In which I defend Alia Bhatt.
In which I defend Alia Bhatt.
From one end of the world to another. Did my usual interview with the genial Bryan Crump for Radio NZ. About Holi, Hindus and Wendy Doniger.
Sorry Nacha-anna to disappear into my room after dosas. They were recording it live and didn’t want to sound sillier than I normally do.
Listen to the interview here.
Begins at 21:23: The battle over gay rights in India is in the courts and on the streets after the Indian Supreme Court refused to review a decision to restore the criminalization of gay sex. Shoba Narayan, a freelance journalist based in India, weighs in.
Listen to it here.
So they emailed….suddenly.
I told them that my friend, Vikram D. who is an openly gay journalist would be the better person to speak.
Called Vikram. He was in an auto, on his way to IIT to speak on this subject.
They needed it in half an hour. Which wasn’t possible for Vikram.
So connected Takeaway with Vikram by email and did my spiel.
Have so much to say on this topic.
On 29-Jan-2014, at 6:00 pm, E wrote:
How are you? I’m a producer at WGBH radio with The Takeaway program. You were a super helpful contributor to our show last year: http://www.thetakeaway.org/story/307452-look-what-went-wrong-school-meals-india/
I just wanted to reach out to you as we’re very interested in this story concerning the Supreme Court ruling on the gay sex ban: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-25925990
Is this something that you are following and might be available to talk to us about? We’d just need 5-10 mins with you and we could tape something via SKYPE in the next hour, if possible?
It would be good to touch the culture of conservative India and how same-sex relationships are still considered taboo my many etc.
Sorry for the short notice…. If you could hit “reply all” when you’re able to respond, that would be great.
For back-up, we’re at WNYC studio tel: + 1 ] 4240.
Educating Muslim girls for radio here
Love NPR. Still listen to it.
They called from Boston to interview me about this. As always, I won’t listen to it (prefer to listen to something other than the sound of my own voice) but in case anyone wants to, here is the link.
Also embedded below.
Every once in a while, Radio New Zealand calls me for Bryan Crump’s show, “Nights on Radio New Zealand.” It is a surreal experience, not the least because koels are cooing here and it is night there. I submit three topics and we discuss this, usually live. I don’t know how to listen to it but here is the link on Radio New Zealand.
My friends have been goading me to do something that I keep talking about doing. A podcast. I’d like to do a weekly one called “Connecting the Dots,” which takes current news items and puts a unique spin on it. I tried telling Mint to let me do podcasts but that hasn’t gone anywhere. So here is a rudimentary version, sans technology or help from sound/garageband.
Radio New Zealand and I had fixed up a time for a live-show a few weeks ago. On the appointed day, I miscalculated the time difference. So here I am, in Commercial Street, Bangalore, showing around friends who have just arrived from Singapore. I haven’t seen them for years and there is a lot of hugging and “Oh, how much you have grown!” My mobile phone rings and it is Robyn from New Zealand saying, “We are at Skype and you were supposed to. Where are you?” So I sputter that I cannot be at Skype in two minutes and can we do the interview on my mobile phone. So we have this interview as I stand on the steps of a shopping complex, feeling mortified that I’ve left my friends alone when they’ve just arrived and trying to talk sense to Bryan who is super-nice and calling from faraway NZ. Next time, I have to do much better.
My first show here
I met Adam Bly in Bangalore, thanks to my friend, Sriram. We had a few meals together and I interviewed him at Inklude Labs’ offices. Here is a video recording of the interview. We were laughing a lot because I had to repeat lines.