2021 guide record: Orhan Pamuk, Salman Rushdie, Jhumpa Lahiri developing with their works
Novels by Orhan Pamuk, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Jhumpa Lahiri, a collection by Salman Rushdie, and memories by Ravi Shastri, Girish Karnad, and Priyanka Chopra are some of the highlights of 2021 book lovers can look forward to.
Another expected book of the year – “Chronicles of the Land of the Happiest People in the World” by Nigerian legend Wole Soyinka, his first novel in 48 years – will be published by Bloomsbury in September.
Several memoirs will be published during the year. These include “Enter Stage Right: The Family Memories of Alkazi / Padamsee” by Feisal Alkazi (talking tiger); “This Life at Play” by Girish Karnad and Ravi Shastri’s memoirs with Ayaz Memon (both HarperCollins); “The Untold Story of HD Deve Gowda” by Sugata Srinivasaraju (Penguin Random House), “Sach Kahun Toh” by Neena Gupta and “The Stranger in the Mirror” by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra (Rupa).
Some of the children’s books are “Hop On: My Adventures on Boats, Trains, and Airplanes” by Ruskin Bond and “The History of World Cultures by Subhadra Sen Gupta” (both Talking Cub); “All Time Favorites for Children” by Ruskin Bond, “Let’s Go Time Traveling # 2” by Subhadra Sen Gupta (both PRH) and “50 Greatest Stories for Older Children” and “100 Greatest Stories for Young Children” (Hachette India).
This year there will also be many books on the subject of cinema, including “Unscripted Conversations on Life and Cinema” by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Abhijat Joshi (PRH), Diptakirti Chaudhuri’s “BollyGeek: The Crazy Guide to Bollywood Trivia” and the four Series “Bolly Dates”, “Bolly Places”, “Bolly Characters” and “Bolly Things” (Hachette) as well as a comprehensive guide to pregnancy by Kareena Kapoor Khan (Juggernaut).
The culinary books include “Spiced, Smoked, Pickled, Preserved: Recipes and Memories from the Eastern Hills of India” by Indranee Ghosh and Shubhra Chatterji’s “Rasa: The History of India in 100 Dishes” (both Hachette), “A foretaste of my life “by Chitrita Banerji (Pan Macmillan) and a cheeky” All he left me was a recipe “by Shenaz Treasurywala (PRH).
Penguin Random House India’s publishing list includes Pamuk’s “Nights of Plague”, “Unfinished: A Memoir” by Chopra Jonas, Lahiri’s “Whereabouts”, “Languages of Truth” by Rushdie, “The Art of Bitfulness: In the Digital World stay healthy”. by Nandan Nilekani and Tanuj Bhojwani and among others from “Actually … I met you: A memory” by Gulzar.
It will also feature Amitav Ghosh’s “The Nutmeg Curse: A Parable for a Planet in Crisis”, Tahmima Anam’s “The Start-Up Wife”, “Eden An Indian Retelling of Jewish, Christian and Islamic Lore” by Devdutt Pattanaik, “Eden Wie to avoid a climate catastrophe ”by Bill Gates,“ Klara And The Sun ”by Ishiguro,“ First Person Singular ”by Haruki Murakami,“ The President’s Daughter ”by Bill Clinton and James Patterson.
HarperCollins India’s list includes books like “The Last Queen” by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, “Club You To Death” by Anuja Chauhan, and Nikita Singhs “What Do You See When You Look In The Mirror?” and “Don’t Say It” by Malini Agrawal aka MissMalini.
Rupa Publications will publish titles such as Subramanian Swamys “Ayodhya and Beyond: National Hindutva Awakening”, Manish Malhotra’s memoir “One Big Blur”, Vinod, and the book “By Many A Happy Accident: Memories of a Life” by former Vice President Hamid Ansari publish Rais “The BCCI Story” and Yashwant Sinha’s “India’s Foreign Policy Blunders”.
The sister publication Aleph will publish books such as “Pride, Prejudice & Punditry: The Essential Shashi Tharoor” by Tharoor, Amitava Kumar’s “A Time Outside This Time”, Annie Zaidi’s “One of Them”, “It’s a Wonderful Life: Roads to Happiness” . from Ruskin Bond and Deepti’s Naval memoir “A Land Called Childhood”.
Titles Simon & Schuster will release include “Guru Dutt: An Unfinished Story” by Yasser Usman, “Shikwa-e-Hind: The Political Future of Indian Muslims” by Mujibur Rehman and Chandrahas Choudhury’s “The Taste of Literature”.
“The History of the Horse: A History of India on Horseback” by Yashaswini Chandra, Sundeep Bhutoria’s “The Bera Bond”, “After I Was Raped: The Immeasurable Lives of Five Rape Survivors” by Urmi Bhattacheryya and “Gangster State: The Rise” and Case of the CPIM in West Bengal ”by Sourjya Bhowmick are some of the books to be published by Pan Macmillan.
Amaryllis’ list includes “More Things in Heaven and Earth” by Kiran Manral, “I’m Old, I’m Wise and I Know My Shit” by Bevinda Collaco, Shivani Singh’s “Nalanda”, “It’s About Mynah” Rucha Chitrodia, Anvita Sudarshan’s “Beauty Queen: The Road to Splendor” and “India and Far Lands: 5,000 Years of Networked History” by Ashutosh Mehndiratta.
There will also be anniversary editions of classics like “Pride and Prejudice”, “The Picture of Dorian Gray” and “The Arabian Nightmare”.
Oxford will publish interesting titles such as “The Kashmir Backchannel: How India and Pakistan Negotiated the Kashmir Deal 2004-2007” by Happymon Jacob, “Militant Piety and Lines of Control: The Deadly Literature of Lashkar-e-Taiba” by C Christine Fair , Ashis Nandy’s “Breakfast with Evil and Other Risky Endeavors: The Non-Essential Ashis Nandy” and Tauseef Ahmad’s “Islam and Democracy in the 21st Century”.
Some of the titles of SAGE publications are “Alt-Right Movement: Racism, Patriarchy, and Xenophobia Against Immigrants” by Ipsita Chatterjee; “BJP-led regime in Assam: Saffron in the rainbow” by Akhil Ranjan Dutta; and “How People Buy Online: The Psychology Behind Consumer Behavior” by Seema Gupta.
Tiger’s nonfiction books include “Locking Down the Poor: The Pandemic and India’s Morale Center” by Harsh Mander; “Files: My days in the CBI and IPS” by the former CBI boss Amar Pratap Singh and “Winged stallions and bad mares: The horse in Indian myth and in Indian history” by Wendy Doniger.
Some of his fiction titles are “The Loves of Yuri” by Jerry Pinto; “Traveling With My Beloved Spirit” by Bulbul Sharma; “The Gravestone in My Garden: Stories” by Temsula Ao and “Last Light of Glory Days: Stories from Nagaland” by Avinuo Kire.
Hachette will publish international authors such as Stephen King (“Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption”); Martin Lindstrom (“The Ministry of Common Sense”); Damon Centola (“Change: How Big Things Happen”) and Scott Haas (“Ukeireru: Happiness and Acceptance through Japanese Wisdom”).
Also published is “In Search of the Divine: Sufism Practices in India” by Rana Safvi.
Roli Books will publish titles such as an English translation of Abdul Ghaffar Khan’s autobiography in Pashto. “Fractured Freedom: A Prison Memoir” by Kobad Ghandy; “1946: The Indian Naval Uprising that Shook the Empire” by Pramod Kapoor and “City of Closed Walls: The Map of Shahajahanabad,” featuring text by Swapna Liddle and visually curated by Pramod Kapoor.
Niyogi Books titles include translations of Indira Goswami’s “Five Novellas About Women” and Anita Agnihotri’s “Mahanadi: A Novel About the River”; “Growing up Jewish in India: Synagogues, Customs and Communities from the Bene Israel to the Art of Siona Benjamin”, edited by Ori Z Soltes; and “Reflections on Mughal Art and Culture” by Roda Ahluwalia.