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.
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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