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HT Picks: The week’s most interesting reads

A children’s book, the critical edition of an acclaimed autobiography, and an examination of triple talaq all feature on this week’s reading list

books Updated: Feb 05, 2018 12:20 IST
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Triple Talaq,children's stories,Mahatma Gandhi
A variety of good books this week. (HT Team)

TRIPLE TALAQ; EXAMINING FAITH

Triple Talaq, or talaq-e-bidat, is one of the most debated issues in the Muslim world. From antiquity, the Muslim faith has been plagued by the portrayal of Muslim men regularly misusing this perceived “right” to divorce their wives instantly by simply uttering “talaq” thrice. The Supreme Court of India, in the landmark judgment of Shayara Bano v. Union of India, has taken the step to declare this form of talaq unconstitutional and to strike down its practice.

In Triple Talaq: Examining Faith, Salman Khurshid, who intervened to offer the court an amicus brief in the “Triple talaq case”, offers a straightforward yet comprehensive overview of this complicated issue. Explaining the reasons behind the court’s decision, he dives deep into other aspects of this practice: why is it wrong; why it has thrived; what was the judicial history of this issue; what the Quran and Muslim religious leaders say about it; and what the comparative practices in other countries are. A handy guide to this landmark decision and what it means for Muslims in India, this book is written not just for the theologian, but also for the common reader.

AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY O THE STORY OF MY EXPERIMENTS WITH TRUTH

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is among the most enigmatic, charismatic, deeply revered and equally reviled figures of the twentieth century. His Autobiography, one of the most widely read and translated Indian books of all time, is a classic that allows us to glimpse the transformation of a well-meaning lawyer into a Satyagrahi and an ashramite.

In this first-ever Critical Edition, eminent scholar Tridip Suhrud shines new light on Gandhi’s life and thought. The deeply researched notes elucidate the context and characters of the Autobiography, while the alternative translations capture the flavour, cadence and quirkiness of the Gujrati. In the original and insightful introduction, Suhrud traces Gandhi’s evolution into a seeker of Truth as God, and explores possible modes of reading the Autobiography.

This critical Edition of the Autobiography is an absorbing, illuminating text about the life-affirming journey of the most public and most complex figure of Indian history.

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ADVENTURES OF TAARAKSHI

Five-year-old Taarakshi lives with her Ammuma, Amma and Accha. One day, she rescues a baby crow and brings it home. These are the adventures of Taarakshi and Kaa, the crow.

First Published: Feb 02, 2018 23:20 IST