#FiveDesiFaves: Vaishnavi Patel on the books that speak to who she is as a reader and writer

Hello and welcome to Episode 78 of Desi Books—news and views about desi literature from the world over. Today, in the #FiveDesiFaves segment, we Vaishnavi Patel, who has a debut book out this year: Kaikeyi: A Novel. She discusses the five desi books that speak to who she is as a reader and writer. Spanning genres and age groups, these are by Roshani Chokshi, Madhusree Mukerjee, Tasha Suri, Amia Srinivasan, and Tanvi Berwah.

#FiveDesiFaves: Shafik Meghji shares the desi books that have influenced his travel writing

Hello and welcome to Episode 71of Desi Books—news and views about desi literature from the world over. I’m your host, Jenny Bhatt. Today, in the #FiveDesiFaves segment, we Shafik Meghji, who has a new book out: Crossed off the Map: Travels in Bolivia. He discusses the five desi books that have influenced and inspired his work. Spanning travel, science writing, and fiction, these are by Pico Iyer, Sonia Shah, Monisha Rajesh, Tharik Hussain, and Arundhati Roy.

#FiveDesiFaves: Neema Avashia on the five nonfiction books that have shaped her life and work

Hello and welcome to Episode 70 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 Neema Avashia who has a new book out: Another Appalachia: Coming Up Queer and Indian in a Mountain Place. She's sharing the five desi books that have played the biggest role in shaping her identity as a reader, a writer, and as a person. These are works of nonfiction by The Women of South Asian Descent collective, Vijay Prashad, Mira Jacob, Sejal Shah, and Aimee Nezhukumatathil.

#FiveDesiFaves: Mishika Narula and Srisruthi Ramesh of Brown Girl Bookshelf share their recent favorites

Hello and welcome to Episode 63 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 #FiveDesiFaves episode, we have Mishika Narula and Srisruthi Ramesh of Brown Girl Bookshelf sharing their recently-read favorite desi books by Anuk Arudpragasam, Rafia Zakaria, SJ Sindu, and Fatima Farheen Mirza.

#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.

#FiveDesiFaves: Vaseem Khan shares his favorite desi crime fiction works

Hello and welcome to Episode 52 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 Vaseem Khan who has a new novel out titled The Dying Day. He's sharing his five favorite desi crime fiction works from these writers: Aravind Adiga, Abir Mukherjee, Sujata Massey, Gregory David Roberts, and Khushwant Singh.

#FiveDesiFaves: Vidhu Aggarwal’s favorite diasporic works of speculative poetics and alternative fantasy

Hello and welcome to Episode 49 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 Vidhu Aggarwal who has a hybrid poetry collection out titled Daughter Isotope. She's sharing her #FiveDesiFaves: diasporic works of speculative poetics and alternative fantasy by Usman T. Malik, Vandana Singh, Bishakh Som, Hari Alluri, and Bhanu Kapil.

#FiveDesiFaves Roundup: Historical Fiction

This week's #FiveDesiFaves is a roundup of six recently-featured works of historical fiction: China Room by Sunjeev Sahota; Silent Winds, Dry Seas by Vinod Busjeet; The Begum and the Dastan by Tarana Husain Khan; A Play for the End of the World by Jai Chakrabarti; The Grand Anicut by Veena Muthuraman; The Thinnai by Ari Gautier (tr. by Blake Smith from the French into the English.)

#FiveDesiFaves Roundup: #MangoDiscourse

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Today’s #FiveDesiFaves is a special roundup of, well, not books. It's a chronological. though non-exhaustive, listing of all the famous additions to the perennial #mangodiscourse about South Asian fiction. And the five favorites shown above are, if you like, a "hall of fame" set of writers who've contributed to this discourse in important ways: Bharati Mukherjee; Meenakshi Mukherjee; Vikram Chandra; Soniah Kamal, Naben Ruthnum.

#FiveDesiFaves Roundup: Literary Translations

This week's #FiveDesiFaves is a roundup of six recently-featured, exceptional literary translations from South Asian languages into English: Moustache by S. Hareesh, translated by Jayasree Kalathil from Malayalam; Shameless by Taslima Nasreen, translated by Arunava Sinha from Bangla; Timeless Tales from Marwar by Vijaydan Detha, translated by Vishes Kothari from Rajasthani; Hijab by Guruprasad Kaginele, translated by Pavan N Rao from Kannada; The Thinnai by Ari Gautier, translated by Blake Smith from French; Hassan's State of Affairs by Mirza Athar Baig, translated by Haider Shahbaz from Urdu.