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Here’s another Virtual Bookbox (VBB) – novels, short stories, memoirs, set in South Asia or dealing with South Asian emigrants in other parts of the world. Either written by South Asian authors or other writers who share a South Asian perspective.
There are different definitions for South Asian countries, let’s take the SAARC countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan (its latest member).
Only books in English, please. (Translations from other languages are okay of course.)
Do you have any good book that you’d recommend to others and that you’d like to travel with the VBB? And then send off to some other BookCrosser? In exchange for another South Asian book you pick from the list….??? (Please keep in mind that you might have to ship international, cheapest rate is fine though.)

This is how it works:
- I start this round with a list of 14 books.
- You will receive the list by PM from me – as PMs sometimes don’t arrive please confirm when you got it.
- Make your selection(s) and request them from the owner(s), include your name & address.
- Replace the chosen books with the same number of your own (they must be registered on your bookshelf).
- PM me the titles and authors of the books you are taking out & putting in the box within a week .
- The owner(s) of the chosen books send them off to you.
- I will PM you again if I haven’t heard from you after 2 or 3 days, if there is no response after a week I will PM the list to the next person.
- There should always be 14 books listed.
- When somebody asks you for a book that you have put on the list, please send it off ASAP, this might be international (but sending it by surface mail is perfectly alright). Please make proper release notes.
- Please don’t add another copy of a book that’s already on the list.
- I update the list and PM it to the next person.
- At the end the remaining books will go to me, as I had started the VBB by “donating” the books (at least theoretically, but probably there will be a raffle…).
Adding your TBR books is no problem. When you tell me which books you put on the list please add "TBR" for books that won't be sent off right after they are requested but only after you read them (which shouldn't take more than a few weeks).
Sorry, this is only for active BCers, and if you are rather new to BookCrossing you must have registered and released books and been active for a while.
Limited number of participants.

Participants of round 1:
okyrhoe, mathgirl40, sing-on-a-star, jumpingin, Annimanni, Shroffland, Tsjara, KiwiinEngland, blueblack, Dancesports, soffitta1

Round 2, starting in March: Vilda, Bloedengel, flewry, LittleDachshund, DubaiReader, Into-the-Blue, okyrhoe, Shroffland, jumpingin, Annimanni, Tsjara, sing-on-a-star, KiwiinEngland, mathgirl40, Dancesports, soffitta1 (Blueblack: skipped, unavailable till May)


okyrhoe 9 yrs ago
yes, please!


wingmathgirl40wing 9 yrs ago
I'll join
I'm in! I love your VBBs.


I'd love to join the box, but at the end.


Looking forward to it


Thanks for the PM, ApoloniaX.


Thanks for the heads up, ApoloniaX! Of course I'd love to join :)

Btw, I've just finished my last TBR from the previous round and will be able to send it off to sing-on-a-star tomorrow.


Thanks for the PM & forum link!


I'm in


Tsjara 9 yrs ago
I'll join ^-^
Yay another VBB :) Thanks for the PM!


Great to have you all here!
I just PMed the list to okyrhoe, starting with books from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bangaladesh. Still open though, I know somebody who might want to join, but is on holiday...


I know somebody who might want to join, but is on holiday...

I'm back and would love to join. Have to get my mind out of Africa where I was on holiday and into Asia.


Right, been thinking of you :-)


at the moment so I'm going to say thank you but no ...

I did however read "Thunder over Kandahar" in the YA bookbox while it's stalled with me waiting for some missing pieces to catch up and would reccomend it even though it doesn't entirely fit the requirements to anyone interested in Afganistan.


okyrhoe picked novels by Bharati Mukherjee and Kamila Shamsie and added Sara Banerji: Shining Hero and Mohammed Hanif: A Case of Exploding Mangoes. Thanks! And I PMed the new list to mathgirl40.


Got the list! I'll give it a careful look and try to post my choices within a day or two. Thanks.


I'd like to choose these books:
Mohammed Hanif: A Case of Exploding Mangoes (Pakistan) okyrhoe
Roma Tearne: Bone China (Sri Lanka, partly set in the UK) ApoloniaX

I'll be replacing with these two books:
Jhumpa Lahiri: The Namesake (India, set in US)
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala: Heat and Dust (India)

Thanks, ApoloniaX!


thank you too, mathgirl40!


thank you! I will have a think and make my choices this weekend.


A really great selection...I've taken out

Sharankumar Limbale: The Outcaste
Daniyal Muenuddin: In Other Rooms, Other Wonders

and replaced them with
MOhsin Hamid: The Reluctant Fundamentalist- Pakistan (TBR) and Manju Kapur: Difficult Daughters (india)

Thanks ApoloniaX for organising this!


thank you, sing-on-a-star, your books will be off on Monday or Tuesday


Got it! Thanks, ApoloniaX.


Things are super busy at work--I've recently started a second job--and I hardly have time to breathe. I've just about made up my mind and I'll try to post my choices tomorrow.


My choices:
Jhumpa Lahiri: Unaccustomed Earth (unabridged audiobook) (India, set in different places) ApoloniaX

Manju Kapur: Difficult Daughters (India) sing-on-a-star

My additions:
Monica Ali: Brick Lane (Bangladesh, England) jumpingin http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7464319/

Sarah MacDonald: Holy Cow! An Indian Adventure (India) jumpingin http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3583823/ (TBR)

Thanks for your patience!


Thanks, jumpingin, it's always nice to see old acquaintances on the list, books that passed my hands (and eyes) :-)


Yep, got it! Will be back shortly with my choices.


...my choices and additions :)

Oh boy. I've made a pact with myself to only take out two books (max) from each VBB I participate in this year and therefore, even though I really wanted four of these books, I'm going to select these and these only :D

Roopa Farooki: Bitter Sweets (Pakistan, set in the UK) ApoloniaX

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala: Heat and Dust (India) mathgirl40

And here are my additions:

Sonia Faleiro: The Girl (India) Annimanni TBR

Mukhtar Mai: In the Name of Honour (Pakistan) Annimanni TBR

Thanks for yet another great VBB, ApoloniaX!


And the list is with Shroffland.

And thanks for the additions, Annimanni. What an awful pact. Was Mephistopheles around? (But I think he'd rather trick you into choosing all of them.)


Got the list and am deciding - be back shortly!


And thanks for the additions, Annimanni. What an awful pact. Was Mephistopheles around? (But I think he'd rather trick you into choosing all of them.)

I know. I hope I'm not being too hard on myself ;)


You can get some things done a lot faster when you're housebound :-)

I am choosing
Indra Sinha: Animal’s People (India) ApoloniaX

and am offering Queen of Dreams by Chitra Divakaruni (TBR)


Thanks for the addition!
The list goes to Tsjara now.
And you don't have to be faster than Annimanni and Shroffland, Tsjara, I'm off to bed with a good book (an excellent one, will be added to the second round)


posted to Jumpingin today :)


I have chosen only 1 book this time (trying to keep mt.tbr from growing to much ;p). Lots of interesting titles though..
My choice:
10. Chitra Divakaruni: Queen of Dreams (India, USA) Shroffland (TBR)

And replacing it with:
Salman Rushdie: East, West (TBR)

Thanks for organizing ApoloniaX!


I have chosen only 1 book this time (trying to keep mt.tbr from growing to much ;p). Lots of interesting titles though..
My choice:
10. Chitra Divakaruni: Queen of Dreams (India, USA) Shroffland (TBR)

Got your PM, and will be mailing it out within the next 2 weeks! (I'm enjoying this book very much, and am sure you'll love it, too.)


Thank you, Tsjara! My favourite South Asian author :-)


I'm going to take out
Yasmina Khadra: The Swallows of Kabul (Afghanistan) ApoloniaX and
Salman Rushdie: East, West (Pakistan and other countries) Tsjara (TBR)

And replace them with
Kamila Shamsie: Salt and Saffron (Pakistan) http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8378355/ (TBR)
Julia Gregson: East of the Sun (India) http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7306438/ (TBR)


Thanks for the additions, KiwiinEngland.
The swallows and the giraffe (from the Africa VBB) will start their travels today.


blueblack 9 yrs ago
Got it!
PM has arrived!


I received Bone China from ApoloniaX in the mail, and with it, there was an extra bonus book by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (whose Heat and Dust, I'd put into the VBB)! What a nice surprise, ApoloniaX. Thanks!!


Thank you, ApoloniaX! And thanks for the RABCK surprise, too! You're a star, as always :)


My choices are:

Julia Gregson: East of the Sun (India) KiwiinEngland (TBR)
Jhumpa Lahiri: The Namesake (India, set in the US) mathgirl40
Sara Banerji: Shining Hero (India) okyrhoe

And in return I humbly offer:

The Kite Runner (Afghanistan)

The Rice Mother (Sri Lanka)

The Maharajah's Box (India/Pakistan)

Country names in brackets are for the sake of brevity, but for those wanting a bit more detail:

The Kite Runner is set in Afghanistan and the USA, the main characters are Afghan, and so is the author.

The Rice Mother is set in Malaysia, the family at the centre of the book are Tamil (the female head comes from Sri Lanka as a teenage bride), and the author is also a Malaysian of Tamil descent.

The Maharajah's Box is a historical account of Duleep Singh, last Maharajah of the Sikh Empire (territory now in India and Pakistan), and covers events in Britain, India, France and Russia, among other places. The author is British.


Thanks, blueblack.


I sent off Heat and Dust to Annimanni and The Namesake to blueblack.


ApoloniaX sent me Animal's People and added a surprise! The Epic of Gilgamesh, which I had heard about in school, but had never actually read! Thank you!

And, BTW, off-topic, I also mailed off three books to Annimanni from previous VBBs. May they reach you safely.


Sorry I've been off line for a few days - I'll be back to you in a day or so with my selection


Here are my choices for the South Asian VBB:

Taking out

The Girl by Sonia Faleiro and
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

and putting in

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (Afghanistan) and
A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby (Afghanistan) (TBR)


Thank you, Dancesports!


The Swallows of Kabul arrived from ApoloniaX within days of me choosing it, thanks very much. And it arrived with an additional bonus book too which was a lovely surprise.


(Not my daughter of course; she's not difficult--at least not yet.)

Thanks, sing_on_a_star for this book, the little RABCK book, and the absolutely fantastic postcard!


I got the list back from soffitta1 (thanks!) and will make my choices in a few days

Would anybody like to join a second round?


though I would like to be at the end again.


I'm willing to go another round. However, I wouldn't mind having a few weeks before my turn comes around so that I can catch up on my reading!

By the way, I just received an advance review copy (ARC) of a book that would be perfect for this VBB. It's not been released in North America yet, though it was published last year in the UK and India and received terrific reviews (nominated for a major prize too). Just wanted to make sure there are no objections to an ARC in the box.


Absolutely! Thanks for a great reading/sharing experience!


blueblack 9 yrs ago
Thank you!
East of the Sun arrived yesterday, thank you KiwiinEngland!


Yes please, but like mathgirl 40 says a bit of time between rounds would be great to read the books I receive!


okyrhoe 9 yrs ago
count me in


Hmm.. but a couple of weeks in between would be nice though (to catch up with my reading).
Oh and East, West is ready to be mailed this week :)


wingAnnimanniwing 9 yrs ago
Yes please
Although I'd love to do some in-advance reading, too :)


I'll go another round. thanks again.


I'll go another round.

I'm still waiting for a book I picked from the last Asian VBB from you Dancesport (picked in August 2010 - six months ago!) I know mail can be slow between Australia and Europe but six months would imply it's lost.


Thanks, ApoloniaX, for Unaccustomed Earth--and for the treats!

I will join for another round!


arrived from mathgirl40. Thank you!


A Case of Exploding Mangoes arrived today. Thank you, okryhoe!


The Namesake has arrived from Mathgirl40 - thank you!

I agree with the above posters - I'd love to do another round but need a bit of time to catch up on the books I have!


Chitra Divakaruni: Queen of Dreams (India, USA) Shroffland to Tsjara

This went into the mail on Saturday.


Kamila Shamsie: Salt and Saffron (Pakistan, India) KiwiinEngland to soffitta1

Posted this off to Soffitta1 yesterday...so my slate is clean all ready for round 2!


I just participated in Annimanni's All about Africa Int VBB and I loved the idea of VBBoxes.


just thrown you in, right in the middle - welcome!


Would love to join for round 2, if it's still open! Thanks very much.


I'd love to ?




I chose The Royal Ghosts (ApoloniaX), this arrived today with a second book, Difficult Daughters.
Thanks! I have just moved, so it is great to have some books to read.


Vilda 9 yrs ago
I love VBBs.
May I join?


Added you - at the beginning, and all others who haven't been at round 1.


DubaiReader 9 yrs ago
Round 3
May I join you for round 3 in March please?
I'm assuming this is Int - I am in Dubai.


I just sent the list to Vilda, with 14 books now... so making choices gets harder ;-)
DubaiReader has been added - welcome!


I just sent the list to Vilda

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh - must read faster. I'm nearly finished the book I have to send for round one and then I'll leap into round two reading.


I just sent the list to Vilda, with 14 books now... so making choices gets harder ;-)
DubaiReader has been added - welcome!

Sorry for my delayed answer. I came back from a lovely holliday today :). I will look at the list and make my pick within the next few days!


It actually arrived a week or so ago, but forgot to mention it here (haven't been online much lately.. been busy with my internship). My book of the first round has been received, and I also received mine, so that's complete. I'm already reading something for the second round :)


so much books that are just perfect for this one, and of course, buying all of them.

So far so good in the 'getting mtbr down queeste' :lol


I only have one matching book at the moment but 1 is better then none, right?


Herzlich willkommen!


I gave some away to people who had things on their wishlists, so I think I might end up participating with only one too. But I promise to try and find more again, and to hold on to the last one definetely :-)))


Vilda 8 yrs ago
My choices
This was really hard but now I have made my choices. I pick:

Aravind Adiga: Between the Assassinations (India) ApoloniaX
(I loved "The white tiger")

and Kamila Shamsie: Broken Verses (Pakistan) ApoloniaX
("Salt and saffron" is in my PC)

I replace them with:
Atiq Rahimi: The patience stone (Afganistan) http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9686622/

and Leslie Forbes: Bombay Ice (India) TBR (reading it now) http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/2267721/

Thanks ApoloniaX!


Thanks for the great replacements, Vilda!


Bloedengel picked Roma Tearne's The Swimmer and replaced it with Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things - thank you


thank you! decisions, decisions...


flewry chose Witness the Night by Kishwar Desai and added Fasting, Feasting by Anita Desai - thank you!


I'll try to make my choice today or tomorrow.


LittleDachsund picked Monica Ali's Brick Lane (from jumpingin) and Mukhtar Mai's In the Name of Honour (from Annimanni) and replaced them with Amitav Ghosh's The Glass Palace and Indra Sinha's The Death of Mr. Love - thank you!


arrived. This is one of my choices from round one. Thank you sing-on-a-star.


Thank you ApoloniaX! That was very quick.

Also thank you for the bonus book and for the lovely inspirational bookmark! This very I reached an important goal, concerning my work, that I worked hard for for several years, so now I'm indeed "looking forward to it"


Thankyou, the list is now with me.
This will take some thought but I'll be as quick as I can :)


Thankyou, the list is now with me.
This will take some thought but I'll be as quick as I can :)

I am next on the list but won't be home during the weekend.


thanks for the extra book and 'the swimmer'. Can't wait to start it !


to LittleDaschund. Surface mail, unfortunately, but hopefully it gets to you soon!


OK, I have requested:
Holy Cow by Sarah MacDonald from Jumpingin
A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby from Dancesports
The Maharajah's Box by Christy Campbell from Blueback

I am offering:
Raj by Gita Mehta (India)
A Hundred and One Days by Asne Seierstad (Afghanistan)
The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad (Afghanistan)

So now I go and journal them - and PM you the numbers??
I hope I've done that right?
Thanks a lot,


Thanks for your additions, DubaiReader!


will make my selection tomorrow.


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