South Asian Book Reviews

updated Sunday, November 16, 2014


South Asian author

Saffron Dreams – Shaila Abdullah

Last Man in Tower – Aravind Adiga

Haunting Bombay – Shilpa Agarwal

The Caretaker – A.X. Ahmad

The Last Taxi Ride – A.X. Ahmad

The Wandering Falcon – Jamil Ahmad

American Dervish – Ayad Akhtar

In the Kitchen – Monica Ali

Untold Story – Monica Ali

Madras on Rainy Days – Samina Ali

The Good Muslim – Tahmima Anam

The Last Brother – Nathacha Appanah

Haunting Jasmine – Anjali Banerjee

Enchanting Lily – Anjali Banerjee

The Forbidden Daughter – Shobhan Bantwal

The Full Moon Bride – Shobhan Bantwal

The Sari Shop Widow – Shobhan Bantwal

The Unexpected Son – Shobhan Bantwal

Everything was Good-bye – Gurjinder Basran

The Sly Company of People Who Care – Rahul Bhattacharya

Shadow Play – Rajorshi Chakraborti

Vanished – Sheela Chari

The Immortals – Amit Chaudhuri

The Invitation – Anne Cherian

Miss Timmins’ School for Girls – Nayana Currimbhoy

The Forgotten Daughter – Renita D’Silva

Lovetorn – Kavita Daswani

Salaam, Paris – Kavita Daswani

Fasting, Feasting – Anita Desai

A Bollywood Affair – Sonali Dev

Bijou Roy – Ronica Dhar

The Mistress of Spices – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Oleander Girl – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

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

The Way Things Look To Me – Roopa Farooki

A Disobedient Girl – Ru Freeman

On Sal Mal Lane – Ru Freeman

The Newlyweds – Nell Freudenberger

Sea of Poppies – Amitav Ghosh

Secret Daughter – Shilpi Somaya Gowda

The Sweetness of Tears – Nafisa Haji

The Writing on My Forehead – Nafisa Haji

The Case of the Missing Servant – Tarquin Hall

Our Lady of Alice Bhatti – Mohammed Hanif

Born Confused – Tanuja Desai Hidier

The Whole Story of Half a Girl – Veera Hiranandani

Lucky Everyday – Bapsy Jain

Atlas of Unknowns – Tania James

Almost Single – Advaita Kala

The Long Weekend – Savita Kalhan

The Legend of Pradeep Mathew – Shehan Karunatilaka

Tina’s Mouth – Keshni Kashyap

Schooled – Anisha Lakhani

The Lowland – Jhumpa Lahiri

Unaccustomed Earth – Jhumpa Lahiri

The Village – Nikita Lalwani

Gifted – Nikita Lalwani

The Mango Season – Amulya Malladi

Where the Dog Star Never Glows: Stories – Tara Masih

The House of Subadar – Vijay Medtia

Quarantine: Stories – Rahul Mehta

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders – Daniyal Mueenuddin

The Lilac House – Anita Nair

Where Earth Meets Water – Pia Padukone

Artifact – Gigi Pandian

Exit the Actress – Priya Parmar

The Grammarian – Annapurna Potluri

The Cosmic Clues – Manjiri Prabhu

An Atlas of Impossible Longing – Anuradha Roy

The Storyteller of Marrakesh – Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya

The Enchantress of Florence – Salman Rushdie

Fury – Salman Rushdie

Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

Watermark – Vanitha Sankaran

Saraswati’s Way – Monika Schroder

An Equal Music – Vikram Seth

Burnt Shadows – Kamila Shamsie

The Lost Flamingos of Bombay – Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi

Family Life – Akhil Sharma

Girl Most Likely To – Poonam Sharma

Ghost Interrupted – Sonia Singh

Goddess for Hire – Sonia Singh

And Laughter Fell from the Sky – Jyotsna Sreenivasan

In the Convent of Little Flowers – Indu Sundaresan

The Mountain of Light – Indu Sundaresan

Shadow Princess – Indu Sundaresan

The City of Devi – Manil Suri

Six Suspects – Vikas Swarup

The Scatter Here Is Too Great – Bilal Tanweer

Bombay Time – Thrity Umrigar

The Space Between Us – Thrity Umrigar

The Weight of Heaven – Thrity Umrigar

The World We Found – Thrity Umrigar

Climbing the Stairs – Padma Venkatraman

Cutting for Stone – Abraham Verghese

Because All Is Not Lost – Sweta Vikram

The Marriage Bureau for Rich People – Farahad Zama


Non South Asian author

Sisters of the Sari – Brenda L. Baker

In the Land of No Right Angles – Daphne Beal

Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi – Geoff Dyer

Other Waters – Eleni N. Gage

East of the Sun – Julia Gregson

The Case of the Missing Servant – Tarquin Hall

The Blue Notebook – James Levine

The Hundred-Foot Journey – Richard P. Morais

The Sandalwood Tree – Elle Newmark

Karma – Cathy Ostlere

State of Wonder – Anne Patchett

Dark Road to Darjeeling – Deanna Raybourn

Shiva’s Arms – Cheryl Snell

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry – Gabrielle Zevin

Painted Hands – Jennifer Zobair


South Asian author

Modern Spice – Monica Bhide

The Beautiful and the Damned – Siddhartha Deb

The Music Room – Namita Devidayal

Pink Sari Revolution – Amana Fontanella-Khan

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End – Atul Gawande

The Checklist Manifesto – Atul Gawande

On the Outside Looking Indian – Rupinder Gill

India Calling – Anand Giridharadas

The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas – Anand Giridharadas

Suits: A Woman on Wall Street – Nina Godiwalla

Leaving India – Minal Hajratwala

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? – Mindy Kaling

India Becoming – Akash Kapur

Delhi: Adventures in a Megacity – Sam Miller

The Emperor of All Maladies – Siddhartha Mukherjee

Walking With the Comrades – Arundhati Roy

Joseph Anton – Salman Rushdie

The Girl from Foreign – Sadia Shepard

Sonia Gandhi – Rani Singh

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

Non South Asian author

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity – Katherine Boo

City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi – William Dalrymple

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

Gandhi: A Manga Biography – Kazuki Ebine

Little Princes – Conor Grennan

Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi – Steve Inskeep

Sideways on a Scooter – Miranda Kennedy

Radio Shangri-La – Lisa Napoli

Ginger and Ganesh – Nani Power

Dreaming in Hindi – Katherine Russell

The Siege: 68 Hours Inside the Taj Hotel – Cathy Scott-Clark & Adrian Levy

To a Mountain in Tibet – Colin Thubron

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