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On A look at Tamil Nadu’s disappearing livelihoods, advice from the Vedas and the Puranas on getting rich, and a new translation of Valmiki’s Ramayana(HT Team)

HT Picks: The most interesting books of the week

Hindustan Times | By HT Team
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2019 08:20 PM IST
A book on the disappearing livelihoods of Tamil Nadu, lessons from the Vedas and the Puranas on getting rich and a new translation of Valmiki’s Ramayana - all that on this week’s list of good reads
Devbhumi – The abode of the Gods, is an epithet which is a recurring theme in the world of devotion and travel, when we talk about the state of Uttarakhand.
Devbhumi – The abode of the Gods, is an epithet which is a recurring theme in the world of devotion and travel, when we talk about the state of Uttarakhand.

Travel Diaries 2019: Uttarakhand, a celestial walk in the kingdom of Gods

Hindustan Times | By Saurav Ranjan Datta
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2019 12:56 PM IST
Uttarakhand is broadly divided into two regions – the Garhwal Himalayas and the Kumaon Himalayas. This entire region has a deep-rooted existence in the hearts of many Indians right from the time of the Mahabharata and the Puranas.
A sadhu dancing on a platform at Meer Ghat in Varanasi.(LightRocket via Getty Images)
A sadhu dancing on a platform at Meer Ghat in Varanasi.(LightRocket via Getty Images)

Review: Ganga: The Many Pasts of a River by Sudipta Sen

Hindustan Times | By Rahul Jayaram
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2019 05:22 PM IST
Sudipta Sen’s comprehensive work on the river is certain to become one of the go-to books on studying the Ganga
Why has life expectancy increased? It may have many obvious reasons: sanitation, sewage treatment, clean drinking water, immunisation, control of smallpox, tuberculosis, malaria, better medical treatment and so on(Arun Sharma/ Hindustan Times)
Why has life expectancy increased? It may have many obvious reasons: sanitation, sewage treatment, clean drinking water, immunisation, control of smallpox, tuberculosis, malaria, better medical treatment and so on(Arun Sharma/ Hindustan Times)

What is behind Indians’ life expectancy going up?

By Bibek Debroy
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2019 08:16 PM IST
An improvement in healthcare along with a decline in infant and child mortality have contributed to this progress
Students of Government Girls Sanskrit School, Bhopal reading Bhagwat Gita. (Photo by Mujeeb Faruqui/Hindustan Times)(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT Photo)
Students of Government Girls Sanskrit School, Bhopal reading Bhagwat Gita. (Photo by Mujeeb Faruqui/Hindustan Times)(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT Photo)

‘Breaking monopoly’: Dalit girls in Bhopal’s first Sanskrit school

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Shruti Tomar
PUBLISHED ON SEP 02, 2018 02:00 PM IST
The girls, part of the 45-member group of students who took admission in Classes 6 and 9, say they have come to the school because they want to “change the perspective about (Dalits)”
An Adi Sankara statue at the Vadakke Madham Brahmaswam in Thrissur, Kerala.(Getty Images)
An Adi Sankara statue at the Vadakke Madham Brahmaswam in Thrissur, Kerala.(Getty Images)

Review: Adi Shankaracharya - Hinduism’s Greatest Thinker by Pavan K Varma

Hindustan Times | By Rahul Jayaram
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2018 08:06 PM IST
Pavan K Varma argues that Adi Shankara’s monist Advaita Vedanta philosophy is among the most significant philosophical currents of any time, anywhere
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