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Stories that hold up a mirror to life’s questions, the incredible life journey of Manjamma Jogathi, and much more.

Published : Jun 29, 2023 11:00 IST - 2 MINS READ

Locust Lane 

Stephen Amidon 

Celadon Books 


Emerson, Massachusetts seems like any other posh New England suburb. But when a young woman is found dead in the most respectable part of town, and investigation points at three teenagers who were partying hard that night, the powerful neighbours close ranks to protect their families.


The New Age of Bakasur 

N. Dilip Kumar 

Speaking Tiger 


Shekhar is a respected police officer from Delhi who is known for his crusade against corruption. When his nephews come to visit him from Bhopal, Shekhar shares with them his experience of dishonest practices across the board.




Himanshu Asnani 

Hachette India 


A railway employee prevents a young man’s suicide attempt. A doctor faces the prospect of facilitating euthanasia for a friend. In an idyllic city, Keshav is slowly dying of a terminal illness. These stories hold up a mirror to life and its questions.



From Manjunath to Manjamma: The Inspiring Life of a Transgender Folk Artist

Manjamma Jogathi with Harsha Bhat



From being ostracised for her “difference” to becoming a proponent of the Jogathi nritya, the dance form performed by the Jogathi transgender community and being awarded the Padma Shri in 2021, Manjamma Jogathi’s is an incredible life journey, which she, along with Harsha Bhat, recalls in this book with remarkable honesty.


Merchants of Virtue: Hindus, Muslims, and Untouchables in Eighteenth-Century South Asia

Divya Cherian



Offering a granular account of the construction and practice of untouchability in the kingdom of Marwar in 18th-century western India, this book explores the key role that merchants played in the politics of caste, and in defining who was a “Hindu”.


Electoral Practice and the Election Commission of India: Politics, Institutions and Democracy

Manjari Katju

Cambridge University Press


This book looks at the role of Election Commission of India in moulding India’s political culture and its contribution to the democratic process through its regulatory role in conducting elections between 1990 and 2019.


Wish List

Non fiction

The Brush of Insight: Artists and Agency at the Mughal Court

By Yael Rice

Washington University Press


Mourning in the Anthropocene: Ecological Grief and Earthly Coexistence

By Joshua Trey Barnett

Michigan State University Press


Enchantment: Awakening Wonder in an Anxious Age

By Katherine May

Penguin Random House


Feminist Futures of Work: Reimagining Labour in the Digital Economy

Edited by Payal Arora, Usha Raman & René König

Amsterdam University Press



August Blue

Deborah Levy

Farrar, Straus and Giroux


Mister, Mister 

Guy Gunaratne 

Tinder Press 


Old God’s Time 

Sebastian Barry 



The House of Doors 

Tan Twan Eng


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