#FiveDesiFaves: Sorayya Khan on the books to which she owes a substantial debt

Hello and welcome to Episode 84 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 #FiveDesiFaves, we have Sorayya Khan, who has a new memoir out: We Take Our Cities With Us. She discusses the five desi books to which she owes a substantial debt. Spanning genres and generations, these are by Sara Suleri, Bapsi Sidhwa, Agha Shahid Ali, Urvashi Butalia, and Intizar Husain.

#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.

#DesiBooksDiscourse: What SRK Fandom Tells Us About Women in Post-Liberalized India

Hello and welcome to Episode 73 of Desi Books—news and views about desi literature from the world over. Thank you for tuning in. In our first #DesiBooksDiscourse video episode, we have the economist and writer, Shrayana Bhattacharya, discussing her book, Desperately Seeking Shah Rukh, and what SRK fandom tells us about women in post-liberalized India. In conversation with Shrayana, we have the writer and book critic, Niyati Bhat, and Jenny Bhatt.

#FiveDesiFaves: Shafik Meghji shares the desi books that have influenced his travel writing

Hello and welcome to Episode 71of Desi Books—news and views about desi literature from the world over. I’m your host, Jenny Bhatt. Today, in the #FiveDesiFaves segment, we Shafik Meghji, who has a new book out: Crossed off the Map: Travels in Bolivia. He discusses the five desi books that have influenced and inspired his work. Spanning travel, science writing, and fiction, these are by Pico Iyer, Sonia Shah, Monisha Rajesh, Tharik Hussain, and Arundhati Roy.

#FiveDesiFaves: Neema Avashia on the five nonfiction books that have shaped her life and work

Hello and welcome to Episode 70 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 Neema Avashia who has a new book out: Another Appalachia: Coming Up Queer and Indian in a Mountain Place. She's sharing the five desi books that have played the biggest role in shaping her identity as a reader, a writer, and as a person. These are works of nonfiction by The Women of South Asian Descent collective, Vijay Prashad, Mira Jacob, Sejal Shah, and Aimee Nezhukumatathil.

#DesiCraftChat: Tanaïs on creating new pathways to tell stories and histories and honor literary lineage

Hello and welcome to Episode 69 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 Tanaïs discussing their new memoir, In Sensorium. In this conversation, we talked about creating new pathways to tell our individual stories and collective histories, honoring our literary lineage, dealing with being both invisible and hyper-visible—and much more.

#DesiCraftChat: Wajahat Ali on living with one foot in the American dream and one in the American nightmare

Hello and welcome to Episode 66 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 Wajahat Ali discussing his . In this conversation, we talked about how literary translation can help bring languages and cultures closer, the inner journey of a literary translator—and much more.