Hello and welcome to Episode 4 of DesiBooks — news and views about Desi literature from the world over. I’m your host, Jenny Bhatt. Thank you for tuning in. If this is your first listen to this podcast, “desi” includes, for our purposes here, South Asian countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan, and the Maldives. And, of course, their globally-scattered diaspora. In today’s episode, in addition to the usual roundup of new notable desi books, short stories, poems, essays, interviews, awards, and more, we have Kamil Ahsan joining us for a conversation about the 2019 desi issue of Barrelhouse Magazine, which he edited. This conversation is part of a new monthly segment called “Desi Lit Biz” where we’ll discuss business and behind-the-scenes publishing aspects of desi literature with writers and industry folks. So settle in for a listen. The full transcript with all the links will be up within 24 hours as well.