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What They’re Reading In India This Autumn

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Updated: 5 October 2016
With quite a few new releases in fiction and non-fiction, India’s citizens have been given many options for books to get engrossed in this autumn. Quite a few popular releases in Hindi has made the country’s literature scene all the more interesting. Here’s a list of the best of what is in India’s book cart.

Musafir Café

Divya Prakash Dubey made his debut with Terms and Conditions Apply, a hit among Hindi novel readers in the country just three years ago. His third book, Musafir Café tells the story of relatable and young middle class characters trying to find happiness, love, and purpose in life using colorful, simple, and entertaining language. This easy read has been getting great reviews from readers just a month after the book was published.

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Theek Tumhare Peechhe

Manav Kaul has made his way into the hearts of film lovers around the country with his acclaimed appearances in Kai Po Che, City Lights, and Jai Gangajal, among other films. He has been a darling among Mumbai theatre lovers for more than a decade. And now with his first book — Theek Tumhare Peechhe (Right Behind You) — he has won the hearts of the country’s bookworms as well. The book is an anthology of short stories borrowing from his own childhood, when he left Kashmir to live in cities in many parts of the country. It claims to capture the serenity of Kashmir, the calmness of the banks of river Narmada, the rugged Hoshangabad, and the always-on-the-run, curious people of Mumbai.

Lost World Of Sarala Devi

Featuring some of the best writings by Sarala Devi — Odia writer, noted freedom fighter, feminist, and social activist —this book is a boon to readers looking for more about women’s history in the subcontinent. Edited by Sachidananda Mohanty, this compilation of pieces translated from Odia features charming tales for children with fascinating characters, as well as her writings on feminism, India’s independence struggle, and more.

Being the Other: The Muslim in India

This book, by one of the country’s finest reporters and foreign correspondent Saeed Naqvi, looks at how divisions between Muslims and Hindus in the country is a phenomenon that began in the modern era, taking the subcontinent off track from its past, where Hinduism and Islam complemented each other. This book has been one of the season’s must reads for lovers of socially and politically relevant non-fiction.

One Thousand Days in a Refrigerator

This collection of 14 stories originally written by Manoj Kumar Panda in Odia and translated to English by Snehaprava Das, has impressed readers from around the country. Panda manages to carefully weave in various social issues faced by contemporary India into everyday stories that middle class India will find relevant and relatable.

An Era of Darkness

Irrespective of what Indians are reading now, we know what they’re most likely going to be reading in a month – Shashi Tharoor has a much-anticipated book set to be released in early November. Titled An Era of Darkness, the politician and former diplomat’s book is expected to further elaborate on his famous debate at the Oxford Union on why Britain owes reparations to India for wrongdoings committed during the colonial era. His critics and fans are likely to unite in engrossedly flipping through this book as soon as it comes out!