This week, books taking on patriarchy. In these dark times, how does one teach a future generation about rules of engagement and give them tools to take on patriarchy head on? These books might have some pointers
Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar on his first children’s book and why the withdrawal of his suspension brings relief, not vindication.
His book is titled Jwala Kumar and the Gift of Fire: Adventures in Champakbagh (Talking Cub).
A curated list of recommendations for the young ’uns: This week, on biographies of Indian rulers and political icons. Here are a few historical biographies for children which tell the story as things were.
This week, on school stories by Indian authors. While Enid Blyton’s school stories have led generations of young readers to aspire for midnight feasts and games of lacrosse, here are some Indian books that are set in schools closer to our reality.
Like the Rajasthani storytelling box, Kavad, that opens out in colourful panels, each revealing a narrative of its own, Nina Sabnani’s Home unfolds in interactive segments to introduce children to ideas of home, family and belonging.
Like the work of many of her contemporaries, including Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins, Alex Marwood and Tana French, at the heart of Clare Mackintosh’s psychological thrillers is the family and the grey zone of domestic lives.
In her diary, Frank’s precocity is matched by the depth of her reflections on an unusual range of themes — from an individual’s scope for fulfillment to notes on her sexuality, from gender relations to the complicity of the common man in larger political deceptions.