Exploring Dalit Literature

Although Dalit literature originated in Maharashtra from the 1950s – 1960s, the genre, that gave expression to a historically supressed community, has emerged in all Indian literatures, from Tamil to Hindi, Bengali and Gujarati. While not restricted to, early Dalit writing gave voice to “anxiety of a Dalit psyche, the Dalit community’s bondage with Mother […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 its past and the discovery of its present. This episode of India Booked is illuminating and comprehensive, much like the book itself, which brings an alternative outlook to […]

In Conversation With: Hemant Sharma

Hemant Sharma

Hemant Sharma handles the social-media at Katha Books. The pandemic has done very interesting things to the digital space. How did you capitalize on that? What was the approach and strategy you took? Hemant Sharma: Two defining things that happened during the pandemic were, one, almost everyone came online to seek a solution to otherwise […]

In Conversation With: Shilpi Sarkar and Ayushree Nandan

Dr. Shilpi Sarkar is the Senior Editor at Katha books and Director at the Child Poverty Action Research Lab of Katha. She has been editing for the past 20 years and holds a Ph.D. from Purdue University. Ayushree Nandan is an Associate Editor at Katha books and a Teach For India alumna. To begin with, we […]

In Conversation With: Charbak Dipta

Charbak Dipta

Charbak Dipta is a Senior Illustrator at Katha Books. To start with, would you like to tell us a bit about yourself, your creative process and how you came to illustrations and book cover design as a career? Charbak Dipta: I am a self-taught illustrator and graphic novelist. I always loved drawing and as a child got […]