South Asian Heritage Month

South Asian Heritage Month runs from 18 July – 17 August.

These dates respect the traditions of the South Asian solar calendar and include several significant dates:

  • 18 July: the Independence of India Act 1947 gained royal assent
  • 26 July: Maldives Independence Day
  • 8 August: Bhutan Independence Day
  • 14 August: Pakistani Independence Day
  • 15 August: Indian Independence Day
  • 17 August: Partition Commemoration Day or the date that the Radcliffe Line was published in 1947, setting out where the border between India, West Pakistan and East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) would be

South Asia is formed of 8 countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. South Asian Heritage Month aims to transform how people connect with South Asian cultures and identity by celebrating arts, culture and heritage and by commemoration of and education on the history and anniversaries of these nations.

Find out more here.

Why not explore these titles inspired by South Asian Heritage Month:

Behind The Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

In this brilliant, breathtaking book by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human through the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport. Borrow now.


The Anarchy, The Relentless Rise of the East India Company by William Dalrymple

In his most ambitious and riveting book to date, William Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before, unfolding a timely cautionary tale of the first global corporate power. Borrow now.


Divided, Why We’re Living In An Age of Walls by Tim Marshall

Covering China; the USA; Israel and Palestine; the Middle East; the Indian Subcontinent; Africa; Europe and the UK, in this gripping read bestselling author Tim Marshall delves into our past and our present to reveal the fault lines that will shape our world for years to come. Borrow now.


Return of a King, The Battle for Afghanistan by William Dalrymple

Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize 2013, Return of a King is the definitive analysis of the First Afghan War, told through the lives of unforgettable characters on all sides and using for the first time contemporary Afghan accounts of the conflict. Borrow now.


Pakistan, A Personal History by Imran Khan

Born only five years after Pakistan was created in 1947, Imran Khan has lived his country’s history. Drawing on the experiences of his own family and his wide travels within his homeland Khan provides a unique insider’s view of a country unfamiliar to a western audience. Borrow now.



Prisoners of Geography, Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need To Know About Global Politics by Tim Marshall

All leaders are constrained by geography. If you’ve ever wondered why Putin is so obsessed with Crimea, why the USA was destined to become a global superpower, or why China’s power base continues to expand ever outwards, the answers are all here. Borrow now.

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