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Gender, Caste and the Imagination of Equality
Anupama Rao (ED.)
Rs. 990    Pp. 350+xviii    Hb

Explores the changed terrain of discussion, and examines how religion, political and economic relations, and debates about sexuality and the politics of representation have reshaped the caste question in contemporary public life.

Quit India! & Other Stories
Ismat Chughtai
translated from the original Urdu by Tahira Naqvi
Rs. 300   Pp 143 + vi

On the 70th anniversary of Independence, a selection of stories from Ismat Chughtai’s formidable body of work, written between 1938-1963, that reflects her insights into the loves and lives, as well as the shared histories and experiences of Hindus and Muslims in India.

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.

Who Really Feeds The World?
Vandana Shiva
Rs.300 Pb pp.132

Food and agriculture have become the sites for major paradigm wars which affect the one billion people in the world who suffer from hunger and malnutrition; and the thousands afflicted with diseases caused by toxins in our food. This book advocates a powerful alternative to this scenario: reclaiming the right to food security through sustainable practises that value biodiversity and seed sovereignty.

He, My Beloved C J

Rosy Thomas
Translated from the original Malayalam by G. Arunima
Rs 350 Pb pp. 178+viii

Rosy Thomas, well-known Malayalam writer and translator, married Malayalam playwright and literary critic, C J Thomas, in 1951, when he was a professor at her father’s tutorial college in Changanassery. They were married only for nine years, as C J passed away at the age of 42, but their relationship formed the basis of her best-known work – Ivan Ente Priya C J.

Marriage and its Discontents Women, Islam and Law in India

Sylvia Vatuk
Rs 650 Hb pp. 274+xviii

This book, looks at how Muslim women negotiate Muslim Personal Law ( MPL), the family courts and extra-judicial options in order to exit marriages. Additionally, it also examines wife-initiated divorces or khula, and makes the startling discovery that their number far exceeded court-awarded divorces. Debates around MPL, the Dissolution of Muslim Marriages Act and focus on the issue of unilateral divorce, a right granted to husbands, as well as on polygamy and other discriminatory provisions in MPL.

About Women Unlimited

Women Unlimited, a non-profit trust, is an associate of Kali for Women, India’s first and   oldest feminist press, estd. 1984. We publish scholarly and academic books in the social sciences; fiction; general interest non-fiction; autobiography and memoirs; books for young adults; pamphlets and monographs; and activist material. We explore new issues, anticipate trends, develop new perspectives and offer the best of feminist scholarship, activist material and creative writing, in India and South Asia, at affordable prices.

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include pioneering feminist scholars and activists in South Asia and abroad, among whom are Paola Bacchetta, Srilatha Batliwala, Kamla Bhasin, Neloufer de Mel, Geeta Patel, Indira Jaising, Kumari Jayawardena, Ananya Kabir, Kalpana Kannabiran, Nivedita Menon, Fatima Mernissi, Martha Nussbaum, Sara Paretsky, Rajeswari Sunder Rajan, Shahnaz Rouse, Rubina Saigol, Zohra Segal, Vandana Shiva and Romila Thapar; and the finest creative writers including Bama, Ismat Chughtai, Esther David, Gauri Deshpande, Mridula Garg, Sunetra Gupta, Feryal Ali-Gauhar and Qurratulain Hyder.

     In 2012 we initiated a major new series called Arabesque, presenting the best writing from West Asia, one of the most exciting regions and literatures in the world. Our authors include Suad Amiry, Hoda Barakat, Haifa Zangana, Jean Makdisi, Raja Shehadeh, Karma Nabulsi, Mourid Barghouti, Susan Abulhawa, Lila Abu-Lughod, Adania Shibli, Mischa Hiller, and others. Writing prose, fiction, poetry, autobiography and memoir, they offer a glimpse into the lives and literatures of countries and societies on the brink of change.

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