It feels great to complete a challenge, that too one that involves reading 10 books, a maximum that I chose knowing I read a lot of Indian authors. My list of completed books differs from my initial list of books, but as you might very well know, I shall be reading a lot more South Asian authors.
I'm very glad that Swapna of S.Krishna's Books hosted this challenge, because it helps more people experience the writing of some amazing South Asian authors. This was a fascinating reading experience for me and I read some pretty amazing books for this challenge. Here are the ten books I read:
1. The Palace of Illusions - Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
2. Letters From A Father To His Daughter - Jawaharlal Nehru
3. Interpreter of Maladies - Jhumpa Lahiri
4. Unaccustomed Earth - Jhumpa Lahiri
5. Nehru: The Making of India - M.J.Akbar
6. The Enchantress of Florence - Salman Rushdie
7. Diplomatic Divide: Cross Border Talks - Dr. Humayun Khan and G. Parthasarathy
8. The Space Between Us - Thrity Umrigar
9. The Marriage Bureau for Rich People - Farahad Zama
10. Young Turks - Krishan Partap Singh
1. Nehru: The Making of India - A befitting tribute to a great man. This is a biography of Jawaharlal Nehru that is masterfully written and is a joy to read. One of those books that you will go back to all the time.
2. Interpreter of Maladies - Worthy winner of the Pulitzer prize. Lahiri writes with sheer beauty, elegance and emotion. A collection of unforgettable short stories that made me cry and laugh with them.
3. The Marriage Bureau for Rich People - A heart-warming, affectionate portrayal of modern India and her people. Zama's writing is deceptively simple, sensitive and interesting. I'm looking forward to reading its sequel The Many Conditions of Love.
4. Diplomatic Divide : Cross Border Talks - This is a book I haven't reviewed here because I'm no expert at the subject and I didn't have much to say about it except that it is a fascinating study of India-Pakistan relations.