True to its name, The Book of (More) Delights by Ross Gay is truly a delight to read. Consider it a book to turn to when you are having a bad day. To be comforted and affirm joy.
About food, relationships, and lost recipes. The Indian Café in London by Veena Nagpal is a delectable read that will warm your heart.
A testimony of personal strength in the face of adversity. Part personal and part business memoir, Silver Lining – The Story of NephroPlus by Kamal Shah is a must read. Not just as a compelling memoir but also to educate yourself about chronic kidney disease.
How far will an author go for success? At its heart, Yellowface by R. F. Kuang is a story about plagiarism. But also a dark, pacy satire about the publishing industry, racism, tokenism, white privilege, social media takedowns, and the cancel culture.
The Forest Keeper – The True Story of Jadav Payeng by Rina Singh, Ishita Jain (Illustrator) Book Review
Can one person with limited resources single-handedly plant a forest? Jadav Payeng did precisely that. He proved that all it takes is one individual and the determination to make a difference.
Mixed-race children, women forced into prostitution, and soldiers on all sides. Dust Child by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai is a nuanced narrative of people affected by the Vietnam war and its aftermath. A book that is relevant now more than ever before.
Two women. Strong yet fragile. Two women who couldn’t be more different from each other. Two women in search of their identity. Interweaved with two cities, Calcutta and New York. Calcutta felt claustrophobic for one. New York represented freedom for both.
On 13 November 2022, Keekli Charitable Trust released two anthologies, Fiction Treasure Trove and Himachal Ke Rang. Books that could not have been more different whether it is the range of topics or the authors’ age. Books that are a must-read.
Set in the months right after the partition, Hyderabad is the second book in the Partition Trilogy by Manreet Sodhi Someshwar. It is a well-researched fictionalized account of historical events leading up to Operation Polo or the annexation of Hyderabad in 1948.
Fatty Fatty Boom Boom by Rabia Chaudry is a memoir not just about food but also about fat shaming, body image, and the author’s lifelong struggle with it. A book about family, loving yet oppressive, with their subtle and not-so-subtle jabs about her weight and color. A public figure who struggled with body image before finally coming to accept her body.