Report: Serendipity Arts Festival 2023

Published on Jan 02, 2024 08:39 PM IST

The annual Serendipity Arts Festival in Goa showcased the works of South Asian artists across multiple genres of the visual and performing arts

Vidya Thirunarayan in Lives Of Clay at the Serendipity Arts Festival (Shireen Quadri)
ByShireen Quadri

On Orry and Einstein

Who is Orry? He’s everywhere but no one knows who he really is. Perhaps it’s the character of unknowability about him that gives Orry an Einstein-like aura

Orry being himself. (Instagram: Orry1)
Updated on Jan 01, 2024 09:31 PM IST
BySumana Roy

Book Box | Meet Mita Kapur, literary agent, food writer

The founder and CEO of Siyahi Literary Agency speaks about literary festivals, advice for writers and on cooking jungle maas

Mita Kapur, literary agent and food writer
Published on Jan 01, 2024 11:59 AM IST

A 2024 bucket list for book lovers

Edinburgh, Dublin, Ljubljana, Dunedin and Reykjavík, part of UNESCO's Cities of Literature, are among the top destinations for book lovers.

A view of Dunedin, New Zealand. “Ōtepoti (Dunedin) is widely known for its Scottish influence, but the area is also home to Māori history and stories of the manawhenua that settled here long before the Europeans arrived.” (Luciano Brito / Shutterstock)
Updated on Dec 29, 2023 05:36 PM IST
ByTeja Lele

HT Editors pick their favourite reads of 2023

HT Editors have been reading everything from books on migration, art movements, and India’s perfume tradition to tales of survival and volumes on the dawn of globalisation. Click on the link under each picture to learn about that editor’s favourite read of the year

Books on Gaza, the global economy, space exploration, Twitter, surrealist art, Nepal’s feminist history, and memoirs that touch on caste prejudice and human trafficking all feature in the HT Editors’ collective list of great reads of the year. (Monica Gupta)
Updated on Dec 29, 2023 05:25 PM IST
ByHT Team

R Sukumar picks his favourite read of 2023

About humankind and the wild and how one interacts with and shapes the other, this tale of survival, that’s also an appreciation of life, is an all-time classic

An original piece of fiction that can be read at multiple levels (Riverhead Books)
Updated on Dec 29, 2023 05:43 PM IST

Lalita Panicker picks her favourite reads of 2023

To understand what is happening in Gaza, it is necessary to look back at the many works on the subject, especially Failing Peace: Gaza and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict by Sara Roy, which provides a deep understanding into the origins of the conflict

In a broken and desperate land (Pluto Press)
Updated on Dec 29, 2023 05:42 PM IST

Zara Murao picks her favourite reads of 2023

Of human migrations and a fictional family saga that starts out in a small fishing village in Korea and unfolds across generations

A sweeping look at a species that has always been on the move (Hachette)
Updated on Dec 29, 2023 05:41 PM IST
ByZara Murao

Rachel Lopez picks her favourite reads of 2023

A novel inspired by Fleetwood Mac that follows a fictitious 1970s band through their music, drama and eventual breakup

Rock & roll and lapis lazuli (Penguin)
Updated on Dec 29, 2023 05:40 PM IST
ByRachel Lopez

Manjula Narayan picks her favourite reads of 2023

A memoir that spotlights the lives of tawaifs and dancing girls in 1980s India and a volume on the continuing vitality of the ancient Indian perfume trade and the skilled craftsmen at the centre of it

Scents and sensibility: from Bow Bazaar to Kannauj (Westland)
Updated on Dec 29, 2023 05:39 PM IST

Meenal Baghel picks her favourite reads of 2023

A superbly observant and entertaining book that includes the profiles of 32 surrealist artists, and a study of the last of the old masters, who was also one of the first modern greats

Of old masters and modern greats (Thames and Hudson)
Updated on Dec 29, 2023 05:38 PM IST

Roshan Kishore picks his favourite reads of 2023

A simple account of what went wrong in the Soviet economy, an interesting take on how the capitalist block in the Cold War pivoted to neoliberalism, and another on the rightward tilt in politics in Britain and Italy during the interwar period

The dialectics of political economy (University of Chicago Press)
Updated on Dec 29, 2023 05:37 PM IST

Rhythma Kaul picks her favourite read of 2023

A book that provides a detailed insight into the past and future of the space world, and why countries are racing to have the most space missions

Across the universe (Elliott & Thompson)
Updated on Dec 29, 2023 05:36 PM IST

Anup Gupta picks his favourite read of 2023

A collection of amazing visuals by an artist with an exceptional command over form, who sees in ordinary things what others miss

Creative tales from the Raj (Self published)
Updated on Dec 29, 2023 05:35 PM IST
ByAnup Gupta

Vishal Mathur picks his favourite reads of 2023

A book that follows Elon Musk’s rapid personality transformation marked by the troll persona taking over, and a volume that goes back in history to pick moments pivotal to defining the designs of tomorrow

Of troll personae and the designs of tomorrow (Macmillan Business)
Updated on Dec 29, 2023 05:32 PM IST

Zia Haq picks his favourite read of 2023

As India surges ahead as the fastest-growing economy in the world, a new book shows that the nation needs more social welfare investment to keep up with poorer neighbours who have raced ahead in health and nutrition

Putting growth in its place (Context)
Updated on Dec 29, 2023 05:31 PM IST

Dhrubo Jyoti picks their favourite read of 2023

A brutal memoir that chronicles the author’s struggle to get himself educated and pull his family out of poverty

Of longing, loneliness and learning (Penguin)
Updated on Dec 29, 2023 05:30 PM IST
ByDhrubo Jyoti

Paroma S Mukherjee picks her favourite reads of 2023

An archive of Nepal’s feminist history that includes remarkable photographs showing how the nation’s women pioneered education as a significant tool for collective empowerment

A visual archive of a nation’s feminist history (Nepal Picture Library)
Updated on Dec 29, 2023 05:29 PM IST
ByParoma S Mukherjee

Page to screen: The highs and lows of 2023

This year, many adaptations went smoothly from bookshelf to the box office, showing that a wealth of source material is available for cinematic translation

“For history buffs and film lovers alike, there is no denying Oppenheimer was the marquee cinema event of the year.” (Universal Pictures/Film still)
Updated on Dec 28, 2023 06:59 PM IST

Review: Day by Michael Cunningham

Set over three afternoons on three consecutive years of the Covid-19 pandemic, the novel brings back memories of long-distance hugs and silent cities

A view of Brooklyn, New York, in 2020. (Shutterstock)
Published on Dec 27, 2023 08:35 PM IST
ByRahul Singh

Report: The Madras Art Weekend 2023

The second edition of the event showcased the best of the city’s creative traditions through a series of exhibitions, heritage walks, and talks

The Moving Arc exhibition at the Lalit Kala Akademi. (Shireen Quadri)
Published on Dec 26, 2023 08:52 PM IST
ByShireen Quadri

Review: From Manjunath to Manjamma by B Manjamma Jogathi with Harsha Bhat

Transgender folk dancer Padma Shri B Manjamma Jogathi’s memoir offers comfort and inspiration to many LGBTQIA+ people who feel rejected by families and society

Padma Shri B Manjamma Jogathi (Courtesy HarperCollins)
Published on Dec 25, 2023 08:35 PM IST

Book Box | Food books for a festive Christmas and holiday season

Six food books to gift the food lovers in your life at Christmas and New Year

Indian Christmas
Published on Dec 24, 2023 08:00 AM IST

This Christmas at Jane Austen’s House

Jane Austen’s final home is now a museum with a collection that includes the author’s writing desk, personal letters, first editions, and items of jewellery.

The cottage in Chawton, Hampshire, where Jane Austen spent the most productive years of her life. (Courtesy Jane Austen’s House)
Published on Dec 22, 2023 09:44 PM IST
ByTeja Lele

Silently fiery – Tapan Sinha’s cinema

With characters who were simple and relatable until they surprised the viewer with their swansong, Tapan Sinha minutely observed the Bengali middle class.

Film director Tapan Sinha in a photograph dated 22 October 1989. (HT Photo)
Published on Dec 22, 2023 09:34 PM IST
ByNilosree Biswas

HT reviewers pick their best reads of 2023

HT reviewers have been devouring everything from Booker-nominated novels and collections of short stories to works of micro-history translated from the Persian, essays that meld memoir and marine biology, and poems from Gaza. From linguistics to a novel that could be read as a critique of cancel culture, and plenty of literary fiction, this is an exceptional reading list. Click on the link under each picture to learn about that reviewer’s favourite read of the year

So much to read; so little time! (neelsky / Shutterstock)
Updated on Dec 22, 2023 02:42 PM IST
ByHT Team

HT reviewer Teja Lele picks her favourite read of 2023

A book that strikes the right chord at a time when women are angrier than ever before about everything from sexual violence to domestic inequality

About challenging norms and fighting for equality in the 1960s (Penguin)
Updated on Dec 22, 2023 07:37 PM IST
ByTeja Lele

In Memoriam: Sankar Ray

Long-time contributor Sankar Ray, known for his erudite book reviews, passed away this year. His contributions enriched the Books page immensely.

Sankar Ray (Courtesy the subject)
Updated on Dec 23, 2023 10:41 AM IST
ByHT Team

HT reviewer Syed Saad Ahmed picks his favourite read of 2023

Sabrina Imbler's book "How Far the Light Reaches: A Life in Ten Sea Creatures" combines marine biology and memoir to explore survival and compassion in a hostile world.

Narratives that unfold parallelly even as they inform each other. (Little, Brown and Company)
Updated on Dec 22, 2023 07:36 PM IST
BySyed Saad Ahmed

HT reviewer Suhit Bombaywala picks his favourite read of 2023

A gut-wrenchingly tragic story about caste-crossed lovers Saroja and Kumaresan who pay the price of forbidden love

A story that emerges from the same mould as other tragedies of caste violence (Penguin)
Updated on Dec 22, 2023 07:37 PM IST
BySuhit Bombaywala
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