Forest of Enchantments is a far cry from the feminist reshaping it is paraded as. While the story is told through the perspective of a woman, it actually caters to male narratives.
The two pre-colonial texts - 'The Courtesan’s Keeper' by Kshemendra and 'The Appeasement of Radhika: Radhika Santawanam' by Muddupalani - added gender inclusivity to the skewed narrative balance in historical records.
The Fault Lines of History – The India Papers II addresses the question of state impunity, suggesting that on the issue of the violation of human and civil rights, and particularly in relation to the question of sexual violence, the state has been an active and collusive partner in creating states of exception, where its own laws can be suspended and the rights of its citizens violated.
In Widows of Vidarbha: Making of Shadows, Kota Neelima describes the troubled lives of 16 widows, to whom the state has conveniently turned a blind eye.
And that’s when I realised, her character persisted me to get through the book only so that I could ask a very basic question – Did Miss Havisham have much of a choice?
'Thanda Gosht' depicts the harsh realities of communal conflicts that caused damages so deep that we are, to this date, struggling with its repercussions.
Open Couplets by Torsa Ghosal is novel revolving around the life of Ira Chatterjee, who goes on the quest to find the missing people whose absence no one else seem to be aware of – or even care about.
In Undoing Impunity – Speech After Sexual Violence, activist and historian V. Geetha unpacks the meanings of impunity in relation to sexual violence in the context of South Asia.