Feminist Writings and Works of Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain

One of the fierce feminists of her times, Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain was a pioneering writer, too. In her lifetime she advocated women rights through her writings. This slim volume published by Zubaan and exquisitely translated from the Bengali by Kalyani Dutta covers her fabulist writings and a few poems, and closes with an unfinished work that’s left on her desk when she died a quiet death. Continue reading Feminist Writings and Works of Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain

Bookstagrammer Interview Series: Meet Vibha Jagun

This post is the first installment of a special “Bookstagrammer Interview Series.” Every fortnight you’ll get to meet a bookstagrammer who’s sharing amazing content with all the booklovers, readers, and writers. I shared a 10-question interview form with Vibha yesterday, and she’s enthusiastic to participate in this exercise. I thank her for filling the form with utmost honesty and childlike curiosity. Continue reading Bookstagrammer Interview Series: Meet Vibha Jagun

Violence Is too Narrow an Adjective for a Colossal Loss in Kashmir

“I knew I could not remain neutral or objective any more, although objectivity in research in much valued but here it was imperative for me to take a position – politically and emotionally – and it soon became clear to me where and on whose side I stood: by the side of the people and their struggle for justice.” — Sahba Husain Continue reading Violence Is too Narrow an Adjective for a Colossal Loss in Kashmir

Unruly Visions: Understanding and Interrogating Queer Diaspora Via Visual Culture

Unruly Visions: The Aesthetic Practices of Queer Diaspora (Zubaan, 2019), is a work of immense scholarship by Gayatri Gopinath. Itis a quest to studying, evaluating and meditating queer studies and diasporic areas through different avenues of visual culture — movies, texts, photography etc. Continue reading Unruly Visions: Understanding and Interrogating Queer Diaspora Via Visual Culture

A Dazzling Anthology of Stories from Manipur by Manipuri Women

This anthology is full of stories that question the status quo. The ease with which each of these stories critiques the society, and the simple language in which they’re written is the quality that a reader will cherish every time one is reading this book. Debunking the popular patronization of a woman from Manipur — which is a result of efforts made by the tourism industry; their brochures full of coy dancing girls — what makes this work most authentic is its sheer originality and no misappropriation. Continue reading A Dazzling Anthology of Stories from Manipur by Manipuri Women

32 Naga Girls and Women Write About Naga Womanhood

Beginning with, literally, a print of an ‘acrylic on hand-woven nettle shawl’ and going on to traversing all the literary forms: short stories, personal essays, poems, slam poetry (performance poems), and each literary genre interrupted, and beautifully so, by painting prints, The Many That I Am: Writings From Nagaland edited by Anungla Zoe Longkumer (Zubaan, 2019) is a genre-defying book. Continue reading 32 Naga Girls and Women Write About Naga Womanhood

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This book, an essay to be precise, We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a modified version of her TEDxEuston talk. An extremely rich in experience and full of small but significant anecdotes from her life this essay serves as a handbook of definition of feminism for all. She [Adichie] helps us understand what feminism means and how the word has probably … Continue reading We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie