Project India

Project India focuses on Reading atleast one book from every state (there are 28 states and 8 union territories (UTs)) in India. And you can find all the books I’ve read until now in this page.

This project was initially aimed at living the experience through the eyes of people from different states, understand the similarities and differences amongst the vast population and cultures spread across India in the hope to get an overarching understanding of narratives from all corners of the country. But, I now believe we, as Indians have been focused on Western Literature (which is amazing!) but at the cost of our own. Through this project I wish to bring out amazing pieces of literature in India which people should read. I have been searching for books and it has been tremendously tough to find books or their translated version which affirmed my fear of allowing such literature to slip through the cracks of time.

The books of a state are categorised on the basis of the domicile of a author, the state the story is set or the residence of the author when writing the book or the language the book is written in!
Let’s indulge in some amazing Indian Fiction!

States: 3/28 | UTs: 0/8 | Books Read: 4

Kerala – Goat Days | Benyamin

Goat Days (originally Aadujeevitham (ആടുജീവിതം)) by Benyamin is a story of survival, freedom of beating the odds for Najeeb. It is a story about the odds faced by Najeeb on his way to freedom- the prison.

The story is based on the average mentality of Keralites finding jobs in the Gulf and their lives there. A witty, gut wrenching story between truth and revelation, an absolute masterpiece.
Read my review Here.
Find Goat Days on Goodreads.

Kerala – Hangwoman | K. R. Meera

Hangwoman (originally Aarachar(ആരാച്ചാർ)) by K. R. Meera is a story is a story about the Grddha Mullick family whose entire lineage have been hangmen. Enter, Chetna Grrdha Mullick, a 22 year old girl to be the first hangwoman in the history of the world.

The story is set in Kolkata where the world looks at Chetna to take up a role that was reserved only for men who has to fight her own battles at home and the society. This is a powerful book that gives glimpses into the Indian middle class psyche.
Find my Book Review Here.
Find it on Goodreads.

Punjab – A Life Incomplete | Nanak Singh

A Life Incomplete (originally Adh Khidiya Phul) by Nanak Singh who is regarded as the father of Punjabi literature is a story about Kuldeep Singh who returns from jail after participating in an Anti-British rally in 1920 to find that his beautiful wife passed away.

This is a story of how Kuldeep’s world collapses around him where he finds solace in the teachings of an ascetic, finds love at the most unexpected places and a series of events that make his life incomplete.
Find my Book Review Here.
Find it on Goodreads.

Uttar Pradesh – Godan | Munshi Premchand

Godan (which means Donation of a cow in English) by Munshi Premchand originally written in Hindi is a story about Hori, a poor Indian farmer who wishes to fulfil his dream of owning a cow which is a symbol of wealth.

The story is a literary masterpiece with a beautiful, gut wrenching narrative weaving through poverty, struggle, respect and survival while the engaging in the lives of the rich and their relationship with the poor.
This is a must read!
Find My Review Here. (Uploading on 27th June 2020)
Find it on Goodreads.

Books I’ll Be Reading

  1. Tamil Nadu – Poonachi | Peruman Murugan
  2. Karnataka – Shikari | Yashwanth
  3. West Bengal – Dahan | Suchitra Bhattacharya

States Remaining

Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, Uttarakhand, West Bengal.

States: 3/28 | UTs: 0/8 | Books Read: 4

You can find more about India here.
You can find out more about my other project where I aim to read atleast One book from Every Country in the Project Cross Borders Page.
The Goodreads list of all the books I have read and intend to read for Project India can be found Here.

I would like to call out to anyone out there who can recommend books from India to me. It would really help me as it has been really difficult to find books and sources to read! Please do drop in your recommendations in the Comments.

Thank You!
More Power to You!

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