Just that. Put up a list of five books you've enjoyed the most from the range of Indian literature. I haven't read much myself, and I'd love to know what others have read and would wholeheartedly recommend.
Five books. Any language. If you're mentioning a book written in a regional language, it'll be nice to add if you've read it in the original or in translation, but there's no hard and fast rule.
It started from a personal experience. Back in November, I had put Amitav Ghosh's Sea of Poppies under the interests in my journal profile, and discovered that no one else in LJ shared it with me. Personally, I think Sea of Poppies is one of the best books to be published in 2008 worldwide. Isn't it rather unnerving to find no one else in LJ seemed to think so?
A little surprised, I went searching for communities about Indian literature on LJ. Another surprise awaited me on that front. The only existing community that happened to list "Indian literature" as an interest is a community on Asian literature as a whole, and it's in the Russian language. I thought that was a bit of a shame, because India, after all, has one of the highest literary outputs in the world, both in English and in regional languages. We have awesome authors and brilliant books, and we keep having more every year.
I thought all of that rather deserved a separate community for people to discuss in.
So, this community.
The only strict rule right now is that you're not allowed to post your own writing here. As I keep mentioning, there are other communities for that. Please keep this community free for only discussion on books that you have read (or want to read).
And you're welcome. :)