#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: Jai Chakrabarti on how art and politics influence each other

Hello and welcome to Episode 37 of Desi Books—news and views about desi literature from the world over. In today’s episode, we have Jai Chakrabarti who has a debut historical novel out this month titled A Play for the End of the World. In this conversation, we talked about the play that the story centers on, Tagore, WWII, how art and politics are intertwined, how the past lives on in the present, how he gets into the heads of his characters, his journey as a writer, and more.

#DesiCraftChat: Vinod Busjeet on writing a novel with a diverse, ensemble cast of characters

Hello and welcome to Episode 32 of Desi Books—news and views about desi literature from the world over. In today’s episode, we have Vinod Busjeet in the #DesiCraftChat segment. He’ll be discussing his debut novel, Silent Winds, Dry Seas. As I mentioned in the last episode, we’re rolling out some changes based on listener feedback. The audio episodes will now be shorter, more frequent, and focusing on single authors. There will also be more text and audio content on the Desi Books website. To ensure you’re getting all the new desi books and writers updates, please sign up for the free weekly newsletter by going to the website.

#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: Suchitra Vijayan on making the political deeply personal; #DesiReads: Ayesha Chaudhry reads from her memoir, The Color of God

Desi Books #DesiCraftChat #DesiReads Suchitra Vijayan Ayesha Chaudhry

Hello and welcome to Episode 28 of Desi Books — news and views about desi literature from the world over. In today’s episode, we have Suchitra Vijayan in the #DesiCraftChat segment. She’ll be discussing her debut nonfiction, Midnight’s Borders, And we have Dr. Ayesha Chaudhry reading from her profound and moving memoir, The Color of God, in the #DesiReads segment.