2.15: Tara and Michelle - Why We Read What We Read
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/
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Book 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 Thériault
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