South Asian Challenge

A challenge all of me, just for me!


The first ever reading challenge that I joined in when I started blogging, South Asian Challenge is very special to The Tales Pensieve. It is the addiction and inspiration behind all reading challenges here.

sac2013After spending the whole of January 2013 looking forward for Krishna (the host of SAC) to announce the challenge, I had nearly given up. But all thanks to Indian Quills Reading Challenger Gayathri Manikandan, just discovered the first association. Again. In a all new avataar and a new year with lots of new books – South Asian Challenge 2013.

Krishna says, no targets this year but what’s the fun of a challenge without a target (MBAs cannot live without one ;)), so by on or before December 31, 2013 the intent is to read 50 books by South Asian Writers and link it here. Like last year please feel free to quip in your recommendations. I will try to read and review them here with a name mention dedicated to the recommender.

So let the gun fire and we are on:

1. Return of a King by William Dalrymple

2. The Stopover by Ram Prakash & Deepa Pinto

3. Beaten by Bhagath by S.V. Divvaakar

4. Chasing Maya by Rohan Gogoi

5. Alchemy edited by Sheba Karim

6. When The Snow Melts by Vinod Joseph

7. The Seeds of War by Ashok Banker

8. Jack Patel’s Dubai Dreams by P.G. Bhaskar

9. Blood Red Sari by Ashok banker

10. Cold Feet by Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan

11. A Splash of Love by Rajeev Ranjan

12. Luwan of Brida by Sarang Mahajan

13. Tantra by Adi

14. Roll of Honour by Amandeep Sandhu

15. Tick Tock We’re 30 by Milan Vohra

16. Shiva Trilogy by Amish

17. Business Sutra by Devdutt Pattanaik

18. 2012 Nights by Vipul Rikhi

19. Murder in Amaravati by Sharath Komarraju

20. Arjuna: Saga of a Pandava Warrior Prince by Anuja Chandramouli

21. The Homing Pigeons by Sid Bahri

22. The Secrets of the Dark by Arka Chakrabarti

23. Arty Facts by Ankita Kapoor

24. The Karachi Deception by Shatrujeet Nath

25. Polka Dots, Pony Tails and Purple Pouts by Amrita Anand Nayak

26. Compass Box Review by Piyush Jha

27. Vanity Bagh by Anees Salim


sac-2012-1Though pretty late in the year but a month after I started writing on what I read, I am joining the South Asian Challenge for the year and will be kicking myself real hard if I don’t read and review 20 books towards the challenge in the next 4 months.

Though it is out-and-out my endeavor, nothing here happens without you readers. Recommend titles by writers from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and the Maldives or stories based in these countries, I will read and review them here with a name mention dedicated to the recommender. Go on leave a comment on this page with the name of the book.

The titles that I have in mind to be part of the challenge in 2012 are:

1. 7 Secrets of Vishnu by Devdutt Pattanaik

2. The Evolution of Gods by Ajay Kansal

3. The Forest of Stories by Ashok Banker

4. Othappu: The scent of the other side by Sarah Joseph

5. Poor Little Rich Slum by Rashmi Bansal, Deepak Gandhi

6. The Krishna Key by Ashwin Sanghi

7. Prey by the Ganges by Hemant Kumar

8. Death in Mumbai by Meenal Bhaghel

9. Quarantine by Rahul Mehta

10. 1888-Dial India by Anuvab Pal

11. Thundergod by Rajiv Gopalakrishnan

12. 3 lives: In search of bliss by Srini Chandra

13. The Shadow Throne by Aroon Raman

14. Untruly Yours by Smita Shetty

15. An Idiot, Placements and IntervYOU by Toffee

16. Mumbaistan by Piyush Jha

17. The Aryavarta Chronicles Book I: Govinda by Krishna Udayasankar

18. Boats on Land by Janice Pariat

19. The Bankster by Ravi Subramanian

20. What Young India Wants by Chetan Bhagat

There!!! The challenge has been completed on November 6, 2012 with exactly 55 days remaining. Now whatever is reviewed here is bonus. I think I will celebrate with a few more books, what say 🙂

21. Red Jihad by Sami Ahmad Khan

22. Zombiestan by Mainak Dhar

23. Toke by Jugal Mody

24. Slayer of Kamsa: Krishna Coriolis 1 by Ashok Banker

25. The Edge of the Machete by Abhisar Sharma

26. Wrong Means Right End by Varsha Dixit

27. My Magical Palace by Kunal Mukherjee

28. Once Upon the Tracks of Mumbai by Rishi Vohra

Also see the other challenges on The Pensieve