I decided to join the South Asian Author Challenge hosted by S.Krishna because the fabric pictured in the button reminded me of my wedding outfit. Just kidding. Actually, I want to read more South Asian writers and thought this would be a good way to accomplish that goal.
What books qualify for the South Asian Author Challenge?
There are two requirements for a book to qualify for the South Asian Author Challenge, both of which must be met:
1) The author must be of South Asian descent. It doesn’t matter if they’re third or fourth generation, or are only half South Asian – I’m pretty flexible on this issue.
2) The book must be about South Asia in some way. It doesn’t have to be set in South Asia, as long as it’s about the culture or history in some way. On the other hand, it can be set in South Asia and not be about South Asians.
What are the dates of this challenge?
January 1, 2010 – December 31, 2010
How many books do I have to read for the South Asian Author Challenge?
There are four different commitment levels:
Can I change challenge levels after January 1?
You can’t move down (change from 10 to 7 – that defeats the purpose of it being a challenge!) but you can move up if you find you just love South Asian authors and want to read more of them than you expected!
Now.... drum roll please... my commitment level is THREE BOOKS! I need to start of slowly and see how the year goes before committing to more books.
1. The Geometry of God by Uzsma Aslam Khan I finished the book on August 26th. My review is here. I cannot believe how slowly I have started on this challenge. The author is Pakistani and the book takes place in Pakistan.