HT publishers pick their favorite books of 2021


A bit of summer even in the middle of winter; Bird Therapy by Joe Harkness (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Joe Harkness’ book begins with a suicide attempt but turns into a joyful exploration of birds and the pleasures of birdwatching

ANUP GUPTA, Editor-in-Chief, Integrations

In search of the mysteries of the universe; Space, Life, Matter by Hari Pulakkat (Photo courtesy of Anup Gupta)

Hari Pulakkat’s book captured and chronicled significant developments in India’s journey in science and technology

HARINDER BAWEJA, Editor, Special Projects

A life devoid of dreams; Spring Rumors by Farah Bashir (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Farah Bashir’s memoir tells the harrowing and often heartbreaking story of a young girl in Kashmir in the 1990s as she was rocked by constant violence

JAMAL SHEIKH, Editor, Brunch

This healthy love for bodybuilding; Muscle India by Michiel Baas (Photo courtesy of Jamal Sheikh)

Michiel Baas’ book recounts how the obsession with fitness among some young Indian men has shown the door to toxic masculinity and clarifies that muscular men are in fact focused and disciplined

LALITA PANICKER, Consulting Editor, Views

A book you cannot overlook; Chronicles of the country of the happiest people in the world by Wole Soyinka (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Set in an imaginary Nigeria, Wole Soyinka’s third novel cuts mercilessly through the country’s venal politics

MANJULA NARAYAN, Publisher, Books

Indian Artists & John Company; Indian botanical art by Martyn Rix (photo courtesy of Manjula Narayan)

The work of great erudition by Martyn Rix, which is also a visual treat, takes you into the world of East India Company surgeons, passionate botanists, and Indian artists who painted the plants they have harvested.

PAROMA MUKHERJEE, Head, National Bureau of Photography

Dry ice at the poles of Mars; This Is Mars by Alfred S McEwen, Francis Rocard and Xavier Barral (Photo courtesy of Paroma Mukherjee)

A spectacular visual atlas of the surface of Mars from photos taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter using the HiRISE camera which has been returning high resolution images for over 15 years

RHYTHMA KAUL, Associate Editor, Health

The era of the inner letter; Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster (Photo courtesy of Rhythma Kaul)

American writer Jean Webster’s 1912 novel which includes a series of letters from an 18-year-old orphan to her unknown benefactor is humorous, full of innocence and tells a gripping story that takes the reader back to a world where people were still writing letters.

ROSHAN KISHORE, Data and Political Economy Editor

On politics and society; At home in the world by Amartya Sen (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Amartya Sen’s memoirs are not just an account of the intellectual Sen; this is also an explanation of why there may only be one Amartya Sen

RUDRANEIL SENGUPTA, National Sports Writer

The genesis of Nordic black; The Martin Beck series by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo (photo courtesy of Rudraneil Sengupta)

The 10 books in Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo’s Martin Beck series that sparked the genre now known as Nordic noir are superbly paced, intricately crafted, and balance the courage of police procedurals with insight into a changing society.

SONAL KALRA, Editor-in-Chief, Lifestyle

A smile on the face, a hollow in the heart; Mapping Love by Ashwiny Iyer-Tiwari (Photo courtesy of Sonal Kalra)

Filmmaker Ashwiny Iyer-Tiwari’s debut novel, a journey of love, regret and despair wrapped in brilliant storytelling, feels like a textual extension of her cinematic canvas

SUNETRA CHOUDHURY, National Political Writer

The few brutally honest political memoirs; A Promised Land by Barack Obama (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

The memoirs of former US President Barack Obama contained brutally honest descriptions of world leaders like Vladimir Putin and, closer to home, Rahul Gandhi

VINOD SHARMA, political editor

Between Faith and Caste: The Disruptor; How Vishwanath Pratap Singh shook India by Debashish Mukerji (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

There may be disagreements on many things about VP Singh, but not on the ‘disruptive’ moniker Debashish Mukerji chose for him. Indian policy changed forever after VP rejected the 1980 Mandal Commission report to impose a 27% reserve for the backward classes.

ZARA MURAO, Editor-in-Chief, Wknd

Above the Rainbow; Calm down by Mae Martin (HT Photo)

British-Canadian comedian Mae Martin’s book addresses the questions, concerns and fears of people new to the idea of ​​sexuality as a spectrum in an informative and entertaining way, and moves the conversation forward rather than turn around

ZIA HAQ, Associate Editor

Unparalleled insight into economic thinking; Economics in a virus by Ryan A Bourne (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Economist Ryan A Bourne’s very well-written book explains simple economic concepts through the US government’s response to the pandemic, the lessons of which are important for all

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