Avni Doshi‘s Burnt Sugar: A Novel is a story of love and betrayal between a mother and her daughter, who now confronts the task of caring for a woman who never cared for her. It’s a journey into shifting memories and the subjective nature of truth. In Shruti Swamy’s The Archer, a young Indian woman discovers kathak, a centuries-old dance form requiring utmost discipline and focus. Soon, pursuing artistic transcendence through kathak becomes the organizing principle of her life. And as an uncertain future looms, she must settle the tensions between romantic love, her art, and the legacy of her imperfect mother. Moderated by author Meng Jin.