Editor’s Pick: Top New Releases By Women This March

March is not only the third month of the year, it is probably the only one that asks you to move forward, to ‘March.’ And what better than reading to let your thoughts and work drift through all hurdles and conquer goals that reach the sky. The month of March celebrates World Book Day, International Women’s Day and Women’s History month. A combination of all these observances led us to hand-pick the top new releases by women this month from the Indian subcontinent. There is no dearth of talented women writers and it gives us much delight to select a few worth reading this month. These books are written by women, but they aren’t only for women, they are for everyone as reading is never gender biased. Starting in March, we will bring you book recommendations every month from notable and new authors that you must read.

Twenty-nine Going on Thirty – Andaleeb Wajid

Andaleeb is one of the few women in India who has blended food beautifully with fiction. She has written 13 books already and most of them feature food as a major factor. Her titles are droolworthy too – More Than Just Biriyani sounds so delicious that you would want to have more of it! I’ve read a few of hers and they are perfect light reads, mostly showcasing her USP of portraying the urban Muslim families from Southern India. Twenty-nine Going on Thirty is about Priya and her friends who are all approaching the coveted three-O mark and dealing with the weight of that milestone. Tugged between love and friendship, get a peek into Priya’s life and who knows, you might find a slice of your own self too!

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The Fisher Queen’s Dynasty – Kavita Kane

Kavita Kane deserves a lot of applause for fishing out lesser known women from the Hindu mythology and creating amazing stories around them. She has written four books where the lead characters have been Urmila, Menaka, Surpanakha and Urvi. This time she has chosen Satyavati, another female character from the Mahabharat who has mostly remained elusive. All we know is that she was the Queen of Hastinapur and wife of King Shantanu. She was the daughter of a cursed Apsara who turned into a fish. Satyavati was abandoned in childhood and she persevered until she became a queen. Not much is written about her in the Mahabharat, so Kavita must have had a hard time doing extensive research to bring forth her story. Read about this incredibly strong woman, written by another strong one.

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Peace Has Come – Parismita Singh

Hailing from the North-East and achieving success is not an easy task in India. Parismita Singh has been a published author since long. She’s also a graphic novelist with two publications. Peace Has Come is a collection of short stories set in Assam during the ceasefire. Why ceasefire, you might ask? It’s been long since the Government is in a ceasefire with the ethnic tribes in the state, mainly with the demand of a Bodoland. Parismita explores the fierce situation, the tension in the air, people always on a cue even during peace. There are stories of love, war, resolution, curfew and a glimpse of the many cultures that reside in Assam. From what it seems, this book might be the one this year that many of us from Eastern India would cherish.

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Touch The Sky – Rashmi Bansal

An inspiration for women writers and entrepreneurs since long, Rashmi Bansal has written 8 books that are each noteworthy in their own merit. She’s also a motivational speaker and mentor to students and young entrepreneurs. ~Her books have sold more than million copies and have been translated into several languages. Touch The Sky literally lives up to the title as it presents 15 stories of women across India who have risen above all roadblocks. Rashmi has scoured stories from Korba to Kashmir and written about these women who have suffered immensely and yet have been able to conquer. Get your dose of inspiration this month as this book is surely for women, of women and by a woman.

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A Girl Like That – Tanaz Bhathena

It’s the month of spring and we surely need a fresh start to everything, including our reading choices. A Girl Like That is a debut novel by Tanaz Bhathena that has garnered praise from authors like Jodi Picoult. Tanaz was born in Mumbai and raised in Riyadh, Jeddah and Toronto. Her novel is about a teenage couple and the questions that their accidental death digs up. The religious police is summoned to investigate and the stuff that they discover might not be what they intended to. This novel raises questions about morality, race, identity, class and religion. It’s a wonderful opportunity to peek into a different world, seen from the perspective of a traveller.

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Do We Not Bleed? – Mehr Tarar

A former journalist and freelancer columnist, Mehr Tarar has expressed her voice and opinion from Pakistan quite often. In this book, she has written about original profiles of some Pakistanis , a few of them known and most of them pretty unknown to the rest of the world. The book is divided into five thematic sections that explore far and wide into her country and share stories of incredible strength and bravery. There is also a section about India where she writes about her connection with Delhi and admiration for Amitabh Bachhan. Written in her inimitable style, Mehr Tarar’s first book is a remarkably honest account of her beloved country.

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A Handbook For My Lover – Rosalyn D’Mello

This book is an erotic memoir and a rare book from an Indian woman. Rosalyn D’Mello is an art writer and researcher based in Delhi. She has edited The Art Critic, a selected collection of Richard Bartholomew’s art writing over a period. A Handbook For My Lover is guised as an instructive manual, though it portrays an unusual love story between a writer and her lover, an older photographer. The book explores intimacies of love and lovemaking and most importantly, a woman’s sexual desires and demands from her lover. Definitely one of a kind in Indian Literature, this one might invoke interesting sensibilities in a reader that they were shy of expressing.

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The Perils of Being Moderately Famous – Soha Ali Khan

Have you known what it is like to be the daughter of celebrity parents? While most of us haven’t, Soha Ali Khan has grown up with famous parents like Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Sharmila Tagore. Her brother Saif Ali Khan and former sister-in-law Amrita Singh have been film stars too. Not considering the fact that Soha is a successful actress and a princess, of all things! With so many titles and responsibilities upon her young shoulders, it must have been tough growing up and creating a niche for herself in the big bad world. Soha has penned down beautiful essays and anecdotes about her life and perils of being (moderately) famous in this quirky book that we think you ought to read. Just for a touch of inspiration, may be?

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While you read these amazing books, here’s wishing everyone Happy Women’s Day from the Writersmelon team (which, coincidentally comprises of women only, including our young interns)!


Aspiring author, frequent blogger, freelance editor, book critic, movie buff, mihidana fanatic. Lives in Pune. Before the above titles, I was a PhD dropout in Soil Science from the US of A, which rather coerced me into switching gears and professions. I work in both English and my mother tongue Bengali.

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