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    23 Books By Female Authors You Ought To Read This Women's Day

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    1. Chup: Breaking the Silence About India's Women by Deepa Narayan - ₹401

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    This book is a collection of interviews conducted by the author that reveal the stark presence of gender inequality, how women are trained to be "invisible", internalised conservative mindsets, deeply-rooted stereotypes and stigmas, and how patriarchy plays a role in silencing women - both in rural and urban scenarios.

    2. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - ₹179

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    This humorous and slice-of-life book revolves around the lives of the March sisters - the nearly perfect ‘little woman’ Meg, the tomboyish Jo, the shy but wise Beth, and the artist of the family Amy. Sometimes knotted, sometimes surprising, this coming-of-age novel brings for you a delightfully surprising yarn of family life and how family helps overcome all difficulties.

    3. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath - ₹144

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    Sylvia Plath is brilliant. Period. Just read it already!

    4. Mahasweta by Sudha Murty - ₹206

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    Explore the social stigma and ostracism that a woman faces, and how she overcomes it, in this poignant and eye-opening book by everyone's favourite writer, Sudha Murthy.

    5. Daughters of the Sun: Empresses, Queens and Begums of the Mughal Empire by Ira Mukhoty - ₹454

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    The very first attempt to chronicle the women who played a vital role in building the Mughal empire, Daughters of the Sun is an illuminating and gripping history of a little known aspect of the most magnificent dynasty the world has ever known. A fascinating narrative of the women of the Mughal empire.

    6. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell - ₹271

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    Gone With the Wind is a story about the tumultuous life of Scarlett O'Hara, a feisty young lady who wants the best, no matter what it takes.

    7. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank - ₹99

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    This eye-opening and inspiring book is a compilation of diary entries by Anne Frank - a resilient, strong, compassionate, and assertive young girl who talks about her daily experiences whilst in hiding during World War II. She's witty, she's smart, she's opinionated, and she's loving, kind and hopeful. Raw, honest, and motivating, this book will play with your heartstrings for sure.

    8. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur - ₹389

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    Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival and the experience of violence, love, abuse, loss and feminity. A lovely read.

    9. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - ₹79

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    Austen's works boast of strong female leads who cut through the narrow fabric of society and tradition, and Pride and Prejudice is no exception. Both a witty satire and a love story, this one is must-read.

    10. The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakurni - ₹273

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    If you're a Mahabharata fan, you must read this rendition told from Draupadi's perspective. Read it to know her side of the story.

    11. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou - ₹414

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    Maya Angelou's debut memoir has become an classic beloved worldwide. She beautifully evokes her childhood with her grandmother in the American south of the 1930s. She learns the power of the white folks at the other end of town and suffers the terrible trauma of rape by her mother's lover.

    However, far from being dispiriting, James Baldwin writes, 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings liberates the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life with such a moving wonder, such a luminous dignity.'

    12. Red Clocks by Leni Zumas - ₹438

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    In this ferociously imaginative novel, abortion is once again illegal in America, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty, and property to every embryo. In a small Oregon fishing town, five very different women navigate these new barriers. It's frightening, fearless, and powerful.

    13. Those Pricey Thakur Girls by Anuja Chauhan - ₹344

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    Experience Chauhan's writing at its best with this witty rom-com.

    14. Women by Chloe Cadwell - ₹451

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    Women is about loving women, falling in love with a woman, and being a woman - this book is about finding yourself and your identity. Candid, sensuous, and gritty.

    15. Lifting the Veil by Ismat Chughtai - ₹263

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    At a time when writing by and about women was rare and tentative, Chughtai explored female sexuality with unparalleled frankness and examined the political and social mores of her time.

    Lifting the Veil brings together Ismat Chughtai’s fiction and non-fiction writing. The twenty-one pieces in this selection are Chughtai at her best, marked by her brilliant turn of phrase, scintillating dialogue and wry humor, her characteristic irreverence, wit and eye for detail.

    16. Nur Jahan's Daughter by Tanushree Podder - ₹253

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    Nur Jahan ruled Hindustan from behind the Mughal throne for sixteen years. Her story is one of wonder and awe and she is the delight of historians and writers the world over.

    In this historical novel, Tanushree Poddar explores the life of her forgotten daughter, Laadli, who found herself trapped in the world of her ruthless and ambitious mother.

    A thrilling saga of the treachery, power struggle and decadence that was part of life in Mughal India, this is also the tragic story of a girl who, most reluctantly, is forced to become a princess in one of the most splendid courts in the world.

    17. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah - ₹316

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    Vivid and exquisite in its illumination of a time and place that was filled with atrocities, but also humanity and strength, Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale will provoke thought and discussion that will have readers talking long after they finish reading.

    18. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - ₹379

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    Offred is a Handmaid in The Republic of Gilead, a religious totalitarian state in what was formerly known as the United States. She is placed in the household of The Commander, Fred Waterford – her assigned name, Offred, means ‘of Fred’. She has only one function: to breed. If Offred refuses to enter into sexual servitude to repopulate a devastated world, she will be hanged.

    This one's a must-read for all you dystopia fans.

    19. Not Without My Daughter by Betty Mahmoody - ₹309

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    Betty Mahmoody and her husband, Dr Sayyed Bozorg Mahmoody ('Moody'), came to Iran from the USA to meet Moody's family. With them was their four-year-old daughter, Mahtob. Betty soon became desperate to return to the States. But Moody, and his often vicious family, had other plans. Mother and daughter became prisoners of an alien culture, hostages of an increasingly tyrannical and violent man.

    Betty began to try to arrange an escape. Find out what happens next in this gripping book.

    20. 999: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz by Heather Dune Macadam - ₹1,591

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    The facts of the first official Jewish transport to Auschwitz are little known, yet profoundly relevant today. These were not resistance fighters or prisoners of war. There were no men among them. Sent to almost certain death, the young women were powerless and insignificant not only because they were Jewish—but also because they were female.

    Now acclaimed author Heather Dune Macadam reveals their poignant stories to create an important addition to Holocaust literature and women’s history.

    21. The Color Purple by Alice Walker - ₹345

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    The Colour Purple brings forward many important topics such as racism, sexism, poverty, sexual abuse, domestic violence, LGBTQ+ culture, education, resistance, and strength. It's the story of Celia, Shug Avery, Sofia, and Mary Agnes and how they struggle and ultimately succeed in overcoming all the oppressive forces around them.

    22. Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit - ₹579

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    Men Explain Things To Me features 7 essays by the author that speak about gender wars, feminist movements, misogyny, power, and violence against women. Scathing and hilarious at the same time.