South Asian Literary Fiction

It has been a terrific year. I graduated law school, got married (!), inched closer to finding my way home, and I’m looking at several long-term career options, including one in my adopted hometown of Suva, Fiji!

However, I haven’t read as much as I would like to because law school and studying for the bar exam kills any sort of creative thought. I bought my partner a Nook HD+, the Barnes and Nobles reader, but I think I may now start using it more than her. If anyone reading this blog is a Nook user, feel free to add me as a friend, email:

My list of things to read includes mostly all the recently-released, award-winning or award-nominated South Asian fiction that I can find on the web:

Jamil Ahmad: The Wandering Falcon*
Alice Albinia: Leela’s Book
Tahmima Anam: The Good Muslim
U.R. Ananthamurthy: Bharathipura
Nadeem Aslam: The Blind Man’s Garden
Benyamin: Goat Days
Rahul Bhattacharya: The Sly Company of People Who Care
Chandrakanta: A Street in Srinagar
Renita D’ Silva: Monsoon Memories
Roopa Farooki: The Flying Man
Musharraf Ali Farooqi: Between Clay and Dust
Amitav Ghosh: River of Smoke, The Glass Palace*
Niven Govinden: Black Bread White Beer
Sunetra Gupta: So Good in Black
Mohsin Hamid: How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia*
Mohammed Hanif: Our Lady of Alice Bhatti
Sonora Jha: Foreign
Shehan Karunatilaka: Chinaman
Usha K.R: Monkey-man
Tabish Khair: The Thing About Thugs
Sachin Kundalkar: Cobalt Blue
Uzma Aslam Khan: Thinner Than Skin
Amit Majmudar: Partition, The Abundance
Kavery Nambisan: The Story that Must Not Be Told
Nayomi Munaweera: Island of a Thousand Mirrors
Uday Prakash: The Walls of Delhi
Anuradha Roy: The Atlas of Impossible Longing, The Folded Earth*
Nilanjana Roy: The Wildings
Saswati Sengupta: The Song Seekers
Shyam Selvadurai: The Hungry Ghosts
Geetanjali Shree: The Empty Space
Jeet Thayil: Narcopolis*
Thrity Umrigar: The Space Between Us, The Weight of Heaven, The World We Found*
Manu Joseph: The Illicit Happiness of Other People*
Cyrus Mistry: Chronicle of a Corpse Bearer
Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya: The Watch

I am going to stop there because the list grows longer by the second. I also want to write more so hopefully, 2014 will be the year that I release my first book. Maybe with the time not spent in law school, I can finally do something productive.

What are you reading?

Care to Share Your Holiday Reading List?

Anyone want to suggest some titles I should add to my reading list? I am eyeing these currently–will probably skim whatever I can get my hands on.

Some of these are available on Google Books. And you can download files from Google Books using this tool (NOT A HACK).

The categories are problematic. Obviously, most of the titles don’t ‘fit’ into one area only, but it’s to help the non-native speakers of English who access this blog.


  • Crossing Borders: Love Between Women in Medieval French and Arabic Literatures (The Middle Ages Series) by Sahar Amer (Hardcover – Jun 4, 2008)
  • AsiaPacifQueer: Rethinking Genders and Sexualities by Fran Martin, Peter Jackson, Mark McLelland


  • Making People Illegal: What Globalization Means for Migration and Law (Law in Context)
  • The Latino Threat: Constructing Immigrants, Citizens, and the Nation
  • The Citizen and the Alien: Dilemmas of Contemporary Membership
  • Beyond Citizenship: American Identity After Globalization
  • Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants by David Bacon
  • The Accidental American: Immigration and Citizenship in the Age of Globalization by Rinku Sen (Author), Fekkak Mamdouh (Contributor)
  • Migration And Its Enemies: Global Capital, Migrant Labour And the Nation-state by Robin Cohen
  • Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (Politics and Society in Twentieth Century America)

Tourism / Cultural Studies / Cultural Memory Studies ?

Subaltern Studies / Post-Colonialism

  • Globalization and Postcolonialism: Hegemony and Resistance in the Twenty-first Century by Sankaran Krishna
  • Violent Belongings: Partition, Gender, and Postcolonial Nationalism in India by Kavita Daiya
  • History, the Human, and the World Between by R. Radhakrishnan
  • Postcolonial Resistance: Culture, Liberation, and Transformation (Cultural Spaces) by David Jefferess
  • Capital, Interrupted: Agrarian Development and the Politics of Work in India by Vinay Gidwani Geographies of Postcolonialism by Joanne Sharp
  • The Origins of Violence: Religion, History and Genocide by John Docker
  • Coloniality at Large: Latin America and the Postcolonial Debate (Latin America Otherwise) by Mabel Morana, Enrique Dussel, and Carlos Jauregui

Political Economy

  • Geographies of Development: An Introduction to Development Studies by Robert B. Potter
  • Obsolescent Capitalism: Contemporary Politics and Global Disorder by Samir Amin (Author)

Popular Culture ?