Episodes

  • Find out where they stand on this long pertaining question about the correlation between winning literary prizes and getting more visibility and sales!

    Tara and Michelle talk about the literary prizes that they follow religiously and whether these prizes affect the books they end up reading. What kind of books generally get selected for these prizes? How can a writer send their books for these prizes? How do you truly define the “success” of a book? Tune in to find out!

    Tara Khandelwal is an editor and the founder of Bound. Michelle D’costa’s poetry and prose has been published in over 50 literary journals.

    '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. Follow us @boundindia on all social media platforms.

  • Discover the fascinating world of advertising as she takes us through a nostalgia-filled ride!

    Tara and Michelle chat with Ritu Singh on what makes her book “A History of Indian Advertising in Ten-and-a-Half Chapters” such an insightful and entertaining read. What went behind writing some of India’s most memorable ads? What were the ads that left an impression on Tara and Michelle while growing up? Why was Ritu told on the first day of her job that anyone who has made it big in the advertising industry has atleast one divorce behind them? Tune in to listen to some brilliant stories about the history of India's best ads!

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    Ritu Singh has been a prominent figure in the Indian advertising industry for many years now. She has worked with J. Walter Thompson India and the Times of India group. She is the creative brains behind some of India’s best ads and has written for companies like Pizza Hut and Pepsi.

    '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. Follow us @boundindia on all social media.

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  • Find out how she compiled 45 personalised essays by prominent writers, animal welfare activists and individuals with unique voices.

    Tara chats with Hemali Sodhi on what makes her book “The Book of Dog” such a wholesome and emotional read. Hemali Sodhi talks about how being a dog parent transformed her into looking at the world differently and motivated her to produce this anthology. How did she find the right proportion of essays to be put up by writers and by activists? What makes every essay so authentic and heartwarming? And what can we do in order to reciprocate our love for dogs? Tune in to listen to some beautiful stories about dogs!

    If exploring unique cultures, food and people is your forte, listen to Susegad Stories From Goa! A Goa Podcast that explores Goa beyond its beaches. Listen now:

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    Hemali Sodhi is the founder of A Suitable Agency, an organization that advises writers on their corporate communication and brand strategy. She also heads the communication department at the Centre for Policy Research, a Delhi-based think tank and consults with the New India Foundation. She also supports several animal welfare organizations. She lives in Gurgaon.

    '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. Follow us @boundindia on all social media.

  • Find out how she writes about the famous detective writer helping an Indian Parsee man who was wrongfully convicted of murder.

    Tara and Michelle chat with Shrabani Basu on how she attempts to give a complete perspective to the George Edalji case in her latest book “The Mystery of the Parsee Lawyer”. Shrabani Basu talks about how an auction of a series of letters exchanged between Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Chief of Police of Staffordshire led her to start this book. What was so special about this case that made the famous novelist investigate it personally? How did he help save a man who was falsely convicted of murder? What are some fascinating aspects about the writer’s life that we aren’t privy to? Tune in to find more about the thrilling case of George Edalji!

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    Shrabani Basu is an author and a journalist. She was born in Kolkata and grew up in Dhaka, Kathmandu and Delhi. Her career in journalism started in 1983, when she became a trainee journalist for The Times of India in Mumbai. She has authored several popular books including Victoria & Abdul: The Extraordinary True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant and Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan.

    '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. Follow us @boundindia on all social media.

  • Find out what makes Kerala unique as a travel destination AND a state.

    Tara and Michelle chat with Anjana Menon about how she uses humour to talk about the larger problems of Kerala in her latest book "Onam in a Nightie: Stories from a Kerala Quarantine". How did she manage to find humour in the mundane, especially during the lockdown? Why does Tara think it’s different from a conventional travel book? How did a Facebook blog turn into a full blown novel? Tune in to find more about Kerala’s culture, food and amazing people!

    If exploring unique cultures, food and people is your forte, listen to Susegad Stories From Goa! A Goa Podcast that explores Goa beyond its beaches. Listen now:

    Apple Podcasts: https://buff.ly/3kERMwV
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    Anjana Menon pursued journalism with Bloomberg News. After which she became a founder-editor at Mint, and ended up running her own TV newsroom. Later on, she set up her own content strategy consultancy and co-authored "What's Your Story? The Essential Business Storytelling Handbook". She divides her time living in Delhi and London.

    '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. Follow us @boundindia on all social media.

  • Find out how she dissects the desires and realities of young women in India through 'Desperately Seeking Shah Rukh'

    Tara has a new co-host for this episode: Aishwarya Javalgekar, the producer of this podcast and the Head of Content and Podcasts at Bound. Tara loves economics. Aishwarya loves Shah Rukh Khan. These 2 minds come together to dive into the crux of her research and writing process. How does she break down love in economic terms? Why does she want men to read this book? How did she separate her love for Shah Rukh from her research? Tune in to find out!

    Shrayana Bhattacharya trained in development economics at Delhi University and Harvard University. Since 2014, in her role as an economist at a multilateral development bank, she has focused on issues related to social policy and jobs. Prior to this, she worked on research projects with the Centre for Policy Research, SEWA Union and Institute of Social Studies Trust. Her writing has appeared in the Indian Express, EPW, Indian Quarterly and The Caravan. She lives in New Delhi.

    '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. Follow us @boundindia on all social media.

    We have launched a new podcast! Explore Goa beyond the beaches and uncover its unique culture and lifestyle in 'Susegad Stories From Goa'. Listen now:

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  • Find out where they stand on this ongoing debate that has haunted bookworms and storytellers for years!

    Tara and Michelle name their most and least favourite adaptations and dive into their preferred genres and formats. Michelle thinks literary fiction can definitely lead to fantastic adaptations! Tara likes to lose herself in historical stories. What makes an adaptation good or bad? How do stories change in written vs audio vs video formats? How can writers try out all of them? Tune in to find out!

    This episode has been recorded in person. See the video version on YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/M8j9r0e5OKA

    Tara Khandelwal is an editor and the founder of Bound. Michelle D’costa’s poetry and prose has been published in over 50 literary journals. '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. Follow us @boundindia on all social media.

  • Find out how he dives into the lives and minds of writers through his hyper-real books.

    Tara and Michelle chat with Amitava about his latest books ‘A Blue Book’ and ‘A Time Outside This Time’. Amitava shares how one book became the material for another. Michelle loves that his characters are mostly writers (and migrants). How did writing help him survive the pandemic? How much of his writing is based on real life experiences? What does he think about writing residencies? Tune in to find out!

    Amitava Kumar is the author of several books of non-fiction and three novels. His work has appeared in Granta, the New York Times, Harper's, and several other publications. He has been awarded a Guggenheim fellowship and residencies from Yaddo, MacDowell and the Lannan Foundation. His novel Immigrant, Montana was on the Best of the Year lists at the New Yorker, the New York Times, and Barack Obama's list of favorite books of 2018. He is professor of English at Vassar College in upstate New York.

    '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. Follow us @boundindia on all social media.

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  • Find out how she covers and critiques films from different eras in her book.

    Anupama Chopra of Film Companion takes Tara and Michelle through the sets of some of the biggest blockbusters in film history as they chat about her latest book ‘A Place In My Heart’. How did she get into films? How is she able to review films without biases? What tips and techniques can writers learn from cinema? Tune in to find out!

    Anupama Chopra is a film critic, journalist and National Award-winning author. She is chairperson of the Film Critics Guild and director of the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival. She has covered cinema since 1993, across multiple mediums-print, television and digital. She has authored several books, including King of Bollywood: Shah Rukh Khan and the Seductive World of Indian Cinema, which featured on the Editors' Choice list of The New York Times Sunday Book Review and has been translated into German, Indonesian and Polish.

    '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. Follow us @boundindia on all social media.

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  • Find out the secrets behind researching and writing prehistoric narratives.

    Tony shares why he decided to write this book and where he found pre-historic sources during his research. Tara is a huge prehistory buff! Michelle loves how he combines history with genetics, and other fields like archaeology, linguistics, and philology. What era would Tony like to go to? What does migration have to do with our ancestry? What does it really mean to be “Indian”? Tune in to find out!

    Tony Joseph, former editor of Businessworld, has been a columnist and contributor to leading newspapers and magazines.

    '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. Follow us @boundindia on all social media.

    If you want to write exceptional non-fiction, Tara has a few mentorship slots available for this year. Email her at [email protected] with your ideas and what you are looking for.

  • Find out how she walked through Kabul for 8 years for her part-memoir and part-travel guide.

    Taran shares how she picked the angle of being a flaneur - someone who explores a place on foot - for her book, Shadow City. And how she navigated the streets as an Indian woman. Tara loves women's travel accounts! Michelle loves how the book covers interesting details about Persian culture, music and poetry. Did she face restrictions as a woman traveller? How different is Kabul from an Indian city? Why does Taran write about libraries and graveyards? Tune in to find out!

    Taran N. Khan is a journalist and author based in Mumbai. Her works have been widely published in India and internationally, including in Guernica, Al Jazeera, the Caravan and Himal Southasian. Her writing has also received support from the MacDowell fellowship, the Jan Michalski Foundation for Writing and Literature, and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, among others. From 2006 to 2013, Khan spent long periods living and working in Kabul.

    '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. Follow us @boundindia on all social media.

    If you want to write exceptional non-fiction, Tara has a few mentorship slots available for this year. Email her at [email protected] with your ideas and what you are looking for.

  • Find out why we love stories of serial killers and con artists.

    Check out the video version on YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/UyQiH-Ota6I

    Tara and Michelle finally meet in person to dissect why villains and antagonists have grown in popularity across fiction, nonfiction, books, movies and podcasts. Michelle wants to understand the motivations of serial killers. Tara is inspired by con men and women! Who are their favourite villains? How has the representation changed over time? Why are they so irresistible? Tune in to find out!

    Tara Khandelwal is an editor and the founder of Bound. Michelle D’costa’s poetry and prose has been published in over 50 literary journals. '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. Follow us @boundindia on all social media.

  • Find out how she reimagines the urban legends from India’s college campuses in her short story collection.

    Chandrima tells Tara and Michelle why she loves the genre of horror and how she is influenced by folklore and Stephen King. She shares her journey from self-publishing to being commissioned to write a horror short story collection. What makes a good horror story? How did she research and unpack these urban legends? What is her deepest darkest fear? Tune in for some great horror writing tips and book / podcast recommendations.

    BONUS: A horror special section where Chandrima and Aishwarya Javalgekar (host of The Book People and editor of this book) dissect the horror genre together.

    Chandrima Das has a B.Tech in Computer Science from NIT Durgapur and an MBA from IIM Calcutta. After a decade-long career in management consulting, she followed her passion for writing. Her digital debut The Talking Dead was a bestseller in the horror category. She's performed live at storytelling events with Tall Tales and Kommune, and was published in The Best Of Tall Tales.

    '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. Follow us @boundindia on all social media.

    Let's create a podcast together! Pitch your idea to Aishwarya, our Head of Content and Podcasts. Email your podcast concept, category/genre, type and duration, any similar podcasts and what sets your idea apart to [email protected]

  • Find out how she covers contemporary Pakistan in her debut short story collection.

    Mira shares why she is fascinated by identity and how regular people live their lives in Pakistan. Tara and Michelle love how she moved from one character to another with finesse. Michelle’s favourite character is Marianne, the American diplomat who lives a secret life in Pakistan. Did Mira write 30 drafts to get this character right? How did Mohsin Hamid blurb the book? What is she working on next? Tune in to find out!

    Mira Sethi is an actor and a writer. She grew up in Lahore and attended Wellesley College, after which Sethi worked as a books editor at The Wall Street Journal. Sethi regularly appears in mainstream Pakistani drama series on television. She lives in Lahore, Karachi, and San Francisco.

    '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. Follow us @boundindia on all social media.

    Let's create a podcast together! Pitch your idea to Aishwarya, our Head of Content and Podcasts. Email your podcast concept, category/genre, type and duration, any similar podcasts and what sets your idea apart to [email protected]

  • Find out how he decodes Indian cooking habits and recipes with food science.

    Krish shares how he spoke to different people from food scientists to grandmothers for his book, Masala Lab. He busts the most popular myths around food and nutrition. What is the science behind our oldest food recipes? Why are pressure cookers scary? Do we really need to avoid microwaves? Is healthy eating a lie? Tune in to find out!

    Krish Ashok is not a chef but cooks daily. He is not a scientist, but he can explain science with easy-to-understand clarity. He trained to be an electronic engineer but is now a software engineer. He learnt to cook from the women in his family, who can make the perfectly fluffy idli without lecturing people on lactobacilli and pH levels. When he is not cooking, he's usually playing subversive music on the violin or cello.

    '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. Follow us @boundindia on all social media.

  • Find out how she turns herself into a 5 year old to write children's books.

    Sudha Murty talks about her writing journey and why she has opened so many libraries throughout India.Why is it important for children to develop a reading habit? Have her grandchildren inspired her books? Will she go digital? Catch Tara and Michelle relive their childhoods and get lots of tips on writing for children. Includes fan questions as well!

    Sudha Murty was born in 1950 in Shiggaon in north Karnataka. She did her MTech in computer science, and is now the chairperson of the Infosys Foundation. A prolific writer in English and Kannada, she has written novels, technical books, travelogues, collections of short stories and non-fictional pieces, and four books for children. Her books have been translated into all the major Indian languages. Sudha Murty was the recipient of the R.K. Narayan Award for Literature and the Padma Shri in 2006, and the Attimabbe Award from the government of Karnataka for excellence in Kannada literature in 2011.

    '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. Follow us @boundindia on all social media.

  • Tara and Michelle discuss what migration means to them and what kind of stories are missing from the migration narrative.

    From partition to season migrants, from traveling abroad for higher education to migrating to the Gulf, the typical migration story focuses on moving to another place for a better life and how difficult it is to make it there.

    Does every migration story focus on struggle? What are the stories and experiences left unrepresented? Who are the best people to tell these stories? Can we change the way we see migration? Tune in for a riveting conversation!

    Have you read these famous migration stories?

    The Namesake by Jhumpa LahiriAmericanah by Chimamanda AdichieThe Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota

    Tara Khandelwal is an editor and the founder of Bound. Michelle D’costa’s poetry and prose has been published in over 50 literary journals. '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. Follow us @boundindia on all social media.

  • Find out what it means to write a ‘feminist romance’ and what differentiates it from a typical romance novel.

    Tara and Michelle chat with Riva about why she set her debut novel ‘Arzu’ in the 90s liberalization era and explored the socio-economic backgrounds of her characters. Riva explains why she wanted to explore the mind of a ‘working woman’ and what kind of research was required to get the nuances of the story. Why does she call her book a feminist romance? How did she come up with the three love interests? And has her background in films influenced her writing? Dive into the glitzy glam world of industrialists, foreign education, journalism, parties and more.

    Riva Razdan is a recent graduate of New York University, where she studied under novelists Tishani Doshi (The Pleasure Seekers) and Miguel Syjuco (Ilustrado). She has studied storytelling in Paris, Florence, Abu Dhabi and New York. She currently resides in Mumbai and is a screenwriter for Anil Kapoor Films. Read her book.

    '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. Brought to you by Bound.

    This episode has 2 questions sponsored by Penguin Random House India. Check out their 2 recent releases:

    Tell Me How To Be by Neel PatelKarnali Blues by Buddhisagar

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  • Find out how she became an expert of romance and relationships through her romance books and podcast.

    Tara and Michelle chat with Aastha about why India and Bollywood are obsessed with love! Aastha shares her experience of creating the Love Aaj Kal podcast and why she decided to write a dating guide, ‘The L-word’. Has the dating scene changed drastically since the 90s? How did she finish writing the book in a month? What were the reactions of love birds on reading her book? Tune in to find out!

    Aastha Atray Banan has been a journalist for 19 years and is currently the editor of Sunday Midday. She has previously published four romance fiction books, and this is her first non-fiction. Aastha wears many more hats other than being a writer; she has a hit podcast 'Love Aaj Kal' on Spotify India which deals with relationships and love and has also written and released four original songs. Read her book: https://www.amazon.in/L-word-Love-Lust-Everything-Between/dp/9354224768/

    '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. Brought to you by Bound. Read more: https://boundindia.com/books-and-beyond-podcast/

    We have limited mentorship slots open! Use the discount code BOUNDMENTEE2022 to get a 10% discount on our 3 month mentorship program. Offer ends on March 1st 2022.

  • Find out how she presents the experiences and rigorous training that women go through in her latest army book.

    In this Editor Special episode, Tara chats with Tanushree about her experiences as an ‘army wife’ and how she developed the characters of Billi, Lakme, Shiny and Nutty. Tanushree shares why discipline is such an important part of training in the army. Tara shares her thoughts while editing Tanushree’s book and they discuss the dynamics of the writer-editor relationship.

    Soon to be a major web series!

    Born in New Delhi, Tanushree Podder worked in the corporate sector for eight long years before she quit the rat race to write. Over the years, she has penned eleven novels. Two of her books, Boots Belts Berets and The Girls in Green are soon going to be adapted into web series. She lives with her husband in Pune. Read her book: https://www.amazon.in/Girls-Green-Soon-major-web/dp/9390252814

    '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. Brought to you by Bound. Read more: https://boundindia.com/books-and-beyond-podcast/

    We have limited mentorship slots open! Use the discount code BOUNDMENTEE2022 to get a 10% discount on our three month mentorship program. Offer ends on March 1st 2022. More details here: https://boundindia.com/events/writing-mentorship/