Ep. 24: Chronicling Lives with Vikram Sampath

Vikram Sampath

In this episode of India Booked, host Ayushi Mona talks to Vikram Sampath, the best selling author of four acclaimed biographies, ‘Splendours of Royal Mysore: the Untold Story of the Wodeyars’ on the Mysore royal family; ‘My Name is Gauhar Jaan: The Life and Times of a Musician’- the biography of India’s first recording superstar […]

Difficult Daughters by Manju Kapur

Difficult Daughters

Difficult Daughters by Manju is an intimate and gripping tale of three women, Virmati, Shakuntala and Swarna, set in the pre-independence era who choose to not conform to society’s standards, and to rise above expected domestic ambitions; they “thought to be something other than a wife.” They think for themselves, prioritise their life before others, […]

Short Story Collections – October 2020

Short Story Thursday is a weekly series dedicated to highlighting the short-stories from Indian literature. In October, we focused on the themes like Mental Health Awareness, Women in Writing, TeenTober and Halloween. Often, in the most conventional things and situations we find strangeness, realities, depth and familiarity. ‘This Is How It Took Place‘ written by […]

Tales from the Himalayas by Priyanka Pradhan

Tales from the Himalayas

Tales from the Himalayas is a collection of seventeen short tales set in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, published by Rupa publications. These stories, borrowed from Pradhan’s childhood of listening to her grandmother’s stories, feature young ones as their main characters, who indulge in mischief, learn lessons and go about enjoying their carefree life in […]

Ep. 23: Raya: Krishnadevaraya of Vijayanagara with Srinivas Reddy

RAYA: Krishnadevaraya of Vijayanagara, written by author Srinivas Reddy, is the definitive biography of India’s first truly global leader and one of the greatest kings who changed the course of Indian history. In this episode of India Booked, host Ayushi Mona and author Srinivas Reddy engage in an ardent conversation about Deccan history, the life […]

Shaheen Bagh and the Idea of India: Edited by Seema Mustafa

Shaheen Bagh

Seema Mustafa’s ‘Shaheen Bagh and the Idea of India’ Celebrates the Muslim Women-Led Nationwide Anti-CAA-NRC Protests The nationwide Muslim-women-led protests against the notorious Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) 2019 will remain etched in the memory of Indian history as the singular-most event of great participation to uphold the idea of nationhood that is enshrined in our […]

Ep. 22: Tales from the Himalayas with Priyanka Pradhan

Priyanka Pradhan

In this episode of India Booked, journalist and children’s book writer Priyanka Pradhan takes us on a journey through the Himalayas by discussing stories from her book ‘Tales from the Himalayas’ which features snow leopards to bagpiping girls to the real life stories of heroes from the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, Gaura Devi and Nain […]

Ep. 21: Isolation in the aftermath of Covid-19 with Ishmeet Nagpal

In this episode of India Booked, Ayushi Mona discusses with social activist, writer and editor Ishmeet Nagpal, an array of essential topics ranging from the upsurge in domestic violence during the lockdown to the plight of migrant workers stranded far away from their homes, the unfair burden of expectations on women during the quarantine and […]

In Conversation With: Mitra Phukan

Mitra Phukan

Mitra Phukan is a writer, translator, columnist and trained classical vocalist who lives in Guwahati, Assam. Her published works include four children’s books, a biography, two novels—The Collector’s Wife and A Monsoon of Music—and a collection comprising fifty of her newspaper columns, titled Guwahati Gaze. In addition, her short stories have appeared in various journals. Her works […]