#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.

#FiveDesiFaves: Sabba Khan’s favorite graphic fiction and nonfiction

Hello and welcome to Episode 34 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 Sabba Khan who has a new debut graphic novel out in the UK titled The Roles We Play. She’s sharing her five favorite desi graphic works.

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

Desi Books #DesiCraftChat Sunjeev Sahota Gayatri Sethi

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.

#DesiCraftChat: Syed Masood on writing the transnational novel; #FiveDesiFaves: Farzana Doctor on her favorite Canadian desi works

Hello and welcome to Episode 23 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 Syed Masood in the #DesiCraftChat segment. He’ll be discussing his new novel, The Bad Muslim Discount. We also have Farzana Doctor in the #FiveDesiFaves segment. Her latest novel is titled Seven. She’ll be sharing five terrific books by Canadian desi writers. Now please sit back and enjoy.

#FiveDesiFaves: Nandini Bhattacharya on her five favorite desi historical novels; #DesiBoost: Anuja Ghimire on her favorite desi poems

Hello and welcome to Episode 21 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, we have Nandini Bhattacharya in the #FiveDesiFaves segment. Her debut novel, Love’s Garden, is a work of historical fiction set in British India. So she’ll be sharing her five favorite historical novels with us. We also have Anuja Ghimire, who has a poetry chapbook out titled Kathmandu. She’ll be boosting her three favorite poems in the #DesiBoost segment.

#DesiLitBiz: Shubhanga Pandey on Himal Southasian; #FiveDesiFaves: Kavita Jindal on her favorite desi works

Hello and welcome to Episode 19 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, we have Shubhanga Pandey in our #DesiLitBiz segment. He’s the chief editor of Himal Southasian Magazine and a senior editor at SAAG Anthology. So we’ll be discussing the work being done by both these fine venues. Also, we have Kavita Jindal sharing her favorite desi books in #FiveDesiFaves. Kavita’s novel, Manual for a Decent Life, is out now.