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Ep. 30: The Story of India’s Most Popular Prayer with Venkatesh Parthasarthy
An appeal to the Lord to arise and save the world, the Venkatesa Suprabhatam is the first of four recitations that are sung together every morning in...
Ep. 29: Farm Income: Myths and Realities with Prof. Narayanamoorthy
The Green Revolution resulted in spectacular advancements in Indian agriculture. Having achieved food security for its citizens, the country has now become a net exporter of different...
Ep. 28: Colaba: The Diamond at the Tip of Mumbai
Colaba, the southernmost tip of Mumbai, is Mumbai’s most iconic neighbourhood. This bustling locality—with the Gateway of India, the world-famous Taj Mahal Hotel, and the Colaba Causeway,...
Ep. 27: The Indian Banking Story with Madan Sabnavis
Do you often wonder— ‘Is my money safe in banks?’ India is grappling with its worst banking crisis ever, and we are still trying to figure out...
Ep. 26: The Climate Story with Rajat Chaudhuri
In this episode of India Booked, host Ayushi Mona talks to Rajat Chaudhuri about ‘The Butterfly Effect‘, on how his work as a climate activist is reflected...
Ep. 25: Waiting for the Dust to Settle with Veio Pou
In this episode of India Booked, host Ayushi Mona talks to Veio Pou, about his brilliant new debut novel, Waiting for the Dust to Settle, published by...
Ep. 24: Chronicling Lives with 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...
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...
Ep. 22: Tales from the Himalayas with 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...
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...
Ep. 20: Panjab: Journeys Through Fault Lines with Amandeep Sandhu
‘Panjab: Journeys Through Fault Lines’ is a rigorous investigation and a personalized narrative by Amandeep Sandhu about the matters of Panjab, an account on the recovery from...
Ep. 19: Gujarat, Dhumketu, and Translations
Writer, literary translator, book critic and a literary podcast (Desi Books) host herself, Jenny Bhatt speaks to Ayushi Mona how the themes of Dhumketu’s books resonated with...
Ep. 18: A Colonial Whodunnit with Siddhartha Sarma
‘Twilight in a Knotted World’ is the third novel by journalist and historian Siddhartha Sarma that uncovers the many layers of the Phansigar problem and a hierarchy...
Ep. 17: Women, Morality and Moral Strength
Bhairavi– The Runaway, written by Shivani aka Gaura Pant, a pioneer of women’s fiction in India, is the story of a woman’s life, her resilience, her moral...
Ep. 16: The Shocking Lives of India’s Teenagers
‘Stoned, Shamed, Depressed’ is an alarming reality check of the struggles faced by the teens of India, dealing with the evident but deliberately denied issues of substance abuse, social...
Ep. 15: Travelling Tales of Tibet with Shivaji Das and Yolanda Yu
‘The ‘Other’ Shangri-La: Journeys through the Sino-Tibetan frontier in Sichuan’ is a narrative travelogue based on author Shivaji Das and his wife Yolanda’s journey which explores the...
Ep. 14: Jaipur and Japan with Anukrti Upadhyay
In the 14th episode of India Booked, author Anukrti Upadhyay takes us through the deserts of Rajasthan and the hot springs of Japan through her novel Kintsugi....
Ep. 13: Timeless Tales from Marwar with Vishes Kothari
For centuries, Rajasthan has been a gold mine of oral traditions and histories, with Padma Shri Vijaydan Detha being one of the foremost storytellers of all time....
Ep. 12: Serenading Sound with Shantanu Datta
Bringing in the 12th episode of India Booked on a high note! Shantanu Datta, in his 30-year-long journalism career, has interviewed such global icons as Roger Waters (Pink...
Kolkata: A Literary Lens with Arunava Sinha
A prolific translator, the Books Editor at Scroll.in, and professor of creative writing and literary journalism; Arunava Sinha is one of India’s most important literary figures. In...
OnStepping into heritage with Vikramjit Singh Rooprai
In this episode of India Booked, host Ayushi Mona speaks to Vikramjit Singh Rooprai, an educator, heritage activist and author. They discuss all things Indian heritage, especially...
Ep. 9: Art, Code, and Sanskrit with Vikram Chandra
In our latest episode, Ayushi Mona and bestselling author of such works as Sacred Games and Red Earth and Pouring Rain, Vikram Chandra, discuss his non-fiction debut,...
Ep. 8: Courtesans in the Indian Imagination with Ruth Vanita
In this eighth episode of India Booked, Ayushi Mona speaks to the stalwart academic and writer Ruth Vanita. They chat about her journey writing about the courtesans...
Ep. 7: Home and away with Sayantani Dasgupta
Essayist, short-story writer, and author of ‘House of Nails‘, and ‘Fire Girl’, Sayantani Dasgupta speaks to Ayushi Mona about her childhood experiences – from being an avid-reader...
Ep. 6: Combat Journalism with Teresa Rehman
In Bulletproof, journalist and author Teresa Rehman goes beyond statistics and looks at documentary evidences, and shows us how conflict impacts women, children, health etc. A first-of-its-kind...
Ep. 5: India’s Highway Economy with Rajat Ubhaykar
In Truck De India!, journalist Rajat Ubhaykar embarks on a 10,000 km-long, 100% unplanned trip, hitchhiking with truckers all across India. On the way, he makes unexpected...
Ep. 4: Bad Money with Vivek Kaul
Bad Money, Vivek Kaul’s latest works, is an important title for the way he discloses the history of the Indian Economy and Banking system, and discusses why...
Ep. 3: Invisible Man with Nandini Krishnan
Invisible Man, the seminal work (controversies and shortcomings included) talking about the Indian transmasculine network, is an important work for bringing the community’s voice to the fore....
Ep. 2: Food and Faith with Varud Gupta
In the second episode of India Booked, travel through a Christian village in Meghalaya, meet the Kolkata-based Jewish community and feast on the 56-course feast at Jagannath...
Ep. 1: Understanding Akbar with Manimugdha Sharma
Manimugdha Sharma is a quizzer, a journalist, and holds an interest and education in history. In Allahu Akbar, he combines his love and knowledge of the past, to give us...
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