I am going to join the South Asian Challenge for next year. You may learn more about it, and sign up here.
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.
(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.
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.
These are the books I hope to read:
1. The Art of Disappearance by Anita Desai - fiction - finished March 29
2. Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh - fiction
3. Women of the Raj by Margaret MacMillan - nonfiction
4. Radio Shangri-La by Lisa Napoli - nonfiction
5. The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje - fiction
6. The Many Conditions of Love by Farahad Zama - fiction