South Asian Challenge – My Reviews

updated Sunday, March 3, 2011

Here is a list of books that I have reviewed over the past few years that qualify for the 2011 South Asian Challenge.  Feel free to use this list for ideas as to what you might want to read.  The list is divided into three different categories that should be self-explanatory.  All books on this page qualify for the South Asian Challenge for 2011.

Books by South Asian authors, set in or about South Asia(ns):

Saffron Dreams – Shaila Abdullah

Haunting Bombay – Shilpa Agarwal

Madras on Rainy Days – Samina Ali

The Last Brother – Nathacha Appanah

Haunting Jasmine – Anjali Banerjee

The Forbidden Daughter – Shobhan Bantwal

The Sari Shop Widow – Shobhan Bantwal

The Unexpected Son – Shobhan Bantwal

Modern Spice – Monica Bhide

Shadow Play – Rajorshi Chakraborti

Salaam, Paris – Kavita Daswani 

Fasting, Feasting – Anita Desai

The Music Room – Namita Devidayal

Bijou Roy – Ronica Dhar

One Amazing Thing – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

The Palace of Illusions – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

The Pleasure Seekers – Tishani Doshi

Corner Shop – Roopa Farooki

Half Life – Roopa Farooki

A Disobedient Girl – Ru Freeman

Sea of Poppies – Amitav Ghosh

Suits: A Woman on Wall Street – Nina Godiwalla

Secret Daughter – Shilpi Somaya Gowda

The Writing on My Forehead – Nafisa Haji

Leaving India – Minal Hajratwala

Born Confused – Tanuja Desai Hidier

Lucky Everyday – Bapsy Jain

Atlas of Unknowns – Tania James

Almost Single – Advaita Kala

Unaccustomed Earth – Jhumpa Lahiri

Gifted – Nikita Lalwani

Where the Dog Star Never Glows – Tara Masih

The House of Subadar – Vijay Medtia

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders – Daniyal Mueenuddin

The Enchantress of Florence – Salman Rushdie

Fury – Salman Rushdie

Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay – Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi

Burnt Shadows – Kamila Shamsie

Girl Most Likely To – Poonam Sharma

The Girl from Foreign – Sadia Shepard

Goddess for Hire – Sonia Singh

In the Convent of Little Flowers – Indu Sundaresan

Shadow Princess – Indu Sundaresan

Six Suspects – Vikas Swarup

Bombay Time – Thrity Umrigar

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

The Space Between Us – 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 by South Asian authors, but not about South Asia(ns):

In the Kitchen – Monica Ali

Schooled – Anisha Lakhani

The Sound of Language – Amulya Malladi

The Emperor of All Maladies – Siddhartha Mukherjee

Exit the Actress - Priya Parmar

The Storyteller of Marrakesh – Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya

Haroun and the Sea of Stories – Salman Rushdie

Luka and the Fire of Life – Salman Rushdie

Watermark – Vanitha Sankaran

Because All Is Not Lost – Sweta Vikram

Books set in or about South Asia(ns), but not by South Asian authors:

In the Land of No Right Angles – Daphne Beal

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

The Blue Notebook – James Levine

Delhi: Adventures in a Megacity – Sam Miller

The Hundred-Foot Journey – Richard C. Morais

Radio Shangri-La – Lisa Napoli

Dark Road to Darjeeling – Deanna Raybourn

Dreaming in Hindi – Katherine Russell Rich

Shiva’s Arms – Cheryl Snell

To a Mountain in Tibet – Colin Thubron

Comments

  1. I saw movies and thought oh dear. I’m big on Indian cinema, if I join I’ll be in front of the tv for hours! But it’d be a good excuse to do so. I like the changing to include written by a South Asian author, granted I haven’t researched it all that much but other than your blog finding books can be difficult. I’ve started quite a few to discover that South Asia is included only for a small section of it.

  2. I saw movies and thought oh dear. I’m big on Indian cinema, if I join I’ll be in front of the tv for hours! But it’d be a good excuse to do so. I like the changing to include written by a South Asian author, granted I haven’t researched it all that much but other than your blog finding books can be difficult. I’ve started quite a few to discover that South Asia is included only for a small section of it.

  3. I look forward to this! I have read a few South Asian authors (Kamila Shamsie, Jhumpa Lahiri) and absolutely loved their work. I’m also a Bollywood addict. I’ll definitely be on board in January!

  4. I look forward to this! I have read a few South Asian authors (Kamila Shamsie, Jhumpa Lahiri) and absolutely loved their work. I’m also a Bollywood addict. I’ll definitely be on board in January!

  5. ok I have a question here, what about other south asian authors that are not listed here? some new buddung ones or even old ones… are they not counted in this challenge?

  6. ok I have a question here, what about other south asian authors that are not listed here? some new buddung ones or even old ones… are they not counted in this challenge?

  7. Monika – As I said in the description of that post, those are only the books I’ve read and reviewed. Participants who weren’t familiar with South Asian authors asked for a list of my reviews so that they’d have somewhere to start. The amount of South Asian literature I’ve reviewed is laughably small. Any South Asian author or any book about South Asia is acceptable for the challenge!

  8. Monika – As I said in the description of that post, those are only the books I’ve read and reviewed. Participants who weren’t familiar with South Asian authors asked for a list of my reviews so that they’d have somewhere to start. The amount of South Asian literature I’ve reviewed is laughably small. Any South Asian author or any book about South Asia is acceptable for the challenge!

  9. Will have to withdraw. I’m sorry.

  10. Will have to withdraw. I’m sorry.

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