Our pick of original fiction and non-fiction in English1 min read . Updated: 29 Dec 2013, 07:55 PM IST
We list some interesting read like Those Pricey Thakur Girls, The Scatter Here Is Too Great and more
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.