DesiBooks Podcast Episode 14

Hello and welcome to Episode 14 of DesiBooks — news and views about desi literature from the world over. I’m your host, Jenny Bhatt. Thank you for tuning in after a much-needed break. In today’s episode, I want to first talk about a few changes to the podcast format based on listener feedback. Then, we’ll have an interview with Sarah Thankam Mathews, one of the editors and founding team members of the upcoming, very exciting South Asian Avant-Garde or SAAG Anthology. That’s in our #DesiLitBiz segment. We’ll also hear from Sameer Pandya reading from his excellent new novel, Members Only, in the #DesiReads segment.

DesiBooks Podcast Episode 12

Hello and welcome to Episode 12 of DesiBooks — 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, in addition to the usual roundup of new notable desi books, short stories, poems, essays, interviews, awards, and more, we have Dr. Reshma Ruia sharing some thoughts and a reading from her poetry collection, A Dinner Party in the Home Counties, in #DesiBooksGiveaway. And we have Mahmud Rahman discussing desi literature in translation in #DesiLitBiz.

DesiBooks Podcast Episode 8

Hello and welcome to Episode 8 of DesiBooks — news and views about desi literature from the world over. I’m your host, Jenny Bhatt. Thank you for tuning in. Before we get started, I want to take a moment to say thank you to all of you listeners. This episode marks nearly two months of this podcast being out in the world. 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 two segments: #DesiLitBiz with Aruni Kashyap, one of the new jury members for the JCB Literary Prize; and #DesiBooksGiveaway with Pawan Dhingra, an award-winning writer whose new book, Hyper Education: Why Good Schools, Good Grades, and Good Behavior Are Not Enough will go to one lucky winner.

DesiBooks Podcast Episode 4

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.