Title: Mandalas: Sayed Haider Raza
Author: Oliver Germain-Thomas
Publisher: Art Alive Gallery
Price: Rs 2,500
In this coffee table book with beautiful images of SH Raza’s work, the essays provide insight into the artist’s journey. We learn that Raza’s fascination with the Bindu began when he was in school and was made to stare at a dot on the wall all day as punishment.
Title: Notes from an (Un) settled Self
Author: Kamini Karlekar
Publisher: Tranquebar Press
Price: Rs 295
The author’s journey as a Refugee consultant with the UN from Sudan is a quirky insight into human politics in the face of international machinations. Karlekar’s narrative style is simple and her experiences are real. There is also an element of romance.
Title: Aloft on Wings of Grit
Author: Janhavi Malhotra
Publisher: Little Magic Words
Price: Rs 95
Hope, fear, anger, longing and loneliness are sprinkled across the poems, but above all there’s courage and optimism. There are places where Janhavi’s verses jar a little, but older poets have written crinkle-free verses that lack the insight her poems hold.