By Shabnam Minwalla Publisher: Duckbill Books Modern Mumbai – independent-minded Zen contemplates college, conflicted by feelings for the perplexing Yash. 1939 – Zen’s great-grandmother Zainab writes a diary detailing her life and events in the wider world. An absorbing page turner with well-developed characters from several generations giving insights into politics and religion past and […]

The Henna Start-up

By Andaleeb Wajid Publisher: Penguin Random House India When Abir discovers her mother has not been paid for her work, she and her friends work on a creative way to ensure this doesn’t happen again. In a first-person narrative set in tech city Bangalore, this novel addresses concerns around class and gender with lively dialogue […]