Desi Books Podcast Episode 40

Hello and welcome to Episode 40 of Desi Books—news and views about desi literature from the world over. I’m your host, Jenny Bhatt. Thank you for tuning in. Today, in the #DesiCraftChat segment, we have Saumya Roy, who has a debut nonfiction out this month titled Castaway Mountain: Love and Loss Among the Wastepickers of Mumbai. In this conversation, we talked about how she avoided some of the expected clichés when writing about Mumbai's slums, how she did her research, how her usual journalism work and this book are different, her literary influences, and more.

Desi Books Podcast Episode 37

Hello and welcome to Episode 37 of Desi Books—news and views about desi literature from the world over. In today’s episode, we have Jai Chakrabarti who has a debut historical novel out this month titled A Play for the End of the World. In this conversation, we talked about the play that the story centers on, Tagore, WWII, how art and politics are intertwined, how the past lives on in the present, how he gets into the heads of his characters, his journey as a writer, and more.

Desi Books Podcast Episode 32

Hello and welcome to Episode 32 of Desi Books—news and views about desi literature from the world over. In today’s episode, we have Vinod Busjeet in the #DesiCraftChat segment. He’ll be discussing his debut novel, Silent Winds, Dry Seas. As I mentioned in the last episode, we’re rolling out some changes based on listener feedback. The audio episodes will now be shorter, more frequent, and focusing on single authors. There will also be more text and audio content on the Desi Books website. To ensure you’re getting all the new desi books and writers updates, please sign up for the free weekly newsletter by going to the website.

Desi Books Podcast Episode 31

Hello and welcome to Episode 31 of Desi Books—news and views about desi literature from the world over. In today’s episode, we have Sunjeev Sahota in the #DesiCraftChat segment. He’ll be discussing his latest Booker-longlisted novel, China Room, And we have Dr. Gayatri Sethi discussing her five favorite books in the #FiveDesiFaves segment. Her new hybrid memoir is out now titled Unbelonging. It’s been a busy month at Desi Books so I wanted to share some quick updates before we get started.

Desi Books Podcast Episode 29

Hello and welcome to Episode 29 of Desi Books — news and views about desi literature from the world over. In today’s episode, we have Nawaaz Ahmed in the #DesiCraftChat segment. He’ll be discussing his debut fiction, Radiant Fugitives, which was just longlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel award. And we have Jyotsna Sreenivasan discussing her five favorite books in the #FiveDesiFaves segment. Her short story collection is now out and titled These Americans.

Desi Books Podcast Episode 28

Hello and welcome to Episode 28 of Desi Books — news and views about desi literature from the world over. In today’s episode, we have Suchitra Vijayan in the #DesiCraftChat segment. She’ll be discussing her debut nonfiction, Midnight’s Borders, And we have Dr. Ayesha Chaudhry reading from her profound and moving memoir, The Color of God, in the #DesiReads segment.

DesiBooks Podcast Episode 27

Hello and welcome to Episode 27 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 episode, we have Sanjena Sathian in the #DesiCraftChat segment. She’ll be discussing her debut novel, Gold Diggers. And we have Dr. Gayatri Sethi covering a selection of books in the #DesiKidLit segment. Please sit back and enjoy.

DesiBooks Podcast Episode 26

Hello and welcome to Episode 26 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 episode, we have two segments of #DesiCraftChat. First, there’s Priyanka Champaneri discussing her debut novel, The City of Good Death, which won the 2018 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing. We also have Dhruti Shah discussing her new book, Bear Markets and Beyond: A Bestiary of Business Terms. Please sit back and enjoy.

DesiBooks Podcast Episode 25

Hello and welcome to Episode 25 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 episode, we have Dr. Renuka Singh in the #DesiCraftChat segment. She’ll be discussing a book she’s recently edited of quotations from the Dalai Lama: The Little Book of Encouragement. We also have Shaukat Ajmeri reading from his debut novel, Keepers of the Faith, in the #DesiReads segment. Please sit back and enjoy.

DesiBooks Podcast Episode 24

Hello and welcome to Episode 24 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 episode, we have Shoba Narayan in the #DesiCraftChat segment. She’ll be discussing her latest book, Food and Faith. We also have Dr. Gayatri Sethi with a new quarterly segment, #DesiKidLit. She’s a writer, educator, and co-founder of the #DesiKidLit community. Please sit back and enjoy.