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.
Building on the tradition of more than a century, today there is a long list of women writers in the Indian sub-continent who are feisty, nuanced in their writing and yet universal in many of the issues they share.