New books on the shelves

Ghosts of the past, a detective story, a dispassionate account of the reservation policy, and more.

Published : Jan 26, 2023 10:25 IST

We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies 

Tsering Yangzom Lama 

Bloomsbury India 

Rs. 599 

A meditation on colonisation, displacement and ancestral bonds of Tibetan exiles. When China invades Tibet in the 1950s, Lhamo and her younger sister, Tenkyi, arrive at a refugee camp in Nepal. They survived the dangerous journey across the Himalayas, but their parents did not. Decades later, the sisters are separated, and Tenkyi is living with Lhamo’s daughter in Toronto when the past returns to haunt them.  

The Cook 

Ajay Chowdhury 

Harvill Secker 

Rs. 699 

Kamil Rahman used to be a detective in Kolkata. Now he’s a cook in London’s East End. Just when he thinks that his crimefighting days are over, a woman he knows is murdered and the police arrest the most convenient suspect. He has to employ his detective skills once more to find the killer. 

The Bride 

Harimohan Jha, translated by Lalit Kumar 

HarperCollins India 

Rs. 350 

First published in 1930, Harimohan Jha’s Kanyadan is a Maithili classic. Now translated into English, this is the story young, restless Buchia and suave C.C. Mishra, who dreamt of an English-educated, tennis-playing wife but gets one who cannot even recognise the letters of the alphabet. A satire on Indian matchmaking. 

The Khandavaprastha Conspiracy 

Christopher C. Doyle 

Westland Publications 

Rs. 499 

Combining science fiction and history, Christopher C. Doyle’s third book in “The Mahabharata Quest” series straddles centuries to tell the story of a devastating disease spreading across the globe. Vijay and the Global Task Force, headed by Director Patterson, follow a trail of clues that leads them to a mystery buried deep in the Mahabharata and a chilling conspiracy. 

These Seats Are Reserved: Caste, Quotas and the Constitution of India

Abhinav Chandrachud



A dispassionate account of the history and making of the reservation policy, this book asks difficult questions about contentious issues such as quotas in government service, the definition of merit, and equality of opportunity.

My Subconsciously Feminist Father

Yashika Singla

Aleph Book Company

Rs. 499

Part memoir and part manifesto, this book’s message is simple: let’s all raise feminist families. Recounting examples from her childhood and young adulthood, Yashica Singla shows by example shows how even the smallest actions undertaken by parents can impact the world they create for their children.

The Ahoms: A Reimagined History

Arup Kumar Dutta


Rs. 699

This epic retelling seeks to imaginatively acquaint readers with the fascinating saga of the 600-year rule of the Ahom dynasty, replete with tales of war, bravery, brutality, love, loyalty, treachery and treason.

Dead in Banaras: An Ethnography of Funeral Travelling

Ravi Nandan Singh

Oxford University Press


An anthropological analysis of death and the dead, this book attempts a significant reworking of the idea of death prevalent in Hinduism.

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