South Asian Review Database

updated Sunday, July 11, 2010

Books about South Asia and by South Asians that qualify for the South Asian Author Challenge:

Saffron Dreams – Shaila Abdullah

Haunting Bombay – Shilpa Agarwal

The Forbidden Daughter – Shobhan Bantwal 

The Sari Shop Widow – Shobhan Bantwal

Modern Spice – Monica Bhide

Salaam, Paris – Kavita Daswani

The Music Room – Namita Devidayal

One Amazing Thing – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

The Palace of Illusions – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Half Life – Roopa Farooki

A Disobedient Girl – Ru Freeman

Sea of Poppies – Amitav Ghosh

Secret Daughter – Shilpi Somaya Gowda

The Writing on My Forehead – Nafisa Haji

Leaving India – Minal Hajratwala

Lucky Everyday – Bapsy Jain

Atlas of Unknowns – Tania James

Almost Single – Advaita Kala

Unaccustomed Earth – Jhumpa Lahiri

Gifted – Nikita Lalwani

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders – Daniyal Mueenuddin

The Enchantress of Florence – Salman Rushdie

Fury – Salman Rushdie

Rooftops of Tehran – Mahbod Seraji

Burnt Shadows – Kamila Shamsie

Girl Most Likely To – Poonam Sharma

The Girl from Foreign – Sadia Shepard

In the Convent of Little Flowers – Indu Sundaresan

Shadow Princess – Indu Sundaresan

Bombay Time – Thrity Umrigar

First Darling of the Morning: Selected Memories of an Indian Childhood – Thrity Umrigar

The Weight of Heaven – Thrity Umrigar

Climbing the Stairs – Padma Venkatraman

Cutting for Stone – Abraham Verghese

The Marriage Bureau for Rich People – Farahad Zama

Books about South Asia or by South Asians that do not qualify for the South Asian Author Challenge:

In the Kitchen – Monica Ali

The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi 1857 – William Dalrymple

Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi – Geoff Dyer

East of the Sun – Julia Gregson

The Case of the Missing Servant – Tarquin Hall

Schooled – Anisha Lakhani

The Blue Notebook – James Levine

The Sound of Language – Amulya Malladi

Dreaming in Hindi – Katherine Russell Rich

Watermark – Vanitha Sankaran

Comments

  1. Just checking to make sure that I did not miss a post, has the challenge sign up started yet?

  2. Just checking to make sure that I did not miss a post, has the challenge sign up started yet?

  3. No, the challenge sign up hasn’t started yet! I’m putting up these posts in order to get ready for it.

  4. No, the challenge sign up hasn’t started yet! I’m putting up these posts in order to get ready for it.

  5. Thanks for responding. Looking forward to the challenge!

  6. Thanks for responding. Looking forward to the challenge!

  7. Oh, this looks interesting! I must see if my library has any of these.

  8. Oh, this looks interesting! I must see if my library has any of these.

  9. What a neat idea, Swapna!

    Shaila Abdullah

  10. What a neat idea, Swapna!

    Shaila Abdullah

  11. I’m hoping that Short Girls by Bich Minh Nguyen counts for the challenge, but I could be wrong?!

  12. I’m hoping that Short Girls by Bich Minh Nguyen counts for the challenge, but I could be wrong?!

  13. Serena – If I’m not mistaken, SHORT GIRLS is about two sisters of Vietnamese origin, which means it doesn’t count.

  14. Serena – If I’m not mistaken, SHORT GIRLS is about two sisters of Vietnamese origin, which means it doesn’t count.

  15. Ok, so Vietnam does not count…alrighty…thanks for the clarification.

  16. Ok, so Vietnam does not count…alrighty…thanks for the clarification.

  17. Another random question, does Watermark by Vanitha Sankaran count for the challenge?

  18. Another random question, does Watermark by Vanitha Sankaran count for the challenge?

  19. Serena – Again, unfortunately not since Watermark (while a great book) isn’t about South Asia/South Asians, though the author is South Asian. I’m actually planning on lifting this restriction for next year, so it would count next year (not that that helps you now!)

  20. Serena – Again, unfortunately not since Watermark (while a great book) isn’t about South Asia/South Asians, though the author is South Asian. I’m actually planning on lifting this restriction for next year, so it would count next year (not that that helps you now!)

  21. That’s fine. I only have one more book for the challenge, so I’m sure I will come across one soon. I do have Burnt shadows, which you sent me. Maybe I can push that up the list.

  22. That’s fine. I only have one more book for the challenge, so I’m sure I will come across one soon. I do have Burnt shadows, which you sent me. Maybe I can push that up the list.

  23. Hey, am a 1st timer here 🙂

    How do I signup for the challenge?

  24. Hey, am a 1st timer here 🙂

    How do I signup for the challenge?

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