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Those Pricey Thakur Girls, Anuja Chauhan (HarperCollins India): Another smart and sassy story from the brightest star of pop fiction in India.

Seeing Like a Feminist, Nivedita Menon (Zubaan): Mixing theory and anecdote, this is a handbook of feminism with a difference.

The Competent Authority, Shovon Chowdhury (Aleph Book Company): Satire hasn’t been this good since Upamanyu Chatterjee’s English, August: An Indian Story.

Helium, Jaspreet Singh (Bloomsbury India): A masterful fictional revisiting of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and their aftermath.

The Lowland, Jhumpa Lahiri (Random House India):The first successful novel from a storyteller of great talent.

Gandhi Before India, Ramachandra Guha (Penguin): The first of a magisterial, multi-volume biography.

Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture, Gaiutra Bahadur (Hachette): Moving from India to Guyana to the US, a powerful account of the survival of a family.

City Adrift, Naresh Fernandes (Aleph Book Company): A short biography of Bombay, looking beyond its reputation as India’s glamour capital.

Nony Singh—The Archivist (Dreamvilla Productions): The story of a family told through beautiful black and white photographs.

On Hinduism, Wendy Doniger (Aleph Book Company): A necessary volume of essays on Hinduism, especially in these times of radical misinterpretations.

Wave, Sonali Deraniyagala (Virago): A haunting memoir of life after losing one’s entire family in the 2004 tsunami.

The Scatter Here Is Too Great, Bilal Tanweer (Random House India): The most promising fictional debut in the subcontinent.

Five Movements in Praise, Sharmistha Mohanty (Almost Island Books): A work that eludes generic classification—straddling prose and poetry, fiction and non-fiction.

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