Indian Lit Readathon 2020 Announcement

Indian Lit Readathon 2020 Announcement - Novels and Nebulas

It’s the best time of the year again because the Indian Lit Readathon is back! This time we’re doing things a little differently and can’t wait to see what you all think. It’s being hosted by Shruti @ This is Lit, Charvi @ Not Just Fiction and myself this time as well and we had a lot of fun organising as usual. Our official hashtags are #SavePusthakRajya and #IndLitReadathon20. Intrigued? Read on to find out what we have in store for Indian Lit Readathon 2020.

General Information

Duration

Starting: 27th July, 2020 at 12:00 AM IST

Ending: 2nd August, 2020 at 11:59 PM IST

Backstory

When His Royal Highness passed away the Pusthak throne that rightfully belongs to Queen Aditi was taken over by some cunning ministers as they deemed our Queen unfit to rule the Pusthak Rajya. Along with some trusted advisors, Queen Aditi retreated towards the mountains to plan an attack and overthrow the monarch. She is now turning to you, the citizens of Pusthak Rajya for help.

How It Works

The story behind the readathon is that we are all part of the rebel army led by Queen Aditi (shoutout to our fourth collaborator back in 2018). Sign-up by picking one of the roles on offer, select your TBR to fulfill the prompt for your role and read it during the readathon week to participate. Side quests are optional but highly encouraged!

Indian Lit Readathon 2020 banner

Roles

Scholar

Scholar

Scholars are the ones with great knowledge and ability to read, write and assimilate art and literature. They educate others as well as advise the king and queen on important matters.

Reading prompt: Read a book with more than 400 pages

Side quest: Recommend at least 3 Indian books on your bookish social media

Poet

Poets write and recite lyrics and poetry and are often employed by the royal court to write in praise of the rulers; their personal lives and accomplishments and adventures. They also wrote for general entertainment of the members of the royal court.

Reading prompt: Read a poetry book

Side quest: Make a poem based on your current read and share it on your bookish social media

Poet

Courtier

Courtier

Courtiers form the audience at the royal court and assist the king or queen in different matters. They can be from varying social or political backgrounds in relation to the ruler.

Reading prompt: Read a book featuring royalty

Side quest: Do the bookish outfit/makeup challenge inspired by any Indian book and share it on your bookish social media

Artist

Artists are commissioned by royals to paint portraits, landscapes and often scenes from the lives of the royalty, especially to shine a light on the wars won and the accomplishments of the rulers.

Reading prompt: Read a book with illustrations

Side quest: Make a quote art/fan art/moodboard for your current read and share it on your bookish social media

Artist

Taster

Taster

Tasters have the important job of making sure the food served to the royals is delicious. They have a refined palate and sharp sense of smell to make sure every dish is perfectly balanced.

Reading prompt: Read a book with food/drink on the cover

Side quest: Take a picture of your current read with a reading snack/beverage and share it on your bookish social media

Diplomat

Diplomats coordinate trade and other activities between their own kingdom and other kingdoms. They negotiate with and help in forming alliances with representatives from other kingdoms.

Reading prompt: Read a book written by an Indian diaspora author

Side quest: Buddy read a book with someone from another state/country

Diplomat

Jester

Jester

Jesters are quick-witted and are tasked with entertainment of the ruler and the royal court by employing various comedy techniques. They are often multi-talented and combine tricks and skills like dancing and juggling as well.

Reading prompt: Read a book that makes you laugh

Side quest:  Make a meme about your current read and share it on your bookish social media

My TBR for Indian Lit Readathon 2020

My reading month in July has completely veered off the intended plan but I have high hopes because readathons always motivate me to stick to my TBR. I will be looking to fulfill the main prompt and side quest for the Diplomat role with the below books.

My Indian Lit Readathon 2020 TBR

Book Recommendations

Scholar

  • Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
  • The Tiger At Midnight by Swati Teerdhala
  • Govinda by Krishna Udayasankar

Find more book recommendations on Goodreads here

Indian Lit Readathon 2020 - Recommendations for Scholar

Poet

  • Tan to Tamarind: Poems About the Color Brown by Malathi Iyengar
  • Fierce Fairytales by Nikita Gill
  • Even This Page Is White by Vivek Shraya

Find more book recommendations on Goodreads here

Indian Lit Readathon 2020 - Recommendations for Poet

Courtier

  • The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta
  • Hunted by the Sky by Tanaz Bhathena
  • Ponniyin Selvan by Kalki

Find more book recommendations on Goodreads here

Indian Lit Readathon 2020 - Recommendations for Courtier

Artist

  • Gita by Sonal Sachdev Patel
  • Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
  • Kari by Amruta Patil

Find more book recommendations on Goodreads here

Indian Lit Readathon 2020 - Recommendations for Artist

Taster

  • American As Paneer Pie by Supriya Kelkar
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  • Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev

Find more book recommendations on Goodreads here

Indian Lit Readathon 2020 - Recommendations for Taster

Diplomat

  • The Conch Bearer by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  • A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna
  • Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

Find more book recommendations on Goodreads here

Indian Lit Readathon 2020 - Recommendations for Diplomat

Jester

  • Malgudi Schooldays by R. K. Narayan
  • A Match Made in Mehendi by Nandini Bajpai
  • Serious Men by Manu Joseph

Find more book recommendations on Goodreads here

Indian Lit Readathon 2020 - Recommendations for Jester

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I take part with more than one role?

Yes, you certainly can! One book only counts towards one of the prompts, so choose your role accordingly. If you want to read more than one book that fits the prompt of a different role, we certainly welcome that. However, please make sure to sign-up using the form with only one of the roles as it’s meant to keep track of every participant’s information. You can talk about your TBR and the various prompts they fulfill on your social media.

2. When and how can I sign-up?

Sign-ups are recorded through a Google Form, which you can fill out by clicking here. The form is open until 11:59 PM on 27th July. Please make sure to pick your role before filling it and enter all your information correctly. Once you’ve signed up, we have pre-made templates for each role so you can share your TBRs on your social media. Download the image you want from here, add in your information and don’t forget to tag us in your posts!

3. What do I do after finishing a book for the readathon?

Finishing a book adds points to the role you have chosen and adds to the overall goal of saving Pusthak Rajya and helping Queen Aditi. After completing a book, please take a few moments to fill up this form. If you are participating with multiple roles, feel free to fill up the form every time you finish a book for a different role.

4. Will there be reading sprints this time as well?

We love interacting with our reader and reading sprints are an integral part of that. There will be sprints from 9-11 PM IST on Twitter for every day of the readathon. We also have some fun stuff going on over at our Instagram page, so be sure to follow us on there too!

5. Where I can find all this information in one place?

Apart from this post and Shruti’s announcement post, all the information is available for you to refer offline in one handy PDF, which you can download here. You can always hit up any of the hosts in case of questions or through our social media. A list of all important links are rounded up below for your convenience.

Important links: Sign-up form | Prompt completion form | Information PDF

Social media links: Twitter | Instagram | Social media templates

Are you going to be joining us in reading Indian books? Have you taken part in the previous editions of the readathon? How excited are you for the 2020 edition of Indian Lit Readathon? Let me know in the comments section down below. Have a stellar weekend, readers from Earth!

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