What makes people tick? What are the stories they carry with them? In a world of shouting heads, veteran journalist, radio commentator and novelist Sandip Roy sits down to have real conversations about the fascinating world around us and the people who shape it. Catch these engaging interviews every other Sunday
'A writer shouldn't retire', says Ruskin Bond, who has been living and writing in India since he was a young boy. For his staggering body of work, Bond has received the Sahitya Akademi Award, the Padma Shri and the Padma Bushan, and is beloved by readers across ages and generations. In this episode, Sandip speaks to him about his journey so far.
It was after reading the suicide note of Dalit student Rohith Vemula that Yashica Dutt, a journalist living in New York, decided that she was going to stop living a lie. It was in that moment that she decided that she was going to admit to her friends and colleagues something that she had hidden for years - that she was Dalit. In this episode she talks to Sandip Roy about her memoir, Coming Out as Dalit, that details her experience of passing off as upper caste, coming to terms with her new identity and the insidious ways in which the caste system continues to affect the Indian society.
Today Shakespeare is considered as part of highbrow literature but in his own day it was the quintessential ‘masala’ entertainment. This is why when author Jonathan Gil Harris was watching the film Lagaan in 2001, he came to realize that a lot of Bollwood's masala films resonated deeply with Shakespeare's work. In this episode Harris talks to Sandip Roy about his book, Masala Shakespeare: How a Firangi Writer Became Indian, explains to us the ways in which Indian films are closely related to the work of Shakespeare and how the 'masala' genre celebrates India's cultural diversity.