2016 finally goes to sleep and I do not want to really wake him up or go back to talk to him. But still, 2016 was better than 2015 for me. I had entered the year 2016 bedridden from surgery. The focus of the past year has been primarily to recover from it and get back to a normal life, which I did. The only good thing about being bedridden was I could read the whole day and no one would bother me. It was the best thing for me as I moved into 2016 reading the most beautiful ‘The Book Thief’ by Marcus Zusak. I took just two days to finish that massive book. And I read a whole lot in January as there was nothing much to do otherwise.
I had set up a target of reading atleast 2 books a month and with 44+ books, I surpassed the target very easily. This year also, my target would remain the same. I plan to read atleast 2 books a month. I hate to pressurize myself to read. With the many reading challenges around, I was unable to find one I was comfortable in. So, I am planning to do the #TSBCReadsIndia challenge. The plan is to read a book from each state of India written in a regional language and translated. I am sure this hashtag has some very good recommendations.
With 22 official languages in our country, English, which is a legacy of the British Rule, is a common uniting factor. So, I will be looking to read English or Hindi translations of the regional authors. Our regional literature is rich. But, I do not see it being promoted at a level that it should be. There is no awareness at all at the school levels. It was not there when I was studying nor do I see anything in my children’s school books.
I do not know if I will complete this challenge in one year. But, I promise to seek regional authors and read their translations. Let me know if you plan to join me. We can exchange notes and some books too. Let me know your recommendations and I will update in my list below. I have mentioned the translations I have read below.
States of India
Jammu & Kashmir
- The Legends of Khasak (Khasakinte Itihasam) by O Vijayan, translated by the author
- Bhima (Randamoozham) by M T Vasudevan Nair, translated by Prem Panicker
Tamil Nadu –
- Pyre by Perumal Murugan, translated by Aniruddhan Vasudevan
- One Part Woman (Madhurobaagan) by Perumal Murugan, translated by Aniruddhan Vasudevan
Union Territories and Capitals
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
The Government of NCT of Delhi (Delhi)
Dadra and Nagar Haveli
Daman and Diu
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