2.14: Tara Kaushal - Going Undercover To Find Out Why Men Rape
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 Kaur
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