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Candid conversations with writers, storytellers & creators about what writing and creativity means to them, a peek into their life stories & featured narrations of their work.

The Closet Writer Chronicles Sangeetha Menon

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Candid conversations with writers, storytellers & creators about what writing and creativity means to them, a peek into their life stories & featured narrations of their work.

    Shrenik Rao: The Madras Courier

    Shrenik Rao: The Madras Courier

    It's our season finale and I'm talking to Shrenik Rao! The episode opens with Shrenik talking about what writing and creativity means to him. He shares his early childhood memory of coming up with an evening edition newspaper and how that sparked his interest in journalism. We delve into his journey with entrepreneurship in the media space and his experience as a documentary filmmaker. We talk about how he revived The Madras Courier and his editorial process. Later, we chat about his upcoming book and some of his favourite writers. The episode ends with an article written & narrated by Shrenik.



    Shrenik Rao is the Editor-In-Chief of The Madras Courier, a 236-year-old new brand which he has revived to a digital format. He is also the founder of 7MB, a digital media company and a documentary filmmaker! He has produced documentaries for the History Channel. Shrenik is a fellow at the University of Oxford's Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (2016) and an alumnus of the London School of Economics.



    Mentions: World This Week by Pranoy Roy, The Hindu, India Today, London School Of Economics, The Elephant Whisperers, BBC, CNN, Sky News, Pranoy Roy, N Ram, NDTV, Doordarshan, The Hindu, Malayala Manorama, The new York Times, The Washington Post, Richard Johnston, Swarajya, The Caravan, The Scroll, Om Shanti Om, The New Yorker, The Financial Times, Vice Media, Scoop Whoop, Dalai Lama, Salman Rushdie, Arundathi Roy, J.K. Rowling, Kushwant Singh, The Billion Dollar Spy, Arvind Adiga, The White Tiger, Little Women. Beef,Brahmins & Broken Men, B.R. Ambedkar



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    • 1 hr 40 min
    Shalini Mullick: Empathy In Medicine & Storytelling

    Shalini Mullick: Empathy In Medicine & Storytelling

    The episode opens with Shalini talking about what creativity and storytelling means to her. We delve into how she chose medicine as a career with a specialisation in respiratory pathology. Shalini talks about her experience during the corona pandemic and how it started her writing journey. We talk about books, burnout and if you need to be a reader to write. The episode ends with Shalini reading an excerpt from her book.



    Shalini is a pulmonary pathologist and writer. During the day, she’s managing her lab or working on complex biopsy reports. As a writer, she has published articles on Women’s Web, E-She Magazine, and The Himalayan Writing Retreat. She has also published a book called ‘Stars From The Borderless Sea’.



    Mentions: The Final Diagnosis, Haley, Harry Potter, Morning Pages, Julia Cameron, Atul Gawnde, When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi, Shoe Dog, The Swaddle, Respectfully Disagree, Story Jam, Munshi Premchand, The Seen And The Unseen, Amit Verma, Humans Of New York, Lady Hardinge College



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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Eshan Sharma: A Student Of History

    Eshan Sharma: A Student Of History

    The episode opens with Eshan talking about what creativity and storytelling means to him. We chat about how his interest in history started and how he decided to pursue it as a career. He talks about how he got the idea for Karwaan Heritage, how he started it and what the evolution has been like. We also talk about a book he published when he was 17! Later, we delve into his writing journey and discuss one of his articles in relation to Karwaan's work culture. He shares resources for those interested in learning more about history. The episode ends with a poem narrated by Eshan.



    Eshan Sharma is a writer, heritage activist and a TEDx speaker. He is the founder of one of India's leading history collectives, Karwaan: The Heritage Exploration Initiaitve. He likes to call himself a historian in training. A graduate in History from Delhi University, he is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Modern Indian History from MSU, Baroda. He is interested in films, history and everything that falls between the two. Eshan is currently working on a book project on the New Wave in Indian Cinema. You can find him on Instagram @iameshansharma_



    Mentions: KL Saigal, Noor Jahaan, Talat Mahmood, Lata Mangeshkar, Vikramjit Singh Rooprai, Delhi Heritage: Top 10 Baolis, Sohail Hashmi, Chinmay Tumbe, The Age Of Pandemics, Manimugdha Sharma, StreamYard, Romila Thapar, Voices Of Dissent, Lady Doctors, The Day I Became A Runner, Sohini Chattopadhyay, The Last Heroes, P.Sainath, Anand Ranganathan, Sadaf Hussain, Ratna Pathak Shah, Ithihasology, Anirudh Kanisetty, The People Of The Indus, Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari, Amar Chitra Katha, R.G. Collingwood, Naseerudin Shah, Nikhil Taneja, Animal, Kabir Singh, Pushpaa, Court, Garam Hawaa, Schindler’s List, All Quiet On The Western Front, Daak Vaak, Studio Ghibli, Death Note, John Green’s Crash Course On History, Shaasn, Mughal-E-Azam, Shyam Benegal, Spiderman, Trolley Times



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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Salini Vineeth: Passion To Profession

    Salini Vineeth: Passion To Profession

    The episode opens with Salini talking about what writing means to her. We delve into how she decided to pursue engineering, her work life and her decision to switch to a writing career. We talk about books and writer with a focus on Malayalam literature. Salini talks about her experience with self-publishing and things to keep in mind while working on a book. The episode ends with Salini narrating an excerpt from her book, 'Lost Edges'.



    Salini Vineeth is a fiction and freelance writer based in Bangalore. She worked for ten years as an engineer before turning to full-time writing in December 2018. Since then, she has published five books – Lost Edges (novel), Magic Square (novella), Everyday People (a short story collection), and travel guides for Hampi and Badami. She won the Orange Flower Award for Humour in 2023. Her short story collection Everyday People was the finalist in the Amazon Pen2Publish contest 2019. She won the eShe short story contests in 2019 and 2020. Her stories have appeared in magazines like Out of Print, The Bangalore Review, Borderless Journal, Cafe Dissensus, Kitaab International, Funny Peals, and The Bombay Review. You can find her on Instagram @salini_vineeth



    Mentions: Mathrubhumi Weekly, Vaikom Mohammed Basheer, Kamala Das, M T Vasudev Nair, Madhavi Kutty, Dil Chahta Hai, Blogspot, Tiny Tales, Write Plus Jobs, Red River Press, Andaleeb Wajid, Blossoms, Atta Galatta, With Love, Madras, Valli by Sheila Tomy, JCB Prize, Hangwoman by KR Meera, Sherlock Holmes, Aurthur Conan Doyle, The Good Wife, Kudhravattum Papu, CBI Diary Kurup, Mindhunter, David Fincher



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    • 1 hr 43 min
    Pragadish Kalaivanan: Desi With A Chance Of Influencer

    Pragadish Kalaivanan: Desi With A Chance Of Influencer

    The episode opens with Pragadish talking about what storytelling and creativity means to him. He shares how he decided to pursue a career in marketing and the steps he took to find a position that aligns with his values and interests. We chat about books, movies, poems and stories that we enjoy. Later, Pragadish opens up about his experience of coming out as queer and his relationship with identity. We also talk about his TikTok fame and how he navigates social media. The episode ends with poems written and narrated by Pragadish.



    Pragadish Kalaivanan is a queer Indian marketer and poet. After graduating with a B .Tech in Computer Science, he moved to the US to study and pursue a career in marketing. He started his marketing career in content writing before moving into a more SEO and lead generation-oriented role. He has been featured on NBC, NPR, Yahoo News and Daily Dot. His work is influenced by his experiences of growing up in a sheltered, conformative society and is a dance of finding the balance between loving the culture that raised you and becoming the person you are truly meant to be. He has given a talk at 'A World Without Borders', a digital summit. You can find him on Instagram: @pragadishk and Tiktok: @pragadishkalaivan



    Mentions: Drizzly, Google Fibre, TikTok, BeReal, Lapse, Padma Laxmi, Curtain by Helen Spalding, BookTok, Colleen Hoover, Bindery, Publisher’s Weekly, Animorphs, Hunted, PC Castewell, Twilight, Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, The Once And Future King, TH White, One Piece, Only Murders In The Building, The Boys, The Powerpuff Girls, Mulan, The Devil Wears Prada, Drishyam, Helen, The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner, Poetry Foundation


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    • 2 hr 1 min
    Sadaf Hussain: A Love For Food & Storytelling

    Sadaf Hussain: A Love For Food & Storytelling

    The episode opens with Sadaf talking about what creativity and storytelling means to him. We talk about how his interest in food was sparked and trace his journey from starting a pop-up cafe, being on MasterChef India, and going on to carve a career in food! Sadaf shares some fun anecdotes along the conversation. We chat about stories, writing, his latest book for children 'The Carrot Soup', and his upcoming projects. Sadaf also talks about how making mistakes can help you grow and misconceptions people have about his job. The episode ends with an excerpt from the book 'Forgotten Foods' written and narrated by Sadaf.



    Sadaf Hussain is a chef, writer and food history enthusiast. He has written two food books to date, and has two more lined up to be released next year, including illustrated books and a book on spices. He also worked on a study of Rampur cuisine with the University of Sheffield, UK. He is a TedX speaker and is a host of the award winning Indian food podcast, Naan Curry. You can find him on Instagram @sadaf_hussain and X (Twitter) @hussainsadaf1



    Mentions: Sanjeev Kapoor, Tarla Dalal, Daawat, Pushpesh Pant, Manjeet Gill, Jiks Karla, Tarun Sibal, Vikas Khanna, Ranveer Brar, Gordon Ramsay, Marco Pierre, Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Padma Laxmi, Ogilvy, Chota Bheem, Bohri Kitchen, Take Home Chef, Curtis Stone, Adam Smith, Desi Delicacies, Forgotten Foods, Dastan-E-Dastarkhwaan, University Of Sheffield, Durjoy Datta, Chacha Chowdhary, Archie, Tinkle, Amar Chitra Katha, Doga, Pinky, Super Commando Dhruv, Vikram Doctor, Bombay Canteen, Dexter’s Labaratory, Dexter, Peaky Blinders, How I Met Your Mother, Friends, The Big Bang Theory, Game Of Thrones, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Chetan Bhagat, William Wordsworth, Ali Sethi, Lupin, Kohrra



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    • 2 hr 4 min

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