Boundaries and Conflict

In India today, it has become increasingly necessary to consider our journey so far, and to examine the course this nation, among the most complex in the world, is set to take. These questions and ideas are necessary to be examined not just by the upcoming generation, but by those who are in a position to guide and collaborate with them, including parents and teachers.

A point which has frequently been raised by historians and chroniclers of independent India is the absence of much public debate, or representation, of Partition and the specific events during the freedom struggle connected to it.

It is to be expected that a country as complex as India would have multiple peripheries simultaneously existing in different forms and manifestations.

These books strive to shine light on these peripheries, to help the rest of the country take informed and empathetic positions on the issues that occupy them.


Author – Sagar Kolwankar
Publisher – Tulika

Mukand and Riaz

Author – Nina Sabnani
Publisher – Tulika

I Will Save My Land

Author – Rinchin
Publisher – Tulika
Illustrator- Sagar Kolwankar

Year of the weeds

Author – Siddhartha Sarma
Publisher – Duckbill Books

Chachaji's Cup

Author – Uma Krishnaswami
Publisher – Lee & Low Books

The Librarian of Basra

Author – Jeanette Winter
Publisher – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Child I

Author – Steve Tasane
Publisher – Faber & Faber

The Beautiful Lie

Author – Irfan Master
Publisher – Bloomsbury

Sadako and The Thousand Paper Cranes

Author – Eleanor Coerr
Publisher – Puffin
Illustrator- Ronald Himler

The Night Diary

Author – Veera Hiranandani
Publisher – Penguin


Author – Supriya Kelkar
Publisher – Scholastic

Across the Line

Author – Nayanika Mahtani
Publisher – Penguin

The Emergency Zoo

Author – Miriam Halahmy
Publisher – Alma Press

Faithful Elephants: A True Story of Animals, People, and War

Author – Yukio Tsuchiya
Publisher – Perfection Learning

Munnu: A Boy from Kashmir

Author – Malik Sajad
Publisher – Fourth Estate
Illustrator- Malik Sajad

Being Gandhi

Author – Paro Anand
Publisher – Harper Collins

The Book Thief

Author – Marcus Zusak
Publisher – Penguin Random House

Now or Never: A Dunkirk Story

Author – Bali Rai
Publisher – Scholastic UK

When Morning Comes

Author – Arushi Raina
Publisher – Duckbill

Disaibon Hul

Author – Ruby Hembrom
Publisher – Adivaani
Illustrator- Saheb Ram Tudu

The Boy Who Asked Why

Author – Sowmya Rajendran
Illustrator – Satwik Gade
Publisher – Tulika Publishers

The Narayanpur Incident

Author – Shashi Deshpande
Publisher – Penguin Books India

The Grasshopper's Run

Author – Siddhartha Sarma

No Guns At My Son's Funeral

Author – Paro Anand
Publisher – India Ink

This Side, That Side: Restorying Partition

Author – Ghosh
Publisher – Yoda Press

Sky is my Father

Author – Easterine Kire
Publisher – Speaking Tiger Publishing Private Limited

Divided by Partition, United by Resilience

Author – Mallika Ahluwalia
Publisher – Rupa Publications India

Land of the Roots

Author – Jacinta Kerketta
Publisher – Bharatiya Jnanpith

The Story of India's Freedom Movement

Author – Nayantara Sahgal
Publisher – Red Turtle

Dear Mrs Naidu

Author – Mathangi Subramanian
Publisher – Zubaan

Victory Song

Author – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Publisher – Puffin

Ticket to India

Author – N. H. Senzai
Publisher – Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books

A Flag, A Song, A Pinch of Salt

Author – Subhadra Sengupta
Publisher – Penguin Books India