#DesiCraftChat: Manu Pillai on spotlighting those who’ve been footnoted in history

Hello and welcome to Episode 64 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 Manu Pillai discussing his latest book: False Allies: India's Maharajahs in the Age of Ravi Varma. In this conversation, we talked about deromanticizing the past, spotlighting those who've been footnoted in history—and much more.

#DesiCraftChat: Rafia Zakaria on how feminism can be more egalitarian and diverse

Hello and welcome to Episode 61 of Desi Books—news and views about desi literature from the world over. I’m your host, Jenny Bhatt. Thank you for tuning in. This entire week, we have the brilliant ladies from Brown Girl Bookshelf as guest hosts. Today, they'll be talking with Rafia Zakaria about her groundbreaking book, Against White Feminism. Before I hand over to them, here's a quick introduction to our wonderful guest hosts: Mishika Narula and Srisruthi Ramesh of Brown Girl Bookshelf.

#DesiCraftChat: Mayukh Sen on cultural politics and historiography in the American food industry

Hello and welcome to Episode 57 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 Mayukh Sen discussing their new book, Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America. In this conversation, we talked about cultural politics and historiography—who and what gets recorded, remembered, forgotten, and celebrated and how—and much more.

#FiveDesiFaves: Vaseem Khan shares his favorite desi crime fiction works

Hello and welcome to Episode 52 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 Vaseem Khan who has a new novel out titled The Dying Day. He's sharing his five favorite desi crime fiction works from these writers: Aravind Adiga, Abir Mukherjee, Sujata Massey, Gregory David Roberts, and Khushwant Singh.

#DesiCraftChat: Venkat Srinivasan on the fascinating circumstances of the birth of India’s states and union territories

Hello and welcome to Episode 50 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 Venkat Srinivasan discussing his book, The Origin Story of India's States. In this conversation, we talked about the genesis of the book, how he approached the required research, why writing this book changed him as a writer, what he'd like readers to take away from it, and more.

#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.