books by Indian authors October 2018
Much like the list of anticipated books by international authors, the list of books by Indian authors releasing in October is also dominated by non-fiction. A current Union Minister writes on foreign affairs and politicians, a rape survivor talks about her experience and how to deal with being raped, and an economist analyses the impact of religion on economics. The sole work of fiction on this list is a debut author who writes mythological fantasy fiction.


Shadowed City

Achala Upendran

Fantasy enthusiast and writer, Achala Upendran’s maiden offering, Shadowed City, the first book of the Sultanpur Chronicles, promises to be a thrilling ride. Peace has prevailed for hundreds of years over the massive and rich empire of Sultanpuri and it is prospering and growing. To maintain law and order, the practice of magic has been restricted to only a handful. However, dark forces are now at play and death and destruction looms over the entire empire after a spell releases a rakshasi (demon) into the capital city. This book stands out in our October-releasing books by Indian authors list as it is the only fiction.

Releasing on October 01. Buy it here.


Delusional Politics: Back To The Future

Hardeep Singh Puri

Current Union Minister of State with Independent Charge in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri, has been chairman of the UN Security Council-Terrorism Committee as well as President of the UN Security Council, and most of his career has involved international politics and diplomacy. It is safe to call him an authority on international politics. In Delusional Politics, he describes the actions of some of the most prominent politicians from countries such as China, Pakistan, the UK and the US and analyses their repercussions.   

Releasing on October 01. Buy it here.


The Radical In Ambedkar: Critical Reflections

Anand Teltumbde & Suraj Yengde

Civil rights activist, writer and IIT professor, Anand Teltumbde comes together with writer and post-doctorate fellow at Harvard Kennedy school, Suraj Yengde to edit this fascinating book which provides readers with different perspectives on Dalit leader and author of our Constitution, B.R. Ambedkar. Scholars as famous as Partha Chatterjee, Anupama Rao and Jean Drèze have written essays on Ambedkar’s theories on topics such as the conversions of Dalits, Marxism and feminism in the past. The Radical In Ambedkar is a collection of these essays and promises to shed new light on the thoughts of a revered national leader.

Releasing on October 15. Buy it here.


Fluid: The Approach Applied By Geniuses Over Centuries

Ashish Jaiswal

Challenging the popular notion that being a ‘jack of all trades, master of none’ is a bad thing, education activist Ashish Jaiswal’s book, Fluid, talks about how becoming a specialist is not the recipe for success. He theorises that the most prominent minds in history- from Da Vinci to Jobs, and Darwin to Raman, have been ‘fluid’ and have faced more failure than success while always remaining uncertain of their path in life. According to him, a willingness to change is needed to cope in a world where A.I. is replacing the human mind.

Releasing on October 15. Buy it here.


The Case For Reason: Volume One: Understanding The Anti-Superstition Movement

Narendra Dabholkar & Suman Oak (Tr.)

Marathi readers may be familiar with Timiratun Tejakade, rationalist Narendra Dabholkar’s Marathi book on why superstition and blind faith may lead to the downfall of our society. The Case For Reason is the first volume in a two-part series of its English translation. Dabholkar founded ANiS, an organisation dedicated to fighting superstition. He was often the target of Hindudtva leaders and was murdered by religious extremists a few years ago. This book discusses the many attempts of ANiS to educate the public on rationalism, expose the schemes of religious charlatans, as well as explain the dogma of religion and the importance of a scientific approach in our lives.

Releasing on October 17. Buy it here.


The Economics of Religion In India

Sriya Iyer

It is no secret that religion is an important aspect of everyday life in India. Multiple religions and sub-religions exist- sometimes peacefully and sometimes not. Based on a decade’s worth of research, The Economics Of Religion In India is a powerful book that analyses the connection between religion, economics and politics. Surprisingly, Iyer’s research shows that in more economically prosperous areas, religious violence is more common, as politicians exploit inequality and religious differences. However, it is not all bleak, as Iyer shows how religious organisations have also played a positive role in India’s socio-economic development.

Releasing on October 25. Buy it here.


What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape

Sohaila Abdulali

In the last few years, the ‘rape-culture’ in India has come to the forefront and everyone realises that there is a need to act. Gang-raped as a teenager, Abdulali became the first Indian rape survivor to talk about her experience nearly 30 years ago. She became an activist and has been counselling rape survivors for many years. Through this book, she wants to change the conversation around rape, consent, and life post-rape. She believes that as a society, we do not talk about it enough and that till the narrative around it is neither questioned nor discussed, the situation will never change.

Releasing on October 25. Buy it here.

Disclaimer: Some of these books were previously available on Kindle or as international editions which were available for import. This list features Indian editions of these books, which tend to be more affordable. The information featured here is accurate as of September 20, 2018.