Here's a curated – by no means exhaustive – list of books you can read to deepen your understanding of same-sex sexuality in India.
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In an effort to fill the gap in literary social conscience at large, here is a list of 9 Indian women authors you should look out for.
Joothan reveals that the instances of violence caused due to caste system remains etched throughout one’s life.
Nalini Jameela lays out a powerful narration of the patriarchal oppression faced by women through her own experience as a sex worker.
Rabindranath Tagore used his writing to effect a cultural revolution. Streer Patra exposes the plight of widows in 19th century Bengal.
Seeing Like a Feminist is not exclusively about the challenges faced by feminism in India; because this is a book on feminism, it belongs to the library of the global and intersectional movement of feminism that has no borders.
But what Draupadi is remembered for is not the fierce, intelligent woman that she was but the woman who was disrobed at the great hall and had to be saved by Krishna. Casting her into the role of a damsel in distress who needs saving is a betrayal to the fierceness of her soul.
In Chauthi ka Joda', Ismat Chughtai criticizes the goal of marriage as an endpoint for women and the disastrous consequences that can arise.
Baburao Bagul illustrates the dilemmas of a mother stuck at the intersectionality of caste and patriarchy, bound by her motherly duties.