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A forgotten Magahi novel in English translation, an archival history of Kerala’s Gulf migrants, and much more.

Published : May 02, 2024 11:00 IST - 3 MINS READ

Fool Bahadur

Jayanath Pati, translated by Abhay K.

India Penguin Modern Classics


This forgotten Magahi novel follows the career of a young law officer who navigates the bureaucratic corridors of colonial Bihar to win the prized British title of Rai Bahadur. Told in his voice, it makes for a witty commentary on Bihar’s colonial society. This is the first-ever translation of the novel.


Unmasked: Reflections in Brush & Ink

Nandita Chaudhuri



The poems and paintings in this collection have a common thread—they reflect on the connection between the human mind and the universe. Nandita Chaudhuri is a British artist of Indian origin who works across media. An exhibition based on the book is being held at Gallery Art & Soul, Mumbai, till May 5.


Nobody Lights a Candle

Anjali Deshpande

Speaking Tiger


This “crime fiction with heart and purpose” is about a former police officer, Adhirath Jatav, who is drawn to the case of a brutally murdered young woman, who is presumed to be a prostitute. While the police investigate half-heartedly, Adhirath feels a connection with this woman who was an outcast like him.


Adventures in Democracy: The Turbulent World of People Power

Erica Benner

Allen Lane


What do democratic ideals of equality mean in a world obsessed with competition, wealth, and greatness? How can we hold the powerful to account? Can we find enough common ground to keep sharing democratic power in the future? Erica Benner invites us to consider why democracy is worth fighting for and the role each of us must play.


The Gulf Migrant Archives in Kerala: Reading Borders and Belonging

Mohamed Shafeeq Karinkurayil

Oxford University Press


Combining textual analyses with anthropological and historical details, this monograph studies the cultural archives of Gulf migrants through photographs, films, and literature in Malayalam to understand the various dimensions of Kerala’s Gulf story.


Hindutva and Violence against Women

Brinda Karat

Speaking Tiger

Rs. 450

Brinda Karat examines some of the most horrific instances of majoritarian violence against women in the past decade to show how the political supremacy of Hindutva since 2014 has communalized injustice and how the religious identities of the victims and the perpetrators determine the approach of powerful leaders and their governments, the police, and, increasingly, the courts.



Wrong Norma

Anne Carson

Vintage Publishing


Shining Sheep: Poems

Ulrike Almut Sandig, translated by Karen Leeder

Seagull Books


Her Side of the Story

Alba de Cespedes, Afterword by Elena Ferrante

Pushkin Press


Restless Dolly Maunder

Kate Grenville

Canongate Books



We Thought It Would Be Heaven: Refugees in an Unequal America

Blair Sackett and Annette Lareau

University of California Press


Head Above Water: Reflections on Illness

Shahd Alshammari

Feminist Press


Liberalism against Itself: Cold War Intellectuals and the Making of Our Times

Samuel Moyn

Yale University Press


I Heard Her Call My Name: A Memoir of Transition

Lucy Sante

Penguin Press

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