Even when it comes to the feminist cause, Harry Potter throws up some genuinely pleasant surprises. However, it is a huge let-down when it comes to the issue of under-representation.
Against all Odds: Psychosocial Distress and Healing among Women by Mahima Nayar is a book that tries to demystify common beliefs regarding madness, mental health and mental illness, when it comes to women.
In Purdah to Piccadilly, Zarina Bhatty documents her journey from pre-Partition India to going to London for further studies to pursuing a PhD despite facing family opposition.
Girish Karnad, through Nagamandala, exposes the exploitation and incarceration of women that occurs through the institution of marriage.
In I Want To Destroy Myself, Malika Amr Shaikh is unafraid to be unabashedly herself even if her opinions seem controversial, of reclaiming her identity from simply being Namdeo Dhasal’s ‘wife’, of destroying herself in order to recreate herself.
An extraordinary autobiography by domestic worker, Baby Halder who defies societal norms to define herself than be defined by others.
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.
Lack of diversity was and still is a real problem in the literary word. Women, especially Black, Indigenous and other women of colour are still at disadvantage in the literary world.
Mai by Geetangali Shree is a feminist novel that speaks to mothers and daughters universally, especially relevant to Indian readers who can relate to the novel on a personal level.
She Can You Can is a short biography book with a unique alphabetic format. It portrays lives, struggles and achievements of 26 Indian women, starting from A for the spirited mountaineer Arunima Sinha to Z for the seasoned performer Zohra Sehgal, breaking the glass ceiling in various fields like science, sports and entertainment.