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Hello! How you doin’? I am here with a recommendations list today!! I am really excited for two reasons! First, this is the Asian Heritage month and I see soo many people talking about books by Asian authors! It makes me really happy! And secondly, I also wrote this specially for Ray’s Blogging Issue Two! And I am so proud of her for coming up with such great stuff! This month’s issue has some pretty cool poems by @Zoe and an awesome interview by @Pottawand and more content by Chloe and Anna! Do check out the magazine here.

I am going to recommend books from my country – India. 🇮🇳 I am kinda ashamed to admit that despite reading so many books, I haven’t read a lot of books from my country, but I do have my favorites! I hope you enjoy and take your time to read a few of these because they deserve so much more love!

1. BAAZ BY ANUJA CHAUHAN

Set in 1971, we follow the life of Ishaan, who is just another farm boy, but grows up to be a pilot in the prestigious army, and the life of Tehmina, who struggles to be a successful female journalist, and makes Ishaan question all the deluded and violent thoughts on patriotism. The USSR-backed India-Mukti-Bahini alliance is on the brink of war against the America-aided Pakistani forces.

This book is written in double pov, and that is something that in itself will always make me want to read the book. I remember reading this book, in one sitting the day my exams got over. And I don’t know if it was because it was 3 a.m. at night or some other reason, but this book had me bawling my eyes out. This is one of my all-time favorites, and if you ever want to get a taste of what Indian culture and believes and people are like, I definitely recommend this book. Take it from me: this will break your heart, because the love interests in these are 🥺

2. THE GUIDE BY R.K. NARAYAN
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Formerly India’s most corrupt tourist guide, Raju-just released from prison- seeks refuge in an abandoned temple. Mistaken for a holy man, he plays the part and succeeds so well that God himself intervenes to put Raju’s newfound sanctity to the test. I am not gonna lie, I dnf-ed this book twice before finally picking it up and making it to the end. The writing pace is slow, there is no denying it. But it was totally worth it. What took me a while to actually get into it was that, the events were not written in chronological order, and it took me ages to figure what was actually happening. But in just 200 pages, Narayan delivers a wonderful story which gives you an insight to how corruption and blinding faith, all weaved in with religion, constitutes a huge part of the country. It also exposes the reality of how women are treated in our society if they choose dance, or other creative professions.

There is also a bollywood movie based on this, so you can check it out if you are interested.

3. THE ROOM ON THE ROOF BY RUSKIN BOND

This is Ruskin Bond’s masterpiece of adolescence and coming of age. Written when the author was seventeen, it brilliantly describes the hopes and passions that capture young minds and hearts. A moving tale of love and friendship, it is said to be his best novel. This book is exactly what it sounds like. Ruskin Bond has been a huge part of my childhood, and the reason behind my love for stories. I can’t usually say this, but I can announce proudly that I have read every single novel that has been written by him, and I have never ever read all the novels by a single author before.

His books have the ability to enchant you like no other. Sometimes, his descriptions are so vivid that it almost feels like the books are teleport crystals! I think if you ever want to visit my country, but you can’t, Bond’s books will be perfect for you.

4. TRAIN TO PAKISTAN BY KHUSHWANT SINGH

It is one of those heart-breaking love stories, that stays with you till the end. It is one of those books, which renews your belief in love. For hundreds of years, Sikhs and Muslims have lived together in peace, but one day at the end of the summer of 1947, after the division of the country, the “ghost train” arrives, a silent, incredible funeral train loaded with the bodies of thousands of refugees, bringing the village its first taste of the horrors of the civil war. This story brings to light the horrors that innocent people have to face, when plunged into the abyss of religious hate. This is also the story of a Sikh Boy and a Muslim Girl, who got separated in this wave of hate, but found their way back to each other in a refugee camp.

There is also a bollywood movie based on this, so you can check it out if you are interested

5. FACES IN THE WATER BY RANJIT LAL 
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This book was so hauntingly true, that it horrified me. Despite being a fictional book, it is one of the most honest stories that I have ever read.

The Diwanchand family boasted of having only sons, no daughters. The water from a magical well in their farmhouse was the reason behind this ‘good fortune’, they said. One day, fifteen-year-old Gurmi sets out to look for the well and what he sees changes everyone’s world forever. The faces of three girls look up at him from the water, and draw him into a world of fun, games and cyber magic—and Gurmi has to face up to an unnerving truth as murky as the surreal well. Easy to read, and sensitive and powerful – this book is the story of the people of our society, as they strive to fulfil their hunger for male children, and the price they pay in order to get it.

I thought of adding a few honorable mentions, but there are just so many that I decided to do a part II! So, do stick around for that! The second part has some really light reads, and some of my absolute favorites. This post mostly has books, with really hard hitting topics, and you stuff that get you thinking. But they deserved to be mentioned first, because they are just on another level! Do let me know if you will be trying out any of these!

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  1. YES Indian books! My favourites are Chitra Divakaruni’s and well, I mostly read non-fiction on Mughals and mythology and some of them are just awesome. I might do a post like this as well!

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  2. Thank you amodini!! I don’t read a lot of non fiction XD. School is enough 😂😅 but yeahh!! Some of the Mughals based books are fab!! Haven’t read them yet tho 😅 yeah sure! Good luck 🖤👍🏼

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  3. Yes!!! I am going to add them in the second post!!! I love Satyajit Ray writing 🖤🖤 I have read all of them as well!!! It’s not every day I hear you say that you have read these. U always talk about adding them to the tbr. I feel weirdly accomplished 😂😂

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  4. The Pakistan one sounds amazing! I didn’t know you read Indian author books too, cause well…I haven’t read many, hehe *gulps*. Amazing recommendations dude, I’ll give em a shot if I can 😉

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  5. Chitra banerjee. Did she write the palace of illusions? She is an indian American author I think 🤔 I haven’t read her books though. They sound too philosophical for me 😂😅😅 and dw. Keep adding! I am getting to know about new authors as well!!!

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  6. Thankx nehal! I hope you do! And don’t worry I wouldn’t have read a lot of them if it weren’t for my mother. 😂😅 She has her own bookshelf and I tend to steak books from her bookshelf. And she is not much of a reader now, so she never notices. But I always read the ones she asks me to not read. 😂😂 And she seems to know that 😑 so I end up reading the books she wants me to read because she forbids me to read. 😑😂 But thankfully I like them. Even love some of them. Totally irrelevant 😆 lol
    The Pakistan one has a movie!! U can try watching it!

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  7. Lol, a very *ahem* obedient daughter I see in you 🙂. When I was young, even I liked to read through pages of books that my sister read that she said were adult 😂😂😂 so hifi lol

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  8. Yes the same
    Ahh I’d recommend them coz they have really nice pov to the male stereotyped old texts.
    Well, yh 3 more authors: Amish Tripathi, Ashwin Sanghi and Vineet Bajpayee!

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  9. Faces in the water sounds like such a beautiful book. Adding it to my TBR pile. The other books are amazing. It took me a while to finish The Guide too but it’s such a beautiful story.

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  10. Ahh yess. My mother wouldn’t let me watch the movie 😑 so I had to read the book😅 yeah! It took me a long while!! I was like what on earth is happening 😅😂 but yep! It is a beautiful story! K hope u like faces in the water moksha 😄❤️

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  11. A. I just made my account
    B. I’ve been on there twice since then
    C. If I go to the recommendations section it just keeps loading
    🤷‍♀️

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  12. I’m ashamed to say that though being an Indian, I haven’t read many popular Indian books. I recognize some of the books from the post and I want to try the others. I absolutely loved The Guide by R.K. Narayan. All his books are fantastic- especially The Malgudi Days series. I have read many of them, but I have a hate/love relationship with Ruskin Bond books. I wholly dislike the way he ends his stories in cliffhangers but can’t help going back for more. Great post, Ashmita! Loved it.

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  13. My favorite books by Indian authors are Anita Desai “Voices in the City” and Sasthi Bhrata “My God Died Young.” These are still my go-to books when the works is just too awful. And I absolutely love Ruskin Bond.

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  14. I still haven’t read the Malgudi days series. I feel like it’s a bit too slow for my taste 😅 haha yess!! Ruskin bond’s stories tend to be open ended. He does that to make his readers think about it. It’s really fun to imagine an ending but it does get annoying sometimes. And don’t worry. There is still time and I hope you get to experience some works by Indian authors 😄❤️

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