Books with South Asian protagonists feat. recs by some South Asian bloggers

Hi everyone! In today’s post, I bring you some book recommendations featuring some amazing brown protagonists. I have always been frustrated at seeing the minimal representation of South Asians in books or even movies. Nowadays, there’re lots of books featuring us brown girls as the heroine of the story. Our stories are not ones of suffering- not always- but are of celebration. We are in Pride and Prejudice retellings, contemporary romances where sometimes the parents’ are playing matchmakers, we are in stories about heists “National Treasure” style. If you’re looking for books with South Asians at the helm, then what are you waiting for? Check out the list of recommendations compiled with the help of some of my Crazy Amazing Indian blogger friends.

Books with South Asian protagonists feat. recs by some South Asian bloggers



Sahitya@My World of Books recommends these three books:

Unmarriageable by Sonia Kamal

Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal

“It’s a retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in Pakistan and I felt the original story translates beautifully into a desi story with a lot of cultural elements from the subcontinent.

Aru Shah and the End of Time

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

“It’s a wonderful and super fun exploration of identity of an Indian American kid, who is scared to embrace their culture and just wants to fit in.”

The Takeover effect

The Takeover Effect by Nisha Sharma

“A tropey ‘Mills and Boon’ style fun adult romance novel with desi protagonists, it has an intense love story, a great group of characters and also some mysterious corporate espionage.”




Charvi@Not Just Fiction recommends four books:

Amal Unbound by Aisha Said

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

“A beautiful book about a small girl who learns to fight for her freedom, education and a better world for herself and her community while being exposed to the bitter realities of life.”

Internment by Samira Ahmed

Internment by Samira Ahmed

“It is a fiery and eye-opening read that discusses Islamophobia and really makes the reader think.”

Chanakya's Chant by Ashwin Singh

Chanakya’s Chant by Ashwin Singh

“A richly crafted book that dives into various timelines while exploring the story of Chanakya in the past and a rising politician who undertakes Chanakya niti to bring a change in the system.”

From Twinkle with Love by Sandhya Menon

From Twinkle With Love by Sandhya Menon

“A really cute and fluffy book about friendships and passion as well as discovering your true self. We get to follow the determined Twinkle as she goes down on her journey to becoming a film director and maneuvering relationships with family and friends.”




Abantika@hjbookblog highly recommends this book:

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

The Night Diary is a tragic yet beautiful book that tells you the story of the Partition through the eyes of a 12 year old.

Above all, the book explores the search for home and identity of an young girl in a world that has been divided into fragments by narrow domestic walls.”




Simant@FlippingThroughthePages highly recommends this wonderful book:


The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena

The Beauty of The Moment by Tanaz Bhathena

“Wonderful story with wonderful and diverse characters. It shows you what it is like to find to find your own identity in a new place among new people, what it takes to pursue your own dreams rather than what your parents have decided for you.”




Pragati@The Inked In Book Blog highly recommends this wonderful book:

Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

“It’s a very amazing rom-com with lots of Bollywood feels.”

The Gilded Wolves

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

“National Treasure, but better, as the author herself puts it. What more reason do you need?”

A Spark of White Fire

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna

“The Mahabharata retelling of everyone’s dream. You really need to read it!”





If you’re still short of recommendations, I’ve got some books in mind for you:

Books with South Asian protagonists feat. recs by some South Asian bloggers

I loved reading Tiger at Midnight, which is a beautifully written Indian fantasy. We follow the story of a spy, Esha, who is determined to avenge her family after a royal coup. Meanwhile, she’s also being tracked by Kunal, a dutiful soldier who believes Esha killed his general. I haven’t yet read either Symptoms of a Heartbreak or A Match Made in Mehendi but I’m so very excited to read them.

Books with South Asian protagonists feat. recs by some South Asian bloggers

Do you love bookish lists? I hope you liked this book recommendation list featuring South Asian works. Have you read any of the books I’ve listed? Or..do you have any among these 15 books in your TBR? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Review: ​The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock

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Synopsis: This voyage is special. It will change everything… 
One September evening in 1785, the merchant Jonah Hancock hears urgent knocking on his front door. One of his captains is waiting eagerly on the step. He has sold Jonah’s ship for what appears to be a mermaid.
As gossip spreads through the docks, coffee shops, parlours and brothels, everyone wants to see Mr Hancock’s marvel. Its arrival spins him out of his ordinary existence and through the doors of high society. At an opulent party, he makes the acquaintance of Angelica Neal, the most desirable woman he has ever laid eyes on… and a courtesan of great accomplishment. This meeting will steer both their lives onto a dangerous new course, on which they will learn that priceless things come at the greatest cost.
Where will their ambitions lead? And will they be able to escape the destructive power mermaids are said to possess?
In this spell-binding story of curiosity and obsession, Imogen Hermes Gowar has created an unforgettable jewel of a novel, filled to the brim with intelligence, heart and wit.

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Review:​ The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

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Synopsis: Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.

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Review: Finding Your G-Spot by Geetika Saigal

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Synopsis: The Probability of your parents’ meeting: one in a million. The Chance that they had you and not another genetic version of you: one in 4 million billion. (yeah, that’s a number too!) The Number of moments you have lived (knowing that any of us could pop-off any moment): ~9.4 million in our lifetime.

You, Yes YOU, are a miracle.

Do you not then deserve to lead a miraculous life?

A life that you know is meaningful to you, that doesn’t leave you feeling like you are simply running, not knowing where to and why so. So go on, give yourself and your life the best shot.
How?

By ceasing this race to ‘somewhere’ for just a few hours; Re-discovering Your Real Self, Re-aligning Your Thoughts, Revamping Your Life – All in (nothing worthwhile is simple!) 4 STEPS + 15 Do-it-for-Yourself EXERCISES.
This book is written for all of us, whether you’re just starting out your life or wishing to change it.

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