The list includes seven books of poetry, four novels, five short stories, two plays, and one each of memoirs and epic poetry in 20 Indian languages.
How the rise of right-wing populism urged Rajorshi Chakraborti to write Shakti, a surreal tale of three women
Rajorshi Chakraborti's newest novel, Shakti (2019) thrusts its readers into a familiar, yet surreal space, where its female leads traverse a socio-politically turbulent modern-day India, with superpowers to boot. In a conversation with Firspost, the New Zealand-based writer reflects on what inspired his book — from the prevailing socio-political milieu in India, to Black Mirror on Netflix, and everything in between.
Novelising a part of his life, Jeet Thayil's 'Low' is a darkly humorous take on coping with grief and loss
Through Low, Jeet Thayil takes us on a darkly comic, irreverent journey of processing grief and loss. Told in the third person, the book attempts to articulate the impossibility of processing grief in any certain manner or form.
The Body Myth is a sapid meditation on loving and being loved in health and sickness.
Debutante author Madhuri Vijay on living through the 'monstrous consequences' of India's vast geography
Twenty seven-year-old Madhuri Vijay remembers her time in Kashmir during the 2013 Kishtwar Riots, when her family back in Bengaluru was concerned about her safety, but remained largely unaffected by the events unfurling at another extreme of the country. In her debut novel, The Far Field, Vijay talks about the impact distance has on lives, and the 'monstrous and arbitrary consequences' of India's geographic vastness.