•THE COURTESANS OF KARIM STREET: A NOVEL
New Delhi: Niyogi Books
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An anonymous letter. The promise of a redgold tree. And Dr. Megan Adams sets off on a ten thousand mile journey. From the scenic suburbs of Princeton and poorer neighborhoods in New Jersey, America, onwards to India, to New Delhi’s opulent enclaves and the narrow bazaars of the old city, Megan’s travel plucks her from the politics of American academia to bring her face to face with the lurking shadows of an untold past. On an entirely different journey is Naina, a young Indian woman who must navigate the stony, impenetrable divide between the old and new sides of Delhi every day. Inheritor of an ancient tradition that pre-dated India’s colonized history, she can still hear the music of the sarangi and the tinkling whisper of anklets. The stories of the two women, their cultures, their pasts and postcolonial presents, collide. And a saga unfolds, of love, loss and liberation, of timeless friendships, and of impossible choices.
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• THE BEST ASIAN SHORT STORIES
New stories selected, edited, and introduced by judge and guest-editor Debotri Dhar
Singapore: Kitaab, 2018
Kitaab’s The Best Asian Short Stories 2018 is a lively collection of stories by creative writers in Asia and Asian writers from the worldwide diaspora, including Canada, USA, and UK. Gender relations, cultural collisions, art, travel, and the vicissitudes of love and life are some of the themes in this richly-woven tapestry of tales. More than 200 writers from 15 countries sent in their work for consideration in this global contest, out of which 19 stories were selected by Debotri Dhar.
'Poochho Mat! Don't Even Ask' by Aditi Mehrotra (India) delightfully juxtaposes textbook passages and news clippings on women's empowerment with everyday life vignettes of domesticity from a small town. 'Festival Time,' a superb translation of Japanese writer Mogami Ippei by Avery Udagawa (US/Thailand), uses the setting of a local music festival to explore continuity and change in a culture; elder care, people becoming old, boys becoming men. 'Letting Go' by Hezreen Abdul Rashid (Malaysia), a poignant story about old typewriters , invokes a deep yearning for a universe where beloved grandfathers never die.
These and other stories in the volume, beautifully narrated, about real and magical worlds; intercultural, interracial, and inter-caste love; tradition, modernity, and their interstices; about elite neighborhoods and shanty towns, and the hopes and desperation in each; about work, and the cycles of life, represent Asia in all its diversity and complexity. Today, when we are all travelers in some sense or another, in ways perhaps unprecedented, these stories must be told.
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• EDUCATION AND GENDER
EDITED, WITH A CRITICAL INTRODUCTION
London, New York: Bloomsbury Academic
New, original scholarly papers edited and with a substantive introduction by Dr. Debotri Dhar, Education and Gender draws on international research from USA, UK, India, Mexico, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Caribbean, to provide a comprehensive global overview of the relationship between gender and education. Rooting constructions of gender and sexuality both in the women’s movement, and in specific geographical contexts and time-frames, the contributors use multiple research methods (ethnography, archival research, participant observation, textual and statistical analysis) as they consider a range of themes, including gaps in educational opportunities and outcomes; gender stereotyping in curricula; pedagogical strategies; STEM fields; public and non-profit initiatives; and education policies. Drawing on best practices worldwide, the book identifies current gaps and proposes solutions to promote gender-just, equitable, and pluralistic societies.
REVIEWS: "Debotri Dhar has brought together a formidable collection of international authors who have contributed their own particular expertise... Dhar introduces the book by advocating the importance of access to education around the world. She sets the scene for the remainder of the book by promoting the need for academics, humanitarians, policy makers and politicians alike to critically examine the relationship between gender and education." - British Journal of Education Studies
"This volume, expertly edited by Debotri Dhar, presents a remarkable range of current scholarship within the field of education development and gender ... This book is a must-read for anyone wishing to engage meaningfully with [the topics] ... Well-researched, well-written, and well-framed." - International Review of Education
•Also see EDUCATION IN SOUTH ASIA AND THE INDIAN OCEAN ISLANDS
Co-edited. London, New York, New Delhi, Sydney: Bloomsbury Academic.
Education in South Asia and the Indian Ocean Islands is a critical reference guide to educational policies, challenges, and best practices in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Comoros Islands, Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles and Zanzibar.
• LOVE IS NOT A WORD: THE CULTURE AND POLITICS OF DESIRE
New and original essays edited and with an introduction by Debotri Dhar
New Delhi: Speaking Tiger Books, 2020
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This is a collection of twelve essays on love by scholars, literary critics, essayists, and journalists. Love: at once art, insight, event, encounter, aporia, utopia, ethic. The volume straddles literature, culture, history, metaphysics, politics, and their interstices. While many of the essays have an Indian and South Asian focus, the volume as a whole is also in conversation with “Western” and transnational ideas and discourses.
Contributing authors: Malashri Lal, Rakhshanda Jalil, Sumana Roy, Makarand Paranjape, Alka Pande, Parvati Sharma, Zafar Anjum, Christina Thomas Dhanaraj, Mehr Afshaan Farooqi, Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay, Didier Coste, and Debotri Dhar.
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