Hi, welcome to the twelfth edition of the Lounge podcast. We really can’t start on an upbeat mood today because the author J.D Salinger, creator of the unforgettable “Holden” character, died last night. The famously reclusive author was 91 years old and he died of natural causes but it’s still such depressing news. I’ve rounded up a few of my favourites amongst the obituaries and tribute pieces floating all over the internet:
1. You have to read the interview with American publisher Robert Giroux in Paris Review. Giroux famously quit Harcourt after his bosses refused to publish Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye ( Yes they had it first!)
2. While the New York Times obituary itself is a good read, the Times also have a very endearing feature titled Of Teen Angst and an Author’s Alienation.
3. Of course, you have to read this short piece in The Onion.
Moving on, for more on the literary side of things, we have our book critic Chandrahas Choudhury give us a wrap up of the Jaipur Literature Festival that concluded earlier this week.
Film critic Anupama Chopra joins as a guest on the Lounge podcast to give us her take on the latest from Vishal Bharadwaj’s stable—Ishqiya.
And finally, to round up, Seema Chowdhry who is the author of this week’s cover story on the Winter Olympics, interviews India’s luge champion—Shiva Keshavan. Seema writes of the three Indian entries to the Winter Olympics—Slalom, cross-country skiing and luge. We focus on luge as we have the luge champ Shiva Keshavan join us in our studio. He holds the world record for being the youngest luge participant: He was 16 when he started! This is the fourth time that he will take part in the Winter Olympics. Listen on as he talks about his experiences at past events and what keeps him going.
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