Episodes

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 13

Hello and welcome to Episode 13 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 Soniah Kamal discussing the art and craft of the literary adaptation. Soniah’s latest novel, Unmarriageable, is a contemporary retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

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 11

Hello and welcome to Episode 11 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 a some thoughts and a reading from her poetry collection, A Dinner Party in the Home Counties, in #DesiBooksGiveaway. And we have Dr. Maya Shanbhag Lang reading from her new memoir, What We Carry, in #DesiReads.

DesiBooks Podcast Episode 10

Hello and welcome to Episode 10 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. Pragya Agarwal sharing her book, Sway, which is out in the US this month, in #DesiBooksGiveaway. And we have Jini Reddy, who also has a new book out called Wanderland, discussing her #FiveDesiFaves.

DesiBooks Podcast Episode 9

Hello and welcome to Episode 9 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 Sejal Shah discussing the literary essay form and her new essay collection, This Is One Way to Dance, in the #DesiCraftChat segment. And Fowzia Karimi is reading from and offering one free copy of her new novel, Above Us the Milky Way, in #DesiBooksGiveaway.

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 7

Hello and welcome to Episode 7 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 the monthly segment, #DesiReads. This involves writers reading an excerpt from their latest work. No questions or interruptions from me, just the writer and their words. Today, we have Sopan Deb, who has a new memoir out called Missed Translations. Also, #DesiBooksGiveaways is a new segment where you, the listeners, get to win books and book-related giveaways. I’m hoping to make it a weekly thing but let’s see how this one plays out.

DesiBooks Podcast Episode 6

Hello and welcome to Episode 6 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 our monthly segment, #FiveDesiFaves. This involves writers sharing five desi books that have influenced them. No questions or interruptions from me, just the writer and their words. Today, we have Rani Shah, who has a lovely new non-fiction book out called Wisdom From a Humble Jellyfish. So settle in for a listen.

DesiBooks Podcast Episode 5

Hello and welcome to Episode 5 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 the graphic storyteller, Bishakh Som, joining us for a new monthly segment called #DesiCraftChat. This segment will feature storytellers talking about their craft, how they approach it, their process, their works, and more. So Bishakh will be sharing details about her latest collection, Apsara Engine, and how she approaches the graphic storytelling form. So settle in for a listen. The full transcript with all the links will be up within 24 hours as well.