Top 10 Anthology Books of 2017 – India

 

Like all genres, the anthology has gained wide popularity and is still climbing uphill in terms of its readers. An anthology is a collection or a group of short stories, essays, or poems that are written by various authors and fitted into a single book. By reading anthology books, readers enjoy the heavenly works of different poets or authors in a variety of genres and all that in just one single package. Also, these anthology books have been gaining wide popularity in India as more and more readers are switching their attention to these types of works.

 

Interpreter of Maladies

This book is a collection of nine short stories. The stories focus on the lives of Indians and Indian Americans who are trapped in their roots and the "New World."

Read it For:
This impressive work will surely give you a diverse picture of Indian Americans and their identities as a whole. The book also depicts more about human communication, relationships, etc.
Don't Read it For:
This book portrays the frequently avoided female diaspora subject.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is an excellent piece of work that has a unique style. This book doesn't just portray some random short stories, but a "short story cycle" in which the motifs and themes are purposely connected to obtain a growing effect on the reader. This is the reason why the book has entered in our top 10 books of 2017 list.

The Oxford India Anthology of Twelve Modern Indian Poets

The book portrays a collection of unusually sensitive pieces of work in English. The collection includes over 130 works by 12 different poets including Jayanta Mahapatra, Vikram Seth, A.K. Ramanujan, Nissim Ezekiel, and Keki N. Daruwalla.

Read it For:
This book is especially for anyone who is into contemporary poetry, and poetic usages of English in modern India.
Don't Read it For:
The books mainly focus on modern India and the works included in the book may not intentionally have any connection between them.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is complete with critical introductions and insightful biographies of all the poets who have their works included in the book. It is also the ultimate anthology of modern Indian poetry in the English language.

Recasting Women: Essays in Colonial History

The book tries to explore the inter-relation of patriarchies with law, culture, and economy. The authors have utilized women's questions as an entry point to reform our understanding of social reform in colonial India. The anthology also unveils the dialectical relation of feminism and patriarchy, both in the politics of anticolonial movements and in the policies of the imperial state.

Read it For:
The group of essays portrayed through this book stands at an unsaid, unarticulated conjuncture within the women's studies and the feminist movement that began way back in the 1970s.
Don't Read it For:
The book has lack of representatives meaning that the essays are limited to the dominant Hindu community that is mainly from the middle class and North India.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book portrays the lives of Indian women and the obstacles that they have to face. The book is considered to be a significant contribution that is done by the Indian feminist movement.

Wisden on India: An Anthology

This anthology provides the progress of India through Wisden's pages with the help of articles, obituaries, match reports, and illustrations to bring the extraordinary team of India to win with flying colors.

Read it For:
This a great book that will be enjoyed by any cricket lover, especially an Indian cricket fan. It portrays the progress of India in sports, i.e., cricket.
Don't Read it For:
The book is all about cricket, especially Indian cricket and if you are not a great cricket fan, you might not find it an enjoyable read.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is an outstanding piece for any Indian cricket lover as it portrays the history of cricket in India right from the 1890s. It shows match reports, articles, notes, etc. It will be your excellent bedside companion if you are into cricket.
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The Dance of the Peacock

The book depicts poetry in English by both Indians and Diasporic Indians. It is an excellent diverse group of modern poetry from India.

Read it For:
This book is rare as it has a diverse collection of poets representing Indo-English poetry.
Don't Read it For:
This anthology book doesn't pretend to be a comprehensive collection but rather a rewarding and original sampler for those who understand it.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book gives us a combination of poetry, fiction and short stories which makes it a unique read. You can genuinely purchase it as it is in our book recommendations.

Ramayana Stories in Modern South India

This book brings together the modern retellings of the Ramayana epic that was translated from four major south Indian languages and genres as diverse as poetry, folk songs, short stories, and drama.

Read it For:
The author has included a great selection of viewpoints and writings from the ancient epic Ramayana that is thought-provoking to the reader. Apart from this, it also has the aspects of the South Indian culture and history.
Don't Read it For:
As the book mainly focuses on the retellings of the epic Ramayana, you can expect things from the past, and some modern readers may not enjoy it.
What makes this book stand out?:
This engaging anthology has translations of twenty-two primary texts along with clear essays that provide the readers with frameworks and background for understanding the book.

The Inner Courtyard: Stories

This is a book with a combination of Indian short fiction by women writing in India, America, and Britain. The work is a multicultural and multilingual one. These overlapping aspects give us dazzling stories that are violent, tragic, funny, etc.

Read it For:
The book explores old themes like caste and hierarchy, relationships, colonialism and its aftermath, sexuality and the search for identity.
Don't Read it For:
The stories are mainly women-centric and a reader expecting something else won't find the book interesting.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is a delightful collection of stories that charts the complexity of writings done by women. The book has a various range of writers from Anita Desai, Kamla Das to Mahasveta Devi. The book has translations in languages like Urdu, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, and Bengali.

Passages: 24 Modern Indian Stories

As the subtitle suggests, this book has 24 stories from different authors who have shared their Indian experience from years of colonial rule and the challenges they had to face in the west. The writers include Salman Rushdie, R. K. Narayan, Jhumpa Lahiri, Anita Desai, Rohinton Mistry, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Kiran Desai, etc.

Read it For:
It gives the taste of diverse India and the richness of its culture in literary.
Don't Read it For:
The stories mainly focus on the lives of the authors and their experiences both in India and abroad. So anyone looking for better may not find much in the book.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book illuminates the experiences from different parts of India along with those in the west. It has many authors, both Indians and non-Indians. They cover everything from culture, religion, castes and the experiences of immigrants and emigrants.

Mirrorwork: 50 Years of Indian Writing 1947-1997

This is a unique anthology that has thirty-two works by Indian authors over the past half-century.

Read it For:
It provides beautiful insights into the work of Indian authors including the novice ones.
Don't Read it For:
Don't expect more stories or essays as the book has many novel excerpts.
What makes this book stand out?:
The contents of the book are chronologically arranged to show the development of Indian literature in the English language. This book is among the best books to read.

Hoops of Fire

The anthology is a collection of stories that are written by Pakistani women which portray events such as Pakistan's' history, wars with India, taking part in nationalism, independence and the creation of Bangladesh.

Read it For:
Get insights into Pakistan's history and how they got their independence!
Don't Read it For:
The book mainly focuses on Pakistan's history, their wars with India, etc. So there isn't any fictitious story but rather actual incidents that took place.
What makes this book stand out?:
The complete and actual events that took place in Pakistan's history have been captured in the book. It is among the top books for any history lover.

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