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Books & Authors podcast with Simon Lamouret, author, The Alcazar
Books and Authors
access_time3 days ago
"Construction workers are highly invisibilized. Their world is a small world within our world and at points, I thought of the construction site as a metaphor for a growing India with its linguistic, ethnic, and religious diversity. You find Hindus, Muslims and Christians on the site sharing and collaborating to an extent but also segregated in other aspects of their lives." - Simon Lamouret, author, The Alcazar, a graphic novel based on the lives of workers on a building site in Bengaluru talks to @utterflea about his friendship with the workers, being inspired by Herge's drawing style, and about all the things this project made him think about.
Books&Authors podcast Anita Bhogle, author, Equal yet Different
Books and Authors
access_time12 days ago
"For women to stay the course, you need to have better infrastructure and better support systems because, really, that is the reason most women seem to not be able to manage. We need creches, homes for the elderly Typically, it is (the absence of) these things that hold women back."
Books&Authors podcast with Meena Arora Nayak, author, Adbhut; Marvellous Creatures of Indian Myth and Folklore
Books and Authors
access_time18 days ago
"Myth is not fictitious. It is actually truer than real life because it talks about an internal deep reality, which is truer than truth." - Meena Arora Nayak, author, Adbhut, Marvellous Creatures of Indian Myth and Folklore talks to Manjula Narayan about myth and meaning in the Books and Authors podcast.
Books and Authors podcast with Vidya Krishnan, author, Phantom Plague
Books and Authors
access_time1 month ago
"Antibiotics don't work on Drug-Resistant TB, which should worry all of us. The post-antibiotic era is dawning on us." - Vidya Krishnan, author of Phantom Plague; How Tuberculosis Shaped History talks to Manjula Narayan on this week's Books & Authors podcast about the persistence of TB that has evolved with humanity, about the abuse of antibiotics that has made it more virulent, and about the scientific racism that keeps Indian sufferers from getting the best new drugs.
Kamal Haasan at the Cannes chats about Vikram, Bollywood vs South debate
Aur Batao
access_time1 month ago
Kamal Haasan is at the 75th Cannes Film Festival promoted his much awaited film Vikram. Directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj, Vikram features Kamal Haasan , Vijay sethupathi and Fahadh Faasil in lead roles. In this episode of Aur Batao with Rj Stutee, he talks about striving for excellence in his filmmaking, and the Bollywood Vs south films debate.
Tamannaah Bhatia on making her Cannes debut and 17 years in the industry
Aur Batao
access_time1 month ago
Tamannaah Bhatia made her Cannes debut this year at the 75th Cannes film festival. In this freewheeling chat with Rj Stutee for Aur Batao, She talks about all the BTS preparations for it, how she has learnt to even own her pimple and how 17 years in the industry have taught her not to stress about the things.
R Madhavan On Directing And Acting In Rocketry | Aur Batao
Aur Batao
access_time1 month ago
R Madhavan's much anticipated feature called Rocketry: The Nambi Effect, was screened at the Marche du Festival at the 75th annual Cannes Film Festival. The film is based on the life of Padma Bhushan-awardee ISRO scientist and aerospace engineer, Nambi Narayanan. Madhavan is starring in, co-producing and also making his directorial debut with Rocketry. Here he speaks about his Cannes experience with Rj Stutee.
Books & Authors podcast with Nasreen Rehman, translator, The Collected Stories of Saadat Hasan Manto
Books and Authors
access_time1 month ago
"Manto is not just a witness to history in his stories; he is an active agent of history. He is the subject of history. It is very compelling" - Nasreen Rehman, the translator, of The Collected Stories of Saadat Hasan Manto, talks to @utterflea about Manto's deep feelings for Bombay, his iconoclasm that made the Progressive Writers Group wary of him, and why his stories continue to move South Asians.
Books& Authors podcast with Seema Chishti, author, Sumitra and Anees
Books and Authors
access_time2 months ago
"The personal is being made political in a very perverse way. My existence itself is anathema to a rising, sizeable force in Indian politics and that upsets me." - Seema Chishti, author of 'Sumitra and Anees' talks to Manjula Narayan on the Books & Authors podcast about her mother's recipes, her parents' inter religious marriage, and about all that India was and can be.
Why The Centre Is Wrong On Fuel Prices & GST
On The Record
access_time2 months ago
Tamil Nadu's finance minister and one of the fiercest critiques of the Modi govt, Palanivel Thiagarajan, has criticized the union government over the issue of coal shortage, power crisis, and fuel price hike. In this episode of the On the Record, PTR spoke to Hindustan Times over the ongoing energy crisis, the political situation in the country, and the winning streak of the BJP.
Books & Authors podcast with Aanchal Malhotra, author, In the Language of Remembering
Books and Authors
access_time2 months ago
"Partition is such a perplexing event that 75 years on, you cannot assign blame to one community because there are equally heinous acts on both sides and equal misfortunes as well. So maybe everyone is to blame at some point, and no one is to blame too." - Aanchal Malhotra, author, of 'In the Language of Remembering' talks to Manjula Narayan about the inheritance of Partition on the Books & Authors podcast.
Books & Authors podcast with Vijay Mahajan, author, Digital Leapfrogs
Books and Authors
access_time2 months ago
"Technology has made it possible for us to be inclusive irrespective of who we are," says Vijay Mahajan, author, 'Digital Leapfrogs' as he talks to Manjula Narayan about how technology is reshaping consumer markets in India and the social and material changes being brought about by everything from Uber to Paytm and Phonepe and streaming services like Netflix
Ajay Devgn: Can't take credit for the success of RRR | Runway 34 | Rakul Preet
Aur Batao
access_time2 months ago
In the latest episode of Aur Batao, Ajay Devgn and Rakul Preet talk about their film Runway 34 which is set to be slated for release on Friday. Listen to the full interview.
Books & Authors podcast with Jeet Thayil, editor, The Penguin Book of Indian Poets
Books and Authors
access_time2 months ago
"Indian anthologists have made it a practice to exclude young poets. This is a disservice not only to young poets but actually to the older poets. I wanted to be as inclusive as possible; I was guided by the poems and not by the poets." - Jeet Thayil, editor, The Penguin Book of Indian Poets talks to @utterflea about the definitive anthology on the Books & Authors podcast.
Books and Authors podcast with Parvati Sharma, author, Akbar of Hindustan
Books and Authors
access_time2 months ago
"Even in his life time, not everyone had a favourable view of Akbar. Many thought he was a heretic, and he was aware of this," says Parvati Sharma, author, Akbar of Hindustan. She talks to Manjula Narayan about writing an accessible popular history of the Mughal emperor that recreates family dramas, power struggles and great battles and also shines a light on a colourful supporting cast of characters that includes ambitious royal nurses, mutinous clansmen, swashbuckling homosexual noblemen, and even favourite elephants and horses.
Books & Authors podcast with Parul Dave Mukherji, co-editor, 20th Century Indian Art
Books and Authors
access_time3 months ago
I had spent a lot of time being critical of Eurocentrism when I realised that one has to move beyond this space of postcolonial critique. Ultimately, we have to take the responsibility of writing history from the global South. That's when a real dialogue can happen on equal terms." - Parul Dave Mukherji, co-editor of the mammoth '20th Century Indian Art', which looks at everything from the work of Raja Ravi Varma, Abanindranath Tagore, and Amrita Sher-Gil to contemporary street art, regional art movements, works by Dalit and tribal artists, photography and sculpture, and art from other nations in South Asia, talks to Manjula Narayan on the Books & Authors podcast.
What Shehbaz Sharif's Appointment As Pakistan PM Means For India?
On The Record
access_time3 months ago
Shehbaz Sharif is the new Prime Minister of Pakistan and he assumed office after Imran Khan was ousted through a no-confidence motion amid an unprecedented week-long drama. Sharif is the younger brother of former PM Nawaz Sharif and used to be chief minister of the Punjab province. So, what does having a new regime in the neighborhood mean for India. To talk about that, we have the former Indian High Commissioner and author of the excellent book on Pakistan TCA Raghavan in this episode of On The Record. Tune in now!
Books & Authors podcast with Siddharth Sonkar, author, What Privacy Means
Books and Authors
access_time3 months ago
The fact that we are losing control over our own sense of time, how we spend our money, and the decisional autonomy that we exercise on these social media platforms is worrying. That we don't have a law in place to restrict how these platforms use our information is what is problematic." - Siddharth Sonkar, author, of 'What Privacy Means' talks to @utterflea on this week's Books & Authors podcast about the idea of privacy in the Indian context, about government surveillance having a chilling effect on democracy, and about the inadequacy of the current laws to prevent corporate entities from having access to vast troves of private information about individuals.
What's wrong with the new Criminal Procedure Identification amendment?
On The Record
access_time3 months ago
In this episode of 'On The Record', Hindustan Time's Sunetra Choudhury speaks to VN Rai, IPS officer and former head of the Indian Police Academy, about this week's most debatable issue in the parliament, the new Criminal Procedure Identification amendment. During this interview, he discusses and understands what's wrong with the new amendment, whether the new criminal identity law is really draconian?
Books And Authors podcast with Satyabrata Rout, author, Scenography; An Indian Perspective
Books and Authors
access_time3 months ago
From the Natyashastra to now, there has been no theorizing of theatre in India. I don't know why people didn't try," says Satyabrata Rout, author, Scenography; An Indian Perspective, which is rich in details about stage design in both traditional and contemporary modern theatre in India. On this week's Books & Authors podcast, the author talks to @utterflea about his journey, working with BV Karanth, the popular mobile theatres of Assam and the flourishing Surabhi theatres of Andhra Pradesh, and how a scenographer can help the audience imagine visuals
After 4 decades, Nagaland gets a woman MP
On The Record
access_time3 months ago
On this week's episode of On The Record, host Sunetra talks to BJP's MP from Nagaland - Phangnon Konyak who has been victorious in the Assembly Elections 2022 and she also happens to be the first women MP from Nagaland in the Rajya Sabha and the last time that happened was 4 decades ago. Tune in to the conversation where she talks about her education from the DU & why she decided to join BJP!
Books and Authors podcast with Nikhil Menon, author, Planning Democracy
Books and Authors
access_time3 months ago
The heady post-independence years of the 1950s when it was believed that democratic planning could take the nation from abject poverty to prosperity, India's Five-Year plans that grew out of the attempt to marry liberal democracy to a socialist economy, the role of the Indian Statistical Institute and the dynamism of technocrats like PC Mahalanobis in the now-defunct Planning Commission, and how the zeal for planning permeated everything from films to family life - Nikhil Menon, author of 'Planning Democracy', which paints a great picture of a young India striving to find its unique niche in a polarised world, talks to Manjula Narayan on this week's Books & Authors podcast.
Jaideep Ahlawat, Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub on working together for Bloody Brothers
Aur Batao
access_time3 months ago
RJ Stutee in conversation with Jaideep Ahlawat and Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub about their new show Bloody brothers.
Bobby Deol gets emotional talking about his struggle, brother Sunny Deol and reinventing himself
Aur Batao
access_time4 months ago
Bobby Deol made his career debut in 1995 with Barsaat. He later appeared in films such as Gupt, Soldier, Badal, Bichhoo, Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya, Ajnabee, Humraaz, and many more. The actor got emotional talking about his struggle, brother Sunny Deol and reinventing himself. Tune in to know more, as actor Bobby Deol gets candid with RJ Stutee.
Women's Day special: Actresses talk about the 'worst advise' they ever got
Aur Batao
access_time4 months ago
On this Women's Day, Hindustan Times brought together leading actors Aaditi Pohankar, Anchal Singh, Surveen Chawla, Zayn Marie khan, and Aahana Kumra on one platform where they shared their life and career experiences and what advises they usually get from people. Tune in.
Books and Authors podcast with Pallavi Nigam Sahay, author A Sip in Time
Books and Authors
access_time4 months ago
"The idea is to mirror the flavour of snacks to tea and not to contrast it. Contrasting snacks can ruin the taste of tea, though it does work well with masala chai," says Pallavi Nigam Sahay, author A Sip in time. She talks to @utterflea about India's finest teas and pairing them with the right teatime treats on this week's Books & Authors podcast.
Alia Bhatt: I’m in a very good place personally that reflects professionally | Gangubai Kathiawadi
Aur Batao
access_time4 months ago
'Gangubai Kathiawadi' fame Alia Bhatt shares her experience of working with Sanjay Leela Bhansali in this exclusive one-on-one with Stutee Ghosh. Alia Bhatt reveals why her professional career is in such a good place. Tune in!
Books and Authors podcast with Nasreen Munni Kabir, author, Lata Mangeshkar... In Her Own Voice
Books and Authors
access_time4 months ago
"With Lata Mangeshkar went a huge, massive chunk of film history and film music history," says Nasreen Munni Kabir, author, 'Lata Mangeshkar In Her Own Voice'. This book of conversations with the legend reveals her photographic memory, her magical ability to change her voice to suit specific actors, her deep understanding of the emotions in lyrics and of sound technology, and how, in the words of Dilip Kumar, her songs "are part of our lives and memory".
Escape from a war zone
On The Record
access_time4 months ago
It's been more than a week since Russia invaded Ukraine and war broke out on February 24. More than 20,000 Indians who were stranded there are young students pursuing their higher education as Ukraine promised them affordable education. When news reports started emerging of a possible strike, they were torn-should they immediately leave and jeopardise their career or could they stay and try to survive? There were mixed signals that they received- from their college authorities and the Indian embassy. HT's Sunetra speaks to two students 21 years old Clifford Ben Samuel from Chennai and 24-year-old Devesha Choudhuary to understand what it means to escape from a war zone.
Books and Authors podcast with Kavery Nambisan, author, A Luxury Called Health
Books and Authors
access_time4 months ago
"WHO has come out strongly against simple medicines like Ivermectin despite the fact that there is so much data showing that it is effective in treating COVID. This is because the vaccine lobby is very strong and they don't allow these medicines to get the publicity they deserve," says Kavery Nambisan, author of 'A Luxury Called Health', a memoir of her four-decade-long career as a surgeon in rural and small-town India. In this wide-ranging conversation with Manjula Narayan on this week's Books and Authors podcast, she speaks about treating wounded dacoits in Bihar, the problem with charity treatment, the pain of watching her husband, the poet Vijay Nambisan, succumb to cancer, her admiration for nurses who are "the trendsetters of women's liberation" in India, the effectiveness of alternative treatments like Ayurveda and homoeopathy in some cases, and the almost comic humourlessness of the extremely religious.
Books & Authors podcast with Aloke Lal, author, Murder in the Bylanes
Books and Authors
access_time5 months ago
"Sometimes police action during riots is cramped because of the complicity of people who are ruling or those who want to rule - that is the politicians. They would like the situation to develop in a certain manner so it is not unusual to find politicians playing a very dirty game" - Aloke Lal, author of 'Murder in the Bylanes', a memoir of his stint as Deputy Inspector General, Kanpur, in the aftermath of the Babri Masjid demolition when it was one of the most volatile cities in north India, talks to Hindustan Times' Manjula Narayan on the Books & Authors podcast
The Hijab Row Controversy
On The Record
access_time5 months ago
As the Karnataka high court hears petitions against the hijab ban, Farrah Ahmed, a professor at Melbourne Law School who specialises in Constitutional law and religious freedom, spoke to HT's Sunetra Choudhury about the right to practice faith, privacy, and education.
Rocket Boys | Jim Sarbh, Ishwak Singh talk about what went into playing Homi Bhabha, Vikram Sarabhai
Aur Batao
access_time5 months ago
'Rocket Boys' - New SonyLiv series on the lives of pioneering Indian scientists Dr. Homi J Bhabha and Dr. Vikram Sarabhai. The series stars Jim Sarbh as pioneering nuclear physicist and Ishwak Singh as physicist and astronomer Vikram Sarabhai.
Books & Authors with Tanuj Bhojwani, author, The Art of Bitfulness
Books and Authors
access_time5 months ago
Our toxic relationship with our devices, the negative impact of huge and very quick scaling up of businesses, the need to change the all-pervasive culture of lauding those sorts of practices, the banality of evil with social media exemplifying the proverb, 'the road to hell is paved with good intentions', and how to stop falling prey to FOMO, bad moods and negativity brought on by our smartphones allowing us to be online all the time -- Tanuj Bhojwani, co-author, with Nandan Nilekani, of The Art of Bitfulness talks to Manjula Narayan about all that on this week's Books & Authors podcast
Books & Authors with GN Devy, author Mahabharata; The Epic and the Nation
Books and Authors
access_time5 months ago
"Every civilization has its territory of fantasy. The Mahabharata seems to have drawn the boundaries of that territory for the Indian people. At the time that it got into circulation, other texts too were being composed but they were restricted to certain groups, to Buddhists, Jains, or Brahmins. The Mahabharat, however, could get into anyone's imaginative territory. That freedom to wander around was the Mahabharata's great gift from the beginning and that's why it is still appreciated in different forms - on television, in films, in digital media, in art, and in drama." - GN Devy, author, Mahabharata; The Epic and the Nation talks to Manjula Narayan about the Indian obsession with the epic, the need for a Mahabharata institute that can collate versions in different languages, and his belief that India will never have a revolution that entails a definitive break from the past because we've imbibed the idea of Kalachakra or of Time as cyclical from the Mahabharata.
Deepika Padukone, Ananya Pandey, Shakun Batra talk Gehraiyaan, open up about why they are nervous
Aur Batao
access_time5 months ago
In this episode of Aur Batao, actors Deepika Padukone, Ananya Pandey and Shakun Batra get candid with RJ Stutee. The cast of Gehraiyaan, an upcoming romantic drama film directed by Shakun Batra, open up about why they are nervous.
Taapsee Pannu on playing bold characters and working with Tahir Raj Bhasin | Looop Lapeta
Aur Batao
access_time5 months ago
In theis episode of Aur Batao, actors Taapsee Pannu, Tahir Raj Bhasin and director Aakash Bhatia get candid with RJ Stutee. Looop Lapeta, directed by Aakash Bhatia, is an official remake of the German film Run Lola Run. The film, which also features Shreya Dhanwanthary in a key role, is scheduled for a direct-to-digital release on Netflix on February 4. f
Pratik Gandhi, Richa Chadha on The Great Indian Murder
Aur Batao
access_time5 months ago
In this episode of Aur Batao, actors Pratik Gandhi and Richa Chadha get candid with RJ Stutee. The cast speaks about the Disney+ Hotstar series The Great Indian Murder. They play investigating officers on a high-profile killing in the thriller, which is based on Vikas Swarup’s bestselling novel Six Suspects. Aur Batao is not your regular photoshopped chat show but makes hanging out with celebs a different (and fun) ballgame.
Books & Authors with Anirudh Kanisetti, author, Lords of the Deccan
Books and Authors
access_time5 months ago
"People who are powerful and wealthy are always complex and layered characters," says Anirudh Kanisetti, author, Lords of the Deccan, in this week's Books & Authors conversation with Manjula Narayan, about the ambitious, adventurous, charismatic and bloodthirsty medieval dynasties of southern India from the Chalukyas to the Cholas.
Books & Authors podcast with Rahul Rawail, author, Raj Kapoor: The Master at Work
Books and Authors
access_time6 months ago
Raj Kapoor's passion for film making made him literally chase clouds across the country to get the perfect shot, his great ear for music that ensured that songs and the background score added to the storytelling, his ability to get just what he wanted from his actors, his willingness to teach his team, and his eccentricities. Filmmaker, Rahul Rawail, who began as RK's assistant, talks to Manjula Narayan about his new book, Raj Kapoor: The Master at Work.
Harak Singh Rawat interview: Joining Congress wasn’t my plan... BJP overreacted
On The Record
access_time6 months ago
The Bhartiya Janata Party expelled a sitting minister from its government in Uttarakhand amid reports that he was unhappy and negotiating with Congress. Harak Singh Rawat may be joining the opposition party soon, but he told Sunetra Choudhury that the BJP forced his hand, and his unhappiness was after years of being ignored, and not being allowed to deliver crucial promises to voters in the state.
Tahir Raj Bhasin on the success of 83 and why ‘Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein’ is special
Aur Batao
access_time6 months ago
In the latest episode of Aur Batao, actors Tahir Raj Bhasin, Shweta Tripathi and Anchal Singh get candid with RJ Stutee. The cast spoke about Netflix’s new series Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein. During the interview, Tahir Raj Bhasin also spoke on the success of Ranveer Singh starrer 83.
Books & Authors podcast with Nalin Mehta, author, The New BJP
Books and Authors
access_time6 months ago
"If the ground is shifting beneath your feet at the mass level in this country, you have to figure out why it is shifting," says Nalin Mehta, author of The New BJP, a massive book that presents fresh data and insights on a range of subjects including the new caste coalitions that have changed the party and the making of a new woman-voter base.
Why are UP ministers quitting? BJP Former ally OP Rajbhar explains
On The Record
access_time6 months ago
In an interview with HT's Sunetra Choudhury, Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) leader OP Rajbhar said BJP was an enemy of OBCs and more party leaders are expected to quit ahead of the elections.
Books & Authors podcast with Sagarika Ghose, author of Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Books and Authors
access_time6 months ago
"Vajpayee was a ruthless politician but he couldn't do with Modi what he did with others like Madhok and Govindacharya," says @sagarikaghose, author of 'Atal Bihari Vajpayee'. She talks to @utterflea about the first BJP Prime Minister's humour, likeability, unconventionality and great belief in Parliament on this week's Books& Authors podcast
Books & Authors podcast with  Anupama Chopra, author, A Place in my Heart
Books and Authors
access_time6 months ago
"I'm sure there are a lot of people who are not very fond of me. I'm like that proverbial Trishanku figure," says film critic and Bollywood insider Anupama Chopra in a conversation on her new book 'A Place in My Heart' with host Manjula Narayan on the Books & Authors podcast.
Sara Ali Khan on coping with criticism, friendship with Janhvi Kapoor & Atrangi Re
Aur Batao
access_time7 months ago
In the latest episode of Aur Batao, actor Sara Ali Khan gets candid with RJ Stutee. Sara talks about her upcoming film, Atrangi Re, friendship with Janhvi Kapoor and more. Directed by Aanand L. Rai, the film stars Sara Ali Khan, Akshay Kumar and Dhanush. Sara says it was a ‘dream come true’ experience for her to share the screen with Akshay and Dhanush.
Akshay Kumar on his box office success, working with Aanand L Rai for Atrangi Re
Aur Batao
access_time7 months ago
In the latest episode of Aur Batao, actor Akshay Kumar gets candid with RJ Stutee. Akshay also talks about his chemistry with film director Anand L Rai. He also talks about the upcoming Indian Hindi-language musical romantic drama film Atrangi Re, directed by Anand L Rai. Listen to this interview for a full conversation with Akshay and Anand.
Gita Gopinath: Changing a Man’s World
On The Record
access_time7 months ago
In this episode, Hindustan Times' Sunetra Chaudhary speaks to Gita Gopinath, Chief Economist, IMF about being the first woman to lead the IMF and what she make of all the headlines that are doing the rounds. She also spoke about the state of the world now and the state of women in it.
Hardik Mehta, Manu Joseph on creating Decoupled and working with R Madhavan
Aur Batao
access_time7 months ago
In the latest episode of Aur Batao, creator and director of Netflix’s Decoupled, Hardik Mehta and Manu Joseph get candid with RJ Stutee. The duo talks about working with R Madhavan and Surveen Chawla in the upcoming romantic comedy which will release on December 17 on Netflix. Aur Batao is not your regular photoshopped chat show but makes hanging out with celebs a different (and fun) ballgame. Tune in.
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