This week's #FiveDesiFaves is a roundup of six recently-featured works of historical fiction: China Room by Sunjeev Sahota; Silent Winds, Dry Seas by Vinod Busjeet; The Begum and the Dastan by Tarana Husain Khan; A Play for the End of the World by Jai Chakrabarti; The Grand Anicut by Veena Muthuraman; The Thinnai by Ari Gautier (tr. by Blake Smith from the French into the English.)
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.