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HT Picks

This week’s most interesting reads

books Updated: Apr 27, 2018 19:13 IST
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Good reads for the weekend.(HT Team)

FOOD: WTF SHOULD I EAT? BY DR MARK HYMAN

388pp, Rs 499; Hachette

Did you know that porridge isn’t acutallyl a healthy way to start the day? That milk doesn’t build bones, and eggs aren’t the devil? In Food: WTF Should I Eat? Dr Hyman looks at every food group and explains what we’ve gotten wrong, revealing which foods nurture our health and which pose a threat. He also explains the crucial role food plays in functional medicine and reveals his own pegan way of eating based on his years of research.

With myth=busting insights, easy-to understand science and delicious, wholesome recipes, Food: WTF Should I Eat? Is an invaluable resource for cooking, eating and living well.*

NAYAK THE HERO BY SATYAJIT RAY; NOVELIZATION BY BHASKAR CHATTOPADHYAY

240pp, Rs 399, HarperCollins

Matinee idol Arindam Mukherjee is on his way from Calcutta to Delhi to receive a national award. In the restaurant car of the train, he encounters Aditi Sengupta, who edits Adhunika, a magazine for modern women. Aditi is not star-struck like her co-passengers, but decides to interview Arindam to gain more subscribers for her magazine. During the conversation which unfolds over the next twenty-four hours, Arindam slowly sheds his carefully put together image of glamour and easy living, revealing his insecurities, fears and haunting regrets, and a phantasmagoria of old relationships, severed friendships and betrayals engulf him. Aditi too lets her guard down and changes from the cold and skeptical journalist to a confidant and friend of the hero.

One of Satyajit Ray’s most loved films – based on his own screenplay – Nayak is a remarkably nuanced portrait of the life of a cinema superstar that is as powerful today as it was fifty years ago.*


PASHMINA BY NIDHI CHANANI

161pp, Rs399, HarperCollins

Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most important, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri’s mom avoids these questions – the topic of India is permanently closed.

For Pri, her mothers’s homeland can only exist in her imagination. That is, until she finds a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colourful than any guidebook or Bollywood film. But is this the real India? And what is that shadow lurking in the background? To learn the truth, Pri must travel farther than she’s ever dared and find the family she never knew.

In this heartwarming debut, Nidhi Chanani weaves a tale about the hardship and self-discovery that is born from juggling two cultures and two worlds.*

*All copy from book flaps.

First Published: Apr 27, 2018 19:12 IST