Chirdeep Malhotra . Updated: 5/18/2021 7:25:16 PM Books and Authors

From a book of reflective writings by Sabarna Roy, to a non-fiction book of essays on nationalism, our book picks this week, curated by Chirdeep Malhotra


“Fractured Mosaic” by Sabarna Roy

This book is, in essence, a sequel to the author's literary work, "Random Subterranean Mosaic: 2012 - 2018". Most of the musings and reflective writings in this book have been earlier published as articles in various newspapers and zines; and they have been collated in a single volume for the benefit of the readers. The book has been written in the format of a journal to imitate how the mind works in real life, and this work of kaleidoscopic writings from Sabarna Roy’s arsenal will enthrall readers by taking them to a mesmerizing whirlpool of percipient contemplation.


"Harappa: Curse of the Blood River” by Vineet Bajpai

This book amalgamates the genres of history, mythology and fantasy fiction. Traversing various timelines, from 1700 BCE to 2017 CE, the book's narrative connects Banaras, Harappa and Rome. With ancient secrets, and twists and turns galore in this riveting saga of deceit and violence, gods and demons, love and ambition; this literary thriller takes readers on a wonderful action-packed ride.


“On Nationalism” by Eric Hobsbawm

This is a collection of historian Eric Hobsbawm’s writings and lectures on nationalism. As we stand on the doorstep of an age when the internet and the globalisation of capital threaten to blow away many national boundaries while, as a reaction, nationalism seems to re-emerge with renewed strength, the author's critical historical insights on the subject are enlightening. For readers who want to understand the phenomenon, this essential work discusses the construction and growth of nations, modes of nationalism, and also delves into the cognate themes of language and popular revolt.


“I Am a Girl from Africa” by Elizabeth Nyamayaro

This book tells the story of former United Nations senior advisor Elizabeth Nyamayaro's inspiring full-circle journey after a UN aid worker saved her life when she was eight years old. This transformative moment inspired her to become a humanitarian, and later in her life, she would go on to launch the HeForShe campaign and help bring change across the globe. Grounded by the African concept of ubuntu—“I am because we are”— the memoir charts Elizabeth’s quest in pursuit of her dream from the small village of Goromonzi to Harare, London, New York, and beyond; and brings to vivid life one extraordinary woman’s story of persevering through incredible odds and finding her true calling.

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