Best South Asian Fiction

Your favorite fiction from South Asia and the diaspora. Novels, short stories and novellas.

South Asian countries include India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan. Some people also include Burma/Myanmar, Afghanistan, Iran and the Maldives as part of South Asia.

South Asia does NOT include China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam (these last three are part of Southeast Asia), etc.
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message 1: by Parth (new)


message 2: by Parth (new)

Parth Bakshi Sh Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts


message 3: by Barb (new)


message 4: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie I love Water for Elephants to death, but it has NOTHING to do with Southeast Asia. It is about Depression era America and none of the characters were Southeast Asians. Just because it has elephant in the title does not mean it's about SE Asia, people.


message 5: by Rukshana (new)

Rukshana Um, Amy Tan's book is not about S. Asia. People need to learn their geography.


message 6: by Melanee (new)

Melanee Rukshana wrote: "Um, Amy Tan's book is not about S. Asia. People need to learn their geography."

tell em Rukshana! =)


message 7: by E (new)

E Bonnie wrote: "I love Water for Elephants to death, but it has NOTHING to do with Southeast Asia. It is about Depression era America and none of the characters were Southeast Asians. Just because it has elephant ..."

This list is for books on South Asia, which is not the same as Southeast Asia. To clarify, South Asia includes India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan and sometimes Tibet.


message 8: by [deleted user] (new)

Bonnie wrote: "I love Water for Elephants to death, but it has NOTHING to do with Southeast Asia. It is about Depression era America and none of the characters were Southeast Asians. Just because it has elephant ..."

I was wondering why it was on here. A librarian needs to delete it.



message 10: by [deleted user] (new)

Susanna wrote: "OK, I'll remove Water for Elephants."

Thanks Susanna, very kind of you.



message 11: by marie (new)

marie Cutting For Stone takes place in Ethiopia (Africa) and the United States. There is only a small mention of India but it certainly is not about South Asia.


message 12: by Amina (new)

Amina If you're interested in South Asian literature, you should check out the new group I just started! http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/4...


message 13: by Nickelini (new)

Nickelini I think people need to pass a geography test before they can add a book to this list. Very disappointing.


message 14: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie In the Miso Soup should go. (out of the South Asia list)


message 15: by Ellinor (new)

Ellinor What are Wuthering Heights and Gone with the wind doing on this list? They have absolutely nothing to do with South Asia!


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads If this list specifically does not include Japan, what is The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle doing on it?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads OK, y'all want me to delete anything?


message 18: by Vazz (new)

Vazz "Veil of Roses" is a book set in Iran. It does NOT belong here. Iran is NOT part of South Asia, and Iranians are NOT South Asian or Desi. Please remove this book from the list.


message 19: by Vazz (new)

Vazz Susanna wrote: "OK, y'all want me to delete anything?"
yes please remove "Veil of Roses."


message 20: by Garth (new)

Garth I voted for A Thousand Splendid Suns. Great historical fiction, even though it's a little slow in the beginning. If you find yourself about to give up on the book, skip to chapter 21 (that's about one third into the book): at that point, the story really starts to pick up.

I wrote a post on the book for Newsworthy Novels, a blog that matches novels to today's headlines (the headline that day was about the Taliban increasingly targeting Afghan women for attacks): http://newsworthynovels.blogspot.com/...


message 21: by Booklovinglady (new)

Booklovinglady Unlesss I'm very much mistaken, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet should not be in this list...


message 22: by K (new)

K And a few more too do not belong here.


message 23: by K (new)

K Ellinor wrote: "What are Wuthering Heights and Gone with the wind doing on this list? They have absolutely nothing to do with South Asia!"
Who posted them?
It is piracy of another kind.


message 24: by Booklovinglady (last edited May 01, 2013 12:10AM) (new)

Booklovinglady The Map of Love is set in Egypt (and the States) and has been removed. I've also removed Japanese fairy tales, Japanese fairy tales series and The thousand autumns of Jacob the Zoet, as none of these should be in this list.


message 25: by Jessica (last edited Jul 26, 2013 02:23AM) (new)

Jessica There are other books which don't belong in this list. Rooftops of Tehran is set in Iran, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle is set in Japan, Evening is the Whole Day and The Rice Mother are set in Malaysia.


message 26: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Oh right. I guess Iran is possibly included...


message 27: by Booklovinglady (last edited Jul 26, 2013 04:34AM) (new)

Booklovinglady @Brimate
Hermann Hesse is German, still his Siddhartha is on the list. Don't really think it belongs here, as your description clearly says "Your favorite fiction from South Asia and the diaspora". But I haven't removed it (yet) as the story is set in South Asia (even though that doesn't match your description). Let me know how you feel about this book being on the list?

Same goes for E.M. Forster's A passage to India, as Forster is British.

The quiet American by Graham Greene has been removed from the list, as it does not belong here (Saigon is not in South Asia...)


message 28: by Ellinor (new)

Ellinor Booklovinglady wrote: "@Brimate
Hermann Hesse is German, still his Siddhartha is on the list. Don't really think it belongs here, as your description clearly says "Your favorite fiction
from
South Asia and the diaspo..."


The same would be true for "A Son of the Circus". John Irving is American.


message 29: by Linda (new)

Linda Groetzinger To List manager: Please clarify the criteria for this list.
I'd like to see:
1) books ABOUT South Asia and South Asians, including those living outside South Asia (the diaspora) regardless of: who wrote them, what language they are written in;
2)books BY South Asian authors, and authors of South Asian heritage, regardless of where they now live.

My question is: does the list include books BY South Asian authors set exclusively in other countries, and not about South Asians or the diaspora or setting?


message 30: by Linda (new)

Linda Groetzinger To list manager:
Please clarify the criteria for inclusion; I'd recommend that books that take place in South Asia or are about South Asian diaspora in any location, should be included.
I'd also be happy if all fiction by South Asian authors would be included, even if it does not take place in or relate to South Asia or South Asians; but I could understand if these were limited to those that DO focus on South Asians or countries where people of South Asian heritage reside.


message 31: by Srinivas (new)

Srinivas 151 The Diary of a Young Girl


i dont think its about South-Asia.


message 32: by Booklovinglady (last edited Apr 09, 2014 11:49AM) (new)

Booklovinglady nomad wrote: "151 The Diary of a Young Girl
i dont think its about South-Asia."


Can't find the book in the list, but if you meant Anne Frank's 'Diary of a young girl' then it most certainly is not.. :-)


message 33: by Srinivas (new)

Srinivas yes..its in 169th postion


message 34: by Booklovinglady (new)

Booklovinglady nomad wrote: "yes..its in 169th postion"

Thanks :-) I have deleted the book, as you are absolutely right: It should not have been added to this list.


message 35: by Sngta (last edited Sep 21, 2014 12:27PM) (new)

Sngta It's unclear what Like Water for Chocolate is doing on this list! Same for Animal Farm.


message 36: by Booklovinglady (last edited Sep 21, 2014 02:16PM) (new)

Booklovinglady Sngta wrote: "It's unclear what Like Water for Chocolate is doing on this list! Same for Animal Farm."

I've removed both Animal Farm and Like water for Chocolate, as they are not South Asian ficton.


message 37: by Jeff (new)

Jeff Hobbs "Minaret" takes place in Sudan and England. No South Asian connection.


message 38: by Akshi (last edited Sep 21, 2015 10:36AM) (new)

Akshi Rahul Pandita's Our Moon Has Blood Clots ( A great book) is a memoir, not fiction.Similarly books like

The Difficulty of Being Good, Maximum City, [even] Khushwant Singh's Delhi are not fiction.


message 39: by Booklovinglady (new)

Booklovinglady Jeff wrote: ""Minaret" takes place in Sudan and England. No South Asian connection."

Minaret has been removed.


message 40: by Booklovinglady (new)

Booklovinglady Akshi wrote: "Rahul Pandita's Our Moon Has Blood Clots ( A great book) is a memoir, not fiction.Similarly books like

The Difficulty of Being Good, Maximum City, [even] Khushwant Singh's Delhi are not fiction."


Removed for not being fiction:
Our Moon Has Blood Clots: The Exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits
The Difficulty of Being Good: On The Subtle Art Of Dharma
Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found
Delhi


message 41: by Aubrey (new)

Aubrey Removed for not being from South Asia:

The Art of War
In the Miso Soup


message 42: by Kaion (last edited Nov 13, 2015 02:33PM) (new)

Kaion Removed for not being from South Asia/not being fiction:
Wind Up Bird Chronicle
Siddhartha
John Updike
Reading Lolita in Tehran
Publisher spam
Books on Vietnam
John Green
A Brief History of Time
Leo Tolstoy
Karma Cola


message 43: by Sarai (new)

Sarai Jump to Regional groups of countries - The United Nations Statistics Division's scheme of sub-regions include all eight members of the SAARC as part of Southern Asia, along with Iran only for statistical purposes. Population Information Network (POPIN) includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burma, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka as part of South Asia


message 44: by Arpita (new)

Arpita Sad to see Chetan Bhagat on the same list with greats like Khaled Hosseini, Salman Rushdie, Jhumpa Lahiri, Kipling...


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