HT Picks; New Reads – Hindustan Times

The Memoir of a Lapsed Revolutionary

432pp, ₹499; Navayana (Gita Ramaswamy’s memoir is a narrative of struggles and victories)

It was the Nineteen Eighties. In Ibrahimpatnam, Telangana, south India, landless Dalits have been being exploited by the rich higher castes, who, like film villains, brandished whips and weapons.

Enter 30-year-old Gita Ramaswamy. In her teenagers, she had escaped her brahminical household, who had tried to “remedy” her of Naxalism with shock therapy and sedation. She was disillusioned by the Emergency, however held on to hope.

Gita began dwelling with agricultural labourers who have been in bondage, cheated out of their land and rights. They have been within the temper to battle. However collectively, they took on tyrannical landlords who had dominated despotically for generations. A revolution was within the making.

Greatest recognized for her work with the Hyderabad E-book Belief that’s printed over 400 titles since 1980, Gita Ramaswamy writes with relentless self-reflexivity. Her memoir is as a lot a narrative of struggles and victories as it’s a testimony of non-public failings and regrets.*

Marvellous Creatures of Indian Fantasy and Folklore

179pp, ₹499; Aleph (On monstrous creatures from the myths and folklore of India’s numerous cultures)

Meena Arora Nayak presents a collection of 55 magical and monstrous creatures from the myths and folklore of India’s numerous cultures. Divided into 5 sections, this ebook portrays acquainted and unknown creatures that fly throughout stormy skies, swim in deep seas, burrow via the earth, tread softly on land, and dwell between these realms, typically even respiration hearth.Adbhut hides inside its pages creatures which might be mysterious, horrible, and terrifying, but fascinating and irresistible. These fantastical beings embrace the Manipuri python guardian god, Pakhangpa; Garuda, the king of birds; the immortal Kurma, the tortoise; Mahisa, the Buffalo King; Leviathan, the big sea monster; Shamir, the Judaic stone-cutting worm; the Zoroastrian cosmic dragon, Azhi Dahaka; Nachash, the artful serpent within the Backyard of Eden; the shining Islamic al-Buraq; and the Harappan chimera whose origins stay a thriller.*

A fable for our occasions

35pp, ₹399; HarperCollins (A cautionary story of environmental collapse)

A brand new story from internationally famend writer Amitav Ghosh, The Residing Mountain is a cautionary story of how we now have systematically exploited nature, resulting in an environmental collapse.Recounted as a dream, this can be a fable about Mahaparbat, the Residing Mountain; the indigenous valley dwellers who dwell and prosper in its shelter; the assault on the mountain for industrial profit by the Anthropoi, people whose sole purpose is to reap the bounty of nature; and the catastrophe that unfolds in consequence.The Residing Mountain is very related right now when we now have been battling a pandemic and are going through a local weather disaster: each of that are merchandise of our inadequate understanding of mankind’s relationship with nature, and our sustained appropriation and abuse of pure sources. This can be a ebook of our occasions, for our occasions, and it’ll resonate strongly with readers of all ages.*

*All copy from ebook flap.

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