Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor: A brutal, violence-laden exploration of toxic masculinity, of poverty and lawlessness
What happens in a town where the very systems meant to provide relief turns its people against each other?
The Stationery Shop of Tehran by Marjan Kamali: Of love, loss and fate
The Stationery Shop, it’s carefully curated translated novels, the jewel-colored ink, Rumi’s vast collection reflect a life well-lived and a promise of a better future.
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry: A closer look at 1970s India
The novel painfully maps the corruption and lawlessness that pervaded India under the emergency rule; lootings, murders, dismemberment, and destruction of livelihood.
The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi: A Henna Artist’s struggle to live life fearlessly in post-independent India.
This book was born out of an attempt to imagine how her mother’s life would’ve turned out had she not been married and had kids at a tender age.
Superior by Angela Saini: Deconstructing race science
One of the most important aspects of history and what we’ve come to know of it has been shaped by those in power. From human zoos, slavery and exploitation at the hands of white supremacists, our realities are now blurred. This superiority one has about the color of our skin is propagated by well-to-do scientists…
Maybe You Should Talk To Someone by Lori Gottlieb: A therapist, her therapist, and our lives revealed.
In Maybe You Should Talk To Someone, I found my innermost thoughts, buried up until now, resurface and paraded out in the open. The vulnerability of peeling one’s own self in front of a stranger, to have them gently poke through the litany of feelings and to understand that they’re valid and worthy of existing encompass…
A Burning by Megha Majumdar: Of hyper-nationalism, power dynamics and scapegoating.
A Burning, as the name itself, burns with a fire so strong, one continues to feel its warmth long after it’s been doused.
Woman At Point Zero by Nawal El Sadawi: A powerful read about resistance, toxic patriarchy, and oppression.
When psychiatrist, Nawal El Sadwai, visits Qanatir prison in Egypt while conducting research into the neurosis of Egyptian women, she hears about Firdaus, a prisoner who is unlike any other inmates.