#DesiCraftChat: Kirthana Ramisetti on how journalism helped her write a novel about music and an older woman protagonist

Hello and welcome to Episode 59 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 Kirthana Ramisetti discussing her debut novel, Dava Shastri's Last Day. In this conversation, we talked about the challenges of creating older women protagonists, writing a debut novel filled with many themes and characters, how her journalism work helped her write this novel—and much more.

#DesiReads: Geetanjali Shree reads from her novel, Ret Samadhi, and Daisy Rockwell reads from her translation of it, Tomb of Sand

Hello and welcome to Episode 54 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 Geetanjali Shree and Daisy Rockwell in the #DesiReads segment. They're reading from both the Hindi original novel, Ret Samadhi, and its English translation, Tomb of Sand. Thank you for listening.

#DesiCraftChat: SJ Sindu on Hindu mythology in contemporary fiction and the loss of religion

Hello and welcome to Episode 53 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 SJ Sindu discussing their new novel, Blue-skinned Gods. In this conversation, we talked about the use of Hindu mythology in contemporary fiction, the loss of religion, and 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: 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.