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Bans & Bar Girls
Performing Caste in Mumbai’s Dance Bars
Sameena Dalwai
Rs.595   Pp 252

August 16, 2005, the Maharashtra government summarily banned dancing by bar girls in Mumbai’s 1,250 dance bars. The amended Bombay Police Act prohibited dancing in any establishment where alcohol was served, but the prohibition was selective: five star hotels, clubs and upscale discothèques were exempt.

The Doctor and Mrs A.
Ethics and Counter-Ethics in an Indian Dream Analysis
Sarah Pinto

Rs.675  Pp 241 HB

‘Mrs A.’, ill at ease in her marriage and eager for personal and national freedom, sat down with psychiatrist, Dev Satya Nand, for an experiment in his new method of dream analysis.

Single by Choice
happily unmarried women!
Kalpana Sharma (Ed.)

Rs. 275   Pp 157 PB

Marriage is near universal in India. For women, like it or not, marriage and motherhood become their career ‘choices’. Families, society, peer groups, young girls, themselves, are so conditioned as to make the inevitability of marriage, the desirable norm.

Side Effects of Living
An Anthology of Voices on
Mental Health

Jhilmil Breckenridge and Namarita Kathait
Rs.299 Pb Pp.299

There are different sizes of bodies. There are different shades of mind. There are different states of mind in distress. Side Effects of Living presents the words and verses of survivors, writers, poets and artists, who are struggling with a mental condition or have watched their loved ones suffer.

Oneness vs. the 1%
shattering illusions, seeding freedom

with Kartikey Shiva 97893-85606-18-2
Rs. 350   Pb.   Pp. 190

Widespread poverty and malnutrition, an alarming refugee crisis, social unrest, economic polarisation... have become our lived reality as the top 1' of the world's seven-billion-plus population pushes the planet—and all its people—to the social and ecological brink.

The Salt Doll

Molly Daniels
Rs. 350   Pb.   Pp. 211

Mira Cheriyan is both actor and witness in The Salt Doll. When she is part of the action, she is the salt doll which dissolves in the sea and loses identity. This, according to Mira, is the feminine way of experiencing. When she witnesses and reports, she is like quicksilver; she touches everything while remaining untouched.

Lifescapes: Interviews with
Contemporary Women Writers
from Tamil Nadu

K. Srilata & Swarnalatha Rangarajan
Rs.375 Pb pp.210+xx

This unique anthology presents the experiences and views of seventeen contemporary Tamil women writers whose works explore the implications of being female in Tamil Nadu today, in serious and playful ways. Challenging the rigid, polarising binaries of the 'inner feminine', or aham, and the ‘outer masculine’, or puram, prevalent in classical Sangam literature.

Chandni Begum
Qurratulain Hyder
Translated from the original Urdu by Saleem Kidwai
Rs. 450   Pp 340+vi

Centred around two prominent Lucknow families, the narrative closes in on the lives and struggles of Qambar, a romantic revolutionary, and the three women drawn to him—Bela, the daughter of a mirasi-bhand couple, Safia, the polio-stricken daughter of the Raja of Teen Katori, and the eponymous heroine, Chandni Begum, destitute survivor of a once powerful landed family.

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