Indian and Pakistani Literature
S.A. Chakraborty's debut novel, The City of Brass, is the first book in The Daevabad Trilogy, an epic fantasy set in the 18th century Middle East. There's palace intrigue, religious radicals, injustice, history, romantic triangles, and a fierce struggle over the meaning of good rule, all in one.
It is only by familiarising oneself with Indian cuisine that one can truly learn about the subtle and the overt differences from region to region. These five cookbooks are a great start.
"Making it" in modern India is the subject of Diksha Basu's debut novel, The Windfall. With humor and affection for her characters, Basu describes the Jha family's ascent, and the consequences of being rich.