Books we bought in September

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Our monthly update of new books we’ve commissioned is back: this time, we’ve a brilliant work of narrative journalism on one of the most incendiary crimes in India in the recent past, an important book on being parents to Muslim children in today’s divided world, an outstanding debut filled with angst and fury, and a collection of stories on the bizarre and the haunted.

Nonfiction

The Lynching of Mohammad Akhlaq
Mohammad Ali

On the night of 28 September 2015, a mob stormed Mohammad Akhlaq’s house, dragged him out by his feet and lynched him on the streets of Bishahra, a village 60 km outside Delhi. What prompted Akhlaq’s neighbours and friends, who had broken bread with him on Eid, to viciously batter him to death in front of his family? In this gripping tale, journalist Mohammad Ali decodes communal combustion and politics – and the politics over beef – through the lens of one horrifying lynching.

Mothering a Muslim
Nazia Erum

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What does it take to raise a Muslim child in today’s divided day and age? Mother, communications consultant and founder of The Luxury Label Nazia Erum explores the perpetual balancing between raising a child and seeking acceptance – both inside the Islamic world and outside. More relevant today than ever before, Nazia’s journey is one that finds synergy in Muslim life and experiences across the country, and perhaps across the world.

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
Chitrita Banerji

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Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was one of India’s most fascinating saints. Born in Bengal in the 16th century, and regarded by his devotees as an incarnation of Lord Krishna himself, he was one of the great popularisers of Vaishnavism. His kirtans are sung to this day, and the popular ISKCON movement takes its roots from his beliefs. Acclaimed novelist and food historian Chitrita Banerji vividly brings the man and the world he lived in alive in this short history — from his childhood in rural Bengal and his devotees, both Muslim and Hindu, to his lectures on food that eventually became the bedrock of Bengali vegetarianism.

A Girl’s Guide to Growing Up
Kiran Manral

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From the author of the extremely popular book on boys and puberty comes a book that explores the crazy world of young girls. From tweens to teens, Kiran Manral has answers to most questions you might have growing up.

Fiction

The Standing Man
Kabir Mandrekar

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What would you do if you saw your drunk stepfather beat the living shit out of your mother? I smashed his head with his half-empty whisky bottle – that’s what I did.

Bru is 17, and he’s angry. He desperately needs to break this cycle of abuse before it’s too late. But can he? The Standing Man is a fabulous debut about the angst and anger of the modern Indian teen.

This is the End: Spine-tingling Supernatural Stories
Sayantan Ghosh

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Urban legends, ghosts and unsolved mysteries, Sayantan Ghosh takes you down the rabbit hole with this delightful collection. Tales of the morbid, the macabre, the bizarre; of things you fail to see in the light and are too afraid to look at in the dark – you’ll find them all in here.

Here with You: A Photo-Romance
Vinith Bora

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Best friends Shehnaz and Dhruv start a new chapter in their lives — college. But their unshakable friendship starts to falter when Alicia joins their class. Alicia is gorgeous, girly, and has all the boys falling for her, especially Dhruv. Continuing our series of photo-romances, this is a story of love, friendship and discovery.

 

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