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Frontlist | Priyanka Chopra Jonas' memoir to Fakir Mohan Senapati's Six and a Third Acres

Frontlist | Priyanka Chopra Jonas' memoir to Fakir Mohan Senapati's Six and a Third Acres
on Feb 10, 2021
Frontlist |  Priyanka Chopra Jonas' memoir to Fakir Mohan Senapati's Six and a Third Acres
 FICTION Six and a Third Acres: A Novel By Fakir Mohan Senapati; translated by Leelawati Mohapatra, Paul St-Pierre, and KK Mohapatra Aleph Book Company | Rs 399 | 208 pages Father of modern Odia literature Fakir Mohan Senapati’s novel, first published between 1897-99, talks about village politics, caste oppression, and land-grabbing under the zamindari system in colonial Odisha. Zamindar Ramchandra Mangaraj is known for land-grabbing and this time the six and a third acre land his eye falls on belongs to a humble weaver couple. Unable to fight back, the couple succumbs to the harsh realities of caste-ridden village life. The Time of the Peacock: A Short Novel By Siddharth Chowdhury Aleph Book Company | Rs 499 | 136 pages Author Siddharth Chowdhury’s novel is set in the New Delhi publishing world. John Nair, managing editor of Peacock India, is throwing a grand party for the book launch of Best in Show: The Peacock Book of Indo-Anglian Fiction. With all of literary India in attendance, in walks Nair’s old friend Ritwik Ray, the eccentric bard of Patna, with a new novel in hand, Godse Chowk. – POETRY COLLECTION Hunchprose By Ranjit Hoskote Penguin Random House India | Rs 499 | 224 pages Poet Ranjit Hoskote’s collection addresses questions like ‘where is home, in a world beleaguered by climate crisis, pandemic, and genocide?’ Rife with linguistic experimentation, it celebrates our plurality. We see vulnerability and rupture in the erasure of ancient scripts, melting Arctic ice, and a lion tamer’s primal fear; and redemption through love in a dancer’s courage, a leather worker’s promise, and a locksmith’s passion for ruins. When the Night Agrees to Speak to Me By Ananda Devi; translated by Kazim Ali HarperCollins India | Rs 399 | 120 pages Poet and teacher Kazim Ali translates French language writer, and 2010 awardee of the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, Ananda Devi’s poetry, bound by Mauritius’ island politics yet vast like the waters surrounding it. With lyrical, erotic prose, it brings alive everything, from the title’s Night to skin, mud, a green sari, sound, and time itself. – MEMOIRS and BIOGRAPHIES Unfinished: A Memoir By Priyanka Chopra Jonas Penguin Random House India | Rs 699 | 240 pages Priyanka Chopra Jonas’ memoir takes readers from her childhood to her teenage years in the US and return to India, where she won Miss India and Miss World, launching her acting career. She also discusses the challenges she faced navigating the Indian film industry and Hollywood. Besides her career, she also talks about her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, losing her father to cancer, marrying Nick Jonas, and more. Guru Dutt: An Unfinished Story By Yasser Usman Simon & Schuster India | Rs 599 | 336 pages Author and journalist Yasser Usman explores the life of Guru Dutt in this definitive biography. As a child, Dutt began as a dancer under the guidance of Uday Shankar, then becoming an unconventional filmmaker who still desired commercial success, and an entrepreneur running a film studio. All of this ran parallel to a deeply troubled personal life, including a tumultuous marriage with Geeta Dutt, eventually leading to his suicide. – NON-FICTION The Punished: Stories of Death-Row Prisoners in India By Jahnavi Misra, Project 39 A HarperCollins India | Rs 499 | 176 pages Based on interviews conducted as part of a research project by Project 39A, writer Jahnavi Misra presents stories of death-row prisoners and their families. In one, an ex-bandit faces the silence of prison life with her notebook and pen. In another, a family recalls the night their son was arrested for rape and murder. And in another story, a woman learns through fellow prisoners that she’s been allotted the death penalty. Source: First Post

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