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#DesiCraftChat: Vauhini Vara on why she ended her novel with a question about human ambition

Hello and welcome to Episode 79 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 #DesiCraftChat, we have Vauhini Vara discussing her debut novel, The Immortal King Rao, how she braided multiple storylines together, why she ended with a question about human ambition, how her MFA helped her bring this first book into the world—and much more.

#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.

#DesiLitBiz Community Question: On literary translation collaborations

This is a series within the #DesiLitBiz channel to answer questions from the Desi Books community about writing, translating, publishing, the book biz, the literary life, etc. Where feasible, other desi writers, translators, or publishing professionals will be invited to share their expertise/advice as well. Go to https://bit.ly/desilitbizquestion to send in your question. This week, a community member asks about the whys and wherefores of literary translation collaborations.

#DesiBooksDiscourse: The Importance & Necessity of South Asian Women-centered Fiction

Hello and welcome to Episode 76 of Desi Books—news and views about desi literature from the world over. In this #DesiBooksDiscourse episode, we have the writers Sonya Singh, Sonya Lalli, and Mansi Shah discussing why South Asian women-centered fiction is important and necessary. They talk about their writing journeys—from refusing to give up while finding an agent and a publisher, to finding support amongst other authors (South Asian or not), to the pros and cons of building a social media presence.

#DesiBooksDiscourse: Food/Food Writing as a Social Justice and Resistance Tool

Hello and welcome to Episode 75 of Desi Books—news and views about desi literature from the world over. Thank you for tuning in. In this #DesiBooksDiscourse episode, we have Madhushree Ghosh, Anjali Enjeti, and Aruni Kashyap discussing 'Food/Food Writing as a Social Justice and Resistance Tool', including how South Asian writers continue to highlight social justice and resistance methods through the act of writing about food.