[Our first book club pick: The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda]
Hi I’m Raj – chai lover, blog writer, and reader of books. Wait let me rephrase that, I don’t just read books, I consume them, sometimes I feel like I actually become them. Depending on the quality of the writing and the season of my life, I’ve been known to inhale a book in one sitting, or spend weeks slowly unraveling the words of a sensitive or challenging read.
I can’t remember the exact moment books found me, but I know they’ve always been there for me. Whether I was hiding out in the library because I was the only brown kid in my grade 2 class and loosing myself in the riveting chronicles of The Mouse and the Motorcyle, or the years I spent rereading every Babysitter’s Club book ever because those girls were my friends when no one else would be … books have always had my back.
Over the years I’ve read anything and everything I could get my hands on. Classics, trilogies, historic fiction, romance, poetry, you name it, I’ve read something in it’s genre. Of late, I’ve become quite interested in fiction created around South Asian characters or based on the subcontinent – especially when it’s written by a woman. Maybe it was all the years I spent trying to see myself in the characters written by Judy Blume, Anita Shreve, and Sophie Kinsella, or maybe it just has to do with the community of South Asian writers I’ve connected with because of this blog, but I can’t get enough of reads inspired by India (and the rest of the subcontinent of course).
With that in mind, it’s about time that we get the Pink Chai Book Club off the ground! Let’s connect, converse, and celebrate the work of South Asian authors.
How will it work:
Each month I’ll select a book a few days before the start of the month and share it here on the blog. Deeper thoughts will be shared in the Facebook group. We’ll take 3 weeks to read the book and then I’ll share a review. I will also set up a Facebook live or Skype chat depending on how many people join in. If you are interested in taking part, join the FB group so you don’t miss out.
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This month’s book: The Golden Son
With the holidays coming up, I’m running this month from Nov 15-Dec 15, and then we’ll pick our next read for January! The first book on my reading list is The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda. Her earlier novel Secret Daughter is a long-time favourite and I’ve had this one on my list (and my bookshelf) for a while.
If you want to grab a copy here is an Amazon link, and let’s meet back here on December 17 to discuss! Also, if you’d like to join me for more book related talk, I’ve created a Facebook group for our book club, you can request access here.