Hosted by Swapna at S.Krishna’s Books, the South Asian Reading Challenge is one of the challenges that I have managed to complete rather well this year. It worked great for me since I want to read more authors from the region and there have been some wonderful new books and authors that I’ve discovered this year.
In my sign up post, I had set a goal of over 10 books to become a South Asian Guru. And what do you know, I am one! I read 18 books by South Asian authors this year! It feels good to reach my goal and complete this challenge successfully, but what I’ve really enjoyed are many of these books. It’s wonderful to discovering new authors that I love and I’ll keep an eye out for new titles by all these authors.
So here is my complete list of books read and reviewed for the South Asian Challenge 2011. You can read my reviews for all of them – just follow the link.
A Circle of Souls by Preethan Grandhi
A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam
A Nice Quiet Holiday by Aditya Sudarshan
A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
An Atlas of Impossible Longing by Anuradha Roy
Chanakya’s Chant by Ashwin Sanghi
Climbing The Stairs by Padma Venkatraman
Five Queen’s Road by Sorayya Khan
Miss Timmins’ School for Girls by Nayana Currimbhoy
New Miss India by Bharati Mukherjee
Show Me a Hero by Aditya Sudarshan
The Folded Earth by Anuradha Roy
The Girl in the Garden by Kamala Nair
The Good Muslim by Tahmima Anam (review on 6 Jan 2012)
The Monochrome Madonna by Kalpana Swaminathan
The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Tiger Hills by Sarita Mandanna
Witness the Night by Kishwar Desai
My favourite South Asian titles this year:
All of these books had beautiful settings, characters you could really like or dislike and beautiful writing which makes the story that much more enjoyable.
I’ve decided to participate in this challenge in 2012 as well, but maybe I’ll take on fewer books, since I know I’m going to be rather busy with university this year.