Jaya Bhattacharji Rose
So here is the list of books I intend to read in 2016, in no particular order though.
Seagull’s Arab List, Harper Collin India’ s translation of Hindutva or Hind Svaraj by U.R. Ananthamurthy, translated by Vinod Shanbhag and Keerti Ramachandra
Translations of Bhisham Sahni’s work being done by Penguin Books India
They have commissioned new translations
Translating Bharat by Yatra Books in collaboration with Oxford Bookstore is a collection of essays that focuses on the specifics of translation.
The Blaft Anthology of Tamil Pulp Fiction, Vol 3, edited by Rakesh Khanna.
The Blaft Book of Mizo Myths, by Cherrie Chhangte.
Two unusual non-fiction collections focus on an India not heard of regularly: Landscapes of Unequal India, edited by Jyotsna Singh and Akshay Deshmane where Indian journalists write medium form essays of original reportage about contemporary India and First Hand: Graphic Non-Fiction from India (edited by Orijit Sen) is an anthology of non-fiction comics, featuring works by reporters, activists, artists, anthropologists and oral historians based in India. The authors use the medium of comics to reflect upon experiences of displacement, consumption, activism, legal history and more.
Rana Ayyub’s self-published investigation of the expose of the Gujarat fake encounters
Prashant Kishor, a key strategist in the landslide victories of Mr Modi and Nitish Kumar has a book forthcoming with Juggernaut Books
Kishor dissects what influences Indian voters today, their aspirations and what they now demand of their leaders.
Aman Sethi’s The Making of Riot, Violence Studies edited by Kalpana Kannabiran and Tabish Khair’s The New Xenophobia too.
In Fiction there is plenty like Novels by Mridula Koshy, Fiction by Kanishk Tharoor, Shubha Mudgal, Graham Swift, Aravind Adiga, China Mieville, Don Delillo, Helen Oyeyemi, Maha Khan Philips, Tahmima Anam, Meg Rosoff, Graham Swift, Samantha Shannon, Lucia Berlin and Chitra Bannerjee Divakaruni and plenty of mythological retellings for children but the scrumptiously illustrated Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik for DK will be worth looking out for.
How can I forget William Dalrymple has a new one on the Kohinoor? Should be good.
And lots of excellent stuff forthcoming for children and young adults being published by Tulika Books, Katha, Red Turtle, Scholastic, DK, Tota Books, Puffin, Harper Collins India, A&A Trust etc.
Jaya Bhattacharji Rose is an international publishing
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