DesiBooks Podcast

News and views about desi (South Asian) literature from the world over

In addition to a literary news roundup of new and notable books, stories, essays, poems, awards, events, etc., we have writers on to read from or discuss their own books and their desi favorites, chat about craft and the lit biz, and more. Follow on Twitter: @desibooks. Contact via Email: hellodesibooks[at]

Desi (noun; pronounced ‘deɪsi’ or ‘dési’):

This applies to a person of South Asian descent who lives anywhere in the world. The official definition of South Asia contains the following countries: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan, and the Maldives. And, of course, their globally-scattered diaspora.

The word is also often used as a qualifying adjective or adverb: “desi writer” or “desi cooking”.


(available at, Spotify, Soundcloud, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, Breaker, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic, Overcast)

Current #DesiBooksGiveaway:

See episode 7 for full details. Enter here.

Featured Books:

2020 Desi Books (books released in 2020 and included in the literary news roundups)

Five Desi Faves (books recommended by guests appearing on this segment)

Podcast Trailer


Episode 7 Transcript and Links

#DesiReads Guest: Sopan Deb

#DesiBooksGiveaway: 1 3-month audiobook membership at

Episode 6 Transcript and Links

#FiveDesiFaves Guest: Rani Shah


Episode 5 Transcript and Links

#DesiCraftChat Guest: Bishakh Som


Episode 4 Transcript and Links

#DesiLitBiz Guest: Kamil Ahsan

Episode 3 Transcript and Links

Episode 2 Transcript and Links

#FiveDesiFaves Guest: Chaya Bhuvaneswar

Episode 1 Transcript and Links