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Twinkle Khanna shares 3 book recommendations ‘for a brief respite’ amid the ongoing conflicts and Covid-19 gloom(Instagram/twinklerkhanna)

Twinkle Khanna shares 3 book recommendations ‘for a brief respite’ amid Covid-19

By Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2021 08:19 PM IST
  • Twinkle Khanna recommends these 3 books or short stories that she recently read and re-read to lose herself ‘within the comfort of printed pages’ amid the ongoing conflicts and Covid-19 gloom
Day’s podcast How To Fail was launched in July 2018(PHOTO: FACEBOOK)
Day’s podcast How To Fail was launched in July 2018(PHOTO: FACEBOOK)

Elizabeth Day: The best writing is an exercise in imaginative empathy

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Navneet Vyasan
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 11:40 PM IST
Author Elizabeth Day on her latest work Failosophy: A Handbook For When Things Go Wrong, the need for engagement in the present times, and the importance of gaining a deeper understanding of people around you
In recent years there has been an effort by poets, painters, fiction writers and scholars to retrieve the story of Mardana not just as Guru Nanak’s disciple but as a friend of his youth and travel companion in all of his spiritual journeys.(Courtesy: Sidharth (artist))
In recent years there has been an effort by poets, painters, fiction writers and scholars to retrieve the story of Mardana not just as Guru Nanak’s disciple but as a friend of his youth and travel companion in all of his spiritual journeys.(Courtesy: Sidharth (artist))

Roundabout: Play the rabab, Mardania, November is here

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Nirupama Dutt
UPDATED ON NOV 07, 2020 11:49 PM IST
The forgotten value of Mardana in the world of Guru Nanak is being invoked by contemporary poets, painters, fiction writers and scholars in the true spirit of Sikhi
Christie is the world’s best-selling fiction writer and her crime novels have sold 2 billion copies.(Wikimedia Commons)
Christie is the world’s best-selling fiction writer and her crime novels have sold 2 billion copies.(Wikimedia Commons)

‘Queen of Crime’ Christie’s first detective novel marks centenary

London | By Reuters | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON OCT 06, 2020 03:45 PM IST
It was partly thanks to a bet with her sister that Agatha Christie wrote her first detective novel, and 100 years since it was published she is as popular as ever.
An upright reporter and a woman of strong beliefs, Rama Sharma was never afraid of speaking out her mind(HT Photo)
An upright reporter and a woman of strong beliefs, Rama Sharma was never afraid of speaking out her mind(HT Photo)

ROUNDABOUT: Remembering Rama Sharma, a woman of substance

By Nirupama Dutt
UPDATED ON JUN 06, 2020 04:47 PM IST
The brave daughter of Partition was more concerned about breaking glass ceilings than fitting into glass slippers
Amrita Pritam had prophesied her heir to be a writer of next generation.(Instagram)
Amrita Pritam had prophesied her heir to be a writer of next generation.(Instagram)

Amrita Pritam had prophesied her heir to be a writer of next generation

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Nirupama Dutt
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2019 05:01 PM IST
Present-day students want to know Amrita Pritam as a poet and a prose writer, dismissing all extraneous trappings, including her love life much highlighted by the media.
A view of Mussoorie from a vantage point in Landour in Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand.(Photo: Prannay Pathak/HT)
A view of Mussoorie from a vantage point in Landour in Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand.(Photo: Prannay Pathak/HT)

Landour: Where the lair of the lone fox lies

Hindustan Times | By Prannay, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2019 06:19 PM IST
Perched high at the periphery of the bustling Mussoorie, Landour in Tehri Garhwal is home to grand old men, pretty eateries, 19th century churches and mountainous beauty in plenty.
André Aciman’s seminal 2007 debut novel, Call Me By Your Name, became the toast of the town with its movie adaptation in 2017(Getty Images)
André Aciman’s seminal 2007 debut novel, Call Me By Your Name, became the toast of the town with its movie adaptation in 2017(Getty Images)

“The word love is terribly heavy-handed!” says André Aciman

Hindustan Times | By Ananya Ghosh
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2019 11:49 PM IST
Author of Call Me By Your Name explains why he hates the word love and why he prefers to create someone who doesn’t know whether he loves or not!
Acclaimed author Arundhati Roy writes poetic prose, employs redolent metaphors and evokes utmost admiration for her novelistic virtues.
Acclaimed author Arundhati Roy writes poetic prose, employs redolent metaphors and evokes utmost admiration for her novelistic virtues.

Language is my friend, fiction my first love: Arundhati Roy

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2019 05:41 PM IST
The 1997 Booker Prize-winner, who is equally at ease writing scathing essays, says she is a “disciplined writer” whose heart lies in fiction as it is a “connective tissue” between many things which are sometimes looked at or studied in isolation.
Former President Bill Clinton, left, listens as author James Patterson speaks during an interview about their new novel, ‘The President is Missing,’ in New York.(AP)
Former President Bill Clinton, left, listens as author James Patterson speaks during an interview about their new novel, ‘The President is Missing,’ in New York.(AP)

Bill Clinton, James Patterson launch new, dramatic novel

Associated Press | By Associated Press, White Plains, N.y.
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2018 10:44 AM IST
Clinton and Patterson drew on their respective backgrounds in completing a 500-page novel, ‘The President Is Missing’, that topped Amazon’s best-seller list before publication.
Sachin Tendulkar is carried by team members as India wins the Cricket World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka in Mumbai on April 2, 2011.(Santosh Harhare/Hindustan Times)
Sachin Tendulkar is carried by team members as India wins the Cricket World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka in Mumbai on April 2, 2011.(Santosh Harhare/Hindustan Times)

Review: Eleven Gods and a Billion Indians by Boria Majumdar

Hindustan Times | By Sudeep Sen
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2018 05:22 PM IST
Full of reportage, history, trivia and anecdotes told in an effortless style, Boria Majumdar’s 450-page Eleven Gods and a Billion Indians is a eulogy celebrating Indian cricket, its cricketers and the billion or so people who follow it
The study found a universal pattern to book sales: all hardcover bestsellers, regardless of genre, follow a sales trajectory governed by the same factors.(Getty Images)
The study found a universal pattern to book sales: all hardcover bestsellers, regardless of genre, follow a sales trajectory governed by the same factors.(Getty Images)

Here’s the secret code to writing a best-seller: Publish your book in the festive season

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2018 02:27 PM IST
A US study used data from the New York Times Bestseller Lists (2008 to 2016) to create a formula for predicting how well a book would sell and whether it would be a bestseller. The team found that fiction, especially thrillers, released around the festive season was more likely to have high sales.
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