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The Stationery Shop of Tehran by Marjan Kamali: Of love, loss and fate

The Stationery Shop, it’s carefully curated translated novels, the jewel-colored ink, Rumi’s vast collection reflect a life well-lived and a promise of a better future.

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A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry: A closer look at 1970s India

The novel painfully maps the corruption and lawlessness that pervaded India under the emergency rule; lootings, murders, dismemberment, and destruction of livelihood.

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Author Interview

In Conversation With Richard Schwartz: Author of The Underdog Detective Series

In my business I represent the underdogs of society from large insurance companies who, without help, would absolutely take advantage of them.

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The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi: A Henna Artist’s struggle to live life fearlessly in post-independent India.

This book was born out of an attempt to imagine how her mother’s life would’ve turned out had she not been married and had kids at a tender age.

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Superior by Angela Saini: Deconstructing race science

One of the most important aspects of history and what we’ve come to know of it has been shaped by those in power. From human zoos, slavery and exploitation at the hands of white supremacists, our realities are now blurred. This superiority one has about the color of our skin is propagated by well-to-do scientists […]

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Maybe You Should Talk To Someone by Lori Gottlieb: A therapist, her therapist, and our lives revealed.

In Maybe You Should Talk To Someone, I found my innermost thoughts, buried up until now, resurface and paraded out in the open. The vulnerability¬†of peeling one’s own self in front of a stranger, to have them gently poke through the litany of feelings and to understand that they’re valid and worthy of existing encompass […]

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A Burning by Megha Majumdar: Of hyper-nationalism, power dynamics and scapegoating.

A Burning, as the name itself, burns with a fire so strong, one continues to feel its warmth long after it’s been doused.

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Woman At Point Zero by Nawal El Sadawi: A powerful read about resistance, toxic patriarchy, and oppression.

When psychiatrist, Nawal El Sadwai, visits Qanatir prison in Egypt while conducting research into the neurosis of Egyptian women, she hears about Firdaus, a prisoner who is unlike any other inmates.

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Thoughts

The months that were: Of masks, social distancing and panic.

How much precaution is too much precaution?

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The Family Tree by Sairish Hussain: An emotional roller-coaster

Sairish Hussain’s riveting debut novel is an emotional tale of a family reeling from unexplainable loss and the circumstances affecting them.