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News and views about desi books from the world over (host: Jenny Bhatt.) In addition to a roundup of new and notable books, we have writers on to read from or discuss their own books and their desi favorites, chat about craft and the lit biz, and more.
Web: https://desibooks.co/
Twitter: @desibooks
Instagram: @desi.books
Facebook: @desibooksfb
Email: desibooks@desibooks.co

Desi Books Jenny Bhatt

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

News and views about desi books from the world over (host: Jenny Bhatt.) In addition to a roundup of new and notable books, we have writers on to read from or discuss their own books and their desi favorites, chat about craft and the lit biz, and more.
Web: https://desibooks.co/
Twitter: @desibooks
Instagram: @desi.books
Facebook: @desibooksfb
Email: desibooks@desibooks.co

    Desi Books Ep 84 w/ Sorayya Khan

    Desi Books Ep 84 w/ Sorayya Khan

    In today’s episode, we have Sorayya Khan in #FiveDesiFaves. She has a new memoir: We Take Our Cities With Us. Here, she discusses the five desi books to which she owes a substantial debt. Covering multiple genres and generations, these books are by Sara Suleri, Bapsi Sidhwa, Agha Shahid Ali, Urvashi Butalia, and Intizar Husain. Thank you for listening.

    Twitter: @DesiBooks

    Instagram: @desi.books

    Facebook: @desibooksfb

    Website: https://desibooks.co

    Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews

    Email: desibooks@desibooks.co

    • 21 min
    Desi Books Ep 83 w/ N. Kalyan Raman

    Desi Books Ep 83 w/ N. Kalyan Raman

    In today's #DesiCraftChat, we have N. Kalyan Raman discussing his latest Tamil-to-English translation of Vaasanthi's novel, Breaking Free. We also discuss how he chooses the works to translate, what drew him to translate this novel, how a translator brings all their learning and experiences to their translation work, how he sees literary criticism and translation work as connected, and a lot more. Thank you for listening.

    Twitter: @DesiBooks

    Instagram: @desi.books

    Facebook: @desibooksfb

    Website: https://desibooks.co

    Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews

    Email: desibooks@desibooks.co

    • 54 min
    Desi Books Ep 82 w/ Nandita Dinesh

    Desi Books Ep 82 w/ Nandita Dinesh

    In today's #DesiCraftChat, we have Nandita Dinesh discussing her novel, This Place, That Place, and how the hybrid, nonlinear novel form helped her write about the effects of war, how her theater and performance background informed this book, why she wanted to explore nuanced and ethical ways to engage with contexts we may not understand, and much more. Thank you for listening.

    Twitter: @DesiBooks

    Instagram: @desi.books

    Facebook: @desibooksfb

    Website: https://desibooks.co

    Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews

    Email: desibooks@desibooks.co

    • 41 min
    Desi Books Ep 81 w/ Namrata Patel

    Desi Books Ep 81 w/ Namrata Patel

    In today’s episode, we have Namrata Patel in the #DesiReads segment. She's reading from her debut novel, The Candid Life of Meena Dave. The transcript is also up on the Desi Books website. Thank you for listening.

    Twitter: @DesiBooks

    Instagram: @desi.books

    Facebook: @desibooksfb

    Website: https://desibooks.co

    Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews

    Email: desibooks@desibooks.co

    • 16 min
    Desi Books Ep 80 w/ Devi S. Laskar

    Desi Books Ep 80 w/ Devi S. Laskar

    In today's #DesiCraftChat, we have Devi S. Laskar discussing her novel, Circa, and writing in the second person, how fiction can show a possible path out of grief, embracing how journalism informs her fiction and poetry, using the pendulum method to finish a book, what's changed (or not) for older women writers of color, and much more.. Thank you for listening.

    Twitter: @DesiBooks

    Instagram: @desi.books

    Facebook: @desibooksfb

    Website: https://desibooks.co

    Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews

    Email: desibooks@desibooks.co

    • 57 min
    Desi Books Ep 79 w/ Vauhini Vara

    Desi Books Ep 79 w/ Vauhini Vara

    In today's #DesiCraftChat, we have Vauhini Vara discussing her debut novel, The Immortal King Rao, how she braided multiple storylines together, why she ended with a question about human ambition, how her MFA helped her bring this first book into the world—and much more. Thank you for listening.

    Twitter: @DesiBooks

    Instagram: @desi.books

    Facebook: @desibooksfb

    Website: https://desibooks.co

    Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews

    Email: desibooks@desibooks.co

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Bluefeather1111 ,

Not just for desis; for anyone who loves books

Absolutely love this podcast. Yes, it started with my interest in hearing more about desi writers, their books, their art, their space. But this podcast, while it’s focus is on desi writers, covers so many themes, rhythms, craft related topics, narratives that it would be of interest to anyone who’s interested in books, writing, or just stories from around the world. The read alouds are great too. It has now become my almost daily listening pleasure. And I love what it does for the authors featured here. Bravo!

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