Books

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

'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

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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

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These women authors' writings have established the contours of feminism for us, as post-colonial subjects and as women of colour.
A Feminist Reading Of Chauthi Ka Joda By Ismat Chughtai

A Feminist Reading Of Chauthi Ka Joda By Ismat Chughtai

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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

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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?

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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

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Baburao Bagul illustrates the dilemmas of a mother stuck at the intersectionality of caste and patriarchy, bound by her motherly duties.
A scene from Tagore's Streer Patra

Finding Feminism In Rabindranath Tagore’s Streer Patra

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Rabindranath Tagore used his writing to effect a cultural revolution. Streer Patra exposes the plight of widows in 19th century Bengal.
Beautiful Thing

Book Review: Beautiful Thing – Inside The Secret World Of Bombay’s Dance Bars By...

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Beautiful Thing positions the story of Leela, a bar dancer, against the larger picture of the bar dancing and sex work industry in Bombay.
Dalit women writers

6 Books By Dalit Women Writers Exploring Lives Lived On The Margins Of Caste...

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These Dalit women writers' narratives centre their lived experiences in a canon where their voices have been conspicuously absent.
Gulamgiri: Jotiba Phule

A Reading Of Jotiba Phule’s Gulamgiri: A Seminal Text On Caste

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Mahatma Jotiba Phule’s Gulamgiri (Slavery), published in 1885, is considered one of the first tracts against the caste system.

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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.
Bingo! Your Privilege Has Been Revealed

Bingo! Your Privilege Has Been Revealed

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Evident in both the Bingos are ample accounts of unpleasant experience in the savarna-dominated academia that is missing in both the JNU and the HCU counterparts; in HCU’s, academic engagement is summed up with ‘visited the reading room’ and ‘backlog’.
Amid COVID-19, India's Deep Rooted Exclusivity Becomes Evident

Amid Covid-19, India’s Deep Rooted Exclusivity Becomes Evident

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The COVID-19 pandemic is a very big issue in itself and needs to be solved as early as possible; but in India, that is not possible if we are not ready to finally acknowledge the flaws in our existing social system.