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Feb/Mar 2018: You Bring The... > Asian Lit Chat Questions - What is your favourite book by a South Asian (also diaspora) author?

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Hi all, feel free to answer the asian lit chat questions below. Share thoughts here or quote reply to the Twitter Thread (and check out thoughts via #AsianLitChat!)


Q1. Introduce yourself, and a favourite YA book by a South Asian (also diaspora) author?

Q2. Bollywood is important in You Bring The Distant Near. What are your favourite Bollywood songs?

Q3. Which character could you relate to in You Bring the Distant Near?

Q4. Have you been to any of the places in You Bring The Distant Near? (E.g. Queens, New York, London, Paris, Calcutta or the Ganges river.)

Q5. What is your favourite scene in You Bring the Distant Near? (Include spoiler tags if needed!)

Q6. You Bring The Distant Near tackles many experiences in the diaspora. E.g. Grief, colorism and feminism. Have you read any other Asian lit that tackle these experiences?

Q7. Like the siblings in You Bring the Distant Near, do you have any creative pursuits?

Q8. Why do you think multigenerational books by Asian authors are important? Any recommendations?


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Krystal (krystalkavitajagoo) | 17 comments 1) Hi, Krystal here! Favourite book by a South Asian diaspora author would be When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. 2) Favourite Bollywood Song is Tuhje Dekha To from DDLJ. 3) I have not read it yet. 4) Yes, Queens, London, and Paris. 5) I have not read it yet. 6) Yes, Secrets We Kept: Three Women of Trinidad by Krystal A. Sital, Dutch by Madhuri Pavamani, The Orphan of India by Sharon Maas, Invisible Lives by Anjali Banerjee, The Writers' Retreat by Indu Balachandran, The Mango Season by Amulya Malladi, One Day We'll All Be Dead, None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul, A Daughter's Courage by Renita D'Silva, and Someone You Love Is Gone by Gurjinder Basran. 7) Yes, dance, writing, etc. 8) Because they help readers to process some of the complicated feelings they face in terms of the diasporic experience, including Secrets We Kept: Three Women of Trinidad by Krystal A. Sital, Dutch by Madhuri Pavamani, The Orphan of India by Sharon Maas, Invisible Lives by Anjali Banerjee, The Writers' Retreat by Indu Balachandran, The Mango Season by Amulya Malladi, One Day We'll All Be Dead, None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul, A Daughter's Courage by Renita D'Silva, and Someone You Love Is Gone by Gurjinder Basran.


Glaiza | 115 comments Mod
Krystal wrote: "1) Hi, Krystal here! Favourite book by a South Asian diaspora author would be When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. 2) Favourite Bollywood Song is Tuhje Dekha To from DDLJ. 3) I have not read it ..."

Thanks so much for the fantastic book recs! Will add a few to our upcoming Asian Lit Bingo list in May.

Will add Tuhje Dekha To from DDLJ to my playlist too.

Multigenerational books definitely help forge those connections across diaspora. So happy to see another reader who loves dance! (Dance was a popular pursuit).


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