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International Talk Like A Pirate Day 2023: Date, history, significance

International Talk Like A Pirate Day 2023: Here's all you need to know about date, history, significance and celebration of International Talk Like A Pirate Day

International Talk Like A Pirate Day 2023: Date, history, significance and celebration (Photo by Twitter/FalcoDRN)
Published on Sep 18, 2023 02:35 PM IST
ByZarafshan Shiraz, New Delhi

Interview: Manish Gaekwad, author, The Last Courtesan – “My mother and I were accomplices in this”

The genre of memoir was the best way to tell Rekhabai's story because she wanted to share her life in her own voice and not through another narrator. She wanted to be honest and truthful, and the memoir allowed her to do that. The process of writing the memoir was enjoyable and brought the author and Rekhabai closer together. Rekhabai would have been thrilled about the book's reception and the attention it is getting. The cover of the book features a picture of Rekhabai performing her routine as a dancer. The process of listening to Rekhabai's life story did not alter the author's relationship with the various places in India that the story unfolds in. The author's experience as a screenwriter influenced the narrative choices made in the book, but the prospect of selling movie rights did not influence how it was written. While working on the book, the author read various books including The Book of Disquiet and Fictions. If the book were to be made into a movie, the author would choose Tripti Dimri to play Rekhabai. Some depictions of courtesans in Indian cinema and literature that stood out for the author include Sardari Begum and Umrao Jaan Ada. The author believes that the stereotype of the tawaif as a sex-worker needs to be more informed. The author responds to gay men who romanticize the lives of courtesans by saying that if they find comfort and expression in courtesan-ship, why not? The author is currently working on a book about their own growing up years in the kotha and a rom-com film script.

Author Manish Gaekwad (Courtesy HarperCollins)
Updated on Sep 01, 2023 08:13 PM IST

It rains poetry, couplets, Bollywood numbers on last day of Uttar Pradesh assembly’s monsoon session

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath and leader of Opposition Akhilesh Yadav were at the forefront in giving the House proceedings a witty touch during the concluding debate on flood and drought.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath in the state assembly on Friday. (Deepak Gupta/HT)
Updated on Aug 12, 2023 12:18 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Stars in the City: Dilli ka ladka Zakir Khan at his candid best, gives lessons in love, life and likeability

Comedian Zakir Khan, during his recent visit to Delhi, interacted with fans and shared with them his journey of becoming a household name

Zakir Khan recently visited Hindustan Times House for SITC.
Updated on Jun 23, 2023 06:22 PM IST

Zeina Abirached, graphic novelist - “Humour saved us during terrible times”

The French-Lebanese artist, who is the author of Le Piano Oriental, attempts to tell stories about war-torn Beirut’s fading history

Graphic novelist Zeina Abirached (Courtesy the author)
Updated on Apr 14, 2023 09:47 PM IST
ByArunima Mazumdar
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