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Saving Pusthak Rajya! – Indian Lit Readathon 2020

I can’t believe I didn’t know about this readathon sooner!

Recently, it’s been bothering me more that I have a hard time finding books that are by Indian authors or have an Indian main character. When I found out about this readathon, I felt this was the perfect way to find the book recs I’ve been looking for.

What is the Indian Lit Readathon?

The Indian Lit Readathon began in 2018 with the goal of bringing books by Indian authors into the spotlight. Although there are no restrictions on who can participate, all books read for the readathon must be written by an Indian author or an author of Indian descent.

This year’s readathon is story-based and takes place from July 27 to August 2. The story’s plot revolves around aiding Queen Aditi reclaim her rightful place on the Pusthak throne. As citizens of Pusthak Rajya, it is our (the readers’) job to join the rebel army by choosing a role and completing its challenge. There are 7 roles to choose from: Scholar, Poet, Courtier, Artist, Taster, Diplomat, and Jester. To make things more fun, each role also has an optional side quest that can be completed.

My Role and Challenges

Keeping true to my foodie-self, I have chosen the role of Taster! My main challenge is to read a book with food or drink on the cover, and my side quest is to post a picture of my current read with a reading snack or drink.


Since my summer class and internship are keeping me busy, I decided on rereading a book for this year’s session. I may or may not, however, have added the majority of the Indian Lit book recs to my ever-growing TBR list.

Indian author, check!

Drink on the cover, check!

Adorable romance that I can’t resist, double check!

I may have just read When Dimple Met Rishi this past May, but it’s never too soon for a reread. Plus, Sandhya Menon has easily become one of my favorite contemporary romance writers.

I can’t wait to get started on this readathon! Will you be joining the rebels? What role will you take on?

Until next time, happy reading! ♡


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