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Welcome to a ‘slim pickings’ edition of Lit Pickers. In these short editions we answer some burning questions that have been asked by you, the reader, and joining us is the lovely Mae Thomas. In this episode the trio discuss the importance of f
There's something about famous women writers that ruffles feathers and raises hackles. In this episode, we raise a toast to some writers, across the ages, who've upset the establishment in different ways. From Andal to Shobhaa Dé and Arundhati
Welcome to a ‘slim pickings’ edition of Lit Pickers. In these short editions we answer some burning questions that have been asked by you, the reader, and joining us is the lovely Mae Thomas. In this episode the trio discuss some easy and resou
She’s everyone and their aunt’s favourite children’s author, but Enid Blyton’s books are a cultural minefield. We talk about “goblins”, Moonface, the naughtiest girls and more as we look back at Blyton’s writing to see what’s aged well and how
Welcome to a ‘slim pickings’ edition of Lit Pickers. In these short editions we answer some burning questions that have been asked by you, the reader, and joining us is the lovely Mae Thomas. This week the trio discuss what makes a decent bookm
K-drama and K-pop have put South Korea on the cultural map, and there’s more to explore in Korean culture. In this episode, we give you a quick look at the literature that the Koreas — both South and North — have inspired. Grab your ramyeon and
Welcome to a ‘slim pickings’ edition of Lit Pickers. In these short editions we answer some burning questions that have been asked by you, the reader, and joining us is the lovely Mae Thomas. In this episode, the trio discuss some of their favo
Are romance novels your guilty pleasure? In this episode, we talk about why your lust for romance fiction is nothing to be ashamed of and why romance deserves a lot more respect than it gets. From progressive politics to racy Mills & Boons pape
Welcome to a ‘slim pickings’ edition of Lit Pickers. In these short editions we answer some burning questions that have been asked by you, the reader, and joining us is the lovely Mae Thomas. In this episode, we bring you a tasting menu of book
In this episode, we discuss the literary man’s best friend — a male author. Join us as we examine the kinds of masculinity that authors past and present have idealised in novels. Grab a drink, because it’s frustrating just how flawed and diffic
Welcome to Slim Pickings, a quickie session in which Lit Pickers Supriya Nair and Deepanjana Pal sit down with one of their favourite podcasters Mae Thomas to answer your burning questions about all things bookish. This time, the conversation c
Ah, escapism! Everyone craves it, but what exactly constitutes a good 'escapist' novel? Dragons? Wuxia warriors? The bygone eras of historic cities? Join us as we explore in this episode. You can find Supriya Nair at @supriyanair and Deepanjan
She’s everyone and their aunt’s favourite children’s author, but Enid Blyton’s books are a cultural minefield. We talk about “goblins”, Moonface, the naughtiest girls and more as we look back at Blyton’s writing to see what’s aged well and how
Deepanjana and Supriya sign off on the Lit Pickers with an ‘Ask Me Anything’ episode, taking questions from listeners on how, what and why to read (and write). If you want to know how to read during an existential global crisis, how to think ab
The books are good, but can we talk for a minute or thirty about these prizes, please. Does a culture of book prizes keep modern literature youthful and well-funded? Is patronage culture good at separating great books from trendy ones?    You c
It’s time to talk about growing out and getting up, up and away from the most influential novels of (probably) our lifetimes. We talk about going from knowing everything about the Harry Potter universe to knowing everything that went wrong with
We’re in a golden age of popular history writing about the Mughals. Think of the last two years, with books about everyone from Aurangzeb to his great-great auntie coming our way. Join us as we discuss The Most Extra Family, father-son relation
Welcome to an episode of feminist book recommendations. We pass the mic back and forth in a relay race of books we love that we think everyone should read.    You can find Supriya Nair at @supriyanair and Deepanjana Pal at @dpanjana. This is a
Why is everyone wrong about Jane Austen all the time? We talk about how she changed the world, how she became Asian, and modern responses to her work, including works by Laaleen Sukhera and Mahesh Rao. Join us as we talk about women in love wit
This episode is about Hum Aapke Hain Koun…! Kidding. It’s about the Ramayana and its many lives in modern India, including novels by Amitabha Bagchi and Volga; AK Ramanujan (‘sup *__*), a Bengali woman’s Ramayana, and Valmiki’s other Ramayana.
Just a deeply uncool, unfashionable, unapologetic, almost sad episode of fannish love for JRR Tolkien. Listen, if you dare, to us revisit the fascinating history of the composition of the Lord of the Rings and its place in World War I literatur
She looms large in novels, academic history and art. How well do we understand India's only woman Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, in spite of all that? In this episode of The Lit Pickers, recorded in early 2019, we delve into the books, biograph
There's a lot of sympathy out there for the writer's block, but we'd like to talk about the reader's block. In the age of distraction and too-little time, it's easy to lose your reading habit. Once that happens, finding the bit of writing that
With hundreds of thousands in India taking to the streets to register their objections to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, you could say these are dark times. But among those shining brightly are the revolutionary poets whose words have become
We shoot the breeze about the good that literature festivals do, as well as the evil that lives on after them. Is a festival a “safe space” for free speech? Are we expecting too much from events that are patronised largely by those seeking to n
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