The 2012 South Asian Challenge – FAQ and Sign-Ups

Here it is – the moment you’ve all been waiting for (yeah, right!) – South Asian Challenge information and sign-ups for 2012!  Most of the information and requirements for the challenge have not changed from last year, so if you participated last year, you can skip the F.A.Q.  All you need to know is that you can set your own goal for the number of books to read next year – there are no longer different levels. You can scroll down to the bottom of the post for the buttons and sign-up area.

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 or South Asians.  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

If you need some suggestions on books to read, please feel free to look at the South Asian sections of my fiction and non-fiction review databases.

Any type book qualifies, as long as it meets one of the two guidelines above – a cookbook, short story or essay collection, travel guide – feel free to be creative!

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.  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.

What dates does the challenge run?

January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012

How many books should I read for the challenge?

This is up to you! If you’ve never read about the region, you may only want to read one or two books.  If you’re very familiar with the literature or you read quickly, your goal may be higher.  All I ask is that you state your goal in your sign-up post or comment; you can feel free to change it over the course of the year.

Are crossovers with other challenges allowed?

Definitely!

Are there buttons for the challenge?

But of course! You have four buttons to choose from this year.  Please feel free to use these on your own blogs!


Okay, you’ve convinced me. How do I sign up?

There is a sign up linky below. Both bloggers and non-bloggers alike are welcome to participate.

Bloggers: Write a post on your blog saying you are signing up for the challenge and include the number of books you are planning on reading.  Type your name or the name of your blog in the Name field of Mr. Linky and a permalink to your post in the URL field. Please make sure you link directly to your sign-up post and not to your overall blog address.  If you’re having trouble with the Linky, just leave a comment with a link to your post on this page and I’ll take care of it!

Non-Bloggers: Leave a comment on this post stating that you are signing up for the challenge and state your desired number of books.  I’ll take care of linking your comment up to the challenge.

PLEASE NOTE: I moderate comments older than 14 days, so if you sign up after that, you will not be able to immediately see your comment. Don’t worry, I’ll approve it quickly and you will be signed up!

Any other comments/questions/etc.? Leave them in the comments and I’ll respond.

All reviews and posts are © S. Krishna’s Books. Please do not use or reprint them without written permission.

Comments

  1. I will definitely participate :) Exciting!

    – Justice

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  2. I will definitely participate :) Exciting!

    – Justice

    cheapblackpens.tumblr.com // @cheapblackpens

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  5. It will be a pleasure to do this challenge,I haven’t read many books by South Asian writers or novels concerning South Asia.

  6. It will be a pleasure to do this challenge,I haven’t read many books by South Asian writers or novels concerning South Asia.

  7. Are crossovers with other challenges allowed?

  8. Are crossovers with other challenges allowed?

  9. Neer – Yes, absolutely! I can’t believe I forgot to include that info in the FAQ!

  10. Neer – Yes, absolutely! I can’t believe I forgot to include that info in the FAQ!

  11. I’m participating! I’m committing to four books this year.

  12. I’m participating! I’m committing to four books this year.

  13. 5 books for me and a new reading focus!

  14. 5 books for me and a new reading focus!

  15. This one is definitely for me!

  16. This one is definitely for me!

  17. All excited for the challenge. I’ll be aiming for a modest four books this year :)

  18. All excited for the challenge. I’ll be aiming for a modest four books this year :)

  19. I’ve just signed up, and so look forward to reading the six books I’ve chosen. Thank you for offering this challenge.

    http://lettersfromahillfarm.blogspot.com/2011/12/south-asian-challenge-2012.html

  20. I’ve just signed up, and so look forward to reading the six books I’ve chosen. Thank you for offering this challenge.

    http://lettersfromahillfarm.blogspot.com/2011/12/south-asian-challenge-2012.html

  21. Finally–getting in a challenge on the ground floor for a change! I’m hoping to read 5-6 books in 2012 that will qualify for this challenge.

  22. Finally–getting in a challenge on the ground floor for a change! I’m hoping to read 5-6 books in 2012 that will qualify for this challenge.

  23. Thanks for this great challenge. I’m shooting for 7 books.
    My own challenge is here:
    http://wordsandpeace.com/2011/11/15/books-published-in-the-first-years-of-my-life-challenge-%E2%80%93-2012/

  24. Thanks for this great challenge. I’m shooting for 7 books.
    My own challenge is here:
    http://wordsandpeace.com/2011/11/15/books-published-in-the-first-years-of-my-life-challenge-%E2%80%93-2012/

  25. So glad I was reminded to do this. I discovered your blog too late last year to join up for the challenge.

    Also, I really like the way you review your books.
    I plan on trying to copy that format. With my own twist, of course. :)

  26. So glad I was reminded to do this. I discovered your blog too late last year to join up for the challenge.

    Also, I really like the way you review your books.
    I plan on trying to copy that format. With my own twist, of course. :)

  27. I am so excited to be joining this challenge! I’m starting off with a minimum target of 5 books!Wish the number crosses though!

  28. I am so excited to be joining this challenge! I’m starting off with a minimum target of 5 books!Wish the number crosses though!

  29. Count me in! This is my first and I hope there will be many more years reading South Asian authors. Thanks for hosting.

  30. Count me in! This is my first and I hope there will be many more years reading South Asian authors. Thanks for hosting.

  31. Thx for such a creative challenge!! I just found a giveaway earlier today that looks like a great book:

    http://rachybee-the-rest-is-still-unwritten.blogspot.com/2011/11/giveaway-india-was-one-by-indian.html

    For India was one by Indian

  32. Thx for such a creative challenge!! I just found a giveaway earlier today that looks like a great book:

    http://rachybee-the-rest-is-still-unwritten.blogspot.com/2011/11/giveaway-india-was-one-by-indian.html

    For India was one by Indian

  33. Hi,
    What an amazing Initiative! I am participating, I wrote my post to sign up and I am including an additional condition to my challenge – South Asian Women Writers.

    will try and write reviews too.

    BTW love the Review Database too.

  34. Hi,
    What an amazing Initiative! I am participating, I wrote my post to sign up and I am including an additional condition to my challenge – South Asian Women Writers.

    will try and write reviews too.

    BTW love the Review Database too.

  35. I am super excited to be part of this initiative!! :-)

    Keep it up :D

  36. I am super excited to be part of this initiative!! :-)

    Keep it up :D

  37. Oh… alright, I’m in for another year! Had so much fun reading SAC books, it’s one of the few challenges I actually completed ;)

  38. Oh… alright, I’m in for another year! Had so much fun reading SAC books, it’s one of the few challenges I actually completed ;)

  39. Of course I am taking part in it this year as well. Just that somehow I cannot post the button on my page due to some security reason. Would you let me know how to go about it?

  40. Of course I am taking part in it this year as well. Just that somehow I cannot post the button on my page due to some security reason. Would you let me know how to go about it?

  41. Please Sign me up for 5 books.

    Rhondak101@earthlink.net

    I don’t currently have a blog page.

  42. Please Sign me up for 5 books.

    Rhondak101@earthlink.net

    I don’t currently have a blog page.

  43. Rhonda – You’re signed up!

    thehungryreader – I’m not sure what the problem is, but you’re welcome to save the image (right click and click “save image as”) and put it wherever you host your own images.

  44. Rhonda – You’re signed up!

    thehungryreader – I’m not sure what the problem is, but you’re welcome to save the image (right click and click “save image as”) and put it wherever you host your own images.

  45. I am eager to participate in South Asian reading challenge 2012.
    I would love to read at least 12 books this year!!!!

  46. I am eager to participate in South Asian reading challenge 2012.
    I would love to read at least 12 books this year!!!!

  47. after reading 32 books last year am back to take the challenge :)

  48. after reading 32 books last year am back to take the challenge :)

  49. I am part of the challenge,will try and read more than I did for challenge 2011

  50. I am part of the challenge,will try and read more than I did for challenge 2011

  51. South asian reading challenge 2012. I would try and complete at least 12 books. Thanks subhash.

  52. South asian reading challenge 2012. I would try and complete at least 12 books. Thanks subhash.

  53. After browsing through your south asian list I just couldn’t *not* participate so I am gonna join you, even if my year 2012 will be a crazy one anyway.
    I’m really looking forward to it :)

  54. After browsing through your south asian list I just couldn’t *not* participate so I am gonna join you, even if my year 2012 will be a crazy one anyway.
    I’m really looking forward to it :)

  55. Sorry… I forgot to *first* write a blog entry about it and then to link it. Will write the entry tomorrow morning. Got a little too excited I guess ;)
    Now off to bed!

  56. Sorry… I forgot to *first* write a blog entry about it and then to link it. Will write the entry tomorrow morning. Got a little too excited I guess ;)
    Now off to bed!

  57. Blogged, entered and all set to go! I really like this challenge!

  58. Blogged, entered and all set to go! I really like this challenge!

  59. As promised my link to the blog entry about the challenge:
    http://cessiesbookjourney.blogspot.com/2012/01/more-challenges.html

  60. As promised my link to the blog entry about the challenge:
    http://cessiesbookjourney.blogspot.com/2012/01/more-challenges.html

  61. why did i not take it last year. I would have read 20+ books in this genre… anyway better late than never… I am on it this year…yay!! yay!!!

  62. why did i not take it last year. I would have read 20+ books in this genre… anyway better late than never… I am on it this year…yay!! yay!!!

  63. Keeping the momentum alive…..After completing 25 books in year 2011 ,I wish to to take up the challange again for year 2012 .I am setting up a target of 50 books this year .Wish me Luck !!!

  64. Keeping the momentum alive…..After completing 25 books in year 2011 ,I wish to to take up the challange again for year 2012 .I am setting up a target of 50 books this year .Wish me Luck !!!

  65. My link to the blog entry for this challenge.
    http://odetolunacy.blogspot.com/2012/01/reading-challenges-2012.html

  66. My link to the blog entry for this challenge.
    http://odetolunacy.blogspot.com/2012/01/reading-challenges-2012.html

  67. Really looking forward to starting this challenge

  68. Really looking forward to starting this challenge

  69. I hope to get back to blogging this year and I think this challenge will help me get back to it.. good luck to me!

  70. I hope to get back to blogging this year and I think this challenge will help me get back to it.. good luck to me!

  71. I’ve just recently set up my own blog to promote/review/comment on South Asian literature so I’m glad to be associated with others doing the same :)

  72. I’ve just recently set up my own blog to promote/review/comment on South Asian literature so I’m glad to be associated with others doing the same :)

  73. What a wonderful space you’ve created for readers. I’m in for the challenge. What next?

  74. What a wonderful space you’ve created for readers. I’m in for the challenge. What next?

  75. Am looking forward to reading the books for this challenge! Thanks for hosting! http://www.fridaynirvana.com/fiction/2012/02/south-asian-challenge-for-2012.html

  76. Am looking forward to reading the books for this challenge! Thanks for hosting! http://www.fridaynirvana.com/fiction/2012/02/south-asian-challenge-for-2012.html

  77. mitaroye – If you’ve signed up for the challenge, then the next step is to start reading your books!! Enjoy!

  78. mitaroye – If you’ve signed up for the challenge, then the next step is to start reading your books!! Enjoy!

  79. Ok, I need GUIDANCE OVER HERE! Let me know if you are present, Ms Moderator!

  80. Ok, I need GUIDANCE OVER HERE! Let me know if you are present, Ms Moderator!

  81. Nik – I am present and do read all comments. Please let me know how I can provide you guidance.

  82. Nik – I am present and do read all comments. Please let me know how I can provide you guidance.

  83. Participating again! Did this last year, and loved it. So here I am again :-)
    ~Rachna

  84. Participating again! Did this last year, and loved it. So here I am again :-)
    ~Rachna

  85. starting late, but hoping to finish strong.

  86. starting late, but hoping to finish strong.

  87. Anonymous says:

    Hi I am Luaunna, my goal will be 10 books for the rest of the year. I have read 6 already this year.

  88. Anonymous says:

    Hi I am Luaunna, my goal will be 10 books for the rest of the year. I have read 6 already this year.

  89. Hi. I’m starting a little late but i’m decently on my way towards my goal of about 20 books. I’ve read 6 books so far, one of which is Narrative non-fiction while the rest are all fiction. Several of the books I’m reading are by Authors who have been associated with the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature

  90. Hi. I’m starting a little late but i’m decently on my way towards my goal of about 20 books. I’ve read 6 books so far, one of which is Narrative non-fiction while the rest are all fiction. Several of the books I’m reading are by Authors who have been associated with the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature

  91. I’d love to participate. :) My goal for this challenge is 1 book. I do not have a blog. Thank you!

  92. I’d love to participate. :) My goal for this challenge is 1 book. I do not have a blog. Thank you!

  93. I’m starting too late..But still I want to start high with 30 books to be completed..

    http://booksformee.blogspot.in/2012/05/south-asian-challenge-2012.html

  94. I’m starting too late..But still I want to start high with 30 books to be completed..

    http://booksformee.blogspot.in/2012/05/south-asian-challenge-2012.html

  95. Just started reading your blog (love it!), so I know I’m a little late to the party. Fortunately I’ve already read 10 eligible books this year! Let’s make it 10 more for a total of 20 in 2012.

    No blog…yet. :) Thanks!

  96. Just started reading your blog (love it!), so I know I’m a little late to the party. Fortunately I’ve already read 10 eligible books this year! Let’s make it 10 more for a total of 20 in 2012.

    No blog…yet. :) Thanks!

  97. Hi,

    I am reading this link now. Am I still eligible to sign up?

  98. Hi,

    I am reading this link now. Am I still eligible to sign up?

  99. Manasa – Yes, you are still able to sign up!

  100. Manasa – Yes, you are still able to sign up!

  101. Looks exciting! Will you be doing another South Asian Challenge for 2013? How do I sign up?

  102. Looks exciting! Will you be doing another South Asian Challenge for 2013? How do I sign up?

  103. Here’s my wrap-up post. IS there a separate page to link it to?

    http://www.exurbanis.com/archives/7624

  104. Here’s my wrap-up post. IS there a separate page to link it to?

    http://www.exurbanis.com/archives/7624

  105. A few weeks ago you mentioned that you were going to set another South Asian challenge for 2013. Has that been set up and I cannot find it? I found out about last years challenge late in the year, but was looking forward to it this year.

  106. A few weeks ago you mentioned that you were going to set another South Asian challenge for 2013. Has that been set up and I cannot find it? I found out about last years challenge late in the year, but was looking forward to it this year.

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