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In this section, find listicles of Indian feminist books, book reviews and book excerpts by Feminism in India.

Nine Poets To Understand Lesbian Desire And Female Homoeroticism

9 Poets To Understand Lesbian Desire And Female Homoeroticism

These poets whose poetry shifts away from the male gaze. The woman is no longer a passive object of desire, but a proponent of lesbian desire.
When I Hit You

Book Review: When I Hit You, Or, A Portrait Of The Writer As A...

Meena Kandasamy’s book 'When I Hit You' is a powerful analysis of ‘modern’ marriage and debunks popular myths surrounding love marriages.
Manto Khol Do

Manto’s Mirror To Partition: A Feminist Review Of ‘Khol Do’

Manto's Khol Do is an accurate portrayal of the depths of human depravity, in the backdrop of the horrific violence during the Partition.
'Behold, I Shine': How Kashmiri Women Navigate Their Tales Of Loss In Conflict

‘Behold, I Shine’: How Kashmiri Women Navigate Their Tales Of Loss In Conflict

The book 'Behold I Shine' explores the ways in which conflict has affected the lives of Kashmiri women and children.
9 Women Authors Who Pioneered Postcolonial Feminism

9 Women Authors Who Pioneered Postcolonial Feminism

These women authors' writings have established the contours of feminism for us, as post-colonial subjects and as women of colour.
गुनहगार इशरत आफरीं की नारीवादी चेतना | Feminism in India

गुनहगार इशरत आफरीं की नारीवादी चेतना

इशरत आफ़रीं साहिबा की कलम पूरे उपमहाद्वीप की औरतों के लिए मशाल से कम नहीं है| उनकी शायरी का एक बड़ा हिस्सा पूरी तरह से नारीवादी है|
A Feminist Reading Of Chauthi Ka Joda By Ismat Chughtai

A Feminist Reading Of Chauthi Ka Joda By Ismat Chughtai

In Chauthi ka Joda', Ismat Chughtai criticizes the goal of marriage as an endpoint for women and the disastrous consequences that can arise.
5 Urdu Stories That Explore The Plight Of Women In Marriages

5 Urdu Stories That Explore The Plight Of Women In Marriages

Here are 5 unconventional and bebaak (bold) Urdu stories, by Chughtai, Manto, Hyder & Jahan that explore women's experiences of marriage.
Bertha Mason in Jane Eyre

The Madwoman In The Attic: How “Mad” Was Bertha Mason In Jane Eyre?

Jane Eyre is a strong female protagonist, but does she strip away the voice and identity of Rochester's supposed mad ex-wife Bertha Mason?
Baburao Bagul's 'Mother': A Story Of Dual Oppression

A Feminist Reading Of Baburao Bagul’s Mother: A Story Of Dual Oppression

Baburao Bagul illustrates the dilemmas of a mother stuck at the intersectionality of caste and patriarchy, bound by her motherly duties.

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The Paradox Of Hindu Goddess Worship And Feminism

The repeated use of goddess worship to symbolise an ‘Indian’ woman is problematic and brings forth several questions.
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The Handmaid’s Tale Is No Dystopia

The Handmaid's Tale is not Atwood’s dystopia. This was then, this is now.
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Diary Of A Muslim Transgender Girl

It is impossible to overstate what a difficult thing it is to be a transgender Muslim girl in a conservative rural village in West Bengal.