#DesiLitBiz: Community Question on genre-switching as an emerging writer

This is a series within the #DesiLitBiz channel to answer questions from the Desi Books community about writing, translating, publishing, the book biz, the literary life, etc. Where feasible, other desi writers, translators, or publishing professionals will be invited to share their expertise/advice as well. Go to https://bit.ly/desilitbizquestion to send in your question. This week, we have a Desi Books community member, who has asked about switching genres while they're still considered an emerging writer.

#DesiCraftChat: Kirthana Ramisetti on how journalism helped her write a novel about music and an older woman protagonist

Hello and welcome to Episode 59 of Desi Books—news and views about desi literature from the world over. I’m your host, Jenny Bhatt. Thank you for tuning in. In today's #DesiCraftChat, we have Kirthana Ramisetti discussing her debut novel, Dava Shastri's Last Day. In this conversation, we talked about the challenges of creating older women protagonists, writing a debut novel filled with many themes and characters, how her journalism work helped her write this novel—and much more.

#DesiCraftChat: Mayukh Sen on cultural politics and historiography in the American food industry

Hello and welcome to Episode 57 of Desi Books—news and views about desi literature from the world over. I’m your host, Jenny Bhatt. Thank you for tuning in. In today's #DesiCraftChat, we have Mayukh Sen discussing their new book, Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America. In this conversation, we talked about cultural politics and historiography—who and what gets recorded, remembered, forgotten, and celebrated and how—and much more.

#FiveDesiFaves: Zilka Joseph shares her favorite books of poetry and hybrid essays

Hello and welcome to Episode 55 of Desi Books—news and views about desi literature from the world over. I’m your host, Jenny Bhatt. Today, in the #FiveDesiFaves segment, we have Zilka Joseph, who has a new poetry collection out titled In Our Beautiful Bones. She's sharing her five favorite works of poetry and hybrid essays by: Nissim Ezekiel, Reetika Vazirani, Agha Shahid Ali, Sejal Shah, and Sumita Chakraborty.