Books

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

Manto And His Revolutionary Writing: Thanda Gosht Review

Manto And His Revolutionary Writing: Thanda Gosht Review

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'Thanda Gosht' depicts the harsh realities of communal conflicts that caused damages so deep that we are, to this date, struggling with its repercussions.

Why Have A Category Called “Women’s Writing” When There Is None For “Men’s Writing”?

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I always ask at all literary discussions and meet-ups, but have found no answer to—"Why is there a category called ‘Women’s Writing’ when there is no such category for ‘Men’s writing’? And what exactly is 'Chick Lit'?"
Book Excerpt: Barsa By Kadeeja Mumtas

Book Excerpt: Barsa By Kadeeja Mumtas

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Barsa, written by Kadeeja Mumtas, is the first Malayalam novel to be set in Saudi Arabia and as its introduction states, is a record of "a woman’s scrutiny of Islamic scriptures and Muslim life".
Book Review: The Red Tent By Anita Diamant

Book Review: The Red Tent By Anita Diamant

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The Red Tent is a bold, rich, and brilliantly written fill-in-the-blanks exercise undertaken by Anita Diamant who is a modern Jewish woman re-reading the Bible.
The Adivasi Will Not Dance

The Adivasi Will Not Dance: “Why Should The Truth Be Whitewashed?”

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The Adivasi Will Not Dance is authored by Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar, a Santhal writer - making him a unique voice in a field dominated by elite and upper caste writers.
Book Review: Colour Matters? By Anuranjita Kumar

Book Review: Colour Matters? By Anuranjita Kumar

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Colour Matters?:The Truth That No One Wants to See, chronicles instances in a manner that coaxes the reader to think why the colour of the skin dictates how we behave/misbehave in life.
Book Review: To Hell With You Mitro By Krishna Sobti

Book Review: To Hell With You Mitro By Krishna Sobti

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To Hell With You Mitro was ahead of its times, and radically subversive in real, and not abstract, terms, keeping in mind Mitro’s ultimate position as a dependent woman.
Manto Khol Do

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

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Manto's Khol Do is an accurate portrayal of the depths of human depravity, in the backdrop of the horrific violence during the Partition.
Karukku by Bama

‘Karukku’: An Autobiography By Bama Exploring Her Tamil, Dalit And Christian Identity

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Karukku by Bama is an elegy to the community she grew up in and her intersecting identities as a Tamil, Dalit, and Christian woman.
Book Excerpt: Our Lives, Our Words – Telling Aravani Lifestories By A. Revathi

Book Excerpt: Our Lives, Our Words – Telling Aravani Lifestories By A. Revathi

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Our Lives, Our Words – Telling Aravani Lifestories documents the lives of several trans women who have been part of the many fights they've had to put on, to gain legal and societal acceptance in our society.

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Why Is Sex Or Sexuality Education In Indian Schools Still A Taboo?

Why Is Sex Or Sexuality Education In Indian Schools Still A Taboo?

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It has often been observed that there is lack of awareness not only with regard to ‘homosexuality’ but also ‘menstruation’. In spite of having discussions around teenage pregnancy, there is also a lack of awareness around safe sex.
Ecofeminism And COVID-19: Prejudices Of A Hindu Brahminical Society

Ecofeminism And COVID-19: Prejudices Of A Hindu Brahminical Society

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The eco-conscious health responses to the COVID-19 outbreak in India have revealed the heterosexist, racial, ageist, casteist, and classist prejudices of an overt Hindu-Brahminical society. The idea of environmentalism driven by capitalism, nationalism, and cultural imperialism exploit marginalised humans, animals, and nature alike. Therefore, the discussions around epidemics, animal welfare, and climate change must be nothing but ecofeminist.
Islamophobia In The Times Of A Pandemic

Islamophobia In The Times Of A Pandemic

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The layer that covers the entire crisis looks a lot like communal hatred or Islamophobia which is something that has been used in a country like India, time and again, to cover up the failings of a government.