Shalini Shankar's Desi Land is reviewed in India Currents. Reviewer Rajesh C. Oza praises Shankar for making her scholarship accessible to a general audience: "Magic happens when a work from academia transcends the straitjacket of social science jargon and floats across the page like literature: the characters are given life; the setting is vividly rendered; and the dialogue is memorably fresh. Shalini Shankar pulls her rabbit out of the Silicon Valley hat she calls Desi Land." Oza particularly likes Shankar's analysis of the slang Desi teens use, and finishes the review with this: "Although Shankar, herself a desi, may not make hella bank from this book, and probably won’t be able to acquire much bling from its royalties, she sure seemed to have been kickin’ it in the open and on the DL. It’s really tight that she didn’t just write about the FOBulous kids, but also the FOBby and geeky ones."