#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

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.

#DesiBooks: Sunjeev Sahota on braided narratives in historical fiction; #FiveDesiFaves: Gayatri Sethi on her favorite desi books by women writers

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.

#DesiCraftChat: Nawaaz Ahmed on unconventional narrators; #FiveDesiFaves: Jyotsna Sreenivasan on her favorite desi works by women in English translation

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.