HT publishers pick their favorite books of 2021
SUKUMAR RANGANATHAN, Editor-in-Chief
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
Hari Pulakkat’s book captured and chronicled significant developments in India’s journey in science and technology
HARINDER BAWEJA, Editor, Special Projects
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
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
Set in an imaginary Nigeria, Wole Soyinka’s third novel cuts mercilessly through the country’s venal politics
MANJULA NARAYAN, Publisher, Books
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
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
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
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 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
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 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
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
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
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