Talking Books

Every other Sunday, Juggernaut and the Indian Express come together to feature conversations with Juggernaut’s authors, bringing you the latest from the world of ideas in India.

Episode 5 August 12, 2018

How India reads and what it says about Indians

In this episode, publisher of Juggernaut, Chiki Sarkar, and editors Nandini Mehta and Sivapriya pool their collective experience of seeing what India reads and writes about to uncover a story of what Indians want to know about themselves and how it has changed in the past thirty years. From the Sahitya Akademi supported translation wave of the 50s through the golden age of Indian writing in English of the 80s down to the present day where non-fiction and commercial fiction rule, this conversation takes you on a fascinating trip through the history of Indian writing and comes to a heartening conclusion about out country.

Here are some of the books mentioned in the podcast, plus the books that stand for India in 2018 for Chiki, Nandini and Sivapriya.

Arundhati Roy’s God of Small Things

Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy

Ramachandra Guha’s India After Gandhi

Suketu Mehta’s Maximum City

Chiki’s book: Vivek Shanbhag’s Ghachar Ghochar

Nandini’s book: the upcoming biography of Jahangir by Parvati Sharma, out in September

Sivapriya’s books: Meena Kandasamy’s When I Hit You and Deepanjana Pal’s Hush a Bye Baby


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How India reads and what it says about IndiansIn this episode, publisher of Juggernaut, Chiki Sarkar, and editors Nandini Mehta and Sivapriya pool their collective experience of seeing what India reads and writes about to uncover a story of what Indians want to know about themselves and how it has changed in the past thirty years. From the Sahitya Akademi supported translation wave of the 50s through the golden age of Indian writing in English of the 80s down to the present day where non-fiction and commercial fiction rule, this conversation takes you on a fascinating trip through the history of Indian writing and comes to a heartening conclusion about out country. Here are some of the books mentioned in the podcast, plus the books that stand for India in 2018 for Chiki, Nandini and Sivapriya. Arundhati Roy's God of Small Things Vikram Seth's A Suitable Boy Ramachandra Guha's India After Gandhi Suketu Mehta's Maximum City Chiki's book: Vivek Shanbhag's Ghachar Ghochar Nandini's book: the upcoming biography of Jahangir by Parvati Sharma, out in September Sivapriya's books: Meena Kandasamy's When I Hit You and Deepanjana Pal's Hush a Bye Baby You can follow us and leave us feedback on Facebook and Twitter @expresspodcasts. If you like this show, please subscribe and leave us a review on iTunes so other people can find us. Our entire podcast catalogue is available on indianexpress.com/audio. You can tweet Juggernaut @juggernautbooks