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Ask Kabita #26: Our Book Recommendation Expert

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Hello folks! Hope all of you’ve been enjoying yourselves. As always, do keep me posted on your reads and recommendations too. Here are the questions and answers for this week.


Please suggest some women-centric reads (short stories will do) by Indian writers. Thank you. - Uma Bora, Gurgaon

Thank you for writing, Uma. Please refer to Best Indian Short Stories: Volume I compiled by Khushwant Singh. Read the stories: Descent from the Rooftop by Anita Desai, It was Dark by Shashi Deshpande; Memories of an Indian Childhood and A Candle for St. Jude by Qurratulain Hyder. Or you could check Qurratulain Hyder’s River of Fire or Ripples (short-story collection) published by APK Publishers.



I’m looking for one of the lesser-known colonial works on India. Do you have any in mind? Suraj, Pune

Suraj, please check Kipling’s India by Khushwant Singh. Hope you enjoy it.



Could you suggest some books based on the sea? Megha Singh, Pune

Megha, the list of books based on the sea is endless. However you could start from Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach or Karen Testa’s Happy like Barnacles. Enjoy!



Thank you for writing, folks.  Adios for now. Look forward to your email at

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