Celebrate Delhi with These Indian Authors

Celebrate Delhi with These Indian Authors

New Delhi became India’s capital 89 years ago today, so here are five books, some from my own TBR, by Indian authors and set in India. Sorry there aren’t 89. Maybe next year.   The Devourers – Indra Das Spanning India and its history, this story tells of a race of people reminiscent of werewolves. Don’t take any lore for granted though, because the Devourers are a race all their own, and you, like the main character, might find yourself taking risks for the chance to learn this story’s end. From my own TBR.   The Liar’s Weave – Tashan …

India’s First Community-Owned Feminist Library

India’s First Community-Owned Feminist Library

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In the small neighborhood of Bandra in Mumbai, Aqui Thami has founded the first community-owned feminist library, Sister Library. It houses all the greats from Virginia Woolf to Arundhati Roy. Dazed Digital held an exclusive interview with Thami talking about the importance of such a community staple. In her interview, Thami explains why Sister Library was necessary in starting conversations in India: “Since our society is caste segregated, knowledge production and sharing has always been historically restricted, so even if there are amazing works by women they are in universities and private libraries with no or limited access.”   image via dazed digital …

5 Amazing Books to Read to Celebrate Navratri!

5 Amazing Books to Read to Celebrate Navratri!

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Today marks the first day of Navratri! Navratri is a Hindu festival that runs its course over nine nights and ten days, and is a celebration of the divine feminine. The festival centers around the goddess Durga, a fierce figure who rides atop a tiger and is known for defeating Mahishasura, a buffalo demon, in battle. The legend that corresponds to the holiday is that of Durga defeating Mahishasura and restoring order to the world.   As with all holidays, Navratri is rooted in a deep literary tradition, and so in honor of this day, here are a few works of literature …

Book Listing Hitler as ‘Great Leader’ Removed from Publisher’s Website

Book Listing Hitler as ‘Great Leader’ Removed from Publisher’s Website

When you think of great leaders in recent history, numerous names might come to mind.  Obama, Mandela, Gandhi, and…Hitler? One Indian publisher thought so and is now facing the inevitable backlash, even after removing the book from its online store.   The children’s book, entitled Leaders (or Great Leaders according to the publisher’s website), was published in 2016 by Pegasus, an imprint of India’s B. Jain Publishing Group. According to The Guardian, it features biographies of eleven “amazing leaders” who “devoted their lives [to] the betterment of their country and people.”  Hitler is one of six of these leaders to also be pictured on the …

There Is a ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Bollywood Remake On the Way

There Is a ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Bollywood Remake On the Way

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The Fault in Our Stars is officially heading to Bollywood, folks! John Green took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce that the female lead has been cast, which officially kickstarts the much anticipated adaptation of Green’s 2014 hit.   Twenty-one-year-old Indian actress Sanjana Sanghi will be the new face of Hazel Grace Lancaster. Sanghi will star alongside Sushant Singh Rajput, who has been cast as her love-interest Augustus Waters.   Image Via Behance/Bollywoodhungama   Sanghi previously worked with Mukesh Chhabra, who will be making his directorial debut in the upcoming adaptation, when he worked as a casting director on Rockstar.    Now the pair …