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Desi Books

By Jenny Bhatt
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.
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Desi Books Ep 76 w/ Sonya Singh, Sonya Lalli, & Mansi Shah
In this #DesiBooksDiscourse episode, we have the writers Sonya Singh, Sonya Lalli, and Mansi Shah discussing why South Asian women-centered fiction is important and necessary. They talk about their writing journeys—from refusing to give up while finding an agent and a publisher, to finding support amongst other authors (South Asian or not), to the pros and cons of building a social media presence. Thank you to all of them. This podcast is available as video on Spotify, Anchor, and Youtube and as audio everywhere else. You can also read more about all three writers and a transcript excerpt of their conversation at the Desi Books website. Thank you. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
35:16
May 20, 2022
Desi Books Ep 75 w/ Madhushree Ghosh, Anjali Enjeti, Aruni Kashyap
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. This podcast is available as video on Spotify, Anchor, and Youtube, and as audio everywhere else. You can also read more about all three writers and a transcript excerpt of their conversation at the Desi Books website. Thank you. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
59:27
May 10, 2022
Desi Books Ep 74 w/ Kashiana Singh, Ralph Nazareth, Indran Amirthanayagam
In our second #DesiBooksDiscourse episode, we have the poets Kashiana Singh, Ralph Nazareth, and Indran Amirthanayagam discussing what it's like to be an editor and a poet and the various dichotomies and communions these two roles enable for them as creatives. This podcast is available as video on Spotify, Anchor, and Youtube and as audio everywhere else. You can also read more about all three poet-editors and a transcript excerpt of their conversation at the Desi Books website. Thank you. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
01:00:29
May 02, 2022
Desi Books Ep 73 w/ Shrayana Bhattacharya and Niyati Bhat
In today’s episode, we have Shrayana Bhattacharya and Niyati Bhat in our new #DesiBooksDiscourse channel. We're discussing Shrayana's book, Desperately Seeking Shah Rukh, and what SRK fandom tells us about women in post-liberalized India. This podcast is available as video on Spotify, Anchor, and Youtube and as audio everywhere else. You can also read more about Shrayana, Niyati, the book, and a text excerpt of our conversation at the Desi Books website. Thank you. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
52:07
April 19, 2022
Desi Books Ep 72 w/ Buddhisagar and Michael Hutt
In today’s episode, we have Buddhisagar and Michael Hutt in the #DesiReads segment. They're reading an excerpt from Buddhisagar's novel Karnali Blues in the original Nepali and then the English translation by Michael Hutt. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
23:38
April 01, 2022
Desi Books Ep 71 w/ Shafik Meghji
In today’s episode, we have Shafik Meghji in the #FiveDesiFaves segment. He has a new book out titled Crossed Off the Map: Travels in Bolivia. Here, he shares his five favorite desi books that have 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. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
13:52
March 25, 2022
Desi Books Ep 70 w/ Neema Avashia
In today’s episode, we have Neema Avashia in the #FiveDesiFaves segment. She has a new essay collection out titled Another Appalachia: Coming Up Queer and Indian in a Mountain Place. Here, she shares her five favorite desi books that have shaped her 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. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
16:09
March 17, 2022
Desi Books Ep 69 w/ Tanaïs
In today’s episode, we have Tanaïs in the #DesiCraftChat segment. They discuss their new memoir titled In Sensorium. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
01:01:02
March 11, 2022
Desi Books Ep 68 w/ SJ Sindu
In today’s episode, we have SJ Sindu in the #DesiReads segment. They're reading from their latest hybrid collection, Dominant Genes. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
18:46
February 25, 2022
Desi Books Ep 67 w/ Rita Kothari
In today’s episode, we have Rita Kothari in the #DesiCraftChat segment. She discusses a new anthology titled The Greatest Gujarati Short Stories Ever Told. which she has selected, edited, and mostly translated too. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
42:08
February 18, 2022
Desi Books Ep 66 w/ Wajahat Ali
In today’s episode, we have Wajahat Ali in the #DesiCraftChat segment. He discusses his new debut book, a memoir titled Go Back to Where You Came From. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
45:36
February 09, 2022
Desi Books Ep 65 w/ Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma
In today’s episode, we have Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma in the #DesiCraftChat segment. He discusses his latest book, a literary translation from Tamil to English of the classic masterpiece, Tiruvalluvar's Tirukkural. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
51:04
January 19, 2022
Desi Books Ep 64 w/ Manu Pillai
In today’s episode, we have Manu Pillai in the #DesiCraftChat segment. He discusses his latest book, False Allies: India's Maharajahs in the Age of Ravi Varma. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
01:04:59
December 13, 2021
Desi Books Ep 63 w/ Mishika Narula and Srisruthi Ramesh (guest hosts: Brown Girl Bookshelf)
In today’s #FiveDesiFaves episode, we have Mishika Narula and Srisruthi Ramesh of Brown Girl Bookshelf sharing their recently-read favorite desi books. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks; @browngbookshelf Instagram: @desi.books; @browngirlbookshelf Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co; https://browngirlbookshelf.org Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews; https://browngirlbookshelf.substack.com/ Email: desibooks@desibooks.co; browngirlbookshelf@gmail.com
19:41
December 09, 2021
Desi Books Ep 62 w/ Nandana Sen (guest hosts: Brown Girl Bookshelf)
In today’s episode, we have Nandana Sen in the #DesiReads segment. She reads from her new poetry translation, Acrobat. The poems were originally written in Bengali by the acclaimed poet Nabaneeta Dev Sen (who is also Nandana's mother.) Introducing the reading are this week's guest hosts, Mishika Narula and Srisruthi Ramesh of Brown Girl Bookshelf. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks; @browngbookshelf Instagram: @desi.books; @browngirlbookshelf Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co; https://browngirlbookshelf.org Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews; https://browngirlbookshelf.substack.com/ Email: desibooks@desibooks.co; browngirlbookshelf@gmail.com
15:41
December 07, 2021
Desi Books Ep 61 w/ Rafia Zakaria (guest hosts: Brown Girl Bookshelf)
In today’s episode, we have Rafia Zakaria in the #DesiCraftChat segment. She discusses her new book, Against White Feminism, which was out earlier this year. In conversation with her are this week's guest hosts, Mishika Narula and Srisruthi Ramesh of Brown Girl Bookshelf. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks; @browngbookshelf Instagram: @desi.books; @browngirlbookshelf Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co; https://browngirlbookshelf.org Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews; https://browngirlbookshelf.substack.com/ Email: desibooks@desibooks.co; browngirlbookshelf@gmail.com
48:04
December 06, 2021
Desi Books Ep 60 w/ Amish Trivedi
In today’s mini-episode, we have Amish Trivedi in the #DesiReads segment. He's reading from his latest poetry collection, FuturePanic. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
17:51
December 01, 2021
Desi Books Ep 59 w/ Kirthana Ramisetti
In today’s episode, we have Kirthana Ramisetti in the #DesiCraftChat segment. She discusses her new novel, Dava Shastri's Last Day, which is out this month. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
36:48
November 30, 2021
Desi Books Ep 58 w/ Sara Siddiqui Chansarkar
In today’s mini-episode, we have Sara Siddiqui Chansarkar in the #DesiReads segment. She's reading from her debut flash collection, Morsels of Purple. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
21:12
November 16, 2021
Desi Books Ep 57 w/ Mayukh Sen
In today’s episode, we have Mayukh Sen in the #DesiCraftChat segment. They discuss their new book, Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America, which is out this month. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
56:33
November 15, 2021
Desi Books Ep 56 w/ Zilka Joseph
In today’s mini-episode, we have Zilka Joseph in the #FiveDesiFaves segment. She has a new poetry collection out titled In our Beautiful Bones. Here, she shares his five favorite desi books of poetry and hybrid essays. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
19:04
November 12, 2021
Desi Books Ep 55 w/ Anjali Enjeti
In today’s mini-episode, we have Anjali Enjeti in the #DesiReads segment. She's reading from her essay collection, Southbound: Essays on Identity, Inheritance, and Social Change. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
15:13
November 09, 2021
Desi Books Ep 54 w/ Geetanjali Shree and Daisy Rockwell
In today’s mini-episode, we have Geetanjali Shree and Daisy Rockwell in the #DesiReads segment. They're reading from both the Hindi original novel, Ret Samadhi (3.54 mark), and its English translation, Tomb of Sand (15.88 mark). Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
31:10
November 03, 2021
Desi Books Ep 53 w/ SJ Sindu
In today’s episode, we have SJ Sindu in the #DesiCraftChat segment. They discuss their new novel, Blue-skinned Gods, which is out this month. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
45:36
November 01, 2021
Desi Book Ep 52 w/ Vaseem Khan
In today’s mini-episode, we have Vaseem Khan in the #FiveDesiFaves segment. He has a new crime fiction novel out (UK now; US in 2022) titled The Dying Day. Here, he shares his five favorite desi crime fiction works. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
15:45
October 28, 2021
Desi Books Ep 51 w/ Rohan Chhetri
In today’s mini-episode, we have Rohan Chhetri in the #DesiReads segment. She's reading from his poetry collection, Lost, Hurt, or in Transit Beautiful. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
13:28
October 26, 2021
Desi Books Ep 50 w/ Venkataraghavan Srinivasan
In today’s episode, we have Venkataraghavan Srinivasan in the #DesiCraftChat segment. He discusses his book, The Origin Story of India's States, which is out now. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
45:13
October 25, 2021
Desi Books Ep 49 w/ Vidhu Aggarwal
In today’s mini-episode, we have Vidhu Aggarwal in the #FiveDesiFaves segment. She has a hybrid poetry collection out titled Daughter Isotope. She'll be sharing her five favorite diasporic works of speculative poetics and alternative fantasy. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
22:17
October 21, 2021
Desi Books Ep 48 w/ Sheniz Janmohamed
In today’s mini-episode, we have Sheniz Janmohamed in the #DesiReads segment. She's reading from her poetry collection, Reminders on the Path. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
13:19
October 19, 2021
Desi Books Ep 47 w/ Shilpi Malinowski
In today’s mini-episode, we have Shilpi Malinowski in the #DesiReads segment. She's reading from her debut book, Shaw, Ledroit Park and Bloomingdale in Washington, DC: An Oral History. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
14:46
October 12, 2021
Desi Books Ep 46 w/ Samir Chopra
In today’s episode, we have Samir Chopra in the #DesiCraftChat segment. He discusses his book, Bollywood Does Battle: The War Movie and the Indian Popular Imagination, which is out now. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
56:05
October 11, 2021
Desi Books Ep 45 w/ Hananah Zaheer
In today’s mini-episode, we have Hananah Zaheer in the #DesiReads segment. She's reading from a new story collection, Lovebirds. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
15:11
October 05, 2021
Desi Books Ep 44 w/ Dhruti Shah (Rewind)
Today's episode is a #DesiCraftChat rewind. We have Dhruti Shah, who had been interviewed on episode 26 in April 2020. Since then, her book has gone on to win a 2021 Business Book Award in the Short Business Book of the Year category. (Congrats, Dhruti!) So here she is, discussing Bear Markets and Beyond: A Bestiary of Business Terms. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
51:48
October 04, 2021
Desi Books Ep 43 w/ Shubnum Khan
In today’s mini-episode, we have Shubnum Khan in the #DesiReads segment. She's reading from a new essay collection, How I Accidentally Became a Stock Photo And Other Strange and Wonderful Stories. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
16:00
September 28, 2021
Desi Books Ep 42 w/ Amanda Jayatissa
In today’s episode, we have Amanda Jayatissa in the #DesiCraftChat segment. She’ll be discussing her debut novel, My Sweet Girl, which is out now. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
35:01
September 27, 2021
Desi Books Ep 41 w/ Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai
In today’s mini-episode, we have Dr. Lopmudra Maitra Bajpai in the #DesiReads segment. She's reading from a new collection, The Owl Delivered the Good News All Night Long: Folktales, Legends, and Modern Lore of India. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
21:31
September 21, 2021
Desi Books Ep 40 w/ Saumya Roy
In today’s episode, we have Saumya Roy in the #DesiCraftChat segment. She’ll be discussing her debut nonfiction, Castaway Mountain, which is out now. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
46:02
September 20, 2021
Desi Books Ep 39 w/ Veena Muthuraman
In today’s mini-episode, we have Veena Muthuraman in the #FiveDesiFaves segment. She has a debut historical novel out titled The Grand Anicut. She'll be sharing her five favorite historical works by writers of South Asian origin. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
18:49
September 16, 2021
Desi Books Ep 38 w/ Ranjani Murali
In today’s mini-episode, we have Ranjani Murali in the #DesiReads segment. She's reading from her new poetry collection, Clearly, You Are ESL. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
14:48
September 14, 2021
Desi Books Ep 37 w/ Jai Chakrabarti
In today’s episode, we have Jai Chakrabarti in the #DesiCraftChat segment. He’ll be discussing his debut novel, A Play for the End of the World, which is out now. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
33:43
September 13, 2021
Desi Books Ep 36 w/ Sara Nisha Adams
In today’s mini-episode, we have Sara Nisha Adams in the #FiveDesiFaves segment. She has a debut novel out titled The Reading List. She'll be sharing her five favorite books by writers of South Asian origin. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
11:06
September 09, 2021
Desi Books Ep 35 w/ Julietta Singh
In today’s mini-episode, we have Julietta Singh in the #DesiReads segment. She's reading from her new book, The Breaks: An Essay. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
15:22
September 07, 2021
Desi Books Ep 34 w/ Sabba Khan
In today’s mini-episode, we have Sabba Khan in the #FiveDesiFaves segment. She has a debut graphic memoir out titled The Roles We Play. She'll be sharing her five favorite graphic works by writers-artists of South Asian origin. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
20:49
September 02, 2021
Desi Books Ep 33 w/ Rajika Bhandari
In today’s mini-episode, we have Dr. Rajika Bhandari in the #DesiReads segment. She's reading from her upcoming memoir, America Calling: A Foreign Student in a Country of Possibility. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
16:57
August 31, 2021
Desi Books Ep 32 w/ Vinod Busjeet
In today’s episode, we have Vinod Busjeet in the #DesiCraftChat segment. He’ll be discussing his debut novel, Silent Winds, Dry Seas, which is out now. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Newsletter: https://bit.ly/desibooksnews Email: desibooks@desibooks.co
41:46
August 30, 2021
Desi Books Ep 31 w/ Sunjeev Sahota & Gayatri Sethi
In today’s episode, we have Sunjeev Sahota in the #DesiCraftChat segment. He’ll be discussing his latest novel, China Room, which is out now And we have Dr. Gayatri Sethi sharing some favorite books in the #FiveDesiFaves segment. Her hybrid memoir, Unbelonging, is out now. And there are some quick updates about new things to come with Desi Books. The episode transcript with all the links will be up in a few days at http://desibooks.co. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Facebook: @desibooksfb Website: https://desibooks.co Email: hellodesibooks@gmail.com
59:30
August 16, 2021
Desi Books Ep 30 w/ Jenn Baker
Today’s episode is a special collaboration with the host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, Jenn Baker. The episode transcript with all the links will be up in a few days at http://desibooks.co. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Website: https://desibooks.co Email: hellodesibooks@gmail.com
54:31
July 26, 2021
Desi Books Ep 29 w/ Nawaaz Ahmed & Jyotsna Sreenivasan
In today’s episode, we have Nawaaz Ahmed in the #DesiCraftChat segment. He’ll be discussing his debut fiction, Radiant Fugitives, which is out now And we have Jyotsna Sreenivasan sharing some favorite books, in the #FiveDesiFaves segment. Her story collection, These Americans, was out in May. And, of course, the usual roundup of new and notable books. The episode transcript with all the links will be up in a few days at http://desibooks.co. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Website: https://desibooks.co Email: hellodesibooks@gmail.com
57:46
July 16, 2021
Desi Books Ep 28 w/ Suchitra Vijayan & Ayesha Chaudhry
In today’s episode, we have Suchitra Vijayan in the #DesiCraftChat segment. She’ll be discussing her debut nonfiction, Midnight's Borders. And we have Dr. Ayesha Chaudhry reading from her new memoir, The Color of God, in the #DesiReads segment. And, of course, the usual roundup of new and notable books. The episode transcript and all links will be up in a few days at http://desibooks.co. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Website: https://desibooks.co Email: hellodesibooks@gmail.com
01:26:46
June 16, 2021
Desi Books Ep 27 w/ Sanjena Sathian & Gayatri Sethi
In today’s episode, we have Sanjena Sathian in the #DesiCraftChat segment. She’ll be discussing her debut novel, Gold Diggers. And we have Dr. Gayatri Sethi covering a selection of books in the #DesiKidLit segment. The episode transcript and all links will be up in a few days at http://desibooks.co. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Website: https://desibooks.co Email: hellodesibooks@gmail.com
52:37
May 14, 2021
Desi Books Ep 26 w/ Priyanka Champaneri & Dhruti Shah
In today’s episode, we have two segments of #DesiCraftChat. First, there’s Priyanka Champaneri discussing her debut novel, The City of Good Death, which won the 2018 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing. We also have Dhruti Shah discussing her new book, Bear Markets and Beyond: A Bestiary of Business Terms. The episode transcript and all links will be up in a few days at http://desibooks.co. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Website: https://desibooks.co Email: hellodesibooks@gmail.com
01:40:03
April 30, 2021
Desi Books Ep 25 w/ Renuka Singh & Shaukat Ajmeri
In today’s episode, in addition to a roundup of new and notable books, we have Dr. Renuka Singh discussing her latest edited book of quotations from the Dalai Lama, The Little Book of Encouragement, in #DesiCraftChat. And Shaukat Ajmeri reads from his debut novel, Keepers of the Faith, in the #DesiReads segment. The episode transcript and all links will be up in a few days at http://desibooks.co. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Website: https://desibooks.co Email: hellodesibooks@gmail.com
48:41
April 10, 2021
Desi Books Ep 24 w/ Shoba Narayan & Gayatri Sethi
In today’s episode, in addition to a roundup of new and notable books, we have Shoba Narayan discussing her latest book, Food and Faith, in #DesiCraftChat. And Dr. Gayatri Sethi, who's a writer, educator, and co-founder of the #DesiKidLit community. shares some new and notable books in this new quarterly segment. The episode transcript and all links will be up in a few days at http://desibooks.co. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Website: https://desibooks.co Email: hellodesibooks@gmail.com
52:19
March 11, 2021
Desi Books Ep 23 w/ Syed Masood & Farzana Doctor
In today’s episode, in addition to a roundup of new and notable books, we have Syed Masood discussing his latest novel, The Bad Muslim Discount, in #DesiCraftChat. And Farzana Doctor, whose latest novel titled Seven was recently published, will be sharing her #FiveDesiFaves. The episode transcript and all links will be up in a few days at http://desibooks.co. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Website: https://desibooks.co Email: hellodesibooks@gmail.com
53:11
February 20, 2021
Desi Books Ep 22 w/ Moni Mohsin
Happy new year. In today’s episode, in addition to a roundup of new and notable books, we have Moni Mohsin discussing her latest novel, The Impeccable Integrity of Ruby R., in the #DesiCraftChat segment. And I'll share a bit of information about the upcoming Desi Books in Translation (#DBiT) club. The episode transcript and all links will be up in a few days at http://desibooks.co. Thank you for listening. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Website: https://desibooks.co Email: hellodesibooks@gmail.com
39:14
January 15, 2021
Desi Books Ep 21 w/ Nandini Bhattacharya & Anuja Ghimire
In today’s episode, in addition to a roundup of new and notable books, we have Nandini Bhattacharya sharing her favorite historical novels in the #FiveDesiFaves segment. Her debut novel, Love's Garden, is also historical fiction and out this year. And Anuja Ghimire shares her three favorite poems in the #DesiBoost segment. Her debut poetry chapbook, Kathmandu, is also out this year. The episode transcript and all links will be up in a couple of days at http://desibooks.co. Thank you for listening. Tune in for Episode 22 in the new year. Happy holidays to all. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Website: https://desibooks.co Email: hellodesibooks@gmail.com
33:20
December 19, 2020
Desi Books Ep 20 w/ Sarina Prabasi & Haider Shahbaz
In today’s episode, in addition to a roundup of new and notable books, we have Sarina Prabasi in conversation in the #DesiLitBiz segment. She'll be talking about her memoir, The Coffeehouse Resistance: Bringing Hope in Desperate Times. We also have Haider Shahbaz sharing his three favorite literary works in the #DesiBoost segment. His latest literary translation, from Urdu to English, is the novel, Hassan's State of Affairs, by Mirza Athar Baig. The episode transcript and all links will be up in a couple of days at http://desibooks.co. Thanks for listening. Tune in a couple of weeks later for Episode 21. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Email: hellodesibooks@gmail.com
01:05:05
December 04, 2020
Desi Books Ep 19 w/ Shubhanga Pandey & Kavita Jindal
In today’s episode, in addition to a roundup of new and notable books, we have Shubhanga Pandey in conversation in the #DesiLitBiz segment. He'll be discussing Himal Southasian, where he's the chief editor, and SAAG Anthology, where he's a senior editor. We also have Kavita Jindal sharing her #FiveDesiFaves. She has a novel just out in the US titled Manual for a Decent Life. The episode transcript and all links will be up in a couple of days at http://desibooks.co. Thanks for listening. Tune in a couple of weeks later for Episode 20. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Email: hellodesibooks@gmail.com
01:22:14
November 16, 2020
Desi Books Ep 18 w/ Tara Kaushal & Suman Mallick
In today’s episode, in addition to a roundup of new and notable books, we have Tara Kaushal in conversation in the #DesiLitBiz segment. She discusses her new book Why Men Rape: An Indian Undercover Investigation. And Suman Mallick, whose debut novel The Black Marketer's Daughter is just out, will be sharing his #FiveDesiFaves. The episode transcript and all links will be up in a couple of days at http://desibooks.co. Thanks for listening. Tune in a couple of weeks later for Episode 19. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Email: hellodesibooks@gmail.com
01:04:33
October 21, 2020
Desi Books Ep 17 w/ Taran Khan & Satish Prabasi
In today’s episode, in addition to a roundup of new and notable books, we have Taran Khan in #DesiReads reading from her memoir, Shadow City: A Woman Walks Kabul. And we have Satish Prabasi, who has a new memoir out titled Fragments of Memory: A Nepali National’s Reminiscences, sharing his favorite desi reads on #DesiBoost. The episode transcript and all links will be up in a couple of days at http://desibooks.co. Thanks for listening. Tune in a couple of weeks later for Episode 18. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Email: hellodesibooks@gmail.com
39:15
October 05, 2020
Desi Books Ep 16 w/ Tara Isabel Zambrano & Madi Sinha
In today’s episode, in addition to a roundup of new and notable books, we have Tara Isabel Zambrano in #DesiCraftChat discussing flash fiction and her new collection, Death, Desire, and Other Destinations. And we have Madi Sinha, who has a new novel out called White Coat Diaries, sharing her favorite desi reads on #DesiBoost. The episode transcript and all links will be up within 24 hours at http://desibooks.co. Thanks for listening. Tune in a couple of weeks later for Episode 17. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Email: hellodesibooks@gmail.com
54:09
September 18, 2020
Desi Books Ep 15 w/ Saumya Dave & Guruprasad Kaginele
In today’s episode, in addition to a roundup of new and notable books, we have Saumya Dave in the #DesiBoost. segment boosting three of her recent favorites. And we have Guruprasad Kaginele sharing his favorite desi books in #FiveDesiFaves. The episode transcript and all links will be up within 24 hours at http://desibooks.co. Thanks for listening. Tune in a couple of weeks later for Episode 16. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Email: hellodesibooks@gmail.com
31:03
September 02, 2020
Desi Books Ep 14 w/ Sarah Thankam Mathews & Sameer Pandya
In today’s episode, there's an update about some listener-requested changes to the podcast format. There's a new segment called #DesiBoost.. We have the writer, Sarah Thankam Mathews, talking about the exciting new South Asian Avante-Garde (SAAG) Anthology in the #DesiLitBiz segment. And we have the writer, Sameer Pandya, reading from his new novel, Members Only, in #DesiReads. The episode transcript and all links will be up within 24 hours at http://desibooks.co. Thanks for listening. Tune in a couple of weeks later for Episode 15. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Email: hellodesibooks@gmail.com
55:46
August 15, 2020
Desi Books Ep 13 w/ Soniah Kamal
In today’s episode, in addition to the usual roundup of new notable desi books, short stories, poems, essays, interviews, awards, and more, we have Soniah Kamal in the #DesiCraftChat segment talking about literary adaptations and her novel, Unmarriageable: Pride and Prejudice in Pakistan. Due to the long holiday weekend in the US, we do not have the weekly #DesiBooksGiveaway segment. The episode transcript and all links will be up within 24 hours at http://desibooks.co/2020/07/03/desibooks-podcast-episode-13. Thanks for listening. Tune in next week for episode 14. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Email: hellodesibooks@gmail.com
55:26
July 03, 2020
Desi Books Ep 12 w/ Mahmud Rahman & Reshma Ruia
In today’s episode, in addition to the usual roundup of new notable desi books, short stories, poems, essays, interviews, awards, and more, we have Mahmud Rahman in the #DesiLitBiz segment talking about South Asian literary translations. We also have Dr Reshma Ruia talking about her new poetry collection, A Dinner Party in the Home Counties, in our #DesiBooksGiveaway this week. The episode transcript and all links will be at this link within 24 hours: http://desibooks.co/2020/06/26/desibooks-podcast-episode-12. Thanks for listening. Tune in next week for episode 13. Twitter: @DesiBooks Instagram: @desi.books Email: hellodesibooks@gmail.com Sponsorships: off for this episode
02:37:25
June 25, 2020
Desi Books Ep 11 w/ Maya Shanbhag Lang & Reshma Ruia
In today’s episode, in addition to the usual roundup of new notable desi books, short stories, poems, essays, interviews, awards, and more, we have Dr. Maya Shanbhag Lang in the #DesiReads segment reading from her new memoir, What We Carry. We also have Dr Reshma Ruia talking about her new poetry collection, A Dinner Party in the Home Counties, in our #DesiBooksGiveaway this week. The episode transcript and all links are here: http://desibooks.co/2020/06/18/desibooks-podcast-episode-11. Twitter: @DesiBooks. Instagram: @desi.books. Email: hellodesibooks@gmail.com. Thanks for listening. Tune in next week for episode 12.
41:08
June 17, 2020
Desi Books Ep 10 w/ Jini Reddy & Pragya Agarwal
In today’s episode, in addition to the usual roundup of new notable desi books, short stories, poems, essays, interviews, awards, and more, we have Jini Reddy in the #FiveDesiFaves segment talking about her favorite desi books related to travel and her own travel and nature book, Wanderland. We also have Dr Pragya Agarwal talking about her new book about unconscious biases titled Sway in our #DesiBooksGiveaway this week. The episode transcript and all links are here: http://desibooks.co/2020/06/10/desibooks-podcast-episode-10. Twitter: @DesiBooks. Instagram: @desi.books. Email: hellodesibooks@gmail.com. Thanks for listening. Tune in next week for episode 11. Sponsorships: off for this episode
30:55
June 09, 2020
Desi Books Ep 9 w/ Sejal Shah & Fowzia Karimi
In today’s episode, in addition to the usual roundup of new notable desi books, short stories, poems, essays, interviews, awards, and more, we have Sejal Shah in the #DesiLCraftChat segment talking about the essay form and her new essay collection, This Is One Way to Dance. We also have Fowzia Karimi telling us about her new novel, which is our #DesiBooksGiveaway this week. The episode transcript and all links are here: http://desibooks.co/2020/06/03/desibooks-podcast-episode-9. Twitter: @DesiBooks. Instagram: @desi.books. Email: hellodesibooks@gmail.com. Thanks for listening. Tune in next week for episode 10.
53:26
June 03, 2020
Desi Books Ep 8 w/ Aruni Kashyap & Pawan Dhingra
In today’s episode, in addition to the usual roundup of new notable desi books, short stories, poems, essays, interviews, awards, and more, we have Aruni Kashyap in the #DesiLitBiz segment talking about literary awards and South Asian literature. We also have Pawan Dhingra telling us about his new book, which is our #DesiBooksGiveaway this week. The episode transcript and all links are here: http://desibooks.co/2020/05/27/desibooks-podcast-episode-8. Twitter: @DesiBooks. Instagram: @desi.books. Email: hellodesibooks@gmail.com. Thanks for listening. Tune in next week for episode 9.
01:08:20
May 27, 2020
Desi Books Ep 7 w/ Sopan Deb
In today’s episode, in addition to the usual roundup of new notable desi books, short stories, poems, essays, interviews, awards, and more, we have Sopan Deb in the #DesiReads segment, where he's reading from his new memoir, Missed Translations. There's another new segment starting this week: #DesiBooksGiveaways. The episode transcript and all links are here: http://jennybhattwriter.com/2020/05/20/desibooks-podcast-episode-7. Follow on Twitter: @DesiBooks. Email: hellodesibooks@gmail.com. Thanks for listening. Tune in next week for episode 8.
55:01
May 19, 2020
Desi Books Ep 6 w/ Rani Shah
In today’s episode, in addition to the usual roundup of new notable desi books, short stories, poems, essays, interviews, awards, and more, we have Rani Shah sharing her #FiveDesiFaves -- desi books that have influenced her in some way or another. Rani has a new book out herself. It's a lovely, timely non-fiction book titled Wisdom from the Humble Jellyfish. The episode transcript and all links are here: http://jennybhattwriter.com/2020/05/13/desibooks-podcast-episode-6. Follow on Twitter: @DesiBooks. Email: hellodesibooks@gmail.com. Thanks for listening. Tune in next week for episode 7. Sponsorships: off for this episode
24:50
May 12, 2020
Desi Books Ep 5 w/ Bishakh Som
In today’s episode, in addition to the usual roundup of new notable desi books, short stories, poems, essays, interviews, awards, and more, we have the graphic storyteller, Bishakh Som, joining us for a new monthly segment called #DesiCraftChat. This segment will feature storytellers talking about their craft, how they approach it, their process, their works, and more. So Bishakh will be sharing details about her latest collection, Apsara Engine, and how she approaches the graphic storytelling form. The episode transcript and all links are here: http://jennybhattwriter.com/2020/05/06/desibooks-podcast-episode-5. Follow on Twitter: @DesiBooks. Email: hellodesibooks@gmail.com. Thanks for listening. Tune in next week for episode 6.
47:26
May 05, 2020
Desi Books Ep 4 w/ Kamil Ahsan
In this episode, in addition to the usual roundup of new notable desi books, short stories, poems, essays, interviews, awards, and more, we have Kamil Ahsan joining us for a conversation about the 2019 desi issue of Barrelhouse Magazine, which he edited. This conversation is part of a new monthly segment called “Desi Lit Biz” where we’ll discuss business and behind-the-scenes publishing aspects of desi literature with writers and industry folks. The episode transcript and all links are here: http://jennybhattwriter.com/2020/04/28/desibooks-podcast-episode-4. Follow on Twitter: @DesiBooks. Email: hellodesibooks@gmail.com. Thanks for listening. Tune in next week for episode 5.
01:09:21
April 28, 2020
Desi Books Ep 3 w/ General Updates
Welcome to the third episode of DesiBooks. This is a shorter episode with a roundup of notable new books, stories, poems, essays, interviews, events, awards, and calls. The transcript and all links are here: http://jennybhattwriter.com/2020/04/21/desibooks-podcast-episode-3. Follow on Twitter: @DesiBooks. Email: hellodesibooks@gmail.com. Thanks for listening. Tune in next week for episode 4.
12:35
April 21, 2020
Desi Books Ep 2 w/ Chaya Bhuvaneswar
Welcome to the second episode of DesiBooks. In addition to the usual roundup of new and notable South Asian books, short stories, poems, essays, interviews, events, and awards, we'll be hearing from the physician and writer, Chaya Bhuvaneswar, about her favorite desi books. Transcript and all links: https://jennybhattwriter.com/2020/04/13/desibooks-podcast-episode-2/. Follow on Twitter: @DesiBooks. Email at: hellodesibooks@gmail.com. The episode page will be up with all links within the next 24 hours. Thanks for listening. Tune in next weekend for episode 3.
29:44
April 13, 2020
Desi Books Ep 1 Introduction
In this first ever episode, there's a bit about the whys and wherefores of the DesiBooks podcast and a brisk roundup of new and notable South Asian books, short stories, essays, interviews, events, and awards. And, yes, there's a tiny literary rant at the end. Transcript and all links: https://jennybhattwriter.com/2020/04/05/desibooks-podcast-episode-1/. Twitter: @DesiBooks. Email: hellodesibooks@gmail.com. Thanks for listening. Tune in next weekend for episode 2.
18:47
April 05, 2020