When it comes to finding a book full of adventures, look no further than books set in Southern Asia. First, you might ask what exactly one means by Southern Asia. The region includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Each country is full of intriguing settings, rich histories, complex cultures, and compelling characters. Even better, some of the world’s most-loved products stem from Southern Asia, including spices, teas, and organic supplements. Check out the list below for the best books in these exotic lands:
Caravans: A Novel of Afghanistan by James A. Michener (Afghanistan)
Michener’s gripping novel follows the story of an Afghan military man in post-World War II assigned with a harrowing task: track down a missing American woman and bring her back to her distressed family. The novel combines social and political commentary with love and heartbreak, all while exploring the surroundings of post-WWII Afghanistan. The country of Afghanistan itself remains a prominent force in the world today, accounting for a large percentage of imports, including delectable fruits and vegetables.
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts (India)
Bank robbers? Hideaways? Exotic lands? Shantaram has it all. The novel focuses on the daring escape by a convicted Australian bank robber who flees to India. Blending elements of fact from the author’s life and dazzling fiction, the novel is recognized for its depiction of life in the city of Bombay in India. India is well-known for exporting a multitude of tea around the globe and a variety of much-loved spices. These and more can be found in Roberts’ grizzly novel.
The Tutor of History by Manjushree Thapa (Nepal)
Nepal is a country of an elaborate political history, encompassing many decades of intrigue. Readers can discover a part of this history in Manjushree Thapa’s novel, which follows the story of four individuals who must come together to face the challenges of their own lives and the life of the Nepalese government. Many think of Mount Everest when Nepal is mentioned. However, readers will soon discover a country of intriguing individuals who boast a unique lifestyle.
A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam (Bangladesh)
Over recent years, Bangladesh has cemented itself as a country of exotic food and other products. Sumptuous cuisine is influenced by a variety of countries over its history. There is certainly a lot to learn about Bangladesh. Anam’s novel looks at the Bangladesh War of Independence through one family’s eyes, intertwining the personal and societal perceptions of the country. The book acts as a thrilling tribute to a country that has come into its own over the years.
The Circle of Karma by Kunzang Choden (Bhutan)
Bhutan boasts the title of being “The Happiest Country of the World.” How did this small nation nestled in the Himmalyans garner this incredible label? First and foremost, the country believes in sticking to its roots as much as possible, restricting the allowance of outsider visitors and their potential influences. Those lucky enough to gain entry tell tales of incredible sights and constant smiles. For those unable to visit, The Circle of Karma serves as a great exploration of the country. The novel follows the journey of a young girl into a woman in the country. It is heavily influenced by the Bhutanese’s author’s real childhood. Readers will be enthralled by the complexity of the society and how it blends nationalistic pride with acceptance of modernization.
The Shadow of the Crescent Moon by Fatima Bhutto (Pakistan)
Taking place over one morning, Bhutto’s novel focuses on tensions between Pakistan and Afghanistan through the perspective of five individuals. Fast-paced and climatic, the book is perfect for anyone seeking a non-stop thrill. Additionally, readers will further understand the importance of Pakistan and Afghanistan relations and America’s place in the territories. Pakistan itself is a country of intriguing exports such as fruits, vegetables, teas, and spices.
The opportunity to find thrilling adventure tales set in Southern Asia is vast and exciting. Above are just some of the top choices that will allow readers to explore vast new territories and learn more about the incredible treasures from these countries.