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Women's Day Special: 7 Must-Read Books By Women Authors From India

As International Women's Day approaches, here are some book recommendations by Indian women authors that every reader would be able to appreciate. The books are listed in no particular order.

Women's Day Special: 7 Must-Read Books By Women Authors From India
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As International Women's Day approaches, we have some book recommendations by Indian women authors that every reader would be able to appreciate. Here is the list of books:

The Palace of Illusions - Chitra Divakurni

This brilliant book is a reimagining of the world-famous Indian epic, the Mahabharata — told from the point of view of an amazing woman — Panchaali.

Many Indians and mythology-enthusiasts might already be aware of the events that unfolded during the Mahabharata, but this book takes us through those times through the eyes of the woman who started it all. The feminist tinge throughout the book throws light on the challenges women have faced since centuries by virtue of their birth.

The book would definitely be an entertaining read with its colourful scenes and also play a part in sensitizing men to the pain women used to face in medieval times and continue to face today.

Inheritance of Loss - Kiran Desai

The landscapes mentioned about Indian countryside are specks of beauty, and the stories around it are compounded by the writer’s creative genius. Kiran Desai is one of the writer who can do justice to narratives borne out of climatic circumstances.

She Goes to War: Women Militants of India - Rashmi Saksena

In the book, journalist Rashmi Saksena writes about the lives of women who were crucial operators in the insurgencies in Assam, Manipur, Chhattisgarh, Nagaland and Kashmir. This book tells stories of women who chose a life to fight a cause they believed in and also how they face the oppression and abuse in their life.

The Ferment: Youth Unrest in India - Nikhila Henry

Another journalist who came out with a powerful work is Nikhila Henry. Her debut book, The Ferment tries to chart a map of various movements across India began by young men and women in universities and outside. The book explores the present lives, dreams and struggles of the Indian youth as they fight against the discriminations based on caste, gender, religion and so on in the society

The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness - Arundhati Roy

This book belongs to the characters who will leave their marks on your heart. But more than that, this book takes the reader on a journey through the crowded, colourful streets of old Delhi, to the quiet dissatisfaction brewing in the lawns of Jantar Mantar, to the blood-drenched valleys of Kashmir, to the place where old birds go to die, and finally to a home where things might just have a happy ending.

Daughters of the Sun: Empresses, Queens and Begums of the Mughal Empire - Ira Mukhoty

In the book, Ira Mukhoty tells the tales of women of the Mughal empire who went to battles with men, who were traders and diplomats. The book is a historical illustration of women who helped in setting up the powerful Mughal empire.

Becoming - Michelle Obama

One of the most talked-about books since 2018, Michelle Obama’s powerful memoir has been praised for its warmth, wit and honesty – just like the First Lady herself. It is a book that teaches us to own up to our stories and not be afraid of our voices. The world not as it is, but as it should be.

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