Books

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

Pethavan

Pethavan And The Brahmanical Politics Of Hatred: Book Review

Imayam’s Pethavan is a novella that narrates a day in the life of Pazhani who has been ordered to kill his own daughter Bhakkiyam.
Riot Grrrl

Reviewing The Riot Grrrl Collection: Feminist Movement From The 90s

Riot Grrrl is a revision of feminism, a fuck-your-girl-hating, lipstick wearing, violence resisting empowerment that still reverberates today.
Sultana's Dream

Sultana’s Dream And Its Conception Of A Feminist Utopia

Rokeya Sakhawat Begum's work Sultana's Dream is a feminist attempt at imagining a feminist utopia, named Ladyland.
woolf

Virginia Woolf And Her Plea For A Room Of One’s Own

One of the chief arguments that Woolf makes is that if a woman is to write fiction, she must have "Money and a room of her own".
Joothan

Joothan By Om Prakash Valmiki – Book Review

Joothan reveals that the instances of violence caused due to caste system remains etched throughout one’s life.
rebel girls

Book Review: Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls

Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls is about inspiring young girls to be their own knights in shining armour.

The Autobiography of a Sex Worker By Nalini Jameela: Book Review

Nalini Jameela lays out a powerful narration of the patriarchal oppression faced by women through her own experience as a sex worker.
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.

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Padmavati

Padmavati: Attempts to Control A (Fake) Historical Woman

Padmavati must carry the insecurities of patriarchal and casteist fringe outfits and call it her 'honour'.

Rukhmabai: From Child Bride To India’s First Practising Female Doctor

Rukhmabai was the first practicing female doctor in colonial India. She is also renowned for contributing to the Age of Consent Act, 1891.
Aishwarya Rai

Why Doesn’t Aishwarya Rai Get Enough Credit For Being A Domestic Violence Survivor?

We fail to give Aishwarya Rai her rightful credit as one of the first women from Bollywood to identify and oppose violence.