Books and Beyond with Bound

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Welcome to 'Books and Beyond with Bound'! On this podcast, bookworms Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa speak to India's best contemporary writers like Manu Pillai, Lisa Ray, Avni Doshi and more. Readers will get insights into their favourite authors' lives. If you've always wanted to know about your favourite writers' routines, where they get their ideas from, how they deal with rejection and more, then this podcast is for you. Listen to some of India's most talented minds reveal their creative secrets on this podcast! Tune in every Wednesday for the latest episode.

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In this season finale, Tara and Michelle talk about cancel culture, trigger warnings, and their favourite season 3 episodes.From Lolita to Friends to Harry Potter, Tara and Michelle discuss the question of problematic stories and their implications in today’s society. They talk about their favourite childhood stories (P.S. they involve animals) and the importance of telling and highlighting untold stories. Why has sensitivity reading become important? Does political correctness hamper creativity? Can art be separated from the artist? Tune in as we tackle these tough questions and many more! We’re creating a community of podcast lovers in India! Click here to join the #PodSquad: https://chat.whatsapp.com/H853OktwN6X0tx4o6aBOTQ 'Books and Beyond with Bound' is the podcast where Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa of Bound talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick. Now trending in 12 countries! Read more: https://boundindia.com/books-and-beyond-podcast/ Tara Khandelwal is an editor and the founder of Bound. Check out her latest newsletter - https://tara489.substack.com Michelle D’costa’s poetry and prose has been published in over 50 literary journals. Check out her latest newsletter - https://michelledcosta.substack.com/ 

Aug 24

40 min 37 sec

Find out how she explores masculinity in India through the coming of age story of 3 brothers in her book, ‘The Anger of Saintly Men’.Anubha shares how she came up with the idea of writing about the tale of three brothers in Haryana and how it was challenging to write a fiction book that comments on caste and sexuality in India. Michelle loves how she uses Mahatma Gandhi to show the contradiction in male gender norms. Tara loves the experimental structure of the book. Why did she decide to write a story from the male perspective? How did she write the difficult scenes in her book? Was Hindi an important part of the book? Tune in to find out!We’re creating a community of podcast lovers in India! Click here to join the #PodSquad: https://chat.whatsapp.com/H853OktwN6X0tx4o6aBOTQ Anubha Yadav is a writer, academic, film-maker based in New Delhi, India. She teaches media studies at Delhi University. When not in a classroom, she would rather write stories. ‘The Anger of Saintly Men’ is her second book. Find the book here: https://www.amazon.in/Anger-Saintly-Anubha-Yadav-Fiction/dp/8194511313/'Books and Beyond with Bound' is the podcast where Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa of Bound talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick. Now trending in 12 countries! Read more: https://boundindia.com/books-and-beyond-podcast/ 

Aug 18

46 min 7 sec

Find out how she brings animal science and wildlife conversation to life in her latest book, ‘Every Creature Has a Story’.Janaki talks about how she accidentally got into wildlife research and how she wrote the book to bring the wilderness stories into people’s homes. She talks about her relationship with an editor and how a great editor can push a writer to develop their craft. Tara loves finding out so many facts about animals that she didn’t know before. Michelle thinks it’s important to talk about wildlife conservation, since she also lives near mangroves in Mumbai. They talk about the fascinating giraffes, octopi and other We’re creating a community of podcast lovers in India! Click here to join the #PodSquad: https://chat.whatsapp.com/H853OktwN6X0tx4o6aBOTQ Contest Alert! Follow us @boundindia and DM us on Instagram with the name of your favourite podcast to get a half an hour session with Tara.A city girl gone feral, Janaki Lenin is the author of two volumes of My Husband and Other Animals. Her latest is Every Creature Has a Story. She writes on a wide range of wildlife and conservation subjects for newspapers and magazines. She and her human partner share their home on the outskirts of Mysore with numerous pets and free-ranging wild creatures.Find the book here: https://www.amazon.in/Every-Creature-Has-Story-Behaviour/dp/9353578604/'Books and Beyond with Bound' is the podcast where Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa of Bound talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick. Now trending in 12 countries! Read more: https://boundindia.com/books-and-beyond-podcast/ 

Aug 13

49 min 32 sec

Find out how she uses objects to uncover untold stories about the Partition for her book, ‘Remnants of a Separation’. Aanchal shares her family’s history with partition and why she decided to use objects to ask people about sensitive and traumatic memories. She discusses her experience of interviewing people in Pakistan and how her guide Khizarji helped her navigate difficult interviews. Tara can relate to Aanchal due to her own partition family history. And Michelle appreciates how Aanchal is so transparent about the difficulties in the research process. Why can’t Aanchal write in cafes? What languages does she speak and understand? And what is she writing next? Tune in to find out!Want Aanchal to read your personal essay on the partition? Submit your personal essay (<1500 words) on  ‘Memory of Partition’ to connect@boundindia.com by 4th September, 2021. Only Word Doc attachments will be considered. Aanchal’s favourite 3 essays will be published on our blog, Jotted. We’re creating a community of podcast lovers in India! Click here to join the #PodSquad: https://chat.whatsapp.com/H853OktwN6X0tx4o6aBOTQ Aanchal Malhotra is an artist and oral historian working with memory and material culture. She received a BFA in Traditional Printmaking and Art History from the Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto, and an MFA in Studio Art from Concordia University, Montreal. She currently lives in New Delhi. This is her first book. Find the book here: https://www.amazon.in/Remnants-Separation-History-Partition-Material/dp/9353022959/ 'Books and Beyond with Bound' is the podcast where Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa of Bound talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick. Now trending in 12 countries! Read more: https://boundindia.com/books-and-beyond-podcast/ Follow us @boundindia on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. 

Aug 4

57 min 29 sec

Find out how she provides a glimpse into the experiences and challenges of growing up in war-torn Kashmir through her memoir, ‘Rumours Of Spring: A Girlhood In Kashmir’. Farah tells us why she decided to write this book and how it was challenging to relive some painful memories. She talks about her grandmother, Bobeh, who was a strong female figure  in her coming-of-age story and why she decided to structure the book around her death. Tara loves this as she’s also close to her grandmother! Michelle is moved by the vividness and intensity of some of the descriptions and scenes, like the absence of windows. Why did Farah decide to write this memoir? What influences have shaped her writing identity? And how does she feel about childhood now? Tune in for a moving and revelatory episode. Farah Bashir was born and raised in Kashmir. She was a former photojournalist with Reuters and currently works as a communications consultant. ‘Rumours of Spring’ is her first book. Find the book here: https://www.amazon.in/Rumours-Spring-Girlhood-Farah-Bashir/dp/9354224210 'Books and Beyond with Bound' is the podcast where Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa of Bound talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick. Now trending in 12 countries! Read more: https://boundindia.com/books-and-beyond-podcast/ Looking to write your dream memoir? We can help! Email us at connect@boundindia.com or DM us @boundindia on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.We’ve joined #PodForChange to raise donations for Covid relief. Donate here: www.auwa.in/podforchange

Jul 28

51 min 52 sec

Find out how he uncovers the untold stories and troubled lives of Bollywood celebrities like Rajesh Khanna, Rekha, Sanjay Dutt and Guru Dutt in his biographies. Yasser breaks down his research process - from approaching the celeb for interviews to going through old articles and talking to people who knew them well. He shares some interesting anecdotes about Rajesh Khanna and Rekha, and how the media only focused on certain parts of their lives. He also reveals how his interactions with Guru Dutt’s sister helped him survive the pandemic!Tara loves learning more about the previous Bollywood era. Michelle loves how he delves into the lives of Bollywood celebs like we delve into the lives of authors! How did Yasser become a Bollywood biographer? How does he decide which celebs to research next? And what are his tips for young and aspiring biographers? Tune in to find out! Book Recommendations:The Kapoors: The First Family of Indian Cinema by Madhu JainParveen Babi: A Life by Karishma UpadhyayThe Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas TalebYasser Usman is an award-winning TV journalist and the author of four bestselling film biographies: Rajesh Khanna: The Untold Story of India’s First Superstar; Rekha: The Untold Story and Sanjay Dutt. His recent book is the critically acclaimed - Guru Dutt - An Unfinished Story. He has been a recipient of the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Award for excellence in journalism, Indian Telly Award, Red Ink award among many others.Find the book here: https://www.amazon.in/Guru-Dutt-Unfinished-Yasser-Usman/dp/9386797887 'Books and Beyond with Bound' is the podcast where Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa of Bound talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick. Now trending in 9 countries! Read more: https://boundindia.com/books-and-beyond-podcast/ Create your own podcast with our 2 week masterclass! Details available here: https://boundindia.com/events/create-your-own-podcast-an-interactive-masterclass/Check out our pathbreaking publishing podcast, ‘The Book People’: https://boundindia.com/the-book-people-podcast/ Find us @boundindia on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.We’ve joined #PodForChange to raise donations for Covid relief. Donate here: www.auwa.in/podforchange

Jul 20

45 min 12 sec

Find out how she captured the red-light district of Lahore and wrote a compelling and nuanced love story in her debut novel, ‘Skyfall’. Saba shares how her writing is inspired by her father and why she decided to explore the exact opposite through the villainous father figure in her novel. She tells us why she made her main character Rania a tour guide to show women accessing public spaces. Tara edited her book and knew it was going to be a bestseller. Michelle loves how Saba captures the love and friendship between the two countries. How did Saba include her own experiences in this story? Why did she ask her mother to read the book? What does the publishing industry in Pakistan look like? Tune in to find out! Book Recommendations:In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal MueenuddinRange: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David EpsteinBeautiful Thing by Sonia Faleiro Saba Karim Khan holds a postgraduate [M.Phil] degree from Oxford University and currently teaches at New York University's international campus in Abu Dhabi. She has taught two creative writing courses and led four creative writing workshops for undergraduate MFA students. Her work has been published in The Huffington Post, DAWN, Express Tribune and ThinkProgress, Washington. She has also been commissioned to write the memoirs of a classical music artist in Pakistan, whose repertoire focuses on ghazals by Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Mirza Ghalib. Find the book here: https://www.amazon.in/Skyfall-Saba-Karim-Khan/dp/9390252385 'Books and Beyond with Bound' is the podcast where Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa of Bound talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick. Now trending in 9 countries! Read more: https://boundindia.com/books-and-beyond-podcast/ We can pitch your book to publishers! Send your manuscript and bio to connect@boundindia.com or DM us @boundindia on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.We’ve joined #PodForChange to raise donations for Covid relief. Donate here: www.auwa.in/podforchange

Jul 13

56 min 16 sec

Find out how she captured her journey with infertility and years of medical research into her one-of-a-kind medical memoir, ‘What's a Lemon Squeezer Doing in My Vagina?'Rohini shares her writing process: from storing all her medical documents to writing for 30 minutes at a time. She recounts how her brother acted as her sounding board and beta reader: convincing her to write this book as a memoir instead of a nonfiction how-to book. Tara loves how Rohini was able to cover such a taboo topic with depth and vulnerability. Michelle loves medical memoirs! How did she come up with this title? How did she come up with this title? How did her family feel about the book? And what does she plan to write next? Tune in to find out!Book Recommendations:Wave by Sonali DeraniyagalaEducated by Tara WestoverBorn a Crime by Trevor NoahBottle of Lies by Katherine EbanBad Blood by John CarreyrouThe Small-Town Sea by Anees SalimRohini S. Rajagopal was leading a fairly humdrum life in Bangalore when an encounter with infertility stopped her in her tracks. In a temporary suspension of good sense, she quit her well-paying, flexible-hours job to write this book that narrates her journey from infertility to motherhood. But for her current penury, she has no regrets about that move. She has a master's degree in English (media and communication). Her special talents include fitting dishes inside overfilled refrigerators and taking three-hour-long afternoon naps without the slightest trace of guilt. You can find her on Instagram @rajagopal.rohini. Find the book here: https://www.amazon.in/Whats-Lemon-Squeezer-Doing-Vagina/dp/0143452002/ 'Books and Beyond with Bound' is the podcast where Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa of Bound talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick. Now trending in 9 countries! Read more: https://boundindia.com/books-and-beyond-podcast/ Follow us If you need help starting your podcast, reach out to us at connect@boundindia.com or DM us @boundindia on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.We’ve joined #PodForChange to raise donations for Covid relief. Donate here: www.auwa.in/podforchange

Jul 7

53 min 7 sec

Tara talks to the talented Pakistani writer, Moni Mohsin, about  how she uses social satire to comment on current events in her 2 bestselling books ‘The Diary of a Social Butterfly’ and ‘The Impeccable Integrity of Ruby R’. Moni shares how the ‘metoo’ movement inspired her to write her latest politically charged novel. And how the male politician character is inspired by Trump and 1970s Amitabh Bachchan! Tara loves how her opening line, ‘Haww’, immediately drew the attention of publishers. How did she go from writing columns to books? Why does social media make her uncomfortable? How has the writing community in Pakistan supported her? Tune in to find out!Authors Moni Loves: Kamila Shamsie, Mohsin Hamid, Mohammed Hanif, Daniyal Mueenuddin, Evelyn Waugh, Nancy Mitford, Elizabeth TaylorMoni Mohsin was born and raised in Pakistan. She has written two novels, The End of Innocence and Tender Hooks aka Duty Free and two books of collected columns, The Diary of a Social Butterfly and The Return of the Butterfly. She now lives between London and Lahore.Find the book here: https://www.amazon.in/Impeccable-Integrity-Ruby-R/dp/0670094315 'Books and Beyond with Bound' is the podcast where Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa of Bound talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick. Read more: https://boundindia.com/books-and-beyond-podcast/ Follow us @boundindia on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Reach out to us at connect@boundindia.com for more information on our editorial  services. We’ve joined #PodForChange to raise donations for Covid relief. Donate here: www.auwa.in/podforchange

Jun 22

49 min 33 sec

Tara and Michelle talk to bestselling Bengali author Anita Agnihotri and expert translator of 60+ books, Arunava Sinha, about their latest book ‘The Sickle’, the writer-translator relationship and the growing popularity of regional writing and translations in India.In the last few years, translations are getting the attention they rightly deserve in India from readers and literary awards like the JCB prize. We chat with Anita about the plight of the women in the Marathwada region and how she decided to write about them in Bengali. Michelle is fascinated by how Anita picks up stories from all over the country through her work as an IAS officer. Arunava equates writing to choreographing a performance on a large stage and translation to doing the exact same steps on a tightrope! Tara is super excited by his prediction that translations will become very prominent in India in the next 5 years!How have Anita’s books reached so many countries and readers? Why does Arunava translate from 10 pm to 1 am? Tune in to find out. Want to get the translator's perspective first? Jump to 30:00 to listen to Arunava’s part of the interview. Mentions: Gun Island by Amitav GhoshSuch Small Hands by Andrés BarbaSeventeen by Anita AgnihotriIndira GoswamiHiromi Kawakami, Mieko Kawakami, Sayaka MurataAnita Agnihotri has published over thirty books and has won the Sarat Puraskar, the Pratibha Basu Sahitya Puraskar and the Bhuban Mohini Dasi Gold Medal. Her writing has been translated into several Indian languages and also German and Swedish. Her collection of stories, Seventeen, translated by Arunava Sinha, won the Economist Crossword Book Award for Indian Language Translation in 2011. Arunava Sinha translates Bengali fiction, poetry and non-fiction into English, and fiction from other languages into Bengali. More than sixty of his translations have been published so far in India, the UK and the USA. He teaches Creative Writing at Ashoka University. Find the book here: https://www.amazon.in/Sickle-Anita-Agnihotri/dp/9353451566 'Books and Beyond with Bound' is the podcast where Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa of Bound talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick. Read more: https://boundindia.com/books-and-beyond-podcast/ Follow us @boundindia on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Reach out to us at connect@boundindia.com for more information on our podcast production services. We’ve joined #PodForChange to raise donations for Covid relief. Donate here: www.auwa.in/podforchange

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Jun 16

1 hr 7 min

Tara and Michelle talk to Sonia Faleiro about how she investigated the death of 2 teen girls in UP for her latest narrative nonfiction bestseller, ‘The Good Girls’. We’ve joined #PodForChange to raise donations for Covid relief. Donate here: www.auwa.in/podforchangeSonia talks about what made her choose this particular case and how she 5 years writing about it! She shares interesting anecdotes about how she was able to get the villagers to share their stories by actively listening and asking questions that no one had asked them before. Michelle was deeply moved by Sonia’s concern for the girls. Tara is fascinated by how she wrote the book like a who-done-it! How does she deal with the dangers of investigative journalism? Why does she choose narrative nonfiction? And what does she do to unwind? Tune in to find out! Narrative Nonfiction Book Recommendations:Random Family by Adrian Nicole LeBlancAmerican Fire by Monica HesseSonia Faleiro is an award-winning writer and the author of three previous books. Her previous book Beautiful Thing was selected as an Observer, Economist, Guardian, San Francisco Chronicle, CNN, Time Out, NPR and Kirkus Book of the Year. Her writing and photographs have appeared in the New York Times, Financial Times, Guardian and Granta. In 2011 Faleiro was awarded the Karmaveer Puraskaar for Social Justice 'for drawing attention to India's most vulnerable'. Faleiro is a co-founder of Deca, a global journalism cooperative that creates long-form stories to read on mobile devices. She lives in London.Find her book here: https://www.amazon.in/Good-Girls-Ordinary-Killing/dp/080215820X 'Books and Beyond with Bound' is the podcast where Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa of Bound talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick. Read more: https://boundindia.com/books-and-beyond-podcast/ Follow us @boundindia on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Check out our sister podcast, The Book People: https://boundindia.com/the-book-people-podcast/ Looking for a writing mentor to make your characters memorable? DM us or send us an email at connect@boundindia.com. 

Jun 8

40 min 49 sec

Tara and Michelle talk to Rituparna Chatterjee about how she uses magic realism to explore the heavy theme of child abuse in her memoir ‘The Water Phoenix’.We’ve joined #PodForChange to raise donations for Covid relief. Donate here: www.auwa.in/podforchangeRituparna recounts how real-life events inspired her to start writing this book as a fictional story and how her editor convinced her to turn it into a memoir. She shares how readers have reached out to her with their stories of abuse. Tara enjoys the refreshing way in which Rituparna’s stepmother is portrayed in the story. Michelle loves how she has managed to keep the essence of childhood alive throughout the book. We discuss why memoirs are becoming increasingly popular among readers because ‘People love real stories’.Why does she call herself a reluctant memoirist? How did she come up with the idea for the book cover? And did her son really edit her book? Tune in to find out! Book Recommendations:Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn WardSiddhartha by Hermann HesseOcean Sea by Alessandro BariccoRituparna Chatterjee is a writer, journalist, columnist and a former foreign correspondent for The Economic Times. For the same newspaper she writes California Dreaming, a column about her life as an immigrant mother in America. Her short stories for children have been published in various anthologies. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her son, husband and Quoisey, their samurai fish, and the dogs they puppysit. Find her book here: https://www.amazon.in/Water-Phoenix-childhood-healing-forgiveness/dp/9389000556'Books and Beyond with Bound' is the podcast where Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa of Bound talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick. Read more: https://boundindia.com/books-and-beyond-podcast/ Follow us @boundindia on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Check out our Meditative Writing class! https://boundindia.com/events/meditative-writing-workshop/Looking for a writing mentor to make your characters memorable? DM us or send us an email at connect@boundindia.com. 

Jun 1

48 min 19 sec

Tara and Michelle chat with Clyde D’Souza about how he captures the essence of Goan villages, food and culture in his latest book Susegad: The Goan Art of Contentment. We’ve joined #PodForChange to raise donations for Covid relief. Donate here: www.auwa.in/podforchangeClyde talks about all things Goa! From the free ferry system to why Goans like fish curry and mango pickle! He calls Susegad a ‘self-happy’ book. We discuss the meaning of the Konkani word ‘Susegad’ and his favourite stories and recipes from the book. Tara loves how this book captures the history of Goa and takes us into the Goan village life. Michelle loves all the anecdotes he shares, like when his aunt gets a coconut plucker to pluck 500 coconuts in 20 minutes!How did he fit short stories, recipes, and doodles into one non-fiction book? How does he practice Susegad on a daily basis? Tune in for a relaxing chat that takes your mind off the pandemic!Goan Book Recommendations:Skin by Margaret MascarenhasFrank Simoes' Goa by Frank SimoesPoskem by Wendell RodricksMario’s Goa by Mario de MirandaClyde D'Souza is a creative director who has worked in TV, Print, Digital. He loves stories and storytellers. He is the author of two books: ‘Kissing Ass: The Art of Office Politics’ and ‘Ghanta College: The Art of Topping College Life’ published by Penguin Random House India. Clyde lives in Mumbai and escapes to Goa whenever he can. Find his book here: https://www.amazon.in/Susegad-Goan-Contentment-Clyde-DSouza/dp/0670094579 'Books and Beyond with Bound' is the podcast where Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa of Bound talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick. Read more: https://boundindia.com/books-and-beyond-podcast/ Follow us @boundindia on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Get your nonfiction book edited by us! DM us or send us an email at connect@boundindia.com.

May 25

53 min 24 sec

Tara and Michelle talk to Diksha Basu, critically acclaimed author of The Windfall and Destination Wedding, about how she creates memorable characters with humor and empathy. This episode is sponsored by Blue Tokai Coffee Roasters, who roast + brew India's best Arabica coffee. Use the code mentioned in the episode to get a 10% discount on all coffee purchases over INR 400. Offer valid till 31st July, 2021.Diksha shares how her mentor, Gary Shteyngart, gave her the confidence to create characters completely different from herself. Tara and Michelle love that her older women characters are inspired by her grandmother and the other badass women in her life. Her latest book, Destination Wedding, is being adapted to the screen! Why does she love translations? Why is Delhi such an important part of her stories? How did her book create a bidding war? Tune in to find out!Diksha Basu is a writer and occasional actor. Originally from New Delhi, India, she holds a BA in Economics from Cornell University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University and now divides her time between New York City and Mumbai. Buy her latest book here: https://www.amazon.in/Destination-Wedding-Diksha-Basu/dp/1526630494 Book Recommendations:A Bad Character by Deepti KapoorLuster by Raven LeilaniLeave the World Behind by Rumaan AlamAuthors She Loves:Chimamanda AdichieZadie Smith Arunava SinhaMeena Kandasamy'Books and Beyond with Bound' is the podcast where Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa of Bound talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick. Read more: https://boundindia.com/books-and-beyond-podcast/ Follow us @boundindia on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. If you’re looking for a mentor to guide you through your writing journey, DM us or send us an email at connect@boundindia.com. Want to know more about publishing?Tune in to our brand new publishing podcast ‘The Book People’: https://boundindia.com/the-book-people-podcast/ OR Download our FREE research report on ‘Demystifying Indian Publishing’: https://boundindia.com/demystifying-the-indian-publishing-industry/ 

May 18

52 min 31 sec

We are back with season 3! Tara and Michelle discuss what creativity means to them and how they have developed small habits or rituals to help them be more relaxed and productive.  Tara and Michelle’s first creative act was writing fanfiction! Tara wrote Enid Blyton fanfiction while Michelle was inspired by R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps series. They discuss why reading newspaper articles, short stories, and newsletters is as important as reading books. Michelle sets annual reading goals instead of resolutions. Tara uses cooking and yoga to inspire her creativity. How did they start their own newsletters? How to get out of a reading slump? And is reading a form of self-care? Tune in to find out!Recommendations: The Creative Habit by Twyla TharpAtomic Habits by James ClearLiterary Magazines: Wildness, Out of Print, Jellyfish ReviewGraphic Novels: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, Burma Chronicles by Guy DelisleBusiness Books: Range by David Epstein, Shoe Dog by Phil KnightNotes On A Scandal by Zoe Heller'Books and Beyond with Bound' is the podcast where Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa of Bound talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick. Read more: https://boundindia.com/books-and-beyond-podcast/ Follow us @boundindia on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Tara Khandelwal is an editor and the founder of Bound. Check out her latest newsletter - https://tara489.substack.com Michelle D’costa’s poetry and prose has been published in over 50 literary journals. Check out her latest newsletter - https://michelledcosta.substack.com/ Tune in to our brand new podcast ‘The Book People’: https://boundindia.com/the-book-people-podcast/ Download our FREE research report on ‘Demystifying Indian Publishing’: https://boundindia.com/demystifying-the-indian-publishing-industry/ 

May 11

40 min 51 sec

Our hosts discuss their reading preferences and the Indian literary scene in this season finale.Tara and Michelle bond over their shared love for books and reading - how did they fall in love with books, what kind of stories do they like to read, and how has the pandemic affected their reading habits? Most notably, they finally read Arundhati Roy’s ‘The God of Small Things’ in 2020!They discuss how they decide what to read next - is it based on research, recommendations from friends and writers, or curated lists and prizes like JCB? Tara confesses her newfound love for historical fiction like ‘American Wife’ by Curtis Sittenfield, while Michelle loves stories like ‘A Clockwork Orange’ by Anthony Burgess that challenge her as a reader. Tara shares how she is warming up to audio books during the pandemic. Michelle misses reading books during her daily train rides to work. They chat about the role of book reviews and why everyone should be able to read what they love - a fitting message for a season finale!'Books and Beyond with Bound' is the podcast where Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa of Bound talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick.Tara Khandelwal is an editor and the founder of Bound. Check out her latest newsletter - https://tara489.substack.com/p/coming-soon Michelle D’costa’s poetry and prose has been published in over 50 literary journals. Check out her latest published works - https://michellewendydcosta.wordpress.com/writer/ Mentions: Resh Susan aka thebooksatchel on Instagram, Senior Reading Raccoons on FacebookBook Recommendations: ‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama, ‘The Twentieth Wife’ and ‘A Feast of Roses’ by Indu Sundaresan, ‘Rodham’ by Curtis Sittenfield, ‘The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman’ by Denis ThériaultFollow Bound on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @boundindiaFollow our podcast on Instagram: @boundpodcastsYou can check out our website at https://www.boundindia.com/podcast/

Nov 2020

34 min 23 sec

Find out how she conducted research for 7 years for her daring nonfiction book. Tara and Michelle talk to Tara Kaushal about her path-breaking nonfiction book, “Why Men Rape: An Indian Undercover Investigation”, published by HarperCollins. She tells us how she was inspired by her personal experiences and the Delhi gang rape case to write about this critical and sensitive issue that affects the lives of thousands of women in India even today.Tara Kaushal shares her experiences researching this topic for 7 years, how she was able to build relationships with the 9 men she interviewed, and the toll it took on her life. She gives some excellent tips for researchers and non-fiction writers, such as identifying the right people to interview, designing questions that they will be willing to answer truthfully, and separating Tara - the person from Tara - the investigator. Tara (our host) is amazed that Tara (our guest) asked 250 questions to each man! Michelle wants to write her own research-based book someday! 'Books and Beyond with Bound' is the podcast where Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa of Bound talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick.Tara Kaushal is a writer and media consultant based in Mumbai, India. She received the Laadli Media Award for gender-sensitive writing in 2013-4, and won a Femina Superwomen of the Year Award in 2018.Mentions: Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny by Kate Manne, Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion by Paul Bloom, Too Many Men, Too Few Women: Social Consequences of Gender Imbalance in India and China by Ravinder KaurYou can get your copy of her book here: https://www.amazon.in/Why-Men-Rape-Undercover-Investigation/dp/9353577276/ Tune in every Wednesday for a new episode.Follow Bound on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @boundindiaFollow our podcast on Instagram: @boundpodcastsYou can check out our website at https://www.boundindia.com/podcast/

Nov 2020

39 min 1 sec

Find out how she explores different languages, characters and places in her writing.Tara and Michelle talk to Anukrti Upadhyay about her latest novel Kintsugi. We chat about Japanese literature and why Indians are fascinated by Japanese stories, including anime and manga! Tara loves how Anukrti has brilliantly captured a foreign culture in her novel, making it a rare book in Indian fiction. Anukrti shares why she made up the folktales in her previous books and how her editor found out when he tried to Google them! Michelle wonders how Anukrti is able to write in two languages - English and Hindi. How did she create such a loyal readership on bookstagram? Why does she have two birthdays? Who is her favourite female character from Kintsugi? And how has the pandemic affected her writing? Tune in to find out!'Books and Beyond with Bound' is the podcast where Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa of Bound talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick.Anukrti Upadhyay has post-graduate degrees in Management and Literature, and a graduate degree in Law. She writes in both English and Hindi. She stunned readers and critics alike with the twin novellas Daura and Bhaunri in 2019, and delighted Hindi readers with short story collection Japani Sarai.Mentions: Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata, Keigo Higashino and Haruki MurakamiYou can get your copy of her book here: https://www.amazon.in/Kintsugi-Novel-Anukrti-Upadhyay/dp/9353579538/Tune in every Wednesday for a new episode.Follow Bound on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @boundindiaFollow our podcast on Instagram: @boundpodcastsYou can check out our website at https://www.boundindia.com/podcast/Books, Literature, Authors, Writing, Interview podcasts, Interview, India, Japan, Indian podcast, Books podcast, Literary podcast, Publishing, Fiction, Literary Fiction, Anukrti Upadhyay, Fourth Estate India

Nov 2020

30 min 6 sec

Writing literary fiction about artificial intelligenceTara and Michelle talk to Tanuj Solanki about his latest novel, “The Machine Is Learning”, which was longlisted for the JCB Prize. We chat about why he decided to write about technology and the workplace in this literary format.Tanuj tells us about his childhood in Muzaffarnagar and how his family encouraged his reading habits. He tells us how his creative process has changed from spontaneity to planned writing. Tara is impressed that Tanuj finds the time to write between his full time job and his role as the editor of The Bombay Literary Magazine. We chat about translations and how he likes to experiment in his writing. Michelle and Tanuj bond over their preference for short stories over novels and how he dreams of writing a fat novel one day!'Books and Beyond with Bound' is the podcast where Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa of Bound talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick.Tanuj Solanki is the author of two novels—The Machine is Learning (longlisted for the JCB Prize) and Neon Noon (shortlisted for the Tata Lit Live First Book Award)—and a short-story collection, Diwali in Muzaffarnagar (winner of the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar).Mentions: Moustache by Hareesh S., The survivors by Gurdial Singh, Your Face Tomorrow Volume 3: Poison, Shadow and Farewell by Javier Marías, Meena Kandasamy, Ben LernerYou can get your copy of his book here: https://www.amazon.in/Machine-Learning-Tanuj-Solanki/dp/9389109299  Tune in every Wednesday for a new episode.Follow Bound on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @boundindiaFollow our podcast on Instagram: @boundpodcastsYou can check out our website at https://www.boundindia.com/podcast/

Nov 2020

31 min 56 sec

From migrant workers to British expats, from the hills of Uttaranchal to the heart of Mumbai's metropolis, find out how Udayan captures India's lockdown experience in his timely short story collection.Tara and Michelle talk to Udayan Mukherjee about his short story collection, “Essential Items: Stories from a Land in Lockdown”, recently published by Bloomsbury. Udayan shares how writing during the pandemic kept him sane. He finished the book in three months and Tara had the pleasure of editing it!We chat about Udayan’s life in the hills: the people he meets and how they have influenced the stories in his collection. He talks about the importance of capturing our experiences with the lockdown while it is happening. Michelle is inspired to start writing about the pandemic herself! Why does he prefer to write fiction? How has he never owned a smartphone? And does he share writing tips with his brother, the author Neel Mukherjee? Tune in to find out!'Books and Beyond with Bound' is the podcast where Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa of Bound talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick.Udayan Mukherjee was born in Calcutta. For two decades, he was the face of the Indian financial markets, as anchor and Managing Editor of CNBC. He is the author of the novel Dark Circles and the crime novel A Death in the Himalayas. He has recently published Essential Items: Stories from a Land in Lockdown, a short story collection with Bloomsbury.Mentions: A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Muhammad Hanif, The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula LeGuin, Akhil Sharma, Raymond Carver, P G Woodhouse, John CheeverYou can get your copy of his book here: https://www.amazon.in/Essential-Items-Stories-Land-Lockdown/dp/9390252210 Tune in every Wednesday for a new episode.Follow Bound on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @boundindiaFollow our podcast on Instagram: @boundpodcastsYou can check out our website at https://www.boundindia.com/podcast/

Nov 2020

46 min 59 sec

Find out how she reveals the most private details of her life in this bold and funny celeb memoir.Tara and Michelle talk to Tahira Kashyap, whose memoir “The 12 Commandments Of Being A Woman” is receiving heavy praise from Bollywood celebrities and Indian authors alike. Tahira shares the funniest / most embarrassing moments with us: her first visit to a gynaecologist, how her mother-in-law gifted her lingerie, and how her editor Chiki Sarkar now knows the most intimate details of her life, including her kinks!Michelle and Tahira bond over their childhoods in middle class families and how every writer needs a supportive family to thrive. We chat about her husband and creative partner, Ayushmann Khurrana, and his reaction to all the intimate details revealed in her memoir. Tara felt like she was reading Tahira’s secret diary! Why does she hog the dining table when she writes? What role does Buddhism play in her life? Tune in to find out!'Books and Beyond with Bound' is the podcast where Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa of Bound talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick.Tahira Kashyap Khurrana is a writer and film-maker based in Mumbai. She is the author of three books and has directed two acclaimed short films, Pinni and Toffee.Mentions: The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak, One by Richard Bach, Bad Feminist by Roxane GayYou can get your copy of her book here: https://www.amazon.in/12-Commandments-Being-Woman/dp/9353451213/Tune in every Wednesday for a new episode.Follow Bound on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @boundindiaFollow our podcast on Instagram: @boundpodcastsYou can check out our website at https://www.boundindia.com/podcast/

Oct 2020

45 min 40 sec

Find out how she explores unfamiliar concepts like polyamorous relationships and the Munchausen syndrome in her literary novel.Tara and Michelle talk to Rheea Mukherjee, whose literary novel “The Body Myth” artfully explores polyamorous relationships, mental illnesses like the Munchaussen syndrome, and how people respond to grief. Her manuscript was rejected 40 times before she finally submitted it for “Pitch Wars”. Rheea tells us how a writing mentorship changed her life and transformed her book from ordinary to extraordinary. Now her book has been published in the US and India!Michelle first discovered Rheea’s work in a literary magazine. We discuss why writers should submit their work and embrace rejection as a part of their lives. Rheea shares her love for dark humor and black coffee. Tara admires how she balances a business with her writing. Why did she write about these specific subjects? How does Rheea deal with rejection? What is she writing next? Tune in to find out!'Books and Beyond with Bound' is the podcast where Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa of Bound talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick.Rheea Rodrigues Mukherjee is the author of The Body Myth (Unnamed Press /Penguin India 2019) which was shortlisted for the Tata Literature Live First Book Award. Her work has been published and featured in Scroll.in, Southern Humanities Review, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Vogue India, Out of Print, TBLM, and Bengal Lights, among others. She co-founded Bangalore Writers Workshop in 2012 and currently co-runs Write Leela Write, a Design and Content Laboratory in Bangalore, India. Rheea has an MFA in creative writing from California College of the Arts.Mentions: My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh, The Glass Castle Book by Jeannette Walls, My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan BraithwaiteYou can get your copy of her book here: https://www.amazon.in/Body-Myth-Rheea-Mukherjee/dp/1944700846 Tune in every Wednesday for a new episode.Follow Bound on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @boundindiaFollow our podcast on Instagram: @boundpodcastsYou can check out our website at https://www.boundindia.com/podcast/

Oct 2020

33 min 39 sec

Find out how he balanced research, personal stories, Bollywood masala, and more to write a business book that will change the way we think about work-places.Tara and Michelle talk to Parmesh Shahani, whose latest book “Queeristan: LGBTQ Inclusion in the Indian Workplace” is described as ‘part memoir, part manifesto’. He shares the challenges of writing a book for multiple audiences - queer and straight, business and non-business. Find out how he turned his business book into a Bollywood masala film - spicing up the numbers and facts with real stories and personal experiences. He talks about the power of excel sheets in structuring his book. Michelle loves Parmesh’s references, from Simmi aunty in Indian Matchmaking to the coveted coffee hamper from Koffee with Karan. Tara calls it a business book unlike anything she has ever read before! 'Books and Beyond with Bound' is the podcast where Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa of Bound talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick.Parmesh Shahani is Vice President at Godrej Industries Ltd. He is a passionate advocate for LGBTQ inclusion in corporate India. He is the author of “Gay Bombay: Globalization, Love and (Be)Longing in Contemporary India” and “Queeristan: LGBTQ Inclusion in the Indian Workplace”.  He has been a TED Senior Fellow, a Yale World Fellow, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. He is a member of the FICCI taskforce on diversity and inclusion and a board member of KHOJ International Artists’ Association.Mentions: Sachin Kundalkar’s Cobalt Blue translated by Jerry Pinto, Nisha Susan’s The Women Who Forgot to Invent Facebook & Other Stories, Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar’s My Father’s Garden, Michiel Baas’ Muscular India: Masculinity, Mobility & the New Middle Class, Sharanya Manivannan’s poetry.You can get your copy of his book here: https://www.amazon.in/Queeristan-LGBTQ-Inclusion-Indian-Workplace/dp/9389648149 Tune in every Wednesday for a new episode.Follow our podcast on Instagram: @boundpodcastsYou can check out our website at https://www.boundindia.com/podcast/

Oct 2020

34 min 32 sec

Find out how she breaks into the literary thriller genre and reveals Delhi’s seedy underbelly.Tara and Michelle talk to Damyanti Biswas, author of the fascinating literary thriller, 'You Beneath Your Skin'. She tells us about her process of writing this debut novel, which included fifteen drafts!Damyanti spoke to police officers, psychologists, and acid attack survivors to make sure her story and characters were realistic. Tara is fascinated by the amount of research that went into writing this novel. Damyanti shares insights about the craft of writing unlike in any episode before, like how she creates realistic settings and how she has a song for each character she writes. We chat about the issues tackled in the book and how she perfectly captures the essence of Delhi. Michelle loves how Damyanti uses her knowledge of Improv Theatre to write dialogues.'Books and Beyond with Bound' is the podcast where Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa of Bound talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick.Damyanti's short fiction has been published, or is forthcoming, at Ambit, Litro, Puerto Del Sol, Griffith Review Australia, Pembroke magazine, Atticus Review, and other journals in the USA and UK. She serves as one of the editors of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her debut literary crime novel You Beneath Your Skin was published by Simon & Schuster India in autumn 2019, and optioned for TV adaptation by Endemol Shine. Mentions: Anita Nair’s Inspector Gowda Series, Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Sister the Serial Killer by, Deepanjana Pal’s Hush A Bye BabyYou can get your copy of her books here: https://www.amazon.in/BENEATH-YOUR-SKIN-DAMYANTI-BISWAS/dp/9386797623/Tune in every Wednesday for a new episode.Follow Bound on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @boundindiaFollow our podcast on Instagram: @boundpodcastsYou can check out our website at https://www.boundindia.com/podcast/

Oct 2020

34 min 57 sec

Find out how she created a brand new template for this much-needed book on mental health.Tara and Michelle talk to Sonali Gupta about her book Anxiety: Overcome It and Live without Fear. Sonali tells us about her childhood, and how she became interested in writing and therapy. Michelle shares how journaling has helped her through the years. Tara tells us how she struggles with being labelled as quiet and introverted.We chat about how Sonali wrote her book in 6 months! She wants to make it accessible to everyone in India. What motivated her to write this book? What was her experience of publishing it during the pandemic? What mental health topic will she tackle next? This might just be their most revealing episode to date!In 'Books and Beyond with Bound Season 2', Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa of Bound talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick.Mumbai-based clinical psychologist Sonali Gupta has 16 years of experience in the field of mental health. She writes a weekly column for Mumbai Mirror titled 'Terms of Engagement'. She currently runs a private practice in Khar and South Bombay.You can get your copy of her books here: https://www.amazon.in/Anxiety-Overcome-Live-without-Fear/dp/935357658XTune in every Wednesday for a new episode.Follow Bound on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @boundindiaFollow our podcast on Instagram: @boundpodcastsYou can check out our website at https://www.boundindia.com/podcast/

Sep 2020

36 min 8 sec

Find out how she is busting the 'chick lit' myth one romance novel at a time.Tara and Michelle talk to Anmol Malik about her recently published romance novel, Three Impossible Wishes. Tara chats about her love for rom-coms and romance novels, and why ‘chick lit’ is underrated. Michelle finds out what a meet-cute is!Anmol explains the nuances of writing books vs scripts and how dialogues play an important role in revealing the depths of her characters. We chat about subverting genres and the art of writing characters of the opposite gender. How did Anmol go about publishing her debut novel, especially during the pandemic?! How do food and music play an important role in her book? And does she have more feel-good stories up her sleeve?'Books and Beyond with Bound' is the podcast where Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa of Bound talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick.Anmol Malik aka Audrey Piano studied Creative Writing from the University of Warwick, England. After working at Leo Burnett and UTV-Disney, she went on to look after the Script Department at Yash Raj Films. Author, singer, songwriter, she' s honestly just a girl doing the best she can.You can get your copy of her book here: https://www.amazon.in/Three-Impossible-Wishes-Anmol-Malik/dp/935357708XTune in every Wednesday for a new episode.Follow Bound on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @boundindiaFollow our podcast on Instagram: @boundpodcastsYou can check out our website at https://www.boundindia.com/podcast/

Sep 2020

34 min 58 sec

From comics to superheroes to dystopia: find out how he popularized speculative fiction in India.Tara and Michelle talk to Samit Basu, one of the foremost speculative fiction writers in India. After writing everything from fantasy to science fiction, he has recently published a bestselling dystopian novel Chosen Spirits. Michelle loves that Chosen Spirits is set only ten years into the future. Tara finds out why he calls it an “anti-dystopian” novel.Samit gives us great insights into his writing process, especially how he creates fantastical words and characters from his reality. We chat about the writing community then vs. now, and what the future of speculative fiction in India could be. What is his next project? Will he stick to the speculative fiction genre? Can we expect to see his bestselling books adapted on the screen? Samit answers these and more questions in this episode. Do not miss the rapid fire section in the end!'Books and Beyond with Bound' is the podcast where Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa of Bound talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick.Samit Basu is the author, most recently, of Chosen Spirits, a near-future anti-dystopian novel. He's also known for the Gameworld trilogy of fantasy novels, the Turbulence series of superhero novels, and the Adventures of Stoob series of children’s books. He’s written bestsellers, won awards, and been published in multiple countries and languages. Basu is also the co-writer/director of a Netflix film, comics writer and columnist, and runs Duck of Dystopia, a creativity/arts newsletter.You can get your copy of his book here: https://www.amazon.in/Chosen-Spirits-Samit-Basu/dp/938679781X/Tune in every Wednesday for a new episode.Follow Bound on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @boundindiaFollow our podcast on Instagram: @boundpodcastsYou can check out our website at https://www.boundindia.com/podcast/

Sep 2020

41 min 54 sec

Find out how she uses her life experiences in her comedy. And her writing! Tara and Michelle talk to the wonderful comedian Radhika Vaz about her memoir 'Unladylike'. Radhika felt unladylike while growing up, which inspired the name of her comedy show, which inspired the name of her book! We chat about childhood crushes, body hair, and being unapologetically herself in her tell-all memoir. Radhika gives us some great insights about writing for different formats, and how the editor-author relationship is super important in nonfiction writing. What will she do next? Will there be another memoir about her life as a comic? Who does she want to be in her next life? All will be revealed in this episode. 'Books and Beyond with Bound' is the podcast where Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa of Bound talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick.Radhika Vaz is one of India’s most well recognized stand-up comedians. Her edgy web-series ‘Shugs & Fats’ won the prestigious Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York and she was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s ‘25 New Faces of Independent Film’. Her book ‘Unladylike, A Memoir’ is now available in stores and on Amazon and she has written columns for The Washington Post, Vogue, Architectural Digest, Times of India, HT, GQ, L'Official and a host of other publications.You can get your copy of her books here: https://www.amazon.in/Unladlylike-Memoir-Radhika-Vaz/dp/938306417XTune in every Wednesday for a new episode.Follow Bound on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @boundindiaFollow our podcast on Instagram: @boundpodcastsYou can check out our website at https://www.boundindia.com/podcast/

Sep 2020

37 min 8 sec

Find out why she is fascinated by 200-year old women and how she brings them to life in her books.Tara and Michelle speak to Ira Mukhoty, who is known for her fascinating stories about extraordinary women. Ira tells us about her favorite historical figures and how she wants to make history accessible and interesting for everyone. She shares the experience of releasing a book during the pandemic. What is it like to excavate these histories and why does she call herself a medieval detective? What is her creative process? How does travel inspire her to write? Ira answers these questions and shares some fun stories that you definitely won’t find in your history textbooks! Michelle is especially excited to know more about the Akbar and Birbal stories. And Tara loves all things history!'Books and Beyond with Bound' is the podcast where Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa of Bound talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick.Ira Mukhoty is the author of Heroines, Daughters of the Sun, and Akbar: The Great Mughal. Living in one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, she developed an interest in the evolution of mythology and history, the erasure of women from these histories, and the continuing relevance this has on the status of women in India. She writes rigorously researched narrative histories that are accessible to the lay reader. She lives in Gurgaon with her husband and two daughters. You can get your copy of her latest book here: https://www.amazon.in/Akbar-Great-Mughal-Ira-Mukhoty/dp/9389836042/Tune in every Wednesday for a new episode.Follow Bound on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @boundindiaFollow our podcast on Instagram: @boundpodcastsYou can check out our website at https://www.boundindia.com/podcast/

Sep 2020

55 min 54 sec

Hear from the main protagonists of the podcast. Tara and Michelle are back to give you a sneak-peek into Season 2 and into their lives!You know Tara and Michelle as co-workers and co-hosts. But did you know that they are also very good friends? Dive deeper into their lives. How does Michelle find the time to write? Why does Tara love Michelle’s mom? How does Michelle feel about her move to Bombay? How did Tara learn to break out of her shell? Why does Michelle call Tara a ‘bosslady’? And do they see themselves planning the perfect murder? Find out more about their experiences, their friendship, and what you can expect from Season 2 in this revelatory episode. 'Books and Beyond with Bound' is the podcast where Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa of Bound talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick.Tara Khandelwal is an editor and the founder of Bound. She is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University and the Columbia Publishing Course and has worked with Penguin, BloombergQuint, SheThePeople.TV and more. Michelle D’costa is a Mangalorean writer from Mumbai. Her poetry and prose has been published in over 50 literary journals. She loves to interview writers and talks about books on Youtube. She is the Managing Editor at Bound.Tune in every Wednesday for a new episode.Follow Bound on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @boundindiaFollow our podcast on Instagram: @boundpodcastsYou can check out our website at https://www.boundindia.com/podcast/

Aug 2020

34 min 53 sec

Find Out How Amrita Dealt With Manuscript Rejections, How She Drew Inspiration From Life For The Plot Of Milk Teeth And Much More...This week on Books and Beyond with Bound, we are joined by Amrita Mahale, aerospace-engineer-turned-author of the JCB-longlisted Milk Teeth. We talk about Mumbai, the backdrop of her debut novel, and everything that makes the city home. Amrita tells us why she finds airport bookstores fascinating, why she’s intrigued by the relationship between a city and its citizens and what truly makes for a good book. We talk about editing, book deals and writer’s block. We talk about inspiration, fear and patience. Amrita talks us through her major characters – how they possess elements of herself and people she knows, yet are so completely different from reality. She talks about good characterization, the research that went into Milk Teeth and why it is more than a romance novel. Through heartfelt conversation, we explore incidents in her personal life that have influenced characters in her novel. Is Karthik’s coming-out experience inspired by her brother? Or does his risk-averse nature resemble Amrita herself?'Books and Beyond with Bound' is the podcast where Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa of Bound talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick. Amrita Mahale is the author of the novel Milk Teeth, longlisted for the JCB Prize for Literature 2019. Amrita was trained as an aerospace engineer and is a product manager at a nonprofit research lab working on artificial intelligence for social good. Her writing has appeared in Hindustan Times, Scroll, Himal Southasian and Brown Paper Bag.You can get a copy of her book here- https://www.amazon.in/Books-Amrita-Mahale/s?rh=n%3A976389031%2Cp_27%3AAmrita+MahaleTune in every Wednesday for a new episode.Follow Bound on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @boundindiaFollow our podcast on Instagram: @boundpodcastsYou can check out our website at https://www.boundindia.com/podcast/ 

Jun 2020

40 min 53 sec

Find Out How He Wrote His Deeply Personal Memoir, The Books That Shaped Him and What’s His Writing Routine Like…Author of So Now You Know: A Memoir of Growing Up Gay in India, Vivek Tejuja, opens up to us about his insecurities while writing his first book. From worrying about society’s reaction to such a sensitive and personal subject to being critical of rejection in all aspects of life, he talks us through the struggles he faced as a writer. We talk about reactions, opinions and criticism. How did his family react to his book? What response did it receive? We also talk about dealing with online trolls. We also talk about society and taboo and identity. On this episode, we take a closer look at media and its portrayal of LGBT stories, stereotypes and perspective. From literature to TV shows to pop culture, from Hollywood to Bollywood, we revisit popular entertainment to understand its inclusivity. We talk about Vivek’s reading habits, his favourite books, his writing inspirations.'Books and Beyond with Bound' is the podcast where Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa of Bound talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick.Vivek Tejuja has worked with books at Flipkart and now at Verve magazine, and he writes regularly on books and the experience of reading, notably on his blog, The Hungry Reader. His debut book So Now You Know: A Memoir of Growing Up Gay in India was published by HarperCollins India in 2019.You can get your copy of his book here: https://www.amazon.in/So-Now-You-Know-Growing/dp/935357269XTune in every Wednesday for a new episode.Follow Bound on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @boundindiaFollow our podcast on Instagram: @boundpodcastsYou can check out our website at https://www.boundindia.com/podcast/

Jun 2020

32 min 25 sec

Find Out How He Manages To Read And Write Poetry, Fiction and Non-Fiction!Tara and Michelle talk to Suhit Kelkar, author of the poetry chapbook The Centaur Chronicles. From stand-up comedy to mythology, Suhit gushes about everything he’s passionate about. We talk ideas, influences and inspiration. We talk about childhood stories and the moment the idea for his first book struck. We discuss perspectives on writer’s block, rejection from publishers and manuscript submissions. Suhit talks about the role journalism played in helping him remain detached from his writing. He talks about freelance work – and why he thinks it’s a great way to enter the writing world. We talk about spirituality, philosophy, aesthetics and mythology – and how they shape Suhit’s ideas and provide him a way to belong to something. From Archies and Enid Blyton to non-fiction on climate change and politics, he takes us through his reading list over the years. From book reviews to beta-reading to spiritual retreats, we’ve got it covered on this episode.'Books and Beyond with Bound' is the podcast where Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa of Bound talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick.Suhit Kelkar lives in Bombay, where he works as a journalist. His poems have been published in various Indian and international news and literary magazines, such as Vayavya, The Bombay Literary Magazine, Sunflower Collective, The Tiger Moth Review, Elsewhere Lit, Domus, Hakara, and Cafe Dissensus, among others. His debut poetry chapbook titled The Centaur Chronicles won the 2018 US National Poetry Contest.You can get your copy of his book here: https://www.amazon.com/Centaur-Chronicles-Suhit-Kelkar/dp/9387883159Tune in every Wednesday for a new episode.Follow Bound on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @boundindiaFollow our podcast on Instagram: @boundpodcastsYou can check out our website at https://www.boundindia.com/podcast/

Jun 2020

25 min 38 sec

Find Out How She Does It all: Crime Thrillers, Biographies, Children's Fiction, Journalism and MoreTara and Michelle speak to Deepanjana Pal, author of Hush a Bye Baby, a thriller about a murderous gynaecologist. She is also the author of the biography of artist Ravi Verma. And to top it off, she is a journalist who also writes children’s fiction. She tells us why she thinks genre is a made-up concept, why Harry Potter is overrated (gasp) and how commercial fiction can offer great lessons in writing.On the episode, we chat about patriarchy, female feticide and the implications of having a female antagonist in a feminist novel. Deepanjana gushes about her love for reading and writing, she has loved words since she was three years old and how she can’t imagine doing anything else, yet warns us about the practicalities of the profession. 'Books and Beyond with Bound' is the podcast where Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa of Bound talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick.Deepanjana Pal is a Mumbai-based author and journalist. She is the author of Hush A Bye Baby and The Painter: A Life of Ravi Varma. She studied English Literature at St. Stephen’s College and postcolonial theory and literature at University of Warwick. Her non-fiction writing on culture and gender has appeared in publications like The Atlantic, Wallpaper, Caravan, Buzzfeed and Vogue. She has worked with Time Out Mumbai, Firstpost and Newslaundry and is currently an associate editor with The Hindustan Times.You can get your copy of her books here: https://www.amazon.in/Books-Deepanjana-Pal/s?rh=n%3A976389031%2Cp_27%3ADeepanjana+PalTune in every Wednesday for a new episode.Follow Bound on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @boundindiaFollow our podcast on Instagram: @boundpodcastsYou can check out our website at https://www.boundindia.com/podcast/

May 2020

33 min 6 sec

Find Out Why The Ramayana Has Fascinated Her For Over Three Decades.Tara and Michelle speak to Arshia Sattar – writer, translator, editor and founder of Sangam House, a writing residency. We talk about mythology, religion and narrative. We discuss perspective, retellings and originality. We discuss our favourite characters, the importance of perspective and its modern-day implications. We discuss gender and feminism – and how its portrayal must adapt to the changing times. We talk about Sangam House and how it came into creation. We also talk about objectivity, research and authenticity – how do you keep your retelling authentic to both yourself and the original text? Why translation? Why the Ramayana? What do translation and swimming have in common? What does Arshia’s writing desk look like? Tune in to find out!'Books and Beyond with Bound' is the podcast where Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick.Arshia Sattar is an Indian translator, facilitator, author, and director. Sattar obtained her PhD in South Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago in 1990. Her translations from Sanskrit, The Ramayana of Valmiki and Tales from the Kathasaritsagara, have been published as Penguin Classics. She has also written books for children, including The Adventures of Hanuman. She is the founder of Sangam House, India’s most prestigious writing residency.You can get your copy of her books here: https://www.amazon.in/Books-Arshia-Sattar/s?rh=n%3A976389031%2Cp_27%3AArshia+SattarTune in every Wednesday for a new episode.Follow Bound on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @boundindiaFollow our podcast on Instagram: @boundpodcastsYou can check out our website at https://www.boundindia.com/podcast/

May 2020

48 min 25 sec

 7 years. 8 drafts. Find out why she rewrote her award-winning manuscript again and again.Tara and Michelle chat with Avni Doshi,  author of the award-winning Girl in White Cotton. It's about a twisted-mother daughter relationship, and the famous Osho ashram even has a role to play!Avni talks to us about new methods of writing, including a concept called sense writing. We discuss unconscious writing, and how one can access their creative side through a meditative relaxed state.We talk about authenticity and inspiration – and the confrontations she faced when basing her characters on real-life incidents and what she thinks such issues mean to writers.From writing detoxes to editing, Avni provides a ton of practical takeaways for aspiring writers on this episode. She tells us more about her writing process – how her first novel took 7 years and 8 drafts to complete and everything she’s learned since then. We talk about perspective, voice and bias – issues which are extremely pertinent in the media age – and how she reflected them in her novel.'Books and Beyond with Bound' is the podcast where Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa of Bound talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick.Born in New Jersey, Avni Doshi completed her BA in Art History from Barnard College in New York and an MA in History of Art at University College London. While working as an art writer and curator in India, Avni began writing fiction in her spare time. She has been awarded the Tibor Jones South Asia Prize and a Charles Pick Fellowship. Her current focus is fiction and experimental art writing. She is also making art out of the remnants of old manuscripts. Burnt Sugar / Girl in White Cotton is her first novel. Avni lives in Dubai with her family.You can get your copy of her book here: https://www.amazon.in/Girl-White-Cotton-Avni-Doshi/dp/9353571383Tune in every Wednesday for a new episode.Follow Bound on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @boundindiaFollow our podcast on Instagram: @boundpodcastsYou can check out our website at https://www.boundindia.com/podcast/

May 2020

30 min 31 sec

Learn how to get your comics published and develop your storytelling and artistic skills.Tara and Michelle are joined by graphic novelist Abhijeet Kini, a comic book creator, illustrator and founder of his own design studio. We take a trip down memory lane by reminiscing over our favourite comics like Tinkle and what we loved about them. Abhijeet talks to us about his childhood love for comics and how an encounter with Anant Pai encouraged him to break into the industry – when Abhijeet was simply in the eighth grade.Did you know he started drawing comics in the third grade? We talk about his creative process, where he draws his inspiration from and how he deals with criticism. He gets real with us about the practical side of his passion – from financial responsibility to side jobs and formal training. We discuss issues like diversity, inclusivity and female representation in an industry with male-dominated readership.'Books and Beyond with Bound' is the podcast where Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa of Bound talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick. Abhijeet Kini is a graphic novelist who has published several comics like Angry Maushi. He has worked as an illustrator for several leading publications like the Hindustan Times, DNA and Mid-day as well as brands like Parle, Titan and Comic Con India. He runs his own design studio called Kini Studios in Mumbai with his wife.You can get your copy of his books here: https://www.amazon.in/Angry-Maushi-Abhijeet-Kini/dp/9381766177Tune in every Wednesday for a new episode.Follow Bound on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @boundindiaFollow our podcast on Instagram: @boundpodcastsYou can check out our website at https://www.boundindia.com/podcast/

May 2020

27 min 43 sec

 Learn about Bombay’s undiscovered narratives with Jane Borges.Jane talks about Bombay's open secrets: gems hidden in plain sight. We learn about ‘Cavel’, a small Catholic neighbourhood in South Bombay, which is the focus of her book Bombay Balchão. Her insights into the characters’ lives (Goan and Mangalorean) are very educational and entertaining. And Cavel is just a stone's throw away from co-host Tara's residence and we never knew of it until we read the book! Jane also talks about co-writing Mafia Queens of Mumbai with the veteran writer Hussain Zaidi. One of the stories from the book will soon be adapted by Sanjay Leela Bhansali into a movie and guess who’s starring in it? Alia Bhatt! One of our favourite Bollywood actresses.She talks about why Bombay feels so unforgettably like home to her and serves as the setting for both her books. We talk about purposeful storytelling that makes a difference, that informs people, that shapes ideas. She gets real with us about every step of her writing journey and why she even almost abandoned her book. We talk about history, conflict and stereotypes – and what fueled her passion to write about these topics.'Books and Beyond with Bound' is the podcast where Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa of Bound talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick. Jane Borges is a Mumbai-based journalist. She writes on books, heritage and urban planning for Sunday mid-day, the weekend edition of mid-day newspaper. Bombay Balchão, which is set in a Catholic neighbourhood in the city, is her first novel. She has also co-authored Mafia Queens of Mumbai: Stories of Women from the Ganglands with S. Hussain Zaidi, which released in 2011.You can get your copy of her books here: https://www.amazon.in/Bombay-Balchao-Jane-Borges/dp/9388754751/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=bombay+balchao&qid=1582366011&s=books&sr=1-2Tune in every Wednesday for a new episode. Follow Bound on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @boundindia Follow our podcast on Instagram: @boundpodcasts You can check out our website at https://www.boundindia.com/podcast/

Apr 2020

39 min 56 sec

How do you unleash your imagination? And how do you embrace failure? Author Tashan Mehta talks to us about all things speculative fiction – from the growth of the genre in India to her favourite works within it. She takes us through her life, describing incidents and stories that changed her worldview on writing and cultivated her love for speculative fiction. She gushes about the flexibility, lack of rules and the ability of the genre to create experiences, transport the reader to alternate realities and most importantly, make them think. She talks about her struggles writing her first book – working on a single book for 5 years isn’t easy. Neither is rewriting your first draft 52 times. She shares strategies for everything – from inspiration to writer’s block to perseverance – which she’s learned from personal experience, from interacting with her writer friends and from the workshops she’s conducted. Tune in as we take you on a journey through Tashan’s mind as she tries to put her creative process into words and gives us a glimpse into her imagination.'Books and Beyond with Bound' is a podcast where Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa of Bound talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick. Tashan Mehta is a novelist whose debut novel, The Liar’s Weave, was published in 2017 and shortlisted for the Prabha Khaitan Woman's Voice Award. She was part of the 2015 Sangam House Writers' Residency and was British Council Writer-in-Residence at Anglia Ruskin University in 2018. In 2019, she participated in FIELDWORK 0.2, a multidisciplinary residency exploring alternative infrastructures for the future. Her short stories have been anthologised in Magical Women and Third Eye.You can get your copy of her book here- https://www.amazon.in/Liars-Weave-Tashan-Mehta/dp/938622819XTune in every Wednesday for a new episode.Follow Bound on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @boundindia Follow our podcast on Instagram: @boundpodcastsYou can check out our website at https://www.boundindia.com/podcast/

Apr 2020

38 min 57 sec

What's it like spending your days in trucks without devices to keep you company and how do you make a book out of that?  Tara and Michelle are joined by Rajat Ubhaykar, the author of Truck de India! Did you know he wrote this book after spending months on the road travelling with ‘truckies’ all over India to get a glimpse into their lives? Rajat talks to us about his experience practically hitchhiking across India without a plan, encountering all sorts of different characters and stories, and everything he learned from his experience. We ask him everything – from what sparked his desire to embark on such an incredible journey to the challenges he faced and what a day on the road was actually like. What did his parents think? Did he ever get bored? How did he deal with the uncertainties and dangers posed by his journey? We explore Rajat’s unique experiences through hilarious anecdotes, insightful observations and fun facts. We talk about powerful topics like privilege, history and art, the Indian truck economy and Rajat’s favourite travel destinations. From his book deal to his editing process, Rajat tells us everything – like the fact that he doesn’t believe in the concept of drafts, how he chose the right beta readers for his book and the inspiration behind his book cover.'Books and Beyond with Bound' is a podcast where Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick. Rajat Ubhaykar trained as an electrical engineer at IIT Kanpur and went on to study journalism at the Asian College of Journalism after a stint in management consulting. A recipient of the PoleStar Award in 2016 for his reportage, his work has appeared in publications such as Mint, Outlook Business, Roads & Kingdoms, and Madras Courier. He lives in Mumbai and spends his spare time reviewing books, collecting trivia, and exploring India's archaeological sites. Truck de India is his first book.  You can get your copy of his book here- https://www.amazon.in/Truck-India-Hitchhikers-guide-Hindustan-ebook/dp/B07Y8R2YXYTune in every Wednesday for a new episode.Follow Bound on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @boundindia Follow our podcast on Instagram: @boundpodcastsYou can check out our website at https://www.boundindia.com/podcast/

Apr 2020

40 min 42 sec

Lisa defines herself as a writer, not an actress or model.Tara and Michelle are joined by author Lisa Ray, a former model, actress and TV personality. She reveals the dark side of the entertainment industry, especially the rampant stereotyping and typecasting, and talks about her attempts to break free from it. As a victim of labelling, she tells us how her book Close to the Bone was her attempt to seize the narrative and take control of her own life. Lisa spends hours at her writing desk and on this podcast she redefines herself as a writer, not an actress or model. She hasn’t revealed her creative process as a writer on any other platform before! She gets personal about the challenges she’s faced – from societal pressure and trying to find her own identity to battling eating disorders and cancer. On a lighter note, she gushes about her parents’ love story, her ideal travel destinations and her favourite books.'Books and Beyond' is the podcast where Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa of Bound talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick.Lisa Ray is an actress, model and TV personality who has modelled for leading Indian brands and starred in award-winning movies like ‘Kasoor’, ‘Water’ and ‘The World Unseen’. Her first book Close to the Bone was published by HarperCollins in 2019. She also runs an Instagram poetry account, has appeared as a columnist on Canada Reads and is currently working on several works spanning different genres.You can get your copy of her book here: https://www.amazon.in/Close-Bone-Lisa-Ray/dp/9353570158Follow Bound on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @boundindia Follow our podcast on Instagram: @boundpodcastsYou can check out our website at https://www.boundindia.com 

Apr 2020

40 min 42 sec

How did Manu first discover history? How does he convert hours of dry research material into rich, imaginative and deep stories?In our very first episode, we are joined by Manu Pillai, an author of historical fiction who has published three books before turning 30. He shares hilarious stories from the diaries of Mughal emperors, his experience with Twitter trolls and when he feels most inspired to write.He takes us on a journey through childhood anecdotes and family stories to help us understand the inspiration behind his first book, the reasons for his love of reading and how it has influenced the way he creates his characters. He is completely honest about all things writing – from what he thinks about the publishing industry in India to financial responsibilities as a professional author in India to even how luck and timing were instrumental in his first book being a success!Tune in to hear us gush about the powerful female characters in his book, his goal of making historical fiction more accessible and a few of his current favourite books.'Books and Beyond' is a podcast hosted by Tara Khandelwal and Michelle D'costa of Bound. They talk to some of the best writers in India and find out what makes them tick.Manu S. Pillai is the author of the Sahitya Akademi award-winning The Ivory Throne, Rebel Sultans and The Courtesan, the Mahatma & the Italian Brahmin. Formerly Chief of Staff to Dr. Shashi Tharoor MP, he has worked with the House of Lords and the BBC and writes a weekly column for Mint Lounge. He is an alumnus of Fergusson College, Pune, and is currently enrolled as a PhD candidate at King’s College, London.You can get your copy of his books here:https://www.amazon.in/Books-Manu-S-Pillai/s?rh=n%3A976389031%2Cp_27%3AManu+S.+PillaiFollow Bound on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @boundindia Follow our podcast on Instagram: @boundpodcastsYou can check out our website at https://www.boundindia.com 

Mar 2020

36 min 12 sec

Tara and Michelle have interviewed writers from various genres for Bound’s podcast ‘Books and Beyond’.  But in this episode, they decided to interview each other! Even though they're friends and work together, they learn something new about each other every day! Listen to their interview to find out more about how both of them became avid readers, editors and writers. Find out about their take on publishing, writer's block and being creatives. Did you know?Tara has a Cocker Spaniel named Simba who looks like an angel, but at times behaves like the devil. She’s also had a chick, two rabbits, hamsters and lots of fish. Michelle loves to dance to hip-hop music. She plays music on her JBL speaker and dances away like there’s no tomorrow. She wants to be a trained dancer someday.Follow Bound on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @boundindia Follow our podcast on Instagram: @boundpodcastsYou can check out our website at https://www.boundindia.com 

Mar 2020

17 min 29 sec

'Books and Beyond with Bound' is a dream come true for Tara and Michelle because they have always wanted to converse with authors and find out about their creative universe.Through this podcast they got to speak to some of their favourite authors and ask them questions that no one has ever asked. Their love for books and their knowledge of the publishing world shine through their thoughtful questions about the writer's life and creative process.Together, they make a great literary team and you know you want to listen to their conversations! Tara Khandelwal is the founder of Bound. She currently works with Asia’s largest literary agency, Writers’ Side. Michelle D’costa's prose and poetry have been published in over 40 literary journals like Eclectica, Litro UK and more.Tune in every Wednesday to listen to Tara and Michelle converse with India's finest writers.Follow Bound on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @boundindia Follow our podcast on Instagram: @boundpodcastsYou can check out our website at https://www.boundindia.com/podcast/

Mar 2020

1 min 42 sec