The Desi Woman Reading List:

Books by South Asian authors recommended and reviewed by

Literary Expert Obie Matin

In each episode of The Desi Woman Podcast, you'll find The Desi Woman Reading List, a part of the show dedicated to books by female South Asian writers, hand-picked by Literary Expert and English Teacher Obie Matin. From biogs to non-fiction, short stories to epic novels and everything in between; if you're wondering what to read next, Obie has the answers in our podcast book reviews. 

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These are the books that have featured on the The Desi Woman Reading List. Not read them?

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Episode 1: In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri

Episode 2: Meatless Days by Sara Suleri

Episode 3: Meyebela by Taslima Nasrin

Episode 4: Anita and Me by Meera Syal

Episode 5: Jasmine by Bharati Mukherjee



Episode 6: Looking For Maya by Atima Srivastava

Episode 7: Cereus Blooms At Night by Shani Mootoo

Episode 8: Bollywood Crafts by Momtaz Begum-Hossain

Episode 9: In Spite Of Oceans by Huma Qureshi

Episode 10: All The Lives We Never Lived by Anuradha Roy

Episode 11: The Secret Lives of The Amir Sisters by Nadiya Hussain

Episode 12: Take It Back by Kia Abdullah



Episode 13: A Preview of books coming up in 2020

Episode 15: At The End of The Century by Ruth Prawar Jhabvala



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