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Essay: Uttam Bandu Tupe - Writing the Dalit oppression

Updated on Jul 08, 2021 04:58 PM IST

Uttam Bandu Tupe died last year; it was an unsung death. When his play Zulwa was staged by Marathi stalwart Chetan Datar in the early 1990s, the audience lauded the experimental work for breaking new ground. But few were even aware of where the writer of the play lived or what he did to put food on the table

Dalit author from Maharashtra, Uttam Bandu Tupe. (Mohit Suneja)
ByFarzana Versey

Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu: A match made in heaven

An excerpt from the book, Dilip Kumar: Peerless Icon Inspiring Generations, which talks about the late actor’s early years and family, his evolution as an artist, his relationship with contemporaries, his romances, and his eventual marriage to Saira Banu that stood the test of time.

Saira Banu and Dilip Kumar were married for 54 years.
Updated on Jul 07, 2021 06:36 PM IST
ByTrinetra Bajpai and Anshula Bajpai, New Delhi

Review: The Last Gathering by Munshi Faizuddin, translated by Ather Farouqui

Within a few decades of Bahadur Shah Zafar’s death a virtual industry began to take shape. Paintings, books, albums, souvenirs of his times made their way to the Indian and the British market. After Delhi was restored as the Imperial Capital in 1911, there was a veritable horde of publications celebrating his persona, his court and the Lal Qila of his times. Rashid ul Khairi, Nasir Nazeer Firaq, Hasan Nizami, Arsh Taimuri, Farhatullah Beig and several others followed with bestselling memoirs and chronicles. But Munshi Faizuddin’s Bazm-i Aakhir, published within two decades of Bahadur Shah’s death, wonderfully translated here as The Last Gathering was the one which set the trend

The magnificent Lal Qila in Delhi. (Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jul 02, 2021 07:37 PM IST
ByMahmood Farooqui

HT Picks; New Reads

A collection of essays on the rise of Indian Americans, a book on the rich aesthetic and cultural legacy of Mughal India, and a first-of-its-kind volume that focusses on the lives and writing practices of women screenwriters in Bollywood - all that on this week’s list of interesting reads

On this week’s reading list -- essays on the rise of Indian Americans, a book on Mughal India, and another on women screenwriters in Bollywood. (HT Team)
Published on Jul 02, 2021 07:16 PM IST
ByHT Team

Interview: Mira Sethi, author of Are You Enjoying?

Sethi’s characters struggle to navigate the challenges of a conservative society, sometimes at great personal cost. Here, the Pakistani author talks about her roles as journalist, writer, and actor

Author Mira Sethi. (Courtesy the publisher)
Published on Jul 02, 2021 07:15 PM IST
ByNawaid Anjum

Review: Colaba; The Diamond at the Tip of Mumbai by Shabnam Minwalla

Documenting the nooks, structures, and energy of the streets of Mumbai’s southernmost tip through interviews, facts and administrative data from gazetteers, iffy maps and exaggerations from travellers’ accounts, colourful descriptions from novels and even gravestone epitaphs

A street in Colaba, Mumbai. (Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)
Published on Jul 02, 2021 07:14 PM IST
BySaaz Aggarwal

Essay: On having a passion for fountain pens

With a fountain pen gliding on paper made for fountain pens, writing is even more pleasurable. It’s a sensuous experience in which the colour of the ink, the tactile sensations of the grip of the pen, the feedback of the nib, and the contents of your mind all work in concert on the amphitheatre of the page.

Putting pen to paper. (Shutterstock)
Published on Jun 30, 2021 06:31 PM IST
BySuhit Kelkar

HT Picks; New Reads

The path-breaking advances made by India’s scientists in original research and what they mean to the nation’s progress, the breathtaking story of how Everest was found, and an insightful journey through the ever-changing landscape of Calcutta’s food and cultural milieu -- all that on this week’s list of great reads

This week’s reading list includes a book on original research by India’s scientists, another on how Everest was found, and a third on Calcutta’s food and culture. (HT Team)
Published on Jun 25, 2021 09:54 PM IST
ByHT Team

Interview: Raven Leilani, author, Luster

American author Raven Leilani’s award-winning debut novel is a bold dive into the politics of sex and race, surrounded by unpredictable human behaviours

Author Raven Leilani (Nina Subin)
Updated on Jun 25, 2021 09:48 PM IST
ByArunima Mazumdar

Review: Luster by Raven Leilani

The American author’s award-winning debut novel dives into the politics of sex and race surrounded by unpredictable human behaviours

In black and white. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 25, 2021 09:50 PM IST
ByArunima Mazumdar

Review: The ‘Other’ Shangri-La by Shivaji Das

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A monk cycling in the Kham region of Western Sichuan in Tibet. (De Agostini via Getty Images)
Published on Jun 25, 2021 07:06 PM IST
BySonali Mujumdar

Review: Whereabouts: A Novel by Jhumpa Lahiri

Told in pared-down prose, Jhumpa Lahiri’s new novel is a portrait of the modern epidemic of urban loneliness

A flâneuse navigating the cityscape. (Shutterstock)
Published on Jun 25, 2021 07:01 PM IST
ByNawaid Anjum

Review: Ishtyle: Accenting Gay Indian Nightlife by Kareem Khubchandani

The author, a performance studies scholar, a drag queen, and a transnational desi, documents the pleasures and perils of being ‘out’ at night in Bangalore and Chicago

The Queer Pride Parade in New Delhi on November 27, 2016. “Hijras do drag labour for queer India, dancing publicly at marches and performing item numbers at melas and pageants during pride month, reinterpreting film songs for our entertainment and nostalgia, but never at the club,” writes Kareem Khubchandani. (Virendra Singh Gosain/HT Archive)
Updated on Jun 24, 2021 06:16 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

The Ishtyle playlist

Sing along and dance away your heartache to the playlist to Ishtyle: Accenting Gay Indian Nightlife by Kareem Khubchandani

Zeenat Aman in the Hindi film, Qurbani (1980). In this scene, she’s singing Aap Jaisa Koi by Nazia Hasan, one of the songs on the Ishtyle playlist. (Qurbani film still)
Updated on Jun 24, 2021 06:11 PM IST
ByKareem Khubchandani

Ikigai revisited in the Covid era, through a teenager’s eyes

The Japanese concept of Ikigai teaches one to cherish each fleeting moment, reminding us that it’s futile to waste our precious time worrying about what has passed and what is to come.

The book unlocks the secret to live a long, meaningful, and happy life.
Published on Jun 20, 2021 05:44 PM IST
ByTara Bhattacharya, New Delhi

Interview: Srini Ramaswamy and Ramkrishna Sinha, co-editors, equALLY: Stories by Friends of the Queer World

It’s Pride Month and Ramaswamy and Sinha speak about why it is important for straight supporters of the LGBTQ+ community to talk about being allies

Marching with friends: A gay pride parade in Mumbai in 2019. (Kunal Patil/HT Archive)
Published on Jun 18, 2021 05:11 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Review: The Anger of Saintly Men by Anubha Yadav

Set in Haryana, Anubha Yadav’s book explores the tragedy of the lives of boys as they strive to become men

Men at a street corner. (Roberto Schimidt/AFP via Getty Images)
Published on Jun 18, 2021 04:53 PM IST
ByMaaz Bin Bilal

Interview: Priya Sarukkai Chabria, author, Sing of Life

Sarukkai Chabria says her ‘revisioning’ of Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore into the English-language poetry of her new book is a tribute to Gurudev

Priya Sarukkai Chabria (Courtesy Westland)
Updated on Jun 19, 2021 03:14 PM IST
BySuhit Kelkar

HT Picks; New Reads

A collection of Manipuri myths, a novel about a long-distance relationship, and the Gita as a text that helps the contemporary reader navigate capitalist modernity - all that on this week’s list of recommended reads

HT’s list of good reads this week includes myths from Manipur, a novel that examines a relationship, and a look at the Gita for the contemporary reader. (HT Team)
Published on Jun 18, 2021 04:51 PM IST
ByHT Team

#EnidBlytonControversy: Can criticise, but can’t disregard her, say Indian writers

Works of Enid Mary Blyton, the English children’s writer whose books have been among the world’s best-sellers since 1930s, has been recently labelled as racist and xenophobic. But Indian authors and even film actors have come out in defence of Blyton.

English writer Enid Blyton’s works have been a favourite among many since their childhood. (Photo: Facebook)
Updated on Jun 18, 2021 02:48 PM IST
ByMallika Bhagat, New Delhi

Review: Shahryar by Asim Siddiqui

The author examines how Shahryar went beyond the worn-out romanticism of Urdu poetry to fashion a new idiom of visionary lyricism

Urdu poet and lyricist Akhlaq Mohammed Khan 'Shahryar'. (HT Archive)
Updated on Jun 17, 2021 03:19 PM IST
ByShafey Kidwai

Book review: A tale through seasons of love and life

Sunil Sihag Gora, an ex Air Force personnel and author, attempts to take the readers on a roller coaster ride of emotions, drama and romance, in his book titled Day Turns Dark.

Cover of the book by author Sunil Sihag ‘Gora’.
Published on Jun 14, 2021 12:22 PM IST
ByNaina Arora, New Delhi

Interview: Manan Kapoor, author, A Map of Longings;The Life and Works of Agha Shahid Ali

Manan Kapoor’s work looks at the life of the Kashmiri-American poet who pioneered ghazal writing in English, translated the poetry of Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Mahmoud Darwish, and was a prominent voice against injustice and oppression.On the Kashmiri-American poet who was a prominent voice against oppression

Manan Kapoor (Satvika Kundu)
Published on Jun 11, 2021 05:46 PM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

Review: Six and A Third Acres by Fakir Mohan Senapati

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A woman outside a thatched hut, India, circa 1900. (Bristol Archives/Universal Image/via Getty Images)
Published on Jun 11, 2021 05:45 PM IST
ByLamat R Hasan

Review: Languages of Truth by Salman Rushdie

From Hans Christian Andersen and Shakespeare to hijras and Hitchens, from Amrita Sher-Gill, Osama Bin Laden, Heraclitus and Pythagoras to political courage, Carrie Fisher and Covid, the author’s new collection of essays shows off the variety of his interests and his formidable intellect

Salman Rushdie (Rachel Eliza Griffiths)
Updated on Jun 12, 2021 05:11 PM IST

Essay: 55 years of Teesri Kasam

A faithful adaptation of a short story, Maare Gaye Gulfaam, by Phanishwar Nath Renu, Teesri Kasam (The Third Vow), starring Raj Kapoor and Waheeda Rehman, is 55 years old this year

Raj Kapoor and Waheeda Rahman in Teesri Kasam. (Teesri Kasam)
Published on Jun 11, 2021 11:33 AM IST
ByShoma A Chatterji

Ruskin Bond curates new poem to lament environmental loss in Dehradun, Mussoorie

Ruskin Bond’s new poem ‘Dirge of Dehradun’ laments the current environmental degradation in ‘the twin cities of happiness’ that is Dehradun and Mussoorie which were once picturesque towns in the foothills of the Himalayas but are now decaying. Read the emotional lines inside

Ruskin Bond curates new poem to ‘lament’ environmental loss in Dehradun, Mussoorie(Instagram/ruskinbondofficial)
Updated on Jun 06, 2021 11:50 AM IST
ByZarafshan Shiraz

HT Picks; New Reads

This week’s reading list includes a book on India’s relationship with China, the story of a man told by his eminent son, and a diverse collection of writing and photography that addresses the toughest challenges faced by humanity in the 21st century

Books on the relationship between India’ and China, the story of a man, and the challenges facing humanity -- all that on HT’s list of good reads this week. (HT Team)
Updated on Jun 05, 2021 01:20 PM IST
ByHT Team

Interview: Indra Das, author, science fiction and fantasy novels

The author of The Devourers, a hallucinatory dark fantasy about shapeshifters in Mughal and contemporary India, talks about fantasy writing in the country and about his hometown Kolkata’s secrets

Author Indra Das (Courtesy the author)
Published on Jun 04, 2021 05:28 PM IST
ByKX Ronnie

Review: Delhi - A Soliloquy by M Mukundan

Set in Delhi through the 1960s to the mid 1980s, this novel pulls the reader into the vortex of Malayalis living in Delhi and demonstrates how small lives are permanently changed by the big events of history

Delhi tales: Hastsal Minar stands amid concrete houses at Uttam Nagar in New Delhi. (Vipin Kumar/HT Archive)
Published on Jun 04, 2021 05:25 PM IST
ByKunal Ray
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