In South Asia, the Library's office in Pakistan had recorded 23 authors
in the late 1970s, and the Library recorded four Indian writers in 1985,
taking advantage of their presence in Washington for the Festival of
India. The current project picks up where those earlier efforts left
off, extending its reach to other countries of the region and expanding
the coverage of the multilingual literary traditions of India.
The authors recorded so far represent more than 15 of the languages of India,
Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Some of the recordings are
in English. For example, Arundhati Roy, born in 1959 at Shillong, Meghalaya,
is one of the best-known representatives of the contemporary generation
of Indian authors who write in English. You can hear her read from her
1997 "The God of Small Things," her first novel. Khushwant Singh, one
of the best-known Indian writers, reads from his 1999 work, "A
History of the Sikhs."