South Asian Author Challenge Wrap-up

3 December, 2010

Although I’d put my name down to read 5 books for the South Asian Author Challenge hosted by Swapna of S. Krishna’s Books, I had secretly been hoping to read much more. Looking back, I see that my reading’s been concentrated around my trip home to Sri Lanka early in the year and then petered out. Oh well, that just leaves me more for next year:)

So what did I read this year?

Mosquito by Roma Tearne – loved this. I have 3 more books by Tearne which I’m looking forward to reading.
The Road from Elephant Pass by Nihal de Silva – my favourite book of the challenge.
Cinnamon Gardens by Shyam Selvadurai – a re-read which again impressed upon me what a fine writer Selvadurai is. I’m eagerly awaiting his next book.
Serendipity by Ashok Ferrey – this novel didn’t really work for me however I’m a huge fan of his short stories so looking forward to reading more by Ferrey.
The Moon in the Water by Ameena Hussein – dark and melancholic and definitely looking forward to reading more by Hussein.
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri – my introduction to Lahiri. I love her easy style.

Which makes 6 books in total, most concentrating on Sri Lanka. Can’t be helped as I like discovering my roots!

This is a great challenge in which to participate if you have an interest in South Asia and its literature. Swapna’s built up a wonderful directory of literature by South Asian authors and set in South Asia, so do check her blog. And the sign-up for the 2011 challenge has already begun. So, are you going to join us this year?

Here’s to exploring more South Asian authors and literature in 2011!

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7 Responses to “South Asian Author Challenge Wrap-up”

  1. Mystica Says:

    I am joining this challenge in 2011 (the first time I’ve done a challenge!). I think I can find books in this field easily.

  2. Eva Says:

    I read Mosquito a few months ago (during a blogging break, so sadly I haven’t posted about it): it was lovely! And I just finished Selvadurai’s debut. So now I want to read more Sri Lankan fiction: both The Road from Elephant Pass & The Moon in the Water are now on my wishlist! 🙂

  3. lemon123 Says:

    I didn’t finish this challenge. I feel so badly. I had good books picked out too. Love the book chosen by you.Congratulations for finishing the challenge.

  4. chasing bawa Says:

    Mystica: Yay! Can’t wait to see what you’ll be reading as I’m sure you’ll find titles most of us have never heard of before:)

    Eva: I thought Mosquito was beautiful too. Selvadurai’s writing a book based on the Buddhist Jataka tales (which I know very little about) so I’m really looking forward to that!

    lemon123: There’s always next year:) However I feel part of the fun is picking out the books you want to read, so you shouldn’t feel bad at all!

  5. itoeri Says:

    the lit festival in srilanka is coming up soon, isn’t it? and it’s snowing on this blog again – it’s nice to feel a year pass when you grow your interest on something.
    literature gives you so much insight into a culture , that i am eager to read novels before and after my travels. i probably wouldn’t have read srilankan lit to this extent if i hadn’t visited the country and wasn’t charmed by it.
    ive been looking for some vietnamese lit but have been unsuccessful so far…

    • chasing bawa Says:

      I’ll be going again to the Galle Lit Festival so am compiling a list of books to read:) I also love reading about whichever country I’m travelling too. It makes the travelling experience more immersive.

      My bookish friends on Twitter have suggested the following reading material on Vietnam for you:
      The Boat by Nam Le
      The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh
      The Beauty of Humanity Movement by Camilla Gibb
      Paradise of the Blind by Duong Thu Huong

  6. itoeri Says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! will look for them.


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