Aziz’s Notebook: At the heart of the Iranian Revolution written by Chowra Makaremi from Yoda Press.
In 2004, Chowra Makaremi discovered the notebook written years before by her since-deceased maternal grandfather, Aziz Zarei. The notebook recounts the tragic destiny of Aziz’s two daughters in the Teheran of the 1980s: the first one, Chowra’s aunt, was arrested and executed, despite being 8-months pregnant in 1982.

The second, Chowra’s own mother, was arrested in 1981 and was imprisoned and tortured for 7 long years before she was finally killed in the mass-murder of political prisoners in Iran’s prisons during the year 1988.

Written by an ordinary, pious man and a desperate father, this notebook brings to life those tragic years in general, and in particular the ‘prison massacre of 1988’, when personal tragedy joined History in the making of a country which has yet to find peace with itself and with the world.

In our Biography section, Rs. 250, in paperback , 200 pages, ISBN: 9789382579021

The Other Global City, Edited by Shail Mayaram from Yoda Press.

“Global cities” are generally exclusively defined by flows of global capital/ This narrow conception of global urbanity invalidates cities such as Byzantium-Constantinople-Istanbul which has been a global city for over fifteen centuries, Abbasid Baghdad that was once a global city for science, and Bombay which has longed claimed to be a global city for cineme and the arts. The present volume attempts to redress the balance. It contends that thinking about the city in the longue duree’ and as part of a network of regions, contents both imperial and nationalist ways of reading cities. In doing so, it looks at what recent literature overlooks, presents neglected counter-cartographies and foregrounds subaltern cosmopolitanisms.

Chapters on Istanbul, Cairo and Beirut present counter-cartographies of cities that were as much Asiatic and African as European, while those on Bukhara, Lhasa, Delhi, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo highlight an alternatively cosmopolitanism in Asian cities and conflicts and violence. In addition to the famous question, who has the right to the city, The Other Global City asks, do cities have rights? Seeking a way to re- image the global city, the present volume should be required reading for anthropologists, sociologists, urbanists and planners and will also be of interest to the general reader.

In our Urban Studies section, Rs. 395, in paperback, 200 pages, ISBN: 9789380403168

Violent Belongings: Partition, Gender and National Culture in Postcolonial India by Kavita Daiya from Yoda Press.

The 1947 Partition of India resulted in the death of two million people and the displacement of sixteen million more. It continues to haunt contemporary life in India-not only for discourse that debates the place of religion in India, but also for the historical interpretation of justice and minority belongings, and for the tension- ridden struggle over the production of secular, national culture in the subcontinent.

Violent Belongings is about the relation between culture in the subcontinent world, exploring contemporary ethnic and gendered violence, and the questions about belonging that trouble nations and nationalisms today. Kavita Daiya examines South Asian ethnic violence and related mass migration in and after 1947 though its representation in postcolonial Indian, and more broadly, global South Asian literature and culture.

By investigating such texts as Khushwant Singh’s Train to Pakistan with Salman Rushdie’s Shalimar the Clown and Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Interpreter of Maladies, alongside the writings of Mahatma Gandhi and Bollywood cinema- diasporic films like Deepa Mehta’s Earth- Daiya illuminates the cultural and political negotiation of postcolonial migration, nationality and violence in transnational public spheres.

In our History and Culture section, Rs. 450, in paperback, 244 pages, ISBN: 9789380403021