Welcome to Desi Reads


For book-lovers, from book-lovers. 


We'll help you discover up-and-coming literary talent and undiscovered gems, all connected to the Indian subcontinent - from exciting books and authors to the hottest blogs. 


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Chosen by Farhana  

Meena Kandasamy’s novel, When I Hit You, was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2018 and went on to be crowned book of the year by The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Observer and the Financial Times. Meena’s next book, Exquisite Cadavers, came out last year and it is another novel that showcases the author’s powerful, propulsive prose and her inventiveness when it comes to form. This is a writer with something to say and a dazzling way to say it.


Chosen by Farhana  

12-year-old Vikram, growing up in the bustling slums of Mumbai, spends his days cutting hair, shining shoes and cleaning houses. At night, however, he rewatches his late father's treasured collection of Amitabh Bachchan films and dreams of becoming an actor. But when Vikram gets to meet the superstar and gets a taste of a different world, Vikram questions his own values and what he is prepared to do for a better life...

Dear Mr Bachchan by Saurav Dutt is an unusual...

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Founders of S.A.S.S

Sheetal Mistry & Shirin Shah

On the 17th May 2019, Tara studios, London, hosted a one-off SOLD OUT live book club in front of an audience.  This was a collaboration between S.A.S.S. (South Asian Sisters Speak) and their Brown Girls Book Club, MissyMya and Tara Arts. 

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