Thursday, September 19, 2019

Books

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

Book Review: A Life Less Ordinary By Baby Halder

An extraordinary autobiography by domestic worker, Baby Halder who defies societal norms to define herself than be defined by others.
Book Review: Forest of Enchantments By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Book Review: Forest of Enchantments By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

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.
Writing From The Margins: Meet 6 Authors Who Are Women of Colour

Writing From The Margins: Meet 6 Authors Who Are Women of Colour

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.
Book Review: 'Mai' Motherhood By Geetangali Shree

Book Review: ‘Mai’ Motherhood By Geetangali Shree

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.
Book Review: 'She Can You Can' By Garima Kushwaha And Anastasia Damani

Book Review: ‘She Can You Can’ By Garima Kushwaha And Anastasia Damani

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.
Book Review: Motichur Volume 1 & 2 By Rokeya Begum

Book Review: Motichur Volume 1 & 2 By Begum Rokeya

Motichur is a collection of essays written by Rokeya, originally published in Bengali, consisting of volume 1 (1904) and volume 2 (1922). Rokeya addressed an array of issues in the essays – the ways religion oppressed women, linked women's emancipation to India’s independence, women’s confinement to the home, women's lack of educational opportunities, and many more.
Book Review: Chokher Bali – A Grain Of Sand By Rabindranath Tagore

Book Review: Chokher Bali – A Grain Of Sand By Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore's 1903 Bengali novel Chokher Bali is often referred to as India's first modern novel, where he highlighted the issues of women's education, child marriage and the treatment of widows in the 19th and 20th century Bengal.
Book Review: Mayilamma –The Life Of A Tribal Eco Warrior

Book Review: Mayilamma –The Life Of A Tribal-Eco Warrior

Mayilamma: the journey of a tribal eco warrior reveals the dark side of globalisation and consumption, and flaws in the logic of capitalism and development.

Mahasweta Devi’s Draupadi As A Symbol Of Subaltern Defiance

In Draupadi, Devi presents a strong woman who despite being marginalised and exploited, transgresses conventional sexual and societal standards.
Book Review: The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo By Taylor Jenkins Reid

Book Review: The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo By Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid revolves around the life of yesteryear Hollywood star Evelyn Hugo who narrates the story of her life to her biographer Monique Grant (whom she is connected to in a way you would not be able to guess until the penultimate chapter).

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What People Don't Tell You About Stretch Marks And PCOS

What People Don’t Tell You About Stretch Marks And PCOS

While people were quick to point out that stretch marks look ugly, or to ask how did I get them at such a young age in the first place, they never told me that stretch marks can be a symptom of PCOS.
Can Marriage Truly Be A Feminist Institution?

The Futile Quest For A Feminist Marriage In Today’s World

The question, however, is that even after getting rid of sexist practices and beliefs, can there be a feminist marriage?
Why Do Bollywood Movies About Women Have Male Protagonists?

Why Do Bollywood Movies About Women Have Male Protagonists?

Over the past two decades, many Bollywood films that have been hailed as women empowerment movies. But are these movies actually giving us powerful female protagonists, or just a reiteration of gender roles through male protagonists?