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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 literary news roundup of new and notable books, stories, essays, poems, awards, events, etc., 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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Twitter: @desibooks
Instagram: @desi.books
Email: hellodesibooks@gmail.com
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Desi Books Episode 27
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 Episode 26
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 Episode 25
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 Episode 24
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 Episode 23
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 Episode 22
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 Episode 21
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
DesiBooks Episode 20
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 4, 2020
DesiBooks Episode 19
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
DesiBooks Episode 18
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
DesiBooks Episode 17
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 5, 2020
DesiBooks Episode 16
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
DesiBooks Episode 15
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 2, 2020
DesiBooks Episode 14
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
DesiBooks Episode 13
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 3, 2020
DesiBooks Episode 12
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
DesiBooks Episode 11
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
DesiBooks Episode 10
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 9, 2020
DesiBooks Episode 9
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 3, 2020
DesiBooks Podcast Episode 8
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
DesiBooks Episode 7
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
DesiBooks Episode 6
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
DesiBooks Episode 5
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 5, 2020
DesiBooks Episode 4
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
DesiBooks Episode 3
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
DesiBooks Episode 2
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
DesiBooks Episode 1
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 5, 2020