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Nilanjana S. Roy is an Indian journalist, literary critic and author. She is the author of two award-winning fantasy novels (The Wildings and The Hundred Names of Darkness), a collection of essays on reading (The Girl Who Ate Books).
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The Patient Assassin
A True Tale of Massacre, Revenge, and India's Quest for Independence
Anita Anand - 2019-06-25
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The dramatic true story of a celebrated young survivor of a 1919 British massacre in India, and his ferocious twenty-year campaign of revenge that made him a hero to hundreds of millions—and spawned a classic legend.When Sir Michael O’Dwyer, the Lieutenant Governor of Punjab, ordered Brigadier General Reginald Dyer to Amritsar, he wanted Dyer to br...
Nilanjana Roy
2022-06-26T15:57:47.000Z
@prernabindra @j_bindra Agree on the book, and what a fascinating story!      source
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Khwabnama
Arunava Sinha - 2021-11-01 (first published in 1996)
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Bengal in the 1940s. Having overcome the famine and the revolt of the sharecroppers, Bengal's peasants are uniting. Work is scarce and wages are low. There is barely any food to be had. The proposal for the formation of Pakistan, the elections of 1946, and communal riots are rewriting the contours of history furiously. Amidst all this, in an unname...
Nilanjana Roy
2022-05-31T06:51:11.000Z
Confessing a personal weakness for big fat books by authors from my part of the world. Two from last year, aside from the wondrous heartbreak of Tomb of Sand: Khwabnama, by Akhtaruzzaman Elias, translated by @arunava, and Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih's miraculous Funeral Nights.      source
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Funeral Nights
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A group of friends from Shillong journey to a remote part of West Khasi Hills to witness Ka Phor Sorat, the feast of the dead, a unique six-day-long funeral ceremony of the Lyngngams, a Khasi sub-tribe. It may well be the last time this ancient rite is performed. The ceremony—involving a number of rituals and the sacrifice of as many as fifty bulls...
Nilanjana Roy
2022-05-31T06:51:11.000Z
Confessing a personal weakness for big fat books by authors from my part of the world. Two from last year, aside from the wondrous heartbreak of Tomb of Sand: Khwabnama, by Akhtaruzzaman Elias, translated by @arunava, and Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih's miraculous Funeral Nights.      source
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Getting There
Manjula Padmanabhan - 2020-03-25 (first published in 2000)
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Life in Bombay is getting tricky, as the author searches for love, weight loss and spiritual contentment. She sets off with her boyfriend for New York City, where the American dream appears on a plate - TV, food, and visits to the morgue. However, will Europe prove to be her spiritual home?...
Nilanjana Roy
2020-10-23T09:00:09.000Z
A new generation discovers @magnolialotus's Getting There, one of my favourite books for women about the pleasures of drifting, not sticking to diets, travelling solo, and living a life of successful aimlessness.      source
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The Princess and the Political Agent
Binodini Devi - 2020-07-20
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The Manipuri writer Binodini's Sahitya Akademi Award-winning historical novel The Princess and the Political Agent tells the love story of her aunt Princess Sanatombi and Lt. Col. Henry P. Maxwell, the British representative in the subjugated Tibeto-Burman kingdom of Manipur. A poignant story of love and fealty, treachery and valour, it is set in t...
Nilanjana Roy
2020-05-11T05:44:22.000Z
An astonishing book — more about Binodini:      source
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Dreamers
How Young Indians Are Changing the World
Snigdha Poonam - 2018-08-13
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What do India's millennials want and how are they transforming one of the youngest, most populous nations in the world?More than half of India is under the age of twenty-five, but India's millennials are nothing like their counterparts in the West. In a country that is increasingly characterized by ambition and crushing limitations, this is a gener...
Nilanjana Roy
2017-12-23T04:29:50.000Z
Some books I've enjoyed reading over this Christmas season.      source
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Inside Parliament
Views from the Front Row
Derek O'Brien - 2017-11-30
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Derek O'Brien dominated Indian television as the country's most well-known quizmaster for over two decades, asking questions to millions across India. Now he plays a key role in the Rajya Sabha raising important questions from the front row in the Upper House. One of the most candid, courageous voices of the Opposition, O'Brien is articulate, incis...
Nilanjana Roy
2017-12-23T04:29:50.000Z
Some books I've enjoyed reading over this Christmas season.      source
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Where the Wild Coffee Grows
The Untold Story of Coffee from the Cloud Forests of Ethiopia to Your Cup
Jeff Koehler - 2017-11-14
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Coffee is one of the largest and most valuable commodities in the world. This is the story of its origins, its history, and the threat to its future, by the IACP Award–winning author of Darjeeling.Located between the Great Rift Valley and the Nile, the cloud forests in southwestern Ethiopia are the original home of Arabica, the most prevalent and s...
Nilanjana Roy
2017-12-23T04:29:50.000Z
Some books I've enjoyed reading over this Christmas season.      source
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Ants Among Elephants
An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India
Sujatha Gidla - 2017-07-18
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The stunning true story of an untouchable family who become teachers, and one, a poet and revolutionaryLike one in six people in India, Sujatha Gidla was born an untouchable. While most untouchables are illiterate, her family was educated by Canadian missionaries in the 1930s, making it possible for Gidla to attend elite schools and move to America...
Nilanjana Roy
2017-12-23T04:29:50.000Z
Some books I've enjoyed reading over this Christmas season.      source
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Kaushik Basu
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The Sun Is Also a Star
Nicola Yoon - 2019-03-05 (first published in 2016)
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Now a major motion picture starring Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton! The #1 New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist from the bestselling author of Everything, Everything will have you falling in love with Natasha and Daniel as they fall in love with each other! Natasha: I'm a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not ...
Nilanjana Roy
2017-02-22T07:39:20.000Z
@genderlogindia Loved that book (though not Indian). But maybe still useful if you're discussing smashing stereotypes in general.      source
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Preeti Shenoy