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Frontlist | From Meena Kandasamy's The Orders Were to Rape You to Gracy's Baby Doll, our picks

Frontlist | From Meena Kandasamy's The Orders Were to Rape You to Gracy's Baby Doll, our picks
on Feb 22, 2021
Frontlist | From Meena Kandasamy's The Orders Were to Rape You to Gracy's Baby Doll, our picks
FICTION Collected English Writings By C Subramania Bharati; translated by Mira T Sundara Rajan Penguin Random House India | Rs 399 | 224 pages Scholar Mira Ta Sundara Rajan translates the writings of her great-grandfather, Tamilian author and nationalist thinker C Subramania Bharati’s (1882-1921). The book includes his essays, poems, journalistic pieces, personal journal entries, and more. Known as the Mahakavi (supreme poet) of the Tamils, he argued for the upliftment of women and irrelevance of caste, among other themes. Baby Doll: Short Stories By Gracy; translated by Fathima EV HarperCollins India | Rs 399 | 244 pages Writer Fathima EV translates Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award winner Gracy’s short stories from the Malayalam. The stories are about, among others, the bitter defiance of a daughter who’s going to her mother’s funeral in her most alluring sari; a retelling of Draupadi; the sinister coming of age tale of a young girl, and more. The Ichi Tree Monkey: New and Selected Stories By Bama; translated by N Ravi Shanker Speaking Tiger Books | Rs 299 | 160 pages Poet N Ravi Shanker translates teacher and author Bama’s stories, set among the Dalits of rural Tamil Nadu. In one story, Pachayamma taunts the rich landlady by collecting fodder only from her fields despite dire threats, and laughs in the face of policemen. In another, the handsome Ammasi leaves a landlord angry by calling him his brother. In one, a pig and monkey discuss who deserves higher status, and in another, a ghost demands whisky and has no caste. Sylvia: Distant Avuncular Ends By Maithreyi Karnoor Westland Publications | Rs 499 Writer and translator Maithreyi Karnoor’s novel follows Cajetan Pereira who, even as he searches for his roots in Goa, yearns for his childhood home in Tanzania. In walks Sylvia, a young woman in search of a story. As they discover a past connection and find ways of building their relationship, they bond over the violence that’s shaped them and more. – MEMOIRS and BIOGRAPHIES Sambhaji By Vishwas Patil; translated by Vikrant Pande Westland Publications | Rs 899 | 538 pages Vikrant Pande translates acclaimed Marathi author Vishwas Patil’s biography of Sambhaji. His mother died when he was barely two and father Shivaji was always away, chasing dreams of Swaraj, keeping Aurangzeb at bay. There’s also dark forces at play in the palace, with Soyrabai scheming to place her son Rajaram on the throne, even as Sambhaji is the rightful heir. – NON-FICTION The Orders Were to Rape You: Tigresses in the Tamil Eelam Struggle By Meena Kandasamy Navayana | Rs 199 | 104 pages Writer and activist Meena Kandasamy’s book pieces together the violence faced by the female fighters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in the aftermath of the 2009 war of the Sri Lankan state against Tamils. She meets women in camps where orders were to rape them, and also presents translated poetry of three Tamil women combatants. No Land's People: The Untold Story of Assam's NRC crisis By Saha Abhishek HarperCollins India | Rs 599 | 302 pages Journalist Abhishek Saha, whose reportage focuses on the northeast, documents the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Assam’s citizenship tangle. The book intersects with the preparation for the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam that sought to establish the citizenship of the state’s residents. The final list, published on 31 August, 2019, left out around 1.9 million applications who risk being rendered stateless. The book also explores the technical, social, and legal aspects of the exercise. Read More: PM Modi to inaugurate Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee research institute at IIT kharagpur Source: First Post

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