2011 South Asian Challenge: F.A.Q.

Hello everyone!  As the year is quietly slipping away, I wanted to go ahead and let you know about the 2011 South Asian Challenge.  For those of you who participated in 2010, I hope you will agree with the changes I’ve made and sign up again.  For those of you who didn’t participate, I hope you will want to learn more about South Asia through this challenge!  And for those of you who don’t have a blog and have no idea what a reading challenge even is?  It’s simple: I challenge you to read books about South Asia and by South Asian authors during the calendar year of 2011.  Read on for more information.

What books are eligible for the 2011 South Asian Challenge?

There are two ways for a book to qualify for the South Asian Challenge

(1) A book must be by a South Asian author.  For these purposes, South Asia includes the following countries: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and the Maldives.  There are no limitations on what the book can be about.  Some examples:

(2) A book must be about South Asia.  In this case, it can be set in a South Asian country or be about South Asians living abroad.  It can also be a biography or memoir of a South Asian, or of a non-South Asian traveling or working in South Asia.  In this case, the author does not need to be South Asian, as long as the subject matter focuses on the region, peoples, or cultures in some way.  Some examples:

Any type book qualifies, as long as it meets one of the two guidelines above – a cookbook, short story or essay collection, travel guide – I’m not picky!

Do I need a blog to participate?

No!  Everyone is encouraged to participate.  There will be instructions on how to participate on each related post if you don’t have a blog.

Do we have to write reviews of what we read for the challenge?

No, though I’d love it if you did.  The South Asian Review Database is my attempt to collect reviews of South Asian authors from across the web – I’d love new reviews for it! 

I’m not sure whether this book qualifies or not.  How can I tell?

If you can make a case for it, then it qualifies.  There are some situations that are difficult though.  For example, Michael Ondaatje was born in Sri Lanka, but isn’t ethnically Sri Lankan and doesn’t write about the region.  Does he qualify?  I wouldn’t count him, but if you want to, that’s fine.  This challenge isn’t meant to be strict or difficult; it’s meant to broaden your reading worldview!

Additionally, sometimes it is difficult to tell whether an author is from a South Asian country because that information isn’t publicly available.  In this case, I go on instinct – if their name sounds pretty South Asian, I’d count it.

If only part of a book is about South Asia (for example, Geoff Dyer’s Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi), it still qualifies.

How do I participate?

On December 1, 2010, I will put up a post instructing people on how to sign up for the challenge.  You will indicate your level goal when you sign up.  I will also introduce the buttons for the challenge at that time.

EDIT: You can sign up here.

What dates does the challenge run?

January 1, 2011 – December 31, 2011

What are the levels?

South Asian Encounter – 1 book

South Asian Wanderer – 3 books

South Asian Explorer – 5 books

South Asian Adventurer – 7 books

South Asian Hero/Heroine – 10 books

South Asian Guru – Over 10 books (you can set your own goal)

Where can I find books by South Asian authors and about South Asia?

The South Asian Review Database is a good place to start.  For all my reviews of books that will qualify for the 2011 South Asian Challenge, click here.

I thought you said movies were going to be part of the challenge. What happened?

I did want to expand the scope of the challenge, and movies seemed like a good way to do that.  However, I realized that I really am passionate about people reading books rather than watching movies, so I decided to expand the challenge in another way, through the lifting of the restriction that books must be set in South Asia or be about South Asians.

If you have a question that isn’t covered, feel free to leave it in the comments!

Comments

  1. I am so excited for this challenge! I already have my “to-read” list going. 🙂

  2. I am so excited for this challenge! I already have my “to-read” list going. 🙂

  3. Vanitha Sankaran says:

    I am excited as well. Can’t wait to start!

  4. Vanitha Sankaran says:

    I am excited as well. Can’t wait to start!

  5. Love the sound of this. Since I’ve been trying to read more Indian and South Asian authors, this challenge fits right in with my goals… Not sure what level I want to take on though. 🙂

  6. Love the sound of this. Since I’ve been trying to read more Indian and South Asian authors, this challenge fits right in with my goals… Not sure what level I want to take on though. 🙂

  7. The updates really suit my style. I love that I can include cookbooks and biography. Can’t wait for 2011!

  8. The updates really suit my style. I love that I can include cookbooks and biography. Can’t wait for 2011!

  9. I loved this challenge in its 2010 version and managed to read more than 10 books 🙂

    Can’t wait for the new version!Many thanks for hosting this again.

  10. I loved this challenge in its 2010 version and managed to read more than 10 books 🙂

    Can’t wait for the new version!Many thanks for hosting this again.

  11. I am really looking forward to doing this challenge again!

  12. I am really looking forward to doing this challenge again!

  13. Can we combine with books from other challenges? Thanks!

  14. Can we combine with books from other challenges? Thanks!

  15. Connolly-Ahern (Col Reads) – YES! Absolutely! Combine away!

    Good question, I’ll update the FAQ with the answer!

  16. Connolly-Ahern (Col Reads) – YES! Absolutely! Combine away!

    Good question, I’ll update the FAQ with the answer!

  17. I’m really bad at keeping up with challenges, so I probably won’t sign up officially. I do, though, read books that would fit with the challenge, so I’ll be participating in spirit!

  18. I’m really bad at keeping up with challenges, so I probably won’t sign up officially. I do, though, read books that would fit with the challenge, so I’ll be participating in spirit!

  19. I loved reading your reviews for the challenge this year, so I’m definitely signing up this year! Thanks for hosting it again!

  20. I loved reading your reviews for the challenge this year, so I’m definitely signing up this year! Thanks for hosting it again!

  21. This sounds great! South Asia is an area I definitely haven’t explored extensively through reading and I’d love to change that.

    Thanks for hosting 🙂

  22. This sounds great! South Asia is an area I definitely haven’t explored extensively through reading and I’d love to change that.

    Thanks for hosting 🙂

  23. I have never entered for a Challenge and I think this is a good one to start with as my access to these books would be better than most other authors.

    My question – could I start at one level and proceed to the next level if I do get more books?

  24. I have never entered for a Challenge and I think this is a good one to start with as my access to these books would be better than most other authors.

    My question – could I start at one level and proceed to the next level if I do get more books?

  25. Mystica – Yes! Absolutely.

  26. Mystica – Yes! Absolutely.

  27. This sounds wonderful! I have been reading a lot of Indian, and some South Asian authors, would love to read some more 🙂

  28. This sounds wonderful! I have been reading a lot of Indian, and some South Asian authors, would love to read some more 🙂

  29. very intresting my favorite genre, though all I read is am hesitant to take up the challenge I am really looking forward to meet and know about south asian authors and books.

  30. very intresting my favorite genre, though all I read is am hesitant to take up the challenge I am really looking forward to meet and know about south asian authors and books.

  31. I’m definitely joining this challenge. It’s hard to find aa book challenge that would fit my choices of books. Since most of the challenges are of genres I don’t like.

    I have one concern though.Does the book need to be from those countries you’ve mentioned only? how about other south-asian countries like Philippines or Japan?

  32. I’m definitely joining this challenge. It’s hard to find aa book challenge that would fit my choices of books. Since most of the challenges are of genres I don’t like.

    I have one concern though.Does the book need to be from those countries you’ve mentioned only? how about other south-asian countries like Philippines or Japan?

  33. leeshinyoung – Thanks for joining! The challenge is only for the countries listed – India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, and the Maldives. Violet at Violetcrush is hosting a Southeast Asian Challenge, if you want to check that out! http://violetcrush.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/east-and-southeast-asian-challenge-faq-and-sign-up/

  34. leeshinyoung – Thanks for joining! The challenge is only for the countries listed – India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, and the Maldives. Violet at Violetcrush is hosting a Southeast Asian Challenge, if you want to check that out! http://violetcrush.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/east-and-southeast-asian-challenge-faq-and-sign-up/

  35. I’m definitely in! Albeit for level 2 only. I will see if I can level up later.:)

    Risa

  36. I’m definitely in! Albeit for level 2 only. I will see if I can level up later.:)

    Risa

  37. I LOVE the changes. I do enjoy focusing on South Asian authors, but I have read a couple of great books that were not by South Asians, but were such a great glimpse into the culture.

    I have a question. Will you have a final results link up at the end of this month for 2010?

  38. I LOVE the changes. I do enjoy focusing on South Asian authors, but I have read a couple of great books that were not by South Asians, but were such a great glimpse into the culture.

    I have a question. Will you have a final results link up at the end of this month for 2010?

  39. I blame myself for not having enough time to start this reading challenge last year. I wanted to read the books so badly. I’m happy to see you are offering the challenge again.

    I am signing up for the South Asian Wanderer which is 3 books. Thanks for putting up with me again. I have my button.

  40. I blame myself for not having enough time to start this reading challenge last year. I wanted to read the books so badly. I’m happy to see you are offering the challenge again.

    I am signing up for the South Asian Wanderer which is 3 books. Thanks for putting up with me again. I have my button.

  41. This sounds like a great challenge!

    Two things though; Michael Ondaatje is Sri Lanka, he is a Burgher, the Eurasian group on the island. He has also written two books about Sri Lanka, “Anil’s Ghost,” about the civil war, and “Running in the Family,” a memoir about his Burgher relatives that is really wonderful. Both books would be a good addition to the reading challenge.

  42. This sounds like a great challenge!

    Two things though; Michael Ondaatje is Sri Lanka, he is a Burgher, the Eurasian group on the island. He has also written two books about Sri Lanka, “Anil’s Ghost,” about the civil war, and “Running in the Family,” a memoir about his Burgher relatives that is really wonderful. Both books would be a good addition to the reading challenge.

  43. This challenge sounds really interesting. I am going for the South Asian Explorer Level. I will post my list of books on my blog: http://cathysreadinglist.blogspot.com in a day or two.

    Cathy

  44. This challenge sounds really interesting. I am going for the South Asian Explorer Level. I will post my list of books on my blog: http://cathysreadinglist.blogspot.com in a day or two.

    Cathy

  45. I really would like to do this challenge please. I’m reading some things right now that qualify and I know I’ll want to read more. I’ll post and leave a link as soon as I get organized. Thank you.

  46. I really would like to do this challenge please. I’m reading some things right now that qualify and I know I’ll want to read more. I’ll post and leave a link as soon as I get organized. Thank you.

  47. Hi, Just came across your blog today… 🙂 and GLAD I did. What a unique challenge! Am joining, will see at the end of the year where I land up.. 🙂

  48. Hi, Just came across your blog today… 🙂 and GLAD I did. What a unique challenge! Am joining, will see at the end of the year where I land up.. 🙂

  49. Hi, I would also like to join for this challenge.

    I would like to know, if books written by local language is counted or not? (ex : sinhala language)

  50. Hi, I would also like to join for this challenge.

    I would like to know, if books written by local language is counted or not? (ex : sinhala language)

  51. Me, Behind a Book – Yes, books written in a local language are fine.

  52. Me, Behind a Book – Yes, books written in a local language are fine.

  53. I am myself holding a book reading challenge. It ends May 31 2011 and our theme is INDIA. I would like to know how would you conclude your challenge. I am clueless as to mine hence this comment. It would be appreciated if you could advice me S Krishna. Thanks

  54. I am myself holding a book reading challenge. It ends May 31 2011 and our theme is INDIA. I would like to know how would you conclude your challenge. I am clueless as to mine hence this comment. It would be appreciated if you could advice me S Krishna. Thanks

  55. Hitesh – I will likely end my challenge by inviting participants to post their thoughts on the challenge on their own blogs and linking to them from mine..

  56. Hitesh – I will likely end my challenge by inviting participants to post their thoughts on the challenge on their own blogs and linking to them from mine..

  57. I’m not sure. Did I sign up for 2011? I hope there is a way to check. Anyway, I’m going to try Wanderer/3.

  58. I’m not sure. Did I sign up for 2011? I hope there is a way to check. Anyway, I’m going to try Wanderer/3.

  59. I see a few books for young readers but not many–my novel for the 8-12 age range THE GRAND PLAN TO FIX EVERYTHING is due out next week from Atheneum. Sheela Chari’s VANISHED comes this fall from Hyperion. Both push the boundaries of South Asian content in children’s books, one employing humor and the other mystery.

  60. I see a few books for young readers but not many–my novel for the 8-12 age range THE GRAND PLAN TO FIX EVERYTHING is due out next week from Atheneum. Sheela Chari’s VANISHED comes this fall from Hyperion. Both push the boundaries of South Asian content in children’s books, one employing humor and the other mystery.

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  1. […] South Asian Challenge: Hosted by Swapna from S. Krishna’s Books, this challenge asks you to read books either by South Asian authors or about South Asia (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, or the Maldives). I’ve amassed a fair number of qualifying books, mostly from or about India, and would love to make a dent in them in 2011. […]

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