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For children, K-5 years

  • Amar Chitar Katha Comics
  • Chandamama - Folktales
  • Robert Arnett, Smita Turakhia (illus.), Finders Keepers? A True Story
  • Anoop Singhal, Ashish Shrotriya, Children’s Ramayana-Story of Ram
  • Ashish Shrotriya, Anoop Singhal, Ganesh Wins the Race

For children, 10+ years

  • Kartar Singh Bhalla, Festivals of India
  • Sarah Mcdonald, Holy Cow
  • Jhumpa Lahiri, Namesake
  • Salman Rushdie, Haroun and the Sea of Stories
  • Jennifer Homans, A Celebration of India: a Curriculum Guide
    "Padma and Deepak, a brother and sister from Calcutta, host a journey to contemporary India . . . introduce[ing] Indian history, culture, geography, and folklore — and serves as a reference work, and special activity guide. Includes lesson plans, maps, illustrations, resources, and a bibliography."

For adults

  • Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Sister of My Heart
  • Anjana Appachana, Listening Now
  • Bharti Kirchner, Sharmila's Book
  • Indira Ganesan, Inheritance
  • Jhumpa Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies
  • Kavita Watsa, Brahmins and Bungalows: Travels Through South Indian History
  • Reema Ananad, His Sacred Burden: The Life of Bhagat Puran Singh
  • Rupa Bajwa, The Sari Shop

Articles and Print

  • Iowa Asian Alliance, Iowa Asian Resource Directory, 2004-2005
  • Amanda Dargan, Rangoli: Traditions of the Threshold. C.A.R.T.S., 2004:9.


  • Gurinder Chadha's Bend it Like Beckham and included short feature, Who wants to cook Aloo Gobi? Director Gurinder Chadha gives a cooking demonstration with her Mum and Auntie looking on. Very funny & excellent example of generational change.
  • Mehboob Khan's 1957 classic Mother India
  • Karan Johar's Bollywood blockbuster Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
  • Benny Mathews' comedy Where the Party Yaar?
  • Mutiny: Asians Storm British Music (New York filmmaker Vivek Renjen Bald's look at the British Asian music scene)
  • Mira Nair, Mississippi Masala
  • Mira Nair, Salaam Bombay!
  • Pratik Basu, Welcome to the Family
  • Punam Sawhney, The Goddess Method
  • Mehreen Jabbar, Beauty Parlor
  • Nisha Pahuja, (documentary) Bollywood Bound
  • Manish Gupta, Indian Fish in American Waters
  • Gaurav Seth, A Passage to Ottawa
  • Painted Bride



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