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Excerpt from Nine Nights of the Goddess: The Navaratri Festival in South Asia edited by Caleb Simmons, Moumita Sen and Hillary Rodrigues

This extract from an essay by Hillary Rodrigues looks at the procedures and symbolism of the Bengali Durga Puja
Women in Kolkata performing the 'Dhunachi' dance on the arrival procession of the Goddess Durga idol at their community puja pandal ahead of Durga Puja amid the coronavirus pandemic.(PTI)
Women in Kolkata performing the 'Dhunachi' dance on the arrival procession of the Goddess Durga idol at their community puja pandal ahead of Durga Puja amid the coronavirus pandemic.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 23, 2020 01:57 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHillary Rodrigues

Excerpt: Gangster on the Run by Puja Changoiwala

The story of hitman and extortionist Rahul Jadhav, Gangster on the Run reveals his descent into crime, his alcoholism and drug addiction, his time in jail and finally his amazing reformation. He is now an ultramarathoner. This excerpt focuses on an incident that’s both violent and funny and was the beginning of a reign of terror in the Mumbai suburb of Dombivli
A view of Dombivli in Mumbai, where much of the action of Gangster on the Run is set.(Shashi S Kashyap/HT PHOTO)
A view of Dombivli in Mumbai, where much of the action of Gangster on the Run is set.(Shashi S Kashyap/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 18, 2020 05:50 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByPuja Changoiwala

Excerpt: The Death Script: Dreams and Delusions in Naxal Country by Ashutosh Bhardwaj

A powerful work of narrative non-fiction that examines the civil war in Bastar, The Death Script combines literary skill with sharp reportage. This excerpt recalls the kidnapping of Alex Paul Menon, the collector of Sukma by Maoists in 2012
Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon who was abducted by Naxals in Chattisgarh in 2012.(PTI)
Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon who was abducted by Naxals in Chattisgarh in 2012.(PTI)
Updated on Jul 15, 2020 06:27 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByAshutosh Bhardwaj

Excerpt: The World That Belongs to Us: An Anthology of Queer Poetry from South Asia Edited by Aditi Angiras and Akhil Katyal

This exclusive first excerpt from a much-awaited anthology features the work of three very different poets
That beating heart: At the Kolkata Rainbow Pride Walk on December 10, 2017.(Samir Jana/HT PHOTO)
That beating heart: At the Kolkata Rainbow Pride Walk on December 10, 2017.(Samir Jana/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 26, 2020 04:39 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByEdited by Aditi Angiras and Akhil Katyal

Excerpt: Legend of Suheldev – The King Who Saved India by Amish

The tale of a magnificent 11th century king, who united different Indians against the onslaught of invaders, is the first in a stream of stories from Amish’s Writers’ Centre. An exclusive first excerpt from the foreword to the book
352pp, <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>399; Westland
352pp, 399; Westland
Updated on Jun 20, 2020 12:50 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByAmish

Excerpt: Hop On; My Adventures on Boats, Trains and Planes by Ruskin Bond

Today is Ruskin Bond’s 86th birthday. In celebration, here is an excerpt from a story featured in his new book for children
Young Ruskin and his father on the dhow.(From Hop On by Ruskin Bond; Illustrations by Samrat Halder)
Young Ruskin and his father on the dhow.(From Hop On by Ruskin Bond; Illustrations by Samrat Halder)
Updated on May 19, 2020 02:32 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByRuskin Bond

Excerpt: Fix it With Food; Superfoods to become Superhealthy by Kavita Devgan

This chapter on the benefits of the marvellous mango tells you why you should treat yourself to this king of fruits. Like you need an excuse!
Messy magic: A mango-eating competition during the Mango Festival at Dilli Haat in New Delhi in June 2018.(Burhaan Kinu/ Hindustan Times)
Messy magic: A mango-eating competition during the Mango Festival at Dilli Haat in New Delhi in June 2018.(Burhaan Kinu/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 29, 2020 11:37 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByKavita Devgan

Excerpt: Miracle at Happy Bazaar by Ruskin Bond

Exclusive to Hindustan Times, Chocolates at Midnight, is from Ruskin Bond’s new collection of stories for children
Another story that features rats!: A scene from Dick Whittington and His Cat; when puss saw the rats and mice, she didn't wait to be told, from English Fairy Tales, published in 1922 (colour lithograph). Artist Arthur Rackham (1867 - 1939).(Getty Images)
Another story that features rats!: A scene from Dick Whittington and His Cat; when puss saw the rats and mice, she didn't wait to be told, from English Fairy Tales, published in 1922 (colour lithograph). Artist Arthur Rackham (1867 - 1939).(Getty Images)
Updated on Apr 22, 2020 04:59 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByRuskin Bond

Excerpt: Love in the Time of Quarantine by Siddhartha Gigoo

Told from multiple points of view, Siddhartha Gigoo’s new book, which is being launched online today, clocks 30 days and nights in the lives of two lovers and a homeless family during a nation’s lockdown
Migrant workers sleeping in an open ground in New Delhi on April 09, 2020.(Yawar Nazir/Getty Images)
Migrant workers sleeping in an open ground in New Delhi on April 09, 2020.(Yawar Nazir/Getty Images)
Updated on Apr 13, 2020 12:02 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | BySiddhartha Gigoo

Excerpt: Ultimate Grandmother Hacks by Kavita Devgan

Kavita Devgan’s book, that suggests 50 traditional habits to improve your fitness, provides much food for thought during Covid season. This excerpt features 10 inexpensive immunity boosting foods
Yo Granny: If this grandmother can master using a laptop, surely you too can gain much from her stock of traditional wisdom.(Shutterstock)
Yo Granny: If this grandmother can master using a laptop, surely you too can gain much from her stock of traditional wisdom.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Apr 02, 2020 08:32 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByKavita Devgan

Excerpt: Nautanki Diaries by Dominic Franks

Sports broadcaster and trained doctor, Dominic Franks rode from Bengaluru to Delhi on his cycle, Nautanki. His book Nautanki Diaries is about that journey. This excerpt, which highlights the Indian tendency to leave things to fate and also the alarming state of our healthcare system, is especially pertinent at a time when thousands of the urban poor are fleeing the cities on foot and on bicycle
Such a long journey: A migrant worker leaving Noida for his village on Day 5 of the 21-day nationwide lockdown imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus.(Mohd Zakir/Hindustan Times)
Such a long journey: A migrant worker leaving Noida for his village on Day 5 of the 21-day nationwide lockdown imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus.(Mohd Zakir/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 01, 2020 07:26 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByDominic Franks

Excerpt: New Kings of the World by Fatima Bhutto

Fatima Bhutto’s new book looks at how eastern pop culture including Bollywood, Turkish dizi and K-pop is seducing the world. In this exclusive first excerpt from the book, Shah Rukh Khan talks to her about the nature of his stardom
Shah Rukh Khan in Asoka(HT Photo)
Shah Rukh Khan in Asoka(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 04, 2019 06:58 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByFatima Bhutto

Excerpt: The Arsonist by Kiran Nagarkar

In this profound telling of the mystic saint-poet’s life, Kabir is a speaker of Truth in a world full of conflict that could be ancient, medieval, or contemporary. This excerpt includes the introduction and Chapter 2
Kabir (1440-1518) working as a weaver at his loom. From the Mughal School, 18th century.(Culture Club/Getty Images)
Kabir (1440-1518) working as a weaver at his loom. From the Mughal School, 18th century.(Culture Club/Getty Images)
Updated on Aug 17, 2019 10:35 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByKiran Nagarkar

Excerpt: Sita Under the Crescent Moon by Annie Ali Khan

In Sita Under the Crescent Moon, Annie Ali Khan travels with women pilgrims to Sufi shrines across Pakistan to see how they worship Sita. In this particularly powerful excerpt, the author ponders on the pain of womanhood
The author with devotees, who keep alive the folklore, songs and legends of Sati or Sita, that embodiment of the pain and suffering of womankind. Annie Ali Khan, who died tragically last year, accompanied these women and others like them on pilgrimages to shrines across Pakistan.(Annie Ali Khan)
The author with devotees, who keep alive the folklore, songs and legends of Sati or Sita, that embodiment of the pain and suffering of womankind. Annie Ali Khan, who died tragically last year, accompanied these women and others like them on pilgrimages to shrines across Pakistan.(Annie Ali Khan)
Updated on Aug 03, 2019 09:12 AM IST
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ByAnnie Ali Khan

Excerpt: Grit, Gravel and Gear by Dhruv Bogra

Dhruv Bogra’s inspirational account of cycling from the Arctic to the Andes combines acute observation of the societies he encounters with a deep introspection of his own life. This excerpt from Chapter 8, Pedaling Amidst Icefields, details his journey through the spectacular Canadian Rockies
Breathtaking landscapes!(Dhruv Bogra)
Breathtaking landscapes!(Dhruv Bogra)
Updated on Jul 27, 2019 03:10 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByDhruv Bogra

Excerpt: A Gallery of Rascals by Ruskin Bond

Ruskin Bond’s new book, A Gallery of Rascals, includes new stories that feature delightful rogues. Reproduced exclusively in HT, here’s Sher Singh and the Hot-Water Bottle
Mussoorie and the Doon valley, India, c1860, as seen from Landour.(Print Collector/Getty Images)
Mussoorie and the Doon valley, India, c1860, as seen from Landour.(Print Collector/Getty Images)
Updated on Jul 27, 2019 03:21 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent

Excerpt: Raavan; Enemy of Aryavarta by Amish

An exclusive excerpt from the third book in Amish Tripathi’s Ram Chandra series ahead of its release on July 1
Actor Mukesh Rishi as Raavan at the Luv Kush Ramlila at Red Fort in Delhi on September 25, 2017.(Manoj Verma/Hindustan Times)
Actor Mukesh Rishi as Raavan at the Luv Kush Ramlila at Red Fort in Delhi on September 25, 2017.(Manoj Verma/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 29, 2019 08:50 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByAmish

Excerpt: Heat by Poomani

15-year-old Chidambaram kills a powerful landlord to avenge the murder of his elder brother. Told in vivid flashes as the boy and his father wander through the hinterland avoiding capture, Heat presents at a family transformed by grief. This excerpt looks at the first tragedy that foreshadows the one at the centre of this classic of modern Tamil literature
A village guardian deity in Tamil Nadu.(UIG via Getty Images)
A village guardian deity in Tamil Nadu.(UIG via Getty Images)
Updated on May 24, 2019 09:57 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByPoomani

Excerpt: Delusional Politics by Hardeep Singh Puri

Union minister of state for housing and urban affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri’s book, Delusional Politics, covers a range of issues like Brexit, the election of Trump, terrorism and trade. These excerpts from the chapter entitled The India Story look at the nature of the Congress party, and at the need for India to transcend caste and religion
PM Narendra Modi at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on November 22, 2018, with ministers Harsh Vardhan and Dharmendra Pradhan after laying the foundation stone for City Gas Distribution (CGD) projects in 129 districts.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
PM Narendra Modi at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on November 22, 2018, with ministers Harsh Vardhan and Dharmendra Pradhan after laying the foundation stone for City Gas Distribution (CGD) projects in 129 districts.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 01, 2019 07:08 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent

Excerpt: Treasured Epistles by K Natwar Singh

Some of the most famous political and literary figures of the 20th century maintained an affectionate correspondence with K Natwar Singh. The letters collected in this volume recreate a vanished world. An excerpt
K Natwar Singh (R) with Nirad C Chaudhuri.(Courtesy Rupa)
K Natwar Singh (R) with Nirad C Chaudhuri.(Courtesy Rupa)
Updated on Jan 19, 2019 11:40 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent

Excerpt: Nightmarch by Alpa Shah

In 2010, Alpa Shah, dressed as a man in military fatigues set out on a seven-night march with a naxal platoon. While her book looks at dispossession and the conflict at the heart of India, this excerpt also reveals how upper caste leaders police the relationships of tribal foot soldiers
Naxal cadre in the Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh on February 4, 2010.(Tribhuvan Tiwari/Outlook)
Naxal cadre in the Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh on February 4, 2010.(Tribhuvan Tiwari/Outlook)
Updated on Dec 01, 2018 09:57 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByAlpa Shah

Excerpt: Invisible Men by Nandini Krishnan

While Invisible Men looks with empathy at the many issues that female-to-male transgenders face, the author does not shy away from calling out the sexism of some Indian transmen
Hilary Swank in Boys Don’t Cry (1999) based on the story of transman Brandon Teena who was raped and murdered in Nebraska, USA in 1993.(Alamy Stock Photo)
Hilary Swank in Boys Don’t Cry (1999) based on the story of transman Brandon Teena who was raped and murdered in Nebraska, USA in 1993.(Alamy Stock Photo)
Updated on Nov 24, 2018 09:33 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByNandini Krishnan

Excerpt: City of My Heart by Rana Safvi

A moving excerpt from a book featuring four translations of Urdu narratives of what happened in Delhi after the events of 1857
Emperor Bahadur Shah II , the last of the Mughal rulers (1837-1858). He was deposed after the events of 1857. The British exiled him to Rangoon.(Getty Images)
Emperor Bahadur Shah II , the last of the Mughal rulers (1837-1858). He was deposed after the events of 1857. The British exiled him to Rangoon.(Getty Images)
Updated on Nov 16, 2018 03:37 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByRana Safvi

Excerpt: The Made In India Manager by R Gopalakrishnan and Ranjan Banerjee

A new book suggests that a combination of high pressure on young students accompanied by long term family support in a multicultural environment makes the adult Indian manager adept at rocking the boat without sinking it
The epitome of the made-in-India manager: Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp. at a technology conference in Paris, France, in May 2018.(Bloomberg via Getty Images)
The epitome of the made-in-India manager: Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp. at a technology conference in Paris, France, in May 2018.(Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Updated on Nov 17, 2018 10:35 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByR Gopalakrishnan and Ranjan Banerjee

Excerpt: What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape by Sohaila Abdulali

Gang-raped as a teenager, Sohaila Abdulali first wrote about her experience in Manushi magazine in 1983. Her new book examines what we think about rape. In this exclusive excerpt she writes of how every survivor imagines she has suffered less than other survivors
Tarquinius and Lucretia (1570) by Tiziano Vecellio (1490-1576).(De Agostini/Getty Images)
Tarquinius and Lucretia (1570) by Tiziano Vecellio (1490-1576).(De Agostini/Getty Images)
Updated on Oct 19, 2018 04:58 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | BySohaila Abdulali

Excerpt: Mappillai is a witty, personal tale of an Italian son-in-law and a look at contemporary India

Mappillai—‘son-in-law’ in Tamil—is the rollicking story of journalist Carlo Pizzati, a European living with his in-laws in urban Chennai and with his wife (writer Tishani Doshi) in rural Paramankeni. Here’s an excerpt from the book about how the affair didn’t start.
Journalist Carlo Pizzati, a European living with his in-laws in urban Chennai and with his wife in rural Paramankeni writes about contemporary India through his personal tales.
Journalist Carlo Pizzati, a European living with his in-laws in urban Chennai and with his wife in rural Paramankeni writes about contemporary India through his personal tales.
Updated on Oct 11, 2018 02:14 PM IST
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ByCarlo Pizzati

Excerpt: Not Quite Not White by Sharmila Sen

Sharmila Sen’s family moved to the US in the 1980s and she spent much of her early life there attempting to pass as white. Her book is the story of discovering that ‘not-whiteness’ can be what makes one American. In this excerpt she uncovers Indian American attitudes to colour
The one who was wildly successful at passing. No, not Gable: Hollywood star Merle Oberon (1911-1979) with Clark Gable (1901-1960) in 1939.(Getty Images)
The one who was wildly successful at passing. No, not Gable: Hollywood star Merle Oberon (1911-1979) with Clark Gable (1901-1960) in 1939.(Getty Images)
Updated on Sep 21, 2018 08:28 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | BySharmila Sen

Excerpt: Glow; Indian Foods, Recipes and Rituals for Beauty, Inside and Out by Vasudha Rai

In this excerpt from her book that presents ideas on using sixty Indian ingredients to achieve natural beauty, the author talks about beauty being more than skin deep and presents the goodness of traditional Indian herbs like tulsi and saffron
Getting beautiful inside and out.(Shutterstock)
Getting beautiful inside and out.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Sep 07, 2018 08:51 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByVasudha Rai

Excerpt: Manto Saheb; Friends and Enemies on the Great Maverick translated by Vibha S Chauhan and Khalid Alvi

Reproduced here is an essay on Manto by Ali Sardar Jafri
Writer Saadat Hasan Manto.(HT Photo)
Writer Saadat Hasan Manto.(HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 07, 2018 08:41 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByAli Sardar Jafri

Excerpt: 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari

Who do you rely on, in an ever-changing world? How much scepticism is enough? An exclusive excerpt from the chapter on education.
Vintage engraving of a scene from the Pied Piper of Hamelin.(Kate Greenaway/Getty Images)
Vintage engraving of a scene from the Pied Piper of Hamelin.(Kate Greenaway/Getty Images)
Updated on Aug 25, 2018 09:36 AM IST
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