Our Favorite South Asian Writers
Some people say that books are a dying medium, but as someone who has a pretty large personal library in the corner of her tiny bedroom, in her tiny apartment, I’m going to have to disagree. I am physically incapable of reading long form literature on anything but paper. No, don’t read that as sarcasm I will always take a 600-page hard cover over a tablet any day. So, as I started to grow my collection, I wanted to add more South Asian authors to my armory. As I gained more and more and read more and more, I quickly fell in love. The depth and realism of the books I found were more that I could have anticipated and many have become my favorite literature to read and read again. So, since I did all the leg work and found these authors, I decided to share my top South Asian authors you should probably check out if you haven’t already.
1. Arundhati Roy: Arundhati is the talented writer of The God of Small Things, and I have to say this novel is one of my personal favorites. For a debut writer, she is incomparable.
2. Rupi Kaur: Everyone knows Rupi, and if you don’t, you should. I often find myself grabbing her books when I need to center my thoughts. All it takes is three or four poems and I feel calm and collected with her words.
3. Harman Kaur: Harman recently came out with her book, Phulkari, which is a collection of poetry and prose, similar to Rupi Kaur. Her writing is deep, touching, and relevant to all individuals struggling with feeling like an outsider.
4. Jhumpa Lahiri: Lahiri is a break out writer who’s first book Interpreter of Maladies was highly regarded. This book was a collection of short stories about Indian Americans discovering their place between their heritage and the new world they lived in. It’s realistic and relatable and overall a page-turner.
5. Aravind Adiga: Author of The White Tiger and Last Man in Tower, Aravind is a powerhouse when it comes to novels. The White Tiger was a favorite of mine, since I couldn’t put it down and read it all in one sitting! I’ll take more of these.
6. Anita Desai: If you haven’t read The Village by the Sea, you need to buy it right now and start. This book is easily her best, which says a lot seeing her other novels are also so great. I know, this book is technically a YA novel, but I’m telling you, you won’t regret it.
7. Manil Suri: This mathematician turned author is not to be over looked. His novels, named for different Hindu gods are some of the more moving pieces of literature I have read. Definitely add his novels to your list.
Written by Aubrey Rojas