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Meena Kandasamy is an Indian poet, fiction writer, translator and activist who is based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Most of her works are centered on feminism and the anti-caste Caste Annihilation Movement of the contemporary Indian milieu.
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Land, Guns, Caste, Woman
The Memoir of a Lapsed Revolutionary
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1980s. Ibrahimpatnam, Telangana, South India. Landless dalits are caught between a reddy and a hard place. The wealthy reddys are like movie villains, brandishing whips and guns.Enter Gita Ramaswamy, thirty years old. In her teens, Gita had escaped the brahminical clutches of her family that tried to cure her of Naxalism with shock treatment and se...
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“Gita Ramaswamy’s *Land Guns Caste Woman* is a book like no other. Gita chronicles how she constantly debrahminises herself & this forms the bedrock of her self-transformation: she is almost surgical in this process, a reader is compelled to applaud her      source
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On Tyranny
Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
Timothy Snyder - 2017-02-28
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A historian of fascism offers a guide for surviving and resisting America’s turn towards authoritarianism.On November 9th, millions of Americans woke up to the impossible: the election of Donald Trump as president. Against all predictions, one of the most-disliked presidential candidates in history had swept the electoral college, elevating a man w...
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Urge you all to read this book. "On Tyranny: 20 Lessons From the 20th Century” appeared during a time of postelection panic in the US. His deep knowledge as a historian of modern Europe allowed him to identify links between fascism, past & present, & to offer practical advice.      source
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Charlie Cook's Favourite Book
Julia Donaldson - 2005-09-02
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Charlie Cook's favourite book has many tales to tell! Lose yourself in the wonderful adventures that unfold as Charlie discovers the hidden worlds in everyone's favourite book. From pirates to aliens to ghosts, there's something for everyone in Charlie's amazing book! A brand new picture book from the award-winning and hugely popular team behind TH...
Meena Kandasamy
This kids book is all kinds of great. Nested stories, popular kids stories, cyclical. All of it. Not sure a 2 year old understands experimental literature, but quite the treat for the mother who has to read every book thousands of times      source
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Ducks, Newburyport
Lucy Ellmann - 2019-09-10
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LATTICING one cherry pie after another, an Ohio housewife tries to bridge the gaps between reality and the torrent of meaningless info that is the United States of America. She worries about her children, her dead parents, African elephants, the bedroom rituals of happy couples, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and how to hatch an abandoned wood pigeon...
Meena Kandasamy
@samjordison She wrote a fabulous brilliant book that centered motherhood. The one line is not problematic becoz of what she says as an author. On the contrary I feel that it is the system that does this to mothers, prevents them from the public domain-and instils this preception among people      source
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No Friend But the Mountains
Writing from Manus Prison
Behrouz Boochani - 2019-06-04 (first published in 2018)
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“Our government jailed his body, but his soul remained that of a free man.” — From the Foreword by Man Booker Prize–winning author Richard FlanaganIn 2013, Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani was illegally detained on Manus Island, a refugee detention centre off the coast of Australia.He has been there ever since.This book is the result. La...
Meena Kandasamy
Extremely thrilled with #BehrouzBoochani freedom, and now is a great occasion to recommend his book on being illegally detained in Manus Island 's horrific conditions. It's a book that was written one text message at a time on a secret mobile phone in prison      source
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My Sister, the Serial Killer
Oyinkan Braithwaite - 2018-11-20
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My Sister, the Serial Killer is a blackly comic novel about how blood is thicker - and more difficult to get out of the carpet - than water...When Korede's dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what's expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This'll be the third bo...
Meena Kandasamy
Go, go, go, get this book if you haven't already. It's the best thing (except if you discount having a serial-killer sister). Such a fun, fast-paced, brilliant read.      source
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The Persistence of Caste
The Khairlanji Murders and India's Hidden Apartheid
Anand Teltumbde - 2010-10-01
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While the caste system has been formally abolished under the Indian constitution, according to official statistics, every eighteen minutes a crime is committed in India on a member of the dalit caste. Understanding Caste uses the shocking case of “Khairlanji,” the brutal murder of an entire Dalit family in 2006, to explode the myth that caste is a ...
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In his phenomenal book, "The Persistence of Caste", @AnandTeltumbde unmasked the caste-nature of Indian society and failures of its legal mechanisms. The same legal mechanism which cannot protect massacred Dalits hunts them down for their political opinions. Shame #StandWithAnand      source