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Lifescapes: Interviews with
Contemporary Women Writers
from Tamil Nadu

K. Srilata & Swarnalatha Rangarajan
Rs.375 Pb pp.210+xx

This unique anthology presents the experiences and views of seventeen contemporary Tamil women writers whose works explore the implications of being female in Tamil Nadu today, in serious and playful ways. Challenging the rigid, polarising binaries of the 'inner feminine', or aham, and the ‘outer masculine’, or puram, prevalent in classical Sangam literature.

Oneness vs. the 1% shattering illusions, seeding freedom

with Kartikey Shiva 97893-85606-18-2
Rs. 350   Pb.   Pp. 190

Widespread poverty and malnutrition, an alarming refugee crisis, social unrest, economic polarisation... have become our lived reality as the top 1' of the world's seven-billion-plus population pushes the planet—and all its people—to the social and ecological brink.Vandana Shiva takes on the Billionaires Club of Gates, Buffett, Zuckerberg and other modern Mughals.

The Salt Doll

Molly Daniels

Mira Cheriyan is both actor and witness in The Salt Doll. When she is part of the action, she is the salt doll which dissolves in the sea and loses identity. This, according to Mira, is the feminine way of experiencing. When she witnesses and reports, she is like quicksilver; she touches everything while remaining untouched. Alternating between these two modes, Mira, the protagonist and storyteller, tells a dazzling, savage, sophisticated tale.

Gender, Caste and the Imagination of Equality
Anupama Rao (ED.)
Rs. 990    Pp. 350+xviii    Hb

Explores the changed terrain of discussion, and examines how religion, political and economic relations, and debates about sexuality and the politics of representation have reshaped the caste question in contemporary public life.

Quit India! & Other Stories
Ismat Chughtai
translated from the original Urdu by Tahira Naqvi
Rs. 300   Pp 143 + vi

On the 70th anniversary of Independence, a selection of stories from Ismat Chughtai’s formidable body of work, written between 1938-1963, that reflects her insights into the loves and lives, as well as the shared histories and experiences of Hindus and Muslims in India.

Chandni Begum
Qurratulain Hyder
Translated from the original Urdu by Saleem Kidwai
Rs. 450   Pp 340+vi

Centred around two prominent Lucknow families, the narrative closes in on the lives and struggles of Qambar, a romantic revolutionary, and the three women drawn to him—Bela, the daughter of a mirasi-bhand couple, Safia, the polio-stricken daughter of the Raja of Teen Katori, and the eponymous heroine, Chandni Begum, destitute survivor of a once powerful landed family.

About Women Unlimited

Women Unlimited, a non-profit trust, is an associate of Kali for Women, India’s first and   oldest feminist press, estd. 1984. We publish scholarly and academic books in the social sciences; fiction; general interest non-fiction; autobiography and memoirs; books for young adults; pamphlets and monographs; and activist material. We explore new issues, anticipate trends, develop new perspectives and offer the best of feminist scholarship, activist material and creative writing, in India and South Asia, at affordable prices.

     Our authors
include pioneering feminist scholars and activists in South Asia and abroad, among whom are Paola Bacchetta, Srilatha Batliwala, Kamla Bhasin, Neloufer de Mel, Geeta Patel, Indira Jaising, Kumari Jayawardena, Ananya Kabir, Kalpana Kannabiran, Nivedita Menon, Fatima Mernissi, Martha Nussbaum, Sara Paretsky, Rajeswari Sunder Rajan, Shahnaz Rouse, Rubina Saigol, Zohra Segal, Vandana Shiva and Romila Thapar; and the finest creative writers including Bama, Ismat Chughtai, Esther David, Gauri Deshpande, Mridula Garg, Sunetra Gupta, Feryal Ali-Gauhar and Qurratulain Hyder.

     In 2012 we initiated a major new series called Arabesque, presenting the best writing from West Asia, one of the most exciting regions and literatures in the world. Our authors include Suad Amiry, Hoda Barakat, Haifa Zangana, Jean Makdisi, Raja Shehadeh, Karma Nabulsi, Mourid Barghouti, Susan Abulhawa, Lila Abu-Lughod, Adania Shibli, Mischa Hiller, and others. Writing prose, fiction, poetry, autobiography and memoir, they offer a glimpse into the lives and literatures of countries and societies on the brink of change.

     Our books are co-published by Cappelan (Norway), Neri Pozza (Italy), New Directions (US), Oxford University Press (Pakistan), Philippe Picquier (France), Rutgers University Press (US), Spinifex (Australia), The Feminist Press (US), Pluto (UK), Interlink (US), and many others, ensuring international exposure to our authors.

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