5.Dharamveer Bharti. Suraj Ka Satva GhodaPages: 101Language: Hindi (an English translation is available) Publisher/Link: Bharatiya Jnanpith Age-group: 18 and above What makes you love in the way you do? First published in 1952, Suraj Ka Satva Ghoda or The Sun’s Seventh Horse is an extraordinary exploration of the modern condition of love in India through the contrasting stories of three women from different backgrounds - Jamuna, Lily and Satti – as narrated by our protagonist Manik Mulla. Shyam Benegal’s movie with the same title is a brilliant adaptation of the novel! Pages: 3 Language: EnglishAge-group: 20 and above“I had been trained to know what good looks are (Brahmin), what good queerness is (English-speaking), and what attractive background is (urban rich).” Dhrubo Jyoti writes beautifully about a world where one is faced with certain disillusioning questions: how is it possible for all our bodies to claim emancipation – when your idea of what emancipation entails seems deceitful? Where does one place their resistance? Where does one place their love? Where does one place their wounds? Pages: 2Language: EnglishAge-group: 20 and above“If our lives are stories, and our loves are lies, then our research must look at the tales, how they are built and who narrates them.” Tinder, Grindr, Bumble. Dhiren and Dhurbo discuss how spaces are never either just online or offline. They exist together. And the violence from one world quite easily seeps into the other." Pages: 6 Language: Originally published in Urdu (The link provided is to an English translation)Age-group: 18 and above
9.James M. Freeman. Untouchable: An Indian Life HistoryPages: 440Language: EnglishPublisher/Link: Stanford University Press Age-group: 22 and above One seeks love, but where can it be found? Muli, a man belonging to the untouchable Bauri caste from Kapileshwar, Orissa, narrates his life history to us through James M. Freeman. In his narration lies the story of a broken community and his people crushed by the oppression of everyday living. It is the story of his wife - Kia, their children, his father, his aunt, the transvestites, the sexual exploitation of Bauri women and of the institutions that oppress. Pages: 4Language: EnglishAge-group: 20 and aboveIn a revealing piece, Jyotsna seems to ask: why do you love me? As she describes her own experiences, she points to how there is a certain hesitation in discussing caste with sexual and romantic partners, and the burden of repeatedly living through their exploitation and victimisation as one narrates their story. Ultimately, she describes a world that she wants and is fighting for.
11. Kavita Pillay. Love conquers caste for this couple, but Indian marriage traditions continue in US.Pages: 6Language: EnglishAge-group: 20 and above When matters of caste go international, they might seem to become quite blurry. But, the structures of oppression remain just as robust. As she writes about her parents, matrimonial websites and strange Nair Conventions, Kavita explores the forms that caste and untouchability take in America. Pages: 1Language: EnglishAge-group: 20 and above “We don’t have avenues to talk about relationships. There’s always the fear of being judged.” Amongst other things, Jyotsna Siddharth discusses why it is important to have spaces where people within the Dalit community can make new connections and where they can finally be heard.
13.Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan, Nadika Nadja and Dhrubo Jyoti. Eleven Ways to Love: Essays
Pages: 288Language: English Publisher/Link: Penguin Random HouseAge-group: 18 and above How can there be one love, when we are so many? Is it possible to love in one way? It isn’t. And, this collection of eleven remarkable essays proves it! The titles: A Letter to My Lover(s), The Shade of You, Size Matters, A Cross-Section of My Bad Boyfriends, When New York Was Cold and I Was Lonely, The Aristoprats, The One but Not the Only, Where Are My Lesbians?, The Other Side of Loneliness, I Am Blind so Is Love!, and The Smartphone Freed Me: Dating as a Trans Woman.
14.Prem Choudhury. Redeeming ‘Honour’ Through Violence: Unravelling The Concept And Its Application.Pages: 23Language: EnglishAge-group: 22 and above Crimes perpetrated to uphold honour are fairly widespread across the world. But, what does honour mean? Choudhury conducts a detailed study of the concept of honour in relation to intra-caste and inter-caste marriages in India. Further, he looks into the effects of a changing political economy and granting of legal rights, the reasons behind defying customary marriage norms, the subsequent violence, and finally the role of caste/community collectives as regulatory authorities. Pages: 13Language: English Publisher/Link: Feminist ReviewAge-group: 22 and aboveRight-wing Hindu forces today argue that the idea of same-sex love and marriage, and indeed of marriage based on love itself, are Western imports. Why are they wrong? What are the origins of this heteropatriarchal oppression and how does it affect the lives of different women? Vanita further suggests that the opposition to cross-sex love marriages is quite similar to the opposition to same-sex marriages. What are they scared of? Do we desire too much?
16. Sudhir Kakar. Indian Love Stories.
What is love? Is it a dream?
This wonderfully translated collection of contemporary stories offers ten definitions and includes works by some of the most celebrated Indian writers like Amrita Pritam and Kamala Das. These are stories that will touch your heart.