Shankar and its tragic aftermath
Annapurna Devi (Courtesy the publisher)
Annapurna Devi (Courtesy the publisher)
Published on Nov 19, 2021 07:05 PM IST
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ByAtul Merchant Jataayu

Essay: Damon Galgut - cartographer of the South African psyche

In simple, lyrical and effortless prose, The Promise, which won the Booker prize this year, explores the fusion of, and the confusion between, races and sexes, and their twisted dreams and desires, their disillusionment and misdemeanours
Damon Galgut at the 2021 Booker Prize Awards Ceremony in London on November 3, 2021. (AP)
Damon Galgut at the 2021 Booker Prize Awards Ceremony in London on November 3, 2021. (AP)
Updated on Nov 16, 2021 11:42 PM IST
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ByNawaid Anjum

HT Picks; New Reads

This week’s reading list includes the story of how colonial Indian brands were produced, distributed, and marketed between 1847 and 1947, a book that looks at four encounters that Nehru had with contemporaries from across the political spectrum that are critical to understanding his ideas, and their impress on the present, and a volume on viruses as a major actor in the human body and in civilization
This week’s good reads include a book on colonial Indian brands, another that looks at four encounters critical to understanding Nehru’s ideas, and one on viruses. (HT Team)
This week’s good reads include a book on colonial Indian brands, another that looks at four encounters critical to understanding Nehru’s ideas, and one on viruses. (HT Team)
Published on Nov 12, 2021 05:36 PM IST
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ByHT Team

Interview: Jerry Pinto, Translator, Battlefield - “All translation is difficult”

Ranaangan, a Marathi novel published in 1939, explores the love between an Indian man and a German Jewish woman. The story unfolds aboard a ship sailing from Genoa to Shanghai on the verge of World War II. Battlefield is Jerry Pinto’s English translation of filmmaker and playwright Vishram Bedekar’s only novel.
Author and translator Jerry Pinto (Vinit Bhatt)
Author and translator Jerry Pinto (Vinit Bhatt)
Updated on Nov 12, 2021 05:30 PM IST
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BySyed Saad Ahmed

Review: The Blind Matriarch by Namita Gokhale

The blind Matangi-Ma registers the changing dynamics of her family during the extended lockdowns, as they begin to re-examine their life and purpose, reconcile with old secrets, and form new bonds. Namita Gokhale’s twentieth novel is a story of love and loss, of the resilience and triumph of the human spirit
The universal nature of family ties: A woman with her grandchild. (Melanie Dornier/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
The universal nature of family ties: A woman with her grandchild. (Melanie Dornier/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Published on Nov 12, 2021 05:09 PM IST
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ByLamat R Hasan

Review: Ramrao; The Story of India’s Farm Crisis by Jaideep Hardikar

Ramrao is a farmer who lives in Hiwara village in Yavatmal district in Vidarbha, Maharashtra. He had a debt of 25 lakh when he tried to take his life. This book tells the story of farming in India through the life of Ramrao
On parched ground: A farmer in Wardha, Maharashtra. (Prasad Gori/HT Photo)
On parched ground: A farmer in Wardha, Maharashtra. (Prasad Gori/HT Photo)
Published on Nov 12, 2021 04:56 PM IST
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ByAparna Karthikeyan

Review: Believe; What Life and Cricket Taught Me by Suresh Raina, Bharat Sundaresan

This short and easy read has numerous engaging anecdotes from every phase of Suresh Raina’s life. Those who watched him play for Team India or follow the IPL will enjoy this book that seamlessly merges stories from the cricketer’s personal and professional life
Suresh Raina of the Chennai Super Kings playing against Kings XI Punjab during an IPL match at PCA stadium in Mohali, Punjab on May 05, 2019. (Ravi Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Suresh Raina of the Chennai Super Kings playing against Kings XI Punjab during an IPL match at PCA stadium in Mohali, Punjab on May 05, 2019. (Ravi Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 12, 2021 05:43 PM IST
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ByBiswadeep Ghosh

HT Picks; New Reads

This week’s reading list includes a novel about the expulsion of Indians from Uganda in the 1970s, a superstar chef’s unfussy cookbook, and a collection of the personal mantras that kept eminent people productive beyond the age of 75
This week’s pick of good reads includes a novel about an Indian family fleeing Uganda in the 1970s, a cookbook, and a book that features tips on how to stay productive beyond 75. (HT Team)
This week’s pick of good reads includes a novel about an Indian family fleeing Uganda in the 1970s, a cookbook, and a book that features tips on how to stay productive beyond 75. (HT Team)
Published on Nov 05, 2021 06:06 PM IST
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ByHT Team

Interview: Payal Dhar, Author, It Has No Name – “Online spaces have been my lifelines at various points.”

On her book about a gay teenager in the context of survival, representation, legal reform and queer politics in India
Payal Dhar (Courtesy the author)
Payal Dhar (Courtesy the author)
Published on Nov 05, 2021 06:05 PM IST
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ByChintan Girish Modi

Review: Karachi Vice by Samira Shackle

An intimate account of Karachi that presents a city where gangs formed along ethnic lines trade in drugs, protection, and amenities and are openly affiliated to political parties
An aerial view of Charminar Roundabout in Karachi. (Shutterstock)
An aerial view of Charminar Roundabout in Karachi. (Shutterstock)
Published on Nov 05, 2021 06:04 PM IST
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ByPercy Bharucha

Review: India versus China; Why They Are Not Friends by Kanti Bajpai

An attempt to explain how the relationship between the two countries became so fractious despite their periodic attempts at cooperation
The India China border near Chushul, Ladakh. (Shutterstock)
The India China border near Chushul, Ladakh. (Shutterstock)
Published on Nov 05, 2021 06:03 PM IST
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BySuyash Desai

Essay: A tribute to Ritwik Ghatak’s writing on his 96th birth anniversary

November 4 is auteur Ritwik Ghatak’s 96th birth anniversary. While many know his films, few are acquainted with his written work comprising essays and stories whose appeal transcends time, place and culture while being deeply rooted in the Bengali milieu. A homage in his birthday week
Ritwik Ghatak (HT Photo by Pramod Joshi)
Ritwik Ghatak (HT Photo by Pramod Joshi)
Updated on Nov 02, 2021 11:22 AM IST
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ByShoma A Chatterji

Interview: Anahita Dhondy, author, The Parsi Kitchen - “I don’t believe in keeping recipes a secret”

Dhansak and patra-ni-macchi are probably the only two items that come to most people’s minds when asked about their favourite Parsi dish
Author Anahita Dhondy (Courtesy the publisher)
Author Anahita Dhondy (Courtesy the publisher)
Published on Oct 29, 2021 06:36 PM IST
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ByHuzan Tata

HT Picks; New Reads

This week’s reading list includes a biography of Satyajit Ray, a study of the oral tribal Ramayana tradition in Kerala’s Wayanad, and a volume on the rise of Hindutva
On the reading list this week, a biography of one of India’s greatest filmmakers, a book on the Ramayana tradition among the tribes of Wayanad, and another that looks at the rise of Hindutva and the idea of the ethnic democracy. (HT Team)
On the reading list this week, a biography of one of India’s greatest filmmakers, a book on the Ramayana tradition among the tribes of Wayanad, and another that looks at the rise of Hindutva and the idea of the ethnic democracy. (HT Team)
Published on Oct 29, 2021 06:32 PM IST
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Review: Funeral Nights by Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih

This seminal work of great scholarship contains hundreds of stories and anecdotes that open up a discussion on Khasi history, mythology and contemporary issues
Khasi women in traditional dress. (Shutterstock)
Khasi women in traditional dress. (Shutterstock)
Published on Oct 29, 2021 06:32 PM IST
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BySaudamini Jain
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