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On the shelf: Here are some of the e-books that you may find interesting

An edited translation of the oral memoir narrated by human rights activist KG Kannabiran (1929–2010), this book is reflective of his lifelong battle with the state and his work in the civil liberties movement.

On the shelf: Here are some of the e-books that you may find interesting
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The Speaking Constitution
KG Kannabiran
HarperCollins
Pp 340, Rs 699

The Speaking Constitution takes a close look at the functioning of the Constitution and the development of the idea of justice through the courts, mapping in the process a legal geography of civil liberties in India. An edited translation of the oral memoir narrated by human rights activist KG Kannabiran (1929–2010), this book is reflective of his lifelong battle with the state and his work in the civil liberties movement.

Dead in Banaras
Ravi Nandan Singh
Oxford University Press
Pp 184, Rs 1,495
Ethnographies fatefully rely on chance encounters and mysteriously so such encounters come true. Dead in Banaras is an instance of just such a fateful chance encounter. In its inception, it set out to follow the ‘dead’ across multiple social locations of crematoria, hospital, morgue and the aghorashram, in order to assemble a contemporary moment in the funerary iconicity of the well-known north Indian city of Banaras.

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As Good as My Word
KM Chandrasekhar
HarperCollins
Pp 312, Rs 599

In an illustrious career spanning over 40 years in public service and culminating in the highest office in Indian bureaucracy— Union cabinet secretary—KM Chandrasekhar has seen, and done, it all. He is one of those rare IAS officers who has held a wide range of senior positions in state government, the Centre, and public sector undertakings. In this autobiography, he paints an intimate picture of the UPA government during one of its toughest phases, among others.

The Hijab
PK Yasser Arafath & G Arunima
Simon & Schuster
Pp 272

This collection of essays complicates the relationship between Muslim women and the hijab. Moving away from predictable interpretations that see the hijab merely as an instrument of Muslim women’s oppression, the essays here demonstrate that not only have Muslim women covered/ or uncovered their heads for different reasons, but the head cloth itself has had different forms depending on the region or period of history.

Mansur: A Novel
Vikramajit Ram
Pan Macmillan
Pp 176, Rs 599
Saturday, the 27th of February, 1627. The master artist Mansur must finish his painting of a dodo and prepare for an imminent journey to Kashmir when he is interrupted by Bichitr. An innocuous remark from this visitor—first to Mansur and a little later to the portraitist Abu’l Hasan—has dire consequences as more characters at the imperial atelier, the library and the women’s quarter are drawn into a web of secrets and half-truths.

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First published on: 27-11-2022 at 03:45 IST