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Myth, relations between India and China, and reflections on the identity of an ethnic group feature on this week’s list of good reads.(HT Team)

HT Picks: The most interesting books of the week

By hindustantimes.com
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 06:46 PM IST
This week’s list of compelling reads includes a collection of myth and folklore, an account of relations between India and China, and an anthology that reflects on the identity of an ethnic group displaced by Partition.
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Naipaul is not a contributor but his prickly presence can be sensed in the collection:VS Naipaul in a picture dated 9th November, 1968.(John Minihan/Getty Images)
Naipaul is not a contributor but his prickly presence can be sensed in the collection:VS Naipaul in a picture dated 9th November, 1968.(John Minihan/Getty Images)

Review: The Book of Indian Essays edited by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

By CP Surendran
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 06:36 PM IST
Many of the well-known essays in this anthology still look and feel new.
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Author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni(Courtesy the publisher)
Author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni(Courtesy the publisher)

Interview: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Author, The Last Queen

By Simar Bhasin
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 06:27 PM IST
The author says she wanted to present Queen Jindan Kaur, regent of the Sikh empire from 1843-46, and mother of the last Maharaja, Dalip Singh, in all her complexity and humanness
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Lalitha Lajmi with Yasser Usman, author of Guru Dutt; An Unfinished Story.(Yasser Usman)
Lalitha Lajmi with Yasser Usman, author of Guru Dutt; An Unfinished Story.(Yasser Usman)

Essay: Frozen in time and memory; Conversations with Guru Dutt’s sister

By Yasser Usman
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 06:27 PM IST
Yasser Usman writes about Lalitha Lajmi’s contribution to his book, on the film maker.
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Over the course of his career, spanning nearly fifty years, Archer has published over 37 titles and sold over 275 million copies around the world.(Wikimedia Commons )
Over the course of his career, spanning nearly fifty years, Archer has published over 37 titles and sold over 275 million copies around the world.(Wikimedia Commons )

Jeffrey Archer returns to HarperCollins in major three-book deal

ANI, New Delhi [india]
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 06:17 PM IST
HarperCollins is delighted to announce a major three-book deal for World English Rights with internationally bestselling author Jeffrey Archer.
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William Shakespeare 's play Macbeth - Act I Scene III: The Three Witches. Artist: Richard Westall; engraver: Stow.(Getty Images)
William Shakespeare 's play Macbeth - Act I Scene III: The Three Witches. Artist: Richard Westall; engraver: Stow.(Getty Images)

Review: Weird by Olga Khazan

By Sankar Ray
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 06:09 PM IST
A semi theoretical look at weirdness that includes multiple types of outsider narratives.
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"I am a product of traditional India and its ancient wisdom, and modern India and its urban bustle. My upbringing was always an amalgamation of the two Indias, and, just as much, of East and West," the 38-year-old actor said in a statement.(Amazon)
"I am a product of traditional India and its ancient wisdom, and modern India and its urban bustle. My upbringing was always an amalgamation of the two Indias, and, just as much, of East and West," the 38-year-old actor said in a statement.(Amazon)

Priyanka Chopra Jonas' memoir 'Unfinished' to release in February

PTI, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 10:31 AM IST
Actor-producer Priyanka Chopra Jonas' long-awaited book debut, "Unfinished", will hit the bookshelves on February 9, publisher Penguin Random House India announced on Thursday.
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“The interest in the book is the result of a renewed desire to understand a U.S. that is in the midst of a civil cold war,” said Wang Wen, executive dean of Renmin University’s Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies.(Bloomberg)
“The interest in the book is the result of a renewed desire to understand a U.S. that is in the midst of a civil cold war,” said Wang Wen, executive dean of Renmin University’s Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies.(Bloomberg)

A $2,500 book on US decline is suddenly a must-read in China

Bloomberg, China
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 11:58 AM IST
After chaos engulfed the U.S. Capitol last week, some Chinese intellectuals found themselves searching for copies of an out-of-print book to make sense of events. “America Against America” forecast the U.S.’s decline due to domestic conflicts more than 30 years ago.
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A book on the effect of India’s lockdown, and volumes on two personalities - a forgotten freedom fighter, and an auteur of Hindi cinema -- are on this week’s list of recommended reads.(HT Team)
A book on the effect of India’s lockdown, and volumes on two personalities - a forgotten freedom fighter, and an auteur of Hindi cinema -- are on this week’s list of recommended reads.(HT Team)

HT Picks: The most interesting reads of the week

By HT Team | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 09:50 PM IST
This week’s reading list features a book on a forgotten freedom fighter who also did much for immigrant rights in the US, another on a legend of Hindi cinema, and a volume on the devastation the lockdown has wreaked on India’s poor
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Author Pallavi Raghavan(Courtesy HarperCollins)
Author Pallavi Raghavan(Courtesy HarperCollins)

Interview: Pallavi Raghavan, Author, Animosity at Bay: An Alternative History of the India-Pakistan Relationship

By Chintan Girish Modi | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 09:44 PM IST
We will have a calmer relationship with our history if we understand that the past cannot be used to justify and perpetuate the grievances of the present
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Another taut courtroom drama: A scene from Alfred Hitchcock's 1953 film I Confess, starring Montgomery Clift as Michael Logan and Brian Aherne as Willy Robertson.(Corbis via Getty Images)
Another taut courtroom drama: A scene from Alfred Hitchcock's 1953 film I Confess, starring Montgomery Clift as Michael Logan and Brian Aherne as Willy Robertson.(Corbis via Getty Images)

Review: A Time for Mercy by John Grisham

By Percy Bharucha | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 09:40 PM IST
In A Time for Mercy, John Grisham looks at the fundamental questions behind the motives to murder while chronicling the impact of race on the system of justice
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MS Subbulakshmi’s rendition did much to popularise the Venkatesa Suprabhatam.(HT Photo)
MS Subbulakshmi’s rendition did much to popularise the Venkatesa Suprabhatam.(HT Photo)

Review: Venkatesa Suprabhatam by Venkatesh Parthasarathy

By Rahul Jayaram | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 09:53 PM IST
This book on Venkatesa Suprabhatam, a famous morning prayer, gives us a close reading of the text, the discourses that inform it, its influence, and its many meanings
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“Mowgli’s story is so intriguing because it allows us to see a human child from the perspective of other species,’ says Alter, author of Feral Dreams: Mowgli & His Mothers.
“Mowgli’s story is so intriguing because it allows us to see a human child from the perspective of other species,’ says Alter, author of Feral Dreams: Mowgli & His Mothers.

A retelling of Jungle Book without the colonial baggage

By Paramita Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 08:44 PM IST
Stephen Alter sets the Rudyard Kipling classic in a newly independent India, and has Mowgli, renamed Daniel, working at MIT.
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Death is inevitable, and yet passing over needn’t come as a surprise or scary chapter, as we’ve learnt from the 2017 film Coco.(IMAGE COURTESY PIXAR)
Death is inevitable, and yet passing over needn’t come as a surprise or scary chapter, as we’ve learnt from the 2017 film Coco.(IMAGE COURTESY PIXAR)

In a new book, insightful thoughts on readying for life’s final exam

By Dipanjan Sinha | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 07:36 PM IST
Arun Shourie’s Preparing: For Death offers advice on last days, and explores the end as an opportunity to move on rather than an occasion to fear.
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Siddhartha Lal at the roll-out of the first bike from the Oragadam plant in Tamil Nadu.(Photo courtesy Eicher Motors)
Siddhartha Lal at the roll-out of the first bike from the Oragadam plant in Tamil Nadu.(Photo courtesy Eicher Motors)

The Enfield journey: A new book explores a bumpy ride into history

By Paramita Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 07:19 PM IST
Amrit Raj’s Indian Icon: A Cult Called Royal Enfield takes a look at the challenges and deft moves that have gone into building the motorcycle brand.
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Hawley has often been cited as possible future presidential candidate.(Associated Press)
Hawley has often been cited as possible future presidential candidate.(Associated Press)

Simon & Schuster drops book by Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley

By Associated Press | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta | New York
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 05:55 PM IST
A planned book by Sen. Josh Hawley, who objected to President-elect Joe Biden’s win and backed baseless claims that the election was stolen, has been canceled by its publisher in the wake of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by a mob of pro-Trump supporters.
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Devotees on their way to the Sufi shrine of Ali Hujwiri in Lahore. Every two minutes, the wife would lean over and ask, “Thak ta nai gy ho? Datta sahib any wala hai.” Are you feeling tired? Don’t worry, we are very close to the shrine of Datta sahib.(Faizan Ahmad)
Devotees on their way to the Sufi shrine of Ali Hujwiri in Lahore. Every two minutes, the wife would lean over and ask, “Thak ta nai gy ho? Datta sahib any wala hai.” Are you feeling tired? Don’t worry, we are very close to the shrine of Datta sahib.(Faizan Ahmad)

Essay: On Lahore by Metro, a photobook by Faizan Ahmad

Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 01:52 PM IST
Pakistan’s first photobook, comprising images shot entirely on the cellphone, features pictures taken on Lahore’s metro bus system over four years. The photographer writes about the experience
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A new book analyses the development of Jogen Chowdhury’s still life paintings and features 95 impactful images of one of India’s pre-eminent painters of the modern era.(Yahoo)
A new book analyses the development of Jogen Chowdhury’s still life paintings and features 95 impactful images of one of India’s pre-eminent painters of the modern era.(Yahoo)

Book analyses still life paintings of Jogen Chowdhury

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shivani Kale | New DELHI
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 06:50 PM IST
A new book analyses the development of Jogen Chowdhury’s still life paintings and features 95 impactful images of one of India’s pre-eminent painters of the modern era.
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The pleasures of reading.(Shutterstock)
The pleasures of reading.(Shutterstock)

Essay: How to read in a restless world

By Saikat Majumdar | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 03:18 PM IST
The defining character of culture in the digitized 21st century is the consumption of multiple cultural experiences at the same time; our expectations from the practice of reading might have to shift to get attuned to our new reality
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Kaustubh Sonalkar’s maiden book ‘Fetch Your Own Coffee’ is now listed as national best-seller with its publisher Penguin, noted for its top selling status.(ANI)
Kaustubh Sonalkar’s maiden book ‘Fetch Your Own Coffee’ is now listed as national best-seller with its publisher Penguin, noted for its top selling status.(ANI)

Kaustubh Sonalkar’s book ‘Fetch Your Own Coffee’ Becomes the National Best-seller

By Asian News International | Posted by Shivani Kale | Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 07:26 PM IST
Kaustubh Sonalkar’s maiden book ‘Fetch Your Own Coffee’ is now listed as national best-seller with its publisher Penguin, noted for its top selling status.
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This week’s reading list includes an account of a visit to China in the 1950s, and translations of Kannada and Malayalam novels(HT Team)
This week’s reading list includes an account of a visit to China in the 1950s, and translations of Kannada and Malayalam novels(HT Team)

HT Picks; New Reads

By HT Team | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 05:16 PM IST
This week’s list of interesting reads includes an account of a visit to China in the 1950s, and translations of remarkable Kannada and Malayalam novels
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Like those in the picture, the women of the fictional Rahat are culturally diverse.(Joe McNally/Getty Images)
Like those in the picture, the women of the fictional Rahat are culturally diverse.(Joe McNally/Getty Images)

Review: Sometimes Ivory, Sometimes Sand by Mahek Jangda

By Lamat R Hasan | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 05:09 PM IST
A debut novel that celebrates the power of women is set in an unnamed, underdeveloped country, which could be anywhere and everywhere
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Author Adania Shibli(Hartwig Klappert)
Author Adania Shibli(Hartwig Klappert)

Interview: ‘Each pain is relevant, meaningful’ - Adania Shibli

By Nawaid Anjum | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 05:01 PM IST
The Palestinian author’s novels delve into the anxieties of the Palestinians, and outline the tragedy, sadness, loneliness and desire experienced by their young women protagonists. Her third novel, Minor Detail, translated by Elisabeth Jaquette, was a finalist of the 2020 National Book Award in the Translated Literature category
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Illustration depicting Francois Dominique Toussaint L'Ouverture participating in the successful revolt against French power in St Dominique (Haiti). Hand-coloured engraving(Bettmann Archive)
Illustration depicting Francois Dominique Toussaint L'Ouverture participating in the successful revolt against French power in St Dominique (Haiti). Hand-coloured engraving(Bettmann Archive)

Review: Black Spartacus by Sudhir Hazareesingh

By Vivek Menezes | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 04:55 PM IST
Founding father of Haiti, Toussaint Louverture led the revolution that foreshadowed the anti-colonial struggles of the modern era
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Among the 3,500-odd found shopping lists on Grocerylists.org is this colourful one from 1986. What does an analysis of all the discarded lists show? That for many, mayonnaise is a challenge to spell.(IMAGE COURTESY GROCERYLISTS.ORG)
Among the 3,500-odd found shopping lists on Grocerylists.org is this colourful one from 1986. What does an analysis of all the discarded lists show? That for many, mayonnaise is a challenge to spell.(IMAGE COURTESY GROCERYLISTS.ORG)

Love lists? You’ll love these books that celebrate them

By Rachel Lopez | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 11:53 AM IST
A compilation of writings about our fondly held obsession with sorting, creating order and extracting sense from nonsense.
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It could be a novel by a native writer, a history or a work of historical fiction.(Pixabay)
It could be a novel by a native writer, a history or a work of historical fiction.(Pixabay)

Five books that explain the world

By Bloomberg | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 12:42 PM IST
As 2020 ends, here are five books that can help you make sense of a confusing world in the past year.
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Priya’s Mask features India’s first female superhero, who has appeared to fight the spread of Covid-19.
Priya’s Mask features India’s first female superhero, who has appeared to fight the spread of Covid-19.

India’s female superhero returns, to fight the pandemic with mask

By Mallika Bhagat | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 29, 2020 03:09 AM IST
Priya, India’s first female comic superhero, is back. The latest edition of Priya’s Shakti series sees her fighting misinformation around Covid-19, with voice-over by Rosanna Arquette, Vidya Balan, Mrunal Thakur, and Sairah Kabir.
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The book, published by Harper Collins India, has illustrations by Sanjana Desai.(Amazon)
The book, published by Harper Collins India, has illustrations by Sanjana Desai.(Amazon)

Millennial pens short memoir of life with Ratan Tata

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta | New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 07:28 PM IST
A new book talks about an uncommon bond between a millennial and Ratan Tata, who turned 83 on Monday, giving glimpses of the legendary entrepreneur in warm light.
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Ratan Tata with 28-year-old Shantanu Naidu, who is the former’s personal assistant and has penned a memoir on the tycoon.
Ratan Tata with 28-year-old Shantanu Naidu, who is the former’s personal assistant and has penned a memoir on the tycoon.

Getting candid with Mr Tata: A book by a millennial that sheds the tycoon’s serious tag

By Aprajita Sharad | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 09:49 AM IST
On Ratan Tata’s birthday, December 28, Shantanu Naidu shares his experience of writing the book, I Came Upon a Lighthouse, based on his candid interactions with the business magnate.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses during a launch of Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY SEHAT to extend coverage to all residents of J&K via video conferencing, in New Delhi on Saturday.(ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses during a launch of Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY SEHAT to extend coverage to all residents of J&K via video conferencing, in New Delhi on Saturday.(ANI)

‘Wisdom starts with inquisitiveness’: PM Modi lauds 92-year-old scholar from Tamil Nadu

By Asian News International | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta | New Delhi [India]
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 04:33 PM IST
Emphasising on the need for curiosity, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised 92-year-old Tamil scholar T Srinivasacharya Swami for writing a book on the computer by typing himself.
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