#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.

#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: 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: Dhruti Shah on why the pandemic is more of a “gray rhino” than a “black swan”

Hello and welcome to Episode 44 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's episode is a #DesiCraftChat Rewind. This is a new feature that will run time to time when writers featured on Desi Books are back in the news for their terrific work. So this week, we have Dhruti Shah, who had been interviewed on episode 26 in April 2021 discussing her book, Bear Markets and Beyond: A Bestiary of Business Terms, which was out earlier this year.

#DesiCraftChat: Saumya Roy on writing about real-life characters and their trauma

Hello and welcome to Episode 40 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 Saumya Roy, who has a debut nonfiction out this month titled Castaway Mountain: Love and Loss Among the Wastepickers of Mumbai. In this conversation, we talked about how she avoided some of the expected clichés when writing about Mumbai's slums, how she did her research, how her usual journalism work and this book are different, her literary influences, and more.

#DesiLitBiz: Tara Kaushal on narrative journalism; #FiveDesiFaves: Suman Mallick shares his favorite desi works

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Hello and welcome to Episode 18 of DesiBooks — news and views about desi literature from the world over. I’m your host, Jenny Bhatt. Thank you for tuning in. In today’s episode, we have Tara Kaushal talking about the undercover investigation she conducted for her new book, Why Men Rape: An Indian Undercover Investigation, in #DesiLitBiz. And we have Suman Mallick, whose debut novel, The Black Marketer’s Daughter, is just out. He’s going to be sharing his #FiveDesiFaves. So please sit back and enjoy.