Do you know of any South Asian history books/literature accessible in the US that are written by Pakistani/South Asian authors? All the sources I find are written by white men.



Here’s a small list. Happy reading!


God of Small Things — Arundhati Roy

Midnight’s Children — Salman Rushdie

A Suitable Boy — Virkram Seth

Clear Light of Day — Anita Desai

The Shadow Lines — Amitav Ghosh

A Fine Balance — Rohinton Mistry (if you really want to bawl your eyes out)

The White Tiger — Aravind Adiga

The Inheritance of Loss — Kiran Desai

Malgudi Days — R.K. Narayan

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia — Mohsin Hamad

Anything by Chetan Bhagat, if you really want to know what people in India are reading. He’s unbearable.


India After Gandhi — Ramachandra Guha

The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture, and Identity —  Amartya Sen

The Great Partition: The Making of India — Yasmin Khan

The Discovery of India — Jawaharlal Nehru

Tinderbox: The Past and Future of Pakistan — M.J. Akbar

Pashtun Tales: From the Pakistan-Afghan Frontier — Aisha Ahmed, Roger Boase

I Am Malala — Malala Yousafzai (She just wrote a book. I really liked it. I reviewed it here)

City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi — William Dalrymple (He’s British, but this is an exquisite book. Very good read. His others are also quite good.)

This list is India-centric, I know. I’m sorry, I know you wanted more Pakistan. If any of our followers can add to this list, that would be great!

— anedumacation (Jaya)

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