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Apr 23, 2018

5 books that will change the way you see the world around you

Oxfam India   /   Sanya Sodhi

 Away from all the jargon that explains inequality, we bring to you a list of 5 compelling reads, which explain the multidimensional complexity of the problem of inequality. The books below (with descriptions provided by their publishers) will change the way you see the world around you.


Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy’s much awaited novel brings out the voices of the most marginalized section of the Indian society; and it is heart breaking, to say the least. 

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on a journey of many years – the story spooling outwards from the cramped neighbourhoods of Old Delhi into the burgeoning new metropolis and beyond, to the Valley of Kashmir and the forests of Central India. 




Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche 
From the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun, a dazzling new novel: a story of love and race centered around a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home.
While Americanah is a tale of individual characters, it is also a sweepingcritique of race and racism in America, England, and Nigeria.


Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo
From Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo, a landmark work of narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the twenty-first century’s great, unequal cities.


In this brilliantly written, fast-paced book, based on three years of uncompromising reporting, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human.




The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Set in the deep American South between the wars, it is the tale of Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation. Raped repeatedly by the man she calls 'father', she has two children taken away from her, is separated from her beloved sister Nettie and is trapped into an ugly marriage.




Joothan: A Dalit’s Life by Omprakash Valmiki
A searing memoir of the life of a sensitive and intelligent Dalit youth in independent India. It tells us how he overcame contempt, humiliation and violence to gain an education and join the slowly growing ranks of Dalit intellectuals in India. 


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