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Nadia Hashimi’s ‘The Pearl That Broke Its Shell.

Though our focus is on South-Asian authors, we believe it’s important to learn from a diverse sect of society and there’s no better form of empowerment than reading from their perspective.

Nadia is an Afghan-American author who writes about a woman’s freedom to control her own fate. The story follows two women, though from different centuries, who share similar experiences with bacha posh – the custom of disguising yourself as a boy to enjoy the privileges that come with it.

The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergil Sister’s by Balli Kaur Jaswal

This novel explores how three sisters reconnect with their roots and each other as they travel through India on a pilgrimage to scatter their mother’s ashes. Through this heartwarming story, Balli touches upon forgiveness, gender equalities, sibling rivalries and more.