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This year has been a whirlwind of literary activity. We created so many events to highlight work from South-Asian artists, creatives and writers. Looking back feels awesome, not because everything went perfectly. But, because it’s incredible to spotlight work from fellow desis and find new ideas for next year. Here is a list of 23 best South-Asian books we read in 2023.

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23 best South-Asian books for adults from our 2023 reading list

  1. Who is wellness for? by Fariha Roisin
  2. Victory City by Salman Rushdie
  3. The Story Hour and Honor by Thrity Umrigar
  4. Kaikeyi by Vaishnavi Patel
  5. Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal
  6. Brotherless Night by V V Ganeshanathan
  7. The Village Maestro and a hundred other stories by Vaghese Mathai
  8. Marriage of a thousand lies by S.J. Sindhu
  9. American Fever by Dur-e-Aziz Amna
  10. The Book of Everlasting Things by Aanchal Malhotra
  11. Much Ado about Nada by Uzma Jallaludin
  12. Nude by Vishal Bharadwaj
  13. Fatty Fatty Boom Boom by Rabia Chaudry
  14. Advika and the Hollywood wives by Kirthana Ramisetti
  15. No one can pronounce my name by Rakesh Satyal
  16. Short stories of Nirmal Verma and Premchand
  17. The Blue Women by Anukriti Upadhyay
  18. What a happy family by Saumya Dave
  19. Keya Das’s second act by Sopan Dev
  20. The River, the Town by Farah Ali
  21. The People of Indus by Nikhil Gulati
  22. Remnants of Separation by Aanchal Malhotra
  23. The City of Djinns by William Dalrymple

Some of these books in our list are older, and have not been published in 2023. But they found their way on our reading list for the year. Which books are you excited about in 2024? Do share them with us!