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Undertow

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Undertow by Jahnavi Barua Publisher: Viking Penguin (2020) “The city was to be shut down. Normal life was to be suspended.” Jahnavi Barua’s Undertow begins with an uncanny...

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Sebastian and Sons: A Brief History of Mrdangam Makers

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Sebastian and Sons: A Brief History of Mrdangam Makers by T.M Krishna Publisher: Context (2020) I first heard the title Sebastian and Sons when TM Krishna visited...

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The Unquiet River: A Biography of the Brahmaputra

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The Unquiet River: A Biography of the Brahmaputra by Arupjyoti Saikia Publisher: Oxford University Press (2019) I was horrible at Geography in school. "Mark the Western Ghats...

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The Alchemy of Secrets

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The Alchemy of Secrets by Priya Balasubramanian Publisher: Tranquebar (2020) When I was given a choice by Atta Galatta to select a book to review, the Bangalorean...

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What’s Wrong with You, Karthik?

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What's Wrong with You, Karthik? by Siddhartha Vaidyanathan Publisher: Picador India (2020) Journeys to oft beaten paths almost always offer us that deja vu, that familiarity but...

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Hijab

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Hijab by Guruprasad Kaginele, translated from the Kannada by Pavan N. Rao Publisher: Simon & Schuster India (2020) My name is Guru. That is not my given...

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Why Men Rape: An Indian Undercover Investigation

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Why Men Rape: An Indian Undercover Investigation Publisher: Harper Collins Tara Kaushal At the outset of “Why Men Rape” Tara Kaushal throws in a shocking revelation that...

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Gravepyres School for the Recently Deceased

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Gravepyres School for the Recently Deceased by Anita Roy Publisher: Red Panda I am pretty sure that most students will find few of their classmates scarier than...

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Bombay Balchao

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Bombay Balchao by Jane Borges Publisher: Tranquebar (2019) We’ve been told not to judge a book by its cover but when the cover is as animated as...

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Pyre

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Pyre by Perumal Murugan (translated from the Tamil by Aniruddhan Vasudevan) Publisher: Penguin India (2016) “Young love pitted against chilling savagery”, reads the description on the cover...

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