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YA Fantasy Books: Duologies that You Need Get Your Hands On
With mesmerising lovers, burning revenge agendas and razzle-dazzle straight out of a fairytale, these five duologies will transport you to a world where anything is possible within the blink of an eye
Cyberpunk Books: 4 Must-Read Books About Antiheroes Trapped in High-Tech Dystopia
Advanced technology, dehumanised and gritty social order, and anarchist heroes come together to build the dystopia of Cyberpunk books. Enter into the orbit of futuristic chaos with these 4 books recommended by Kunzum's bookseller, Divye Bhagwani.
A Personal Narratives Reading List: Five Life Writings that Should Be on Your Shelves
From the variety of powerful, relatable and extraordinary personal narratives that exist around us, Kunzum recommends five life accounts that will make you feel close to the world we are living in
Exteriors: Annie Ernaux’s Solitude Resonates with Mine
An art curator and writer experiences a peculiar detachment from the world that allows her to observe it closely. As is often the case, she finds company and resonance in a book—Exteriors, written by French Nobel Laureate Annie Ernaux. By Arushi Vats
The Kunzum Gifting Guide – Part 2: Give Meaningful Books to Friend, Family, and Foe in 2023!
Books make for the best gifts! And given the enthusiastic response to our first gifting guide, our readers and patrons seem to agree. On popular demand, here's Part Two of Kunzum's Book Gifting Guide!
The Year of Magical Thinking: How Reading Joan Didion Helped Me Cope with Loss and Articulate Grief
A book critic reflects on his discovery of Joan Didion and the impact one of her books had on his grieving process, while also trying to decipher what makes the prose tick.
Queer Reading List: Four Non-fiction Books by Indians from 2022 that You Should Get from Kunzum This Year
The new year is well and truly here, but we are still not over these 2022 releases that gave us a whole new outlook on the word 'queer'.
The Kunzum Gifting Guide: Give Meaningful Books to Friend, Family, and Foe in 2023!
Make 2023 the year when you gift books to every person in your life! Here's a handy guide to give you some ideas for the people in your life.
Book Trends of 2022: A Year that Saw Indian Writing Focus on the Climate Crisis and the Best Guardians of Nature
These 2022 books reminded us yet again of our environment's beauty, importance, and fragility—and the urgency of protecting it.
Book Trends of 2022: The Partition Revisited, 75 Years On
There is no dearth of books on the Partition of India but 2022—which marked 75 years of the event—saw a spurt in the publishing of Partition literature, from records of oral narratives to fictional love stories and more.
Bookish Epiphanies: How an Introduction to Postcolonial Writing Changed My Reading Choices for Good
A literature graduate comes to terms with her colonial hangover, evident in her bookshelf choices, and urges you to do the same.
Kunzum Staff Picks: Top 3 Books We Loved Reading in 2022
As the year draws to a close, Kunzum's staff — who doubles as professional book readers — share their top three picks each from 2022.
Children’s Fiction for Grown-Ups: Read The Little Prince and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to Recalibrate your Compass
In a world tripping over its convoluted reasoning and rigid rules, children's fiction can open new doors of thinking. The Little Prince and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland are two such books that will turn your adult worldview upside down.
Book Review: The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
The Dictionary of Lost Words is a work of historical fiction centred around a girl who finds refuge from life's tragedies and society's inequalities in collecting words and their meanings, especially those rejected by a traditional dictionary—the first one of its kind.
An Abundance of Hope Amid Tragedy: How John Green’s Books Transcend the Young-Adult Bookshelf
John Green books have a way of breaching your walls and changing you from within. A Kunzum community manager revisits the novels that most affected him and pulls at the threads that connect them.
Love Reading Poetry on Instagram but Stumped about Books? Let Award-Winning Poet Arundhathi Subramaniam Curate Your Shelf
Many of our patrons enjoy stumbling across poetry on Instagram but don't know where to start when it comes to picking up books. So, we reached out to multiple-award-winning poet Arundhathi Subramaniam to ask her which books she recommends.
A Kunzum Poetry Reading List: Add Akhil Katyal’s Poetry Recommendations to Your TBR Pile!
Recognising some of the most poignant works of Indian literature, Akhil Katyal offers his poetry recommendations spanning Hindi, Urdu, and English languages. It's a great starting point for anyone who enjoys reading Katyal's poetry.
The Song of the Cell: A Critical Third Note in a Lyrical Life Quartet
A fiction fan narrates his growing fascination with Siddhartha Mukherjee’s books on the human body, and introduces the Pulitzer-winner's latest in the context of his oeuvre.
Book Review: Leeza Mangaldas’s ‘The Sex Book’ is a Necessary & Timely Sex-Education Tool in Today’s India
In a world where sexual crimes continue to rise and conversations around sex remain taboo, Leeza Mangaldas answers all the questions we’ve been too afraid to ask.
Fyodor Dostoevsky: A Life of Many Misfortunes that Birthed Timeless Literary Classics
The Russian writer behind seminal works like Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, and Notes from the Underground, dipped into his own trials and humiliations to craft his stories and characters.
Sylvia Plath’s Drawings: The Lesser-Known Art of a Famous Writer
Browsing a bookshop can spring happy surprises. Kunzum helped a fan of Sylvia Plath discover a hidden facet of her life: drawing.