New books on the shelves

A 1967 Hindi novel about women’s choice and agency, a trailblazing book about India’s women wildlife biologists, and much more.

Published : Sep 21, 2023 11:00 IST - 2 MINS READ

Won’t You Stay, Radhika?

Usha Priyamvada, translated by Daisy Rockwell 

Speaking Tiger 


First published in 1967, Usha Priyamvada’s book explores the inner life of a woman who tries to escape fraying family relations by going abroad for studies. When she returns, her family barely acknowledges her arrival, leaving her in a state of perpetual listlessness and unbelonging. 


A Woman Burnt 

Imayam, translated by G.J.V. Prasad 

Simon & Schuster India 


Revathi, an engineer, marries Ravi, an auto driver, against her family’s wishes. As her life falls apart, it lays bare the insidious ways in which class, caste and misogyny control our lives and rob us of humanity. 


Crook Manifesto 

Colson Whitehead 



The bestselling author of Harlem Shuffle continues his Harlem saga in this novel about 1970s New York where the streets are lined with garbage, and crime is at an all-time high. Ray Carney and his violent partner in crime, Pepper, navigate a world of drug dealers, hustlers, mobsters, and hit men with great panache. 


Intimacy and Injury: In the wake of #MeToo in India and South Africa

Edited by Nicky Falkof, Shilpa Phadke, Srila Roy



Using the lens of the #MeToo movement, the authors track the histories of feminist organising in South Africa and India, paving new directions for scholarly debates and solidarity in and across the global south.


Hailing the State: Indian Democracy Between Elections

Lisa Mitchell

Permanent Black


Moving beyond an exclusive focus on electoral processes, Lisa Mitchell argues that to understand democracy, both in India and beyond, we must also pay attention to what occurs between elections, thereby revising our understanding of what is possible for democratic action around the world.


Women in the Wild: Stories of India’s Most Brilliant Women Wildlife Biologists

Anita Mani



This is the story of pioneers such as ‘Turtle Girl’ J. Vijaya, Jamal Ara, Divya Mudappa, and Uma Ramakrishnan, their journeys across the length and breadth of India’s forests, rivers, oceans, mountains, and, more importantly, through the glass ceiling.



The Museum of Human History

Rebekah Bergman 

Tin House Books 


Evil Eye 

Etaf Rum 



Gods and Monsters: Mythological Poems 

Ana Sampson, illustrated by Chris Riddell 

Pan Macmillan 



Siân Hughes 

Picador India 



The Lumumba Plot: The Secret History of the CIA and a Cold War Assassination

Stuart A. Reid



Moving Mountains: Writing Nature through Illness and Disability

Louise Kenward

Footnote Press


Traders and Tinkers: Bazaars in the Global Economy

Maitrayee Deka

The Stanford University Press


Childhoods & Leisure: Cross-Cultural and Inter-Disciplinary Dialogues

Edited by Utsa Mukherjee

Palgrave MacMillan

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