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Sinful Silence

Author: Abir Mukherjee
Publisher: Sristhi Publishers & Distributors, 2021

When the corpse of an eminent businesswoman is found in a lavish suite locked from inside, Noida police is baffled. They cannot find any trace of foul play at the crime scene.

As the rookie IPS officer Vayu Iyer investigates the complex crime, he finds an open-ended suspect pool. It could be the victim’s ex-lover, jealous college friends, the parasitic husband or one of her innumerable flings. Braving tremendous pressure from the government to close the case quickly, he follows every lead, only to reach a dead end.

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The Bawla Murder Case: Love, Lust and Crime in Colonial India

Author: Dhaval Kulkarni
Publisher: HarperCollins, 2021

On 12 January 1925, twenty-five-year-old Abdul Kader Bawla, one of the richest men in colonial Bombay and a corporator in the Bombay Municipal Corporation, was murdered on Malabar Hill while out for an evening drive with his mistress, Mumtaz Begum. The objective of the attack was to abduct Mumtaz, who was saved by the appearance of four British army officers who fended off the attackers with nothing more than a golf club.

Investigations by the Bombay police revealed a link between the crime and the princely state of Indore. The subsequent controversy led to the abdication of Maharaja Tukojirao Holkar III, the ruler of Indore, to avoid an inquiry.

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A Thousand Cuts: An Innocent Question and Deadly Answers

Author: T.J. Joseph
Translated by: Nandakumar K
Publisher: Penguin Random House India Private Limited, 2021
Available at: https://lnkd.in/dY_6QkMP

BOOK SYNOPSIS
A Thousand Cuts is a harrowing, sobering and ultimately inspiring autobiography of Professor T.J. Joseph, who in 2010 became the victim of a brutal terrorist assault, accused of blasphemy after setting an exam question that enraged fundamentalists. This book is an important reminder of the pernicious effect of religious extremism and the duty of every person to speak out against those who would silence free expression' SHASHI THAROOR' There is excruciating agony here, but also black humour and irony that enliven and lighten the narrative even at the height of anguish' K. SATCHIDANANDAN 'The poignant tale, with its sense of urgency and helplessness, has been sensitively translated as A Thousand Cuts' RANA SAFVIA chilling account of religious extremismIn 2010, T.J. Joseph, a professor of Malayalam at Newman College, Kerala, framed an innocuous question for an internal examination that changed his life forever. Following a trumped-up charge of blasphemy, members of a radical Islamist organization set upon him in public, viciously maiming him and chopping off his right hand. His memoir, told with amazing restraint and wry humour, is the moving tale of his life and family as they went through hell and beyond. Here's the extraordinary story of a man who survived dismembering only to be betrayed by hisown Church. Let alone stand by him, it robbed him of his livelihood and isolated him from his community, driving Joseph's long-suffering wife to melancholia and eventual suicide. Joseph's story is one of fortitude, will power, forgiveness and compassion, told with rare wit that will make readers chuckle through their tears.This is a tale that will leave the reader seething, weeping and smiling by turns.

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Death Served Cold

Author: Sourabh Mukherjee
Publisher: Sristhi Publishers & Distributors, 2021
Available at: https://www.amazon.in/Death-Served-Cold-Sourabh-Mukherjee-ebook/dp/B099S35Q25

BOOK SYNOPSIS
A woman relishes the last cries of her husband on the phone as he is brutally murdered by her lover. A teenager poisons her family for the love of her tutor. A woman driven by greed ruthlessly bludgeons eight members of her family.

A beautician gangs up with her lover to rob a house, killing innocent women from three generations of a family. A practising lawyer strangles her lawyer husband with the cord of a mobile charger. A friendly and jovial teacher commits at least six murders over fourteen years in a sleepy town down south.

DEATH SERVED COLD is a painstakingly researched collection of true, blood-curdling accounts of gruesome murders committed by India’s most dangerous women over the last three decades.

These stories explore the dark recesses of the female psyche and challenge popular stereotypes by revealing shocking excesses of sadism and aggression rarely associated with women.

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Smashing The Patriarchy

Author: SINDHU. RAJASEKARAN
Publisher: Rupa & Company, 2021
Available at: https://lnkd.in/dvgaFpdz

BOOK SYNOPSIS
Centered around the bold voices of millennials and Gen Zs, Smashing the Patriarchy explores how young Indian women from diverse backgrounds ingeniously overcome the patriarchy in their everyday lives. From beauty, body politics, and sexuality, to caste, power, and the paradox of choice, the book explores a wide range of women’s issues and draws important connections between these. In the chapter ‘On Beauty’ the author examines why women pursue or reject mainstream beauty standards and the real-life repercussions of their choices. ‘Ishq in the Times of Tinder’ considers the conundrum that is love and what women want (and don’t want) from partnerships. The chapter ‘Women at Work’ focuses on how young hyper-informed (and tech-savvy) women have shifted work culture across industries. ‘Demystifying the Feminine’ examines how women across the socio-cultural spectrum define and express femininity. ‘Society, Sanskar, and Choice’ dives into society’s conception of honor and the backlash dissenting women face when they go against the norm. Taking its inspiration from multi-disciplinary theories, grounded and deepened by interviews with a variety of experts and numerous women, Smashing the Patriarchy is an astonishingly insightful exploration of the collective psyche of modern Indian women.

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Life and death of Sambhaji

Author: Medha Deshmukh Bhaskaran
Publisher: Penguin Random House India Private Limited, 2021
Available at: https://www.amazon.in/Death-Sambhaji-Medha-Deshmukh-Bhaskaran/dp/0143447823

BOOK SYNOPSIS
It begins to dawn on the nine-year-old Sambhaji that his father has fled from the clutches of the Mughal badshah Aurangzeb and left him behind. He must now find his way back home with the help of strangers . . . Under the shadow of an illustrious father, Sambhaji finds himself thrust into the Maratha-Mughal conflict from a tender age. His mistakes cost him dearly and when his father suddenly dies and he becomes the chhatrapati, it is as if he has inherited a crown of thorns. In the nine years that follow, he faces a constant battle-internally, as palace intrigues simmer to kill him, and externally, as Aurangzeb descends on the Deccan with full military force. Even Chhatrapati Shivaji had never faced a full-blown Mughal aggression. Will he be able to protect the Maratha nation and Swaraj that was his father's dream? Will he prove to be a worthy son to his father-in life as well as in death? History has been unfair to Sambhaji, but it can't deny that he inspired a generation of Maratha warriors, who eventually ensured the end of Aurangzeb's jihad

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Strong As Fire, Fierce As Flame

Author: Supriya Kelkar
Publisher: Lee & Low Books
Available at: https://www.amazon.com/Strong-As-Fire.../dp/1643790404

BOOK SYNOPSIS

In 1857 India, 12-year-old Meera escapes a life she has no say in--and certain death on her husband's funeral pyre--only to end up a servant to a British general in the East India Company. When a rebellion against British colonizers spreads, she must choose between relative safety in a British household or standing up for herself and her people.
India, 1857.

Meera's future has been planned for her for as long as she can remember. As a child, her parents married her to a boy from a neighboring village whom she barely knows. Later, on the eve of her thirteenth birthday, she prepares to leave her family to live with her husband's--just as her strict religion dictates. But that night, Indian soldiers mutiny against their British commanders and destroy the British ammunition depot, burning down parts of Delhi. Riots follow, and Meera's husband is killed. Upon hearing the news, Meera's father insists that she follow the dictates of their fringe religious sect: She must end her life by throwing herself on her husband's funeral pyre.

Risking everything, Meera runs away, escaping into the chaos of the rebellion. But her newfound freedom is short-lived, as she is forced to become a servant in the house of a high-ranking British East India Company captain. Slowly through her work, she gains confidence, new friends, new skills--and sometimes her life even feels peaceful. But one day, Meera stumbles upon the captain's secret stock of ammunition, destined to be used by the British to continue colonizing India and control its citizens.

Will Meera do her part to take down the British colonists and alert the rebellion of the stockpile? Or will she stay safe and let others make decisions for her? It really comes down to this: how much fire must a girl face to finally write her own destiny?

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VoW's #BookADay: A QUIET GIRL

This short story is about a little girl who never cried, never fussed, only smiled and smiled. Most of all she smiled at animals. As she grew up, her parents realized that she was different from other children. This story has been written in a language that would be easily understood by small children with beautiful illustrations. At the end of the book is a quiz on animal babies. Authors recommend this book for children, especially in the times when most of the parents are home during the lockdown and this would help inculcate the reading habit in this short story is about a little girl who never cried, never fussed, only smiled and smiled. Most of all she smiled at animals. As she grew up, her parents realized that she was different from other children. This story has been written in a language that would be easily understood by small children with beautiful illustrations. At the end of the book is a quiz on animal babies. Authors recommend this book for children, especially in the times when most of the parents are home during the lockdown and this would help inculcate the reading habit in #womenauthorship the children.

The book won the best book in
Award category: WRITINGS/PICTURE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN
Valley of Words 2021
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Available at: https://www.amazon.in/Quiet-Girl-Hook-Books/dp/0143450794

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