#Brunchreads: Five books that should be on your August reading list
1. Home Fire by Kamla Shamsie
Three years after A God in Every Stone, the Pakistani novelist returns with a novel that explores identity, racism, extremism and the class system. In Home Fire, we follow Isma, who is finally living her long deferred dream of studying in America, but can’t stop worrying about the sister she left in London, and the brother who has disappeared to fulfil the legacy of a jihadist father he never knew.
2. Remnants of a Separation by Aanchal Malhotra
The literary rendition of artist Aanchal Malhotra’s MFA thesis project can’t be missed for its timeliness – 70 years after the gruesome Partition. In Remnants of a Separation, Aanchal revisits the period through objects carried across the border by her great-grandparents and others who fled their homes in undivided India.
3. Footprints on Zero Line: Writings on the Partition by Gulzar and Rakhshanda Jalil
The Partition heavily influenced the works of an entire generation of writers. In Footprints on Zero Line, author and translator Rakhshanda Jalil brings together a collection of Gulzar’s finest works on the period. Gulzar witnessed the horrors of Partition first-hand, and in the book, he looks at how it continues to affect lives to this day.
4. The Greatest Urdu Short Stories Ever Told by Muhammad Umar Memon
The book comprises 25 stories that represent the best of short fiction in Urdu literature. Selected and translated by acclaimed writer and translator Muhammad Umar Memon, every story in the anthology explores a different facet of Urdu literary tradition.
5. The Monk Who Became Chief Minister by Shantanu Gupta
In March this year, Yogi Adityanath took oath as the 21st chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. In this political biography, Shantanu Gupta chronicles the journey of a shy boy from the hills of Uttarakhand who had a modern education, but went on to take sanyas and get trained in Vedic education.
From HT Brunch, August 13, 2017
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