#DesiReads: Shilpi Malinowski reads from Shaw, Ledroit Park and Bloomingdale in Washington, DC: An Oral History

Hello and welcome to Episode 47 of Desi Books—news and views about desi literature from the world over. I’m your host, Jenny Bhatt. Thank you for tuning in. Today, in the #DesiReads segment, we have Shilpi Malinowski reading from her debut book, Shaw, Ledroit Park and Bloomingdale in Washington, DC: An Oral History.

#DesiCraftChat: Samir Chopra on what Bollywood war movies reveal, inform, and reinforce

Hello and welcome to Episode 46 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 Samir Chopra discussing his book, Bollywood Does Battle: The War Movie and the Indian Popular Imagination. In this conversation, we talked about what prompted him to write this book, how he chose the particular movies to study with closer readings, and some of the surprising and not-so-surprising things he learned in the process of writing it.

#DesiCraftChat: Dhruti Shah on why the pandemic is more of a “gray rhino” than a “black swan”

Hello and welcome to Episode 44 of Desi Books—news and views about desi literature from the world over. I’m your host, Jenny Bhatt. Thank you for tuning in. Today's episode is a #DesiCraftChat Rewind. This is a new feature that will run time to time when writers featured on Desi Books are back in the news for their terrific work. So this week, we have Dhruti Shah, who had been interviewed on episode 26 in April 2021 discussing her book, Bear Markets and Beyond: A Bestiary of Business Terms, which was out earlier this year.

#DesiReads: Shubnum Khan reads from her essay collection, How I Accidentally Became a Global Stock Photo

Hello and welcome to Episode 43 of Desi Books—news and views about desi literature from the world over. I’m your host, Jenny Bhatt. Thank you for tuning in. Today, in the #DesiReads segment, we have Shubnum Khan reading from a new essay collection titled: How I Accidentally Became a Global Stock Photo And Other Strange and Wonderful Stories.

#DesiCraftChat: Amanda Jayatissa on how rage-writing helped her find her protagonist’s voice

Hello and welcome to Episode 42 of Desi Books—news and views about desi literature from the world over. I’m your host, Jenny Bhatt. Thank you for tuning in. Today, in the #DesiCraftChat segment, we have Amanda Jayatissa, who has a debut novel out this month titled My Sweet Girl. In this conversation, we talked about the genesis of the story, how she created the voice of her main character, rage-writing, that amazing double-twist ending, her writing journey, and more.

#DesiReads: Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai reads from her anthology, The Owl Delivered the Good News All Night Long

Hello and welcome to Episode 41 of Desi Books—news and views about desi literature from the world over. I’m your host, Jenny Bhatt. Thank you for tuning in. Today, in the #DesiReads segment, we have Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai reading from a new collection titled The Owl Delivered the Good News All Night Long: Folktales, Legends, and Modern Lore of India. These stories were selected and edited by her from various authors and sources.

#DesiCraftChat: Saumya Roy on writing about real-life characters and their trauma

Hello and welcome to Episode 40 of Desi Books—news and views about desi literature from the world over. I’m your host, Jenny Bhatt. Thank you for tuning in. Today, in the #DesiCraftChat segment, we have Saumya Roy, who has a debut nonfiction out this month titled Castaway Mountain: Love and Loss Among the Wastepickers of Mumbai. In this conversation, we talked about how she avoided some of the expected clichés when writing about Mumbai's slums, how she did her research, how her usual journalism work and this book are different, her literary influences, and more.