I was tickled when India Currents Magazine asked me to compile a “Best Of” list of South Asian-centric and -related books I read during 2020. The request came at an opportune time as I was trying to recall all the books I’d read this year that I had and hadn’t reviewed. As fate would have it, I was about to dip into the last one that made it onto the list. What I came up with was a list of 11 titles (and 1 bonus title that I’d read in 2019 and led me to two of the 2020 titles). Most of the books were published in 2020, but publication year wasn’t a factor for the piece. This allowed me to widen the list and include something for everyone from younger readers to adults.Along with a fascinatingly-composed collection of interconnected YA short stories by 13 YA authors, I included titles by extraordinary authors–some who made their debut in 2020 and others who have added to their already amazing bibiographies: Soniah Kamal, Sonali Dev, Devi S Laskar, Megha Majumdar, Sandhya Menon, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Munira Premji, Sejal Shah, Thrity Umrigar, and Fareed Zakaria.

Check out my “Best Of” books for 2020 in India Currents Magazine here.


To see “Best Of” book lists in previous issues of India Currents Magazine, click here.

Happy reading!