New Releases from Asia: January 2020


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Title: Gariahat Junction

Author: Rituparna Roy

Publisher: Kitaab International, Singapore

Year of publication: January 2020

Pages: 150

Price: Rs.400/

Links: You Tube

About: Gariahat Junction is a collection of nine short stories, of contemporary Indian women who have reached a critical juncture in their lives. Set primarily in post liberalised, post-millennial Kolkata, it mostly explores the lives of middle-class Bengali women in or from the city.

 

 

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Title: Avatar: Indian Science Fiction/ Fantascienza indiana

Author: Edited by Tarun K. Saint and Francesco Verso

Publisher: Future Fictions

Year of publication: 2020

Pages: 311

Price:$17.09

Links if any: Amazon

About: Avatar is the first ever bilingual anthology published in English and Italian language of new Indian Science Fiction. It has been edited by Francesco Verso, multiple award Science Fiction writer and editor of Future Fiction, together with Tarun Saint as guest editor. The aim is to bring together cutting edge and contemporary Indian Science Fiction that takes on board some of the most pressing challenges of this 21st century, post-modern and late post-colonial moment.

 

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Title: One Foot on The Ground – A Life Told Through the Body

Author: Shanta Gokhale

Publisher: Speaking Tiger

Year of Publication: 2019

Pages: 264

Price: INR 399

Links: Speaking Tiger

About: In this unusual, extraordinary autobiography, Shanta Gokhale—writer, translator and one of India’s most illuminating cultural commentators—traces the arc of her life over eight decades through the progress of her body, as it grows, matures and begins to wind down. Starting with her birth in 1939—in philosophic silence, till the doctor’s slap on her bottom made her bawl—she recounts her childhood, youth and middle and old age in chapters built around the many elements and processes of the physical self: tonsils and adenoids, breasts and misaligned teeth; childbirth and fluctuating weight, cancer and bunions. And through these memories emerge others, less visible but just as defining: a carefree childhood growing up in a progressive Marathi household in Mumbai’s Shivaji Park; the pleasures, in adolescence, of badminton, Kathak and hairdressing; the warmth of friends and an almost love in cold England; finding and losing a mate—twice—and bringing up her children as a single parent; the great thrill of her first translation from Marathi into English; nursing her mother, dying of cancer, as she would a baby; surviving cancer herself, and writing her second novel through the recovery.

Told with effortless humour and candour, One Foot on the Ground is the story of a life full of happiness, heartbreak, wonder and acceptance. It will rank among the finest personal histories written in India.

 

 

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Title: Up Is the Curve—A Genealogy of Healthcare in the Developing World

Author: Kiran Raj Pandey

Publisher: Adroit Publishers

Year of publication: 2019

Pages: 265

Price: INR 695

About: How did developing world healthcare get here? How did modern health services and systems evolve over the last century? What were the forces and ideas driving this evolution? Up Is The Curve is an attempt to answer these questions. Tracing modern healthcare’s key milestones and failures, Kiran Raj Pandey creates a pacy narrative out of the evolution of health services and systems across the developing world. From the early 1800s up to the present day, the book recounts this compelling tale of the gradual takeover of Western medicine across the rest of the world, the development of modern public health, transnational health governance structures and architecture, and the origins and spread of ideas that have seeded this evolution. A meticulously pieced together narrative of global events and personal narratives, medical histories and politico-economic imperatives from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas, this is a definitive genealogy of healthcare in the developing world.

 

 

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Title: TAKEN AT THE FLOOD: A Memoir of a Political Life

Author: Vasanth Kannabiran

Publisher: Women Unlimited

Year of publication: 2020

Pages: 182

Price: 375.00

Links if any:  Women Unlimited 

About: Kannabiran was witness to, and participant in, Andhra Pradesh politics and civil liberties during the tumultuous decades of the late 1970s and 1980s, both as part of the women’s movement, and through the legal engagements of her husband, the legendary K.G. Kannabiran. The dark days of the 1975 Emergency; the uneasy calm in the aftermath of communal violence in Hyderabad in 1984; the thrill of electioneering; the historic peace talks between the Naxals and the government; the anti-arrack movement; Rameeza Bee and Mathura; alliances and networks across South and Southeast Asia—she was there, and she tells it like it was.

 

 

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Title: The Life of Z: Understanding the Digital Pre-teen and Adolescent Generation

Author: Debashish Sengupta

Publisher: SAGE India (SAGE Select)

Year of publication: 2020

Pages: 276

Price: INR 450

Links: Sage Publishers 

About: A Swedish teenager, Greta Thunberg, has become the poster girl for the Climate Change and Sustainability movement across the world. All of 16 years, she has been nominated for the Nobel prize and has been on the cover of Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Greta personifies and symbolizes zeners, who are nothing like any previous generation the world has ever seen. These pre-teens & teens are unique, world changers and perhaps the only hope for this planet. Yet, if not nurtured, they are at the risk of being lost due to the ignorance of institutions and individuals.

The Life of Z packs extensive real-life narratives and thought provoking analysis to help us understand this generation born 2000 and after to engage with them for a better future for them and for all of us.

 

 

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Title: ONE DROP OF BLOOD: The Story of Karbala

Author: Ismat Chughtai

Publisher: Women Unlimited

Year of publication: 2020

Pages: 440

Price: 575.00

Links:  Women Unlimited

About: One Drop of Blood is Chughtai’s passionate retelling of the timeless tale of the life of Imam Husain, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, from the early days spent in Rasulullah’s company, up to the epic, bloody Battle of Karbala, in which their small army of family and friends clashed with the savage forces of Yazid, the reigning Caliph. The inimitable Chughtai takes her readers by surprise in this, her last, novel, adapting the complex Islamic account of the sorrow and suffering of Husain’s family in Karbala and making it her own by transforming the sublime, revered individuals into real people. Her controversial, fictionalised rendering humanises the tragic encounters on the battlefield, immortalising the sacrifice of Imam Husain and his family in prose that has the same lyrical force as her original inspiration, Anis’ marsiyas.

 

 

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