Books we bought this August

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Time for some updates: we continue to buy more and more books that you’d like to read. Last month, we bought a thrilling real-life account of a brutal murder, a book that shows how India works, and a delightful mythological retelling of stories from the Koran. Here you go:

Nonfiction

Indira Gandhi: Her Life and Afterlife
Sagarika Ghose

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More than 30 years after her death, Indira Gandhi remains India’s most popular prime minister in every public opinion poll. This book, published to mark her centenary, takes us through her many avatars, from Gungi Gudiya and Ma Durga to Great Dictator and Murdered Martyr; from shy daughter, doting mother and unhappy wife to determined dynast and Iron Lady of India. Drawing on exclusive interviews with many of her close associates, it unravels the enigma and paradoxes of the woman who was alternately reviled and adored during her lifetime; and who, despite her fatal flaws, has an enduring hold over the people of India.

The Future belongs to the Dalits
Jignesh Mevani

Social activist and lawyer Jignesh Mevani is seen as one of the most exciting young political voices in the country. In this hard-hitting and passionate polemic, he argues that Dalits and their rights will be at the centre of Indian political life in the next decade.

IndiGenius
Gayatri Jayaraman

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We talk about all the ways India has failed, but never about its global success stories. IndiGenius features 10 big ideas from the country that show an India that works. Here are riveting accounts of the polio programme, community farming, affordable cardiac care and more homegrown stories that will make you proud to be Indian.

Uniquely Terrible: The Brutal Story of the Chohan Murders
Sidin Vadukut

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Amarjit Chohan was a British-Indian entrepreneur with a thriving cargo business, a gorgeous family and a chequered past. And then one day in February 2003, he disappeared with his family, having handed his firm over to a new owner. Two months later, the bodies began to wash up. What followed was an investigation that stunned Britain. Told like a thriller by bestselling novelist Sidin Vadakut, Uniquely Terrible will keep you gripped to your seat.

The Joke’s on Me
Anuvab Pal

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From well-known comedian Anuvab Pal comes a book that documents a journey across India — from the homes of billionaires to the penniless, the devout and the debauched, the right brain and the maverick, the armed and the defenseless — in search of what is truly funny.

Fiction

The Essential Perumal Murugan: Selected Stories
Perumal Murugan

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Acclaimed Tamil writer Perumal Murugan picks short stories from his oeuvre and introduces them individually in this sparkling collection. Dark, sometimes comic, often bittersweet — this is the perfect introduction to one of our most respected contemporary writers.

The Bombay Dost-Juggernaut collection

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Juggernaut Books in collaboration with Bombay Dost presents 50 romance and erotic stories from the Indian LGBTQ world. The stories will be curated by journalist and LGBT activist Ashok Row Kavi and be one of the largest collection of gay romances from the subcontinent.

Swadesh Deepak

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Juggernaut is proud to publish the works of Swadesh Deepak, one of the great writers of Hindi literature. Deepak suffered from bipolar disorder and after a number of suicide attempts disappeared from his home in Ambala. He is best known for his play ‘Court Martial’, which looks at casteism in the army and has been been performed over 4,000 times, and his memoirs Maine Mandu Nahin Dekha, which created a storm as of one of the first books to openly talk of depression and bipolar disorder.

Tales from the Koran and Hadith
Rana Safvi

 

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The Quran and Hadith have delightful fables — as much to entertain as to instruct. Author and historian Rana Safvi selects the most beautiful of these stories in this wonderful collection to be published for Eid.

Aliens in Delhi
Sami Ahmad Khan

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In the not-too distant future, the ISI and RAW discover securing the borders of Pakistan and India is the least of their problems. Not when there is an extra-terrestrial race of reptiloids preparing to invade Earth—by turning our smartphones into gene-tampering weapons. From unveiling the actual reason behind India’s Chandrayaan missions to the truth about Osama Bin Laden, this explosive geopolitical science-fiction thriller depicts how contemporary India responds to an alien invasion. And you thought pepper-spray would suffice in Delhi.

 

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