Bookcentric reading challenge


March 2021

A Book By A South Asian Woman

As we step into March 2021, in celebration of Women’s History Month, among other things, we want to dedicate this month to the women authors of south asia and south asian origin for the #Bookcentric2021ReadingChallenge. It was a tricky task to pick and choose the authors and books we wanted to add to our list of recommendations. Unfortunately, we could not find many women authors from Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives who write in English. There are many talented writers who we have missed, and we would love it if you added your favourite to the list. . Let’s flood March with south asian women and books!
Bookcentric suggests:
  1. Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Annapara (Indian)
  2. Small Days and Nights by Tishani Doshi (Indian-American)
  3. A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza (Indian-American)
  4. A Burning by Megha Majumdar (Indian)
  5. All the Names they Used for God by Anjali Sachdeva (Indian-American)
  6. Why Men Rape: An Indian Undercover Investigation by Tara Kaushal (Indian)
  7. Girls Burning Brighter by Sobha Rao (Indian-American)
  8. Gujarat Files by Rana Ayyub (Indian)
  9. Aftertaste by Namita Devidayal (Indian-British)
  10. Fence by Ila Arab Mehta (Indian)
  11. Difficult Daughters by Manju Kapur (Indian)
  12. A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena (Indian-Canadian)
  13. The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You: A Novel by Amulya Malladi (Indian-Danish)
  14. Madras on Rainy Days by Samina Ali (Indian-American)
  15. Fire of the Mountain by Anita Desai (Indian)
  16. Lifting the Veil by Ismat Chugtai (Indian)
  17. The Thousand Faces of Night by Githa Hariharan (Indian)
  18. How I Became a Tree by Sumana Roy (Indian)
  19. All the Lives we Never Lived by Anuradha Roy (Indian)
  20. Stupid Cupid by Mamang Dai (Indian)
  21. Those Pricey Thakur Girls by Anuja Chauhan (Indian)
  22. Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier (Indian-American)
  23. The Secrets Between Us by Thrity Umrigar (Indian-American)
  24. Lucky Boy by Shanti Sekaran (Indian-American)
  25. The Celestial Trilogy by Sangu Mandanna (Indian-British)
  26. Muzaffar Jang Series by Madhulika Liddle (Indian)
  27. The Girl and the Goddess: Stories and Poems of Divine by Nikita Gill (Indian-British)
  28. Run Rebel by Manjeet Mann (Indian-American)
  29. New People by Nikta Lalwani (Indian-British)
  30. Undertow by Jahnvi Barua (Indian)
  31. Kololo Hill by Neema Shah (Indian-British)
  32. The Good Girls: An Ordinary Killing by Sonia Faleiro (Indian)
  33. Karna's Wife: The Outcast's Queen by Kavita Kane (Indian)
  34. Future Tense by Nitasha Kaul (Kashmiri
  35. Neither a Shadow nor a Reflection by Naseem Shafaie (Kashmiri)
  36. Across the Shores by Taranum Riyaz (Kashmiri)
  37. Sultana's Dream by Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain (Bangladeshi)
  38. Hellfire by Leesa Gazi (Bangladeshi-British)
  39. Plassey's Legacy by Nasima Begum (Bangladeshi)
  40. Hashim and Family by Shahnaz Ahsan (Bangladeshi-British)
  41. Radha Will Not Cook Today by Purabi Basu (Bangladeshi)
  42. River of my Blood by Selina Hossain (Bangladeshi)
  43. The Days of 71 by Jahanara Imam (Bangladeshi)
  44. On the Streets of Boston by Nilima Ibrahim (Bangladeshi)
  45. Where My Darlings Lie Buried: Memoirs of the Genocide: A Collection of Bengali Poems by Begum Sufia Kamal (Bangladeshi)
  46. Cruel April by Razia Khan Amin (Bangladeshi)
  47. A Vocal Chorus by Shamim Azad (Bangladeshi-British)
  48. Letters of Blood by Rizia Rahman (Bangladeshi)
  49. Dust Under Her Feet by Sharbari Zohra Ahmed (Bangladeshi-American)
  50. Blame by Dilruba Z Ara (Bangladeshi-Swedish)
  51. The Secret Diary of an Arranged Marriage by Halima Khatun (Bangladeshi)
  52. The House of Clay and Water by Faiqa Mansab (Pakistani)
  53. The Runaways by Fatima Bhutto (Pakistani)
  54. Ice Candyman by Bapsi Sidhwa (Pakistani- American)
  55. Homefire by Kamila Shamsie (Pakistani-British)
  56. Taboo: The Hidden Culture of a Red Light Area by Fouzia Saeed (Pakistani)
  57. Before She Sleeps by Bina Shah (Pakistani)
  58. The Young Wife by Zebun-Nissa Hamidullah (Pakistani)
  59. The Sensational Life and Death of Qandeel Baloch by Sanam Maher (Pakistani)
  60. Black Wings by Sehba Sarwar (Pakistani)
  61. Karachi, You're Killing Me! by Saba Imtiaz (Pakistani)
  62. The World Between Us by Sara Naveed (Pakistani)
  63. 1971: A People's History from Bangladesh, Pakistan and India by Anam Zakaria (Pakistani-Canadian)
  64. Unmarriagable by Soniah Kamal (Pakistani-American)
  65. The Miraculous True History of Nomi Ali by Uzma Aslam Khan (Pakistani)
  66. The Diary of a Social Butterfly by Moni Mohsin (Pakistani-British)
  67. The Holy Woman by Qaisra Shehraz (Pakistani-British)
  68. How We Met by Huma Qureshi (Pakistani-British)
  69. Raising my Voice by Malalai Joya (Afghan)
  70. The Invisible by Maryam Mahboob (Afghan)
  71. Dancing in the Mosque: An Afghan Mother's Letter to Her Son by Homeira Qaderi (Afghan)
  72. The Secret of My Turban by Nadia Ghulam (Afghan)
  73. Weary Escape by Arifa Omarloor (Afghan)
  74. Forget Kathmandu by Manjushree Thapa (Nepali-Canadian)
  75. From the Other End by Banira Giri (Nepali)
  76. From Goddess To Mortal: The True Life Story of Kumari by Rashmila Shakya (Nepali)
  77. The End of the World by Sushma Joshi (Nepali)
  78. Jumla: A Nurse's Story by Radha Paudel (Nepali)
  79. Of A Lesser God by Maya Thakuri (Nepali)
  80. A Flower in the Midst of Thorns: Autobiographical Essays by Jhamak Ghimire (Nepali)
  81. The Circle of Karma by Kunzang Choden (Bhutanese)
  82. Treasures of the Thunder Dragon: A Portrait of Bhutan by Dorji Wangmo (Bhutanese)
  83. Every Time We Say Goodbye by Jamie Zeppa (Bhutanese)
  84. Manje by Fathimath Nahula (Maldivian)
  85. My Country, My Maldives by Aminath Faiza (Maldivian)
  86. The White City by Roma Tearne (Sri Lankan-British)
  87. The Sweet and Simple Kind by Yasmine Guneratne (Sri Lankan)
  88. Island of a Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera (Sri Lankan-American)
  89. Reyna's Prophecy by Radhika Philip (Sri Lankan)
  90. A Disobedient Girl by Ru Freeman (Sri Lankan-American)
  91. The Moon in the Water by Ameena Hussein (Sri Lankan)
  92. The Elephant's Wife by Roshi Fernando (Sri Lankan)
  93. The Terrorist's Daughter by Thisuri Wanniarachchi (Sri Lankan)
  94. In the Garden Secretly and Other Stories by Jean Arasanayagam (Sri Lankan)
  95. Slave in a Palanquin: Colonial Servitude and Resistance in Sri Lanka by Nira Wickramasinghe (Sri Lankan)
  96. Giraya by Punyakante Wijenaike (Sri Lankan)
  97. Love Marriage by V V Ganeshnanthan (Sri Lankan-American)