1. The Harper Movie Triumvirate
For lovers of all things Bollywood, these three books are an absolute must buy. The movies, DDLJ and QSQT, of course need no introduction; they are legendary films that catapulted Aamir, SRK, Kajol and Juhi to fame and created an everlasting impact on the Indian psyche. Music, Masti, Modernity is the story of one of India’s most successful film-makers, who is incidentally Aamir Khan’s uncle as well, Nasir Husain. Akshay Manwani tells us about the man’s legacy through interviews, anecdotes and important scenes from his movies.
2. The New Arthashastra
If you’ve seen the news recently or a televised debate, the possibility of a war doesn’t seem unlikely. India has fought five wars but surprisingly it does not have a formally declared national security strategy. The New Arthashastra is a path-breaking attempt to recommend a strategy for the country. It is the perfect read for the current political climate.
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3. Daughters of Jorasanko
Based on the life of Rabindranath Tagore, Daughters of Jorasanko focusses on the women in Tagore’s extended family. It talks about Tagore’s wife, considered by many to be an ‘unworthy spouse’ but not in the eyes of the author. It tells the story of Rabindranth’s grandmother who banished her husband because he went against Vaishnav dharma. History blends beautifully with fiction in this sequel to the bestselling Jorasanko.
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4. The Story of a Brief Marriage
If the reviews on goodreads are anything to go by then this book is an absolute must have on your reading list. This is the story of Dinesh, an evacuee, whose world has contacted to a camp. He has been alienated from his family, home and language; a story that resonates so well in present times where images of refugee children circulate social media regularly. A feat of extraordinary sensitivity and imagination, The Story of a Brief Marriage is an unflinchingly confronts marriage and war, life and death.
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5. The Parcel
The Parcel’s astonishing heart, soul and unforgettable voice is Madhu—born a boy, but made a eunuch—who has spent most of her life in a close-knit clan of transgender sex workers in Kamathipura, the notorious red-light district of Bombay. At forty, Madhu has left her old trade. One day, she receives a call from Padma Madam, the most-feared brothel owner: a ‘parcel’ has arrived, a ten-year-old girl betrayed and sold by her aunt. Madhu needs to prepare it for her fate.
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