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Your reading list before the year ends

Here is a list of 10 books to add to your bookshelf before the year ends

brunch Updated: Oct 21, 2018 00:02 IST
Arpita Das
Arpita Das
Hindustan Times
A few books that are a must have for all book lovers
A few books that are a must have for all book lovers
         

Wondering about what books to read? Here’s some expert help at hand. Here are a few suggestions to help you add a few good books to your reading list.

1. Story of a land

Peace Has Come  by Parismita Singh

The book is a collection of searing yet profoundly moving short stories based in upper Assam
The book is a collection of searing yet profoundly moving short stories based in upper Assam

Parismita Singh has stunned us with her graphic novels before and leaves us speechless with this collection of searing yet profoundly moving short stories based in upper Assam or the area also known as Bodoland, a borderland many of us know little about.

2. A tale of power

We That Are Young by Preti Taneja

The book is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s
The book is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s

An adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear set aptly amidst a power-hungry family living in a farmhouse in Gurugram, this is an ambitious undertaking for the writer as much as the reader at a whopping 496 pages. Taneja pulls it off with the kind of ease you can only find astonishing in a debut. 

3. Of twists and layers

The Book of Chocolate Saints by Jeet Thayil

This is the ‘Indian’ novel every avid reader must have to hold and read, over and over again
This is the ‘Indian’ novel every avid reader must have to hold and read, over and over again

Thayil’s mesmerising second novel is the ‘Indian’ novel every avid reader must have to hold and read, over and over again. Because with every page, the layers unfurl and offer another jewel. An artist of gigantic talent and advanced years finds himself restless enough to return to his complicated beginnings, even as his story is told by a narrator who can only be Thayil himself.

4. The perfect narrative

First Hand 2: Graphic Narratives from India on Exclusion edited by Vidyun Sabhaney

These comic narratives bring to you accounts of unpardonable exclusion rife in our country
These comic narratives bring to you accounts of unpardonable exclusion rife in our country

The second volume in the First Hand series of graphic anthologies, these comic narratives bring to you accounts of unpardonable exclusion rife in our country. The stories are as powerful as is the form of each narrative compelling. 

5. Power of history

Republic of Caste by Anand Teltumbde

The book is a must read,  commanding and unrelenting
The book is a must read, commanding and unrelenting

If you have wondered about the history of the exclusion and disempowerment of Dalits, then this is the book you must read. Commanding and unrelenting, Teltumbde also shows a way forward out of the morass of inequalities we are steeped in.

6. Fable special

Strongmen: Trump-Modi-Erdogan-Duterte edited by Vijay Parshad

Four brilliant artists confront four ‘strong men in a small book of fables
Four brilliant artists confront four ‘strong men in a small book of fables

Four brilliant artists, Eve Ensler, Danish Husain, Burhan Sonmez and Ninotchka Rosca confront four ‘strong men’, Trump, Modi, Erdogan and Duterte in a small book of fables. Unputdownable!

7. T he young adult winner

When She Went Away by Andaleeb Wajid

This one’s for all the young adults out there who love to read
This one’s for all the young adults out there who love to read

This one’s for all the young adults out there who love to read. Maria, 16, wakes up one morning to find her mother missing. As Maria and her younger brother Saud’s life goes topsy turvy, the book takes you through a delightful and at times poignant coming of age story. 

8. Of kids and emotions

Love and Rage: The Inner Worlds of Children by Nupur Paiva Dhingra

A must read for every adult who wants to address the emotional baggage of her childhood
A must read for every adult who wants to address the emotional baggage of her childhood

An experienced child psychotherapist draws on her consulting room narratives to take you through what children’s inner worlds look like. A must read not just for parents and those who work with children but for every adult who wants to address the emotional baggage of her childhood.

9. The tale of a game

Right Arm Over by Moti Nandy, translated by Arunava Sinha

A great read for all cricket lovers
A great read for all cricket lovers

Cricket lovers, ever wanted to read a delightful fiction based around your favourite sport? Well, here you are, in a lovely translation by the prolific Arunava Sinha, the great Moti Nandy’s heartwarming tale of two best friends who are also promising cricketers.

10. A life well lived

Indira by Devapriya Roy and Priya Kuriyan

The book tells the story of an awkward young child who found herself on a path that she could only conquer with authoritarianism
The book tells the story of an awkward young child who found herself on a path that she could only conquer with authoritarianism

If Indira Gandhi’s life intrigued and perplexed you and you wanted to understand it from another angle, this is the book for you. Brought to life via Kuriyan’s powerful images, the book tells the story of an awkward young child who found herself on a path that she could only conquer with authoritarianism.

Arpita Das is the founder of Yoda Press, an independent publishing house which has produced award-winning titles on sexuality, dissent, cities, and new perspectives on history

From HT Brunch, October 21, 2018

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First Published: Oct 21, 2018 00:02 IST

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