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Books for Now — “A Word with You, World,” by Siddalingaiah

Books for Now — “A Word with You, World,” by Siddalingaiah

In our second Books for Now session, we spent time with the autobiography of Dalit poet Siddalingiah Ooru Keri in its English translation, A Word with You, World.  Siddalingiah’s Ooru Keri, which was written in two parts in 1996 and the early 2000s. It was published in S.R. Ramakrishna’s translation by Navayana. Find the book in our online store. This session was led by Vijeta Kumar, a writer and professor of English at St Joseph’s college, whose writing we admire.  She chose this text as the book for now, that moment in India before CoVid19 took over the airwaves — when anti-Citizenship...

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June Recommendations — Pride Month

June Recommendations — Pride Month

This year, Pride Month coincides with the phenomenal wave of protests in the US and the Black Lives Matter movement. It reminds all of us that Pride Month, which commemorates the Stonewall Uprising, was a brave fight against police oppression and brutality, and at its forefront were people of colour and transfolk. We celebrate Pride month in India now, so many years later, in our very different context. Let us remember its origins, and honour the many people who have paved the way for queerness to be a part of our social reality. But let us also remember that in India, we have a long way to go.

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Book Review — Mohammed Hanif’s “A Case of Exploding Mangoes”

Book Review — Mohammed Hanif’s “A Case of Exploding Mangoes”

I read A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif in the summer of 2014 because it had mangoes in its title and I had mangoes on my mind. I picked it up again in the summer of 2020, again with mangoes on my mind but also for a less innocent reason. I was wondering how such a book would be received if written today. 

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Meet the Champaca Staff

Meet the Champaca Staff

What better time than our birthday month to introduce you to the Champaca staff — read about them, and books that they have picked especially for you. Find all their recommendations on our online store. Radhika Radhika is the proprietrix of Champaca. She spends much of her time figuring out how to run an independent bookstore, while also reading and spending time with her dog, cat and plants.     The Visitor by Upasana MehindrattaSometimes you get an unexpected visitor, and sometimes you wish this visitor went away. A wordless graphic novel and picture book by Kokaachi for adults and...

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Book Review — Wanjiru Koinange’s “The Havoc of Choice”

Book Review — Wanjiru Koinange’s “The Havoc of Choice”

For this month’s book review, Radhika writes about Wanjiru Koinange’s debut novel The Havoc of Choice. Join us for a conversation with Koinange on May 30, 2020, and buy her book on our online store. After completing my Master’s in Ecology, I was lucky to spend nearly two years working in Kenya. While I was there, I fell in love with the large open landscapes, and the warm, wonderful people. I spent my time at the National Museums of Kenya in Nairobi, and Taita Hills near the Tsavo West National Park. I remember especially how familiar the people, and their...

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