Ep. 14: Jaipur and Japan with Anukrti Upadhyay

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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. In the same conversation, she connects contrasts betweenthe cultures of Jaipur and Japan and creates a delightful echo, all of her own.

Anukrti Upadhyay is also the author of the twin novellas Daura and Bhaunri, which have been commended for its independent characters and fresh narrative, and a short story collection, Japani Sarai, making her one of the few bilingual writers in India.

In Kintsugi, she paints a picture of the striking visual differences in the aesthetics of Japan and India, calling both the cultures “perfect foils to each other” and expresses how people, despite differences in cultures and traditions, are not very different from each other after all.

Tune in for a descriptive treat of an excerpt from Kintsugi by the author herself, as she brings to life the people and the lanes of the Johri Bazar of Jaipur. Host Ayushi Mona also discusses her inspiration for writing and her thoughts on how books belong more to the readers than the authors themselves.

Prakruti Maniar

Prakruti Maniar

Prakruti Maniar is editor and partner of Purple Pencil Project, and hustles as a writer, researcher and more. She is deeply invested in cultural heritage, especially stories, and is committed to saving the literary heritage of India. She has a Master of Arts in Digital Humanities from Loyola University Chicago.

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