India Booked

India Booked
India Booked is a podcast that uses literature as a lever to bring multiple facets of India alive. A perfect podcast for bibliophiles, trivia junkies and people interested in learning more about India. Every episode focuses on a different theme and takes place via a conversation between the host with celebrated authors.

India Booked | Jaipur and Japan: A Kindred Contrast
Oct 16 • 36 min
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…
India Booked | Timeless Tales from Marwar
Oct 9 • 43 min
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. His stories, collected from the common folk of Rajasthan, mark an important intervention in…
India Booked | Serenading Sound
Oct 2 • 58 min
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 Floyd), Ian Anderson and Martin Barre (Jethro Tull), Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits),…
India Booked | Kolkata: A Literary Lens
Sep 25 • 35 min
A prolific translator, the Books Editor at, and professor of creative writing and literary journalism; Arunava Sinha is one of India’s most important literary figures. In this episode of India Booked, Ayushi Mona and Sinha discuss Bengali…
India Booked | The Baolis of India
Sep 18 • 33 min
In this episode of India Booked, host Ayushi Mona speaks to Vikramjit Singh Rooprai, an educator, heritage activist and author. They discuss all thing Indian heritage, especially ‘Baolis’, or stepwells, of and around Delhi. Vikramjit shares the brilliance…
India Booked | Art, Programming and Sanskrit Poetry
Sep 11 • 45 min
In episode 9 of India Booked, Ayushi Mona and bestselling author Vikram Chandra discuss his non fiction debut, Mirrored Mind: My Life in Letters and Code. The podcast expounds on the connections between the worlds of art and technology. Is elegance the…
India Booked | Courtesans in the Indian Imagination
Sep 4 • 25 min
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 of India (in Dancing with the Nation: Courtesans in Bombay Cinema and Memory of Light),…
India Booked | Delhi Childhood: Memory and Writing
Aug 28 • 40 min
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 to enjoying the dynamics of Delhi, from getting emotional to evolving as a…
India Booked | Bulletproof Stories of the Northeast
Aug 22 • 36 min
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 account, Bulletproof is the story of a female combat…
India Booked | India’s Highway Economy
Aug 8 • 33 min
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 friendships; listens to highway ghost stories; discovers the near-fatal…
India Booked | Bad Money in the Indian Economy
Aug 7 • 34 min
Bad Money, the latest book of Vivek Kaul is an important title for the way its author discloses the history of the Indian Economy and Banking system we never knew about, and discusses why it is important to be aware of where your money goes. In this…
India Booked | Invisible Man
Jul 31 • 46 min
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. In this episode of India Booked, Ayushi speaks to author…
India Booked | Food and Faith
Jul 25 • 36 min
In the second episode, travel through a Christian village in Meghalaya, meet the Kolkata-based Jewish community and feast on the 56-course feast at Jagannath as India Booked talks to Varud Gupta, author of the cookbook-cum-travelouge Bhagwaan Ke Pakwaan.…
India Booked | Understanding Akbar
Jul 18 • 41 min
In the first episode, India Booked talks to Manimugdha Sharma, News Editor and author of Allahu Akbar: Understanding the Great Mughal in Today’s India. Listen to discover about mughals, akbars, nationalism and how bollywood gets Akbar wrong. Manimugdha…
India Booked Trailer
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India Booked Trailer