Friday, June 03, 2005

On the radio, w/Amitav Ghosh

It looks like I am going to be on the radio on Monday, as part of an interview with Amitav Ghosh, on Radio Open Source, a new NPR show. It is scheduled for 7-8pm Eastern time (4-5am in India); I am supposed to be on between 7:20 and 7:35 or thereabouts.

They are only up in a few markets, including Boston, Seattle (Manorama, are you reading this?), and Salt Lake City (VK, are you reading this?). But apparently their shows are being both streamed and archived on the Internet, so you can listen remotely and later. Go to their blog to tune in.

Any suggestions for things to talk about on The Hungry Tide, or Amitav Ghosh more broadly? Apparently the producers of the show want to focus on what is happening in India today, politically and culturally -- not so much the literary aspect. Suits me just fine.

I'm going to be working on some questions of my own to ask Ghosh this weekend. But if you send me well-focused short questions that I can use I will try and give you credit over the air.

UPDATE: Ok, it's over. For those of you coming over from Open Source, here are two things I've written on Amitav Ghosh before:

1. On Tsunami relief

2. On The Hungry Tide

9 comments:

coolie said...

Oh fantastic!

I cant wait to listen.

Rob Breymaier said...

Great! I'm looking forward to hearing your audible voice.

Anand said...

That's nice to know.

You may recall that there was a discussion in Calcutta in Jan 2005 on the topic "Segregation of world cultures in the contemporary world", and the participants included Gunter Grass and Amitav Ghosh. If news paper reports are to be taken seriously, one gets the feeling that Grass saw the US Govt domination as the major threat to today's world, in Ghosh's view the main threat was from Islamist fundamentalism. I would like to hear more from Ghosh on Grass' take.

I heard from Katherine Bidwell that Dilip D'Souza will also be joining the show. I'm sure it's going to be a great programme. Unfortunately they are not going to have transcripts though. I hope you'll have a detailed post on that after the show,

vk said...

Hi Deep,
I am reading this :). I'll try and check out the radio program, most probably I'll get it on the net. Have fun.
vk.

Amardeep said...

Anand,

I'll definitely do a longish post detailing subjects discussed.

I think our respective reviews of "The Hungry Tide" caught their attention. They seem to be a blog-friendly radio program...

If Dilip D'Souza gets up at 4:30 to join the program, I'll be pretty impressed!

karrvakarela said...

Hi Amardeep,

Is there a link for the radio interview, so that people could listen to it after the broadcast?

Amardeep said...

Karrvakarela,

I will post the link as soon as it's up. Chances are you will be able to find it on their website, Radio Open Source.

As you can see, several MP3 'podcasts' from last week's shows are already available there. Pretty interesting stuff!

Anonymous said...

Do you qualify to talk about what is happening in India politically and culturally?

Amardeep said...

Anonymous,

No, I'm not particularly well qualified. I suggested 5 other people for them to talk to -- including 3 in India -- but in the end they still invited me on the program.